The League of Women Voters of Florida supports a free public school system for Florida with high standards for student achievement and with equality of educational opportunity for all that is financed adequately by the state through an equitable funding formula. The League supports a review of funding sources to provide adequate, equitable and quality education.
League Launches Charter School Study
Nineteen Leagues, representing 26 counties, are collecting data and meeting with school officials as they gather information about Florida’s charter schools. The four main questions being asked are:
• Who do charter schools serve?
• Do charter academic programs differ from those in
• How are charters owned and managed?
• What types of facilities do charters use?
Answers to these questions will help League members evaluate issues raised by the news media about resegregation of schools, dissipation of scarce resources, lack of significant educational gains and financial mismanagement. Consensus will be reached on whether or not these problems are simply outliers in what is otherwise a sound system. LWV Alachua County/Gainesville is leading the study. Research articles are posted at www.lwv-alachua.org. For more information, please contact the state League office.