The State Board of Education’s reversal of the Palm Beach School District’s
(District) denial of the charter school application should be affirmed. The District
did not have good cause or competent substantial evidence to deny the application
as not fulfilling the statutory requirements for innovation, and the District’s
definition of innovation is unworkable and inconsistent with the charter statutes. The
State Board of Education’s statutory interpretation is entitled to deference, and the
State Board correctly determined that the District did not have good cause to deny
the charter school application.