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Florida

1996
Year Charter School Law Was Enacted
656
Estimated Number of Charter Schools in 2016-17
291,200
Estimated Number of Charter School Students in 2016-17
166
out of
240
Total Score

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Florida’s law does not have a cap on charter public school growth, provides a fair amount of autonomy and accountability, and provides a robust appellate process for charter school applicants. However, it still provides inequitable funding to charter schools.

Potential areas for improvement include creating authorizer accountability requirements, ensuring equitable operational funding and equitable access to capital funding and facilities, and strengthening accountability for full-time virtual charter schools.

Component Scores

Are there caps on the growth of charter schools in this state?

Florida law does not place any caps on charter school growth.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
1A
No numeric or geographic limits are placed on the number of charter public schools or students.
N/A
1B
If caps exist, there is room for growth.

Are a variety of charter schools allowed?

Florida law allows new start-ups and public school conversions.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
2A
New startups.
Yes
2B
Public school conversions.

Are non-district authorizers available to which charter applicants may directly apply?

Florida law allows local school boards, state universities (for lab schools only), and community college district boards of trustees (for charter technical career centers only) to serve as authorizers. While the state only has essentially a single viable authorizer option available (i.e., local school boards), there is considerable authorizing activity.The law provides an appeals process in which a rejected applicant can appeal to a charter school appeal commission, which makes a recommendation to the state board of education. The law provides that the state board of education can vote to require an authorizer to accept an application. The law requires any appeals involving proposals to replicate a high performing charter school be made directly to the state board of education and requires the authorizer to provide clear and convincing evidence that the application does not meet the requirements specified in law.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Some
3A
The state allows an applicant anywhere in the state to apply directly to a non-district authorizer(s).

Is an authorizer and overall program accountability system required?

Florida law includes a small number of the model law’s provisions for authorizer and overall program accountability.
State law requires each authorizer to submit an annual report to the state department of education that includes the following information: the number of draft applications received on or before May 1 and each applicant's contact information; the number of final applications received on or before August 1 and each applicant's contact information; the date each application was approved, denied, or withdrawn; and, the date each final contract was executed. It does not require the report to summarize the performance of each authorizer’s school portfolio.

Florida law requires the state department of education to annually provide to the State Board of Education, the Commissioner of Education, the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives an analysis and comparison of the overall performance of charter school students, to include all students whose scores are counted as part of the statewide assessment program, versus comparable public school students in the district as determined by the statewide assessment program currently administered in the school district, and other assessments administered pursuant to state law.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
No
4A
Registration process for school boards to affirm their interest in authorizing.
No
4B
Application process for other eligible authorizing entities (except a state charter schools commission).
Yes
4C
Authorizer submission of annual report.
No
4D
The ability for the state to conduct a review of an authorizer’s performance.
No
4E
The ability for the state to sanction an authorizer for poor performance, including suspending an authorizer’s authority to approve new schools.
Yes
4F
Periodic formal evaluation of overall state charter school program and outcomes.

Is there adequate authorizer funding?

Florida law allows an authorizer to withhold up to 5% of a charter school's per-pupil funding for up to 250 students to cover the costs of providing certain administrative and educational services to charter schools. For “high performing” charter schools, the law reduces this amount to 2%. The law provides that authorizers of virtual schools may charge a fee up to 5%.Florida law provides that if goods and services are made available to a charter school through a contract with an authorizer, then these services must be provided at a rate no greater than actual cost, unless mutually agreed upon by the charter school and the authorizer in a separate contract. If disputes arise over contracted services or contractual matters, the law allows appeals to the state charter school appeals commission.
The law does not allow authorizers to charge any additional fees or surcharges for administrative and educational services beyond five percent. Statute also states that an authorizer may not charge a fee for reviewing applications and cannot base its consideration or approval of an application upon the promise of future payment of any kind.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
5A
A uniform statewide formula that guarantees annual authorizer funding that is not subject to annual legislative appropriations.
No
5B
Requirement to publicly report detailed authorizer expenditures.
Yes
5C
Separate contract for any services purchased from an authorizer by a school.
Yes
5D
Prohibition on authorizers requiring schools to purchase services from them.

Are there transparent charter application, review, and decisionmaking processes?

Florida law provides application elements for all schools and additional application elements for conversion schools.
State board regulations require the use of a model charter school application. Florida’s model charter school application requires information if a school intends to replicate an existing school design, including evidence of success for that school design and that the applicant has the financial and human resources necessary to replicate the design. It also has an entire section on required information related to any proposed usage of educational service providers.

The model charter school application includes an evaluation instrument that authorizers are to use when evaluating charter school applications. Although all local school board authorizers must now use this model application, they are not required to conduct an in-person interview and a public meeting.

Florida law requires authorizers to publicly approve or deny an application within 60 days of receipt, unless mutually extended. If denied, the law requires the sponsor to articulate its reasons in writing within 10 days. The law allows that the applicant can appeal to the charter school appeal commission and the state board of education.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
6A
Application elements for all schools.
Yes
6B
Additional application elements specific to conversion schools.
Yes
6C
Additional application elements specific to using educational service providers.
Yes
6D
Additional application elements specific to replications.
Some
6E
Requirement for thorough evaluation of each application, including an in-person interview and a public meeting.
Yes
6F
Application approval criteria.
Yes
6G
All charter approval or denial decisions made in a public meeting with authorizers stating reasons for denials in writing.

Are performance-based charter contracts required?

Florida law requires the creation of charters signed by the governing board of the charter school and the authorizer. State board regulations have established a model contract form that all sponsors must use.
Florida law broadly requires that the charter agreement address the terms, conditions, and major issues involved in the operation of the school. It specifically defines a range of obligations of the school and certain functions of the authorizer, such as annual review of long term agreements, role in creating financial recovery plans, renewal, and modifying the charter agreement.

Florida law requires the charter to address the current incoming baseline standard of student academic achievement, the outcomes to be achieved, and the method of measurement that will be used.

Florida law provides that initial charter terms are for four or five years, with several exceptions. In order to facilitate access to long-term financial resources for charter school construction, the law allows charter schools that are operated by a municipality or other public entity to be eligible for up to a 15-year charter, subject to approval by the district school board. It also provides that a charter lab school is eligible for a charter for a term of up to 15 years. In addition, to facilitate access to long-term financial resources for charter school construction, the law allows charter schools that are operated by a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) status corporation to be eligible for up to a 15-year charter, subject to approval by the district school board. Finally, the law provides that a school which meets the requirements to be defined as a “high performing” school shall receive a modification of its charter to a term of 15 years. The law makes such long-term charters subject to annual review and provides that they may be terminated during the term of the charter.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
7A
Being created as a separate document from the application and executed by the governing board of the charter school and the authorizer.
Yes
7B
Defining the roles, powers, and responsibilities for the school and its authorizer.
Yes
7C
Defining academic, financial, and operational performance expectations by which the school will be judged based on a performance framework.
Some
7D
Providing an initial term of five operating years.

Are there comprehensive charter school monitoring and data collection processes?

Florida law requires charter schools to participate in the state’s academic accountability system and charter school governing boards to annually report to their authorizers on the school's progress using an on-line annual accountability report format developed by the state department of education. The law requires the authorizer to pass along these performance reports to the state commissioner of education. Such reports are public records.
The law requires charter schools to commit to viable internal audit procedures and controls, including an annual financial audit. State regulations require charter schools to submit monthly financial statements to authorizers and require authorizers to notify a charter school’s governing board in writing within seven days of determining a deteriorating financial condition as defined in regulation. State regulations require both parties to develop a corrective action plan.

Florida law provides that the authorizer has the responsibility to monitor and review a charter school’s progress towards the goals established in the charter and the revenues and expenditures of the school as well as the responsibility to ensure that the charter school is operating in accordance with its contract and applicable law.

The law provides that a charter school that has earned a grade of "D" or "F" must appear before the authorizer to present information concerning each contract component having noted deficiencies and must submit to the authorizer for approval a school improvement plan to raise student achievement.

If a charter school earns three consecutive grades of "D," two consecutive grades of "D" followed by a grade of "F," or two nonconsecutive grades of "F" within a 3-year period, the law requires the charter school governing board to choose one of the following corrective actions: contract for educational services to be provided directly to students, instructional personnel, and school administrators, as prescribed in state board rule; contract with an outside entity that has a demonstrated record of effectiveness to operate the school; reorganize the school under a new director or principal who is authorized to hire new staff; or voluntarily close the charter school. The law requires a charter school implementing a corrective action that does not improve by at least one letter grade after two full school years of implementing the corrective action to select a different corrective action.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Some
8A
Required annual school performance reports.
Yes
8B
Financial accountability for charter schools (e.g., generally accepted accounting principles, independent annual audit reported to authorizer).
Yes
8C
Authorizer authority to conduct oversight activities.
Yes
8D
Authorizer notification to its schools of perceived problems, with opportunities to remedy such problems.
Yes
8E
Authorizer authority to take appropriate corrective actions or exercise sanctions short of revocation.
No
8F
Authorizer may not request duplicative data submission from its charter schools and may not use performance framework to create cumbersome reporting requirements.

Are there clear processes for renewal, nonrenewal, and revocation decisions?

Florida law provides that when obligations established in the charter agreement are successfully accomplished (which includes consideration of the school’s performance and financial record over the course of the charter term), authorizers may renew charters.
The law provides that the authorizer shall make student academic achievement for all students the most important factor when determining whether to renew or terminate the charter. It also specifies that non-renewal can result from failure to participate in the state accountability system or failure to meet student performance requirements, inadequate fiscal management, violations of law, or other good cause shown.

The law requires authorizers to terminate a charter if the charter school earns two consecutive grades of "F" unless: the charter school is established to turnaround the performance of a district public school; the charter school serves a student population the majority of which resides in a school zone served by a district public school that earned a grade of "F" in the year before the charter school opened and the charter school earns at least a grade of "D" in its third year of operation (this exception does not apply to a charter school in its fourth year of operation and thereafter); or the state board grants the charter school a waiver of termination if the charter school demonstrates that the learning gains of its students on statewide assessments are comparable to or better than the learning gains of similarly situated students enrolled in nearby district public schools. The waiver is valid for one year and may only be granted once. Charter schools that have been in operation for more than five years are not eligible for a waiver.

The law allows authorizers to grant renewal terms of up to 15 years. It also provides that schools that meet the definitions of being a high performing charter school are automatically renewed for 15 years.

Florida law states that prior to renewing or terminating a charter, the authorizer must notify the school of the proposed action in writing, stating the authorizer’s grounds. The law allows the school to request a formal hearing and allows the authorizer to determine whether it will be with the authorizer or an administrative law judge assigned by the state division of administrative hearing. In the case of non-renewal or termination, the law requires the authorizer to provide a letter stating the action, and the school can appeal to the District Court of Appeals with jurisdiction. State rules clarify that all such hearings are public meetings.

Florida law establishes a dissolution and closure process that addresses the redistribution of funds, treatment of debts and encumbrances, and the reassignment of students.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
No
9A
Authorizer must issue school performance renewal reports to schools whose charter will expire the following year.
No
9B
Schools seeking renewal must apply for it.
No
9C
Authorizers must issue renewal application guidance that provides an opportunity for schools to augment their performance record and discuss improvements and future plans.
No
9D
Ability to have a differentiated process for renewal of high-performing charter schools.
Yes
9E
Authorizers must use clear criteria for renewal and nonrenewal/revocation.
Yes
9F
Authorizers must ground renewal decisions based on evidence regarding the school’s performance over the term of the charter contract in accordance with the performance framework set forth in the charter contract.
Yes
9G
Requirement that authorizers close chronically low-performing charter schools unless exceptional circumstances exist.
Yes
9H
Authorizers must have the authority to vary length of charter renewal contract terms based on performance or other issues.
Yes
9I
Authorizers must provide charter schools with timely notification of potential revocation or nonrenewal (including reasons) and reasonable time to respond.
Yes
9J
Authorizers must provide charter schools with due process for nonrenewal and revocation decisions (e.g., public hearing, submission of evidence).
Yes
9K
All charter renewal, nonrenewal, and revocation decisions must be made in a public meeting, with authorizers stating reasons for nonrenewals and revocations in writing.
Yes
9L
Authorizers must have school closure protocols to ensure timely parent notification, orderly student and record transitions, and property and asset disposition.
N/A
9M
Any transfer of charter contracts from one authorizer to another are only allowed if they are approved by the state.

Is there transparency regarding educational service providers?

Florida law permits charter schools to contract with education service providers.
State board regulations require the use of a model charter application form, which requires details on any proposed ESP agreements, including services, performance evaluation measures, fee structure, renewal and termination provisions, and how the relationship with the ESP will further the school’s mission. Regulations also require the application to detail why the ESP was selected, what due diligence efforts were conducted to inform the selection, a summary of the ESP’s history, the background and experience of senior management, and student and financial performance data from other schools using this ESP.

The state’s model charter contract form requires the inclusion of any ESP agreement and provides that any changes to the ESP agreement require charter contract modification and approval.

Regulations require the application to explain how the charter school’s governing board will ensure an “arm’s length,” performance-based relationship between the governing board and the ESP. In addition, state law provides that an employee of the charter school, or his or her spouse, or an employee of a charter management organization, or his or her spouse, may not be a member of the governing board of the charter school.

The state’s model application (which was adopted as a rule by the state board of education and therefore has the force of law) requires an applicant to describe the oversight and evaluation methods that the board will use to oversee the ESP and requires an authorizer to use evaluation criteria that includes a description of how the school’s governing board has a clear plan for holding the ESP accountable for negotiated performance.

The model application also must include a description of the spending decisions the management organization can make without obtaining governing board approval, what reports the ESP must submit to the board on financial performance, and on what schedule, and how the governing board will provide financial oversight.

The Florida statute requires all employees and contractors to undergo background screening.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
10A
All types of educational service providers (both for-profit and nonprofit) are allowed to operate all or parts of schools.
Yes
10B
The charter application requires (1) performance data for all current and past schools operated by the ESP, and (2) explanation and evidence of the ESP’s capacity for successful growth while maintaining quality in existing schools.
Yes
10C
A performance contract is required between the independent charter school board and the ESP, with such contract approved by the school’s authorizer.
Yes
10D
School governing boards operate as entities completely independent of any ESP, individuals compensated by an ESP are prohibited from serving as voting members on such boards, and existing and potential conflicts of interest between the two entities are required to be disclosed and explained in the charter application.
Yes
10E
Provides that charter school governing boards must have access to ESP records necessary to oversee the ESP contract.
Yes
10F
An ESP must annually provide information to its charter school governing board on how that ESP spends public funding it receives when the ESP is performing a public function under applicable state law.
Yes
10G
Requires that similar criminal history record checks and fingerprinting requirements applicable to other public schools shall also be mandatory for on-site employees of ESPs who regularly come into contact with students.

Are the schools fiscally and legally autonomous with independent charter school boards?

Florida statutes and regulations do not detail clearly that all charter schools are fully fiscally and legally autonomous. For example, the law does it indicate that schools can sue and be sued in their own names. Florida law provides that charter schools must be organized as, or be operated by, a nonprofit organization and allows them to be either a private or a public employer.
The state’s model application requires a description of proposed board member recruitment and development plans and the model application’s evaluation criteria indicates that reviewers must look for a governing board that is legally structured or plans to accomplish it.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Some
11A
Fiscally autonomous schools (e.g., schools have clear statutory authority to receive and disburse funds; incur debt; and pledge, assign, or encumber assets as collateral).
Some
11B
Legally autonomous schools (e.g., schools have clear statutory authority to enter into contracts and leases, sue and be sued in their own names, and acquire real property).
Yes
11C
Independent school governing boards created specifically to govern their charter schools.

Are there clear student enrollment and lottery procedures?

Beginning in 2017-18, Florida law requires each district and charter school to adopt a controlled open enrollment plan that allows a student to enroll in any public school in the state that has not reached capacity. Each charter school governing board shall determine capacity based upon its charter contract.
Florida’s law contains anti-discrimination provisions regarding admissions.
Florida law provides that conversions must give enrollment preference to students who would have otherwise attended that public school. It also provides that any charter school must give first preference for admission to dependent children of active-duty military personnel. It does not require them to provide enrollment preferences for prior year students within chartered schools.

Florida law provides that charter schools may give enrollment preference to students who are siblings of a student enrolled in the charter school, students who are the children of a member of the governing board of the charter school, students who are the children of an employee of the charter school, students who are children of a business partner with the school, students who are children of a resident of a municipality that operates a charter school-in-a-municipality, students who have been in a pre-K program in that school, and students who are the children of active-duty members of any branch of the armed forces.

Florida law provides that a charter school may limit the enrollment process only to target the following student populations: students within specific age groups or grade levels; students considered at risk of dropping out of school or academic failure (such students include exceptional education students); students enrolling in a charter school-in-the-workplace or charter school-in-a-municipality; students residing within a reasonable distance of the charter school; students who meet reasonable academic, artistic, or other eligibility standards established by the charter school and included in the charter school application and charter or, in the case of existing charter schools, standards that are consistent with the school's mission and purpose; and students articulating from one charter school to another pursuant to an articulation agreement between the charter schools that has been approved by the authorizer.
Florida law requires charter schools to admit students via a random selection process when the number of applications exceeds the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or building.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
12A
Open enrollment to any student in the state.
Yes
12B
Anti-discrimination provisions regarding admissions.
Some
12C
Required enrollment preferences for previously enrolled students within conversions and for prior-year students within charter schools.
Yes
12D
Lottery requirements.

Is there automatic exemption from many state and district laws and regulations?

Florida law provides that charter schools are exempt from all state statutes and education code provisions except those explicitly applying to charters, assessment, grading, special education, civil rights, health, safety and welfare, public meetings and records, public inspection, and criminal and civil penalties. It also provides that local school board policies don’t apply to charter schools.
Florida law requires that all charter school teachers must be certified.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
13A
Exemptions from all laws, except those covering health, safety, civil rights, student accountability, employee criminal history checks, open meetings, freedom of information, and generally accepted accounting principles.
No
13B
Exemption from state teacher certification requirements.

Is there an automatic collective bargaining exemption?

Florida law provides that charter schools are exempt from participation in any district collective bargaining agreements.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
14A
Charter schools authorized by nonlocal board authorizers are exempt from participation in any outside collective bargaining agreements.
Yes
14B
Charter schools authorized by local boards are exempt from participation in any district collective bargaining agreements.

Are multischool charter contracts and/or multicharter contract boards allowed?

Florida law indicates that a governing board that oversees multiple high-performing charter schools in the same district may consolidate those into a single charter. However, there is nothing in statute or rule that specifically requires each school to maintain independent fiscal and academic accountability.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Some
15A
Oversee multiple schools linked under a single contract with independent fiscal and academic accountability for each school.
No
15B
Hold multiple charter contracts with independent fiscal and academic accountability for each school.

Is there eligibility and access to extracurricular and interscholastic activities?

The state interscholastic association’s rules include charter schools in their definitions of schools eligible to participate in all such activities. Florida law provides that charter students are eligible to participate in an interscholastic activity at the public school that a student would otherwise have been assigned to.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
16A
Laws or regulations explicitly state that charter school students and employees are eligible to participate in all extracurricular and interscholastic activities available to noncharter public school students and employees.
Yes
16B
Laws or regulations explicitly allow charter school students in schools not providing extracurricular and interscholastic activities to have access to those activities at noncharter public schools.

Is there clear identification of special education responsibilities?

Florida law provides that the school district authorizer is the LEA, with the schools responsible for providing services and the districts responsible for overseeing the provision of services.However, the law allows charter schools that meet each of the following requirements to be designated a LEA for the purpose of receiving federal funds: has all schools located in same county; has total enrollment exceeding the total enrollment of at least one school district in the state; and has the same governing board for all schools. The governing board must adopt and file a resolution with its authorizing district and the state department of education and accept full responsibility for all LEA requirements related to the federal programs. Additionally, a governing board that is operating a system of charter schools within a district that are established pursuant to public school improvement efforts may also be designated as a LEA for the purpose of receiving federal funds.
The law explicitly states that charter schools are entitled to any Title I or IDEA funds for which they qualify and they will receive this funding directly from the state department of education.
The law states that districts must provide services to charter schools, but it does not grant blanket access to any state offered services.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
17A
Clarity regarding which entity is the local education agency (LEA) responsible for providing special education services.
Yes
17B
Clarity regarding the flow of federal, state, and local special education funds to the designated LEA.
No
17C
Clarity regarding funding for low-incident, high-cost services for charter schools (in the same amount and/or in a manner similar to other LEAs).
Some
17D
Clarity that charter schools have access to all regional and state services and supports available to traditional districts.

Is there equitable operational funding and equal access to all state and federal categorical funding?

Florida law provides that charter schools should be funded the same as other public schools and that charter schools are entitled to their proportionate share of categorical program funds included in the Florida Education Finance Program, including transportation.
In a national study of charter school funding (University of Arkansas, Charter School Funding: Inequity Expands, 2014), Florida charter schools were receiving on average $7,649 per pupil in public funds, while traditional public schools would have received $10,109 for those students. As a result, the state's charter schools were receiving $2,460 per pupil – or 24.3% - less than what the traditional public schools would have received for those students. This figure includes all sources of funding, and analysis reveals some continued inequities for both operational and capital funding (see component #19 for information on capital issues).

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Some
18A
Equitable operational funding statutorily driven.
Some
18B
Equal access to all applicable categorical federal and state funding and clear guidance on the pass-through of such funds.
Yes
18C
Funding for transportation similar to school districts.
No
18D
Annual report offering district and charter school funding comparisons and including annual recommendations to the legislature for any needed equity enhancements.

Is there equitable access to capital funding and facilities?

Florida law provides a per-pupil charter facilities funding program for eligible charter schools. It specifies that a school is eligible if it has been in operation at least two years, is part of an expanded feeder pattern chain, or is accredited. It provides that eligible schools receive per-pupil dollars based on a formula. In 2016, the legislature appropriated $75 million for this fund.
Florida law required school districts to share local property taxes (i.e., mills) with charter schools for the construction, renovation, remodeling, maintenance, and repair of educational facilities, the purchase, lease or lease-purchase of equipment, vehicles, educational facilities and construction materials directly related to the delivery of student instruction, and the rental or lease of educational facilities.

Florida law allows the Florida Industrial Development Financing Act to authorize any county or municipality to issue tax-exempt industrial development bonds to finance the cost of eligible projects, including facilities owned and operated by charter schools.

Florida law allows charter schools to either opt into the facilities rules applicable to other schools or meet local building codes.

Florida law provides an exemption from ad valorem taxes for facilities used to house charter schools.

For charter school facilities that are created specifically to address population increases from new residential dwellings, Florida law provides that some or all of the educational impact fees required to be paid in connection with new residential dwellings may be designated for the construction of charter school facilities.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Facilities Funding
Yes
19A
A per-pupil facilities allowance that annually reflects actual average district capital costs.
No
19B
A state grant program for charter school facilities.
No
19C
Equal access to existing state facilities programs available to noncharter public schools.
Access to Public Space
No
19D
A requirement for districts to provide school district space or funding to charter schools if the majority of that schools’ students reside in that district.
No
19E
Right of first refusal to purchase or lease at or below fair market value a closed, unused, or underused public school facility or property.
Access to Financing Tools
No
19F
A state loan program for charter school facilities.
Yes
19G
Equal access to tax-exempt bonding authorities or allowing charter schools to have their own bonding authority
No
19H
Pledging the moral obligation of the state to help charter schools obtain more favorable bond financing terms.
No
19I
The creation and funding of a state charter school debt reserve fund.
Yes
19J
The inclusion of charter schools in school district bonding and mill levy requests.
No
19K
A mechanism to provide credit enhancement for charter school facilities.
Other
No
19L
Charter schools allowed to contract at or below fair market value with a school district, a college or university, or any other public or for-profit or nonprofit private entity for the use of facility for a school building.
Yes
19M
Certain entities allowed to provide space to charter schools within their facilities under their preexisting zoning and land use designations.
Yes
19N
Charter school facilities exempt from ad valorem taxes and other assessment fees not applicable to other public schools.

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Florida law provides that charter schools that opt to be organized as a public employer have equal access to the state retirement system.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Yes
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Are there provisions for full-time virtual charter schools?

Florida’s law includes a small number of the model law’s provisions regarding full-time virtual charter schools.
The law provides performance-based funding to full-time virtual charter schools.

The law also provides that virtual charter schools may be authorized only if the virtual charter school has an executed contract with a state approved provider of virtual instruction services.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
No
21A
An authorizing structure whereby full-time virtual charter schools that serve students from more than one district may be approved only by an authorizer with statewide chartering jurisdiction and authority, full-time virtual charter schools that serve students from one school district may be authorized by that school district, and a cap is placed on the total amount of funding that an authorizer may withhold from a full-time virtual charter school.
No
21B
Legally permissible criteria and processes for enrollment based on the existence of supports needed for student success.
No
21C
Enrollment level provisions that establish maximum enrollment levels for each year of a charter contract, with any increases in enrollment from one year to the next based on whether the school meets its performance requirements.
No
21D
Accountability provisions that include virtual-specific goals regarding student enrollment, attendance, engagement, achievement, truancy, and attrition.
No
21E
Funding levels per student based on costs proposed and justified by the operators.
Yes
21F
Performance-based funding whereby full-time virtual charter schools are funded via a performance-based funding system based on meeting the accountability performance provisions.