“Bad Actor List” proposed for fly-by-night FL charter schools

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Gov. Ron DeSantis has been in the spotlight over proposed education reforms such as revamping teacher bonuses and eliminating Florida’s Common Core academic standards, but he’s also pushing for other initiatives.

One of them is called a “Bad Actor List” to ban what DeSantis has called “fly-by-night” charter schools.

There’s not a lot of details yet, but the governor’s office said it will work with the Florida Legislature to develop a list “to prevent school operators who have been sanctioned or shut down by the state from working with Florida schools in the future. These individuals would be banned from engaging with schools in our state in any capacity for life.”

Charter schools are public schools overseen by private groups – an avenue for families who want to send their kids to non-traditional schools. The number of charters in Florida have blossomed over the years, pitting those charter programs against traditional public schools.

DeSantis talked about increased oversight over troubled charters at a recent news conference.  According to News Service Florida, DeSantis said:

“For the charter operators, if they’re coming in and doing these fly-by-night charters, where they open up, make some money and leave, we’re going to create a … list to where you’re blacklisted in Florida from being able to get these contracts in the future,” DeSantis said.

“If you’re a bad actor, you’re going on the list, and we’re not going to let you move around to different communities, make money and then not serve the interests of students and parents.”

 

 

Diane Rado
Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.

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