The measure (HB 5105), which passed the House and heads to the Senate, sets aside $200 million in financial help for nonprofit companies to open charter schools in the Sunshine State.
The idea is to provide alternatives to chronically failing schools, often in poor areas.
Cesar Grajales, The LIBRE Initiative’s Coalitions Director, said the “legislation gives students across the state a new hope for receiving a better education.”
“We believe that when you empower students and their parents with increased options, our community is better equipped to reach the American Dream,” Grajales said.
“We applaud Chairman Chris Latvala and Chairman Manny Diaz for their leadership on this important issue,” he added. “We hope that the Florida Senate will quickly take similar steps to remove unnecessary barriers to opening more successful charter schools so that our students don’t have to remain stuck in failure factories.”