One of the bills of particular concern is the Schools of Hope Bill that has passed the State House of Representatives. While it does not have a companion bill in the Senate yet, it could just be a part of the annual appropriation. This bill addresses persistently low performing schools. In Broward we have 16 elementary schools and 2 secondary schools that have been identified. If passed, it will limit the options available to districts to improve schools that have been graded D or F for three consecutive years. The proposed bill provides districts with three options (1) close the school and reassign the students to another school graded C or higher; (2) close the school and reopen it as a charter; or (3) contract with an outside provider to operate the school. The language also provides $200 million in funding to contract with outside providers.
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