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Progress Report: Charter School Management Strengthened, But Improved Academic Accountability Needed, Report No. 02-22, March 2002
 
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  • The Florida Legislature has implemented our prior report’s recommendations to improve charter school management.  Specifically, the Legislature doubled charter schools’ annual funding rate, exempted charter schools from ad valorem taxes, and strengthened the oversight responsibility of charter school governing boards.
  • The department has also taken some steps to address our recommendations, but more action is needed to establish academic accountability for charter schools.  School districts and the Department of Education still cannot demonstrate whether charter schools improve student performance. 
  • The financial condition of charter schools has improved.  Independent auditors reported that 82% of charter schools ended the 1999-00 fiscal year with a positive fund balance.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 99-48 Program Review: Charter Schools Need Improved Academic Accountability and Financial Management, published in April 2000.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Public Schools (K-12 Education)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-04  Steps Taken to Improve Charter School Financial Management and Performance Accountability; Additional Action Needed, published in January 2008.
  • Report No. 05-22 OPPAGA Report: Charter School Review Technical Report, published in April 2005.
  • Report No. 05-21 OPPAGA Report: Charter School Performance Comparable to Other Public Schools; Stronger Accountability Needed, published in April 2005.
  • Report No. 05-11 OPPAGA Report: Charter School Application Requirements Are Reasonable; Financial Management Problematic, published in March 2005.
  • Report No. 04-41 Progress Report: K-12 Accountability System and Student Achievement Improved, But Challenges Remain, published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 01-22 Justification Review: Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Public Education Program, published in April 2001.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
e-mail address: oppaga@oppaga.fl.gov


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