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Charter School Application Requirements Are Reasonable; Financial Management Problematic, Report No. 05-11, March 2005
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  • The number of charter schools in Florida has risen steadily over the past nine years.  In 2004-05, 300 charter schools served over 83,000 students.  Florida ranks behind only California and Arizona in the number of charter schools currently in operation.
  • Florida’s charter school application requirements are extensive but reasonable.  Local school boards approved more than half of the charter school applications considered.  The state’s appeals process helps to ensure that school board reasons for denial are fair.
  • Charter schools often face challenges that put them at risk for chronic financial deficits, including high facility costs, limited expertise in financial management, and small enrollment.  Lack of accurate and timely financial data makes it difficult to identify and provide assistance to schools with deteriorating financial situations.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Charter Schools
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. 04-41 Progress Report: K-12 Accountability System and Student Achievement Improved, But Challenges Remain, published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 02-22 Progress Report: Charter School Management Strengthened, But Improved Academic Accountability Needed, published in March 2002.
  • Report No. 01-22 Justification Review: Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Public Education Program, published in April 2001.
  • Report No. 99-48 Program Review: Charter Schools Need Improved Academic Accountability and Financial Management, published in April 2000.

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).
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