Voters Will Decide If Charter Schools Can Bypass Local School Board to Get Approval

The might of Florida’s powerful charter school industry was on display Monday as the panel charged with proposing amendments to the state constitution put before voters a “game changing” proposal to expand charter schools while rejecting another idea that would have made it easier for traditional schools to compete with them.

After nine hours of debate Monday, the Republican-dominated Constitution Revision Commission approved eight amendments to go before voters in November and rejected three.

The partisan group rejected a proposal that would allow high-performing school districts like Miami-Dade to be given the same flexibility that charter schools now have, a proposal that would have required Florida employers to use a new employment authorization system such as E-Verify and a proposal to close the loophole that allows pseudo write-in candidates to close a party primary.