Watchdog Organization Questions Florida’s Charter School Closure Rate

A national group that investigates what it deems corruption that undermines democracy is calling attention to the high rate of charter school closures in Florida.

The Wisconsin-based Center for Media and Democracy has issued data showing that since 2000, 491 of 1,091 Florida charter schools have closed their doors. That’s 38 percent, which is 7 points higher than the national average.

The Florida Department of Education shows 389 charters have closed, not 491. Officials noted that at least 40 of the schools merged and did not shut down.

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