By Orlando Sentinel
Florida has won a share of a $49-million federal grant that will be used to “create new high-quality” charter schools and spread information about existing ones, the U.S. Department of Education announced today.
New York also won a slice of the five-year grant.
Charter schools are public schools run by independent groups and freed from some state bureaucracy. There are more than 400 charter schools in Florida, serving nearly 140,000 students.
Despite their different political affiliations, both President Barack Obama and Gov. Rick Scott view the expansion of charter schools as a key part of their educational reform efforts.
The grant money Florida will get is part of $255 million the federal government plans to invest in charter schools this fiscal year, the federal education department said.