House wants study of charter school construction money

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House budget negotiators proposed a plan Thursday to create a task force to look into how to fund the construction needs of charter schools — potentially defusing an issue that charter supporters have pushed in the face of fierce opposition in the House, reports the News Service of Florida. Rep. Marti Coley, the Marianna Republican who leads the chamber’s education budget-writing committee, floated the idea at a Thursday evening meeting between House and Senate negotiators. “We do have to figure out how we are going to adequately fund the needs of all of our public schools,” Coley said after the meeting. The move could help resolve a simmering feud over whether to require school districts to share construction money with charter schools. That provision remains in a Senate bill (SB 1852) about charters, but opponents including Coley have repeatedly beat it back in the House version of the measure (HB 903). The House is set to vote on the legislation, which so far still does not have the construction provision, on Friday.

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