In 1996, Florida Legislature authorized charter schools as part of the state’s program of public education (Ch. 96-186, Laws of Florida). The legislature authorized the creation of charter schools to improve student learning, increase teaching innovation, provide students and parents more choice, increase accountability, and provide competition within the public school system.
Charter schools are publicly funded, nonsectarian schools that operate under a contract (charter) with the Duval County School Board. A governing board, appointed or selected, manages them; charter schools are open to all students but the majority of Duval County Public Charter Schools target at-risk students.
Charter schools are funded like other public schools in Florida, receiving funds based on the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) students enrolled. In addition, charter schools are eligible to receive fixed capital outlay funding based on their enrollment and number of student stations. The legislature appropriated $27.7 million dollars of the public Education Capital Outlay and Debt Service Trust Funds for charter school facility and construction maintenance in 2001-2002 year.
An insert provides a listing of charter schools currently operating in Duval County. It includes the name of the principal, telephone number, address, and the grade levels that the school serves. Below are answers to commonly asked questions regarding charter school enrollment.