Will there be transparency with the new leadership/ school board, how will finances and meetings be run?

The Governing Board must follow a strict set of statutory guidelines set forth by the state. Those include:

  • State-approved Training is required for every member of the governing body of a charter school operating in Florida per State Board of Education Rule 6A.6.0784, including:
  • Each governing board member must complete a minimum of four (4) hours of instruction focusing on government in the sunshine, conflicts of interest, ethics, and financial responsibility as specified in Section 1002.33(9)(k), F.S.
  • After the initial four (4) hour training, each member is required, within the subsequent three (3) years and for each three (3) year period thereafter, to complete a two (2) hour refresher training on government in the sunshine, conflicts of interest, ethics, and financial responsibility as specified in Section 1002.33(9)(k), F.S. in order to retain his or her position on the charter school board.
  • Any member who fails to obtain the two (2) hour refresher training within any three (3) year period must take the four (4) hours of instruction again in order to remain eligible as a charter school board member.
  • New members joining a charter school board must complete the four (4) hour training within 90 days of their appointment to the board.
  • Governing board members must receive training from a state-approved trainer.

Additionally, Charter schools must also comply with any statute governing public records; public meetings and records; public inspection; and penalties (Ch. 119, F.S.). In addition, charter schools must use facilities that comply with the Florida Building Code (Ch. 553, F.S.) and Florida Fire Prevention Code (s. 633.025, F.S.), but are exempt from compliance with the State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF).

A charter school is also statutorily required to (s.1002.33(9),F.S.):

  • Be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and operations;
  • Be accountable to the school district for its performance;
  • Not charge tuition or registration fees
  • Comply with all applicable state and local health, safety, and civil rights requirements;
  • Not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, handicap, or marital status;
  • Subject itself to and pay for an annual financial audit;
  • Maintain all financial records that constitute its accounting system in accordance with current law;
  • Annually adopt and maintain an operating budget;
  • Fully participate in the state‚Äôs education accountability program.

Source: https://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/charter-schools/charter-school-faqs.stml

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