Report: Florida charter school students outperform traditional public school counterparts

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Florida Department of Education released a report Monday saying charter school students consistently outperformed traditional public school students.

According to the press release, "In 63 of the 77 (82%) comparisons, students enrolled in charter schools demonstrated higher rates of grade level performance than their peers in traditional public school."

Larry Bolinger, CEO of Bay Haven Charter Academy Inc., believes a number of factors contribute to the findings.

"One is parental involvement. The parents or parent really want choice and so they have to go through quite an ordeal. They have to register the child in the lottery, the child's name has to come up," Bolinger said.

He also cited school uniforms, discipline policy, and intervention programs to the reported performance.

Bill Husfelt, Superintendent of Bay District Schools, said, "If you're involved in your school with your children and you're involved with them, and you communicate with the teacher, your child is going to do fine. I don't care if they're a charter school or a non-charter school, they're going to do fine. The key is parental involvement."

He also said, "That data is important to look at, but when you look at the whole state and not your schools, it's kind of hard to figure out which applies to you."

Husfelt said the report also doesn't compare Title I schools.

You can find the report here.