Clemens files bill requiring charters to prove they are needed

1/07/15

Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, again filed legislation Jan. 7, 2015, requiring charter school applicants to prove what sets them apart from public schools before they could obtain approval.

SB 254 reads, “In order to obtain approval, a charter school shall clearly demonstrate that it meets a specific instructional need or a need for additional educational facilities…which the local school district does not or is unable to provide to students.”

He filed a similar plan, SB 452, last year.

“I think charter schools are there to serve the needs that the (traditional) public school system can’t,” Clemens said of the 2014 plan. “If they’re just going to do the same thing that we’re doing in public schools then I think it is a poor use of our tax resources.”