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Proposed bill in Florida would give charters easier access to underutilized classrooms

A bill proposed by a Florida House education subcommittee would require school districts to make classroom space available to charter schools for free if a traditional school's capacity falls below 50 percent. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel says charter schools also could be provided access to vacant school district buildings. Charter schools have complained over the years about the difficulty in finding affordable space. The Broward County district, despite enrollment declines in recent years, does not have any schools at less than 50 percent capacity. Palm Beach County has a few such underenrolled schools.

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