While the debate about charter schools rages on among educators, 11 more are set to open this fall. Several already have waiting lists, indicating the strong interest of parents.
Charter schools are free and paid for by taxpayer money, like regular public schools. They differ in that they are managed independently of the public school district, often by management companies. Since charter schools were authorized in 1996 in Florida, critics have said they drain students and public money away from public schools, weakening the overall system. Proponents say they provide a much-needed dose of innovation to a swollen and slow-moving educational bureaucracy.
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New Palm Beach County Charter Schools
Belle Glade Excel Charter School, Belle Glade (K-5)
Florida Virtual Academy @ PBC (K-12)
Franklin Academy, Boynton Beach (K-8)
I-Generation Empowerment Academy, Delray Beach (6-12)
Learning Path Academy, West Palm Beach, (Pre-K-5)
Renaissance Charter School at Palms West, Royal Palm Beach (K-8)
Renaissance Charter School at Summit, West Palm Beach (K-8)
Somerset Academy Boca Middle School, Boca Raton (6-8)
Somerset Academy Canyons Middle School, Boynton Beach (6-8)
Somerset Academy Canyons High School, Boynton Beach (9-12)
South Tech Preparatory Academy, Boynton Beach (6-8)