After spending heavily on ruling Republicans last election, charter schools and online education companies are poised to gain a major push forward this spring from the Legislature.
But financial and family bonds that link top GOP lawmakers to this rapidly growing industry also have given it outsize advantage, raising concerns from those feeling threatened by this shift, and renewing calls for stricter ethics standards in Tallahassee.
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Lawmakers with charter school ties
Sen. John Legg, R-Port Richey: Business manager for charter school co-founded by wife
Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami: CEO of Doral College, managed by a charter firm.
Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami: Land-use consultant who has done work for charter school company run by brother-in-law.
Rep. Seth McKeel, R-Lakeland: Volunteer board member of a charter school named after grandfather, a former educator.
Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes: Wife starting a charter school.