Marlene Sokol, Tampa Bay Times and FRONTLINE |
Already on the rise in Florida, charter schools are seeing an enrollment boost this year, one more way the pandemic has left a mark on public education. Funded with tax dollars but operated independently, charters are attracting families who want a clean new building, teaching methods they see as innovative and other features they sometimes find lacking in traditional public schools.
School district records suggest a greater willingness by charter school families to allow their children to attend schools in person. That could result from parents’ belief, shown in studies, that charter schools are safe. Or, as Pasco district spokesman Steve Hegarty suggested, it could stem from the fact that not all charter schools offer distance-learning options.