Today there are 658 charter schools in Florida.
The first charter school opened in Florida in 1996.
10investigates discovered charter schools are closing their doors just as fast as they are opening. As of 2019, 409 charter schools are closed.
Ben Wilcox is the research director for Integrity Florida, a nonprofit research institute and government watchdog. He recently published a report titled: The Hidden Costs of Charter Schools.
“Every time a charter school closes that’s a tremendous loss of taxpayer money and funds that should be going to educating children. That was a shock to us that nearly 400 of those had closed at the time that we wrote the report,” Ben explained to 10Investigates’ Jennifer Titus.