Just one of 11 charter school applications were approved by the Shelby County Schools board, the lowest number since charter schools began opening in Memphis in 2003. The decisions were made under a new charter school policy that allows the district to decide where to open schools based on neighborhood needs.
For three years, the Florida Legislature has told school districts to reduce their property tax rates so their revenue would remain flat as assessed values rose. They made one exception, allowing districts to benefit from the value of new construction. As the state's economy matures into a 10th year of continuous growth, lawmakers might want to reconsider their position.