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Charter School Explosion: Are they Fulfilling the Promise?
(Part 1 of 7)

By Patricia W. Hall

This is the first in a series of seven articles regarding Charter schools and their changing relationship to our community.

The first charter school in Hillsborough County opened in 1997 with Richardson Montessori Academy. It was one of the first five charter schools opened in Florida after legislation was passed authorizing charter schools in the state. Like all early charters, it had a specific mission and was led by a board of dedicated educators and parents. Its founding principal, Mrs. Tommie Brumfield, has continued educating and teaching her kindergarten and elementary students all these years. Read the rest of this entry »

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