At least seven groups of applicants with ties to failed or floundering charter schools are seeking second chances and public money to open 18 more.
Odds are, most will prevail.
School districts say that they can’t deny applicants solely because of past problems running charter schools. State laws tell them to evaluate what they see on paper — academic plans, budget proposals, student services — not previous school collapses or controversial professional histories.
District officials are currently reviewing applications for next year.