A recently released state audit shows that 76 of 615 Florida charter schools ended 2013-14 with a financial deficit, while 31 charters had material weaknesses with their internal financial controls.
Broward County had the highest prevalence of troubled charters, with 25 percent. But it’s not the only district with struggling schools.
The audit listed six of 43 charters (14 percent) in Hillsborough as running deficits at the end of the year, along with four of 22 charters (18 percent) in Pinellas and one of seven (14 percent) in Pasco. Some of the listed schools, including Florida Autism Center of Excellence in Pasco and Imagine Middle School of St. Petersburg, have since closed. Others worked to improve their status.