Worried about a high dropout rate, Pinellas, Florida schools are emulating Burger King. If traditional school doesn’t work for you, “have it your way.” School leaders haven’t figured out what the options will look like, but they’re very aware of charter school competition, reports the St. Petersburg Times:
Pinellas has three charter schools geared toward at-risk high school students, with two more on the way.
. . . At the new Mavericks High in Largo, students who boost their academic performance and attendance will eventually get to spend more time in a game room playing John Madden football and Tiger Woods golf.
Another charter school, the Florida High School for Accelerated Learning, is scheduled to open next fall in Kenneth City. Its approach is big on flexible scheduling, a self-set pace and technology.
“We think we can do some of the things that they’re doing, and just as well or better,” Chief Academic Officer Cathy Fleeger told the Times.