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Jefferson County Selects Charter School Company

In a decision Education Commissioner Pam Stewart called “historic,” the Jefferson County school board voted unanimously Tuesday to accept the application of Somerset Academy, Inc. to operate local schools and become the first charter school district in Florida.

According to Somerset’s website, the Miramar-based company operates 50 schools with 17,597 students in Florida, Nevada and Texas.

Chancellor Hershel Lyons, at today’s State Board of Education meeting, announced the decision and said it’s an opportunity to put increased focus on student achievement.