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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Duval County's charter school number is expected to grow by one as the Duval County School Board finalizes a contract with Charter Schools USA that plans to open a combined elementary and middle school this summer.

The city currently has 31 charter schools in operation that operate under performance contracts that monitor academic and financial accountability. The school district has little oversight beyond that.

"The new charter schools that are coming to Duval County Public Schools or Jacksonville are national charter schools, " said Superintendent Nikolai Vitti who noted the charter schools have an impact on the district's operating budget.

The impact per child is $5,400, which is taxpayer dollars that go with students who enroll in charter schools. Currently, 8,944 students attend charter school in Duval County.

The Renaissance Charter School expects to open with 661 students and would be located at 8080 AC Skinner Parkway.

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