Mar 4, 2014
In less than three years at the helm of the Broward County public schools, Superintendent Robert Runcie has ushered in a new era of collaboration and cooperation between the Florida district and what some say is one of the biggest threats to its financial viability: the charter school community.
Feb 28, 2014
“Performance-based accountability is the hallmark of charter schools and reforms aimed at improving student learning. It’s quite galling for the American Federation of Teachers and In the Public Interest to trumpet accountability and transparency in the charter sector when it is those same players that fight so hard and spend millions of taxpayer dollars on politics to maintain the status quo in education."
Feb 12, 2014
Last legislative session, Governor Scott and the Legislature provided an increase of more than $1 billion in the education budget, including $480 million to fund a much-deserved pay raise for public school teachers. The charter school teacher pay raises – like per student funding for charter schools – must funnel through the school district. This means that school districts may keep 5% of every charter school teacher’s pay increase. In an effort to support our teachers – our most valuable classroom resource -- the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) asked Broward County Public School Superintendent Robert Runcie not to charge the 5% Administrative Fee on the charter school Teacher Salary Allocation. Superintendent Runcie agreed not to charge the fee, and will return any fees that have been charged so far.
Jan 31, 2014
Florida earns highest grade for teacher quality. A report by the National Council on Teacher Quality entitled 2013 State Teacher Policy Yearbook, gave Florida high marks for having policies that create better trained and more effective teachers.
Jan 31, 2014
Identifying and multiplying high-performing charter school models can get us significantly closer to our common goal--a great education for all children.