Building Hope and its “Florida Charter School Recovery Fund” Applauded for Helping Florida’s Charter Schools with Damage from Hurricane Irma

Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) thanks Building Hope for providing free damage assessments of school properties.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is publicly applauding the national nonprofit organization, Building Hope, for its work to support the recovery of Florida’s charter schools damaged by Hurricane Irma. Building Hope has established the “Florida Charter School Recovery Fund” to help rebuild Florida’s public charter schools and has committed $1 million to the Fund.

Building Hope is also partnering with construction firms throughout Florida to undertake free damage assessments of school properties. By establishing the Florida Charter School Recovery Fund and making a $1 million contribution to the Fund, Building Hope is committed to helping Florida’s charter schools, repair, reopen and restore educational services as quickly as possible.

“The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools is proud to partner with Building Hope to help its member schools that were damaged during Hurricane Irma,” said FCPCS President Robert Haag. “Many of our members have been quick to complete damage surveys as a first step in getting the help they need to rebuild.”

Haag also encouraged charter school supporters to consider making contributions to the Florida Charter School Recovery Fund by visiting the Fund’s website at www.FloridaCharterFund.org, where the link to a donation page is readily available. Building Hope is working closely with its funding partners from around the country to help build the recovery fund.

About the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is the leading charter school membership association in the state, with a membership of nearly 75 percent of all operating charter schools. Since its inception in 1999, FCPCS has been dedicated to creating a national model of high quality, accredited public charter schools that are student-centered and performance-driven. FCPCS provides a wide array of technical support, mentoring, training, networking, and purchasing services to its membership, as well as serving as an advocate for all Florida public charter schools.

About Building Hope

Building Hope is a national nonprofit organization focused on closing the educational achievement gap by supporting high quality public charter schools. With an initial grant of $28 million from The Sallie Mae Fund and a $2 million federal appropriation, Building Hope has gone on to provide $200 million in direct loans, credit enhancements and equity investments to support more than $1 billion in school construction. The assistance has supported 200 charter school projects in 18 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 70,000 students, more than half of whom live in under-served communities.