“Charter School Awareness Day” in Florida is set for Tuesday, Oct. 17; Students, Parents, Supporters, Teachers, Administrators are Urged to Participate

Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) proclaims “Charter School Awareness Day.”

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., -- The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is urging charter school students and their parents to join with charter school teachers, administrators and others on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in a day of action to show support for the public charter school movement across Florida. Florida’s first “Charter School Awareness Day,” as proclaimed by FCPCS, is designed to increase public understanding that charter schools are also public schools.

FCPCS is encouraging everyone to reach out to local school board members in order to respectfully send the message that charter school students are public school students and their schools deserve funding at a level equal to traditional public schools. In communities where school board meetings are scheduled for the week of Oct. 15th, FCPCS is encouraging students, parents, supporters, teachers and administrators to attend the meetings and to respectfully make their presence known.

“More than 282,000 Florida students attend public charter schools throughout the state,” said FCPCS President Robert Haag. “We encourage them, as well as their parents and others, to make their voices heard. We encourage them to push for equal funding, as mandated under Florida law.”

A 2016 Student Achievement Report published this April by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) shows the state’s charter school students are outperforming students in traditional Florida public schools in overall achievement and in learning gains.

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.