Florida Celebrates National Charter Schools Week

Florida families celebrate national charter schools week

The week of May 4th - 10th marks National Charter Schools Week and students, parents, teachers, and communities across the state will be celebrating the many successes of public charter schools. To kick off the celebration, Congressman Mario Diaz Balart visited the City of Hialeah Educational Academy (COHEA) on Friday, May 2, 2014. Starting Monday, May 5, students graduating from Florida’s public charter schools will be featured on www.floridacharterschools.org -- including the 60 students from Mater Academy and Mater Lakes Academy who are graduating high schools having already earned a two-year degree from Miami Dade College.

In addition to local celebrations, there will be an online Florida Charter Schools Week Film Festival – giving everyone an opportunity to get to know charter schools, and the students they served.

“Public charter schools have been serving families in Florida for close to two decades. We attribute our academic success and growth in numbers to high quality teachers, parental support, and our students’ determination to learn," said Robert Haag, President, Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.

Charter Schools Are Public Schools. Approved by our State Legislature with bipartisan support in 1996, public charter schools are independent tuition free public schools open to all students. Public charter schools are given the flexibility to be more innovative while being held accountable for improved student achievement and must adhere to federal and state education standards, as well as federal and state civil rights laws. Today, there are close to 600 public charter schools serving a diverse student body of 239,000 students in Florida.

Charter Schools Increase Student Achievement. Since 2010, all but one independent research study has found that students in charter schools do better than their district school peers. Using data from
the 2011-12 school year, a Florida Department of Education report shows that “Charter school students outperformed traditional public school students in 55 of the 63 comparisons, with one tie.”

Charter Schools Give Parents Public School Options. Parents want the best education possible for their children. Public charter schools give parents quality options within the public school system so they can find a school that best meets the needs of their child. Visit www.floridacharterschools.org for more information about public charter schools in Florida.

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