Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools Applauds Gov. Rick Scott For Signing H.B. 7069 and Increasing Educational Opportunities for Florida Students

Increased state money and equitable funding requirements to boost Florida’s charter school movement

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Following this afternoon’s signing in Orlando of H.B. 7069 by Florida Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools issued the following statement from FCPCS President Robert Haag:

“The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) applauds our Legislature for addressing the needs of Florida students and Gov. Rick Scott for supporting and signing H.B. 7069, which expands student access to high-achieving charter schools with increased state funding. It also requires Florida school districts to equitably share their property tax revenues and more of their Title 1 federal education funds with charter schools, which also serve Title 1-eligible children. Further, the state’s definition of ‘public school preschool providers’ will now include charter schools. We sincerely appreciate the confidence expressed in the public charter schools movement by the Governor, members of the Florida Legislature and legislative leaders, especially Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran.

“A Student Achievement Report published recently 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. The performance measures are further evidence that charter schools are making a meaningful difference in the education of Florida’s students.”

The full 2016 Student Achievement Report can be viewed or downloaded at: 2016 Student Achievement Report.

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.