Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) Urges Member Schools to Embrace and Enroll Students from Puerto Rico Displaced by Hurricane Maria

FCPCS also endorses efforts by Gov. Scott to provide resources to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., (October 6, 2017) – The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is calling on its member schools to be proactive in reaching out to students and their families from Puerto Rico who have been displaced due to extensive damage caused by Hurricane Maria. As the leading public charter school membership association in the state, with a membership of nearly 75 percent of all operating public charter schools, FCPCS can make a real difference in championing the educational needs of students from the storm-ravaged island.

Specifically, FCPCS is encouraging its member schools to contact Hispanic-interest organizations in their individual communities, with a special focus on organizations that reach former residents of Puerto Rico. Charter school representatives are encouraged to seek out displaced students and their families in order to share information about educational choices and enrollment procedures.

“We want students and parents from Puerto Rico to know that Florida’s charter schools offer excellent educational options,” said FCPCS President Robert Haag. “We encourage our member schools to welcome them with open arms.”

In addition, FCPCS endorses the efforts of Florida Gov. Rick Scott to provide “all available resources and personnel” to help the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria. Gov. Scott noted that Florida schools stand ready to enroll students from Puerto Rico. He directed the Florida Department of Education (DOE) to waive rules and regulations to ensure Puerto Rican students impacted by Hurricane Maria are able to continue their education in Florida. He also announced that Florida state colleges and universities are waiving out-of-state tuition and fees for students from Puerto Rico displaced by the hurricane.

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.