Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools Launches “Teachers for Charter Schools” Organization and Web Site

March 14, 2016

Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools Launches “Teachers for Charter Schools” Organization and Web Site To Help Meet Growing Demand for them at Florida’s Charter Schools and to Make it Easy for them to Apply

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Faced with increased demand for teachers and growing competition to attract them to teach at Florida’s schools, the state’s leading charter school support and advocacy organization has launched “Teachers for Charter Schools,” a free membership organization and online resource for teachers who work at or wish to work at Florida charter schools.

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) unveiled the new program and Web site as part of a statewide rollout of the program to members of Florida’s education community, as well as to prospective teachers.

“Teachers for Charter Schools was developed for current and potential charter schools teachers." said Robert Haag, President/CEO of FCPCS. Teachers may join, free of charge, at www.teachersforcharterschools.org.

Visitors to the site can also geographically locate charter schools where they can apply for teaching jobs. The site also encourages teachers and prospects to sign up for a free Teachers Newsletter.

The Web site also features an active tab to FCPCS’ innovative teacher and principal training program, the “Florida Principal & Teacher Training Academy,” with links to online professional development courses and other training tools for both teachers and administrators at FCPCS member schools. Once participants complete the course, they can apply for recertification directly through the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Educator Certification.

Demand for teachers at Florida schools is expected to increase in the coming years. As more baby boomers retire, the number of job openings for teachers at schools around Florida continues to grow. The problem is made worse by a decline in the number of potential teachers who seek state certification. According to records of the Florida Department of Education, the number of teaching certificates issued in the state dropped from 71,781 in 2006 to 59,334 in 2014, a decline of 17 percent.

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.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Bitner, media@floridacharterschools.org