Florida Public Charter Schools Celebrate National Charter Schools Week

Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) Touts Participation by Member Schools

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – In celebration of National Charter Schools Week, May 1-7, 2016, member schools of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) are undertaking a wide variety of special programs and events to salute the flourishing charter school movement in the Sunshine State. There will be a variety of charter school celebration activities throughout the week.

“Florida is a national leader in the public charter school movement, and our member schools are proud to showcase their schools that improve public education in our communities throughout the state,” said Robert Haag, FCPCS President. "FCPCS has been serving schools and families since 1999 by providing programs and services that support our charter schools."

Here are a few facts about charter schools in Florida:

+ Charter Schools Are Public Schools. 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. Public charter schools must adhere to federal and state education standards, as well as federal and state civil rights laws. In Florida, there are 646 public charter schools serving a diverse student body of 270,691 students in 46 Florida counties.

+ Charter Schools Increase Student Achievement. Since 2010, several independent research studies have found that students in charter schools do better than their traditional school peers. The most recent of those studies, by the Center for Research on Educational Outcomes at Stanford University, found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center for Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.

+ Charter Schools Give Parents Public School Options. Parents want the best education possible for their children. Public charter schools give parents options within the public school system so they can find a school that best meets the needs of their child.

For more information on charter public schools in Florida, please visit the FCPCS website at www.floridacharterschools.org. For national information on public charter schools, please visit the National Alliance for Charter Public Schools website at www.publiccharters.org.

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