FCPCS responds to Governor Scott's $100 Million for Charter Schools announcement

FCPCS RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR SCOTT’S PROPOSED CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING PROPOSAL

January 15, 2015 - Governor Rick Scott announced today $100 million in funding for fixed capital outlay for Florida charter schools as part of his proposed 2015-2016 “Keep Florida Working” budget. Capital Outlay funding will go towards improving facilities in charter schools across the state. The current year capital outlay funding is $75 million.

"We really appreciate Governor Scott's support of parental choice and that he included public charter schools in his education budget. His proposal of $100 million for capital outlay funding will go long way in helping public charter schools better serve their students. However, we hope this amount is a starting point and that the final capital outlay allocation will be larger to match the growing demand for charter schools from families across Florida. Capital outlay funds allow charter schools to secure and pay for facilities. While the number of charter schools and their enrollment has grown substantially, the availability of capital outlayfunds has dramatically reduced over the decades,” said Robert Haag, President, Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.