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May 8, 2014

A Student's Point of View

In this clip, 7th grader Alysa Vazquez from Somerset Pines in Pompano Beach talks about her experience at a charter school.

May 7, 2014

US Senate Passes Resolution Celebrating Charter Schools Week

The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution in honor of the 15th annual National Charter Schools Week (May 4 – May 10, 2014). S. Res. 438 states: The Senate congratulations the students, families, teachers, and administrators of charter schools across the United States for their ongoing contributions to education; their impressive strides in closing the academic achievement gap in schools in the United States, particularly schools with some of the most disadvantaged students in both rural and urban communities; and improving and strengthening the public school system in the United States.

May 6, 2014

60 Mater Academy Students Earn College Degree Just Before Their High School Graduation

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, fifty students from Mater Academy Charter High and ten from Mater Lakes Academy Charter High graduated from Miami Dade College. This means that the students - many of whom are children of immigrants and a majority of whom are the first in their families to attend and graduate from college - will enter universities across the country this fall as juniors.

May 5, 2014

Florida Celebrates National Charter Schools Week

The week of May 4th - 10th marks National Charter Schools Week and students, parents, teachers, and communities across the state will be celebrating the many successes of public charter schools. Starting Monday, May 5, students graduating from Florida’s public charter schools will be featured on www.floridacharterschools.org -- including the 60 students from Mater Academy and Mater Lakes Academy who are graduating high schools having already earned a two-year degree from Miami Dade College. In addition to local celebrations, there will be an online Florida Charter Schools Week Film Festival – giving everyone an opportunity to get to know charter schools, and the students they served.

May 5, 2014

Outcome of Florida's 2014 Legislative Session

The 2014 legislative session brought us a simplified school grading formula, an increase in per-student funding, and $75 million for charter schools facilities/construction. Here is a recap of the 2014 legislative session from the Tampa Bay Times.

May 2, 2014

FCPCS Announces Winner of Photo Contest

Youth Co-Op Preparatory Charter School in Hialeah has won the 2014 FCPCS Charter School Photo Contest for its photo of the school’s award-winning cheerleading team. The charter school is receiving a $500 Office Depot gift certificate for the winning photo. Photos selected as runners-up were submitted by Indian River Charter High School, Suncoast School for Innovative Studies, and Somerset Academy Central Miramar.

May 2, 2014

FCPCS Announces Photo Contest Winner

Youth Co-Op Preparatory Charter School in Hialeah has won the 2014 FCPCS Charter School Photo Contest for its photo of the school’s award-winning cheerleading team (see photo). The charter school is receiving a $500 Office Depot gift certificate for the winning photo. Photos selected as runners-up were submitted by Indian River Charter High School, Suncoast School for Innovative Studies, and Somerset Academy Central Miramar.

Apr 30, 2014

Charter School Funding: Inequity Expands

A study released today - April 30, 2014 - by the University of Arkansas, reveals the disparity between traditional and charter schools is greatest in major cities and that the funding gap has grown in recent years. Florida’s charter schools received 20.7 percent less funding than district schools; that’s $8,047 vs. $10,154 per pupil in 2011.

Apr 30, 2014

Legislative Update 04/30/2014

“Thanks to the generosity of House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel), who added $25 million in additional supplemental funding for charter school’s capital outlay needs, the total becomes $75 million for 2014/15. While still a reduction of 17.6% from what charter schools are currently receiving, it is a better figure than the Senate’s original figure,” said Robert Haag, President, FCPCS.

Apr 29, 2014

Florida House sets aside $75 million for charter facilities

Just before the clock struck midnight, the Florida House of Representatives brought capital outlay up to $75 million for charter schools.

Apr 28, 2014

A response to inaccurate reporting

In a letter to the editor, Fernando Zulueta of Academica, responds to inaccuracies in the paper's reporting. He writes: The April 21 article Charter-school firm audited, focuses on a draft document that was part of a nationwide review of charter schools by the U.S. Department of Education. It was a confidential preliminary draft containing numerous factual errors...

Apr 23, 2014

Standard Contract Victory in the House

A bill that creates a standard contract for districts and charter schools, and would permit charter schools to lease unused district facilities passed in the House yesterday. After nearly a full hour of debate on the House floor Monday, the House of Representatives passed HB 7083.

Apr 17, 2014

Get the facts on charter schools

When a letter in the Palm Beach Post attacked charter schools, one reader set the record straight with a list of truths.

Apr 15, 2014

Federal Charter Measure Clears the House

4/15/14 - EDUCATION WEEK - States and districts would be encouraged to help grow high-quality charter schools—and ensure that they enroll and retain English-language learners and students in special education—under a bipartisan bill approved overwhelmingly by the House Education and the Workforce Committee last week. The charter school bill is slated to be on the floor the week of May 5, coinciding with National Charter School week.

Apr 15, 2014

The truth about charter school funding

In recent weeks, inaccuracies have appeared in the media regarding public charter school operations, and funding practices. Here is the truth: public charter schools receive considerably less funding that District-run schools.