News

Dec 10, 2013

Charter School enrollment increased 350 percent

A new report released by National Alliance for Public Charter Schools on Dec 10, 2013 highlights the growth of public charter school enrollment across the nation.

Dec 1, 2013

Senator wants to tighten charter school focus

A Florida lawmaker wants to bar new charter schools if they can’t prove they’re unique.

Nov 25, 2013

State Charter Schools Conference wrap up

The 17th annual State Charter Schools Conference took place in Orlando on November 19-21, 2013. The three-day conference kicked off with a Town Hall meeting hosted by the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS), the state’s leading charter school advocacy group. FCPCS also hosted a Champions for Charter Schools award ceremony recognizing the state's top teachers, principals, governing board members, and legislator.

Nov 15, 2013

Broward School Board approves 19 new charters

The newly approved charter schools include several from organizations that already run campuses in Broward County -- including Ben Gamla, Somerset Academy and Franklin Academy.

Nov 15, 2013

A school's awkward last bell

The recent closures of charter schools in Broward County is evidence that accountability mechanisms are in place and they work – however disruptive the closure is to families, students and faculty. This editorial from the Worcester Telegram in Massachusetts does a great job explaining the painful necessity of a closure.

Nov 15, 2013

New report reviews special education services at charter schools

A report from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, and the newly created National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools, explores the relevant legal framework that shapes special education in the charter sector today.

Nov 8, 2013

Florida students make gains

Florida's 4th graders surpassed the national average score -- with higher percentages of students in all demographic groups demonstrating "proficient" or "advanced" knowledge in both reading and math.

Nov 5, 2013

FCPCS to host Town Hall Meeting on Nov. 19

At the Town Hall meeting, panelists representing the Florida Senate and House, school districts, Florida Department of Education and charter schools across the state will discuss critical issues including the most recent changes in Florida charter school law, and how they are impacting charter schools.

Oct 30, 2013

New charter schools in central Fla get green light

Several new charter schools are scheduled to open / expand next year in Central Florida including a military-themed school, several with a science or math focus, a middle school for gifted students, a high school for at-risk teens, and two Montessori schools.

Oct 21, 2013

Charter enrollment grows in Pinellas County

Charter school enrollment in Florida's west coast is up.

Oct 16, 2013

School grade safety net extended

The state Board of Education voted to keep in place a “safety net” that does not allow a school’s mark to drop more than one letter grade from the previous year.

Oct 7, 2013

FCPCS launches web-based teacher evaluation system

Tallahassee, FL -- October 4, 2013 -- The FCPCS evaluation option, now offered digitally through the observe4success interface, was developed in response to a need for a more flexible, customizable observation and evaluation system.

Oct 7, 2013

Parents sue for additional education funding

A group of Florida parents are taking the state to court because they say the state’s public schools are unsafe, underfunded, inefficient and ineffective.

Oct 4, 2013

The truth about charter schools and special education

It's a far more complicated picture than the one critics paint. An op-ed piece in the New York Daily News op-ed addresses the gap between the numbers of special needs students served by charters and traditional public schools…

Oct 4, 2013

Changes in state assessments leave 1 constant: tests

Even as major changes loom with Common Core Standards, critics worry that Florida students will spend too much time testing.