Apr 15, 2015

Charter schools deserve aid

When a guest editorial in the Gainesville Sun criticized charter school funding, Dr. Charles W. Jones, Principal of the Manatee School for the Arts and FCPCS board member, responded.

Apr 14, 2015

Fewer tests bill signed by Governor Scott but state accountability measures remain in place

On Tuesday, April 14, Governor Scott signed a bill to reduce hours Florida students spend testing.

Apr 10, 2015

News from Tallahassee: Week of April 6-10, 2015

Budget stalemate continues, charter accountability bill passes Senate committee stop #2, and testing continues to be a hot issue

Apr 10, 2015

Charter school students & teachers advocate for funding in the state Capitol

Busloads of students from Pensacola, central and south Florida arrived at the state Capitol on Tuesday morning, April 7th. They were on a mission to meet with legislators and urge them to continue to fund charter schools.

Apr 10, 2015

Rhetoric on charter school facilities misses full funding picture

This article appeared in RedefinED in 2014 but the content still holds true today. Charter school critics are misinformed about construction funding and PECO allocation.

Apr 8, 2015

Charter school students storm the Florida Capitol

On Tuesday, April 7th, more than 300 charter schools students from around the state visited legislators in Tallahassee. The students and their teachers shared their success stories, and thanked legislators for supporting education funding. The students that participated walked the halls of the Capitol on behalf of the more than 260,000 public charter school students in the state.

Apr 6, 2015

Hundreds of students to visit legislators at state capitol on April 7

On April 7, 2015 more than 300 public charter school students and teachers will meet with legislators to spread the word about public charter schools’ successes and growing popularity among communities throughout Florida.

Mar 20, 2015

News from Tallahassee - Week of March 16, 2015

News from Tallahassee: Week of March 16-20, 2015 Replicating High Performing Charters, Enrollment beyond attendance zones, House & Senate Budgets released, and notes from D.C.

Mar 19, 2015

High Quality Choice Bill Moves Forward

More high quality, high performing school options are needed in high need areas. Florida lawmakers understand this need, and are supporting policies that will help make this happen.

Mar 19, 2015

CREDO Study: Disadvantaged and minority students receive the strongest positive benefits in urban charter schools

The CREDO Urban Charter School Study released this week found that in many urban areas, charter school students, particularly minority, are achieving at a higher level than students at district-run schools.

Mar 18, 2015

Help Failing Schools

A Letter to the Editor - published in The Miami Herald on March 17, 2015 - voices a concern about Broward County School Board's decision to hinder progress in high need areas.

Mar 16, 2015

Broward School Board hurts children by rejecting $3 million grant

On March 10, 2015, the Broward School Board overwhelmingly rejected a $3.3 million state grant that would have helped them recruit successful charter-schools to serve underserved and underperforming areas. FCPCS responds to their decision.

Mar 13, 2015

NASCA's letter to the Broward School Board

It is inconceivable that a major school district such as Broward County Public Schools would have turned down a $3.3 million state grant to attract the nation’s high-performing charter school operators. But that is what happened on March 11, when Broward school board members said that it was not their job to enrich its portfolio of charter schools. In a Op-Ed piece in the Sun Sentinel, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers explains why the board's decision hurts children and the communities of Broward County.

Mar 13, 2015

News from Tallahassee - March 13, 2015

News from Tallahassee – Week of March 9-13, 2015: FDOE Presentation to Senate Appropriations Committee and a recap of charter school/choice bills moving through the House and Senate including one that focuses on Accountability.

Mar 12, 2015

Charter School make successful students - it's important to note

During a Senate Appropriation Committee meeting held on March 5, 2015, the Florida Department of Education made a presentation about charter schools. The data in the presentation revealed that students that enrolled in charter schools last year mostly came from low performing district schools.