Aug 19, 2014

Truth About Charter Schools

Charter schools serve ALL students. If there are more interested students than available seats, charter schools will hold lotteries, which randomly determine which students will be enrolled. Unlike magnet schools overseen by school districts, public charter schools cannot selectively admit students. According to federal law, public charter schools must accept all students, including students with disabilities and English learners, regardless of previous academic performance. That's the truth about charters.

Aug 12, 2014

North County Charter School Earns Top Score

North County Charter School earns the top score in Indian River County.

Aug 4, 2014

What we're learned about districts and charter schools working together

In September 2013, FCPCS launched the state's first ever district/charter school cooperative. Representatives from both sides sat at a the table to discuss ways to work together, and improve the future of public education for all children. We want to see more cooperation, and the elimination of the "us vs. them" mentality.

Jul 24, 2014

Some charter schools raise their grade, others struggle

Jul 22, 2014

Charter School More Cost Effective than District-run Schools

A new report released today by the University of Arkansas finds that despite receiving fewer per pupil dollars, public charter schools are producing greater results on national math and reading assessments and better long-term economic gains for students than district-run public schools.

Jul 17, 2014

FCAT Scored Released for Elementary & Middle Schools

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) released the 2013-14 School Grades for elementary and middle schools on July 14, 2014. According to that preliminary data, 962 elementary and middle schools statewide earned an “A” – 174 of those are public charter schools; and ten of the top 20 scoring schools are charter schools.

Jul 11, 2014

Grant Opportunities for Replicating Successful Charter Schools

The U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program has just announced the 2014 CSP Grants Competition for Replication and Expansion. Application deadline is July 21, 2014.

Jul 11, 2014

More Florida Schools Earn "A" Grade

News from the FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION / PRESS OFFICE: The number of elementary and middle schools earning a preliminary “A” grade increased by 195 (7 percentage points) over last year in the final year of the current grading system, according to preliminary data released today by the Department of Education.

Jul 3, 2014

In landmark decision, judge sides with principals in charter school conversion case

In a landmark decision, a judge rules in favor of former district employees who were punished for trying to convert a school for the severely disabled into a charter school.

Jun 26, 2014

Districts have the power to monitor and evaluate charter schools

Articles that appeared in the Sun-Sentinel on June 22 and 23 claim that “virtually anyone can open or run a charter school and spend public education money with near impunity” and the local school districts have “limited power to intervene when cash is mismanaged or students are deprived basic supplies- even classrooms.” While these claims make great headlines, they are inaccurate and uninformed.

Jun 12, 2014

Class of 2014 - Mater East High recognized

For several weeks, we have been featuring top charter school grads from around the state. Today, we recognize Evelyn Abad from Mater Academy East Charter High School.

Jun 9, 2014

Broward Charter Schools May Be Eligible for Bond Funding

Funding for technology upgrades under the General Obligation Fund may also include Broward District Charter Schools at the discretion of the School Board to the extent legally permissible. Board to discuss options at a meeting on June 9, 2014.

May 30, 2014

A response to League of Women Voters Report

The report issued by the League of Women Voters is flawed. It only looked at a small number of charter schools out the more than 600 in the state and didn’t take into account achievement data, and funding disparity – both documented by various university studies and our state’s Department of Education. More importantly, not one parent of the more than 240,000 public charter school students in the state was asked why they chose a charter school or how their charter school is helping their child succeed. Charter schools give parents a voice and the power to control their child’s education future, and in return they have pushed us to be better. Demanding high quality choice programs, parents have been and continue to be the driving force behind the growth and success of charter schools.

May 30, 2014

Public School With 'Medically Fragile' Students May Turn Charter

Wingate Oaks in Ft. Lauderdale, FL serves special needs children. When parents learned a year ago that the Broward school district planned to close the school, they began a campaign to keep their school open.

May 28, 2014

Civil Rights Guidance for Charter Schools

May 2014 -- The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released new guidance confirming that the same federal civil rights laws that apply to other public schools apply equally to public charter schools.