Apr 17, 2015
The state Capitol was buzzing with activity with week as the legislators move closer to the end of session on May 3rd.
Apr 15, 2015
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
On Tuesday, April 14, Governor Scott signed a bill to reduce hours Florida students spend testing.
Apr 10, 2015
Budget stalemate continues, charter accountability bill passes Senate committee stop #2, and testing continues to be a hot issue
Apr 10, 2015
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
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
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
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 16-20, 2015
Replicating High Performing Charters, Enrollment beyond attendance zones,
House & Senate Budgets released, and notes from D.C.
Mar 19, 2015
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
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
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
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
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 – 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
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.
Mar 3, 2015
Close to 300,000 students attend the more than 600 public charter schools in Florida. In order to maintain and improve the quality of education provided by those schools, charter school advocates, principals, and parents will be asking legislators to support their school in the following ways during the 2015 legislative session which begins today – March 3, 2015.
Feb 26, 2015
Inaccuracies and misinformation about charter schools are prevalent in media coverage. This guide is a response to common errors published about public schools, their funding, operations, and academic performance. Get the facts right. Read this and share it.
Feb 24, 2015
A senior at the International School of Broward - a charter middle high school -recently earned a full scholarship to Vanderbilt University.
Feb 16, 2015
FLORIDA – February 13, 2015 – A couple of interesting workshops were held this week. The House Choice & Innovation Subcommittee discussed school choice, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education focused on developing the education budget, and the K-12 Subcommittee heard from the Florida Department of Education on School Climate, which entails providing safe and supportive learning environments for Florida's students.