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Dec 10, 2014

A Growing Movement: NAPCS Report shows 70% growth in 5 years

A report released by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools on December 8, 2014 shows that charter schools are the fastest-growing school choice option in the U.S. -- with 70% growth in the past five years.

Dec 9, 2014

Teacher/Admin Evaluation System Gets State Approval

A simply, easy to use teacher and administrator evaluation system created by FCPCS recently received approval from the state. The FCPCS system is just one of three evaluation tools approved by the state, and the only one specifically designed for charter schools.

Dec 3, 2014

Lori White named 2014 Champion Superintendent of the Year

Lori White, Superintendent for Sarasota Public Schools, was named the 2014 Charter School Champion School District Superintendent of the Year.

Dec 1, 2014

Aeron "Coach" Atkinson named Champion Teacher of the Year

Areon Atkinson, Athletic Director at Brooks De Bartolo Collegiate High in Tampa, was named Champion Teacher of the Year at the 3rd Annual Charter School Champion Awards ceremony held in Orlando, FL on November 19, 2014.

Nov 24, 2014

Kelly Lichter named 2014 Charter School Champion Governing Board Member

"Kelly Lichter stood strong in the face of opposition and never gave up fighting for the children in her community. That’s what makes her a champion and why we recognized her,” said Robert Haag, FCPCS President.

Nov 24, 2014

FCPCS names 2014 Teachers of the Year

A middle school Science teacher at School of Arts & Sciences in Tallahassee, Julie Sear is known as a master at designing differentiated lessons that encourage both critical and creative thinking and as a compassionate teacher who makes time for students outside of class.

Nov 24, 2014

Ruth Jefferson named Champion Principal of the Year

Ruth Jefferson, Principal of St. Peter’s Preparatory Academy in Indian River County, was named Charter Schools Champion Principal of the year.

Nov 21, 2014

Charter School Champions of the Year

Every year, FCPCS hosts the Charter Schools Champion Awards to recognize people who are making a significant impact in their communities, and on the state’s education system, through their work with or at a charter school. The 2014 Charter School Champions are...

Nov 19, 2014

Collaboration with Districts discussed at Town Hall meeting

A Town Hall meeting kicked off the 18th annual Florida Charter School Conference in Orlando on Nov. 18. During the 3-hour meeting, panelists discussed the impact the state’s new tests and grading system will have on students and schools, education funding, legislative changes, Exceptional Students services and funding, and the urgent need for districts and charter schools to collaborate on issues of common concerns.

Nov 14, 2014

FCPCS hosts Town Hall meeting & Champion Awards Ceremony at State Charter Schools Conference

FCPCS will host a Town Hall meeting and Charter School Champions Awards ceremony at the state charter schools conference - Nov. 18-20, 2014 in Orlando, FL.

Nov 10, 2014

Alternative Charter Schools serve an important niche

There are many types of charter schools -- serving a variety of students and community needs. In this article, Travis Pillow with RedefinED looks at the important role credit recovery charter schools play in Florida's education system.

Nov 10, 2014

Students send sweets to US Soldiers serving overseas

Students at Somerset Academy in Davie (Broward County) brought in the Halloween candy they collected while Trick or Treating and created care packages for US military personnel stationed overseas.

Nov 7, 2014

Its has become harder to open a charter school in Florida

While some school districts continue to claim that they have little control over the quality of charter schools that open, and have diminished power over charter schools once they're operating, the TRUTH is that districts -- as charter school authorizers, the ones who award a contract to operate, and disperse funds - do have a great deal of power as well as responsibility. We want to see quality charter school applicants approved and need school districts to vigilant and thorough in their evaluation process.

Nov 5, 2014

New members of Congress will likely spur movement on education bills

A post-midterm election wrap up from Education Week talks about the impact election results may have on education issues.

Oct 24, 2014

New Pasco County Charter School focuses on the classics, humanites

Innovation is alive and well at charter schools across Florida. Here's an article by Jeff Solochek at the Tampa Bay Times that features a couple of them: "You might say that Latin is a dead language. But it's front and center at Classical Preparatory Academy, one of three Pasco County charter schools that opened in August."

Oct 22, 2014

Four Florida Districts Apply for Charter School Collaboration Grants

State incentivizes collaboration between school districts and charter schools with grants. This article by Travis Pillow from RedefinED outlines how four Florida school districts are joining forces with charter schools.

Oct 8, 2014

Responding to Negative Attacks on Charter Schools

The Center for Education Reform responds to a series of attacks on charter schools.

Oct 2, 2014

Public Charter School Movement in Florida Ranked Among Best in Nation

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools unveiled a new report on October 1, 2014 that ranks the “health” of the public charter school movement in 26 states across the country. Focusing on the factors essential for a strong charter school movement such as growth, quality, and innovation, this report ranks Florida 11th.

Sep 30, 2014

Four Charter Schools in Florida are named 2014 National Blue Ribbon Recipients

On September 30, 2014, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 287 public and 50 private schools as 2014 National Blue Ribbon recipients. Among the list of recipients are nine schools from Florida, four of which are charter schools: Crossroad Academy, Mater Gardens Academy, Terrace Community Middle School, and Doral Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy, the only high school in the State of Florida to receive this prestigious designation.

Sep 29, 2014

Quality Charter School Authorizer Task Force Meeting Online

The September 10th, 2014 Quality Charter School Authorizer Task Force meeting is now online. Watch representatives from school districts and charter schools from around the state talk frankly about various common issues like new state assessments, facilities, student funding, and closures of low-performing programs, as well as tackle ways to improve charter school/district relationships.

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