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Jan 29, 2015

News from Tallahassee - Week of January 26, 2015

FLORIDA - January 30, 2015 – This week, students, parents, and school choice advocates across the country celebrated School Choice Week. In Florida, hundreds of activities and celebrations took place including a School Choice Week kick off in Jacksonville with more than 2,000 in attendance. Meanwhile in Tallahassee, legislators continued to prepare for the upcoming legislative session. Here is a brief recap.

Jan 27, 2015

Somerset Pines teaches entrepreneurship, leadership

Teachers at Somerset Pines Charter School in Broward County created a city within a school to help teach elementary and middle school students about economics, personal finance, job readiness, and commercial finance. The results so far are phenomenal.

Jan 27, 2015

National Rankings Report Finds States Continue to Strengthen Charter School Laws

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ sixth annual rankings report shows the need for additional policy improvements across the nation, especially in the area of funding equity for public charter school students.

Jan 22, 2015

2015 Legislative Platform

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS), the state’s leading charter school support and advocacy association representing more than 500 public charter schools across the state, released its 2015 Legislative Platform today.

Jan 16, 2015

News from Tallahassee - Jan 16 2015

The formal session of the 2015 Florida Legislature does not begin until March 3rd, however, legislators have already begun to file bills, and committees and subcommittees of both the House and the Senate began holding meetings on January 5th. Lawmakers have been introducing bills for several weeks now and the FCPCS Advocacy Team is already tracking several bills of interest.

Jan 15, 2015

FCPCS responds to Governor Scott's $100 Million for Charter Schools announcement

Governor Rick Scott announced today $100 million in proposed funding for fixed capital outlay for Florida charter schools as part of his proposed 2015-2016 “Keep Florida Working” budget.

Jan 13, 2015

Governor Scott Urges More Money for Public Schools

Associated Press - TALLAHASSEE | Relying on continued growth in property values around the state, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday proposed increasing the amount of money for the state's public schools.

Dec 29, 2014

FLDOE commences investigation of standardized testing

On December 22, 2014, Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart announced an investigation of standardized testing in Florida public schools and issued a call for Floridians to serve on the newly established Keep Florida Learning Committee.

Dec 23, 2014

Districts clamping down on charter schools

Those that operate charter schools know that districts have a lot of power over charter schools. For instance, the application process allows a district to review a charter sch application and make a decision based on a number of aspects. They also have the power to check in on a charter school any time, and review financials on a monthly basis. However, districts like to tell media that they're helpless and are just now taking action. While the spin from the districts continue, we know that they allowed many of the recently closed charter schools to open even though they did not have a C.O., and were operating in buildings not zoned for a school. Here's what Palm Beach and Broward District reps told the Sun Sentinel.

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.

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