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May 22, 2015

Governor Scott proposes historic investment in K-12 education

On Wednesday, May 20, the State Board of Education unanimously supported a motion asking state lawmakers to implement Governor Scott's education budget proposal during their upcoming special session. FCPCS supports efforts to increase per student funding and provide school leaders with the necessary funds to meet the educational needs of the children we serve.

May 22, 2015

Charter school advocates look to rein in unqualified operators

Florida’s charter school movement would like to see the authorizing process improve without creating barriers to entry for legitimate upstarts by parents and teachers. In this article, Travis Pillow with RedefinED speaks with FCPCS and Districts about this critical issue.

May 12, 2015

Charter High School ranked best in the state by US News

According to a US News & World Report released on May 12, 2015, the top-ranking high school in Florida is International Studies Charter High School located in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.

May 5, 2015


On Monday, May 3rd, 2015, charter school students, teachers, and advocates across the country kicked off National Charter Schools Week with a series of events that included a proclamation by the White House, open houses and pep rallies, video clips and messages from students shared on social media. Those messages tell the real story of how charter schools are impacting the lives of the students we serve.

May 4, 2015


Charter schools across the country celebrate National Charter Schools 2015 week with events on campus, creative videos, and visits my community leaders.

May 1, 2015

Charter high school student accepted to medical study summer program

Morgan Thorb, an 11th grade student at Cornerstone Charter Academy in Orange County, FL, has been selected to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston this summer.

Apr 29, 2015

News from Tallahassee - Week of April 29, 2015

At 1:15 PM on Tuesday, April 28, the Florida House of Representatives adjourned when Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) declared the House and Senate were at an impasse over the budget – ending the House’s 2015 Regular Session a little more than three days early.

Apr 17, 2015

News from Tallahassee - Week of April 13, 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

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.


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