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Sep 30, 2015

Six Florida Charter Schools Named Blue Ribbon Schools

Six Florida charter schools were recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education. The schools are Pembroke Pines-Florida State University Charter - FSU in Broward, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School in Hillsborough, Doral Academy Charter Middle School in Miami Dade, International Studies Charter High School in Miami Dade, Mater Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy in Miami Dade, and Legacy Charter High School in Orange.

Sep 1, 2015

Several Charter High Schools in Florida make Newsweek's Top Schools in America 2015 List

Newsweek Magazine recently released two lists - America’s Top High Schools 2015 and Beating the Odds 2015 - a ranking of high schools across the country. Several charter schools in Florida ranked in the top 500 schools in the country.

Sep 1, 2015

Independent study: Florida Standards Assessment is Valid

On September 1, 2015, Florida's Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart released the results of an independent validity test of the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA). The report -- conducted by Alpine Testing Solutions and edCount this summer -- found that the FSA scores are valid and accurately measure the academic progress of students in Florida.

Aug 25, 2015

Poll shows public supports public school choice

A poll conducted by Phi Delta Kappan and Gallup found that nearly two-thirds of parents surveyed support allowing people to choose the schools their children attend “regardless of where they live.”

Aug 19, 2015

What Charter Schools Need to Know About Using Religious Facilities

A new publication released in August 2015 by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools analyzes legal considerations and offers useful guidance to help charter school leaders avoid potential risks as they seek to locate their schools in religious facilities.

Aug 4, 2015

Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday starts Aug. 7

During the back-to-school sales tax holiday, qualifying school supplies and clothing can be purchased without paying local and state sales tax.

Aug 4, 2015

New report measures public opinion and awareness of K-12 public education options

A Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice report published in June 2015 found that low-income families are more likely than high-income earners to say school choice is useful.

Jul 24, 2015

New Rules for Teacher Evaluation Issued by State Ed Board

On July 23, 2015 the Florida Board of Education adopted a new rule that changes the teacher evaluation formula to a state-wide standard.

Jul 17, 2015

Updated No Child Left Behind Passes both Chambers of Congress

June 17, 2015 - With yesterday’s passage of the Every Child Achieves Act, S. 1177, by the United States Senate both chambers of Congress have finally completed work on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind.

Jul 9, 2015

Charter School Not Required to Offer Transportation

CBS Miami - July 7, 2015 - Pointing to choices made by parents, a state judge has ruled that a Southeast Florida school district cannot require a charter school to provide bus transportation to students.

Jul 1, 2015

U.S. Conference of Mayors Call for Improved Facilities Access and Funding for Public Charter Schools

The U.S. Conference of Mayors recognize the challenges that charter school leaders experience in finding acceptable facilities for their schools, especially those seeking to open high-quality charter schools in some of our nation’s neediest communities.

Jun 25, 2015

Charter Schools Commitment to Quality

City and state-based public charter school support organizations representing 95 percent of charter school families nationwide pledge support for high-quality, fiscally responsible school options in their state.

Jun 12, 2015

News from Tallahassee: Special Session - Week of June 8, 2015

Dozens of budget issues moved up the legislative ladder this week, starting the next round of talks aimed at resolving differences between the House and Senate spending plans.

Jun 2, 2015

FCPCS Launches an Innovative Teacher / Principal Training Program

The virtual doors of the new Florida Principal and Teacher Academy (FPTA) opened this week. Created by FCPCS, FPTA offers 20 state-approved online professional development courses that award valuable in-service points to teachers and principals.

Jun 1, 2015

State Board of Ed urges legislators to support historic per-student funding

Tallahassee, Fla., June 1, 2015 – Today, the State Board of Education members signed a resolution asking the Florida Legislature to increase per-student funding to the highest level in Florida’s history, making an unprecedented investment in Florida’s future.

Jun 1, 2015

Charter School grads leave high schools with high school and college diploma

On May 1, 2015, just weeks before their high school commencement ceremony, 55 students from Mater Academy Charter High in Hialeah Gardens graduated from Miami Dade College. What makes these kids remarkable is that they earned an Associate Degree while completing a rigorous high school program that included AP courses and afterschool clubs and sports and, in many cases, also earning scholarships to universities. Many of these students are children of immigrants, and the first in their family to graduate from college.

May 28, 2015

Lowering the paperwork barrier for charter schools

As Districts/charter authorizers push for tighter controls, one study argues for regulatory humility. This article from RedefinED is about the study and expresses our concern perfectly: "…a line of questioning on a charter application has little chance of predicting a school’s success, but a great chance of stopping potentially great schools from opening."

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.


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