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Charter School More Cost Effective than District-run Schools

Jul 22, 2014

Charter School More Cost Effective than District-run Schools

A new report released today by the University of Arkansas finds that despite receiving fewer per pupil dollars, public charter schools are producing greater results on national math and reading assessments and better long-term economic gains for students than district-run public schools.

FCAT Scored Released for Elementary & Middle Schools

Jul 17, 2014

FCAT Scored Released for Elementary & Middle Schools

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) released the 2013-14 School Grades for elementary and middle schools on July 14, 2014. According to that preliminary data, 962 elementary and middle schools statewide earned an “A” – 174 of those are public charter schools; and ten of the top 20 scoring schools are charter schools.

Grant Opportunities for Replicating Successful Charter Schools

Jul 11, 2014

Grant Opportunities for Replicating Successful Charter Schools

The U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program has just announced the 2014 CSP Grants Competition for Replication and Expansion. Application deadline is July 21, 2014.

More Florida Schools Earn "A" Grade

Jul 11, 2014

More Florida Schools Earn "A" Grade

News from the FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION / PRESS OFFICE: The number of elementary and middle schools earning a preliminary “A” grade increased by 195 (7 percentage points) over last year in the final year of the current grading system, according to preliminary data released today by the Department of Education.

Jul 3, 2014

In landmark decision, judge sides with principals in charter school conversion case

In a landmark decision, a judge rules in favor of former district employees who were punished for trying to convert a school for the severely disabled into a charter school.

Jun 26, 2014

Districts have the power to monitor and evaluate charter schools

Articles that appeared in the Sun-Sentinel on June 22 and 23 claim that “virtually anyone can open or run a charter school and spend public education money with near impunity” and the local school districts have “limited power to intervene when cash is mismanaged or students are deprived basic supplies- even classrooms.” While these claims make great headlines, they are inaccurate and uninformed.

Class of 2014 - Mater East High recognized

Jun 12, 2014

Class of 2014 - Mater East High recognized

For several weeks, we have been featuring top charter school grads from around the state. Today, we recognize Evelyn Abad from Mater Academy East Charter High School.

Jun 9, 2014

Broward Charter Schools May Be Eligible for Bond Funding

Funding for technology upgrades under the General Obligation Fund may also include Broward District Charter Schools at the discretion of the School Board to the extent legally permissible. Board to discuss options at a meeting on June 9, 2014.

May 30, 2014

A response to League of Women Voters Report

The report issued by the League of Women Voters is flawed. It only looked at a small number of charter schools out the more than 600 in the state and didn’t take into account achievement data, and funding disparity – both documented by various university studies and our state’s Department of Education. More importantly, not one parent of the more than 240,000 public charter school students in the state was asked why they chose a charter school or how their charter school is helping their child succeed. Charter schools give parents a voice and the power to control their child’s education future, and in return they have pushed us to be better. Demanding high quality choice programs, parents have been and continue to be the driving force behind the growth and success of charter schools.

May 30, 2014

Public School With 'Medically Fragile' Students May Turn Charter

Wingate Oaks in Ft. Lauderdale, FL serves special needs children. When parents learned a year ago that the Broward school district planned to close the school, they began a campaign to keep their school open.

May 28, 2014

Civil Rights Guidance for Charter Schools

May 2014 -- The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released new guidance confirming that the same federal civil rights laws that apply to other public schools apply equally to public charter schools.

May 21, 2014

DOE reports that Charter School Students are Making Academic Gains

A report released in May 2014 by the Florida Department of Education shows that charter school students are performing better than students attending district-run public schools. The report analyzed student data statewide in terms of proficiency, learning gains and achievement gap.

May 19, 2014

Passport Charter Students Win 2nd Place in Solar Challenge

Passport Charter School students Zach Alsieux, Alex Martin and Felix Fernandez won second place at the Junior Solar Sprint competition held at the Florida Solar Energy Center on May 3, 2014.

May 13, 2014

Setting the Record Straight on Charter Schools

"...charter schools work, and are an asset to a public education system that is slow to embrace innovation despite an ever-changing and increasingly global world."

May 8, 2014

High Performing Public Charter Schools

During National Charter Schools Week (May 4-10, 2014), we are celebrating the accomplishments of charter schools and their students. This video lists all the High Performing charter schools in the state.

A Student's Point of View

May 8, 2014

A Student's Point of View

In this clip, 7th grader Alysa Vazquez from Somerset Pines in Pompano Beach talks about her experience at a charter school.

US Senate Passes Resolution Celebrating Charter Schools Week

May 7, 2014

US Senate Passes Resolution Celebrating Charter Schools Week

The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution in honor of the 15th annual National Charter Schools Week (May 4 – May 10, 2014). S. Res. 438 states: The Senate congratulations the students, families, teachers, and administrators of charter schools across the United States for their ongoing contributions to education; their impressive strides in closing the academic achievement gap in schools in the United States, particularly schools with some of the most disadvantaged students in both rural and urban communities; and improving and strengthening the public school system in the United States.

May 6, 2014

60 Mater Academy Students Earn College Degree Just Before Their High School Graduation

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, fifty students from Mater Academy Charter High and ten from Mater Lakes Academy Charter High graduated from Miami Dade College. This means that the students - many of whom are children of immigrants and a majority of whom are the first in their families to attend and graduate from college - will enter universities across the country this fall as juniors.

May 5, 2014

Florida Celebrates National Charter Schools Week

The week of May 4th - 10th marks National Charter Schools Week and students, parents, teachers, and communities across the state will be celebrating the many successes of public charter schools. Starting Monday, May 5, students graduating from Florida’s public charter schools will be featured on www.floridacharterschools.org -- including the 60 students from Mater Academy and Mater Lakes Academy who are graduating high schools having already earned a two-year degree from Miami Dade College. In addition to local celebrations, there will be an online Florida Charter Schools Week Film Festival – giving everyone an opportunity to get to know charter schools, and the students they served.

Outcome of Florida's 2014 Legislative Session

May 5, 2014

Outcome of Florida's 2014 Legislative Session

The 2014 legislative session brought us a simplified school grading formula, an increase in per-student funding, and $75 million for charter schools facilities/construction. Here is a recap of the 2014 legislative session from the Tampa Bay Times.

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