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A Closer Look at the Charter School Movement

Feb 4, 2016

A Closer Look at the Charter School Movement

A report by the National Association of Public Charter Schools looks at the growth of the charter school movement throughout the U.S.

Dec 16, 2015

Charter Schools Program Receives Significant Funding Increase in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools responds to the introduction to the omnibus appropriations spending bill, which includes a nearly 32 percent funding increase ($80 million) for the Charter Schools Program (CSP) for fiscal year 2016.

Charter school basketball team defies perceptions, odds

Dec 13, 2015

Charter school basketball team defies perceptions, odds

By the way they giggled and joked, you could never tell these kids weren’t winners. With the odds stacked against them, seven students, a team manager and a coach made school history.

Dec 9, 2015

U.S. Senate Passes ESEA Reauthorization

The ESEA Reauthorization Passes the U.S. Senate: By a vote of 95 to 12, the United States Senate today agreed to the Conference Report and passed S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which will replace No Child Left Behind, the current iteration of E1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Nov 23, 2015

Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools Names Corcoran & Johnston to Handle Governmental Relations

Corcoran & Johnston, with offices in Tampa and Tallahassee, has been named to handle governmental relations for the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS), a non-profit membership association of Florida public charter schools and the state’s leading charter school support and advocacy organization.

Nov 15, 2015

2015 Charter School Champions Honored at Florida Charter School Conference

Fourteen individuals and two companies were recognized as the 2015 Florida Charter School Champions at an event held on November 11 sponsored by the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools as part of the annual Florida Charter Schools Conference in Orlando.

Nov 3, 2015

New Report on Special Education Finance in Charter Schools

A new publication released today by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools provides the reader with a clear and concise summary of special education funding.

Nov 3, 2015

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Tom Brady to State Board of Education

Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Tom Grady to the State Board of Education.

Oct 2, 2015

Florida lawmakers look for ways to stop charter failures without creating barriers

In the upcoming legislative session, the Florida Legislature is likely to grapple with an issue that’s come up repeatedly in recent years. How can they stop financially shaky charter schools that suddenly shut down, without creating barriers to legitimate schools?

Oct 2, 2015

U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan to Step Down at End of Year

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan plans to step down from his Cabinet position by the end of the year, leaving the Obama administration more than a year before the president’s term will end.

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 24, 2015

Florida TaxWatch Honors Two Charter School Principals

Two charter school principals, Chimene Johnson of Apalachicola Bay Charter School and Judith Marty of Mater Academy Charter High School, were among the six public school principals given Principal Leadership Awards by Florida TaxWatch.

Sep 22, 2015

Florida charter schools seek new approach to facilities funding

Recent cuts to facilities funding have Florida charter school officials looking for a new approach.

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.