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Oct 22, 2014

Four Florida Districts Apply for Charter School Collaboration Grants

State incentivizes collaboration between school districts and charter schools with grants. This article by Travis Pillow from RedefinED outlines how four Florida school districts are joining forces with charter schools.

Oct 8, 2014

Responding to Negative Attacks on Charter Schools

The Center for Education Reform responds to a series of attacks on charter schools.

Oct 2, 2014

Public Charter School Movement in Florida Ranked Among Best in Nation

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools unveiled a new report on October 1, 2014 that ranks the “health” of the public charter school movement in 26 states across the country. Focusing on the factors essential for a strong charter school movement such as growth, quality, and innovation, this report ranks Florida 11th.

Sep 30, 2014

Four Charter Schools in Florida are named 2014 National Blue Ribbon Recipients

On September 30, 2014, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 287 public and 50 private schools as 2014 National Blue Ribbon recipients. Among the list of recipients are nine schools from Florida, four of which are charter schools: Crossroad Academy, Mater Gardens Academy, Terrace Community Middle School, and Doral Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy, the only high school in the State of Florida to receive this prestigious designation.

Sep 29, 2014

Quality Charter School Authorizer Task Force Meeting Online

The September 10th, 2014 Quality Charter School Authorizer Task Force meeting is now online. Watch representatives from school districts and charter schools from around the state talk frankly about various common issues like new state assessments, facilities, student funding, and closures of low-performing programs, as well as tackle ways to improve charter school/district relationships.

Sep 15, 2014

FCPCS Responds to Sun Sentinel OpEd piece

There were several good points in the op-ed pieces about charter schools published in the Sun Sentinel on Sunday, September 7. FCPCS and our member schools support accountability and the right of a district/charter school authorizer to ensure that only quality charter schools open, and continue to operate. However, there were several points that were not correct and many important facts about charter schools were omitted.

Sep 13, 2014

SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND CHARTER SCHOOLS JOIN FORCES WITH QUALITY AUTHORIZING TASK FORCE

On September 10, 2014, the Quality Charter School Authorizer Task Force – made up of representatives from school districts and charter schools from around the state - talked frankly about new state assessments, facilities, student funding, and closures of low-performing programs.

Sep 9, 2014

Three Miami Charter Schools Rank Among Best High Schools in the Country

Charter schools are helping students make great academic gains and some have even become the best high schools in America. They not only raise graduation rates and AP scores, but provide a quality education option in many underserved communities. Three charter schools from Miami made the list of top high schools in America. Read about it here.

Sep 5, 2014

Quality Authorizer Task Force Meeting - Sept 10, 2014

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, representatives from school districts and charter schools from around the state will attend the Quality Charter School Authorizer Task Force meeting in an effort to exchange constructive ideas and provide direction as to how to improve district/charter school relationship. Hosted by the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools, and co-chaired by State Representative Janet Adkins, and Broward School Superintendent Robert Runcie, the meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale, 1617 SE 17th Street in Ft. Lauderdale.

Sep 4, 2014

Truth about English Language Learners

Charter schools and district-run public schools serve a similar percentage of English Learners.

Sep 4, 2014

The Original Charter School Vision

From the freedom American Federation of Teachers president Albert Shanker wanted teachers to have to the innovations that exist charter schools today, this Op-Ed piece from the New York Times takes you through it all.

Aug 21, 2014

National Support for Charter Schools on the Rise

News from the National Aliiance for Public Charter Schools – A new PDK/Gallup poll reveals that support for charter schools has ticked up to 70 percent in 2014 – up from 68 percent in 2013. The poll also found that a majority of Americans believe students at public charter schools receive a better education than students at other public schools.

Aug 20, 2014

Charter Schools are shaping the education landscape in Miami

In most counties in Florida, parents and students are no longer tied to their assigned neighborhood school. Charter schools have given thousands of parents an opportunity to choose whether to send their child to the neighborhood school or a charter school. Today, more than 260,000 students attend charter schools in Florida. The school districts have taken notice and have created great choice options to win parents back. Read how Miami-Dade is making choice the norm.

Aug 19, 2014

Truth About Charter Schools

Charter schools serve ALL students. If there are more interested students than available seats, charter schools will hold lotteries, which randomly determine which students will be enrolled. Unlike magnet schools overseen by school districts, public charter schools cannot selectively admit students. According to federal law, public charter schools must accept all students, including students with disabilities and English learners, regardless of previous academic performance. That's the truth about charters.

Aug 12, 2014

North County Charter School Earns Top Score

North County Charter School earns the top score in Indian River County.

Aug 4, 2014

What we're learned about districts and charter schools working together

In September 2013, FCPCS launched the state's first ever district/charter school cooperative. Representatives from both sides sat at a the table to discuss ways to work together, and improve the future of public education for all children. We want to see more cooperation, and the elimination of the "us vs. them" mentality.

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.

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.

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