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Get the facts on charter schools

Apr 17, 2014

Get the facts on charter schools

When a letter in the Palm Beach Post attacked charter schools, one reader set the record straight with a list of truths.

Federal Charter Measure Clears the House

Apr 15, 2014

Federal Charter Measure Clears the House

4/15/14 - EDUCATION WEEK - States and districts would be encouraged to help grow high-quality charter schools—and ensure that they enroll and retain English-language learners and students in special education—under a bipartisan bill approved overwhelmingly by the House Education and the Workforce Committee last week. The charter school bill is slated to be on the floor the week of May 5, coinciding with National Charter School week.

The truth about charter school funding

Apr 15, 2014

The truth about charter school funding

In recent weeks, inaccuracies have appeared in the media regarding public charter school operations, and funding practices. Here is the truth: public charter schools receive considerably less funding that District-run schools.

Apr 12, 2014

School grades may be put on hold

The Florida Senate unanimously supported a bill (SB 1642) that would paused the issuing of school grades for a year, and overhaul the state's school grading system.

Apr 10, 2014

Charter Schools seek fair contracts from Districts

Charter school supporters were hoping to secure a model contract that would make negotiating with districts easier and a more balanced experience. The bill (SB 1528) has now been stripped down to 2 pages.

Mar 14, 2014

Education Committee files Accountability Bill this week

Update from Tallahassee - March 15, 2014 - Proposed Committee Bill (PBC) EDC 14-02, from the House Education Committee was filed this week. Representative Janet Adkins is leader for the bill in the House Education Committee.

Charter School Students meet legislators during annual Rally in Tally

Mar 13, 2014

Charter School Students meet legislators during annual Rally in Tally

Hundreds of charter school students, along with school leaders, visited the Capitol for a day of meetings with legislators. On Wednesday, March 12, students and school leaders had one-on-one meetings with more than a dozen state leaders and staff, attended an Education Committee meeting, met with representatives from the Florida Department of Education, and met Lt. Governor Lopez Cantera.

Mar 11, 2014

Students to visit state capitol, meet with legislators

As the second week of session gets underway, a group of more than 200 charter school students, teachers, and school leaders from around the state get ready to meet with legislators.

Mar 4, 2014

Building Bridges with Charter Schools

In less than three years at the helm of the Broward County public schools, Superintendent Robert Runcie has ushered in a new era of collaboration and cooperation between the Florida district and what some say is one of the biggest threats to its financial viability: the charter school community.

Feb 28, 2014

Teacher Union “Cashing in on Kids” campaign launched on false assumptions - See more at: http://www.edreform.com/2014/02/education-can-be-for-students-and-for-profit/#sthash.NPObjl31.dpuf

“Performance-based accountability is the hallmark of charter schools and reforms aimed at improving student learning. It’s quite galling for the American Federation of Teachers and In the Public Interest to trumpet accountability and transparency in the charter sector when it is those same players that fight so hard and spend millions of taxpayer dollars on politics to maintain the status quo in education."

Feb 12, 2014

Runcie supports charter school teachers

Last legislative session, Governor Scott and the Legislature provided an increase of more than $1 billion in the education budget, including $480 million to fund a much-deserved pay raise for public school teachers. The charter school teacher pay raises – like per student funding for charter schools – must funnel through the school district. This means that school districts may keep 5% of every charter school teacher’s pay increase. In an effort to support our teachers – our most valuable classroom resource -- the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) asked Broward County Public School Superintendent Robert Runcie not to charge the 5% Administrative Fee on the charter school Teacher Salary Allocation. Superintendent Runcie agreed not to charge the fee, and will return any fees that have been charged so far.

Jan 31, 2014

Florida #1 in teacher quality

Florida earns highest grade for teacher quality. A report by the National Council on Teacher Quality entitled 2013 State Teacher Policy Yearbook, gave Florida high marks for having policies that create better trained and more effective teachers.

Benefits of replicating quality charter schools

Jan 31, 2014

Benefits of replicating quality charter schools

Identifying and multiplying high-performing charter school models can get us significantly closer to our common goal--a great education for all children.

Jan 29, 2014

Florida 's Charter School Laws ranked 8th in the US

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools ranked Florida 8th in the nation for its laws supporting public charter schools. Lack of a cap on the number of charter schools, support for a variety of different types of charter schools, and improved construction and facilities funding for charter schools all contributed to our ranking.

Jan 27, 2014

Celebrating School Choice Week

Exciting things are happening nationally to offer more choice to learners.

2014 Fact Sheet on Florida Charter Schools

Jan 27, 2014

2014 Fact Sheet on Florida Charter Schools

Read about the new Task Force on Charter School Authorizing and the growth of the charter school movement in FCPCS' 2014 Fact Sheet on Florida Charter Schools.

Dec 13, 2013

More time needed to implement Common Core

The Florida Association of District School Superintendents and the Florida School Board Association will ask state legislators for a three-year extension before the Common Core State Standards have to be fully implemented into every classroom. FCPCS supports this effort. Public charter schools also need more time to put in place infrastructures for technology, and provide teachers with more training.

Charter School enrollment increased 350 percent

Dec 10, 2013

Charter School enrollment increased 350 percent

A new report released by National Alliance for Public Charter Schools on Dec 10, 2013 highlights the growth of public charter school enrollment across the nation.

Dec 1, 2013

Senator wants to tighten charter school focus

A Florida lawmaker wants to bar new charter schools if they can’t prove they’re unique.

Nov 25, 2013

State Charter Schools Conference wrap up

The 17th annual State Charter Schools Conference took place in Orlando on November 19-21, 2013. The three-day conference kicked off with a Town Hall meeting hosted by the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS), the state’s leading charter school advocacy group. FCPCS also hosted a Champions for Charter Schools award ceremony recognizing the state's top teachers, principals, governing board members, and legislator.


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