Jun 1, 2015
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
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
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
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
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.
May 5, 2015
On Monday, May 3rd, 2015, charter school students, teachers, and advocates across the country kicked off National Charter Schools Week with a series of events that included a proclamation by the White House, open houses and pep rallies, video clips and messages from students shared on social media. Those messages tell the real story of how charter schools are impacting the lives of the students we serve.
May 4, 2015
Charter schools across the country celebrate National Charter Schools 2015 week with events on campus, creative videos, and visits my community leaders.
May 1, 2015
Morgan Thorb, an 11th grade student at Cornerstone Charter Academy in Orange County, FL, has been selected to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston this summer.
Apr 29, 2015
At 1:15 PM on Tuesday, April 28, the Florida House of Representatives adjourned when Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) declared the House and Senate were at an impasse over the budget – ending the House’s 2015 Regular Session a little more than three days early.
Apr 17, 2015
The state Capitol was buzzing with activity with week as the legislators move closer to the end of session on May 3rd.
Apr 15, 2015
When a guest editorial in the Gainesville Sun criticized charter school funding, Dr. Charles W. Jones, Principal of the Manatee School for the Arts and FCPCS board member, responded.
Apr 14, 2015
On Tuesday, April 14, Governor Scott signed a bill to reduce hours Florida students spend testing.
Apr 10, 2015
Budget stalemate continues, charter accountability bill passes Senate committee stop #2, and testing continues to be a hot issue
Apr 10, 2015
Busloads of students from Pensacola, central and south Florida arrived at the state Capitol on Tuesday morning, April 7th. They were on a mission to meet with legislators and urge them to continue to fund charter schools.
Apr 10, 2015
This article appeared in RedefinED in 2014 but the content still holds true today. Charter school critics are misinformed about construction funding and PECO allocation.
Apr 8, 2015
On Tuesday, April 7th, more than 300 charter schools students from around the state visited legislators in Tallahassee. The students and their teachers shared their success stories, and thanked legislators for supporting education funding. The students that participated walked the halls of the Capitol on behalf of the more than 260,000 public charter school students in the state.
Apr 6, 2015
On April 7, 2015 more than 300 public charter school students and teachers will meet with legislators to spread the word about public charter schools’ successes and growing popularity among communities throughout Florida.
Mar 20, 2015
News from Tallahassee: Week of March 16-20, 2015
Replicating High Performing Charters, Enrollment beyond attendance zones,
House & Senate Budgets released, and notes from D.C.
Mar 19, 2015
More high quality, high performing school options are needed in high need areas. Florida lawmakers understand this need, and are supporting policies that will help make this happen.
Mar 19, 2015
The CREDO Urban Charter School Study released this week found that in many urban areas, charter school students, particularly minority, are achieving at a higher level than students at district-run schools.