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Mar 19, 2015

CREDO Study: Disadvantaged and minority students receive the strongest positive benefits in urban charter schools

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.

Mar 18, 2015

Help Failing Schools

A Letter to the Editor - published in The Miami Herald on March 17, 2015 - voices a concern about Broward County School Board's decision to hinder progress in high need areas.

Mar 16, 2015

Broward School Board hurts children by rejecting $3 million grant

On March 10, 2015, the Broward School Board overwhelmingly rejected a $3.3 million state grant that would have helped them recruit successful charter-schools to serve underserved and underperforming areas. FCPCS responds to their decision.

Mar 13, 2015

NASCA's letter to the Broward School Board

It is inconceivable that a major school district such as Broward County Public Schools would have turned down a $3.3 million state grant to attract the nation’s high-performing charter school operators. But that is what happened on March 11, when Broward school board members said that it was not their job to enrich its portfolio of charter schools. In a Op-Ed piece in the Sun Sentinel, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers explains why the board's decision hurts children and the communities of Broward County.

Mar 13, 2015

News from Tallahassee - March 13, 2015

News from Tallahassee – Week of March 9-13, 2015: FDOE Presentation to Senate Appropriations Committee and a recap of charter school/choice bills moving through the House and Senate including one that focuses on Accountability.

Mar 12, 2015

Charter School make successful students - it's important to note

During a Senate Appropriation Committee meeting held on March 5, 2015, the Florida Department of Education made a presentation about charter schools. The data in the presentation revealed that students that enrolled in charter schools last year mostly came from low performing district schools.

Mar 3, 2015

Legislative Priorities 2015

Close to 300,000 students attend the more than 600 public charter schools in Florida. In order to maintain and improve the quality of education provided by those schools, charter school advocates, principals, and parents will be asking legislators to support their school in the following ways during the 2015 legislative session which begins today – March 3, 2015.

Feb 26, 2015

FACTS about Florida's Public Charter Schools

Inaccuracies and misinformation about charter schools are prevalent in media coverage. This guide is a response to common errors published about public schools, their funding, operations, and academic performance. Get the facts right. Read this and share it.

Feb 24, 2015

Hollywood Teen gets full ride to Vanderbilt University

A senior at the International School of Broward - a charter middle high school -recently earned a full scholarship to Vanderbilt University.

Feb 16, 2015

The week in Tallahassee - February 13, 2015

FLORIDA – February 13, 2015 – A couple of interesting workshops were held this week. The House Choice & Innovation Subcommittee discussed school choice, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education focused on developing the education budget, and the K-12 Subcommittee heard from the Florida Department of Education on School Climate, which entails providing safe and supportive learning environments for Florida's students.

Feb 9, 2015

Student Leadership Academy Ranked Among the Best Schools in Florida - Niche Ranking

Student Leadership Academy in Venice has been named among Florida’s best schools, according to the 2015 Niche Ranking. Consistently rated an “A” school, the public charter school was named a “High Performing Charter School” by the Florida Department of Education.

Feb 6, 2015

News from Tallahassee - Week of February 2, 2015

FLORIDA - Feb.6, 2015 - The FCPCS Advocacy Team continues to monitor committee meetings and track bill filings in preparation for the beginning of the Florida Legislative session on March 1st. Here is a recap of this week's activities in Tallahassee.

Feb 6, 2015

Mater Academy Charter High Students Earn Perfect AP College Board Exam Score

Two students at Mater Academy Charter Middle/High School in Miami Dade Countywere among just 285 students worldwide who earned every point possible on their College Board AP exam last spring.

Feb 2, 2015

The Power of School Choice

Choice is freedom. Choice is parental power. This video captures what charter schools are and how they're empowering parents. These are the faces of the charter school movement.

Feb 2, 2015

Busting Myths About School Choice

This Washington Post article is about school choice -- which includes more than just charter school. However, it does present a very strong case for providing parents and students with education choices.

Jan 29, 2015

News from Tallahassee - Week of January 26, 2015

FLORIDA - January 30, 2015 – This week, students, parents, and school choice advocates across the country celebrated School Choice Week. In Florida, hundreds of activities and celebrations took place including a School Choice Week kick off in Jacksonville with more than 2,000 in attendance. Meanwhile in Tallahassee, legislators continued to prepare for the upcoming legislative session. Here is a brief recap.

Jan 27, 2015

Somerset Pines teaches entrepreneurship, leadership

Teachers at Somerset Pines Charter School in Broward County created a city within a school to help teach elementary and middle school students about economics, personal finance, job readiness, and commercial finance. The results so far are phenomenal.

Jan 27, 2015

National Rankings Report Finds States Continue to Strengthen Charter School Laws

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ sixth annual rankings report shows the need for additional policy improvements across the nation, especially in the area of funding equity for public charter school students.

Jan 22, 2015

2015 Legislative Platform

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS), the state’s leading charter school support and advocacy association representing more than 500 public charter schools across the state, released its 2015 Legislative Platform today.

Jan 16, 2015

News from Tallahassee - Jan 16 2015

The formal session of the 2015 Florida Legislature does not begin until March 3rd, however, legislators have already begun to file bills, and committees and subcommittees of both the House and the Senate began holding meetings on January 5th. Lawmakers have been introducing bills for several weeks now and the FCPCS Advocacy Team is already tracking several bills of interest.