Sep 30, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
Charter schools and district-run public schools serve a similar percentage of English Learners.
Sep 4, 2014
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
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
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
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 the top score in Indian River County.
Aug 4, 2014
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.
Jul 22, 2014
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
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.
Jul 11, 2014
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.
Jul 11, 2014
News from the FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION / PRESS OFFICE: The number of elementary and middle schools earning a preliminary “A” grade increased by 195 (7 percentage points) over last year in the final year of the current grading system, according to preliminary data released today by the Department of Education.
Jul 3, 2014
In a landmark decision, a judge rules in favor of former district employees who were punished for trying to convert a school for the severely disabled into a charter school.
Jun 26, 2014
Articles that appeared in the Sun-Sentinel on June 22 and 23 claim that “virtually anyone can open or run a charter school and spend public education money with near impunity” and the local school districts have “limited power to intervene when cash is mismanaged or students are deprived basic supplies- even classrooms.” While these claims make great headlines, they are inaccurate and uninformed.