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Class of 2014 - Mater East High recognized

Jun 12, 2014

Class of 2014 - Mater East High recognized

For several weeks, we have been featuring top charter school grads from around the state. Today, we recognize Evelyn Abad from Mater Academy East Charter High School.

Jun 9, 2014

Broward Charter Schools May Be Eligible for Bond Funding

Funding for technology upgrades under the General Obligation Fund may also include Broward District Charter Schools at the discretion of the School Board to the extent legally permissible. Board to discuss options at a meeting on June 9, 2014.

May 30, 2014

A response to League of Women Voters Report

The report issued by the League of Women Voters is flawed. It only looked at a small number of charter schools out the more than 600 in the state and didn’t take into account achievement data, and funding disparity – both documented by various university studies and our state’s Department of Education. More importantly, not one parent of the more than 240,000 public charter school students in the state was asked why they chose a charter school or how their charter school is helping their child succeed. Charter schools give parents a voice and the power to control their child’s education future, and in return they have pushed us to be better. Demanding high quality choice programs, parents have been and continue to be the driving force behind the growth and success of charter schools.

May 30, 2014

Public School With 'Medically Fragile' Students May Turn Charter

Wingate Oaks in Ft. Lauderdale, FL serves special needs children. When parents learned a year ago that the Broward school district planned to close the school, they began a campaign to keep their school open.

May 28, 2014

Civil Rights Guidance for Charter Schools

May 2014 -- The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released new guidance confirming that the same federal civil rights laws that apply to other public schools apply equally to public charter schools.

May 21, 2014

DOE reports that Charter School Students are Making Academic Gains

A report released in May 2014 by the Florida Department of Education shows that charter school students are performing better than students attending district-run public schools. The report analyzed student data statewide in terms of proficiency, learning gains and achievement gap.

May 19, 2014

Passport Charter Students Win 2nd Place in Solar Challenge

Passport Charter School students Zach Alsieux, Alex Martin and Felix Fernandez won second place at the Junior Solar Sprint competition held at the Florida Solar Energy Center on May 3, 2014.

May 13, 2014

Setting the Record Straight on Charter Schools

"...charter schools work, and are an asset to a public education system that is slow to embrace innovation despite an ever-changing and increasingly global world."

May 8, 2014

High Performing Public Charter Schools

During National Charter Schools Week (May 4-10, 2014), we are celebrating the accomplishments of charter schools and their students. This video lists all the High Performing charter schools in the state.

A Student's Point of View

May 8, 2014

A Student's Point of View

In this clip, 7th grader Alysa Vazquez from Somerset Pines in Pompano Beach talks about her experience at a charter school.

US Senate Passes Resolution Celebrating Charter Schools Week

May 7, 2014

US Senate Passes Resolution Celebrating Charter Schools Week

The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution in honor of the 15th annual National Charter Schools Week (May 4 – May 10, 2014). S. Res. 438 states: The Senate congratulations the students, families, teachers, and administrators of charter schools across the United States for their ongoing contributions to education; their impressive strides in closing the academic achievement gap in schools in the United States, particularly schools with some of the most disadvantaged students in both rural and urban communities; and improving and strengthening the public school system in the United States.

May 6, 2014

60 Mater Academy Students Earn College Degree Just Before Their High School Graduation

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, fifty students from Mater Academy Charter High and ten from Mater Lakes Academy Charter High graduated from Miami Dade College. This means that the students - many of whom are children of immigrants and a majority of whom are the first in their families to attend and graduate from college - will enter universities across the country this fall as juniors.

May 5, 2014

Florida Celebrates National Charter Schools Week

The week of May 4th - 10th marks National Charter Schools Week and students, parents, teachers, and communities across the state will be celebrating the many successes of public charter schools. Starting Monday, May 5, students graduating from Florida’s public charter schools will be featured on www.floridacharterschools.org -- including the 60 students from Mater Academy and Mater Lakes Academy who are graduating high schools having already earned a two-year degree from Miami Dade College. In addition to local celebrations, there will be an online Florida Charter Schools Week Film Festival – giving everyone an opportunity to get to know charter schools, and the students they served.

Outcome of Florida's 2014 Legislative Session

May 5, 2014

Outcome of Florida's 2014 Legislative Session

The 2014 legislative session brought us a simplified school grading formula, an increase in per-student funding, and $75 million for charter schools facilities/construction. Here is a recap of the 2014 legislative session from the Tampa Bay Times.

FCPCS Announces Winner of Photo Contest

May 2, 2014

FCPCS Announces Winner of Photo Contest

Youth Co-Op Preparatory Charter School in Hialeah has won the 2014 FCPCS Charter School Photo Contest for its photo of the school’s award-winning cheerleading team. The charter school is receiving a $500 Office Depot gift certificate for the winning photo. Photos selected as runners-up were submitted by Indian River Charter High School, Suncoast School for Innovative Studies, and Somerset Academy Central Miramar.

FCPCS Announces Photo Contest Winner

May 2, 2014

FCPCS Announces Photo Contest Winner

Youth Co-Op Preparatory Charter School in Hialeah has won the 2014 FCPCS Charter School Photo Contest for its photo of the school’s award-winning cheerleading team (see photo). The charter school is receiving a $500 Office Depot gift certificate for the winning photo. Photos selected as runners-up were submitted by Indian River Charter High School, Suncoast School for Innovative Studies, and Somerset Academy Central Miramar.

Charter School Funding: Inequity Expands

Apr 30, 2014

Charter School Funding: Inequity Expands

A study released today - April 30, 2014 - by the University of Arkansas, reveals the disparity between traditional and charter schools is greatest in major cities and that the funding gap has grown in recent years. Florida’s charter schools received 20.7 percent less funding than district schools; that’s $8,047 vs. $10,154 per pupil in 2011.

Apr 30, 2014

Legislative Update 04/30/2014

“Thanks to the generosity of House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel), who added $25 million in additional supplemental funding for charter school’s capital outlay needs, the total becomes $75 million for 2014/15. While still a reduction of 17.6% from what charter schools are currently receiving, it is a better figure than the Senate’s original figure,” said Robert Haag, President, FCPCS.

Apr 29, 2014

Florida House sets aside $75 million for charter facilities

Just before the clock struck midnight, the Florida House of Representatives brought capital outlay up to $75 million for charter schools.

Apr 28, 2014

A response to inaccurate reporting

In a letter to the editor, Fernando Zulueta of Academica, responds to inaccuracies in the paper's reporting. He writes: The April 21 article Charter-school firm audited, focuses on a draft document that was part of a nationwide review of charter schools by the U.S. Department of Education. It was a confidential preliminary draft containing numerous factual errors...