May 2, 2014
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.
Apr 30, 2014
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
“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
Just before the clock struck midnight, the Florida House of Representatives brought capital outlay up to $75 million for charter schools.
Apr 28, 2014
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...
Apr 23, 2014
A bill that creates a standard contract for districts and charter schools, and would permit charter schools to lease unused district facilities passed in the House yesterday. After nearly a full hour of debate on the House floor Monday, the House of Representatives passed HB 7083.
Apr 17, 2014
When a letter in the Palm Beach Post attacked charter schools, one reader set the record straight with a list of truths.
Apr 15, 2014
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.
Apr 15, 2014
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
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 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
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.
Mar 13, 2014
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
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
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
“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
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 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.
Jan 31, 2014
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
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.