Principals of Florida Charter Schools Win Florida TaxWatch Leadership Awards

Nine Winners of Principal Leadership Awards Include Three from Charter Schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This year's nine winners of the prestigious Principal Leadership Awards include three principals of Florida charter schools. The charter school principals are Alexandra Prieto of Somerset Academy in Miramar, Carlos Alvarez of the City of Hialeah Learning Academy in Hialeah and Nataly Parra of Lincoln-Marti Charter School in Miami.

Robert Haag, President of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) saluted this year's award winners, as well as Florida TaxWatch, for establishing the Principal Leadership Awards.

"The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools congratulates all of the Principal Leadership Awards winners," said Haag. "We especially want to recognize the award-winning principals from Florida's public charter schools."

The awards are presented to Florida's top-performing principals annually by Florida TaxWatch, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy research institute. Florida TaxWatch established the Principal Leadership Awards program in 2014 to identify Florida's most effective principals in K-12 public schools.

The nine top-performing principals will be recognized on November 17th, 2016 at the Fourth Annual Florida TaxWatch Principal Leadership Awards in Orlando. Three will take home top honors and an additional cash prize for their work with Florida students.

According to Florida TaxWatch, recognition is based on analysis of student achievement gains in reading and mathematics in schools that have high percentages of students with disabilities, students designated as English as a Second Language learners, and those eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch. No nominations are accepted for the awards; the Principal Leadership Awards is an entirely data-driven program based on performance and results.

"These nine principals are shattering the status quo and giving these students an opportunity to be successful not just in the classroom, but outside as well," said Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch. "This year's honorees prove that by putting students first, we can foster a learning environment that leads to a successful and fruitful education and life. These results, with the right leader, can be realized in every school across the state and the nation."

About the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is the leading charter school membership association in the state, with a membership of nearly 75 percent of all operating charter schools. Since its inception in 1999, FCPCS has been dedicated to creating a national model of high quality, accredited public charter schools that are student-centered and performance-driven. FCPCS provides a wide array of technical support, mentoring, training, networking, and purchasing services to its membership, as well as serving as an advocate for all Florida public charter schools.