Students to visit state capitol, meet with legislators

HUNDREDS OF CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENTS TO VISIT STATE CAPITOL, ADVOCATING FOR EQUITABLE FUNDING FOR ALL STUDENTS

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.

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On Wednesday, March 12, more than 200 public charter school students, teachers, and school leaders from around the state will visit Tallahassee for a day of meetings with legislators. The Charter Schools Rally in Tally aims to raise awareness about public charter schools, share success stories with legislators, and urge them to continue to dedicate funding to all K-12 students.

Students will arrive at the Capitol at 10 a.m. on March 12. They are scheduled to have a series of meetings with legislators in the House Chamber from 10 am to noon, followed by one-on-one meetings with legislators. Schools attending the event include: Bay Haven Charter Academy (Bay County), Mater Academy Charter High School (Miami Dade), Somerset Academy Charter High School (Broward County), City of Hialeah Educational Academy (Miami Dade), Mater East Academy (Miami Dade), Sports Leadership and Management Charter Middle / High (Miami Dade), Hope Charter School/Legacy Charter High (Orange County), and Imagine Land O’Lakes (Pasco County).

For more than seventeen years, public charter schools have been an important part of Florida’s K-12 public education system. Analysis of student achievement released by the Florida Department of Education shows that Florida’s charter schools are performing academically, and that the investment state leaders have made in quality public charter schools is paying off. In many cases, public charter schools are helping close the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students. Moreover, the growth of enrollment at charter schools -- which now exceeds 230,000 students (an estimated 15% of the overall K-12 public student population in the state), is a clear indication that charter schools are an education option families support, and seek.

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