News & Press Releases

News & Press Releases

Jul 17, 2015

Updated No Child Left Behind Passes both Chambers of Congress

June 17, 2015 - With yesterday’s passage of the Every Child Achieves Act, S. 1177, by the United States Senate both chambers of Congress have finally completed work on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind.

Jul 9, 2015

Charter School Not Required to Offer Transportation

CBS Miami - July 7, 2015 - Pointing to choices made by parents, a state judge has ruled that a Southeast Florida school district cannot require a charter school to provide bus transportation to students.

Jul 1, 2015

U.S. Conference of Mayors Call for Improved Facilities Access and Funding for Public Charter Schools

The U.S. Conference of Mayors recognize the challenges that charter school leaders experience in finding acceptable facilities for their schools, especially those seeking to open high-quality charter schools in some of our nation’s neediest communities.

Jun 25, 2015

Charter Schools Commitment to Quality

City and state-based public charter school support organizations representing 95 percent of charter school families nationwide pledge support for high-quality, fiscally responsible school options in their state.

Jun 12, 2015

News from Tallahassee: Special Session - Week of June 8, 2015

Dozens of budget issues moved up the legislative ladder this week, starting the next round of talks aimed at resolving differences between the House and Senate spending plans.

Jun 2, 2015

FCPCS Launches an Innovative Teacher / Principal Training Program

The virtual doors of the new Florida Principal and Teacher Academy (FPTA) opened this week. Created by FCPCS, FPTA offers 20 state-approved online professional development courses that award valuable in-service points to teachers and principals.

Jun 1, 2015

State Board of Ed urges legislators to support historic per-student funding

Tallahassee, Fla., June 1, 2015 – Today, the State Board of Education members signed a resolution asking the Florida Legislature to increase per-student funding to the highest level in Florida’s history, making an unprecedented investment in Florida’s future.

Jun 1, 2015

Charter School grads leave high schools with high school and college diploma

On May 1, 2015, just weeks before their high school commencement ceremony, 55 students from Mater Academy Charter High in Hialeah Gardens graduated from Miami Dade College. What makes these kids remarkable is that they earned an Associate Degree while completing a rigorous high school program that included AP courses and afterschool clubs and sports and, in many cases, also earning scholarships to universities. Many of these students are children of immigrants, and the first in their family to graduate from college.

May 28, 2015

Lowering the paperwork barrier for charter schools

As Districts/charter authorizers push for tighter controls, one study argues for regulatory humility. This article from RedefinED is about the study and expresses our concern perfectly: "…a line of questioning on a charter application has little chance of predicting a school’s success, but a great chance of stopping potentially great schools from opening."

May 22, 2015

Governor Scott proposes historic investment in K-12 education

On Wednesday, May 20, the State Board of Education unanimously supported a motion asking state lawmakers to implement Governor Scott's education budget proposal during their upcoming special session. FCPCS supports efforts to increase per student funding and provide school leaders with the necessary funds to meet the educational needs of the children we serve.

May 22, 2015

Charter school advocates look to rein in unqualified operators

Florida’s charter school movement would like to see the authorizing process improve without creating barriers to entry for legitimate upstarts by parents and teachers. In this article, Travis Pillow with RedefinED speaks with FCPCS and Districts about this critical issue.

May 12, 2015

Charter High School ranked best in the state by US News

According to a US News & World Report released on May 12, 2015, the top-ranking high school in Florida is International Studies Charter High School located in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.

May 5, 2015


On Monday, May 3rd, 2015, charter school students, teachers, and advocates across the country kicked off National Charter Schools Week with a series of events that included a proclamation by the White House, open houses and pep rallies, video clips and messages from students shared on social media. Those messages tell the real story of how charter schools are impacting the lives of the students we serve.

May 4, 2015


Charter schools across the country celebrate National Charter Schools 2015 week with events on campus, creative videos, and visits my community leaders.

May 1, 2015

Charter high school student accepted to medical study summer program

Morgan Thorb, an 11th grade student at Cornerstone Charter Academy in Orange County, FL, has been selected to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston this summer.

Apr 29, 2015

News from Tallahassee - Week of April 29, 2015

At 1:15 PM on Tuesday, April 28, the Florida House of Representatives adjourned when Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) declared the House and Senate were at an impasse over the budget – ending the House’s 2015 Regular Session a little more than three days early.

Apr 17, 2015

News from Tallahassee - Week of April 13, 2015

The state Capitol was buzzing with activity with week as the legislators move closer to the end of session on May 3rd.

Apr 15, 2015

Charter schools deserve aid

When a guest editorial in the Gainesville Sun criticized charter school funding, Dr. Charles W. Jones, Principal of the Manatee School for the Arts and FCPCS board member, responded.

Apr 14, 2015

Fewer tests bill signed by Governor Scott but state accountability measures remain in place

On Tuesday, April 14, Governor Scott signed a bill to reduce hours Florida students spend testing.

Apr 10, 2015

News from Tallahassee: Week of April 6-10, 2015

Budget stalemate continues, charter accountability bill passes Senate committee stop #2, and testing continues to be a hot issue


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