November 18, 2017 – On behalf of the close to 300,000 public charter school students and their families in Florida, we congratulate Ron DeSantis on winning the governor’s race. The Florida Charter School Alliance looks forward to working with the DeSantis administration to continue to improve the K12 system of public education in the Sunshine State. For the past 20 years, parents in Florida have been the driving force behind school choice – demanding quality education options and supporting education programs that embrace all styles of learning. Charter schools have embraced these same ideals, and have worked hand-in-hand with parents, and educators, to raise the bar on education, and lift student achievement and graduation rates in Florida, especially among minority students. It is our hope that Governor-elect DeSantis – like Florida’s previous Governors and Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton – will work with the #schoolchoice movement, and continue to support the students, parents, and teachers that have embraced public charter schools in our state.