FCSA Fights for Charter School Students, Equitable Funding
Dear FCSA member,
Last week, an editorial by FCSA’s executive director Lynn Norman-Teck was published in the Palm Beach Post. She also spoke before the Palm Beach School Board on July 19 in support of HB7069 and equitable capital outlay funding for all public school students — including the more than 20,000 students in Palm Beach County who attend public charter schools.
“The lawsuit is wrong,” says Lynn Norman-Teck, FCSA Executive Director and charter school parent. “It is an attempt to choke parental choice and penalize families who choose to attend a public charter school.“
“It is unfair to deny charter schools a share of the property taxes that school boards collect for construction and maintenance. Charter school parents pay property taxes along with parents whose children attend traditional public schools,” Norman-Teck told the board. “Education funding should follow the child.”
The Miami Dade district has already spent close to $10,000 to research the constitutionality of HB 7069, and plans to join the lawsuit along with Bay, St. Lucie, Broward, and Palm Beach.
FCSA will continue to work on your behalf and the students your serve by voicing support the new education bill, and fighting misinformation. We urge you to join us in this critical fight.
Contact us is you have any questions or need more details.
Regards, Lynn Norman-Teck & Ralph Arza
Allowable Uses of Capital Outlay
The Charter Schools Office at the Florida Department of Education recently issued a memo that outlines the allowed uses of Capital Outlay. Changes signed into law (HB7069) are in effect, and they have an impact on the eligibility criteria for funding and its allowable uses. Specifically, House Bill 7069 removed a paragraph from section 1013.62, F.S., that declared an allowable use for capital outlay. Click here for more details.
Join FCSA at the following Charter School Principals Meetings: August 18, 8:30 a.m.
Professional Development Center Training Room 4 – 2320 New Beginnings Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744
September 14, 8:30 a.m.
UCP East Charter School, 12702 Science Drive, Orlando Florida 32826