Students, parents, teachers and communities across the state celebrate National Charter Schools Week 2016
FLORIDA – May 1 marks the beginning of National Charter Schools Week, and students, parents, teachers and communities across the state are celebrating the many successes of public charter schools. The Florida Charter School Alliance (FCSA) will hold Florida Honor Roll events that week to highlight charter schools successes. The events aims to recognize schools that earned an “A” in the last state assessment, and also highlight the incredible work charter school leaders and teachers do every day to help students make academic gains.
Monday, May 2, 9:30 a.m.
Charter School Rally hosted by 7th grade Civics students
Somerset Pines Charter
901 NE 33rd St, Pompano Beach
Tuesday, May 3, 10 a.m.
Florida Honor Roll celebration honoring charter schools in Orange & Osceola
Cornerstone Charter Academy
5903 Randolph Avenue, Orlando
Tuesday, May 3, 2:15 p.m.
Broward County School Board
National Charter Schools Week proclamation presentation
600 Southeast 3rd Avenue – Board Room, Ft. Lauderdale
Wednesday, May 4, 1:30 p.m.
Florida Honor Roll celebration honoring charter schools in St. Lucie, Palm Beach & Broward
Renaissance Charter School at Tradition
10900 SW Tradition Parkway
Port St. Lucie, FL
Friday, May 13, 10 a.m.
Florida Honor Roll celebration honoring charter schools in Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Manatee
Kids Community College Charter
10030 Mathog Road
“For twenty years, Florida’s public charter schools have been closing the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students, raising graduation rates – especially among minority students, and providing parents with quality school choice options. It’s important we celebrate those successes and continue to support our school leaders and teachers so they can continue to help students prosper,” said Lynn Norman-Teck, executive director, FCSA.
Charter Schools Increase Student Achievement. Since 2010, several independent research studies have found that students in charter schools do better than their district-run school peers. The most recent of those studies, by the Center for Research on Educational Outcomes at Stanford University, found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center for Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood. In Florida, a 2013-2014 study released by the Department of Education showed that students in charter schools performed better than students attending district-run public schools in 87% of 531 comparisons of reading, math, and science assessments results.
Charter Schools Give Parents Public School Options. Parents want the best education possible for their children. Charter public schools give parents options within the public school system so they can find a school that best meets the needs of their child. More than 270,000 students in Florida attend a public charter school. Driven by parental demand for quality public school options, enrollment has grown by more than 200% over the last decade.
About FCSA – Formed in 2010 by a group of educators, community leaders, and philanthropists, the Florida Charter School Alliance is a non-profit member-driven support and advocacy organization whose mission is to improve student achievement, promote parental choice by advocating for and collaborating with high-quality public charter schools.
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