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From The Villages Daily Sun

By Garrett Shiflet, Daily Sun Staff Writer  -  Jul 31, 2022

For Jennifer James, the start of a new school year is relatively the same at the end of each July.
The fifth-grade science and math teacher at The Villages Charter School usually spends the days leading up to another first day combing through student data, planning lessons for the next year and getting the classroom in order. READ MORE



From The Center Square

By Bethany Blankley | Aug 1, 2022

 In another effort to provide job opportunities to military veterans and address a teacher shortage, Florida is making it easier for qualified veterans to receive an education certificate and begin teaching in Florida public schools. READ MORE


Florida teacher shortage continues with school start just weeks away

By Randi Hildreth - Published July 26, 2022

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Many students in Central Florida are heading back to the classroom in about two weeks and districts are still working to find hundreds of teachers.
"This summer, it's been pretty much job fair after job fair after job fair," said Russell Bruhn of Brevard County Public Schools. READ MORE



Governor DeSantis Encourages Floridians to Save on Back to School Items During Sales Tax Holiday

From the Governor's Press Office
July 25, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As Florida families prepare for another school year, Governor Ron DeSantis is encouraging Floridians to save money on school supplies from July 25 - August 7. With the school year quickly approaching, the sales tax holiday is predicted to save Florida families more than $100 million this year. Department of Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. and Department of Revenue Executive Director Jim Zingale joined Governor DeSantis in reminding Floridians they can save money on school supplies and clothing during the 2022 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.
“We are fiscally in the strongest position that the state of Florida has ever seen in modern history,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “The back-to-school tax holiday will allow families to be able to save for things that really matter.” READ MORE


Ten Florida Charter High School Graduates Win Prestigious Scholarships

Dr. Carlo Rodriguez Scholarships are awarded based on academic accomplishments and financial need.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (July 22, 2022) – Ten Florida charter high school graduates have been named recipients of the 2022 Dr. Carlo Rodriguez Scholarships by the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS).

The Dr. Carlo Rodriguez Scholarships are merit-based financial awards of $1,500 each. They are given to college-bound or technical school-bound recent graduates of Florida charter schools. The graduates have strong academic records and demonstrate financial need.

Dr. Carlo Rodriguez was an education advocate who worked tirelessly to expand quality school choice options for children. He was the head of the charter school office of Miami-Dade Public Schools and was named to head the Florida Department of Education's Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice. He passed away unexpectedly in 2007.

Recipients of the 2022 Dr. Carlo Rodriguez Scholarships are:

  • Aleta Alvin of State College of Florida Collegiate School in Bradenton
  • Nayeric Cairo of Pinecrest Preparatory Academy Charter High School in Miami
  • Eduardo Diaz of Indian River Charter High School in Vero Beach
  • Riley Haley of Pineapple Cove Classical Academy in Palm Bay
  • Dionte Hill of San Jose Prep in Jacksonville
  • Alyson Stewart of Manatee School for the Arts in Bradenton
  • Erick Tovar of Mason Classical Academy in Naples
  • Alyssa Wheeler of Pineapple Cove Classical Academy in Palm Bay
  • Zachary Williams of Palm Bay Prep Academy in Panama City
  • Gabriel Wilson of Manatee School for the Arts in Bradenton

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools acknowledges the meaningful support it receives for the Dr. Carlo Rodriguez Scholarships Program from EGIS Insurance & Risk Advisors of Boca Raton. The company sponsored four of the scholarships and is a preferred partner of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools. One scholarship is sponsored by Captivated Health of Tampa, another FCPCS preferred partner. Five of the scholarships are sponsored by FCPCS.

“The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools congratulates all of the winners of the Dr. Carlo Rodriguez Scholarships,” said Robert Haag, President of FCPCS. “Based on their outstanding charter school achievements, all of them can look forward to excelling in their future educational endeavors.”

About the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is the leading charter school membership association in the state, with a membership of nearly 75 percent of all operating charter schools. Since its inception in 1999, FCPCS has been dedicated to creating a national model of high-quality, accredited public charter schools that are student-centered and performance-driven. FCPCS provides a wide array of technical support, mentoring, training, networking, and purchasing services to its membership, as well as serving as an advocate for all Florida public charter schools.

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