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WHY WE’RE GIVING $50M TO CHARTER SCHOOLS TO HELP KIDS CATCH UP AFTER THE PANDEMIC

From The New York Post
By Michael Bloomberg       April 18, 2022

School closures and inadequate remote instruction over the last two years have created a crisis in public education.
The data are clear. Across the United States, students have fallen behind by an average of four months in math and five months in English. The results have been even worse for those children most in need, especially in schools serving mainly low-income populations, where students have fallen behind by an average of seven months. READ MORE

 

GOP GOVERNORS URGE BIDEN TO SCRAP PROPOSED CHARTER SCHOOLS FUNDING RULE

From Fox News
By Louis Casiano     April 18, 2022

A group of 18 Republican governors urged the Biden administration on Monday to get rid of a proposed rule that they say would restrict federal funding for charter schools. READ MORE

 

WHITE HOUSE TO EXTEND STUDENT LOAN PAUSE THROUGH AUG. 31

From Tampa Bay Times
By Associated Press - Collin Binkley and Zeke Miller  -  April 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration plans to freeze federal student loan payments through Aug. 31, extending a moratorium that has allowed millions of Americans to postpone payments during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an administration official familiar with the White House’s decision-making. READ MORE

 

ALMOST 5,000 STRUGGLING FLORIDA READERS REAPED BENEFITS OF
READING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM IN 2020-21

From Reimagined Online
By Patrick Gibbons  -  April 6, 2022

Nearly $2.5 million in Reading Scholarships were awarded to 4,961 Florida students during the 2020-21 school year according to a report prepared by the state-approved scholarship-funding organization that helps administer the scholarship. READ MORE

 

2022 Florida Charter School Fact Sheet Shows 702 Charter Schools Serving 361,939 Students

361,939 charter school students is 12.8 percent of the overall number of K-12 students enrolled in Florida public schools.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (April 7, 2022) – The 2022 Florida Charter School Fact Sheet counts 702 charter schools providing educational opportunities to 361,939 Florida students.  The fact sheet was recently issued by the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS).  It is the leading charter school membership association in the state, with a membership of nearly 75 percent of all operating charter schools. 

The 2022 totals represent an additional 19 Florida charter schools and 20,013 more students.  19 additional charter schools translate to an increase of 2.8 percent over the 2021 total, while an increase of 20,013 students equates to an increase of 5.9 percent.

The 361,939 charter school students in Florida is 12.8 percent of the overall number of K-12 students enrolled in Florida public schools.

In 2022, charter schools operate in 47 of Florida’s 67 counties.  That number is unchanged from 2021.

In addition to updating the numbers of schools and students, the 2022 fact sheet includes general background information about public charter schools and how they are funded.

The two-page fact sheet includes a page of “Myths Versus Truths” about charter schools.

“The 2022 Florida Charter School Fact Sheet is a handy reference for details about the scope and background of charter schools in Florida,”  said Robert Haag, President of FCPCS.  “Charter schools continue to expand in our state, even as the COVID-19 pandemic slows the overall growth of Florida’s public schools.

The fact sheet is available online at https://www.floridacharterschools.org/assets/docs/Legislative/FCPCS%202022%20Fact%20Sheet-ONLINE.pdf

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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