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In Conversation with Dr. Chuck Fradley of Rowlett Academy

From SRQ Magazine

Interviewed by Wes Roberts Edited by Barbie Heit - September 8, 2022

In the September 2022 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed Dr. Chuck Fradley, Principal of Rowlett Academy as part of our In Conversation feature with educational leaaders about current trends in education. Below is an excerpt published in the magazine in which Fradley shares his insights with SRQ readers.

Dr. Fradley, when Rowlett was founded, was the original foundation around the Seven Habits philosophy and the Lighthouse philosophy and arts? Were those from day one, or have those evolved?

Rowlett has a very interesting background. The school actually opened in 2000 as a public charter school in Manatee County. The magnet draw was communication and more



Registration is Available for the 2022 Florida Charter School Conference in Orlando

Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) Encourages Representatives of its Member Schools to Participate

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., (Sept. 6, 2022) – The 2022 Florida Charter School Conference is slated for Oct. 19-21, 2022 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Fla.

Registration for the 2022 Florida Charter School Conference is now open, with a $240 registration fee available until Sept. 30.  After Sept. 30, the registration fee increases to $305.

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) encourages representatives of its member schools to attend the conference, in order to take advantage of numerous professional development opportunities and to network with other educational professionals.  According to information posted on the Conference website, its seminars are geared to charter school authorizers, administrators, educators and charter school stakeholders.

“The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools is committed to working together and networking at the event with our member schools,” said FCPCS President Robert Haag.  “The Florida Charter School Conference is the perfect place for Florida’s charter school professionals to increase their knowledge and understanding.” 

More information about the Conference is available online at:

The Conference Schedule is posted here: 

Conference Registration information is available at the following link:

FCPCS is proud to sponsor the Opening Session of the Conference.  It is scheduled to take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19.  FCPCS is also an exhibitor, with multiple booths in the Exhibit Hall opening at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 and continuing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. 

The Florida Charter School Conference is presented with the support of the Florida Education Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation incorporated under the provisions of Chapter 617 of the Florida Statutes. 

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.


First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces 2022–2023 Student and Educator Contests

From the Governor's Press Office - August 25, 2022

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the theme for the upcoming 2022–2023 school year student art and essay contests and the Excellence in Education awards – “Celebrating the Achievements of Hispanic, Native American, and Black Floridians.” This year will be the first time that Native American Heritage Month is included in the contests, in addition to the recurring contests for Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month. READ MORE





The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools releases new survey data from The Harris Poll on parents’ views on education and willingness to be “education voters”

In a new report, Never Going Back: An Analysis of Parent Sentiment on Education, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools examines results from a survey of more than 5,000 parents conducted by The Harris Poll in May 2022. Survey results provide deep insights into how parents feel about education, whether and why they’ve made any changes in how their school-aged children are educated, how their views have changed over the past two years, and the likelihood of their voting decisions being influenced by views on education. READ MORE


Walmart, Best Buy, Target: 2022 Back-To-School Deals In Florida


By Deb Belt - August 8, 2022

As inflation pushes prices higher at retailers nationwide, Florida families are more mindful than ever this year when it comes to how much money they're spending on supplies and other back-to-school items. READ MORE


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