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Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) Congratulates New Board Chair and New Board Members of the Florida Education Foundation 

Florida Education Commissioner Diaz Recently Appointed New Chair and Board Members of the Foundation 

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., (Oct. 5 , 2022) – The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) congratulates the new Chair and Members of the Board of Directors of the Florida Education Foundation.  Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. recently appointed a new Chair of the Foundation and six new Board Members. 

The new Chair is Rebecca Matthews, Vice President of Automated Health Systems of Tallahassee.  She was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation. 

New Board Members are: 

--Carlos O. Alvarez, Principal at City of Hialeah Educational Academy.  He is also Board Chair and President of Pinecrest Academy, a network of 19 Florida charter schools. 

--Marcus D. Chambers, Superintendent of Okaloosa County Schools and an education industry veteran, with 24 years of service. 

--Steve Crisafulli, President of Crisafulli Consulting and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. 

--Melissa Ann Matz, selected as the 2023 Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year and most recently a seventh grade mathematics teacher at Lakeside Junior High School in Clay County. 

--Scott Ross, managing partner for Capital City Consulting in Tallahassee and previously with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. 

--Andrea Tovar, partner and senior consultant of government affairs at Corcoran Partners, Tallahassee.  

Headquartered in Tallahassee, the Florida Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  It was established by the Florida Legislature in 1984 as a direct support organization to the Florida Department of Education. 

“The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools looks forward to working with all of the officers and members of the Board of Directors of the Florida Education Foundation,” said Robert Haag, President of FCPCS.  “Our mutual goal is to continue to improve educational outcomes in Florida.” 

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.

 

PASCO’S ACADEMY AT THE FARM WINS $13.5M IN SUPPORT GRANTS

From Florida Politics

By Renzo Downey - September 11, 2022

The funding was the second-largest grant lawmakers provided through the new local support program.

State lawmakers have awarded $13.5 million in federal funding for a Pasco County agriculture charter school to expand its program after Gov. Ron DeSantis initially vetoed $11.9 million for a new high school.  READ MORE

 

WALTER MYERS OPINION: TACKLING MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS

From Florida Daily
(By Walter Myers III - Republished from RealClear Wire)

September 12, 2022

Since their humble beginnings in 1992, with City Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota, charter schools have expanded to forty-four other states as well as the District of Columbia, and they now enroll well over 3.4 million students – roughly eight percent of all students nationwide. But while charter schools have been around for thirty years, many Americans remain unfamiliar with or confused about the basic concept. READ MORE

 

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 arts...read 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: https://www.charterschoolconference.com/2022/general_info.php

The Conference Schedule is posted here: https://www.charterschoolconference.com/2022/schedule.php 

Conference Registration information is available at the following link: https://www.charterschoolconference.com/reg_attendee/index.php

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.

 
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