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COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL IN NORTHWEST FLORIDA EXPANDING,
ADDING 9TH GRADERS

From WKRG.com
By Kimber Collins February 25, 2022

NICEVILLE, Fla. (WKRG) — A $2 million dollar grant is funding an expansion for the Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College.
The public charter on campus in Niceville will be accepting 9th graders for the first time. The grant from Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education will also create a new degree track. READ MORE

 

Nomination Deadline Nears for 2022 Florida Charter School Champions of the Year Awards

Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) Brings Back Statewide Awards Program to Honor Charter School Champions

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., (March 2, 2022) – The deadline to nominate individuals for consideration as 2022 Florida Charter School Champions is Friday, March 11 at 5 p.m.  Nominees should be “exceptional individuals working in and for charter schools,” according to the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS), which is bringing back the annual statewide awards program for 2022.

From 2012 through 2019, FCPCS encouraged its member schools and supporters to nominate individuals for consideration as part of the prestigious statewide awards program.  Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards program was paused for health and safety reasons during 2020 and 2021.

The Florida Charter School Champions of the Year Awards return for 2022, with nominations made online no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 11.  Nominations will be accepted in the following categories: Champion Charter School Pioneer, Champion Governing Board Member, Champion School Leader, Champion Teacher, Champion Innovator and Champion Preferred Partner, from the FCPCS Preferred Partners Program.

This year’s honorees will be announced on Friday, March 25, 2022.  Awards will be delivered soon after the winners are announced, when nominators of the winners will be notified.

“The Florida Charter School Champions of the Year Awards recognize exceptional individuals and companies who represent the very best aspects of the charter school movement,” said FCPCS President Robert Haag.  “The awards program is a celebration of their achievements and success.”

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.    

 

New CREDO Study Confirms Charter Schools Pivoted Well During Pandemic

From National Alliance of Public Charter Schools
By Christy Wolfe - February 17, 2022

Earlier this week, Stanford University's Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) released new survey-based research illuminating the experiences of charter school leaders in California, New York, and Washington State from the start of the pandemic in March 2020 through the end of the 2020-21 school year. READ MORE

 

 

Education Department Announces $35 Million Competition to
Improve Teacher Quality

From the U.S. Department of Education
Press Office - February 24, 2022

Today, the U.S. Department of Education is posting a Notice Inviting Applications for the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) program, which will award $35 million to bolster teacher preparation programs at the undergraduate or "fifth-year" level (Pre-Baccalaureate Models), as well as teaching residency programs for individuals new to teaching that integrate relevant academic content and meaningful clinical experience (Residency Models). READ MORE

 

HOW DO LAWMAKERS GET LOCAL PET PROJECTS IN THE STATE BUDGET? IT ISN’T EASY OR ALWAYS TRANSPARENT

From The Florida Phoenix
By Diane Rado - February 14, 2022

When lawmakers came to the Capitol in January for the 2022 legislative session, their annual wish list was ballooning with billions of dollars for pet projects that, if approved, could be a goldmine for local constituents. READ MORE

 
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