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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.

 

Families needing free school lunches can apply ahead
of school year as pandemic waivers expire

From ClickOrlando.com
By Ezzy Castro - July 12, 2022

School nutritionist encourages families to submit applications for free, reduced lunch programs

ORLANDO, Fla. – In less than a month, most Central Florida students will be back in class for the 2022-23 school year which means many will be back in the cafeteria eating breakfast and lunch.  READ MORE

 

There are new rules governing federal grants for charter schools. What difference will they make?

From Forbes.com

By Peter Greene - July 11, 2022

The federal Charter School Program (CSP) has been handing out grants for opening and expanding charter schools since 1995; in recent years, there has been increasing criticism of the program...read more

 

Florida School Grades Far Exceed Expectations

From Florida Dept of Education Press Office
July 7, 2022

~ Data shows Florida’s schools performed much better than expected due to policies that kept schools open and kept students in the classroom ~

Tallahassee, Fla., July 7, 2022 – Today, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) released school grades for the 2021-2022 academic year, which show that schools statewide exceeded expectations. The 2021-2022 school grades mark the first full school grade data release since 2019 due to the lack of assessments in the 2019-2020 school year and the opt-in nature of the 2020-2021 school grades. FDOE applauds the hard work of Florida’s students, parents, teachers and school leaders as their collective efforts to support student achievement resulted in school grades that defied conventional wisdom and established a foundation for further closing achievement gaps.  READ MORE

 
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