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From The Laker/Lutz News
By B.C. Manion - May 23, 2023

The Pasco County School Board voted 3-2 to approve a partnership to advance a plan for a Patel Charter School, expected to open in 2025. READ MORE


Gov. DeSantis signs measure expanding sports options for charter school athletes

From Florida Politics
By Jesse Scheckner - May 24, 2023

The legislation was inspired by an issue in Vero Beach. Two lawmakers from the city carried it across the finish line.

By the beginning of the next school year, charter school students in Florida will have more options when deciding where to play.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed SB 190, which will enable students at charter schools throughout Florida to participate in the athletic programs of willing private schools, regardless of whether a nearby public school has similar offerings. READ MORE



From ReImagineED
By Lisa Buie / May 9, 2023

The 2023 Florida legislative session ended Friday with lawmakers passing a record $117 billion budget for the fiscal year that will start July 1. READ MORE


Governor DeSantis Approves Record Increase in Teacher Pay and Signs Comprehensive Legislation to Support Teachers

Press Release
May 9, 2023

MIAMI — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a landmark package of legislation to support and empower Florida’s teachers, reign in out-of-control unions and school boards, get TikTok out of schools, and protect the integrity of the classroom. Governor DeSantis also announced that he will approve more than $1 billion for teacher pay in this year’s budget, a $252 million increase over the current record. READ MORE


Sherard Parker Named Director of Member Services for Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) 

Central Florida-based professional to focus on the many FCPCS tools and services available to its member schools

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., (May 12, 2023) – The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) has announced the appointment of Sherard Parker as Director of Member Services.

Based in Central Florida, Parker will focus on the many FCPCS tools and services available to its member schools.  Services include evaluation and training programs for administrators and instructional staff, guidance on compliance issues for member schools, webinars on important topics and services, regular communications tools, access to a Preferred Partners Program with discounted and specialized products and services, and templates for school operations, including manuals, forms, and other school documents.


Parker brings over 25 years of experience in contract compliance, provider network expansion, and database management.  For nine years, he was Manager of New Business Development at Walmart Specialty Pharmacy in Greater Orlando.

In addition to his professional work, Parker is active in the church and community.  He is originally from Carver Ranches, Fla., now incorporated as the City of West Park in Broward County.

“The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools is thrilled to have Sherard Parker join our team,” said Robert Haag, President of FCPCS.  “His knowledge of professional services and his commitment to community service combine to make him a strong partner for our hundreds of member schools.”

Parker can be reached by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 954-463-9595.

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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