Office of Independent Education & Parental Choice
About Florida's Charter Schools
Charter schools are public schools of choice. They are very popular—and among the fastest growing school choice options in Florida. Charter schools are largely free to innovate, and often provide more effective programs and choice to diverse groups of students.
Since 1996, the number of charter schools in Florida has grown to over 570 in 2012-13. Charter school student enrollment now tops 200,000 students.
Check out the Charter School Program Statistics (PDF, 174KB) for more details.
2014-17 Public Charter Schools Program Grant (CSP) Request for ProposalsThe Department is excited to announce the release of the 2014-17 Public Charter Schools Program Grant (CSP) Request for Proposals. The purpose of the CSP grant is to provide financial support to newly approved charter schools. The 2014-17 CSP competition will utilize a 2-stage process. Stage I proposals are due by January 10, 2014 at 5:00pm (EST). Continue reading
Free PD Workshops for Florida's Charter Schools (July 2013 – August 2014)The Florida's Charter Schools Program (CSP) Office is sponsoring numerous Professional Development (PD) workshops facilitated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from August 2013 - August 2014. DEP workshops are open to all charter school educators at No Cost. Continue reading.
Charter Support Unit (CSU)A major objective set forth in Florida’s 2011-16 Charter School Program (CSP) grant with the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) requires the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) to establish a Charter Support Unit (CSU). Continue reading.
CPALMS CHARTERThe Florida Charter Schools Online Learning Community Project entitled "CPALMS CHARTER", has been launched by the Florida State University School (FSUS). Continue reading.
VALUE-ADDED MODEL (VAM) WEBINAR SERIESThe presentation provides an overview of Florida's Value-Added Model and how it should be used for teacher evaluations and walks participants through sample VAM reports and discusses the different data points. The webinar also provides guidance as to how charters schools may be interpreted and used within the teacher evaluation system. Continue reading.
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