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.
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.
McKeel IBIS Conference is a huge success!Over the next year, the McKeel IBIS Dissemination Project will hold a series of workshops that continue to focus on technology integration and literacy in Grades 6-12. All middle and high school faculty members serving in Florida’s charter schools are encouraged to attend. 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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