Office of Independent Education & Parental Choice
School Choice News
Florida Charter School Conference - November 19-21, 2013
The annual Florida Charter School Conference will take place November 19-21, 2013, in Orlando, Florida.
For more information, go to www.charterschoolconference.com.
National Green Ribbon Schools Award
The Florida Department of Education is pleased to announce that Florida will participate for the third year in the Green Ribbon Schools program. We are eager for your schools and districts to apply for a Green Ribbon Schools and/or district award by submitting an application for this important national recognition. Each state will be allowed to nominate up to four schools and one school district for the 2013-14 national award.
Florida Times-Union article on charter schoolsA recent article in the Florida Times-Union truncated a response provided to them by Commissioner Robinson about charter schools, stating "Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson said Tuesday the state application for opening charter schools doesn't need to address performance." The Commissioner was responding to the details about an application question for charter schools. To be clear, the Commissioner contends that performance of charter schools should be taken into consideration prior to any new charter school development because providing a quality learning environment for all students is paramount.
Also know that the Commissioner had a cordial conversation with the reporter and editor about the truncated comment, and informed them that DOE would post a note about it.
Evaluations for Special Education Services: Information for Parents
District program contacts expressed concerns regarding potential miscommunications between school personnel and parents when parents request an evaluation for special education services for their child. Therefore, the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services has provided a brochure designed to answer the following questions for parents:
- My child needs help in school. Does my child have a disability?
- What is RtI?
- I have requested an evaluation for my child. Now what?
- What is the evaluation going to include?
- How will I know the results?
The direct link to the brochure is http://www.florida-rti.org/_docs/EvaluationsSpecialEd.pdf or you may access the brochure at Florida's Response to Instruction/Intervention Web site at http://www.florida-rti.org/ under the RtI News section.
The Literacy League book club is a podcast project designed to connect Florida's middle school students with their favorite authors in modern and innovative ways. See the Literacy League website or email LiteracyLeague@fldoe.org for mroe information.
The Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Program is a statewide reading motivation program for students in grades 3-8, encouraging students to read independently for personal satisfaction. Watch for a letter from the Library Media Services office of the Department of Education for information about registering to participate in the SSYRA program for the current school year.