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Seeking Private Donations in Florida? Make Sure you are Registered!

The Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act requires that organizations in the State that solicits donations must register with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ("FDACS") prior to engaging in solicitation activities. This applies to charitable organizations such as charter schools, PTA's/PTO's, and private schools. Such organizations cannot accept donations until their registration is approved and they have received a certificate number from FDACS. The registration must be renewed annually and costs between $10 and $400, depending on the preceding fiscal year's contributions. The penalty for failing to renew the registration is $25 for each month or part of a month after the expiration date, so make sure your charter school, PTA/PTO or private school is in compliance!

New Florida charter schools can vie for start-up funds

In the face of key changes to its application process, the Florida Department of Education is taking steps to smooth the way for charter schools interested in submitting proposals for the agency's start-up grants.

Florida Charter School becomes 2012 National Blue Ribbon School

Congratulations to Imagine Charter School at Weston for becoming a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. The program honors public and non-public elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where students are making significant gains in academic achievement. Out of 9 schools chosen in Florida, Imagine Weston is the only charter school and is being recognized for its high performing charter status over the last several years. To be selected as a National Blue Ribbon School, schools are nominated by a top education official in each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Once nominated the Secretary of Education invites nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition. Imagine Weston is one of 314 schools nationwide that is honored with the highest award the U.S. Department of Education has bestowed.

Fla. Dept. of Ed.-Rule Development-FCAT Grades

Notice of Rule Development was recently published for Rule 6A-1.09981: Implementation of Florida's System of School Improvement and Accountability. The stated purpose of this rule development is to review whether Florida should extend the provision to limit any annual declines in individual school grades to a one-letter-grade drop, delay the implementation of the adequate progress target for learning gains of the low 25%, and delay the implementation of the grading scale adjustment that would occur if 75% of schools of one type received an "A" or "B" grade. Revisions may also include changes to the high school graduation rate measures needed for the ESEA waiver.

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