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Florida 2020 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday August 7-9 

Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) encourages parents to plan ahead to take advantage of back-to-school shopping tax breaks. 

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (July 30, 2020) – Florida’s 2020 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday is slated for next weekend, from Friday, Aug. 7 to Sunday, Aug. 9.  The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) encourages parents and students to plan ahead for the purchase of tax-free items, in order to take maximum advantage of the sales tax holiday. 

Qualifying items are exempt from tax during the sales tax holiday.  They include certain school supplies selling for $15 or less, per item, as well as clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $60 or less, per item. 

Also tax free this year is the first $1,000 of the sales price of personal computers and certain computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use. 

“It’s not completely clear how COVID-19 will impact the 2020/2021 school year, but parents may want to consider buying school supplies to help them with various options,” said Robert Haag, President of FCPCS.  “For instance, purchasing computer equipment during the sales tax holiday could save them significant dollars.” 

For more information and a list of qualifying items, parents and students may want to review the Florida Department of Revenue’s Tax Information Publication on the 2020 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.  It also includes answers to frequently asked questions. 

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. 

 

PEDIATRICIANS URGE CAUTION, PRECAUTION IN SCHOOL REOPENINGS

From FLAPOL

By A.G. Gancarskion   July 29, 2020

The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has sent the Governor an 11-page White Paper dealing with some issues with school reopening... READ MORE

 

NEW CDC GUIDELINES FAVOR REOPENING SCHOOLS. HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 

From Miami Herald

BY SUMMER LIN
JULY 24, 2020 10:36 AM , UPDATED JULY 24, 2020 12:54 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines on Thursday favoring reopening schools. President Trump has pushed heavily for reopening schools, but acknowledged on Thursday that some may need to delay reopening. READ MORE

 

Eleven Florida Charter High School Graduates Win Prestigious Scholarships

Dr. Carlo Rodriguez Scholarships awarded based on academic accomplishments and financial need.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (July 24, 2020) – Eleven Florida charter high school graduates have been named recipients of the 2020 Dr. Carlo Rodriguez Scholarships by the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS). 

The Dr. Carlo Rodriguez Scholarships are merit-based financial awards given to college-bound or technical school-bound recent graduates of Florida charter schools.  The graduates have strong academic records and demonstrate financial need. 

Dr. Carlo Rodriguez was an education advocate who worked tirelessly to expand quality school choice options for children.  He was the head of the charter school office of Miami-Dade Public Schools and was named to head the Florida Department of Education's Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice.  He passed away unexpectedly in 2007. 

Recipients of the 2020 Dr. Carlo Rodriguez Scholarships are: 

--Jasmine Almero, a graduate of Imagine School at North Port, North Port, Florida.  She will attend the University of South Florida in Tampa to study Pre-biomedical Engineering. 

--Isabella Clemons, a graduate of Mason Classical Academy of Naples, Florida.  She will attend Eckerd College in Sarasota to study Marine Science. 

--Beatriz Gonzalez, a graduate of Avant Garde Academy Broward of Hollywood, Florida.  She will attend Florida International University, Miami, to study Forensic Pathology. 

--Dylan Kasper, a graduate of Sarasota Military Academy, Sarasota, Florida.  He will attend State College of Florida, Bradenton, to study Business. 

--Landon McLain, a graduate of Marco Island Academy, Marco Island, Florida.  He will attend Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, to study Ocean Engineering. 

-Kayla Ross, a graduate of Indian River Charter High School, Vero Beach.  She will attend Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, to study Astronomy and Astrophysics. 

Four of the scholarships are also sponsored by EGIS Insurance & Risk Advisors of Boca Raton.  The company is a preferred vendor partner of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.  The four scholarship recipients are: 

--Ny'Qeria Alexander, a graduate of Somerset Jefferson County K-12, Monticello, Florida.  She will attend Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University of Tallahassee to study Criminal Justice. 

--Nataline Fadael, a graduate of Mason Classical Academy, Naples, Florida.  She will attend Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, to study Criminal Justice. 

--Nathalie Farinas, a graduate of Mater Lakes Academy, Miami Lakes, Florida.  She will attend Florida International University, Miami, to study Biological Sciences. 

--Christian Janowicz, a graduate of Odyssey Charter School, Palm Bay, Florida.  He will attend the University of Florida, Gainesville, to study Genetics. 

One of the scholarships is also sponsored by E-Rate Advantage of New Jersey.  The company is a preferred vendor partner of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.  The scholarship recipient is: 

--Nadia Jennings, a graduate of Manatee School for the Arts, Palmetto, Florida.  She will attend Florida State University, Tallahassee, to study Public Health. 

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.

 

 

REFRESHING STAFF ON FERPA ESSENTIAL AS DISTRICTS IMPLEMENT COVID-19 SCREENING 

From EducationDive
by Shawna De La Rosa July 20, 2020

As schools implement systems to check students for coronavirus symptoms, administrators must ensure Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines when disclosing any information about students, District Administration reports. READ MORE

 
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