FCSA & MiamiDade Discuss Budget, Equitable Distribution Of Referendum Dollars

Florida Charter School Alliance | Press Release | June 30, 2022

June 30, 2022 – Miami-Dade County, FL – Today, Miami-Dade County School staff held a meeting to discuss the 2022-2023 budget. Prior to that meeting, Ralph Arza, FCSA Director of Governmental Affairs, met with Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) CFO Ron Steiger to discuss the district’s budget which includes the distribution of tax referendum dollars earmarked for teacher salaries. Both charter and district-run schools will receive those tax referendum dollars. Today’s meetings are in preparation for the upcoming school board budget discussion scheduled for July 27th.

“Superintendent Dotres is committed to treating charter school students and teachers in an equitable manner moving forward,” said Ralph Arza. This connection with Superintendent Dotres is part of the FCSA’s mission to build a collaborative relationship with superintendents around the state.

In August 2021, the FCSA launched the Charter/District Collaborative with the Florida Department of Education. The initiative brought together charter school and district educational leaders from across the state in an effort to better equip them in their leadership roles – a first of its kind in Florida. Building on FCSA’s network of relationships and passion to educate, our team created a coalition of charter school leaders, school board members, and superintendents willing to share their best practices. Setting aside their differences, these leaders in public education are collaborating in order to determine our tomorrow.

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