ERIC Number: ED461935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Education Performance in Florida: A Need for Change. Policy Report. Backgrounder.
Moore, Edwin H.
In 1998, the citizens of Florida approved passage of Amendment VIII to the Florida Constitution, whereby the voters voluntarily gave up their right to elect a commissioner of education and a state board of education. In 1999, the standing commissioner of education appointed a blue-ribbon committee to review and recommend changes to the Florida system. In 2000, a state task force was appointed to lay the groundwork for system transition by 2003, work that is now completed. This report evaluates the current state of affairs in the Florida educational system. Questions addressed include: (1) Why change the organizational structures? (2) How successful has Florida been in delivering education services? and (3) Does the current system have a coordinated statewide system? Florida ranked 46th nationally in a study of performance of high school graduation rates for the 1999-2000 school year; opposition still exists within some institutions of higher education to creating a unified K-20 educational system; and there is still lack of coordination between different levels of education. The coordinated efforts of a unified board of education will serve students of Florida better. The task force has prepared an education service-delivery model that includes distance learning and better system coordination among all levels of education. (RT)
Descriptors: Blue Ribbon Commissions, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, State Boards of Education, State Legislation, State Regulation, Statewide Planning
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: James Madison Inst., Tallahassee, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Florida