April 30, 2015

Florida Launches New Report Cards

March 5, 2019

Jeffrey S. Solochek reports for the Tampa Bay Times that ESSA “placed several new requirements on states, to make it easier for parents to access and understand data about how their schools and districts are performing.” And this week, Florida delivered on part of these...

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Florida Lawmakers Introduce ELL-Exam Bill

March 1, 2019

Jeffrey S. Solochek reports for the Tampa Bay Times that two Miami-area Democrats in the state legislature have introduced companion legislation (SB 1590 / HB 1213) that would allow Florida’s English-language learner students to take state exams in their first language. If approved, “the measure...

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Sunshine State, Feds Continue Wrangling Over Accountability Plan

September 14, 2018

Jeffrey Solochek reports for the Tampa Bay Times that the Sunshine State’s latest ESSA plan redraft addresses a number of the issues raised by the U.S. Department of Education. However, according to the Department’s Libby Witt, “some of the revisions that FDOE made in the...

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Why Florida?

August 28, 2018

Rosa Castro Feinberg, Former Miami-Dade School Board member and current co-chair of LULAC Florida’s Government and Media Relations Committee, asks a good question in this article: “Why is Florida the only state that’s not in compliance with federal education standards?” The answer is pretty clear...

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Advocacy Groups Call on DeVos to Reject Florida ESSA Plan

August 14, 2018

Florida remains the only state that has yet to have its ESSA plan approved by the U.S. Department of Education, and UnidosUS and the Florida chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens want it to stay that way—at least for now. Corey Mitchell reports in Education...

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3 Things to Know About Florida’s Unapproved Education Plan

July 31, 2018

Florida is now the last state waiting for its ESSA plan to be approved by the U.S. Dept. of Education. In this piece for The 74, Blair Mann of the Collaborative for Student Success answers all your questions about what the holdup might be and...

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Florida, Fed Impasse Could Cost Sunshine State $1.1 Billion

July 23, 2018

Daarel Burnette II at Education Week takes a look at ESSA and Florida—the only state still awaiting federal approval for its accountability plan. “We’re still working with the feds,” Cheryl Etters, a spokeswoman for the state’s department of education told Education Week. “As soon as we have...

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Florida is Last State Awaiting ESSA Plan Approval

July 17, 2018

The Tampa Bay Times’ Jeffrey Solochek asks: “What to do?” Despite the fact that the Trump Administration “has in many ways held up Florida’s education system as a model for the nation” and “hired many former Florida education officials to top jobs in its own education...

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Florida (Finally) Submits Revised Plan

April 23, 2018

According to Jeffrey Solochek in the Tampa Bay Times, the Florida Department of Education has submitted its revised ESSA plan, “months after the U.S. Education department said multiple revisions were needed.” In the updated version, state education officials said they “had filed for a waiver...

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Sunshine State Gets Extended ESSA Revisions Deadline

February 16, 2018

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Florida has received an additional extension to update its ESSA plan. State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart was required to submit revisions by February 16—which was already an extension from the original January 4 deadline—but Stewart asked the U.S. Department...

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Florida-Federal Showdown?

February 2, 2018

Education Week’s Daarel Burnette II and Corey Mitchell report that Florida is under “intense scrutiny” from Democrats, civil rights groups, and federal officials for “how it plans to hold schools accountable for the achievement levels of historically disadvantaged student groups” under ESSA.

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Williams: Florida Trying to Circumvent ESSA

November 28, 2017

In a column on The 74, New America’s Conor Williams discusses Florida’s ESSA plan – and how the state is “proposing to leave ELLs’ progress toward proficiency out of the state’s system for measuring school quality.” Williams argues that in the “outline of what the...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

October 17, 2017

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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FL Submits ESSA Plan

September 21, 2017

After Florida submitted its ESSA plan, it “quickly became clear that the waivers the state Department of Education planned to seek were no longer there.” A “closer read of the final version, though, reveals that while the state did not request any formal waiver of...

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The 74 Highlights FL’s ESSA Plan Process

September 21, 2017

The 74 highlights that Florida “may be trying to skirt the law when it comes to its public education plan,” which could “mean a delay or denial in federal education funding, an unscheduled overhaul of Florida’s school grades system, or a wink and a nod...

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Florida Reconsiders Waiver Request

September 10, 2017

With little time before their deadline to submit an ESSA plan to the federal government, the Florida Department of Education “may scrap a plan to ask the government for a pass on a key part of its education law,” potentially throwing the process “into chaos.”...

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Civil Rights Groups ask Sec. DeVos to Reject Florida’s Incoming Waiver Request

August 4, 2017

Several civil rights groups issued a joint letter to Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to reject Florida’s proposal to opt out on requirements related to disadvantaged students. Liz King, director of education policy for The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, argued...

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Florida Seeks a Waiver

July 20, 2017

Florida is seeking a waiver from “several fundamental portions of ESSA that dictate how schools handle some of the country’s most historically underperforming and disadvantaged students.” The state is “asking, among other things, that it not be required to judge schools based on how well English-learners...

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FL Dept. of Ed Publishes Draft ESSA Plan

July 3, 2017

The Florida Dept. of Education published the state’s draft ESSA plan. The public comment period will remain open until July 31.

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FL Education Commissioner Announces Plans to Submit ESSA Plan by Sept. Deadline

May 11, 2017

Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced the department has “no intention of scrapping its efforts to date in creating an ESSA state implementation plan.” Stewart stated Florida will continue to work to submit the original state plan by the Sept. 18th deadline.

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FL Students Participate in Student-Focused Assembly on ESSA

February 2, 2017

Almost 200 students from Broward County participated in a student-focused assembly on ESSA. The Black Press of America (NNPA) coordinated the event through a grant “designed to raise public awareness about ESSA.”

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FL Education Commissioner Pens Letter to Sec. King

August 5, 2016

Following the close of the public comment window for stakeholders on Florida’s accountability plan, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary John King. In her letter, she “touts Florida’s existing system, and reminds the secretary that the federal government cannot force...

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FL Dept. of Education Accepting Public Input through July 22

June 29, 2016

The state Dept. of Education is accepting public input on each component of ESSA through July 22. The state Dept. of Education website divides the feedback into “specific sections named in the law, each title named in the law, and U.S. Dept. of Education draft...

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FL Dept. of Education Holds First Online Public Input Session

June 17, 2016

The Florida Department of Education held its first online public input session on ESSA on June 20. In advance of the meeting, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund published a write up of the basics of the law and the Florida public input sessions, and provided...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases State ESSA Primers

May 16, 2016

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.

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