As the third-most populous state in the union, Florida encompasses 67 counties. In Florida, each county is its own school district, which given the diversity and size of the counties, creates unique technical assistance needs for each of the 67 school districts, four regions and the state as a whole. Florida has approximately 2.8 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 192,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 321,000 full-time staff throughout the state. During the 2010–2011 school year, Florida’s student demographics were 39.5 percent white, 31.5 percent Hispanic, 22.5 percent African American, and 6 percent other races — 10 percent of which were classified as English-language learners and 59 percent considered economically disadvantaged, according to the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) in 2016.
The Florida and the Islands Regional Comprehensive Center (FLICC) continually develops work based on the most pressing needs of the state’s students. In years six and seven, the 2017–2018 and 2018–2019 school years, the work continues to focus on transitioning to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in three main areas: Title II (Instructional Leadership), Title III (English Learners), and Career and Technical Education (CTE).
Professional development for the initiatives is ongoing.