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, five 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 are considered economically disadvantaged, according to the Florida Department of Education (F DOE) in 2016 .
Initiatives and Management Plans
The Florida and the Islands Regional Comprehensive Center (FLICC) continually develops work based on the most pressing needs of the state’s students. In year four, the 2015–2016 school year, the work continues to focus on two areas: implementing the new Florida standards and school improvement.
Professional development in the areas of standards implementation and school improvement are being scheduled.