Puerto Rico consists of the main island of Puerto Rico and various smaller islands located approximately 1,000 miles southeast of Miami. Of the small islands, only Vieques and Culebra are inhabited, and both have schools in improvement. The mainland measures 105 miles by 35 miles, and has a population of approximately four million. There are more than 1,500 schools, including more than 1,200 in various stages of school improvement. The percentage of students eligible to participate in the Free Lunch Program is above 92 percent. According to the National Center for Education Statistics State Profiles, more than 99 percent of the schools are classified as Title I schools. Spanish and English are the official languages, but Spanish remains dominant.
The Florida and the Islands Regional Comprehensive Center (FLICC) will collaborate with the Puerto Rico Department of Education’s (PRDE) Office of Federal Affairs, School Improvement Grants (SIG) Coordinator, and other state, regional, district and school stakeholders to support the implementation of SIG through the provision of ongoing training, resources and support. Learn more about management plans for Puerto Rico
FLICC provides guidance, resources and support to the PRDE as they increase their capacity to support districts’ and schools’ efforts to improve educational opportunities for all children. FLICC assists PRDE with designing and implementing many aspects of their SIG, including determining the formula to identify the Persistently Low Performing Schools, guiding the district application process, and providing resources for leadership academies. Learn more about initiatives for Puerto Rico
During the winter and spring of 2014, FLICC is partnering with the PRDE for a series of training sessions across the territory that addresses District Training for SIG implementation. Learn more about events for Puerto Rico