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PRESS RELEASE

August 31, 2005

Jennifer Fennell or
Cheryl Etters
(850) 245-0413

Department of Education Awards $134 Million to High-Performing Schools
Miami-Dade Schools to receive nearly $20 million in school recognition funding

MIAMI — Education Commissioner John L. Winn announced $134 million in funding to 1,502 Florida schools in recognition of academic achievement and significant improvement for school year 2004-05. Under the A+ School Recognition Program, schools that achieve an "A" or improve at least one grade from the previous year are awarded $100 per student. Since 1999, Florida has awarded more than $695 million in school recognition funding.

“When it comes to our children's education, I firmly believe high expectations and high standards will yield high performance,” said Commissioner Winn. “The achievements of students, teachers and administrators of high-performing schools across the state have proven that to be true. Today, we celebrate their success.”

At a Colonial Drive Elementary School student assembly today, Commissioner Winn joined by Rep. Rafael Arza, Rep. Anitere Flores, Rep. Juan-Carlos Planas, Rep. David Rivera, Rep. Julio Robaina, Rep. Marco Rubio, Rep. Juan Zapata, Assistant Superintendent Ava Syrne awarded $32,224 to the school for improving from a "D" to an "A". He commended the school's students, faculty and administrators for their creative approach to improving. Special outreach to struggling readers included group and individual sessions with guidance counselors to improve reading skills and boost self-esteem. These students were also offered the opportunity to enroll in violin lessons as part of their reading assistance program. Approximately 75 students were enrolled at the beginning of the year. The student population at the school is 95 percent minority, with a free and reduced lunch rate of 82 percent.

Schools in Miami-Dade County will receive nearly $20 million for showing improvement or earning an "A" grade (see attached). Recognition funds can be used by a school to cover the costs of non-recurring faculty incentives, such as educational equipment, new technology, staff bonuses, or hiring temporary personnel to assist in maintaining and improving student performance.

To highlight the success of schools throughout the state, Governor Jeb Bush visited schools in Duval and Pinellas counties and K-12 Deputy Chancellor for Student Achievement Mary Jane Tappen visited schools in Gadsden and Columbia counties. Commissioner Winn also visited a school in Indian River County.

Under the leadership of Governor Bush, accomplishments for education include:

  • A+/RISING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: Since 1999, Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) reading and math scores have continued to improve, with the most dramatic improvements made by minority students. For example, this year 71 percent of all fourth graders could read at or above grade level, up from 48 percent in 1999. Twice as many African-American and Hispanic fourth graders are reading at or above grade level. In 2005, 56 percent of African-American students scored at or above grade level compared to 23 percent in 1999 and 66 percent of Hispanic students scored at or above grade level compared to 37 percent in 1999. The percent of third through fifth graders scoring at or above grade level has gone up remarkably since ending social promotion in 2003, with 69 percent of all third through fifth graders reading at or above grade level, up 55 percent from 2001.

  • A+ PLAN/SCHOOL GRADES: In 1999, when school grading began, the number of "D" and "F" schools outweighed the number of "A" and "B" schools 677 to 515. Following the 2004-05 academic year, the number of schools receiving a grade of "A" or "B" rose to 1,843, while the number of "D" and "F" schools dropped to 308. This year, 66 percent of Florida schools received an "A" or "B" grade, while only 12 percent received a "D" or "F" grade. In 1995, the State of Florida had 158 low-performing schools. Despite the fact that student performance standards have been raised three times since then, the number of low-performing schools has been cut in half. The Governor's Assistance Plus program continues to provide failing schools with additional resources to address their areas of weakness. In addition to increased funding — approximately $1,000 more per student — failing schools receive school improvement facilitators, reading coaches, and technical assistance, as well as assessments to monitor student progress.

  • FUNDING INCREASES: Funding for K-12 has increased by 54 percent in the last seven years, providing $6.1 billion more in 2005-06 than in 1998-99. Per student funding has increased by $1,564 in seven years, a 32 percent increase. During this time, the state has dedicated nearly $100 billion to education.

  • MENTORING: In 1999, the Governor's Mentoring Initiative was established to help students excel in school and life by recruiting 200,000 mentors statewide. This year, after recruiting more than 204,000 mentors, the initiative was renamed the Florida Mentoring Partnership, to reflect the strong alliance among the many organizations and individuals that work in concert to keep mentoring strong in Florida. Additionally, the Partnership has formed an advocacy council that will work to keep mentoring at the forefront of state policy and statewide practice.

  • JUST READ, FLORIDA!: In fiscal year 2005-06, this initiative received $89 million for a K-12 comprehensive, district-wide system of research-based reading instruction with $50,000 minimum for each school district. Since 2002, Just Read, Florida! has used state and federal funding to provide reading coaches for teachers. Reading coaches serve teachers through modeling lessons, delivering professional development, analyzing data, and administering assessments. For the 2005-06 school year, approximately 2,000 K-12 reading coaches will serve approximately 80,000 teachers and nearly 1.7 million students statewide. Just Read, Florida! is the Governor's statewide reading initiative designed to achieve the goal of every child reading at or above grade level by the year 2012.

  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT/PSAT-SAT TESTS: Record numbers of Florida students are taking college entrance and Advanced Placement (AP) exams, with the percentage of minority students taking the exams steadily increasing and surpassing the national averages. The latest results show the number of SAT test takers in Florida increased seven percent to more than 93,500 — the highest ever. In the class of 2005, there was a 15.5 percent increase in the number of African-American students taking the SAT and a 24.7 percent increase in the number of Hispanic students taking the exam. Similar trends were reflected in the number of Florida ACT test-takers. In 2005, African Americans represented 20 percent of the Florida test takers compared to only 13 percent nationwide. Hispanic students comprised 16 percent of Florida ACT test-takers compared to only eight percent for the nation. Additionally, Florida has the second greatest increase in the number of public school AP exam-takers when compared to all other states from 2004 to 2005.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
Liberty City Charter School $35,000.00
Air Base Elementary School $71,075.00
Eugenia B. Thomas Elementary School $156,814.00
Lenora Braynon Smith Elementary School $46,979.00
Bob Graham Educational Center $174,426.00
Mater Academy $71,304.00
Banyan Elementary School $39,359.00
Ruth K. Broad-Bay Harbor Elementary School $132,437.00
Ethel Koger Beckham Elementary School $81,287.00
Bent Tree Elementary School $67,210.00
Rosa Parks Charter School $13,252.00
Renaissance Elementary Charter School $48,900.00
Van E. Blanton Elementary School $52,958.00
Blue Lakes Elementary School $54,424.00
Bowman Foster Ashe Elementary School $126,723.00
Archimedean Academy $31,250.00
Pinecrest Preparatory Academy $47,500.00
Bunche Park Elementary School $34,908.00
Calusa Elementary School $89,212.00
George W. Carver Elementary School $58,358.00
Fienberg-Fisher Elementary School $67,865.00
Claude Pepper Elementary School $110,418.00
Coconut Grove Elementary School $32,458.00
Colonial Drive Elementary School $32,224.00
Aventura Charter Elementary School $60,050.00
Coral Gables Elementary School $74,380.00
Coral Park Elementary School $92,217.00
Youth Co-Op Charter School $52,500.00
Coral Reef Elementary School $79,083.00
Coral Way Elementary School $124,675.00
Crestview Elementary School $77,542.00
Cutler Ridge Elementary School $102,686.00
Cypress Elementary School $47,850.00
Devon Aire Elementary School $91,873.00
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary School $106,353.00
Charles R. Drew Elementary School $59,514.00
Paul Lawrence Dumbar Elementary School $49,391.00
John G. Dupuis Elementary School $88,606.00
Amelia Earhart Elementary School $57,020.00
Earlington Heights Elementary School $48,011.00
Emerson Elementary School $45,922.00
Christina M. Eve Elementary School $78,218.00
Everglades K-8 Center $133,124.00
David Fairchild Elementary School $58,042.00
Fairlawn Elementary Community School $73,051.00
Dante B. Fascell Elementary School $112,513.00
Flagami Elementary School $50,657.00
Flamingo Elementary School $83,202.00
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School $62,366.00
Fulford Elementary School $71,786.00
Hialeah Gardens Elementary School $151,109.00
Jack David Gordon Elementary School $186,487.00
Gratigny Elementary School $68,448.00
Greenglade Elementary School $63,165.00
Greynolds Park Elementary School $128,371.00
Gulfstream Elementary School $70,833.00
Charles R. Hadley Elementary School $117,368.00
Joe Hall Elementary School $70,752.00
Hialeah Elementary School $85,591.00
Virginia Boone-Highland Oaks Elementary School $93,952.00
Zora Neale Hurston Elementary School $75,403.00
Oliver Hoover Elementary School $112,013.00
Howard Drive Elementary School $72,514.00
Madie Ives Elementary School $115,664.00
Kendale Elementary School $59,457.00
Kendale Lakes Elementary School $101,560.00
Kenwood K-8 Center $114,341.00
Key Biscayne K-8 Center $95,617.00
Kinloch Park Elementary School $86,605.00
Lakeview Elementary School $41,203.00
Leewood Elementary School $61,936.00
William Lehman Elementary School $87,995.00
Leisure City K-8 Center $174,609.00
Linda Lentin Elementary School $97,850.00
Doral Academy $76,050.00
Lorah Park Elementary School $41,027.00
Ludlam Elementary School $58,358.00
Mater Academy East Charter School $40,450.00
Frank C. Martin Elementary School $81,903.00
Wesley Matthews Elementary School $98,167.00
Meadowlane Elementary School $122,085.00
Melrose Elementary School $51,584.00
Miami Heights Elementary School $124,010.00
Miami Lakes Elementary School $108,990.00
Miami Springs Elementary School $76,524.00
Phyllis R. Miller Elementary School $78,101.00
Downtown Miami Charter School $60,200.00
Natural Bridge Elementary School $82,039.00
Norland Elementary School $65,859.00
North Beach Elementary School $112,243.00
North County Elementary School $46,396.00
North Glade Elementary School $50,903.00
North Hialeah Elementary School $68,566.00
North Twin Lakes Elementary School $75,498.00
Oak Grove Elementary School $98,672.00
Ojus Elementary School $88,813.00
Olinda Elementary School $30,602.00
Olympia Heights Elementary School $60,495.00
Opa-Locka Elementary School $50,227.00
Orchard Villa Elementary School $44,309.00
Palmetto Elementary School $63,938.00
Palm Lakes Elementary School $94,523.00
Palm Springs Elementary School $87,319.00
Palm Springs North Elementary School $164,958.00
Parkway Elementary School $53,438.00
Perrine Elementary School $65,839.00
Irving & Beatrice Peskoe Elementary School $111,931.00
Kelsey L. Pharr Elementary School $41,238.00
Pinecrest Elementary School $82,099.00
Henry E.S. Reeves Elementary School $84,600.00
Dr. Gilbert L. Porter Elementary School $128,810.00
Redland Elementary School $112,549.00
Redondo Elementary School $80,029.00
Ethel F. Beckford/Richmond Elementary School $42,422.00
Riverside Elementary Community School $112,944.00
Jane S. Roberts Elementary School $147,705.00
Rockway Elementary School $56,506.00
Royal Green Elementary School $81,880.00
Royal Palm Elementary School $59,409.00
Gertrude K. Edleman/Sabal Palm Elementary School $93,005.00
Scott Lake Elementary School $63,001.00
Seminole Elementary School $67,881.00
Shenandoah Elementary School $105,306.00
Ben Sheppard Elementary School $140,377.00
Ernest R. Graham Elementary School $224,471.00
Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary School $64,644.00
Skyway Elementary School $70,479.00
South Pointe Elementary School $51,005.00
John I. Smith Elementary School $127,750.00
Snapper Creek Elementary School $60,174.00
North Dade Center For Modern Language $49,700.00
South Hialeah Elementary School $118,216.00
South Miami Elementary School $55,898.00
South Miami Heights Elementary School $72,669.00
Southside Elementary School $37,398.00
Springview Elementary School $67,769.00
E.W.F. Stirrup Elementary School $97,160.00
Sunset Elementary School $107,624.00
Sunset Park Elementary School $65,506.00
Sweetwater Elementary School $95,331.00
Sylvania Heights Elementary School $61,315.00
Treasure Island Elementary School $95,060.00
Twin Lakes Elementary School $70,653.00
Village Green Elementary School $48,418.00
Vineland Elementary School $62,645.00
Mae M. Walters Elementary School $83,075.00
West Laboratory Elementary School $31,900.00
West Little River Elementary School $36,032.00
Carrie P. Meek/Westview Elementary School $52,518.00
Whispering Pines Elementary School $89,424.00
Winston Park Elementary School $94,636.00
Nathan B. Young Elementary School $40,116.00
Charles D. Wyche, Jr. Elementary School $117,313.00
Herbert A. Ammons Middle School $114,052.00
Florida Internationl Academy Charter School $24,600.00
Allapattah Middle School $113,400.00
Mater Academy Charter Middle School $125,600.00
Arvida Middle School $180,950.00
Pinecrest Academy Charter School $17,500.00
Doral Acadademy Charter Middle School $79,950.00
Brownsville Middle School $118,700.00
Miami Shores/Barry University Charter School $17,800.00
Paul W. Bell Middle School $154,000.00
G. W. Carver Middle School $100,250.00
Citrus Grove Middle School $145,755.00
Charles R. Drew Middle School $100,681.00
Doral Middle School $123,250.00
Glades Middle School $154,530.00
Hammocks Middle School $250,478.00
Highland Oaks Middle School $255,166.00
John F. Kennedy Middle School $208,781.00
Madison Middle School $112,800.00
Horace Mann Middle School $117,111.00
Mays Middle School $95,349.00
Miami Edison Middle School $86,204.00
North Miami Middle School $157,701.00
Palm Springs Middle School $173,422.00
Palmetto Middle School $174,941.00
Parkway Middle School $84,500.00
Redland Middle School $171,700.00
Rockway Middle School $141,551.00
Southwood Middle School $180,100.00
South Miami Middle School $125,003.00
Vankara Academy Charter School $10,400.00
Lamar Louise Curry Middle School $80,601.00
International Studies Charter School $6,450.00
American Senior High School $293,150.00
Doral Academcy Charter High School $98,400.00
Design and Architectural Senior High School $46,103.00
Coral Reef Senior High School $283,200.00
Hialeah Senior High School $426,975.00
John A. Ferguson Senior High School $149,760.00
Mater Academy Charter High School $87,200.00
Mast Academy $55,000.00
Miami Jackson Senior High School $173,601.00
Miami Lakes Educational Center $145,400.00
Miami Palmetto Senior High School $350,863.00
Miami Springs Senior High School $337,407.00
South Miami Senior High School $279,460.00
Miami Southridge Senior High School $353,768.00
Felix Varela Senior High School $427,865.00
New World School of The Arts $48,251.00
School for Applied Technology $10,700.00
DISTRICT TOTAL $19,842,872.00

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