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Mission


Mission

The mission of this office is to lead statewide efforts to close the achievement gaps affecting students whose educational opportunities may be limited, to increase awareness among parents and other community members about federal public school options in Florida and to ensure all students are well-served.

Title I, Part A, Choice

In 1965, Congress passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), providing, for the first time, significant federal funding for K-12 education. The original law has been renewed eight times, most recently by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. On February 9, 2012, the Florida Department of Education's (FDOE) ESEA Flexibility Waiver request was approved by the United States Department of Education. The waiver removed the requirements in ESEA section 1116(b) of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act for an LEA to identify for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring, as appropriate, a Title I school that fails, for two consecutive years or more, to make AYP, and for a school so identified and its LEA to take certain improvement actions.

Previously under the NCLB Act, LEAs were required to offer public school choice (PSC), the option to transfer to another public school, to students enrolled in Title I schools that were identified in need of improvement, corrective action, or restructuring. The ESEA Flexibility Waiver removed the requirement that LEAs offer PSC to newly identified students. However, the ESEA Flexibility Waiver requires LEAs to allow students participating in PSC for the 2011-2012 school year to remain in the choice school to the highest grade level.

The opportunity to obtain Supplemental Educational Services (SES) is another educational option. Under NCLB, LEAs were required to make Supplemental SES available for eligible students attending Title I schools that did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) after one year of school improvement (two years of not making AYP). The ESEA Flexibility Waiver requires Florida to provide support to ensure continued improvement in all Title I Schools. As a result of the ESEA Flexibility Waiver, LEAs that opt to implement SES in 2013-2014 are required to comply with Section 1008.331, Florida Statues regarding the implementation of Supplemental Educational Services.

The department is responsible for creating a directory of providers to offer SES in LEAs throughout the state. Currently, LEAs have opted to use Title I funds previously set-aside for SES to implement other school improvement activities. In the event a district opts to implement SES later during the 2013-14 school year, the district will initiate contract proceedings with the state-approved provider(s) listed on the SES Approved Provider Directory.

2013-2014 Supplemental Educational Services (SES)

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For Further Information, Please Contact:

  • Melvin Herring -Director 850-245-0684 - Desk Phone
    850-245-0479 - Main Line
    850-245-0683 - Facsimile

  • Colinthia Walker-Program Assistant
    850-245-0675 - Desk Phone
    850-245-0479 - Main Line
    850-245-0683 - Facsimile

  • TBA- Program Specialist
    850-245-9947 - Desk Phone
    850-245-0479 - Main Line
    850-245-0683 - Facsimile

  • TBA- Program Specialist
    850-245-9438 - Desk Phone
    850-245-0479 - Main Line
    850-245-0683 - Facsimile
  • District Program Contact Directory
    This link provides a directory of district contacts and coordinators for various programs including Title I, Parent Involvement, NCLB School Choice with Transportation, and Supplemental Educational Services.