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Education In Florida 


College excellence
Florida's Community College System (FCCS) began in 1933 when Palm Beach Junior College was established as a public two-year college. In 1947, St. Petersburg Junior College (now St. Petersburg College) became the state's second community college.

FCCS has since grown to include more than 800,000 students at 28 schools, which lead in retention and graduation rates among college members of the Southern Regional Education Board.Florida community colleges offer nearly 800 associate in arts and associate in science degrees, about 500 certificate programs, plus four-year degrees at some colleges. Associate in arts degree graduates can enter a state university at the junior level.

Vocational education, adult continuing education and certificate programs prepare and enhance students' abilities to compete in the modern workplace. Florida's workforce system and the private sector coordinate training initiatives and grants through community colleges.

"Florida's Community College System is taking an aggressive approach to integrating technology to enhance the student's educational experience," says David Armstrong, Chancellor of Florida's Community Colleges and Workforce Education. ÒWe are creating the kind of workforce Florida needs to continue to attract high-wage, high-value jobs." Indeed, community colleges are Òone of the unsung heroes behind Florida's economic development revolution," says Gov. Bush.

Public, private universities
Florida's 11 public universities have nearly 280,000 students, and those universities will award about 64,000 degrees in 2006.

A record $1.4 billion in public and private sector research was done at Florida public universities and the private University of Miami in 2004.

Researchers also applied for and received more patents than ever, according to a Florida State University study: 616 invention disclosures (versus 552 in 2003) and 127 U.S. patents (versus 119 in 2003).

And for every additional dollar spent on research, the state enjoys about $11 in increased economic activity, according to a Board of Governors-sponsored study.

The $150 million in Florida tax revenue spent on university research in FY 2003-04 leveraged an additional $1.2 billion in grants, fees and private spending. Over the next 30 years, the investments will generate about $218 million in additional tax revenue and support more than 75,000 Florida jobs, according to a recent study done by Florida State University.

Florida's private, independent colleges and universities have some 120,000 students, accounting for more than one-quarter of all students attending four-year schools.

The 28 schools in the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) association are accredited, nonprofit and Florida-based. They have assets of more than $3 billion and produce more than 60 percent of the first professional degrees awarded in Florida.

The ICUF schools mirror Florida's 11 public universities in being accredited, nonprofit and Florida-based. Diverse in student bodies and missions, they offer a wide range of programs.

The New Dynamics of Public Education in Florida

· For the first time, more than half the students in Florida's public schools are now reading at or above grade level (versus 46 percent in 2001).

· High school graduation rates are up while dropout rates have dropped by almost half in recent years.

· Minority K-12 students are gaining ground twice as fast in reading and three times as fast in math as are their white classmates.

· The number of high school students taking advanced placement courses increased in recent years more than twice as fast as did the national average.

· About 35 percent of all Florida's public university students are minority students.

Florida pioneers new tools for teachers
Florida's public school teachers will soon have access to a new collection of cutting-edge online tools called "Sunshine Connections," which will allow teachers to track student progress and freely share information on how they can improve learning.

Florida officials in August 2005 launched the first phase of Sunshine Connections in Bay County.

"We are deeply committed to addressing the needs of our education community by providing teachers with tools to help them succeed," says Gov. Jeb Bush. "This pioneering approach will free teachers of burdensome paperwork, allowing them to focus on teaching."

Sunshine Connections provides teachers with quick, easy access to classroom-management tools, linking teachers to student data, curricular materials and other Florida educators.

Microsoft U.S. Partners in Learning, the Florida Department of Education and Florida teachers developed the tools over two years. Microsoft will spend $6 million on the system and plans to use Florida as a model for other states. Besides minimizing paperwork, Sunshine Connections will help teachers reduce lesson-planning time and develop teaching activities based on their student data. It will allow teachers to share lesson plans and best practices, as well as instant access to student performance data right from their desktop computers with just a few clicks of a mouse.

Timely teaching tools
Teachers will be able to view and analyze their students' Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) scores and easily identify each student's strengths and weaknesses in particular areas. Sunshine Connections will help teachers find, modify or design curricular materials around the unique needs of each student as early as the first day of school.

Teachers with initial access include Michelle Gainer, a high school math teacher at A. Crawford Mosley High School in Bay County.

"This site provides me with a way to find the information I need on planning and student assistance in a timely manner," says Gainer. "The secure log-in allows me to analyze my students' areas of weakness based on the previous year's FCAT results. Much like a doctor analyzing patients before treating them, I can analyze my students' needs before teaching them."

Users in Duval and Miami-Dade counties and some districts in the North East Florida Educational Consortium will follow Bay County. By 2009, Sunshine Connections will be available to more than 200,000 teachers and 2.9 million students statewide in all 67 Florida school districts.

Public colleges and universities[edit]

In 2010, the annual tuition alone, at Florida's 11 public universities was $4,886, third lowest in the country.[34] The average cost total for books, tuition, fees, and living expenses, is $15,500 compared to $16,140 average for the country.[35]

In an attempt to save money, entering students may take nationally standardized Advanced Placement exams. In 2010, 67, 741 Florida seniors took the exam. 33,712 scored 3 or more, sufficient for advanced placement.[36] A total of 307,000 Florida students took AP exams in 2010. 64,000 scored a minimum of three or more; 43,000 scoring a four or higher.[37]

State University System of Florida[edit]

The State University System of Florida manages and funds Florida's eleven public universities and a public Liberal Arts college:

In 2009, the system employed 45,000 people statewide. The budget was $4.1 billion for community colleges and universities.[38]

In 2000, the governor and the state legislature abolished the Florida Board of Regents, which long had governed the State University System of Florida, and created boards of trustees to govern each university. As is typical of executive-appointed government boards, the appointees so far have predominantly belonged to the governor's party. This effect has not been without controversy.[39] In 2002, former governor and then-U.S. Senator Bob Graham (Dem.) led a constitutional-amendment ballot referendum designed to restore the board-of-regents system. Voters approved. Therefore, the legislature created the Florida Board of Governors; however, each university still maintains a Board of Trustees which work under the Board of Governors. During Florida's 2007 legislative session, Governor Charlie Crist signed into law SB-1710, which allowed the Board of Governors to allow a tuition differential for the University of FloridaFlorida State University, and the University of South Florida. This legislation ultimately created a tier system for higher education in Florida's State University System.[40]

Florida College System[edit]

The Florida College System manages and funds Florida's 28 public community colleges and state colleges, with over 100 locations throughout the state of Florida.[41]


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Suncoast Technical College
(941) 361-6590 | Fax: 941-925-6662
4748 Beneva Road
Sarasota, FL 34233

Alta Vista Elementary School

Elementary Schools
(941) 361-6400
1050 South Euclid Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34237

Ashton Elementary School

Elementary Schools
Phone: (941) 361-6440 | Fax: (941) 361-6444
5110 Ashton Road
Sarasota, FL 34233

Atwater Elementary School

Elementary Schools
(941) 257-2317 Fax: (941) 257-2319
4701 Huntsville Avenue
North Port, FL 34288

Bay Haven School of Basics Plus School

Elementary Schools
(941) 359-5800 | Fax: (941) 359-5694
2901 West Tamiami Circle
Sarasota, FL 34234

Booker High School

High Schools
(941) 355-2967 | Fax: 941-359-5757
3201 North Orange Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34234

Booker Middle School

Middle Schools
(941) 359-5824

Brentwood Elementary School

Elementary Schools
(941) 361-6230 | Fax: (941) 361-6381
2500 Vinson Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34232

Brookside Middle School

Middle Schools
(941) 361-6472 | Fax: 941-359-5898
3636 South Shade Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34239

Cranberry Elementary School

Elementary Schools
(941) 480-3400 | Fax: (941) 480-3401
2775 Shalimar Terrace
North Port, FL 34286

Emma E. Booker Elementary School

Elementary Schools
(941) 361-6480 | Fax: (941) 361-6484
2350 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Way
Sarasota, FL 34234

Englewood Elementary School

Elementary Schools
(941) 474-3247 | Fax: 941-474-0872
150 North McCall Road
Englewood, FL 34223

Fruitville Elementary School

Elementary Schools
(941) 361-6200 | Fax: 941-361-6203

Garden Elementary School

Elementary Schools
(941) 486-2110 | Fax: 941-486-2610

Glenallen Elementary School

Elementary Schools
(941) 426-9517
7050 Glenallen Boulevard
North Port, FL 34287

Gocio Elementary School

Elementary Schools
(941) 361-6405
3450 Gocio Road
Sarasota, FL 34235

Gulf Gate Elementary School

Elementary Schools
(941) 361-6499
6500 South Lockwood Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34231

Heron Creek Middle School

Middle Schools
(941) 480-3371
6501 West Price Boulevard
North Port, FL 34291

Imagine North Port

Other - Charter Schools
(941) 426-2050
1000 Innovation Avenue (Grades K-5) | 2757 Sycamore Street (Grades 6-12)
North Port, FL 34289

Imagine Palmer Ranch

Other - Charter Schools
(941) 923-1125
6220 McIntosh Road
Sarasota, FL 34238

Island Village Montessori School

Other - Charter Schools
(941) 484-4999
2001 PineBrook Road Venice, Florida 34292 11011
Sarasota, FL 34241

Lakeview Elementary School

Elementary Schools
(941) 361-6571

Lamarque Elementary School

Elementary Schools
(941) 426-6371
3415 Lamarque Avenue
North Port, FL 34286

Laurel Nokomis School

Other - Combination Schools
(941) 486-2171
1900 East Laurel Road
Nokomis, FL 34275

McIntosh Middle School

Middle Schools
(941) 361-6520
701 South McIntosh Road
Sarasota, FL 34232

North Port High School

High Schools
(941) 423-8558
6400 West Price Boulevard
North Port, FL 34291

Oak Park School

Other - Combination Schools
(941) 361-6428

Phillippi Shores Elementary School

Elementary Schools
(941) 361-6424
4747 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231

Pine View School

Other - Combination Schools
(941) 486-2001

Riverview High School

High Schools
(941) 923-1484