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Education System

State Board of Education

What is the purpose of the State Board of Education?

In accordance with Article IX, Section 2, Constitution of the State of Florida, the State Board of Education is responsible for supervising the system of free public education as is provided by law.

What is the role of the State Board of Education?

The role of the State Board of Education is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient system, by providing them with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills through learning opportunities and research valued by students, parents, and communities, and to maintain an accountability system that measures student progress towards the goals of highest student achievement, seamless articulation and maximum access, skilled workforce and economic development, and quality efficient services.
The State Board of Education appoints the Commissioner of Education, who serves as the Executive Director of the Department of Education.  In accordance with ss. 1001.10 and 1001.11, Florida Statutes, the commissioner serves as the chief educational officer of the state and is responsible for giving full assistance to the State Board of Education.  The commissioner's office is responsible for operating all statewide functions necessary to support the State Board of Education, including strategic planning and budget development, general administration, assessment, and accountability.

What is the composition of the State Board of Education?

The State Board of Education is a citizen board consisting of seven state residents appointed by the Governor to staggered four-year terms, subject to confirmation by the Senate.  State board members serve without compensation but are entitled to reimbursement of travel and per diem expenses in accordance with s. 112.061, Florida Statutes. Members may be reappointed by the Governor for additional terms not to exceed eight years of consecutive service.

What are the powers of the State Board of Education?

The State Board of Education is the chief implementing and coordinating body of public education in Florida, except for the State University System. The board's primary focus is on high-level policy decisions. It has the authority to adopt rules pursuant to ss120.536(1) and 120.54, Florida Statutes, and to implement the provisions of law for the improvement of the state system of public education, except for the State University System. The board may delegate its general powers to the Commissioner of Education or the directors of the divisions of the department.
Some of the specific powers of the State Board of Education include adopting and periodically reviewing and revising the Florida Standards, classifying school services, designating certification subject areas, and establishing competencies and certification requirements for all school-based personnel. A complete list of the board's specific powers is outlined in s. 1001.03, Florida Statutes.

What activities are funded through the State Board of Education?

In addition to supporting the activities of the board and its members, funds appropriated for the State Board of Education support agency-wide executive direction and support services, including fiscal and budget activities, personnel administration, grant management, and contractual services for the department's divisions.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Salary Rate/ Position General Revenue Trust Funds
SALARY RATE
POSITIONS
SALARIES AND BENEFITS
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM NURSING STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
OTHER PERSONAL SERVICES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
EXPENSES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM GRANTS AND DONATIONS TRUST FUND
FROM INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM NURSING STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
OPERATING CAPITAL OUTLAY
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM NURSING STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
TRANSFER TO DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
CONTRACTED SERVICES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM GRANTS AND DONATIONS TRUST FUND
FROM INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM NURSING STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
RISK MANAGEMENT INSURANCE
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM NURSING STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
TRANSFER TO DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES - HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES PURCHASED PER STATEWIDE CONTRACT
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM NURSING STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
DATA PROCESSING SERVICES
DATA PROCESSING ASSESSMENT - DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
DATA PROCESSING SERVICES
EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY AND INFORMATION SERVICES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM NURSING STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS TRUST FUND
FROM OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
DATA PROCESSING SERVICES
NORTHWEST REGIONAL DATA CENTER (NWRDC)
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND SERVICE TRUST FUND
FROM DIVISION OF UNIVERSITIES FACILITY CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM STUDENT LOAN OPERATING TRUST FUND
FROM TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION TRUST FUND
FROM WORKING CAPITAL TRUST FUND
TOTAL
119,330,688
152,255,668

Updates

The 2019 Legislature enacted Chapter 2019-103, Laws of Florida, which requires the State Board of Education to collaborate with the Board of Governors to establish at least one articulation agreement between each Florida College System institution and one or more state universities. These agreements will establish a '2+2' targeted pathway program, which must provide students who meet specified requirements and graduate with an associate in arts degree guaranteed access to the state university and a degree program at that university. The State Board of Education must coordinate with the Board of Governors to fulfill this requirement by the 2019-20 academic year.

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

Review of the Capital Outlay Facilities Space of Florida's State University System, Report 20-SUSFACI, February 2020
Review of the Capital Outlay Facilities Space of Florida's College System, Report 20-FCSFACI, June 2020

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
The Auditor General reports on the operations of the Department of Education are available on its website.
Framework for the State Board of Education's Strategic Plan, Florida Department of Education, April 2018.
Websites of Interest
Florida State Board of Education Members
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule and Archives
State Board Rules Under Review
Performance Information
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Article IX, Sections 2 and 8(d), Constitution of the State of Florida, and Chapter 1001 Part I A, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Commissioner, Department of Education, 850-245-0505, email:  Commissioner@fldoe.org
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