FLDOE releases guidance on 'Schools of Hope,' new school improvement rules
More than two dozen low-performing traditional public schools in Tampa Bay -- and nine in Miami-Dade and Broward counties -- can apply for extra funding this school year under the controversial new “Schools of Hope” program that lawmakers narrowly approved this spring.
The Florida Department of Education released a preliminary list of eligible schools in guidance sent to the state’s 67 school districts this week, advising superintendents of how they must address their failing schools under the terms of House Bill 7069, which took effect July 1.
One option available to 93 newly failing schools statewide — which serve about 64,500 students — is to vie for “Schools of Hope” dollars: up to $2,000 per student that could be spent on wraparound services, such as after-school programs and community partnerships.
The schools will have less than a month to make their pitch and only 25 of the 93 schools will get the extra money in 2017-18, due to a cap Republican legislators put in the new law.