Florida Gets More Time To Work On Federal Education Plan

Feb 22, 2018

Florida has received another reprieve in submitting its education plan to the federal government.

Last week, the state requested a second extension citing the Feb. 14 mass killings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

On Tuesday, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart was in Tallahassee to chair a workshop on school safety. The roundtable discussion followed several other emergency meetings in response to the mass school shooting.

The state was due to resubmit an education plan last Friday (Feb. 16) to show compliance with The Every Student Succeeds Act, also known as ESSA.

ESSA is a national education law which replaced the federal No Child Left Behind law. It gives state's more control in measuring student achievement but the federal government has the final say.

Last month, The U.S Department of Education told the state it needs to revise parts of the plan that don't conform with the law that address English-language learners, testing, and achievement gaps.

A new resubmission date has yet to be determined.

The government has given every single state feedback on its ESSA approach. Sixteen other states have also been given more time to address federal concerns with their applications.