costigan’s Corner

Sheila Costigan

Common Core, Florida Standards: What they mean. Why they Matter. What's happening NOW.

There has been considerable conversation around the Common Core State Standards that were originally adopted by Florida in 2010. The standards have been phased in through the 2013-14 school year and now some changes to them and a new student assessment to replace the F-CAT are slated for 2014-15.  It has been challenging for interested Floridians to keep track of what's happening with the standards and even remember why our state leaders chose to adopt them in the first place.

The Foundation will contribute more than $50,000 through professional development grants to the Leon County School District in an effort to bring our valuable and overwhelmed teachers up to speed regarding the changes these standards create in testing, curriculum, evaluations, and technology.  We are proud to be a member of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations which has published an overview and update on this confusing transition --you can view the brief in full by clicking the link below. Please take time to become informed as we work together to help our public schools maintain high quality classrooms and create a well-educated workforce.


Welcome to the Foundation for Leon County Public Schools

The role of the Foundation for Leon County Schools is to garner private and public engagement to support Leon County Public Schools. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the Foundation provides Leon County Public Schools with funding that is typically more flexible than restricted tax dollars. The funding and extra resources generated by the Foundation helps to cover the gap that exists between what school budgets can cover, and what is truly needed to ensure the continued academic success of our students.

Since its establishment in 1986, the Foundation has invested more than $1.5 million dollars for the enhancement of public education in Leon County.

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