How Does Florida’s Education System Stack Up?

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How Does Florida’s Education System Stack Up?

An easy-to-read guide from Florida TaxWatch, a privately supported think tank examining government spending, now makes it easy for Floridians to see how the state’s education system stacks up compared to the rest of the nation. The report, How Florida Compares – Education, compares Florida students’ achievement in math and reading, the cost for education, and enrollment figures, among other data.

“It is imperative to understand how our school systems are matching up to those around the country in order to best meet the needs of Florida students,” said Bob Nave, Director of the TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance & Accountability. “Florida students must remain competitive with their peers both nationally and globally, and understanding where we rank will help policy makers and education leaders fine tune our public schools to produce the best outcomes for Florida students.”

The report’s findings show that Florida ranks third in the nation for student enrollment in grades K-8. The sunshine state also has the 2nd best value in the nation for in-state college tuition for a 4-year college or university.

“This year, Florida lawmakers spent nearly $22.5 billion to fund education programs for Florida students, which illustrates a commitment to raising achievement in our state’s classrooms,” said Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute and government watchdog.

The report uses the most recent data available from the National Center for Education Statistics, which allows for comparison among all states. The data used to compile the report is from fiscal year 2011-2012.

Hard copies of the HFC – Education report will be available next week. Contact Morgan L. McCord at 850-212-5052 to receive a copy. The report can also be viewed on this interactive website.

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Florida TaxWatch is a statewide, non-profit, non-partisan research institute that over its 34-year history has become widely recognized as the watchdog of citizens’ hard-earned tax dollars.  Its mission is to provide the citizens of Florida and public officials with high quality, independent research and education on government revenues, expenditures, taxation, public policies and programs and to increase the productivity and accountability of Florida state and local government. Its support comes from homeowners and retirees, small and large businesses, philanthropic foundations, and professional associations. On the web at

CONTACT: Morgan L. McCord, 850-212-5052


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