At Representative Bob Cortes’s request, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Florida and Puerto Rico Departments of Education successfully addressed issues for displaced high school seniors.
Representative Bob Cortes today announced the successful results of the partnership he initiated between the Florida and Puerto Rico Departments of Education following Hurricane Maria last fall. Cortes recognized the education challenges displaced students relocating to Florida faced and was an early leader in working to ensure a smooth transition to Florida schools. As a result of his efforts, a high percentage of high school seniors who relocated graduated on time, with some opting to receive a Puerto Rico diploma. Cortes, a Puerto Rican American, worked closely with Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and Puerto Rico Secretary of Education Julia Keleher to make this option available.