About the Florida Department of Education

The Department of Education serves as the single repository of education data from school districts, state and community colleges, universities, and independent postsecondary institutions – allowing us to track student performance over time and across varying education sectors.

We administer a statewide reading initiative for Florida’s public schools, and among community groups and volunteer organizations that support them, with a goal of having every child able to read at or above grade level.

Serving nearly 2.7 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 192,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 321,000 full-time staff throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, apprenticeships, job-specific skills, and career development. The department manages programs that assist individuals who are blind, visually-impaired, or disabled succeed either in school settings or careers – encouraging independence and self-sufficiency.

Department Facts

  • More than 2,400 total full-time positions, including
    • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation – 930 positions
    • Division of Blind Services – 300 positions
  • Annual operating budget for all entities in 2012-13 – approximately $18.6 billion
  • Oversee 28 locally-governed public state colleges and 47 school district technical centers

Number of Schools for 2012-13 School Year by Grade Levels Taught

Grade Levels Taught Number of Schools
Elementary Schools 1,967
Middle/Junior High Schools 609
Senior High Schools 985
Combination Schools 553
Adult Schools 156
Total 4,270

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