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Funding Model for Career and Adult Education Is Reasonable but Needs Some Improvements, Report No. 10-24, February 2010
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In 2006, the Department of Education proposed a new funding model for career and adult education programs that the Legislature has used to allocate new funding to these programs; the model has not been used to reallocate districts’ base funding for career and adult education programs. If fully implemented, the model would substantially change the amount of funding received by some districts. The model’s use of program cost weights is reasonable, but it would create a disincentive for districts to charge tuition above the state average or to rigorously enforce residency requirements. The Legislature could consider several options for modifying the funding model and better equalize career and adult education funding across districts.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

School District Workforce Education
Adult Education and GED
School District Certificate Programs

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-07 Summary of OPPAGA Reports Examining Workforce Education Programs and Legislative Options,published in February 2011.
  • Report No. 11-04 Completing Adult Education Programs Improves Students’ Employability, But Program Completion Rates are Low,published in January 2011.
  • Report No. 10-65 Profile of Florida’s Public Workforce Education Program Providers by Service Area,published in December 2010.
  • Report No. 10-63 Colleges Perform Slightly Better Than School Districts in Career Education; Neither Clearly Outperforms in Adult Education,published in December 2010.
  • Report No. 10-62 Consolidating Workforce Education Would Bring More Uniformity; Mixed Results on Whether Evidence Supports Other Stakeholder Arguments,published in December 2010.
  • Report No. 10-61 School Districts and Colleges Share Responsibility for Workforce Education; Duplication Is Minimal,published in December 2010.
  • Report No. 10-35 Profile of Changes to Florida’s Public Career Education Program Offerings,published in April 2010.
  • Report No. 10-34 School Districts and Florida College System Institutions Frequently Change Their Career Education Programs,published in April 2010.
  • Report No. 10-18 Public Career Education Programs Differ From Private Programs on Their Admission Requirements, Costs, Financial Aid Availability, and Student Outcomes,published in January 2010.

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