Florida uses a school headcount during one designated week of Fall (and Spring) classes to determine funding. Like other districts, the Alachua County School District works to encourage attendance during this FTE week (“full-time equivalent” week) to obtain its fair share of funding. Last October the district lost about $200,000 in funding because about 30 students missed the entire week of the October FTE count. Report by Katiana Krawchenko, WUFT-TV News.
The Florida Senate passed a bill Wednesday that refocuses the purpose and direction of the state’s community colleges. Senate Bill 374, the College Competitiveness Act of 2017, sets the primary missions of community colleges as providing associate of arts degrees and other lower level undergraduate college credit.