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Senator John Legg, District 17 — Press Release


February 24, 2015

CONTACT: Jim Browne, (813) 909-9919

Senator John Legg Announces Florida Digital Classrooms 2.0

Continuing to Merge the Best Educational Practices with Digital Innovation

Lutz, FL —

State Senator John Legg filed legislation today for Florida Digital Classrooms 2.0.  Building on the success of last year’s HB 5101, this bill continues to merge the best educational practices with digital innovation.  The Governor’s 2015 budget recommendation doubles the amount of funding for the Digital Classroom Initiative, proposing $80 Million this year.

The digital classroom program funds technology in schools, focused on the five key education areas of infrastructure, professional development, digital devices, outcomes, and assessments.  Districts create their own customized plan to further academic achievement by harnessing technology.  Each school district is eligible for a share of the dedicated funding for digital classrooms, with a minimum of $250,000 to our rural districts.

This bill provides additional technical resources to the local level, where the Department of Education (DOE), school districts, and individual public schools may seek the expertise and guidance of the Agency for State Technology with their digital planning.  Local districts benefit by additional requirements on the DOE to provide an online portal for accepting digital plan applications and a streamlining of the process.  It also requires the Agency for State Technology to work in conjunction with DOE, for statewide digital assessment and analysis of district digital classroom plans, increasing effectiveness while bringing accountability and transparency to the technology funds.

“Last year’s Florida Digital Classroom has become a model for other states,” said Senator Legg.  “This 2.0 version will increase the effectiveness of technology in the classroom, better preparing our students with the skills they will need in our information-driven economy.”