With funding for educational programs sometimes coming by way of roller coaster rides (up then down then bottoms around to a sudden no go). Education Foundations in Florida school districts have established themselves as assets to the communities that enable students and teachers to partake in opportunities in activities/events that may not be covered by regular funding or shortages in individual school budgets. Education Foundations are actively functioning to serve school districts along the Treasure Coast of Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties.
The Florida Education Foundation is a not for profit corporation incorporated under the provisions of Chapter 617, Florida Statutes, and approved by the Florida Department of State, and is a Department of Education direct-support organization, as defined under Florida Statutes, Section 1001.24(1), whose purpose is to lead in education enhancements statewide.
The Foundation is dedicated to the success of public prekindergarten through twelfth grade Florida students. The primary purpose of the Foundation is to encourage collaboration among parents, business people, community members and Florida's public schools to improve student performance.
The Foundation serves as the catalyst that promotes excellence for Florida's public PreK-12 education by fostering the development of community and private sector resources.
The Foundation is dedicated to leading and/or being a partner in several statewide initiatives, including Macy's Florida Teacher of the Year, Sunshine State Scholars, the Commissioner's Business Recognition Awards, District Data Leader of the Year, Principals' Summit, and others.
In addition, the Foundation serves as fiscal agent for several statewide grants, including
•AT&T K-2 Reading Assessments Grant
•AT&T Career & Technical Training Grant
•The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation National Student Clearinghouse Student Data for High Schools Pilot
•The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Student Data Link