The Florida Legislature recognizes the impact that being small and rural has on the delivery of quality education for its citizens.
  • The low tax base impacts funds available for instruction and capital outlay needs;
  • Access to Technology and High-Speed Internet are limited, or non-existent, in certain areas;
  • Implementation of new and complex state and federal initiatives – like Common Core Standards and STEM is extremely challenging because of the few district-level staff available to manage the tasks required;
  • Transportation costs are increased in sparsely populated areas; and,
  • Grants are harder to obtain in smaller districts.
Over the years, the Florida Legislature has responded with several initiatives to assist small and rural districts overcome these challenges.
  • Compression and Equalization of millage provisions is provided within the Florida Education Funding Program;
  • Sparsity funding is provided to offset to economy of scale issues;
  • Regional Consortium Service Organization funding has assisted with important training and program assistance to small, rural districts; and
  • Special Facility Construction funding to address construction projects where districts demonstrate critical need and insufficient revenues.
The SSDCC is appreciative of the Legislative support and submits the following requests in an effort to assist small and rural districts over-come challenges and provide for a quality education.

Programs and Data
Adopted 2014 Legislative Program
SSDCC Priorities and Information

Special Facility Construction Account Program
Special Facility Review - Tips
Legislation Pertaining to Educational Technology
Sparsity Funding
Regional Consortum Report
Millage Authority Chart
Review of the FEFP
Value of 1.5 and .5 mills