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Evaluations for Special Education Services: Information for Parents

District program contacts expressed concerns regarding potential miscommunications between school personnel and parents when parents request an evaluation for special education services for their child. Therefore, the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services has provided a brochure designed to answer the following questions for parents:

  • My child needs help in school. Does my child have a disability?
  • What is RtI?
  • I have requested an evaluation for my child. Now what?
  • What is the evaluation going to include?
  • How will I know the results?

You may access the brochure at Florida's Response to Instruction/Intervention website at under the RtI News section.

School Choice Options: Florida Continues to Lead the Nation (PDF, 6MB)
An informative booklet that highlights the wide array of school choice options available to Florida Families and students. It provides demographic data for many choice programs and highlights the growth in the number of families and students taking advantage of school choice options each school year.

School Choice Brochures
These parent-friendly brochures focus on several of Florida's most widely used choice options. The brochures describe the choice option and what it offers, who may be eligible to participate, and where to go for further information.

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School Choice Helpful Links

"Links are provided for informational purposes, and do not necessarily represent the views and policies of the Florida Department of Education or the Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice."

Alliance for School Choice
The mission of Alliance for School Choice is to improve our nation's system of K-12 education by advancing public policy that empowers parents, particularly in low-income families, to choose the education they determine is best for their children.

Center for Education Reform
The Center for Education Reform is an independent organization providing support to all who are working to bring fundamental reforms to their schools.

FloridaChild is a non-profit service to Florida families providing information, assistance, and financial aid for their children's education from pre-school through college.

Floridians for School Choice
Floridians for School Choice is a web-based, statewide, non-partisan, citizen organization dedicated to advancing public awareness of the benefits of school choice for children, families, schools, and taxpayers. provides parents with the information they need to choose schools, support their children's education and improve schools in their communities.

Heartland Institute
A nonprofit organization devoted to turning ideas into social movements that empower people.

Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation
A foundation dedicated to improving the quality of the education available to children of all income and social classes, whether that education is provided in government or private schools or at home.

Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII), USDOE
The OII makes strategic investments in promising educational practices through grants to states, schools, and community and nonprofit organizations, and leads the movement for greater parental options and information on educational choice.

School Choice Wisconsin
School Choice Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization that seeks to ensure an honest debate about school choice by providing accurate information on the impact of school choice on families, communities, and schools.

Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation supports research, publications, and action projects of national significance in elementary/secondary education reform.

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Alliance for School Choice
The Alliance operates both a state and a national agenda for advancing K-12 education options such as school tuition vouchers and tuition tax credits.

Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO)
A national, nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to raising awareness about the need for and value of quality educational options for African-American and low-income families.

Florida Alliance for Choice in Education (FACE)
FACE is a non-profit organization serving non-public schools, educators, parents, and the community by promoting and defending educational choices.

Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (HCREO)
HCREO is working to improve educational outcomes for Hispanic children by empowering families through parental choice in education.

Step Up for Students
This is a website for those interested in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program.

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Charter Schools

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is a national, non-profit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement.

National Charter School Clearinghouse
The mission of the National Charter School Clearinghouse is to assist in the development, promotion and improvement of dynamic, innovative and successful charter schools in the United States.

National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)
NACSA is a nonprofit membership association of educational agencies across the country that authorize and oversee charter public schools.

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Home Education

Florida Parent-Educators Association (FPEA)
FPEA is an independent organization that exists solely to serve home education families in Florida.

Home Education Foundation
The Home Education Foundation (HEF) is a corporation established to raise support and to direct the lobbying for home education legislation. The goal is to safeguard the existing legislation and evaluate the need for future legislation.

Home School Legal Defense Association
The Home School Legal Defense Association is a national organization that promotes and protects those families that home educate.

Learning Is For Everyone!
Learning Is For Everyone! is an inclusive state support and networking group for home and alternative learners.

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Public School Choice

Bureau of Public School Options
The mission of this bureau is to lead statewide efforts to close the achievement gaps affecting students whose educational opportunities are limited by low-performing schools, to increase awareness among parents and other community members about public school options in Florida and to ensure all students are well-served and No Student is Left Behind.

Florida School Choice Resource Center (FSCRC)
The FSCRC supports Florida’s Public School Choice by expanding high-quality public school choice programs throughout Florida and disseminating information about successful implementation of public school choice programs.

Magnet Schools of America
Magnet Schools of America provides leadership for innovative instructional programs that promote equity, diversity, and academic excellence for all students in public school choice programs.

School Matters
School Matters is a public source for information and analysis about our nation's public schools.

United States Department of Education (USDOE)
The USDOE promotes educational excellence for Americans, with this site providing useful public school choice information for parents.

"Your Child, Your Public Schools" DVD
An interactive website that contains information about school choices, school grades, and the FCAT.

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Supplemental Educational Services

SES: Quick Reference for Parents
Questions and answers explaining what these services are under the law.

Supplemental Educational Services Quality Center (SESQ)
Helping eligible students in public schools “in need of improvement” receive the free, high-quality tutoring services they need.

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School Choice Research and Studies

Cato Institute
The Cato Institute is a non-profit public policy research foundation.

Center for Civic Innovation at the Manhattan Institute
The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research produces high-quality academic research on U.S. education issues, including school choice policies and other aspects of education reform.

Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA)
OPPAGA promotes government accountability and the efficient and effective use of public resources by providing evaluative research to the Florida Legislature, and has studied several school choice programs including charter and virtual schools.

Program on Education Policy and Governance
Contributing to the systematic analysis of education policy and governing arrangements.

The Heritage Foundation
Conducts research to build a vision for ensuring that every child in America has access to excellence in a competitive market of public, private, charter, and home schools.

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