With New Reforms, Florida Leads the Nation in Education Transparency and Innovation
- BY FGA
NAPLES, FL – This week, the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) released a new paper highlighting the reforms Florida has introduced to attract talent, promote transparency in education, and offer the best value of any higher education system in the country. This paper comes at a time when the Florida Legislature is set to unveil a new higher education reform package.
The paper, authored by FGA’s Hayden Dublois, focuses specifically on Florida’s passage of Students’ Right to Know—a policy that equips students and their families with the information they need to make the best decisions for their pathway into the workforce. Under Students’ Right to Know, Floridians now have access to the free MyFloridaFuture tool, which features data about different fields of study, universities, and degree levels, including predicted employment outcomes, earnings, and student loans.
Under Governor DeSantis, Florida has also made it easier for career center graduates to earn college credits, has prevented graduates from being barred from licensed occupations due to defaulting on student loans, and has expanded opportunities for veterans as well as students with disabilities.
“For too long, Americans across the country have accepted a four-year degree, massive student loan debt, and a stagnant workforce as ‘just how it is,’” said Tarren Bragdon, President and CEO of FGA. “Florida is proof the status quo can be shattered, and we have our leaders in Tallahassee to thank for that. There are many pathways to a good-paying job, and with innovative reforms and ambitious goals for education in the Sunshine State, the next generation of students and workers have the information and opportunities they need for a bright future.”
“We know that transparency and information help improve outcomes in education, because it’s happening right here in Florida,” said Florida State Representative Lauren Melo, Chair of the House Higher Education and Workforce Committee. “As more states pass Students’ Right to Know and similar reforms, we’ll see positive changes in academics, in our workforce, and in the prosperity of future generations.”
The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is a non-profit, multi-state think tank that promotes public policy solutions to create opportunities for every American to experience the American Dream. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.