Policy Initiatives

Teacher Education Policy

Education Policy Information Center (EPIC)

In fiscal 2015, Florida will spend more than $43 billion on education, eclipsing the next largest category, health care, by more than $8 billion. Despite the enormity of this investment, education policy in Florida, as in most states, is often formulated and legislated in the absence of reliable, non-partisan, research-based information. In Florida, nothing like the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress currently exists to provide policy information and analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a result, important (and often expensive) policy decisions are shaped by deeply committed advocacy groups with intensely selfish agendas, the most persistent lobbyists, commercial interests, and advocates with the deepest pockets.

Proposal- An EPIC Solution

The Education Policy Information Center (EPIC) will provide accurate, reliable, research-based information designed to inform policy formation at the state and local school district levels. It will also conduct policy analyses for anticipated policy initiatives, pilot programs, and existing policies affecting education. EPIC's services will include:

Organization

EPIC will operate within the overall mission and with the support of the David C. Anchin Center at the University of South Florida (USF). The Director of the Anchin Center will have executive and budgetary authority for EPIC and its operations. EPIC will have an independent advisory panel, appointed by the Director of the Anchin Center and the Dean of Education, to provide guidance on the activities of the Center.

Contact:

Stacy Hahn, shahn@usf.edu