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David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching launches new initiative to inform state and local policy: the Education Policy Information Center (EPIC).


Education policy in Florida, as in most states, is often formulated and legislated in the absence of reliable, non-partisan, research-based information. At the federal level the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress provides policy information and analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. At the state level, important (and often expensive) policy decisions are typically shaped solely by special interests uniformed by an non-partisan entity.

The Education Policy Information Center (EPIC) stands out as an non-partisan, objective information source, through providing research-based perspectives on policy issues to Florida policymakers and constituents at the state and local levels. EPIC has a range of services consisting of policy updates, briefs and analyses of anticipated policy initiatives, pilot programs, and existing policies affecting Florida schools.

For more information about EPIC please contact the Director, Dr. Stacy A. Hahn at shahn@usf.edu

Inaugural Initiative

We organized topical policy groups made up of faculty, local educators and community stakeholders with common interests to examine current issues from the statehouse to the schoolhouse. Through these policy conversations, topical groups identify actions to facilitate education reform. Our inaugural initiative is a policy brief which highlights how Florida Department of Education (FDOE) can serve the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the Florida state plan for the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) plan.

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Future Initiatives

EPIC exists to serve the needs our local community in Tampa and across the state. If your organization is pursuing a policy change and would like to base your work on current research and best practice, please contact us to collaborate.
Please stay alert to our upcoming initiatives, policy briefs and updates: