The Foundation for Rural Education Excellence
Supporting Academic Achievement in Rural Northeast Florida Communities
Since it was founded in 1998, The Foundation for Rural Education Excellence, a registered 501 (C)(3) organization, has supported the rural school districts of the North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC).
With declining funding and increased state and federal mandates for public education, The Foundation is a vital funding source for child-focused best practice programs for students.
To help ensure the achievement of academic excellence and career opportunities for rural students in northeast Florida.
Florida’s Rural Students Need Our Help
- Florida is ranked 11th of 13 high priority states where rural education needs significant improvement.
- Florida’s rural students have the 7th worst graduation rate in the country.
- A lack of competitive salaries means that rural schools face more challenges in recruiting qualified teachers.
- More students attend rural schools in Florida than all but eight other states.
- Florida’s rural schools and districts are larger than those in all but two other states.
How The Foundation Makes a Difference
The Foundation for Rural Education Excellence raises and distributes financial and learning resources to support schools in 15 of Florida’s rural school districts.
- Child-focused best practices in Math, Science and Reading
- Careers in Education
- The Educator Preparation Institute Scholarship Program, which provides a path to teacher certification in NEFEC member school districts
- Career education for non-college-bound students
Your Support Helps Rural Students Succeed
Already, funded programs like the NEFEC Reading Initiative and Florida Students Understanding Math & Science have improved reading, science and math scores of our rural students dramatically.
But more is needed.
Shrinking state budgets, rising costs and a lack of outside funding mean that your support is more critical now than ever.
Join us, and make a difference in the lives of rural students.
To make a tax-deductible gift, write a check to the “Foundation for Rural Education Excellence” in any amount, and mail it to the address below.
If you’d like information on creating an endowment that will assist the needs of rural students for years to come, please give us a call at (386) 329-3856.
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