The first common, or public, schools open in St. Augustine and Tallahassee.
The legislature establishes a state board of education.
The Supreme Court rules against segregated schools, including those in Florida, in Brown v. Board of Education.
More than 200,000 Cuban refugees fleeing the Castro regime come to south Florida over the next decade. Schools in Dade County eventually invest more than $100 million in bilingual education programs.
The state’s first charter school opens in Miami.
Florida institutes its A+ program to grade schools according to the performance of students on the state assessment test.
Congress passes the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Florida merges A+ and NCLB requirements into its differentiated accountability program.
The state legislature passes, and Gov. Charles Crist vetoes, a law that would have required pay for performance in all Florida districts.