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HOUSE BILL 7069

HOUSE BILL 7069: WHAT’S IN IT, WHAT IT MEANS FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION, WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

The Duval County Public School Board has voted to join a proposed lawsuit that will challenge the constitutionality of a controversial education law the Florida Legislature passed this spring.  Are you wondering what all of the fuss is about?

Florida PTA has provided a concise and informative summary of HB 7069, outlining the damaging aspects of this law to the public education system and where the State Legislature is mandating that your Duval County tax revenue be spent.  We urge all Duval residents to take the time to familiarize themselves with this issue and contact your lawmakers  to let you opinion be heard.

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Gearing Up for the 2017-2018 PTA Year

Summer is slipping away and the new school year will be here before we know it!  DCCPTA had put together a handy list for you to use to make sure your PTA is ready to take on the 2017-2018 school year!!

  • Attend our first Council Meeting of the year on August 29th at 9:30 AM in the Cline Auditorium of the School Board building, 1701 Prudential Drive
  • Be sure that you have registered your 2017-2018 new or returning officers on the Florida PTA website, floridapta.org.  This is required before you can receive your Kit of Materials and your membership cards.
  • Verify that the previous officers have filed the audit of the 2016-2017 PTA books with the bookkeeper and emailed a copy to treasurer@dccpta.org and to audit@floridapta.org.  Change the signatures on the PTA bank account to this year’s signers.
  • The IRS requires that all PTAs file an annual 990 form.  Please don’t delay.  If the gross income last year was less than $50,000, the 990N should be filed electronically.  For income between $50,000 and $200,000, the 990EZ and appropriate schedules must be filed.
  • Gear up for a successful membership drive.  Be sure to send the invitation to join PTA home with the students with the initial packet of paperwork that is sent home by the school.  Also, get your faculty members to join at the welcome back breakfast provided by the PTA.
  • Lastly, attend workshops and trainings which will help your PTA run smoothly.

 

Contact your Council Board members if you have questions or need assistance.

Felita Tutt, DCCPTA President

president@dccpta.org

 

Take Action National PTA Take Action

Trump Administration Proposes $9.2 Billion Cut to Public Education.

 

Take Action Today- Florida PTA Opposes Conformation Of Bill 7069

Late Friday afternoon a massive education bill was introduced through the budget process.  This bill was negotiated behind closed doors, bypassing the democratic process of public input and the option for amendments.  While testing reform, daily recess, and other good education policies have been placed inside this bill, it has a devastating impact on the education budget that will leave our most vulnerable children behind.

Now is the time to act!  Please CALL today and tell your Senator to vote NO on Conforming Bill 7069. Our children are worth more than this.

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As the largest child advocacy association in the state, the Florida PTA’s mission has always been to serve and support EVERY child.  Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that the Florida PTA must oppose conforming bill 7069.

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May 7, 2017

Contact Information:

Cindy Gerhardt, President

president@floridapta.org

407-855-7604

FAX 407-240-9577

www.floridapta.org

Late Friday afternoon, a massive education package was introduced through the budgeting process.  While there are many valuable elements in this bill like sensible testing reform, parent friendly testing reports, daily recess, and important early learning initiatives, conforming bill 7069 will leave too many of our most vulnerable children behind.  The Title I provision takes away our school districts’ ability to effectively support our at-risk students.  The required sharing of local tax dollars intended for school construction and repair diverts resources away from traditional public schools in all neighborhoods.  Other provisions of this bill were never vetted in committee, thereby excluding essential input from parents and other community members.
As the largest child advocacy association in the state, the Florida PTA’s mission has always been to serve and support EVERY child.  Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that the Florida PTA must oppose conforming bill 7069.
Florida PTA comprises hundreds of thousands of families, students, teachers, administrators and business and community leaders devoted to improving the lives of children/youth in our state. PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in the state of Florida, as well as the nation. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children. More information is available by contacting Florida PTA (407/855-7604 or executive.director@floridapta.org).
 
For more information visit our website www.floridapta.org and/or our Facebook page for programs available in your community. 
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Additional P&P Luncheon Tables Now Available

PTA / PTSA Schools may now order additional tables for the P&P Luncheon on May 16 at 11:30 at UNF.  They will be available on a first come basis.  If you would like to order or have questions call Cathy Guiler at 904/451-9955.

Cathy Guiler
DCCPTA Treasurer

National PTA Reflections Winner Announced 2016-2017 – Congratulations Duval

We are proud to announce that three Duval County students have won Awards of Excellence at the national level:

  • Madison Minkley of Douglas Anderson High School (Dance Choreography)
  • Sydney VillacortaBuer of Douglas Anderson High School (Film Production)
  • Halle Taylor of Alimicani Elementary (Film Production)

Congratulations!!!

Anita Edwards
DCCPTA Reflections Chair

Urge House & Senate to oppose “Schools of Hope/High Impact Charter Networks”

Please contact you state legislators on the Schools of Hope bill this week.  This email gives you important talking points .

From: “Kathleen, Fund Education Now” <info@fundeducationnow.org>
Date: April 25, 2017 at 12:25:44 AM EDT
To: Rebecca Couch <beckicouchdistrict6@gmail.com>
Subject: Urge House & Senate to oppose “Schools of Hope/High Impact Charter Networks” l
Reply-To: info@fundeducationnow.org

Fund Education Now!

Urge the House & Senate to oppose any bill containing “Schools of Hope/HIgh Impact Charters” language

This dangerous concept has worked its way into at least a dozen bills, making it intentionally harder to track. All of this activity feeds the goal of making it easier to slip this bad public policy into one of several massive “train” bills far removed from public view.

Take action now. Tell our Senators and Representatives to oppose all bills, including HB 5105, SB 796, and SB 1552, that contain “Schools of Hope/High Impact Charter Networks” language.

“Schools of Hope”/“High Impact Charter Networks” create two separate, unequal publicly funded school systems – one under the control of duly elected school boards and the other controlled by outside private corporations under the direction of the appointed State Board of Education.

The deck is stacked. The BOE picks and chooses which district turnaround plans are accepted or rejected while at the same time exercising oversight authority over competing High Impact Charter Networks.

Because the BOE determines cut scores on state assessments and the calculation of school grades which can be manipulated to increase the number of D and F district schools this language will clearly drive the expansion of “Schools of Hope/High Impact Charter Networks.”

Use your voice now! One click easy. Please do not let “Schools of Hope/High Impact Charter Networks” trigger the immediate transfer of  115 “D & F” public schools and their 77K students into private, for-profit hands.

This isn’t about helping our most vulnerable students; it’s about promoting unmitigated charter school growth in an effort to erode district schools. 

 The Charter “Schools of Hope/High Impact Charter Networks” exponentially expand the effort to allow for-profit charters to keep grabbing tax dollars and tapping new markets to beef up the annual reports of corporate charter chains. None of this has been proven to help students or improve education. 

 Please tell the Florida Legislature to vote no on the “Schools of Hope/High Impact Charter Networks” language, SB 796, SB 1552 and HB 5105 with its $200M slush fund and block its inclusion in the Senate Budget and prevent it from being slipped by either chamber into a “train” bill.  

 Your voice has power. Our children are depending on us

TAKE ACTION TODAY: Recess Bill SB78/HB67

TAKE ACTION ALERT: Recess Bill SB78/HB67

The Senate recess bill SB78 passed unanimously on the Senate floor on April 4th and has been sent over to the House in messages.  Please urge your Representative to contact Speaker Richard Corcoran TODAY and ask that he pull SB78 out of messages and send it to the House floor with no changes or amendments.

SB78 offers 20 minutes of daily unstructured play for K-5 elementary students.  Unlike the House version HB67, the Senate bill calls for true recess separate from PE and includes all elementary students not just k-3 students.

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DCCPTA Board Officers Elected For 2017-18 School Year

Congratulation to the newly elected 2017-18 DCCPTA Officers.

 

President:                  Felita Tutt

 

1st VP – Programs:       Theresa Rogers

 

2nd VP – Local Units:     — OPEN —

 

3rd VP – Leadership:     Anna-Maria Charles

 

Recording Secretary:           Ann Gipalo

 

Corresponding Secretary:     Kim Alvarez

 

Treasurer:                          Cathy Guiler

National PTA – Engagement is CRITICAL, Not Optional!

Review and take action on this important education request by the national PTA – March 4 update.

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General Meetings:

General DCCPTA Meeting, Tuesday, August 29th @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am, hospitality 9:00 -9:30 a.m. meeting 9:30 am. Make sure your PTA/PTSA has a representative. Join us at:
Duval County Public Schools
School Board Building
Cline Auditorium, 1st floor
1701 Prudential Dr
Jacksonville, Florida 32207

PTA – Applications – Forms – Spreadsheets – Samples

Mailing Address:

DCC PTA
P.O. Box 5397
Jacksonville, FL 32247
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