FLORIDA PTA

Governor Scott Requesting Increases To Education Funding

Florida PTA would like to commend Governor Rick Scott for his foresight in requesting significant increases to education funding for the 2017-2018

fiscal year.

You’re Invited To A Community Town Hall – Jacksonville

Join parents, teachers and community leader, along with school board officials, and local state and federal elected officials for a special Community Town Hall meeting. April 1, 2017, 10:00 AM, Jessie Ball duPont Center, 40 E. Adams St., Jacksonville, Florida.

Florida PTA Awards 2017 Deadline May 1

Has your local PTA unit been doing great things? Florida PTA would like to recognize local units for their effort to further the mission and purpose of PTA. Apply by May 1, 2017  for all the awards that showcase your programs and accomplishments for the 2016-2017 year.

Click Here for the state forms.

Florida Legislative PTA News Update March 1, 2017

We are less than a week away from the start of the Legislative Session.  The following is a synopsis of what happened in Tallahassee last week:

HB78- Recess Bill – the bill passed unanimously through the Senate Education Committee.  The next committee of reference is the Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K-12 Education.  Florida PTA participated in a press conference along with Senator Flores and Representative Plasencia discussing the importance of recess for elementary students.
HB 7027 – began as a committee bill and is a memorial urging the Federal Government to establish block grants for Title 1 and IDEA funding.  The block grant would give control to the state on how to disperse these funds.  It passed through committee.  This bill is just a memorial and does not change any statutory language.
SB 376 – Charter School Funding – Authorizing school boards to levy specified amounts for charter schools; providing that charter school capital outlay funding consists of shared local capital outlay and state funding as provided in the General Appropriations Act; prohibiting a charter school from being eligible for a funding allocation under certain circumstances.  This bill will require school districts to share local capital outlay dollars with charter schools.  Currently, charter schools receive $75 million PECO dollars for their capital needs.  It passed through the Education Committee.
SB604 – Education Funding – Revising the amount each school board may levy for certain purposes; revising the purposes for which a school district may levy additional millage by specified means to include fixed capital outlay.  Senator Farmer filed an amendment which would allow school districts to levy up to a 2.25 millage rate.  The amendment was adopted but the bill was temporarily postponed to amend this language into SB376.
SB1334 – Universal background checks – this bill will close the gun show loop hole and require that any person purchasing a gun from a private seller be subjected to a background check and the 3-day mandatory waiting period. This a Florida PTA priority and we will be participating in a press conference next week asking Florida Legislature for their support of this bill.
Federal bills:
We have received a few emails regarding H.R. 610, also called the “Choices in Education Act of 2017”, which would repeal every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and replace it with block grants for states to use for a voucher system. The bill also repeals a rule issued by the Department of Agriculture which would roll back school nutrition standards in schools if passed.
National PTA is monitoring the bill and will issue a statement if the bill moves forward.

You’re Children Need Help – Florida LEGISLATIVE UPDATE!

Action needed now!

Florida Legislative PTA News Update March 1, 2017

Here is the review of PTA issues that Florida Legislative will be dealing with in the 2017 session.

Florida PTA Officers Newsletter

2017 Florida PTA Officers Newsletter

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2017 Florida PTA Legislative Conference

Florida PTA has an amazing legacy of advocacy. This year’s “LegCon” attendees will celebrate the dedication of thousands of child advocates across Florida whose efforts work to make every child’s potential a reality. The 2017 Florida PTA LegCon will feature workshops on key education issues facing the Legislature, with discussions and trainings on how PTA advocates can shape public policy at home and in Tallahassee in 2017 and in the years to come. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to celebrate with PTA members statewide!
Registration Fee:  $55 per adult; $25 per student. For more information, click here.
When: Sunday March 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM EDT -to- Tuesday March 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT  Add to Calendar
Where: Tallahassee Center Conf Room,215 W. College Avenue,Tallahassee, FL 32301  Driving Directions

17 Ways To Grow Your Membership

Looking for ways to increase your PTA Membership?  Here are 17 ideas that may help your PTA grow.

17 Ways To Grow Your Membership Link

Workshop Idea Application For Florida State Leadership Convention?

 

Do you have a workshop idea you would like to teach in July at the Florida State Leadership Convention?  If so complete this form and submit by February 3, 2017.

 

Florida PTA

Important Florida PTA links

Florida PTA Website

FLPTA Leadership/Convention at Innisbrook

Florida PTA Legislative Report April 24

Florida PTA Call for Nominations

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General Meetings:

General DCCPTA Meeting, Tuesday, March 28 @ 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
Email DCC President
Email Local Unit Team