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Legislative Update: Action Needed!

At the end of the 2018 Legislative Session, the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program was created with the passage of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. Currently, there is $58 million left in the Guardian Program fund that will go unused if it is not reallocated. Governor Scott has asked each member of the Joint Legislative Budget Commission to shift these unused funds to ensure Florida schools can get the funding they need to protect our kids this year. The members of the Joint Legislative Budget Commission are scheduled to meet this Friday, September 14, however the shifting of

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Legislative Alert: February 20th

Legislative Udate:   Now that HB7055, commonly known as the “bullying bill,” has passed the House, it has moved to the Senate, where it will be heard in the Education Committee this Tuesday, February 20th at 11:00am. Under a “strike-all” amendment that Senator Hukill filed, the content of the bill has changed to eliminate some House provisions and to reflect Senate positions on a number of issues. Still included in the bill, however, is the Hope Scholarship, which will allow children who have been subjected to a classmate’s verbal or physical abuse to attend a different public or private school

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Legislative Alert Feb 12, 2018

  Here we go again! Last Thursday, the House voted 66 yeas to 43 nays to pass HB 7055.  Once again, legislative leadership rolled good and bad policy into one massive conforming bill, hoping that rank-and-file House members and the general public would believe that the good in the bill outweighs the bad. (Spoiler alert, it doesn’t.) What is HB 7055? Just like last year’s infamous HB 7069, it is an omnibus megabill that that runs to 198 pages, is as hard to understand as a Shakespeare play, and is almost as tragic.  Included in this train bill is HB1,

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Legislative Alert Feb 1, 2018

  Thank you for your continuing interest in Legislative session 2018! This past week, the House has been pushing through HB 7055, which is a train bill similar to HB 7069. This legislation is steamrolling several bills into one, each of which should be heard on its own merit. HB 311 and HB 427 are two good pieces of legislation that have yet to be heard in committee. This new legislation, respectively, provides alternative pathways to a standard high school diploma and will eliminate unneeded testing by allowing school districts to set teacher salary schedules removing the merit pay requirement

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K-12 Education: A Look Ahead to the 2018 Legislative Session 

Education Works Virtual Forum K-12 Education: A Look Ahead to the 2018 Legislative Session  Tuesday, December 12th | 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST Learn about the education priorities of key statewide organizations and policymakers, the budget outlook and the latest education priorities from Tallahassee in this no-cost, one-hour webinar open to those interested in Florida education issues.   Click HERE to register and receive login information.

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Take Action National PTA Take Action

Trump Administration Proposes $9.2 Billion Cut to Public Education.  

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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. Click the link below to log in and send your message:

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PTA Members Take Action Now! April 27

  Take Action Now! The power of the PTA lies within our members and we need your help! For the next 9 days the Florida Legislature will be making key decisions regarding education funding, testing and accountability, local control of local schools, and recess. Many of these decisions affecting our children and our schools will be made in conference committee meetings held behind closed doors. NOW is the time to let our legislators know where we stand, before the doors shut and policy is made out of the public eye. Please email or call your Legislator TODAY and urge them

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Vitti Email Do Not Accept House Bill (HB) 5105

Here is an email from Superintendent Nikolai Vitti to the Florida House.  You can use some of these points when you contact your legislators.  Here is the link to Contact Your Legislators ———- Original Message ———- From: “Vitti, Nikolai P.” <vittin@duvalschools.org> To: “Vitti, Nikolai P.” <vittin@duvalschools.org> Date: April 17, 2017 at 1:49 AM Subject: Reject HB 5105 April 17, 2017 Florida State Senators, I implore you to not accept House Bill (HB) 5105 during budget conference negotiations. The bill seemingly attempts to address the authentic need to improve educational outcomes in schools serving students facing higher concentration of poverty but

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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

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