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Florida’s legislative session begins on March 5, 2019. Your voice is your most powerful tool! PTA encourages you to call or write your elected officials and let them know how you feel about legislation and policies that impact your child’s education. Sign up for Florida PTA’s Take Action Network to learn more about legislative issues affecting families, schools, and communities and to stay informed on the latest updates from Tallahassee. Duval County Public Schools Legislative Platform for 2019 Florida PTA’s Legislative Priorities for 2019 Bills to watch: SB7030 – School Safety and Security aims to arm teachers – opposed by
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
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
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,
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
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.
Trump Administration Proposes $9.2 Billion Cut to Public Education.
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:
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
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. Click the link