ADVOCACY

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

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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

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Stepping Up: Florida’s Civil Citation Efforts 2016 Report

Contact Information: Ms. Cindy Gerhardt, President, president@floridapta.org,407-855-7604, FAX 407-240-9577, www.floridapta.org September 14, 2016 PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy group in the nation. PTA’s mission is to make every child’s potential a reality, by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.  “All children” includes those who are displaced, are in foster care or who find themselves in the Juvenile Justice system. PTA has long advocated for policies that would protect the rights of children and youth who come into contact with the Juvenile Justice System. Beginning in 1899, PTA was one of the first associations to encourage federal and state lawmakers to create a safe and rehabilitative justice system for children by establishing separate courts

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Advocacy Resources

Advocacy Improves the Lives of Children Federal law requires equal opportunities for all children.  But with only 3 of the federal budget dedicated to education, the reality is that too many students go without. PTA is committed to ensuring that parents have a seat at the table whenever decisions are made that impact our children-at local school boards, in local and state government and in the halls of Congress. PTA fights for your child and every child. There is power in our voices. Links to organizations that are related to education in government.  DCCPTA provides these resources to give you different political points of view and does not necessarily support or endorse there opinions. Alliance for Excellent Education Education Week

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Response to the Proposed Regulations and Down Syndrome By August 1

Subject: NDSC/NDSS Action Alert: Submit Comments on ESSA NDSC – NDSS Action Alert July 19, 2016 Your Action Needed on Proposed Federal Accountability Regulations for ESSA: SUBMIT COMMENTS BY AUGUST 1 The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has published proposed regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which address the area of accountability – that is, how States and local education agencies (e.g. school districts) will report the academic performance of all students and be held accountable to improve the performance of students who are not making sufficient progress on the grade-level State academic content standards. Groups and individuals are invited to submit public comments on the proposed regulations, which ED will use to complete the final accountability regulations.

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The Florida State Standards (Common Core)

Feb 18, 2014 JPEF FL Statewide Assessments Presentation District Testing Info Read the article from State Impact Florida and NPR HERE. March 9, 2015 Following are the front and back side of a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet handed out at an FSA information session for parents at a DCPS elementary school.  These are common questions parents of students in any grade might have; if you have additional questions specific to your student’s grade or subject, please contact your school.        January 13, 2015 This article explores options to replace our current “high stakes” tests. http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2015/01/06/371659141/what-schools-could-use-instead-of-standardized-tests?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20150106 November 7, 2014 On November 4, 2014 Dr. Vitti distributed to principals a 10-page presentation outlining the differences between how the old Sunshine

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PTA Position Statements

National PTA’s Diversity and Inclusion Policy: NPTA_Diversity_and_Inclusion_Policy Click HERE to connect to Florida PTA’s CURRENT Position Statements on a variety of issues from High Stakes Testing to Class Size to Arts in Education. Click HERE to connect to Florida PTA’s HISTORICAL Position Statements.

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