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Florida Dept of Education
Office of the Commissioner
Turlington Building, Suite 1514
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Email
Phone: 850-245-0505

Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Email the Governor
(850) 488-7146

The City of Jacksonville maintains a non-partisan support office (The Duval County Legislative Delegation Office) for the 2 state Senators and 6 state House Representatives that represent Duval County.  Its mission is to keep the State Legislature informed of the needs of the City of Jacksonville and follow funds and legislation requested by local government agencies, citizens and community organizations. It serves as the liaison between the delegation members and local governments, community organizations and citizens.  The office provides support services to the delegation members by monitoring legislation and processing local bills and appropriation issues. Contact information can be found on their website.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Janet H. Adkins, District 11

905 South 8th Street

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

(904) 491-3664 * (Fax) 491-3666

Capitol Contact Info
(850) 717-5011
313 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300

Email: janet.adkins@myfloridahouse.gov

Jay Fant, District 15

Local Contact Info
(904) 381-6011 or (904) 381-6012

4114 Herschel Street, Suite 104

Jacksonville, Florida 32210-2200

Capitol Office
1301 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5015

Email: jay.fant@myfloridahouse.gov

Reggie Fullwood, District 13 
101 E. Union Street, suite 402
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 353-2180 * (Fax) 353-2182

Capital Contact Info
(850) 717-5013
1003 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300

Email: reggie.fullwood@myfloridahouse.gov

Mia Jones, District 14
3890 Dunn Avenue, Suite 901
Jacksonville, FL 32218
(904) 924-1615

Capital Contact Info
(850) 717-5014
316 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street

Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300

Email: mia.jones@myfloridahouse.gov

Charles McBurney, District 16
76 S. Laura Street, Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 359-6090

Capitol Contact Info
(850) 717-5016
412 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street

Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300

Email: charles.mcburney@myfloridahouse.gov

Lake Ray, District 12
1615 Huffingham Road
Jacksonville, FL 32216
(904) 723-5300

Capital Contact Info
(850) 717-5012
422 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street

Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300

Email: lake.ray@myfloridahouse.gov

FLORIDA SENATE

Audrey Gibson, District 9

101 East Union Street, Suite 104

Jacksonville, FL 32202 -3065

904-359-2553

Email: gibson.audrey.web@flsenate.gov

Aaron Bean, District 4
1919 Atlantic Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32207
904-346-5039
Email: bean.aaron.web@flsenate.gov

LEGG, John (R)

Education Pre-K – 12, Chair; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education

 262 Crystal Grove Boulevard, Lutz, FL  33548

(850) 487-5017
316 Senate Office Building 404 South Monroe Street Tallahassee 32399-1100

legg.john.web@flsenate.gov

The City of Jacksonville maintains a non-partisan support office for the 2 state Senators and 6 state House Representatives that serve Duval County.  Its mission is to keep the State Legislature informed of the needs of the City of Jacksonville and follow funds and legislation requested by local government agencies, citizens and community organizations. It serves as the liaison between the delegation members and local governments, community organizations and citizens.  The office provides support services to the delegation members by monitoring legislation and processing local bills and appropriation issues.  Contact information can be found on their website.

City Government

Jacksonville City Council

District 1: Clay Yarborough

Phone: (904) 630-1389

Email: Clay@coj.net

District 2: William Bishop

Phone: (904) 630-1392

Email: WBishop@coj.net

District 3: Richard Clark

Phone: (904) 630-1386

Email: RClark@coj.net

District 4: Don Redman

Phone: (904) 630-1394

Email: Redman@coj.net

District 5: Lori N. Boyer

Phone: (904) 630-1382

Email: LBoyer@coj.net

District 6: Matt Schellenberg

Phone: (904) 630-1388

Email: MattS@coj.net

District 7: Dr. Johnny Gaffney

Phone: (904) 630-1384

Email: Gaffney@coj.net

District 8: E. Denise Lee

Phone: (904) 630-1385

Email: EDLee@coj.net

District 9: Warren A. Jones

Phone: (904) 630-1395

Email: WAJones@coj.net

District 10: Reginald L. Brown

Phone: (904) 630-1684

Email: RBrown@coj.net

District 11: Ray Holt

Phone: (904) 630-1383

Email: Holt@coj.net

District 12: Doyle Carter

Phone: (904) 630-1380

Email: doylec@coj.net

District 13: Bill Gulliford

Phone: (904) 630-1397

Email: Gulliford@coj.net

District 14: Jim Love

Phone: (904) 630-1390

Email: JimLove@coj.net


At-Large Council Members
Group 1: Kimberly Daniels

Phone: (904) 630-1393

Email: KimDaniels@coj.net

Group 2: John R. Crescimbeni

Phone: (904) 630-1381

Email: JRC@coj.net

Group 3: Stephen C. Joost

Phone: (904) 630-1396

Email: Joost@coj.net

Group 4: Greg Anderson

Phone: (904) 630-1398

Email: GAnderson@coj.net

Group 5: Robin Lumb

Phone: (904) 630-1387

Email: RLumb@coj.net

More information on the City Council

School Board

District 1 – The Honorable Cheryl Grymes – 390-2371 (Email)
District 2 – The Honorable Scott Shine – 390-2386 (Email)
District 3 – The Honorable Ashley Smith Juarez – 390-2239 (Email)
District 4 – The Honorable Paula D. Wright – 390-2374 (Email)
District 5 – The Honorable Warren A. Jones – 390-2372 (Email)
District 6 – The Honorable Becki Couch – 390-2373 (Email)
District 7 – The Honorable Lori Hershey – 390-2375 (Email)

Follow this link to see the Agenda for each School Board meeting, posted at least a week before the scheduled meeting.

School Board website

Superintendent Patricia Willis (Email)

Advocacy Training – Support Your Children

In the context of PTA, advocacy is supporting and speaking up for children — in schools, in communities, and before government bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.

Duval County Council of PTAs offers Grassroots Advocacy Training. This training is designed for those who are interested becoming effective advocates for education or for those interested in teaching the next generation of PTA leaders the skills to be effective issue advocates.

In the PTA Grassroots Advocacy Training we use 3 methods:

  • A presentation consisting of lecture and discussion elements
  • Role Playing
  • Written exercises with presentation

The training includes six modules:

  • Strategy: Goals vs Tactics
  • Coalition Building
  • Recruitment and Organizational Building *
  • Media as a Tactic
  • Meeting with Decision-makers
  • Common Core State Standards: Overview

COST: FREE TO PTA MEMBERS

Check our calendar for the next training date.

Helpful Advocacy Training Links;

PTA Position Statements

Jacksonville Public Education Toolkit Available

A Parent’s Role in ESSA Implementation   Jul 27, 2016

 

Legislation

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News

Take Action! Florida Senate Bill 376

Take Action Florida Senate Bill 376 Regarding Charter Schools – March 4 update.

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Florida Education and Youth Legislation Links

This group of links provides a wide range of information related to national and Florida education and youth legislation.  This information can be used to keep up with the rapidly changing legislation.  Please keep informed and present your views to your legislators. Link to: The Legislative Priorities Brochure  http://floridapta.org/advocacy/legislation/advocacy-tool-kit?task=document.viewdoc&id=2431 Stepping Up: Florida’s Top Juvenile Civil Citation Efforts 2016  http://floridapta.org/component/edocman/?task=document.viewdoc&id=2424&Itemid=0 FSBA – Florida School Board Association  http://fsba.org/ Register for Voter Voice Legislative Alerts   http://floridapta.org/advocacy/advocacy/capwiz-legislative-alerts National PTA Advocacy page for Federal Updates  http://www.pta.org/advocacy/ Florida Department of Juvenile Justice “Roadmap to System Excellence” Reports  http://www.djj.state.fl.us/roadmap-to-system-excellence Florida Children’s Council  http://flchildrenscouncil.org/   Celita Wilson leadership@dccpta.org

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Florida Education Legislation Information

This group of documents provides information related to Florida education legislation.  This information can be used to support your views when contacting your legislators.  

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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.

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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

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You’re Children Need Help – Florida LEGISLATIVE UPDATE!

Florida PTA Requests That Governor Vetoes Bill 7069   http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1104540460460&ca=7e6ae0d9-eabd-43c8-a2a7-4dcc9aedb45c/ Take Action Today- Florida PTA Opposes Conformation Of Bill 7069 PTA Members Take Action Now! April 27   Vitti Email Do Not Accept House Bill (HB) 5105 Please contact you state legislators on the Schools of Hope bill this week, from “Fund Education Now”.  This email gives you important talking points . Urge House & Senate to oppose “Schools of Hope/High Impact Charter Networks” 4-26-17 Duval County Public School Legislative Link Please explore the Duval County Public School link to get additional information on how the legislation will affect the

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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

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Public School Recess Information: Florida House of Representatives HB 67

Florida House of Representatives – HB 67 – Public School Recess    

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Child Safety And Protection: National PTA Position Statement

National PTA urges its members at all levels to monitor, support, and advocate for laws and programs in the following areas: child safety, juvenile justice, gun safety, violence prevention, and, mental health programs and services.

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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

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Florida Department of Education Is Looking for Your Input

Now is Your Time to Speak Up!Florida Dept of Education Logo
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) is now accepting public input on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and would greatly appreciate your engagement in this very important dialogue. Through July 22, 2016, all members of the public will be able to submit comments on each component of the law.  The FDOE will consider this feedback as they develop Florida’s draft state plan. To access the public input form, please visit this site.
For more information on ESSA, visit the National PTA website.
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The Battle to Improve Special Education

It’s been 40 years since the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act went into effect, and school districts across the country are still working to ensure that students with physical or cognitive impairments have access to educational opportunities that address their needs. In some places, lawsuits have forced districts to do more. In Part I of this report on special education in Los Angeles, we saw the impact of a 20-year class-action lawsuit, which has led to significant improvements for students with disabilities in the nation’s second largest school district. In the past 3 years the district has focused more intently on inclusion, moving many students out of dedicated special education centers and into their regular neighborhood schools.

While many see this as a sign of progress, others see cause for concern. In Part II, we take a closer look. Linda Hilton’s son Brandon has attended one of these centers all his life because, she says, no other school in the district could meet his profound physical and medical needs.

Parents who support having their children in regular schools say they are not receiving the services they require. Is LAUSD moving too fast? What’s needed for large districts to educate students with the greatest needs?

Correspondent John Tulenko speaks with teachers, service providers, parents, students, and LAUSD’s director of special education to get the story.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE STORY TONIGHT (March 1) ON PBS NEWSHOUR.

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And check out Part I of The Battle to Improve Education, and our recent stories about parents’ efforts to advocate for better services for their children with special needs. There are additional resources and coverage on the topic on our website, and the On Special Education blog.