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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.

Jacksonville Public Education Fund

Join the Jacksonville Public Education Fund at a public forum on December 4 to discuss improvements to public education.  Parents/caregivers and middle/high school students will have a great opportunity to give their ideas about how we can improve public education.

Event Flyer

Superintendent Search

DCPS School Board to Host Superintendent Search Community Meetings

The Duval County School Board has begun its search for a new superintendent. As part of the process, the Board has scheduled several community meetings to discuss its new Strategic Plan and the superintendent search process as well as learn from attendees what qualities and values they would like to see in the new superintendent. The dates of the community meetings are as follows:
  • Monday, November 6
    • Time: 6-7:30 PM
    • Location: Terry Parker High School: 7301 Parker School Road, Jacksonville, FL 32211

  • Wednesday, November 8
    • Time: 6-7:30 PM
    • Location: Ed White Military Academy of Leadership: 1700 Old Middleburg Road North, Jacksonville, FL 32210

  • Monday, November 13
    • Time: 6 – 7:30 PM
    • Location: Atlantic Coast High School: 9735 R.G. Skinner Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32256

  • Thursday, November 16
    • Time: 6 – 7:30 PM
    • Location: William Raines High School: 3663 Raines Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32209

 

Mr. Rogers Sweater Drive

DCCPTA, WJCT, VyStar Credit Union and Two Men and a Truck are once again honoring the memory of Mr. Rogers by collecting and distributing warm clothes throughout the community. If your school is interested in participating in this year’s Mr. Rogers Sweater Drive the entry form can be found below.  Collections will run through November 30th.

Contributions will be donated to a number of nonprofits in Duval, Clay, St. Johns and Nassau counties.
Items needed: Sweaters Jackets Gloves Socks Men’s Pants and Blankets

Sweater Drive Flyer for Schools

School-Participation-Form-2017

MLK JR. Breakfast- Tomorrow’s Leaders Award

Tomorrow’s Leaders Essay Contest

The City of Jacksonville’s 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast presented by Florida Blue commemorates the 89th anniversary of Dr. King’s birth by honoring his life-long commitment and achievements toward his dream for social change. Tomorrow’s Leaders is a component of the Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast that looks to recognize and award youth in our community who are exemplifying the philosophies of Dr. King through leadership, community volunteerism and civic responsibility.

The City of Jacksonville is pleased to offer the opportunity for deserving elementary, middle and high school students to be nominated for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Award. Award recipients will be recognized at the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast presented by Florida Blue on Friday, January 12, 2018.

Students must be nominated and then write an essay to participate.  Nominations and essays are due by November 13th.

Click here to download the 2018 Tomorrow’s Leaders rules, criteria and nomination form.

HOUSE BILL 7069

HOUSE BILL 7069: WHAT’S IN IT, WHAT IT MEANS FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION, WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

The Duval County Public School Board has voted to join a proposed lawsuit that will challenge the constitutionality of a controversial education law the Florida Legislature passed this spring.  Are you wondering what all of the fuss is about?

Florida PTA has provided a concise and informative summary of HB 7069, outlining the damaging aspects of this law to the public education system and where the State Legislature is mandating that your Duval County tax revenue be spent.  We urge all Duval residents to take the time to familiarize themselves with this issue and contact your lawmakers  to let you opinion be heard.

Local Unit Checklist

Gearing Up for the 2017-2018 PTA Year

Summer is slipping away and the new school year will be here before we know it!  DCCPTA had put together a handy list for you to use to make sure your PTA is ready to take on the 2017-2018 school year!!

  • Attend our first Council Meeting of the year on August 29th at 9:30 AM in the Cline Auditorium of the School Board building, 1701 Prudential Drive
  • Be sure that you have registered your 2017-2018 new or returning officers on the Florida PTA website, floridapta.org.  This is required before you can receive your Kit of Materials and your membership cards.
  • Verify that the previous officers have filed the audit of the 2016-2017 PTA books with the bookkeeper and emailed a copy to treasurer@dccpta.org and to audit@floridapta.org.  Change the signatures on the PTA bank account to this year’s signers.
  • The IRS requires that all PTAs file an annual 990 form.  Please don’t delay.  If the gross income last year was less than $50,000, the 990N should be filed electronically.  For income between $50,000 and $200,000, the 990EZ and appropriate schedules must be filed.
  • Gear up for a successful membership drive.  Be sure to send the invitation to join PTA home with the students with the initial packet of paperwork that is sent home by the school.  Also, get your faculty members to join at the welcome back breakfast provided by the PTA.
  • Lastly, attend workshops and trainings which will help your PTA run smoothly.

 

Contact your Council Board members if you have questions or need assistance.

Felita Tutt, DCCPTA President

president@dccpta.org

 

Take Action National PTA Take Action

Trump Administration Proposes $9.2 Billion Cut to Public Education.

 

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.

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As the largest child advocacy association in the state, the Florida PTA’s mission has always been to serve and support EVERY child.  Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that the Florida PTA must oppose conforming bill 7069.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 7, 2017

Contact Information:

Cindy Gerhardt, President

president@floridapta.org

407-855-7604

FAX 407-240-9577

www.floridapta.org

Late Friday afternoon, a massive education package was introduced through the budgeting process.  While there are many valuable elements in this bill like sensible testing reform, parent friendly testing reports, daily recess, and important early learning initiatives, conforming bill 7069 will leave too many of our most vulnerable children behind.  The Title I provision takes away our school districts’ ability to effectively support our at-risk students.  The required sharing of local tax dollars intended for school construction and repair diverts resources away from traditional public schools in all neighborhoods.  Other provisions of this bill were never vetted in committee, thereby excluding essential input from parents and other community members.
As the largest child advocacy association in the state, the Florida PTA’s mission has always been to serve and support EVERY child.  Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that the Florida PTA must oppose conforming bill 7069.
Florida PTA comprises hundreds of thousands of families, students, teachers, administrators and business and community leaders devoted to improving the lives of children/youth in our state. PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in the state of Florida, as well as the nation. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children. More information is available by contacting Florida PTA (407/855-7604 or executive.director@floridapta.org).
 
For more information visit our website www.floridapta.org and/or our Facebook page for programs available in your community. 
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Additional P&P Luncheon Tables Now Available

PTA / PTSA Schools may now order additional tables for the P&P Luncheon on May 16 at 11:30 at UNF.  They will be available on a first come basis.  If you would like to order or have questions call Cathy Guiler at 904/451-9955.

Cathy Guiler
DCCPTA Treasurer

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General Meetings:

General DCCPTA Meetings
are above and run from 9:30 am - 11:30 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