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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 at state expense.
The Hope Scholarship has two major flaws. First, it does nothing to address the behavior of offenders, thus leaving them in place to victimize other students. Second, it diverts the tax dollars we pay when we buy a new or used car from the state treasury to private schools, without taking into account the ability of the victim’s parents to finance a private education on their own, the academic performance of the private school, or its policies regarding incidents of physical or verbal abuse.
Florida PTA opposes the expansion of school choice without full accountability, and the diversion of tax dollars away from general revenues, where they can be used to address the needs of all Floridians. At a time when we have been made newly aware of gaps in our ability to protect our students and our schools, and of our obligations towards teachers and other school personnel, three of whom have just laid down their lives, we must insist that our precious dollars be spent where it counts the most.
Please email your legislator today and tell them to provide real, common-sense solutions to the problems of bullying and other abusive behavior. Tell them as well to exercise sound fiscal judgment, and to allocate our tax dollars in support of all of our students, their teachers, and their schools. To do otherwise would mean that the lessons we have learned these past few days have been wasted on us.​
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2017-2018 Duval County Reflection Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the Duval County Council’s Reflections program!  Awards of Excellence will continue on to compete at the State level.  Winners of both Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit will be celebrated at the County Reflections Award Ceremony on April 13, 2018 at Atlantic Coast High School.

To see a complete list of winners click here:   County Winners Announced 2018

DCCPTA High School Scholarship Application

DCCPTA awards five scholarships every year to graduating Duval County high school seniors.

This year’s scholarship application is now available.

2018-DCCPTA-scholarship-application

Applications msut be postmarked by April 16, 2018.

Students awarded the scholarships will be invited to our Presidents’ and Principals’ Luncheon on May 15, 2018 at UNF.

Good luck!

January 30th Lunch & Learn- Human Trafficking

DCCPTA will present a Lunch & Learn on human trafficking following our General Meeting on Tuesday, January 30th at 11:30 a.m. in the Cline Auditorium.  

Human trafficking happens close to home…Florida continues to be 3rd in the nation in calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.  According to a study of U.S. Department of Justice the average age that a trafficked victim is first used for commercial sex is 12-14.  Children are particularly vulnerable to human traffickers.  Please join us to learn more about this important human rights issue.

Please RSVP if you plan on joining us.  Lunch will be provided based on RSVPs.

January 30th Lunch and Learn-RSVP

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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

 

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

 

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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