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Proposed Resolution from the Duval County Council PTA

Proposed Resolution from the Duval County Council PTA

Dear Local Units,

Your DCC PTA Board voted to present local units with the following Resolution On Arming Teachers. We are fulfilling our mission as a child advocacy organization and need your help. Please review the resolution with your general membership and hold a vote. We will then do the same at our April General Meeting (4/24) where you can let your local unit’s voice be heard. If the resolution passes, it will be presented to the DCPS School Board at their May meeting. Please contact us with any questions.

Melissa Daniel, DCC PTA
advocacy@dccpta.org

 

RESOLUTION

Whereas the Student Code of Conduct prohibits weapons on school property and teachers should set the example, and

Whereas teachers are not trained to be law enforcement officers and do not have the time or resources to obtain proper training, and

Whereas it would be extremely difficult for law enforcement officers to determine who was legally armed during a crisis, and

Whereas the responsibility of teachers should be to protect those students in their classrooms, not to get involved in a shooting incident, and

Whereas the Duval County School Board does not favor arming school personnel, and

Whereas the Sheriff of Duval County does not favor arming school personnel, and

Whereas the Mayor of Duval County does not favor arming school personnel, and

Whereas the Governor of Florida does not favor arming school personnel, and

Whereas other security measures such as keeping exterior building doors locked and keeping classroom doors locked while classes are in session should be implemented, and

Whereas teachers carrying guns could be overpowered by a student or a group of students, and the weapons could fall into the wrong hands, be it therefore..

Resolved that the Duval County Council of PTAs supports the employment of armed School Resource Officers (SROs) as the only armed personnel to aid in the safety of our students.

Florida State Reflections 2018 winners announced!

Congratulations to the 26 students from Duval County who won an award from the State PTA.  Only one student in each age/art category wins an Award of Excellence throughout the entire state.  Only six students win an Award of Merit from each age/art category.  We are so proud to be well-represented by the talented students of Duval County!

Awards of Excellence:

Dance Choreography – Benjamin Peralta – Douglas Anderson Ptsa

Literature – Nicolle Alexandra Bahamon – Julia Landon College Prep PTSA

Photography – Elsa Kang – Douglas Anderson SOTA

Photography – Ava MacDowell – Hendricks Ave Elementary

Visual Arts – Cory Kreisel – Douglas Anderson SOTA

 

Awards of Merit:

Dance Choreography

Matthew Sommers – Douglas Anderson
Sydney Connor – Douglas Anderson
Isabella Gantt – Pine Forest Elementary

Film Production
Ashley Kramer – Douglas Anderson
Brady Bunker – Stanton
Luke Glocker – Jacksonville Beach Elementary

Literature
Annelisa O’Neal – Stanton
Hanhah Overfield – Douglas Anderson
Emma Lee – Hendricks Avenue Elementary
Saniya Kylkarni – James Weldon Johnson
Kashvi Arunprakash – Jacksonville Beach Elementary

Music Composition
Courtney Dantzler – Stanton
Katherine Chase – Jacksonville Beach Elementary

Photography
Darvin Nelson – Douglas Anderson
Ava Touchton – Jacksonville Beach Elementary
Jackson Sellers – Kirby Smith Middle
Luke Glocker- Jacksonville Beach Elementary

Visual Arts
Kelsey Kiernan – Hendricks Avenue Elementary
Sarah Samrout – Kernan Middle
Ryne Newman – New Berlin Elementary
Savannah Hawkins – Alimacani Elementary

Duval County Council of PTAs Slate of Officers for 2018-2019

The Slate of Officers for the 2018/2019 School Year is:

President-Felita Tutt
1st VP – Theresa Rodgers
2nd VP – Cathy Guiler
3rd VP – Anna Maria Charles
Recording Secretary – Jimminda Thompson
Corresponding Secretary – Priscilla Maass
Treasurer – Kathy Klein

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.​
Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/6eLILRl0cP2Y703n9QvfqQ

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

January 30th Lunch and Learn-RSVP

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

 

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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