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 is just a memorial and does not change any statutory language.
SB 376 – Charter School Funding – Authorizing school boards to levy specified amounts for charter schools; providing that charter school capital outlay funding consists of shared local capital outlay and state funding as provided in the General Appropriations Act; prohibiting a charter school from being eligible for a funding allocation under certain circumstances.  This bill will require school districts to share local capital outlay dollars with charter schools.  Currently, charter schools receive $75 million PECO dollars for their capital needs.  It passed through the Education Committee.
SB604 – Education Funding – Revising the amount each school board may levy for certain purposes; revising the purposes for which a school district may levy additional millage by specified means to include fixed capital outlay.  Senator Farmer filed an amendment which would allow school districts to levy up to a 2.25 millage rate.  The amendment was adopted but the bill was temporarily postponed to amend this language into SB376.
SB1334 – Universal background checks – this bill will close the gun show loop hole and require that any person purchasing a gun from a private seller be subjected to a background check and the 3-day mandatory waiting period. This a Florida PTA priority and we will be participating in a press conference next week asking Florida Legislature for their support of this bill.
Federal bills:
We have received a few emails regarding H.R. 610, also called the “Choices in Education Act of 2017”, which would repeal every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and replace it with block grants for states to use for a voucher system. The bill also repeals a rule issued by the Department of Agriculture which would roll back school nutrition standards in schools if passed.
National PTA is monitoring the bill and will issue a statement if the bill moves forward.

You’re Children Need Help – Florida LEGISLATIVE UPDATE!

Florida PTA Requests That Governor Vetoes Bill 7069

 

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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 schools in Duval County.   http://dcps.duvalschools.org/Page/10830

PTA News from the Capitol

Review and take action on this important education Bill 376.

Take action on this important education issue.  Action needed now! Take action on Florida education bills  – March 4 update.

Action needed now! Take Action .

Florida Legislative PTA News Update March 1, 2017

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 Room,215 W. College Avenue,Tallahassee, FL 32301  Driving Directions

Treasurers Forms

Sample PTA Receipts Forms

Click Here for Sample PTA receipts forms you can use for you local PTA unit.


 New Annual Audit Form From FLPTA:

Use either of these forms for the annual financial review.

A signed copy must be submitted to the school bookkeeper with a copy of the June bank statement.  Also send a copy of the form to audit@floridapta.org and treasurer@dccpta.org .  FPTA also has an audit form that is acceptable for use.
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Fundraiser Request Form

Use this form for principal approval of any fundraising activities throughout the year.


Due Forms

2019-2020-DCCPTA-Dues-Form

2019-2020 State and National Dues Form

 



IRS Form 990

FLPTA Leadership/Convention at Innisbrook

Florida PTA’s Annual Leadership Convention will again be held at the Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida.

July 14-17. 2016  

We cordially invite you to be among the 1,000+ local and county leaders that will participate in a variety of workshops, celebrations recognizing outstanding PTA/PTSA programs, and informative General meetings with dynamic guest speakers.

The convention will again include a wide range of activities and events that will engage, empower & encourage local and council leaders to meet their unit’s goals.

Look for details on workshops, activities and events to be released soon at www.floridapta.org/events/leadership-convention.

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Florida PTA Convention Scholarship

DCCPTA is offering a need-based scholarship for one local unit to send 2 Board members to Florida PTA Leadership/Convention at Innisbrook in July. 

Here is the Link Florida PTA Convention Scholarship App 2016

Florida PTA provides excellent training on how to run productive, dynamic and efficient PTAs that serve students, parents and teachers.
Training classes include:
Presidents and Treasurers (does NOT fulfill DCCPTA’s own REQUIRED P & T training)
other Exec Board Positions training
Advocacy and Legislation
Programs
Membership
How to get (more) Men Involved in PTA
Effective Communications: Newsletters, Websites & Social Media
Reflections
Family and Community Engagement
Health & Wellness
…and more!
Here’s how one recent Duval County PTA president describes her first trip to Innisbrook: 
“I had the pleasure of attending the state conference with my vice-president and treasurer (in 2013), and found the experience to be invaluable. Not only did we as a board get to know each other better, we also had a better idea of how to do our jobs with excellence. We went home full of excitement and ideas for the new year. I would recommend every local unit set aside funds to enable at least a few people to go – the investment is well worth it.”
Maria Croft 
President
Fishweir Elementary PTA
  
Remember, training is an INVESTMENT in the future leadership of your PTA and is a legitimate PTA Expense.
APPLICATION – COMING SOON!
The application must be received by June 10, 2016.