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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

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.

 

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.

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.

Training and Workshops

DCCPTA’s Fall Leadership Workshops will be held September ??, 2016 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Sample DCCPTA invites to Winter Leadership Training Workshops and ESE Fair

Advocacy

Advocacy – Chair

Taking Action Through the Legislative Process 2014

Awards

DCCPTA Award Info 2014-2015

Local Unit Awards Tips 2014

History Book Info & Award Form Fall 2013

Business Partners

Business Partners – DCC PTA class Fall 2015

Communication

Communication – Chair

Public Speaking Workshop January 2016

PTA Computer & Communication Tips January 2016

PTA Photo Communication Tips January 2016

Social Media Tips

Creating Effective Newsletters Fall 2014

Marla Bryant Presentation on Facebook Communications Fall 2014

Executive Board

Your Executive Board Playing by the rules Sept 2014

Your Executive Board Playing by the rules Fall 2013

Fundraising

Fundraising – Chair

Grants and Donations

Health & Safety

Bonding and Addiction PowerPoint

Leadership

PTA Leadership Training Program

Handouts For PTA Leadership Training Program

Behavior-Style Evaluation 061616

Example of Team Ground Rules 061616

Brainstorming

SMART Goal Help Worksheet 061616

Volunteer Position Description Worksheet 061616

Webmaster Job Description 061616

Understand the Conflict Worksheet 061616

Leadership Activity

Build The Best Tower Team Activity

Membership

Membership – Vice President

Membership Tips

Membership: Recipe for Success

Membership PPT Sept 2014

Membership Fall 2013

Presidents

President – Local PTA

DCCPTA Pres Training June 2015

President Transition Checklist 2014

President Info Sheet 2014

Procedure Notes

Parliamentary-sample

NominatingCommitte-sample

ElectionofOfficers-Script 2014

Agenda-sample 2014

DCCPTA Presidents Training Sept 2014

President’s Training – Fall 2013

Programs

Program – Vice President

PTA Male-bership June 2015

PTA Programs PP Fall 2014

PTA Increasing your Male-bership 2014

All Pro Dad

Increasing Male Involvement in Schools Fall 2013

Programs Fall 2013

Reflections

Reflections Workshop Sept 2015 Handouts Fall 2015

Reflections Workshop Handouts Sept 2014

Step by Step Guide to Online Registration 2014

Reflections Workshop Presentation 2014

Treasurers – Finance

Treasurer – Local PTA Unit

Treasurers Top Ten Tasks – Sept 2014

DCCPTA Treasurer’s Training Fall 2013

End Of Year Treasurer’s Checklist

Vision Screening

Vision Screening Basics Fall 2013

Websites

PTA Computer & Communication Tips January 2016

Social Media Tip Sheets

PTA Website

Meeting Collaboration Website join-me

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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National PTA Releases Two New Position Statements

February 5, 2016

National PTA’s Board of Directors adopted two new position statements on positive school discipline and assessment last week.

  • Position on positive school discipline states that exclusionary discipline practices should only be used in schools as a last resort effort and on an individualized basis in schools. Read the full statement
  • Position on student assessment and opt-out policies calls for all students to participate in high-quality, comprehensive assessments. Read the full statement

Florida PTA Legislative Conference

The Florida PTA Legislative Conference is quickly approaching!

The event kicks off with a dinner on Sunday, January 24th at 6 PM. On Monday, January 25th, we will have speakers throughout the day; breakfast and lunch are provided.  For those interested, we will be touring the Capitol on Tuesday, January 26th, with an opportunity to meet with legislators.

This is such a great opportunity to learn about PTA’s role in advocating for all children.  The conference promises to be informative and entertaining; you will add your voice to many others who make sure your children get the best of what they deserve.

This event will take place at The Tallahassee Center, 215 S. College Ave, Tallahassee.

Registration for the Legislative Conference will be open beginning December 2nd.

Please take a look at our Legislative Priorities document here, and follow our Legislative Twitter account.

One by One Convention

As 2015 draws to a close, we are already starting to reflect on the work that you have done to move public education forward. That’s why I’m so excited to announce that applications are open for the Fourth Annual ONE by ONE Convention on January 23, 2016.  Apply to be a ONE by ONE Delegate today!

ONE by ONE Delegates are informed and passionate advocates for public education through the year, and when they gather in one place, incredible things happen!
SAVE THE DATE:
Fourth Annual ONE by ONE Convention
Unlocking the Potential of Every Child: Equity in Education
January 23, 2016
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Lexington Hotel & Conference Center

1515 Prudential Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32207

2015 ONE by ONE Delegates told us they wanted more time to discuss education issues. They also told us how much they loved the inclusion of local students and how their voices are important to the conversation about public education. That’s why the Fourth Annual ONE by ONE Convention will feature two opportunities for you to participate in breakout session and witness spectacular student performances too!

As you can expect from our signature community conversations, there will be rich discussion about the state of our public schools with students, teachers, parents, faith leaders and grassroots leaders at the table. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from the district, local and national experts and be equipped to lead community conversations about public education.

Want to know what you missed last year? Check out our live coverage and photos from the Third Annual ONE by ONE Convention.

Join the network of public education advocates committed to elevating their voices on behalf of our city’s children.

Apply to be a 2016 ONE by ONE Delegate soon.
Trey Csar
President, Jacksonville Public Education Fund

National PTA Position Statement on Student Data Privacy

National PTA’s Board of Directors recently adopted a new position statement on student data privacy and security.   You can read this newly adopted position here.

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General Meetings:

General DCCPTA Meeting, Tuesday, August 29th @ 9:30 am - 11:00 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
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