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.
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/
This group of documents provides information related to Florida education legislation. This information can be used to support your views when contacting your legislators.
Florida PTA would like to commend Governor Rick Scott for his foresight in requesting significant increases to education funding for the 2017-2018
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.
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.
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Please contact you state legislators on the Schools of Hope bill this week. This email gives you important talking points . From: “Kathleen, Fund Education Now” <email@example.com> Date: April 25, 2017 at 12:25:44 AM EDT To: Rebecca Couch <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Urge House & Senate to oppose “Schools of Hope/High Impact Charter Networks” l Reply-To: email@example.com Fund Education Now! Urge the House & Senate to oppose any bill containing “Schools of Hope/HIgh Impact Charters” language This dangerous concept has worked its way into at least a dozen bills, making it intentionally harder to track. All of this activity feeds the goal
TAKE ACTION ALERT: Recess Bill SB78/HB67 The Senate recess bill SB78 passed unanimously on the Senate floor on April 4th and has been sent over to the House in messages. Please urge your Representative to contact Speaker Richard Corcoran TODAY and ask that he pull SB78 out of messages and send it to the House floor with no changes or amendments. SB78 offers 20 minutes of daily unstructured play for K-5 elementary students. Unlike the House version HB67, the Senate bill calls for true recess separate from PE and includes all elementary students not just k-3 students. Click the link
Please review the attached correspondence and contact senator Aaron Bean at https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/S4 ———- Original Message ———- From: “Couch, Rebecca A.” <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “Zinamon, Sabrina D.” <email@example.com> Date: April 15, 2017 at 9:57 AM Subject: Urgent! Fwd: Article of Interest: Breaking down the House ‘schools of hope’ bill FYI. Three middle schools, Northwestern, Ribault Middle, and Matthew Gilbert, would be shut down according to this bill if they do not get a C this year. There are several other schools that would potentially be impacted the following year if they make a D or an F. Essentially, if a
TAKE ACTION ALERT: Senate Bill 376 (CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING) Today, April 12, SB 376 (Charter School Funding) will be heard on the Senate floor, with a final vote likely to take place on Thursday. This bill would require school districts to share locally-raised capital outlay tax revenues with charter schools, and would thus decrease the funding traditional public schools rely upon for school construction and repair, as well as large purchases such as school buses. Florida PTA’s position statement on charter school speaks directly to this issue: “Charter schools must not deplete funding from existing public schools.” Accordingly, we oppose
The following is an email response from Superintendent Nikolai Vitti referring to the DCCPTA Board Meeting held 4/6/17. Dr. Vitti’s comments. I understand that you had several questions at your board meeting this morning and I wanted to provide you with the information requested. As you know, the legislative information is time-sensitive, as some of these bills move through the process rather quickly. Thank you for your continued advocacy. Capital Outlay Funding (HB5103 and SB376) – OPPOSE o Below is the slide requested at the meeting that explains the manner in which the funding can be allocated. Right now one
Posted April 4, 2017 | 08:40 pm | Updated 09:45 pm | By Denise Smith Amos Duval schools might have to close and give away three middle schools to a charter school operator next school year if a bill moving fast in Florida’s House gets approved, district leaders said Tuesday during a School Board meeting. The district also could lose tens of millions more dollars each year to charter schools if other proposed changes are approved that would change the way capital dollars are awarded. Capital outlay dollars, which are raised locally and from the state, pay for school buildings,
Here is the latest from National PTA that they want you to take action on.
Review and take action on this important education request by the national PTA – March 4 update.
Review and take action on these Florida education bills as needed – March 4 update.
Take Action Florida Senate Bill 376 Regarding Charter Schools – March 4 update.
Our partners at 50th No More attended a meeting in Washington DC at which the Network for Public Education released its annual report on the state of public education in the United States.
Factors examined to determine each state’s grade include:
How well the state promotes a well-trained, professional teaching force.
Is there adequate funding for public education and are funds spent wisely?
Does the state have policies that give all students a better opportunity for success?
You can read the entire report using the link below.
On Dec. 10, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 into law. This landmark legislation—which received overwhelming bipartisan support in the House and Senate—reauthorizes the long overdue Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB).
This new law brings needed improvements to K-12 education in the United States, provides greater responsibility to states to meet the needs of all students and acknowledges the essential role of family engagement to student achievement.
In large part due to the efforts of PTA members across the country, the ESSA contains a Statewide Family Engagement Centers program that will provide states and districts with the capacity to support effective implementation and enhancement of family engagement policies and initiatives.
Read National PTA’s official statement.
From our partners at Fund Education Now:
Legislators are attending committee meetings now to hash out which bills will make it into the next session. Since this is a presidential election year, the 2016 Florida Legislature convenes on January 12th. Every year, most of the same politicians are assigned bills designed to move the “education reform” agenda closer to its ultimate goal of universal vouchers and privatization. Leadership knows these ideas are hostile to public education, so they regularly conceal them in other unrelated, bills.