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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.

 

eNewsletter Florida PTA March 2017

See what is happening at the Florida PTA. Here is the March 2017 eNewsletter.

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Spring has sprung and our state’s legislative session has begun!  One of those brings new growth, new opportunities, and makes children happy.  The other brings…well…let’s just say new opportunities.  Each year we prepare for session by tuning in to the new bills that are being crafted and we begin having discussions with key decision makers to find out their position on certain education items. PTA has a presence in Tallahassee from the very first day of committee weeks, which started in December.  We’ve had our “ears to the ground”, our “fingers on the pulse” and all of the other idioms that mean we’re on top of things.  This year we’re closely following the bill to mandate recess for all elementary school students.  We’re speaking to the bills which keep our students safe on campus.  We’re working on bills that will take measures to keep children out of adult courts and we are encouraging counties across the state to use alternate measures instead of incarceration, when appropriate.
Our Legislative Chair, Angie Gallo, says this: “The Legislative committee has been hard at work ensuring that all children have a voice.  They’ve been speaking in hearings on behalf of Juvenile Justice, public education and all other issues which impact our children.  I’m so proud of the way they represent Florida PTA and their tireless efforts on behalf of all families in our state.”
Angie has done a remarkable job meeting with legislators and she has made sure that PTA has a seat at the table during all relevant discussions involving our children.  I’m incredibly proud of her and her team.  It’s amazing to walk the halls of the Capitol and have folks smile and nod when they see the PTA nametags on our volunteers.  It means that we’re making a difference.  It means that we’re respected for our passion.  It means that we’re taking advantage of those new opportunities that spring has brought!
I ask this of you: if you are coming to the Legislative Conference this weekend, bring your excitement and passion!  You’re going to have an amazing experience!  If you are unable to attend, please pay close attention as we send alerts and notifications when we need action taken.  It’s important that when your voice is needed, you use it.  This is the time that we act.  This is the time that we use our influence and this is the time we have the power to make positive change!
Cindy Gerhardt
President
Legislative Conference: March 26-28

Make your voice heard!  Come participate in our Legislative Conference in Tallahassee March 26-28 to learn how you can influence legislation at the state level. This informative conference is for anyone who wants to see change that will benefit our children.
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 Real Talk
#BeHeard
Florida PTA has been busy working to serve our underserved students!  To find out more about Real Talk and the Community Town Hall meetings you have seen around the state, click here to see the article in the Tampa Bay Times.


Inequality in education prevents our state from fulfilling its potential.  We cannot afford discriminatory barriers that unfairly limit or deny educational access to students based on factors like race, national origin, gender, disability or living status.  Florida PTA, the Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and other organizations have initiated a dialogue around how to improve our state public education system for underserved and vulnerable students, including those facing homelessness and those in the foster care or juvenile justice systems.  In 2017, we plan to continue our work to increase access, equity and accountability in our state public education system by recruiting more parents, teachers, and community leaders to become involved and we look to you to help us with this task. 
As they are announced, please help spread the word about upcoming RealTalk events to other civil rights and education advocacy organizations and community leaders you know.  Information on upcoming events can be found below or by visiting  realtalkfl.org or floridapta.orgAlso, if you would like to volunteer to be a part of our effort to improve public schools or you want to share a story about your experience with our state public education system, please sign up here to become involved.
 Leadership Convention: July 13-16

Leadership Convention is coming…Leadership Convention is coming…
What does that mean you ask??  Well I am glad you asked.  Leadership Convention is our annual event for all local unit leaders and members to learn more about PTA.  It is a time for networking, collaboration and learning.  It is an experience that even the most seasoned PTA leader finds valuable.  With over 80 workshops to choose from, there is something for everyone to enhance their PTA knowledge. With workshops, county council gatherings, PTA’s Got Talent, general meetings, policy discussions, exhibitors there to share their information and products and more, there is definitely something for everyone!
Your next question might be, who can attend?  That is easy…any PTA member! Members can pay for themselves to attend or better yet, it is an approved and encouraged expense for local unit and county council budgets.  
What can PTA/PTSA’s be doing now to get ready?  That is another great question!  You can start by reviewing your budgets.  Verify there are funds available to attend. If funds are available, review your policies and procedures and/or standing rules and apply the process to decide who can attend. If funds are not available, ask these questions: Do we need to make a budget amendment to allot the proper monies to attend?  Do we have the funds available to make a budget amendment? Not sure what to do…no worries, ask us!  We are here to assist you with these questions and more.
Average Expense for 4 attendees = $1800.00 / an average of 500 hours of Learning PTA Best Practices and Networking Opportunities = A PRICELE$$ cost of preparing for a SUCCESSFUL and POWERFUL school year as a strong PTA/PTSA!r Now!
Jen Martinez
VP of Leadership Development
 Student Involvement Committee

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The Student Involvement Committee has been hard at work to get students involved in PTA. This year we are offering a student reduced rate for students aged 19 and younger for Leadership Convention. We are also going to have our student representatives on the committee teach our courses this year, so you will learn from the students themselves. We are also going to be having a “student track” where you will learn more about certain topics pertaining to students. Now that registration is open, we are challenging the county councils to see what county will send the most students to Leadership Convention! Those students will attend classes and enjoy the convention as participants. Stay tuned for more details!
So students, COME ONE, COME ALL TO LEADERSHIP CONVENTION and learn not just from the adults but from the students as well. Don’t forget, your voices count! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and SNAPchat as well. We will provide more information shortly.
Joe Piecora
Student Involvement Committee Chair
 Diversity And Inclusion

Tools to Use Advocating for LGBTQ Youth and the Juvenile Justice System
 
As we advocate for programs that prevent our children from entering into the juvenile justice system, we have tools (support of civil citations, Florida PTA resolution against Zero Tolerance Policies (2015) and National PTA resolution asking for LGBTQ Students to Become a Protected Class (2016)) at our disposal to assist those children that may end up in the juvenile justice system because they are misunderstood or discriminated against, such as minority and LGBTQ community of youth. 
LGBT youth make up 5-7% of the overall student population but 15-17% of these youth are found in the juvenile justice system.  A troubling finding is that many LGBTQ youth are placed in solitary confinement because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  This becomes a double edge sword.   Many of these youth, like others, are referred to the juvenile justice system from school for a variety a reasons.  Having programs like civil citation and other diversion programs reduces the number of youth, including LGBTQ children from entering the juvenile justice system and many diversion programs help our children learn the coping skills they need to make better choices.
As Florida PTA advocates for programs that break the school-to-prison pipeline, let’s remember our LGBTQ youth and our advocacy for their health and safety.
Suhailly Morales
Diversity & Inclusion Chair
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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.

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Trump Administration Proposes $9.2 Billion Cut to Public Education.  

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Take Action Today- Florida PTA Opposes Conformation Of Bill 7069

Late Friday afternoon a massive education bill was introduced through the budget process.  This bill was negotiated behind closed doors, bypassing the democratic process of public input and the option for amendments.  While testing reform, daily recess, and other good education policies have been placed inside this bill, it has a devastating impact on the education budget that will leave our most vulnerable children behind. Now is the time to act!  Please CALL today and tell your Senator to vote NO on Conforming Bill 7069. Our children are worth more than this. Click the link below to log in and send your message:

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PTA Members Take Action Now! April 27

  Take Action Now! The power of the PTA lies within our members and we need your help! For the next 9 days the Florida Legislature will be making key decisions regarding education funding, testing and accountability, local control of local schools, and recess. Many of these decisions affecting our children and our schools will be made in conference committee meetings held behind closed doors. NOW is the time to let our legislators know where we stand, before the doors shut and policy is made out of the public eye. Please email or call your Legislator TODAY and urge them

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Vitti Email Do Not Accept House Bill (HB) 5105

Here is an email from Superintendent Nikolai Vitti to the Florida House.  You can use some of these points when you contact your legislators.  Here is the link to Contact Your Legislators ———- Original Message ———- From: “Vitti, Nikolai P.” <vittin@duvalschools.org> To: “Vitti, Nikolai P.” <vittin@duvalschools.org> Date: April 17, 2017 at 1:49 AM Subject: Reject HB 5105 April 17, 2017 Florida State Senators, I implore you to not accept House Bill (HB) 5105 during budget conference negotiations. The bill seemingly attempts to address the authentic need to improve educational outcomes in schools serving students facing higher concentration of poverty but

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Urge House & Senate to oppose “Schools of Hope/High Impact Charter Networks”

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” <info@fundeducationnow.org> Date: April 25, 2017 at 12:25:44 AM EDT To: Rebecca Couch <beckicouchdistrict6@gmail.com> Subject: Urge House & Senate to oppose “Schools of Hope/High Impact Charter Networks” l Reply-To: info@fundeducationnow.org 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

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TAKE ACTION TODAY: Recess Bill SB78/HB67

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

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Urgent! Contact Senator Bean By Monday Regarding Duval Schools

Please review the attached correspondence and contact senator Aaron Bean at https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/S4 ———- Original Message ———- From: “Couch, Rebecca A.” <couchr@duvalschools.org> To: “president@dccpta.org” <president@dccpta.org>, “Zinamon, Sabrina D.” <zinamons@duvalschools.org> 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

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TAKE ACTION ALERT: Senate Bill 376 CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING

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

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Superintendent Vitti Updates PTA April 10, 2017

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

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Duval May Lose Three Middle Schools to Charters If State Bill Passes, Board Warns

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,

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NPE State Grade Card Report

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.

NPE-Report-Card-Smaller.pdf

President Signs NEW Elementary and Secondary Education Act

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.

What Lies Ahead for Education During the 2016 Session?

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.

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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

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