January 13 2017 Legislative Wrap Up


FCSBM President, Shawn Frost (Indian River) and Chairman of the Florida House Education Committee, Rep. Michael Bileca

FCSBM Members, be sure to sign up for our first Legislative Virtual Town Hall to get a preview of session and DIRECTLY ask your questions of Chair Bileca. Sign up here. 

Summary of week ending 1/13/2017

Main Take-aways:

  • Budget revenues will be flat, so cuts are planned to deal with enrollment increase. “Nothing is sacred, not even FEFP”-House Ed Approps Chair Rep. Manny Diaz Jr.


  • Focus on high-impact and turn-around schools including high impact charter network – House Ed Committee Chair Rep. Mike Bileca



  • Best and Brightest to stay, be codified, and possibly expanded- House Ed Committee Chair Rep. Mike Bileca



  • According to PhD Anna Egalite, Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University, generally neutral and positive results exist for public schools when school choice programs create competition with private schools. Research validates that school choice programs increase outcomes without harming public schools.


  • Testing important on Senate side, but House side will likely hold the line or move modestly and incrementally- FEE


FCSBM specific-

Charter Capital Outlay has a sponsor and bill in drafting and several objections were addressed

Tough macro-economic environment for an appropriation for fiscal responsibility PD, but the irony is that for charter capital outlay bill to work and for districts to operate in more constrained environments, PD is essential.

McKay seems to be well positioned in House with support of Chair Bileca, who has carried most of past McKay legislation

Best and Brightest as incentive to staff under-performing schools (lukewarm)

School Board Member Rights and Responsibilities- Everyone shocked, sponsors have other priorities

Open enrollment- No tweaks this session unless someone opens it up, but legislators share our concerns when we share how some districts are gaming the system.

BOOKED: Legislative Virtual Town Halls for FCSBM members:

January 25th 6PM: House Education (full) Committee Chair Rep. Mike Bileca Sign Up HERE [link]

February 15th  6PM: House Education Prek-12 Appropriations Chair Rep. Manny Diaz Jr. Sign Up HERE [link]


Committee Summaries, meeting packets, and video links in expanded blog





Education Committee

Finalized 1/3/2017 4:21:19 PM by: Jones.Missy

Meetings Notice

Meeting Start Time: 01/10/2017 03:30 PM    

Meeting End Time: 01/10/2017 05:30 PM

Location: Reed Hall (102 HOB)

Duration: 2.00

Meeting Overview/Summary:

Presentations on the Purpose of Education and Closing the Opportunity Gap


Chairman Bileca Comments:

PISA scores lagging. Sense of frustration in education. Pride in our progress, but we must ask ourselves if there is something we missed or something to push harder on or are there things to push less on. We should investigate the issue of education through the three part framework.


Purpose: Only employment or about creating well-rounded citizens? Is the role an economic one, learning for its own sake, or some combination?


Principles and Process of excellence: Transformational change in our schools.


People: Best and Brightest- Attracting and retaining people to the profession.


Presentations by:

Great Hearts: The Principal is key. Divide role into two roles: instructional leader and operations leader.


Uncommon Schools:


Theme we could see this session- High Impact Charter Network and other bold transformational initiatives.



Meeting Packet: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?PublicationType=Committees&CommitteeId=2906&Session=2017&DocumentType=Meeting%20Packets&FileName=edc%201-10-17.pdf


Video Link: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/VideoPlayer.aspx?eventID=2443575804_2017011046&committeeID=2906



PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee

Finalized 1/4/2017 4:19:38 PM by: Jones.Missy

Meetings Notice

Meeting Start Time: 01/11/2017 01:00 PM    

Meeting End Time: 01/11/2017 03:00 PM

Location: Mashburn Hall (306 HOB)

Duration: 2.00

Meeting Overview/Summary:

Presentation on Impact of School Choice

Presentations on Florida School Choice Programs



Meeting Packet: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?PublicationType=Committees&CommitteeId=2908&Session=2017&DocumentType=Meeting%20Packets&FileName=pkis%201-11-17.pdf


Video Link: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/VideoPlayer.aspx?eventID=2443575804_2017011059&committeeID=2908


PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee

Finalized 1/4/2017 4:20:54 PM by: Jones.Missy

Meetings Notice

Meeting Start Time: 01/11/2017 03:30 PM    

Meeting End Time: 01/11/2017 05:30 PM

Location: Reed Hall (102 HOB)

Duration: 2.00

Meeting Overview/Summary:

Presentations on Effective Teachers

Panel Discussion on Recruiting and Retaining Effective Teachers for Turnaround Schools


Meeting Packet: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?PublicationType=Committees&CommitteeId=2909&Session=2017&DocumentType=Meeting%20Packets&FileName=pkqs%201-11-17.pdf


Video Link: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/VideoPlayer.aspx?eventID=2443575804_2017011070&committeeID=2909

PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee

Finalized 1/5/2017 4:18:15 PM by: CLD

Meetings Notice

Meeting Start Time: 01/12/2017 09:00 AM    

Meeting End Time: 01/12/2017 11:00 AM

Location: Reed Hall (102 HOB)

Duration: 2.00

FCSBM Summary: Members were tasked with a budget exercise reducing the present by $312 Mil to accommodate for planned number of student increase with flat revenues.

“Nothing is sacred, not even FEFP”

Meeting Overview/Summary:

Budget Exercise

Base Budget Overview


BASE BUDGET http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?PublicationType=Committees&CommitteeId=2898&Session=2017&DocumentType=Meeting%20Packets&FileName=pka%201-12-17%20REVISED.pdf

Review and History of Major Programs


Meeting Packet: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?PublicationType=Committees&CommitteeId=2898&Session=2017&DocumentType=Meeting%20Packets&FileName=pka%201-12-17.pdf


Video Link: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/VideoPlayer.aspx?eventID=2443575804_2017011081&committeeID=2898