Making History- The First Appearance Before State Board of Education

Florida Coalition of School Board Members gains stronger foothold

Tampa Bay Times- Jeffery Solochek - August 30, 2016 -


"The Florida Coalition of School Board Members -- a group that broke away from the more established Florida School Boards Association over philosophical issues less than two years ago -- is continuing to secure its place at the table of Florida education decision-makers.

For the first time in its short history, the organization will appear before the State Board of Education to discuss policy issues right alongside the FSBA, state superintendents association and the college presidents association.

In its scheduled presentation during Wednesday's board workshop, the coalition is expected to discuss such ideas as allowing schools to return to paper-pencil testing, and expanding school choice options to include transportation.

School choice issues were the impetus for the coalition's creation. Members of several school boards across Florida took issue with the FSBA's participation in a lawsuit challenging Florida's tax credit scholarship program, and sought to promote a different, more conservative approach. So they stepped away.

Lawmakers gave the coalition some added swing in their 2016 session, passing a bill that allowed school board members to decide what organization they wanted to spend their state-funded training money on. " (CORRECTION: FCSBM did NOT receive a $200,000 set-aside in the budget, but F.S. 617.221 was created to allow a school board member to choose which, if any, association they wished to belong.)

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VIDEO-  The Florida Coalition of School Board Members President, Erika Donalds, covers our tentative legislative initiatives in the August 31st, 2016 State Board of Education Workshop.  

Her presentation begins around the 116:50 mark 

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