FCSBM Celebrates Victory at HB7069 Signing

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2017

 

FCSBM celebrates victory at signing ceremony for HB 7069

 

Florida Coalition of School Board Members’ stands beside Governor Scott, Speaker Corcoran, & President Negron in support of landmark education legislation

 

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Coalition of School Board Members (FCSBM) is honored to be represented at the signing ceremony of its priority legislation, HB 7069, by Shawn Frost, the Coalition’s President.

 

“We celebrate today alongside the parents, students, and families of Florida who believe, as we do, that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed academically. FCSBM collaborated with our friends in the legislature to support and provide input on the groundbreaking reform policies signed into law today, and we look forward to their successful implementation for the benefit of all students.”

 

The Florida Coalition of School Board Members is a non-partisan non-profit (501c3) individual membership organization for elected school board members and candidates. To learn more, visit  www.fcsbm.org.

 

 

 

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Shawn Frost, President FCSBM -  info@FCSBM.org or (850) 391-0421

 

 

 

 

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FCSBM Applauds Passage of Religious Liberty Act!

 

For Immediate Release:

March 23, 2017

 

The Florida Coalition of School Board Members applauds passage of the Religious Liberty Act by the Florida Senate.

 

Tallahassee, Florida

 “One of FCSBM’s core values reflects the belief that the family is the chief decision maker in the education process. This means we must have state and local policies that allow a student to continue living fully by their family’s beliefs and practices. It’s time to stop persecuting students for their religious beliefs when grading assignments or limiting students’ reading choices because they contain religious content.” -Shawn Frost, FSBM president

As a nonpartisan organization with conservative core values, we find it troubling that a fundamental American principle such as religious liberty became a partisan issue in the Florida Senate. We were greatly encouraged to see its House companion Bill 303 pass unanimously from the bipartisan Prek-12 Quality Subcommittee on March 14th and again unanimously passed out of the House Education Committee today.

This gives our members hope that this common-sense clarification - that our First Amendment rights endure in an educational setting - will pass the Legislature and be signed into law as it has in so many other states.

 

 

The Florida Coalition of School Board Members is a non-partisan non-profit (501c3) individual membership organization for elected school board members and candidates. To learn more, visit www.fcsbm.org.

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Contact:            Shawn Frost, President FCSBM    info@FCSBM.org or (850) 391-0421

 

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FCSBM Represented on Constitution Revision Commission by Erika Donalds

 

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Erika Donalds' Biography  http://www.fcsbm.org/erika_donalds

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For Immediate Release:

March 6, 2017

 

FCSBM to be represented on Constitution Revision Commission

 

Tallahassee, Florida

Speaker of the House, Richard Corcoran, has made a wise choice in selecting Florida Coalition of School Board Members Immediate Past President and one of its Founding Members, Erika Donalds, to serve on the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC).

As FCSBM’s Immediate Past President and Chairman of our Legislative Task Force, Erika is the embodiment of the FCSBM motto “Relentlessly Dedicated to Student Success”.  She has been an advocate for students and parents long before serving on the Collier County School Board. We know without doubt that she will put the needs of students first in all education-related decisions and do all she can to empower families to make informed decisions about what’s best for their children. 

More than an expert in education, Mrs. Donalds’ experience in finance as a CPA will also serve her well on the CRC.

Erika’s perspective as the only sitting School Board Member to serve on the CRC will add greatly to the viewpoints of several other education thought leaders who have already been appointed. We are proud that FCSBM alone has this distinction and pleased that our members are recognized as the rising and dominant voice in education from a School Board perspective. FCSBM is thrilled to see one of our own join the ranks of Florida’s most influential people.

Florida’s Constitution is in good hands with Erika Donalds. Our Board and Members couldn’t be more excited as we congratulate her on her historic appointment to the Constitution Revision Commission.

– Shawn R. Frost, FCSBM president

 

The Florida Coalition of School Board Members is a non-partisan non-profit (501c3) individual membership organization for elected school board members and candidates. To learn more, visit www.fcsbm.org.

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Contact:            Shawn Frost, President FCSBM    info@FCSBM.org or (850) 391-0421

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FCSBM Celebrates President Trump’s Reversal of the Obama Directive on Transgender Bathrooms, Locker Rooms, and Overnight Hotel Stays

 

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For Immediate Release: Downloadable PDF FCSBM STATEMENT

February 22, 2017

 

FCSBM Celebrates President Trump’s Reversal of the Obama Directive on Transgender Bathrooms, Locker Rooms, and Overnight Hotel Stays

 

Florida Coalition of School Board Members Speaks up for Local Control in Education

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Coalition of School Board Members (FCSBM) on May 13th 2016 condemned a directive from the Obama administration that required educators to let students use bathrooms according to their chosen gender identity, rather than birth certificate. The administration’s directive ran counter to the FCSBM’s Home Rule values which provide accountability through elected school boards.


“The Trump administration's message is ‘we trust local leaders,’” said Shawn Frost, FCSBM President. “It maintains protections against bullying, while allowing for the safety and privacy of ALL students by demonstrating trust in local control of education.”


“President Obama opened Pandora’s box in the ever-increasing, unconstitutional federal interference in local educational policy for purely political reasons. President Trump hit the brakes and is allowing time for case law to be settled. This reversal allows boards to make policies which administrators can enforce for the benefit of our communities and schools.”

 

The Florida Coalition of School Board Members is a non-partisan non-profit (501c3) individual membership organization for elected school board members and candidates. To learn more, visit www.fcsbm.org.

 

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FCSBM Denounces Obama Directive on Transgender Bathrooms

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 13, 2016

 

FCSBM Denounces Obama Directive on Transgender Bathrooms

Florida Coalition of School Board Members Speaks up for Local Control in Education

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Coalition of School Board Members (FCSBM) today condemned a directive from the Obama administration that requires educators to let students use bathrooms according to their chosen gender identity, rather than birth certificate. The administration’s directive runs counter to the FCSBM’s Home Rule values which provide accountability through elected school boards.


“The Obama administration's message is ‘we don’t trust local leaders,’” said Erika Donalds, FCSBM President. “It is the definition of intrusive, and it flies in the face of local control in education.”


“President Obama is opening Pandora’s box in the ever-increasing, unconstitutional federal interference in local educational policy. We will continue to speak up for what we know is best for our communities and schools.”


The Florida Coalition of School Board Members is a non-partisan non-profit (501c3) individual membership organization for elected school board members and candidates. To learn more, visit www.fcsbm.org.

 

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Florida Coalition of School Board Members Remarks on Dismissal of Lawsuit against Education Reforms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 24, 2016

 

Florida Coalition of School Board Members Remarks on

Dismissal of Lawsuit against Education Reforms

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Today, Leon County Judge George Reynolds sided with the State of Florida in a long-running case against Florida’s education reforms, including programs relating to school choice. The Florida Coalition of School Board Members (FCSBM) shared the following statement on the judge’s ruling:

 

“The facts stand for themselves,” said Erika Donalds, FCSBM President. “What we knew to be true was upheld today. Choices do not detract from but enhance student success.”

 

“It is time to move forward, and keep the focus on our children. Let’s talk more about action than excuses.”

 

The Florida Coalition of School Board Members is a non-partisan non-profit (501c3) individual membership organization for elected school board members and candidates. To learn more, visit www.fcsbm.org.

 

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FCSBM- School Board Group Excited to See Education Reform Policies Become Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 CONTACT: Shawn Frost

April 14, 2016                                                                                                 (772) 584-1454

 

 School Board Group Excited to See Education Reform Policies Become Law

 Tallahassee, FL The Florida Coalition of School Board Members is pleased to see initiatives from several of the bills we supported this session now added to HB 7029 passed through the Senate and House and signed into law by Governor Scott including:

 

  • Universal Public Choice/Open Enrollment: Parents should have the right to select the educational environment that works best for their students and their family. We applaud the legislature’s continuous efforts to eliminate “zip code” from the criteria under which a student is determined to receive the best education possible.
  • School Choice: As strong supporters of parental choice and charter schools, we welcome greater accountability in the way our public charter schools are approved and operate. These measures will result in higher quality charter options for Florida’s families.
  • Enforcement of state mandated construction spending cap: The state’s per-student construction spending cap helps local school board members to ensure that district administrators do not, as they have in the past, overspend on building costs. This will allow for more efficient use of capital dollars for the maximum benefit to Florida’s students.
  • Local Control: FCSBM strongly supports the ability of individual School Board Members to choose which, if any, membership association to which they will belong. That this somehow “directs money to the Coalition” is wrong-headed. It provides the opportunity to choose. Many members will opt to keep their resources within the district, at work in the classroom. There are several school board associations in the State of Florida to which this bill applies. This does not steer funding to any one of them in particular. It does, however, break up the monopoly held by one group by challenging the assumption that they are automatically entitled to almost $2,000,000 in annual funding by Florida’s taxpayers. Competition is good - it results in higher quality services at a lower cost.

We are proud to see this very good education policy found in HB 7029 become law and to have championed nearly all of the items contained therein. We applaud the Legislature and Governor for their vision and courage to move Florida in the direction of being a national leader in education by enhancing parental choice, school accountability, and local control through our duly elected School Board Members. 

Motto: Relentlessly Dedicated to Student Successsm

 The Florida Coalition of School Board Members, founded in 2014, is an organization of individual Florida school board members who believe in strong fiscal accountability in education; giving parents expanded education options for their children; maintaining common sense levels of testing for accountability; and forming beneficial, positive relationships with Florida lawmakers to enhance the education of all of Florida’s youth. For more information visit www.FCSBM.org.

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FCSBM excited to see education Bill 7029 passing

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Florida Coalition of School Board Members Statement on Education Bill HB 7029 & Amendments

The Florida Coalition of School Board Members is pleased to see initiatives from several of the bills we supported this session now added to HB 7029 passed through the Senate and House, including:

 

  • Universal Public Choice/Open Enrollment: Parents should have the right to select the educational environment that works best for their students and their family. We applaud the legislature’s continuous efforts to eliminate “zip code” from the criteria under which a student is determined to receive the best education possible.
  • School Choice: As strong supporters of parental choice and charter schools, we welcome greater accountability in the way our public charter schools are approved and operate. These measures will result in higher quality charter options for Florida’s families.
  • Enforcement of state mandated construction spending cap: The state’s per-student construction spending cap helps local school board members to ensure that district administrators do not, as they have in the past, overspend on building costs. This will allow for more efficient use of capital dollars for the maximum benefit to Florida’s students.
  • Local Control: FCSBM strongly supports the ability of individual School Board Members to choose which, if any, membership association to which they will belong. That this somehow “directs money to the Coalition” is wrong-headed. It provides the opportunity to choose. Many members will opt to keep their resources within the district, at work in the classroom. There are several school board associations in the State of Florida to which this bill applies. This does not steer funding to any one of them in particular. It does, however, break up the monopoly held by one group by challenging the assumption that they are automatically entitled to almost $2,000,000 in annual funding by Florida’s taxpayers. Competition is good - it results in higher quality services at a lower cost.

We are proud to see this very good education policy found in HB 7029 and to have championed nearly all of the items contained therein. When passed, it will move Florida in the direction of being a national leader in education by enhancing parental choice, school accountability, and local control through our duly elected School Board Members. 

Questions or Media Requests: Erika Donalds or via email 

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Explaining the differences between the FCSBM & FSBA

Rivals offer divergent views on school board associations

 

Bridget Ziegler, left, a founding member of the Florida Coalition of School Board Members, and Shirley Brown, an active member of the Florida School Boards Association, debated the merits of their rival board associations on a South County Tiger Bay Club panel on Friday.

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SARASOTA COUNTY - Two members of the same school board. Two different statewide school board organizations.

Shirley Brown, an active member of the Florida School Boards Association, and Bridget Ziegler, a founding member of the Florida Coalition of School Board Members, sat on a South County Tiger Bay Club panel on Friday, debating the merits of their rival board associations to a crowd of more than 40. 

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Important Legislation Passed Today!

April 24- 2015:

Today the Florida House passed several key education bills that will provide greater educational choices for all Florida families and has now sent these bills to the Senate for consideration.

The Florida Coalition of School Board Members applauds Senators Don Gaetz and Lizbeth Benacquisto, Representatives Chris Sprowls, Mike Bileca, Manny Diaz and the Education Committee members for putting students first and providing more options for our students whether it is a public school, private school or home education setting.

We also applaud Representative Manny Diaz for his leadership in passing HB 549 today which will prohibit certain publically-funded associations from using public dollars to sue the state of Florida.  FCSBM is opposed to the lawsuit filed by the Florida School Board Association to strike down the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program which currently is providing school choice options to almost 70,000 low income children in Florida.  HB 549 will prohibit this group from using public tax dollars to enter into these types of legal challenges.

“Today the Florida House, in working with the Florida Senate, has put our state’s children first, allowing more of Florida’s families the opportunity to select the best educational environment for their children ”; stated Jeff Bergosh, Escambia County School Board Member and President of Florida Coalition of School Board Members.

 

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