February 13, 2015
Contact: Shawn Frost

Press Release- Formation of FCSBM


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.




Contact: Shawn Frost, CEO - FCSBM (772) 584-1454 email

March 11, 2016 

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. 

Erika Donalds,

President, Florida Coalition of School Board Members



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February 12, 2015                                                                   


Frustration with Tax Credit Scholarship Lawsuit

Prompts School Board Members from Across

Florida to Launch New Association


Tallahassee, FL - A week after a hearing on a lawsuit brought by the Florida teachers union, the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) and others regarding Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program, a group of individual school board members will hold a news conference call on Monday to announce the launch of the Florida Coalition of School Board Members.


With members joining from all regions of the state, call participants will discuss the formation of the Florida Coalition of School Board Members and the group’s goals.


The call will take place at:

11 a.m.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Media Call-In Number: (800) 791-2345

PIN 27185


Among the topics:


  1. Lack of a cost-effective, student-focused member association that provides relevant professional development and counsel for Florida school board members.
  2. Concern over litigation to eradicate the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program.
  3. Waning influence of school boards on education issues at the State Capitol.


The following school board members will take part in the call:


Jeff Bergosh, Escambia County School Board

Shawn Frost, Indian River County School Board

Bridget Ziegler, Sarasota County School Board

Erika Donalds, Collier County School Board

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