Week 3 Brings Wins for FCSBM in 2017 Legislative Session!

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Florida Coalition of School Board Members had a great week in Tallahassee. On Monday FCSBM’s own past president, Erika Donalds, was sworn into the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) as the only sitting School Board Member.

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We also saw three of our top legislative topics for the 2017 session realize wins: Testing Reform, Religious Liberty Act, and Use of Schoolwide Average in Calculating Class Size.

Testing Reform: HB549- Testing Transparency (Fine) passed out of its first committee and the companion SB906 (Steube) was heard in the Senate Education Committee Workshop along with SB926 (Flores)

House: HB549 Video- FCSBM testimony begins at 4:30

Senate: SB 926 by Flores—K-12 Student Assessments (Video Link 1:12:30 ) Shawn Frost Spoke in Support 1:15:45

Religious Liberty Act: Cleared the Florida Senate Floor SB436 and HB303 Passed unanimously out of its final committee (House Education).

Meeting Video: Found Here- FCSBM Testimony begins at 35:15

Use of School-wide Average in Calculating Class Size:

House: HB591 (Massullo) passed TWO committee stops this week the Prek-12 Appropriations Subcommittee and the House Education Committee-

(Massullo) Shawn Frost Spoke in Support (Video Testimony at 1:08)

Senate: SB808 (Mayfield) had its first of four committee stops where it passed unanimously. FCSBM waived in support.

Other FCSBM supported bills moving:

HB827 -Teacher Bonuses

HB373- Education (automatic contract renewal- tenure lite)

 

Full list of bills, meeting packet and video links below--

House Prek-12 Quality Subcommittee

Start Date and Time:  

Monday, March 20, 2017 12:00 PM

   

End Date and Time:  

Monday, March 20, 2017 3:00 PM

Location:

Reed Hall (102 HOB)

Duration:

3.00

 


Consideration of the following bill(s):
HB 525 -- High School Graduation Requirements 
HB 549 -- Student Assessments (Fine)- PASSED Shawn Frost Spoke in Support.

Meeting Video- FCSBM testimony begins at 4:30

Download Meeting Packet: Here

 

 

HOUSE prek-12 Appropriations Subcommittee


Consideration of the following bill(s):
HB 591 -- Maximum Class Size (Massullo) Shawn Frost Spoke in Support (Testimony at 1:08)
HB 781 -- Designation of School Grades 
HB 827 -- Teacher Bonuses 

 

Meeting Video: Found here-

Meeting Packet:  Found Here

 

Constitution Revision Commission-

Monday March 20

2-4PM Senate Chamber

 

CRC video: Found Here

 

Senate Education Committee

MEETING DATE: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 TIME: 4:00—6:00 p.m.

 

SB 110 by Brandes—Public Records and Public Meetings/Information Technology/Postsecondary Education Institutions

SB 642 by Garcia—Public Educational Facilities

 SB 772 by Rouson—Assistive Technology Devices

SB 780 by Stargel—Adoption Benefits

SB 808 by Mayfield—Maximum Class Size Shawn Frost Waived in Support

SB 890 by Bean—Review of the Florida Endowment for Vocational Rehabilitation

SB 896 by Simmons—Direct-support Organization for the Florida Prepaid Tuition Scholarship Program

SB 1252 by Galvano—Education

SB 1458 by Simmons—Direct-support Organizations

Presentation on Education Accountability by Florida Department of Education COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE Education Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 4:00—6:00 p.m. With the Chair's approval, DURING regular session file 1 copy with the Secretary of the Senate (Room 303, Capitol) at least 3 days before meeting and PRIOR to regular session at least 7 days before meeting (Rules 2.6 and 2.8). File 1 copy with the Sergeant at Arms. S-012 (11/30/10) 03162017.1612 Page 2 of 3

Workshop - Discussion and testimony only on the following (no vote to be taken):

SB 584 by Montford—Alternative High School Graduation Requirements

 SB 782 by Mayfield—High School Graduation Requirements

SB 906 by Steube—Student Assessments (Companion to HB549-Fine)

SB 926 by Flores—K-12 Student Assessments  1:12:30 Shawn Frost Spoke in Support 1:15:45

SB 964 by Montford—Education Accountability

SB 1222 by Bradley—School Grades

SB 1280 by Rodriguez—Mandatory Retention

Meeting Packet: Found Here

Meeting Video: Found Here- FCSBM Testimony begins at 1:15:45

 

House Prek-12 Innovation Subcommittee

March 22, 2017 8:00 AM

Consideration of the following bill(s):
HB 655 -- Exceptional Student Instruction 
HB 757 -- Voluntary Prekindergarten Education 
HB 1131 -- Shared Use of Public School Playground Facilities 
HB 1391 -- Home Education 

Interesting Bill on Voluntary Pre Kindergarten (VPK) begins at 3:00 min mark

Meeting Packet: Found Here

MEETING VIDEO: Found Here

 

House Education Committee:

March 23

Consideration of the following bill(s):
CS/HB 303 -- Religious Expression in Public Schools *Speak in Support
HB 373 -- Education * Waive in Support
CS/HB 509 -- Postsecondary Fee Waivers 
HB 591 -- Maximum Class Size * Waive in Support
HB 781 -- Designation of School Grades 
HB 827 -- Teacher Bonuses * Waive in Support
HB 1109 -- Private School Student Participation in Extracurricular Activities 

 

Meeting Packet: Found Here

Meeting Video: Found Here- FCSBM Testimony begins at 35:15