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E-MAIL ADDRESSES FOR THE  SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND THE SUPERINTENDENT

  • Please take the time to email the school board members, Mr. Fishbane and Dr. Patton.
  • patton@collierschools.com, WestbeJo@collierschools.com, mitchj3@collierschools.com, terryro@collierschools.com, lucars@collierschools.com, cartee1@collierschools.com,
  • fishbj@collierschools.com

EVERY VOTE COUNTS

Make sure that your registration in Collier County is correct.  If you want a Vote-by-Mail (absentee) Ballot sent to your home, contact:

Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office 3750 Enterprise Ave., Naples, FL 34104             239-252-8683 or www.colliervotes.com

              LEGISLATIVE CONTACTS                select the name to send an email

                                          YOU DON'T HAVE TO JOIN TO GET ON OUR MAILING LIST!                                                                                     JUST EMAIL   whkorson@gmail.com   AND ASK TO BE ADDED TO THE LIST.

THE COALITION FOR

QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION

C4QPE


The Coalition is a diverse and growing group of residents committed to protecting and supporting quality public education in Collier County.

What are our concerns?   We believe that the functioning of the School Board, staff and administration is being impeded by politically and ideologically motivated groups pursuing political agendas detrimental to our public schools.  This adversely impacts our District's ability to follow state mandates, educational standards, accountability and teacher autonomy in the classroom.

We strongly oppose efforts to:  censor educational materials and content, divert funds to sectarian schools, advocate any religious belief and shift funding away from public schools under the pretense of "school choice".

What we believe:     Public education in America is a national treasure that MUST be strengthened; NOT weakened or destroyed!

Our tasks are:  to increase public awareness of the important programs and achievements in our Collier County Public Schools (CCPS); to engage others to constructively support our schools;  to assure that our schools remain accredited for the economic growth and success of our community.

 The Coalition for Quality PublicEducation (C4QPE) is a 501(c)(3) corporation.  Contributions are tax deductible.


HB 855 / SB 1454 CENSORSHIP!!!

CHOOSE 855 FROM ABOUT AND SEE OBJECTIONS.

  

FLORIDA LEGISLATURE IS IN SESSION

Education

  • Senate education leaders announce 2019 priorities. Senators discuss legislation to improve safety, empower families, elevate neighborhood public schools. Press Release - The Florida Senate, 2/21/19
  • Senate pushes expansion of school vouchers; poll shows parent support for scholarships. The new scholarship, or voucher, program would do what Gov. Ron Desantis suggested earlier this month, using money from the state budget to pay for private school for up to 15,000 students on the waiting list for Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship program. Orlando Sentinel, 2/25/19
    • Related: Critics question value of foundation’s school choice survey. Tampa Bay Times, 2/25/19
  • Florida lawmaker files another bill to expand private school scholarships. This one builds on last year’s “Hope Scholarship” (“anti-bullying”) bill to make it easier for students to get an award, and allow private school students to be eligible for a scholarship. Tampa Bay Times, 2/27/19; SB 1410
  • Push is on for Bible ed in public schools. The proposals are getting more attention because they're linked to an initiative called Project Blitz coordinated by conservative Christian political groups which have put out a more than 100-page playbook that lays out very plainly their strategy. USA Today via Naples Daily News, 2/4/19; HB 195
  • Senate committee approves arming teachers. The sweeping school-security package would make it easier for school districts to participate in a controversial “guardian” program and would allow classroom teachers to be armed. News Service of Florida, 2/13/19; SB 7030
    • Related: $2 million for Florida school 'guardian' program goes to gun equipment. Orlando Sentinel, 2/13/19
  • Have Florida teens learn civics in action, state lawmakers say. They propose a plan to get students actively involved in the process through a high school U.S. government and civic engagement half-credit course that includes a nonpartisan community project. Tampa Bay Times, 2/22/19; HB 1037 / SB 1316

2019 c4LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Public School Funding
  • Increase the Base Student Allocation and State Categorical Programs by at least 5% in 2019 and by at least 3% annually until Florida achieves a ranking of at least #20 nationwide in PreK-12 educational funding.
  • Prohibit any new unfunded mandates for public schools.
  • Eliminate the reduction of corporate state revenues at the expense of public schools.
  • Recruitment and Retention of Quality Teachers
  • Increase the Base Student Allotment (BSA) until Florida ranks at least #20 in national average teacher salary by 2025.
  • Return to Professional Services Contracts to provide employee security.
  • Allow retired teachers, after thirty (30) days, to return to voluntary and substitute positions, and/or full time service while collecting pensions.
  • Eliminate bonus based on past SAT scores; redirect those dollars to the district.
Charter Schools
  • Improve true oversight by the elected county school board over charter schools by having a school board representative required to be a member on the charter board.
  • Eliminate “For Profit” charter schools.
  • Focus approval of charter applications to a specific academic or space need not met by the local school district.
  • Require that a charter school, if closed, return any and all public funds and materials purchased with public funds.
  • Allow county public school boards, on a district-wide basis, to waive the same laws, regulations and rules that charter schools can waive.
  • Require Hope Charter Schools to accept and transport any students previously enrolled in the school(s) they replaced.
  • Accountability for all state-funded educational programs including vouchers.
  • Hold all schools that receive state funding to the same standards and testing as public schools.
  • Eliminate programs that send state funds to religious schools including Tax Credit and Hope Scholarships.
  • Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)
  • Fund pilot programs of full-day VPK in high need areas.
  • Implement legislation for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) similar to HB 1091 enacted in 2018 which currently impacts the School Readiness (SR) Program.
  • Resume with adequate funding state-wide use of a reliable and valid observational assessment in VPK using evidence-based models of implementation for multiple purposes, including professional development and data usage to determine readiness rates.
  • Support one topic/one bill requirement for the legislature.

 Approved by the Board/January 4, 2019

 
 
 

 

 

What will our children be taught?
Posted on December 10, 2018 by Sue Legg
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2018/12/under_flas_new_governor_science_curriculum_challenges.html
Education Week posted an article describing the implications for changes in the Florida science curriculum based on at least two of the education taskforce members views…Keith Flaugh and Erika Donalds from Collier County, Florida. Jeff Sawchuk, he author of the article: Coming Soon to Florida: More Challenges to District’s Science Curricula bases his concern on a law based in 2017 to allow independent challenges to district text book selection by not only parents but any citizen.

As a member of Citizens Alliance, Flaugh submitted dozens of challenges to text books last year. He was quoted as saying ‘”Books that treat evolution as a proven science are discriminating and bully children and their families against their religious beliefs”.

Citizens Alliance trains local protestors to challenge textbooks. Last year challenges were submitted in Collier, Martin and Nassau counties. The local school boards voted 3/2 to retain the books. (This split vote is one example why these Christian advocacy groups are targeting school board elections.) Moreover, Governor DeSantis has already announced that the task force will conduct a curriculum review of the Florida State Curriculum Standards.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ROY TERRY (re-elected district 5),
JEN MITCHELL (district 3) and
JORY WESTBERRY (district 1)
ON THEIR ELECTION TO THE COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD.

 

STATE LEGISLATURE REQUIRES

"IN GOD WE TRUST"

DISPLAYED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, INCREASES VOUCHER SCHEMES TO $1 BILLION, ADDS HOPE (BULLYING) SCHEME.

SEE BILL 7055

Court Eliminates Amendment 8

WHY WE OPPOSE

THE  AMENDMENT 8

THE PROPOSAL COMBINES THREE SEPARATE PROPOSALS INTO ONE. IT USES CIVICS EDUCATION AND TERM LIMITS FOR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS TO HIDE THE CHANGE IN THE RELATIONSHIP OF ELECTED SCHOOL BOARDS TO CHARTER SCHOOLS IN THEIR DISTRICTS.  THIS IS CALLED "LOGROLLING" 
The Constitution Revision Commission
P 6003: School Board Term Limits and Duties; Public Schools
School Board Term Limits and Duties; Public Schools; A proposal to amend Section 4 of Article IX and create a new section in Article XII of the State Constitution to establish a limitation on the period for which a person may be elected as a member of a district school board; to specify which schools are operated, controlled, and supervised by a school board; and to create a new section in Article IX of the State Constitution to require the Legislature to provide for the promotion of civic literacy in public education.
The C4QPE Board Unanimously voted to support the Resource Officers Program in our Collier Schools and rejected the arming of teachers.
Victory For Florida’s Church-State Separation Advocates: State Constitution’s Religious Freedom Provision Remains Intact

 

Dr. Leslie Ricciardelli  speaks about College and Career Readiness.

Ms. Yoland Flores talks about Career Readiness from a Technical School paradigm.

Sandy Parker speaks about CCPS

Kathy Curatolo and Stephanie Lucarelli describe their life on the school board.

Our panel from the January 23 program

Barbara Melvin, Vice President, Collier County NAACP

Kevin Saba, Administrative Director of School Operations, CCPS

Patrick Woods, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, CCPS

 

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