2019 C4QPE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Members of the C4QPE board met with Senator Passidomo, Representative Donalds and Representative Rommel in mid-January to discuss the goals listed below.  These will be our focus for the coming year.

2019 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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

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