Tallahassee, FL – January 9, 2018 – The 2018 legislative session kicked off in our state’s capital today. Ralph Arza attended the opening ceremony and will continue to be on hand to speak with legislators on behalf of our member schools and the families they serve.
“Our number one objective this legislative session is to protect the victories that we gained in 2017,” says Arza. “As you are aware, several districts have filed lawsuits to sabotage HB7069 and stop the implementation of a shared local mileage formula. Another threat is coming via legislation. Several bills (listed below) have been filed that aim to change policy created by HB7069.”
SB 1152: Language in this bill addresses the shifting of Title 1 resources from the district level to the school level as outlined in HB7069.
SB1434: Language in this bill would require charter schools that receive increased capital funding to use publicly owned buildings or promise that their educational facilities would return to public hands if the charter school ever closed.
SB1684: Language in this bill would provide school districts more options to turn around persistently struggling schools without requiring them to converting to charter schools or requiring them to bring in outside operators.
The FSCA team is monitoring those bills and advocating for continued support of equitable funding for all students.
[pictured, left to right: Chairman Trujillo and Ralph Arza on the Floor of the Florida House on January 9, 2018.]