December 8, 2017 — The 2018 Legislative session will officially begin on January 9, 2018. However, committee meetings have already started and education-related bills have been filed. The FCSA team is closely monitoring those bills and attending committee meetings on your behalf.
Our focus this coming session will be to continue to protect charter school independence and autonomy, and fight to ensure that capital outlay is distributed as outlined in HB7069. “We need to protect the ground we’ve gained and fight back on anything that threatens the implementation of HB7069,” explains Ralph Arza, Director of Governmental Affairs for FCSA. We will also focus our efforts on helping quality alternative programs/schools doing exceptional work with high-risk student earn high performing designation, and urging lawmakers to increase FEFP.
We urge our member schools to continue to reach out to us about your particular needs and legislative wishes. If you haven’t reached out, please contact us today. You can also contact us to schedule a meeting in Tallahassee or invite your legislator to your school.
Ralph Arza, firstname.lastname@example.org & Lynn Norman-Teck, Lynn@flcharteralliance.org
Here are just a few of the bills we are watching:
Bill would require any K- that receives state construction funding to be available as an emergency shelter (HB779)
H.B. 427 would allow districts to creating their own standards for evaluating teachers