Tallahassee, FL – November 20, 2018 – Organization Sessions and swearing in ceremonies kicked off the 2019 Legislative Session in Tallahassee on November 20, 2018. “We were happy to hear speaker of the Florida House Jose Oliva mention education in his opening remarks, and are hopeful that the House, whose education committee will be chaired by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, will continue to advance school choice options and support quality education programs for Florida’s children,” said Ralph Arza, FCSA Director of Governmental Affairs.
Oliva, a supporter of school choice said, ‘If you have come here to ensure that every child receives the best education possible, remove the restrictions which stole the futures of generations of the poorest children by forcing them to go to failing schools.”
Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) was unanimously elected President of the Florida Senate for the 2018-2020 Legislative Term, Senator Gibson was elected Senate Minority Leader. Although Galvano has not released his priorities yet, Senator Galvano did say he has always been supportive of school choice options but will also ” make sure we’re continuing to support our traditional public schools.” Senator Galvano currently represents Senate District 21, which consists of Manatee County and part of Hillsborough County.
Governor-elect Ron DeSantis is considering three candidates for Education Commissioner. The finalists are Commissioner Pam Stewart, former State Senate President Don Gaetz, and former State Representative and House Education Committee Chair, Michael Bileca.
Over the next few months, legislators will be participating in committee meetings leading up to the official start of the Legislative session on March 5. “We are looking forward to working with House Speaker Oliva, Senate President Galvano, Governor DeSantis, and the legislature to secure continued support for quality school choice, and our students and teachers, said Arza.
The FCSA legislative priorities are established with input from our governing board and member schools. School leaders and governing board members interested in being part of the advocacy committee, should contact Lynn Norman-Teck at Lynn@flcharteralliance.org.
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