Friday, April 28, 2017

Helpful Statistics to Reference When Contacting Your Representatives.

Here is some helpful information to use when talking to your legislatures. 

Funded Certifications by Career Cluster
Career Cluster
Health Science
Architecture & Construction
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
Law, Public Safety & Security
Information Technology
Engineering and Technology Education

Top 10 Funded Certifications
Cert ID
Cert Title
National Licensed Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Certified Welder
HVAC Excellence EmploymentReady - Air Conditioning
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Law Enforcement Officer
CompTIA A+
Correctional Officer
HVAC Excellence Employment Ready - Heat Pump
ASE - Electrical/Electronic Systems (A6)

They still haven't noticed the higher education conference meeting for today.

Time to Make Some Calls

Good morning!

Please call Representative Ahern’s Capitol and district office before  this morning, now if you see this (earlier the better). He is co-chair of the Higher Ed. Conference committee. Ask him to maintain the House position on Performance Incentive Funding for the Tech Centers $4.5 million (first Priority) and the SIS money $2.7 million(second priority).
Capitol number- 850-717-5066
District Office- 727-395-2512

Additionally, call Senator Galvano and request the performance incentive funding for Technical centers. Thank him for the increase to the  school district Workforce fund for  equity.
Capitol- 850-487-5021
District- 941-741-3401

You should also contact your local rep or Senator.
The committee has not be noticed yet this morning. Last night it was thought they may meet at 8:30. No meeting has been noticed yet.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

First Senate Offer Page 1

You will find the first Senate offer pg. 1:

Total Workforce fund  was originally $366,903,660 in the Senate offer, their current offer is $366,340,160. The Senate  offer does not include any performance incentive money, nor does it roll over the SIS funds.
Please email the representatives on the committee and ask them to maintain their position on the performance funding and the rollover of the SIS. This needs to be done ASAP, as they will be reconvening at 8:30 in the morning.
As a result of the compromise between the Leadership the allocation for  the Higher Education committee was reduced by 22 million.

Legislative Conferencing 2017 Begins

Good afternoon,                             

The conference process will be starting today. Each sub-committee ( Higher Ed., PREK-12, Corrections, Health, etc.) will be meeting providing a 1 hour notice. The Senate will bring forward their offer #1 at the first meeting. Then the House will bring forward a counter offer at the next meeting. As agreement is reached each item dropped out of the discussion. Any items on which they cannot agree will be bumped to the Appropriations chairs at noon on Saturday, April 29. Those items which the Appropriations chairs cannot agree to will then be bumped to the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate.

The final budget must be dropped on the members’ desks 72 hours prior to the vote on the final budget.

Monday, August 8, 2016

2016 Legislative Recap

The Department of Education has issued the following memorandum regarding the School District Actions as a Result of Legislation Enacted in 2016.  The memorandum may be viewed at:

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Legislative Update - March 22, 2016

2016 Bill Summaries
The 2016 Bill Summaries are reports and giving brief explanations of legislation that passed this session in both the House and Senate. The bill titles are hyperlinked to summaries.  The summaries were developed by Senate Staff and are available at

Researching Bills
Additional Information on bills can be found at the following sites:
When looking for information on the bill – go to the website listed above; insert the bill number where indicated; and, choose the information section that will be most helpful.  Each Bill Information page will provide information on the sponsor; a brief narrative of the legislation; the bill history of actions on the bill; a staff analysis for the bill, and bill text.   Make sure  to look at the Enrolled Version of the bill text and the final staff analysis.  With the session just ending – some of the staff analysis papers will not reflect the contents of the final version of the bill. 
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