Wednesday, February 21, 2018

HB 323- Financial Literacy


Rep. Jones posted a proposed amendment to Fitzenhagen’s bill which would place  a ½ credit in Financial Literacy as a graduation requirement, reducing the number of electives to 7 ½.  Rep. Fitzenhagen’s bill required the course be offered as an elective option.


The Senate, earlier this week, amended the ½ credit for Financial Literacy into HB 7055( the House Education train) along with some other issues.


We have 2 1/2 weeks left in the session, hopefully.


No conference conferees  have been appointed nor has a conference schedule been published. The “conference” is when the House and Senate sit down to negotiate the final budget which must be voted off the floor by both the House and Senate. The Session is scheduled to end March 9th. There is a 72 hour (3 day) cooling off period before the final vote can be taken. The only constitutional requirement of the Legislature is to pass a balanced budget.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Safety and Protocols for Students, Mental health


There are several workshops convened today to discuss issues related to student safety in schools. All of these workshops can be viewed at: http://www.thefloridachannel.org

  • Workshop with education officials - 10:00AM -12:00PM; 2:00PM – 4:00PM - Florida Department of Education - 325 W Gaines St. -  Tallahassee, FL 32399
  • Workshop with child welfare advocates and behavioral health leaders - 9:00AM -11:00AM; 2:00PM – 4:00PM - Florida Department of Children and Families - 1317 Winewood Blvd. -  Tallahassee, FL 32399
  • Workshop with Florida’s law enforcement community - 10:00AM -12:00PM; 2:00PM – 4:00PM - Florida Sheriffs Association - 2617 Mahan Dr. -  Tallahassee, FL 32308
  • Roundtable with Leadership Members of Workgroups - 5:30PM - Florida State Capitol -Governor's Large Conference Room - 400 S Monroe Street - Tallahassee, FL 32399

 

The education workshop will focus on school safety improvements and updating school security protocols and emergency plans.

Invited attendees will include:

  • Mike Grego, Superintendent for Pinellas County
  • Sam Himmel, Superintendent for Citrus County
  • Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent for Miami-Dade County
  • Tim Forson, Superintendent for St. Johns County
  • Desmond Blackburn, Superintendent for Brevard County
  • Phil DeAugustino, Flagler Palm Coast High School
  • Larissa Bennett, FL school counselor of the year Virgil Mills Elementary
  • Melissa Musselwhite, Director of Exceptional Student Education Pasco County
  • John Hunkiar, School Safety-Leon County
  • Brad Etheridge, Vice Chairman for Levy County School Board
  • Terry Nichols, School Board Member for Jackson County
  • Bridget Ziegler, School Board Member for Sarasota County
  • Ben Gibson, SBOE Member
  • Reverend Dr. R. B. Holmes, Jr.
  • Rachel Shelley, 2017 FL Principal of the Year Booker High School
  • Stacy Chambers, FSU Lab School
  • Jake Russell, Chamberlain High School
  • Aadil Ameerally, Parent
  • Tammy Jerkins, 2018 FL Teacher of the Year
  • Lynn Saunders, 2018 Collier County Teacher of the Year Phoenix Immokalee Alternative School
  • Stephen Marante, Student from Broward County
  • Major Loyd Stewart , Leader for School Resource Officers
  • Jimmy Long, SRO Forrest High School
  • Angie Gallow, PTA Representative
  • Jacob Oliva, Vice Chancellor of Public Schools
  • Richard Myhre, Exec. Dir. Just Read

Last Week in the Florida Legislature

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Legislative Update


CS/HB 1213 (2018) Computer Science Instruction

                http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/01213

                HOUSE - CS by PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee read 1st time -HJ 592

 

CS/SB 854 (2018) Correctional Officers

                http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/00854

                SENATE - On Committee agenda-- Appropriations, 02/15/18, 1:00 pm, 412 Knott Building --Not Considered

 

HB 1201 (2018) Education for Prisoners

                http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/01201

                HOUSE - Favorable by- Judiciary Committee; YEAS 17 NAYS 0

 

SB 1318 (2018) Education for Prisoners

                http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/01318

Filed to this Bill:

                578002 - Proposed Committee Substitute filed by Appropriations

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Legislative Update


SB 188 (2018) Public School Transportation

                http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/00188

                SENATE - Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K - 12 Education

 

SB 1318 (2018) Education for Prisoners

                http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/01318

Filed to this Bill:

                979286 - Amendment filed by Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice (Senator Bracy)


                774644 - Substitute for Amendment (979286) filed by Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice (Senator Rouson)


                774644 - Substitute for Amendment (979286) filed by Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice (Senator Rouson)


 

HB 1213 (2018) Computer Science Instruction

                http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/01213

                HOUSE - CS by PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee; YEAS 12 NAYS 0

                HOUSE - Pending review of CS under Rule 7.18(c)

 

HB 1201 (2018) Education for Prisoners

                http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/01201

                HOUSE - On Committee agenda-- Judiciary Committee, 02/15/18, 9:00 am, Sumner Hall

 

TRACKED COMMITTEES

 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K - 12 Education - February 14, 2018 - 1:30- 3:30 p.m.

                Meeting Packet Published: http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/AED/MeetingPacket/4243

                Expanded Agenda Published: http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/AED/ExpandedAgenda/4243

                Meeting Packet Published: http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/AED/MeetingPacket/4243

 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education - February 14, 2018 - 4:00- 6:00 p.m.

                Meeting Packet Published: http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/AHE/MeetingPacket/4244

                Meeting Packet Published: http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/AHE/MeetingPacket/4244

                Expanded Agenda Published: http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/AHE/ExpandedAgenda/4244

                Meeting Packet Published: http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/AHE/MeetingPacket/4244

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Update on Education for Prisoners Bill


See update on Education for Prisoners bill:

 

SB 1318 (2018) Education for Prisoners

                http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/01318

Filed to this Bill:

                753714 - Amendment filed by Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice (Senator Brandes)