Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Status of bills now that the House has Adjourned for the 2015 Session

Sorted by Bill Number
Relating to Florida Civil Rights Act
Relating to Workforce Services
Economic Development & Tourism Subcommittee
Relating to Educational Opportunities for Veterans
Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security
Relating to Education Accountability
Education Committee


The Governor has signed 7069 and the others are awaiting his signature. There were bills that will move to be enrolled as a result of the action of the House and Senate today.

948 and 7127 will die because they have not been approved by both chambers and will have no opportunity for action now that the House is adjourned for the 2015 regular session.

7125 was in messages to the Senate last Friday but they referenced it to three committees.


House v. Senate

 Look at last 4 minutes where the Speaker Sine Die'd the 2015 Session



If you put the cursor on the screen a bar will come up which allows you to scroll to the end of the session.

Monday, April 27, 2015

SB 7028

This bill is awaiting the Governor’s signature. It adds to the  exemption for veterans who reside in the state from paying out of state tuition. The new group is identified as “ entitled to  educational financial assistance from United States Department of Veterans Affairs” rule to follow.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

CS/HB 7069

Good afternoon,

The enrolled version of CS/HB 7069 is now available online.

I am highlighting just SOME of the additions and deletions in the bill:

Lines 117-121    Sets opening day of school no earlier than August 10th

Lines 149-161    Deletes middle school requirement of  level 1 and 2 remediation

Lines 166-178    Deletes high school requirement of level 1 and 2 remediation

Lines 188-190    Deletes 11th grade ELA assessment requirement

Lines 306-336    Deletes language that state EOC must be 305 of final grade

Lines 591-619    Deletes the requirement for local assessments for courses not associated with an                                  EOC

Lines 693-702    Limits testing time for statewide and district required local assessments to 5% of                                  student’s total school hours

Lines 711-717    Statewide EOC must be final exam in associated course

Lines 743           Paraprofessional with training may administer and proctor statewide assessments

Lines 1159         Deletes the requirement of the college ready assessment

Lines 1230-1255          
                           Requires an independent verifications of psychometric validity of the 2014-15                                      statewide assessment before school grades can be released

Lines 1375         Teachers evaluations- Student performance 1/3 of computation (instead of 50%)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tracking Bills Relating to Post-Secondary

Good morning!
The Senate bills I am tracking be have bits and pieces of what we think will be in the House PCB, with the exception of the language pertaining to the CCC and technical college name.  The House PCB still has not been posted, but I understand many of the things the Senate wants is being place in the PCB.

I will be in attendance at the Senate Education Appropriations comm., where they are to provide the proviso and conforming language today. It is early in the game so changes will occur in both the House and the Senate before the budget goes to the respective floors.


SB 938 (2015) Postsecondary Education Affordability
                SENATE - On Committee agenda-- Higher Education, 03/23/15, 4:00 pm, 412 Knott Building

SB 942 (2015) Rapid Response Education and Training Program
                SENATE - On Committee agenda-- Higher Education, 03/23/15, 4:00 pm, 412 Knott Building

SB 948 (2015) Career Education and Job Training
                SENATE - On Committee agenda-- Higher Education, 03/23/15, 4:00 pm, 412 Knott Building

SB 7030 (2015) Postsecondary Education for Students With Disabilities
                SENATE - Favorable by- Appropriations; YEAS 19 NAYS 0


Appropriations Subcommittee on Education - March 19, 2015 - 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 noon
                Expanded Agenda Published: http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/AED/ExpandedAgenda/2954
                Meeting Packet Published: http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/AED/MeetingPacket/2954

                Meeting Packet Published: http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/AED/MeetingPacket/2954

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

High School Teacher Externship Opportunity 2015

The Florida Energy Workforce Consortium (FEWC), an organization dedicated to developing solutions to meet the current and future work force needs of the state's energy industry, is offering two High School CTE and/or STEM teachers and externship opportunity during the 2015 summer break. The purpose of this externship is to connect teachers with the workplace to give them the opportunity to learn through direct experience about industry trends, organizational needs, employee skill requirements and opportunities in the electric utility industry. You can learn more about this opportunity and program deliverables by clicking here and connecting to our website.
The FEWC includes representatives from state economic development, workforce development, education, and organized labor as well as major electric utilities and associations. The consortium's primary goals are to develop accurate projections of future energy industry work force needs detailed by occupation and to prioritize those needs for focused educational and recruiting efforts. To ensure that solutions are developed in a sustainable and well-coordinated fashion, the FEWC is addressing several key objectives:

-Career Awareness: Improving the image of the industry and introducing to Floridians the high-paying jobs and career paths within it.

-Education: Impacting education public policy to support implementation of energy industry-relevant education and training at the secondary and post-secondary levels with an eye toward opportunities to transfer knowledge from the existing workforce to entry-level workers.

-State and National Outreach: Raising awareness of the impending workforce shortages and its impact on the energy sector and the state's economic development potential, thus avoiding potential adverse impacts to our state's citizenry and businesses.

The FEWC also hosts an annual networking opportunity for teachers as part of the Florida Energy Teachers' Network (FETN). The 2015 FETN workshop will be in Longwood, Florida on June 17 & 18. Please see the flyer on our website for more information.

To learn more about this opportunity and the program deliverables, interested teachers should review the FEWC Teacher Externship Program Guidelines found here on our website for an editable application and other forms. 

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 17,
2015 in order to be considered. The selection will be announced on or before May 12, 2015.
Please feel free to contact Susan Neumans Van Buren at fewc.externship@gmail.com or
850.307.1137 with any questions about this program, the FETN workshop, or the FEWC.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

House Higher Ed. Committee

Good afternoon,

This document is a draft of the language which will be work-shopped this week in the House Higher Education Committee.

The Technical College language begins on lines 230. Looking around lines 250, where it discusses who can use the name of Technical College, there needs to be language which addresses a date by which we would need to have in place a CCC or AAS program. There is concern, without a date, the assumption would be made that we would be required to have a CCC up and running by July 1, 2015 or not be allowed to use the Technical College designation. The date that has been offered to staff, by Bob Crawford, is December, 2016 with the roll out of the CCC by January, 2017. This does not mean you would have to wait until that date but this would be the date you would be required to have the CCC up and running; or lose the ability to call your institution a Technical College.  I will keep you posted. We still have not traction in the Senate, but continue to work on it.

Additionally, on line 604, our Chancellor is added  as a member to the Higher Education Coordinating Council.

My understanding is the bill will be voted on next week.

Monday, March 9, 2015

House & Senate Schedule

Happy Monday, Everyone!

I will be sitting in on committee meetings all week. I have linked to this week's schedules for the Florida House and Florida Senate.

Florida House

Florida Senate

 If you have free time, you can listen-in on many of the meetings through the House and Senate online broadcast systems. Visit their websites for more information.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Message from your Chancellor

Dear Colleagues,

The Division of Career and Adult Education, in collaboration with Just Read, Florida!, is pleased to announce the 2015 Next Generation Career and Technical Education Reading
(NGCATER) professional development workshop. The workshop will be held on April 29 and 30.

The NGCATER workshop is intended for Junior High/Middle (6-8) and High School (9-12) grade level Career and Technical Educators within the adolescent literacy, differentiated instruction, instructional strategies, content area, research and writing session strands. The presentation will be an interactive session to share research based literacy strategies designed for college and career-ready standards implementation infused into sample lessons using career/technical texts. Participants will gain an understanding of how these strategies may be implemented across CTE disciplines and create and share their own sample lessons.

This event is expected to take place in central Florida. Please stay tuned for further information regarding event registration and logistics.

Thank you,

Rod Duckworth
Division of Career and Adult Education
Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 734
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

Phone: (850) 245-9047
Fax: (850) 245-9065

Today's Bills

Greetings! The following bills will be heard today:

SB 602 (2015) Students With Disabilities
Filed to this Bill:
                979048 - Amendment filed by Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (Senator Gaetz)
                554428 - Amendment filed by Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (Senator Gaetz)
                665824 - Amendment filed by Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (Senator Gaetz)
                631318 - Amendment filed by Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (Senator Gaetz)

SB 938 (2015) Postsecondary Education Affordability
                SENATE - Introduced

SB 942 (2015) Rapid Response Education and Training Program
                SENATE - Introduced

SB 948 (2015) Career Education and Job Training
                SENATE - Introduced

SB 7030 (2015) Postsecondary Education for Students With Disabilities
                SENATE - Introduced

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Florida Governor's State of the State Address

Below is the text from the Governor's State of the State Address

 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Good morning President Gardiner, Speaker Crisafulli and distinguished members of the Florida Legislature. Welcome Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, Chief Justice Labarga and members of the Florida Supreme Court. And I would like to recognize my wonderful wife Ann. We have been married for almost 43 years. I love you Ann. We have been blessed.

So now it’s time for another state of the state speech, or as I like to call it – a chance for me to show off my world renowned oratorical skills. It’s ok, you can laugh, it was meant to be a joke.
I want to start off today by talking about what unites us: a love for our great state. Like me, I know all of you don’t have to be in these offices. No one forced you to take these jobs. You signed up for service, and you worked hard to get here. And, like me, you wanted to work for the people of Florida because you know we are the best state in the country. Certainly, we all have our own ideas, and we debate with vigor. But I do believe it is important to acknowledge that we all have common goals for the families that live in our great state. We want every person in Florida to have the opportunity to live the dream of America. I believe we are the best place in the country and the world to make dreams come true. I call this Florida exceptionalism.

Let me take just a minute to brag about our great state, which I know you love just as much as I do. These are some of the successes created by the great people in our state…

In the last four years, the unemployment rate in Florida has dropped in half – from 11.1 percent to 5.6 percent – the second biggest drop in unemployment in the United States. We have added over 728,000 new private-sector jobs. We have 279K job openings right now in our state. In the last year, around 250k people moved to our state and we are now the third biggest state in the nation- bigger than New York. From 1992-2011, Florida inherited $100 billion in adjusted gross income from other states. This is more than 1/8 of our annual GDP. Last year, we had our fourth record year of tourism- 97.3 million people visited our state. Clearly our investment in Visit Florida is working, and every 85 tourists create another Florida job.

We have 15 seaports. Our investments in ports are working, with over 150,000 trade jobs added in the last four years. We have also made significant investments in our airports, which has helped bring record numbers of tourists to Florida. Enterprise Florida has won over 400 competitive projects for new jobs, projects like Hertz and Navy Federal Credit Union. We are a right to work state. We are the gateway to Latin America. We are the number two state for trade infrastructure. We are also number two for aerospace and aviation establishments in the U.S. We are the second best state for business by CEO Magazine, and we will soon be number one.

We are home to over 250 languages. We are at a 43-year-low in our crime rate. We are clearly the best melting pot in the world. Housing prices are up. Taxes are down. We have cut taxes more than 40 times in four years. We have no personal income tax. The average person pays about $1,800 in state taxes in Florida – the lowest in the nation. Lowest number of state workers per capita in the country – and we are going to continue to look for productivity gains. Our LLC’s and Subchapter S corporations don't pay a business tax. Over 80% of our C corporations don’t pay the business tax. We have reduced taxes for our small businesses.

For the first time since Governor Martinez was in office, we have reduced state debt. We have paid down $7.5 billion in debt. Our fourth graders are number two in the world in reading. The National Council on Teacher Quality says we have the best equipped teachers in the nation for two surveys in a row. Our state colleges offer $10,000 degrees in areas where our students can get a job. When we held the line on tuition last year, the price of a Florida Prepaid Plan dropped in half.

Florida is an exceptional place. As far back as the 1800’s, people were moving to Florida to make their dreams come true. In 1851, a doctor and researcher in North Florida received a patent for a refrigeration invention he developed after experimenting with ways to cool a room to make his patients more comfortable. Today, we know this man as the “father of air conditioning” and without John Gorrie’s invention, the beauty of Florida wouldn’t be home to almost 20 million people today!
In 1878, Henry Flagler moved to Florida and began dreaming big. He saw beautiful beaches that were warm year-round and when people told him there wasn’t any way people up north would come down here, he was bold enough to build a railway to get them here and hotels for them to stay in. We now have the vibrant cities of Miami and Palm Beach thanks to the dreams of Henry Flagler over 100 years ago.
In the middle of the Great Depression, George Jenkins, Jr. left his job at a grocery store and decided he would open up his own store. I am sure many people thought Mr. Jenkins was crazy, but he had a dream. Today, his chain of stores employs 127,000 Floridians and is the largest employee-owned company in the country. We know it as Publix.

Of course, we all know about the dreams of Walt Disney. He never lived in Florida, but dreamed up Disney World, which opened in 1971 and put Florida on the map to be the worldwide tourist destination we are today.

Florida has long been a place where dreams come true. But, this is not just our past – it is our future. We have to ask ourselves who has the next big dream for Florida? Who are the inventors? The builders? The trailblazers? We want more people to chase their dreams in Florida.
In fact, some of the people whose dreams are changing the world are here with us today. Please help me welcome: Richard Gonzmart, the fourth-generation President of the Columbia Restaurant Group in Tampa – Florida’s oldest restaurant.

Mary Ann Carroll – a world renowned artist from Florida – unfortunately could not be with us this morning. Mary Ann began selling her paintings in the 1950’s along Fort Pierce’s roadsides. As an African American, she said she was not allowed into any galleries at the time. But, with her 60-year career of hard work and many struggles, Mary Ann now promotes the beauty of our state through her artwork hanging in museums and galleries all across the world.

Please help me welcome theme park designer Bill Coan - president of ITEC Entertainment Corporation in Orlando. Bill has designed theme parks and attractions around the world, like Daytona USA.
And finally, let’s welcome meteorologist and storm chaser Gladys Rubio. Gladys and her husband, Jose, moved to Miami from Cuba in the early 1990’s for a better life. Today, Gladys tracks giant storms across the world at the National Hurricane Center for Spanish-language audiences in the United States and the Caribbean.

Florida is an exceptional place. Every one of you have dreamed big and helped make our state great. I am now a proud grandfather, and I think a lot about how we can make Florida the place where our children’s and grandchildren’s dreams come true. In order to be a land where dreams come true, I believe we have to out-compete the rest of the world.

There are five ways we can do that. First: Let’s keep cutting taxes! Floridians can spend their money better than government can. I want to say that again: Floridians can spend their money better than government can. I have recommended cutting the tax on cell phones and TVs for every Florida family so they can save around $43 a year for spending as little as $100 a month on cell phone and TV bills combined. I have also recommended that we permanently end the tax on manufacturing equipment so more companies will make major capital investments in Florida. Businesses can spend their money and create jobs better than government can. I have recommended that we get rid of the state sales tax on college textbooks because getting a higher education degree must become more affordable. Students can spend their money better than government can. It should not require a federal loan and decades of debt for students to get a college degree. Price limits access – plain and simple.

If we are going to out-compete the world, the second thing we must do is make higher education more affordable. I want to work with you this year to pass a college affordability bill that will hold the line on graduate school tuition and bring transparency to university costs. Just like any business, we should expect education to become more affordable each year, not more expensive. Let us never again say that, “we have to raise tuition because tuition in other states is higher than ours.” We don’t raise taxes when other states have taxes higher than ours, and we shouldn’t raise tuition when other states have higher tuition.
Third, to out-compete the world, we must invest in workforce development. Our recommended investments this year include: $30 million for high-skill workforce training; $20 million for advanced workforce training at our tech centers; $5 million to incentivize $10,000 STEM degrees at our state colleges; and $1 million to create a paid summer program for STEM teachers.

Fourth, if we are going to out-compete the world, we must invest in K-12 education. This year, we are recommending an increase in K-12 funding to $50 above the historic level to $7,176 per student. Four years ago, I stood before you and said we would have to make some hard decisions. And, we did. We made reductions that dipped into education, knowing that when the economy improved we could invest again. Many of these decisions were unpopular, but by living within our means it created an environment for success. Few thought we could add 728,000 jobs, have the highest funding for education, and invest in our environment just four years later. But, we did it together – and we have more work to do. Now that our economy is thriving, it is time to make major investments in education. Let’s not squander our budget surplus on special interests. Our budget should reflect the principles we campaigned on or in other words, we should do exactly what we told voters we would do.

The final thing we must do to out-compete the world is keep Florida beautiful. Florida is an exceptional place – we have the economy and the opportunity to keep it that way. Our recommended budget includes more than $3 billion for environmental and agriculture programs which includes a total of $150 million in funding to protect the Everglades and another $150 million that will help protect land for the Florida panther. It is important to point out that our recommended environmental investments in land and water programs will be $82 million above what is required by Amendment One.

The goals I just outlined to out-compete the world are bold. I have met with many of you over the last few months and I know we share the exact same vision. We want Florida to be the best place in the world for our children and grandchildren to live their dreams. We agree on more than we disagree on. We want to give families back more of the money they earn, and reduce the burden of government.

In the weeks ahead, I expect some people will try to divide us. They will try to distract us. But, Mr. President, Mr. Speaker - I believe we can come together with our shared desire to improve this great state. Many of our shared goals are already outlined in your “Work Plan 2015.” Members of the Senate, Members of the House - I commit to all of you that I will be a tireless partner in your fight to make Florida the best place in the world for all of our children and grandchildren to get a great job and live their dreams.

I believe that our rich history is only a glimpse of what we can do in the future. Everything is possible in Florida. We are now in the lead; and it’s ours to lose. We have to avoid any temptation to stand down or rest on our laurels. And of course, even with our tremendous progress, there are still some Floridians who have not yet found their opportunity. Having grown up in a family that was at times down on our luck, I know the importance of each and every family having an opportunity. Remembering those tough times drives me every day to do all I can to give each and every one of our citizens the chance to realize their dreams. Government cannot guarantee outcomes for everyone, but we should all be united in our desire to guarantee opportunities for everyone who is willing to work hard.

I am looking forward to working side-by-side with you during session to achieve our shared goals, inspire future generations to dream, and keep Florida working.

God bless America and God bless the exceptional state of Florida. Thank You.

Tracking Bills

Hello, all!
Below are a few bills you should keep your eyes on:

SB 938 (2015) Postsecondary Education Affordability
                SENATE - Referred to Higher Education; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations

SB 942 (2015) Rapid Response Education and Training Program
                SENATE - Referred to Higher Education; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations

SB 948 (2015) Career Education and Job Training

                SENATE - Referred to Higher Education; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations

Friday, February 27, 2015


TALLAHASSEE, Fla., February 24, 2015 – Today, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced the 11 members of the Keep Florida Learning Committee, which was recently established to review key education issues.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said, “Our state has made tremendous strides under Governor Rick Scott’s leadership and I established the Keep Florida Learning Committee to ensure we remain on this successful track. I want to thank all of the applicants for their interest in serving on the committee and I look forward to participating in this very important conversation on the future of Florida students.”

The following members will serve on the Keep Florida Learning Committee:
·         Education Commissioner Pam Stewart
·         2015 Florida Teacher of the Year: Christie Bassett, Polk County
·         Legislator: Representative Manny Díaz, Jr.
·         Principal: Dr. Margaret Fahringer, Miami-Dade County
·         Teacher: Doris Garcia, Orange County
·         Parent: Julia Hendricks, Pasco County
·         School Board Member: Patty Hightower, Escambia County
·         Higher Education Participant: Joe Pickens, Putnam County
·         Superintendent: Dr. Owen Roberts, Alachua County
·         Legislator: Senator Kelli Stargel
·         Parent: Laura Zorc, Indian River County

The Keep Florida Learning Committee will review further deregulation opportunities for the school system; analyze instructional material review processes used by school boards; identify strategies to increase parental involvement; and review the implementation of the Florida Standards and the Florida Standards Assessment over the next year.

The Department of Education received more than 2,800 applications from teachers, superintendents, school board members, higher education representatives, and members of the public from around the state. 

Applicants who were not appointed to one of the ten slots, along any interested Floridians, can submit comments online at http://www.fldoe.org/about-us/kflreview.stml or by phone at 1-866-507-1109. Additionally, Floridians can email the Department of Education at keepfloridalearning@fldoe.org.  All of the committee’s meetings will be open to the public.

For a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Keep Florida Learning Committee, visit http://www.fldoe.org/about-us/KFL-FAQ.stml.


For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit www.fldoe.org

Monday, February 9, 2015

CTE on the Hill Schedule

CTE on the Hill Schedule

Lots of CTE folks are on their way to Tallahassee to celebrate CTE on the Hill. Here is the schedule for the next few days:

Tuesday February 10, 2015
2:00 p.m.         School District Secondary Director and Technical/College Director FLCTE Workshop Meetings -Secondary and Post-secondary FLCTE members will separately
                                                Lively Technical Center, Tallahassee

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
                8:00 a.m.   CTE displays will be set up on the 1st and second floor of the Capitol Rotunda
                8:15-2:00   CTE displays available to view
                8:30 a.m.   CTE Program in the Governor’s Cabinet room- first floor of the Capitol
                                     Following speakers:
                                                Rod Duckworth, Chancellor, Career and Adult Education
                                                Bill McCormick, Recognition of Special Support
                                                                Bill Montford
                                                                Ray Rodrigues

Barbara Sanchez, State Northern Vice-President of HOSA, Florida Health Occupations Student Association

Thursday, February 5, 2015

State Policies Impacting CTE: 2014 Year in Review

I’m delighted to share with you ACTE’s new publication, co-authored with the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, State Policies Impacting CTE: 2014 Year in Review, available at https://www.acteonline.org/uploadedFiles/Resources/Publications/2014_State_Policy_Review_FINAL.pdf. This is the second annual review of state action related to CTE. With this brief, you can learn about key trends in CTE-related policies across the country last year, and drill down with a state-by-state review of key legislation and other actions. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Upcoming Committee Meetings on Appriprations

 Upcoming Committee Meetings on Appropriations

Appropriations Subcommittee on Education - February 4, 2015 - 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Appropriations - February 4, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon

      New Committee Meeting: http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/AP/MeetingNotice/2787

Check out the Senate and House Education Committees Website to stay informed:

House Committees on Education

Senate Higher Education

Senate K-12

Senate Appropriation on Education