Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Legislative Update

Good morning,


Florida Update:

In the Senate Education committee meeting yesterday  SB 4 ( Galvano) and SB 88 (Hukill)were passed unanimously. They will move to the next committee. I sent you the analysis for SB 4 yesterday. The points which are of interest are: an increase of funding to the Academic scholars program and the Merit scholars program for individual students.

SB 88 would add a ½ credit of financial literacy to the high school graduation requirement, reducing the number of electives to 7 ½.


The House Appropriations committee will meet  to receive a report on Florida’s economic outlook.

The House Education committee will hear a report on the progress in the Jefferson County school district since it has been taken over by a private entity.

No Senate Education committee is meeting today.

FEDERAL Education Issues

Please see below, ACTE’s request to push Perkins in the Senate with instructions on how to do so.



Dear Advance CTE Members,

As you may know, the House passed a Perkins reauthorization bill in June (find our summary and analysis online here). We have been urging the Senate to take up reauthorization swiftly, but they have yet to do so! See below for how you can help push for reauthorization (deadline is Friday, 10/12):

  • Representatives Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Thompson (R-PA), the two main co-sponsors of the House Perkins reauthorization bill, are planning to send a bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter to the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee leadership encouraging them to take up Perkins reauthorization.
  • Right now, they are asking for their colleagues in the House to join them in signing this letter. 
  • Here's where you come in - by reaching out to your Representatives to encourage them to contact the offices of Representatives Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Thompson (R-PA) to sign on to the letter encouraging Perkins reauthorization.
  • Here's how you can do that (deadline is October 12th): 

  1. Use ACTE’s online Action Center to encourage your Representative to sign on to the letter. If you’d like to call your Representative's office, follow the steps below.
  2. Find out who your representative is: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
  3. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to his/her office.
  4. Ask if the Representative can sign on to a letter Representatives Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Thompson (R-PA) are sending to the Senate HELP Committee leadership encouraging that they take up Perkins CTE reauthorization.
  5. If he/she says yes, let them know that the next step is for them to contact either Brian Kaissi in Rep. Krishnamoorthi’s office at Brian.Kaissi@mail.house.gov or 202-225-3711, or Katie Brown in Rep. Thompson's office at Katie.Brown@mail.house.gov or 202-225-5121 to sign on to the letter and that the deadline to do so is Friday,October 12th.
  6. If he/she has questions you don't know the answer to, don't be afraid to let them know that you will follow up with the information.
  7. If he/she says no, respectfully say thank you for their time.

Please loop back with us with any information or insights you may gain and we'll be sure send around the final letter with signatures when we have it!

Also, please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or if you need assistance as you plan your outreach!

Thank you so much - we truly appreciate your efforts to help push for Perkins reauthorization!



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