Archive for April, 2017

State Education Update: House & Senate Agree…

State Education Update: House & Senate Agree…    “The ‘House’ always win…” Citrus expected now to get $92K less than last year’s budget On Friday, April 28th, the Florida Legislators PreK-12 Education Budget Conference Committee convened.  In a most unexpected move, the Senate in their first “Offer” on the budget, the Senate accepted the House […]

Legislature Tells Schools Boards No Standing Required for Pledge

Legislature Tells Schools Boards No Standing Required for Pledge Law passed in 2016 session, School Board Disagrees A year ago the Florida State Legislature passed a “train bill” HB 7029 by huge margins.  I was against that bill (as I remain today) for many items that were in that bill.  Tuck into HB 7029 at […]

Varsity Sports Exemption Gets Boost from Senate

Varsity Sports Exemption Gets Boost from Senate   Senator Flores Introduces Amendment Every train has some ‘cool’ cars too!  SB 926 maybe this year’s educational train bill and there are some good parts to it. This amendment is one of the good parts. For a number of years I have been lobbying anyone that would […]

Is another new train bill’s whistle starting to blow?

Is another new train bill’s whistle starting to blow?   2017 educational train bill may be getting ready to pull out of the station Last year Florida saw the passage of HB7029, a “train bill” that wreak havoc for Florida public education. (see blog; Legislators are boarding a ‘Chartered Train’ Wreck, Feb. 28, 2016) Many […]

Chronicle Weighs in on Charter Bills

Chronicle Weighs in on Charter Bills Chronicle: “Transfer of $200 million to charter schools stands only to weaken public schools, harm Florida’s students and potentially enrich connected lawmakers” I encourage you to please read this important and excellent op-ed column by the Citrus Chronicle Editorial Board, “Charter Push a Betrayal of Public School Students”, published […]

Gradebook Podcast tals to FSBA about 2017 Legislature

Gradebook Podcast tals to FSBA about 2017 Legislature Please listen to the Tampa Bay Times Gradebook podcast with host Time Education Reporter, Jeffrey Solochek as he interviews Florida School Boards Association’s executive director Andrea Messina to talk about the current Florida Legislative session. Ms. Messina I have the highest respect for and she is one […]