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Rep. Massullo on Gradebook Podcast

MassulloRep. Massullo on Gradebook Podcast

Tampa Bay Times Gradebook Podcast has as guest Rep Ralph Massullo to talk about his educational bills. These educational bills are good for students, teachers and schools and bring a common sense approach to improving our public education system in Florida.

Thank you to Rep. Ralph Massullo and Tampa Bay Times Jeffrey S. Solochek for this excellent information.

Jeffrey Solochek reporter for Tampa Bay Times hosts Gradebook Podcast

Jeffrey Solochek reporter for Tampa Bay Times hosts Gradebook Podcast

Please take a minute and listen to this podcast:

Chronicle Editorial Board Give Thumbs Up to Educational Pathways Bill

Chronicle Editorial Board Give Thumbs Up to Educational Pathways Bill

Chronicle say Rep. Ralph Massullo’s “House Bill 407 is a common sense initiative”

39249-8I wanted to thank you the Citrus Chronicle for their support of Rep. Massullo’s educational bills and for their editorial in Thursday’s paper, ‘Massullo bill seeks necessary balance’.

The Editorial Board stated, “The bill’s multiple pathways importantly recognize a student’s performance and potential should not be simply defined by a single standardized test score, but by his or her individual educational aspirations, abilities and mastery.”  The Editorial Board went on to say, “Rep. Massullo’s interest in listening to the concerns of local educators about the state’s reliance on standardized tests for the awarding of a high school diploma and his willingness to challenge conventional thinking with the filing of HB 407 are applauded.”

I wanted to update that Rep. Massullo got Senator Debbie Mayfield to file identical companion bills for HB 6015 (SB 782) High School Graduation Requirements’ and HB 591 (SB 808) ‘Maximum Class Size’.  In addition, Rep. Jason Fischer agreed to co-sponsor HB591.  Rep. Massullo is working with Sen. Montford and other Senators on his major educational pathways bill, HB 407 ‘Alternative High School Graduation Requirements’ and I have confidence he will be successful with that bill as well.

Follow this link to read the entire Chronicle Editorial:

County High School Student College & Career Fair

County High School Student College & Career Fair

16300424_10154795966801259_1165242343048782482_o 16402842_10154795966231259_8394208565184387367_o 16487053_10154795964881259_2860872228016245919_oLast week high school students from around the county came to Lecanto High School to the annual ‘County High School Student College & Career Fair’.

This outstanding event happens ​with the collaboration of Citrus County Education Foundation, Junior Achievement and LHS Administrator Shawyn Newman.

This event is an outstanding opportunity for both s16463025_10154795968791259_1422297965344134023_otudents, business and post-secondary schools to connect.  Business, and schools setup booths and bring their staff to talk to students about college and career opportunities.

Many of our Citrus county high school students already have career and technical certifications. Each school year Citrus county high school students take industry courses and certification exams and received approximately 500 certifications each school year.  This helps students in their post high school careers and provides students with opportunities to go directly into the workforce or help them pay for their post-secondary education.

Plans are underway for next year’s County High School Student College & Career Fair 2018.  Cannot wait to see how this great event continues to grow!

Here is a list of just some of the industry certifications our students receive:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant -State of Florida
  • Biotechnician Assistant Credentialed (BACE) – University of Florida
  • Agricultural Technician – Florida Farm Bureau
  • ServSafe – National Restaurant Assocaiation
  • ProStart National Certificate of Achievement (COA) – National Restaurant Assocaiation
  • App-Mechanical Drafting – American Design Drafting Association
  • Prof-Mechanical Drafting – American Design Drafting Association
  • App-Architectural Drafting – American Design Drafting Association
  • Prof-Architectural Drafting – American Design Drafting Association
  • Adobe Dreamweaver – Adobe
  • Adobe PhotoShop – Adobe
  • MS Office Specialist – Microsoft
  • MS Office Master – Microsoft
  • Quick Books – Intuit

Students apply ASAP to be a House Page or Messenger, deadline approaches

Students apply now to be a House Page or Messenger, deadline approaches

Deadline with Rep. Ralph Massullo‘s office is February 17, 2017, DO NOT DELAY!

Pages Week 1 - 2015 Regular SessionIt is that time of year again for House Representatives to select their Pages and Messengers for the 2017 Legislative Session.  Our local Representative Ralph Massullo‘s deadline is February 17, 2017. 12noon. For requirements click here to download information or see information below.

IMG_2201Each year State Representative’s such as Representative Ralph Massullo sponsors one Page and one Messenger from their districts to serve in the Florida House of Representatives. Being selected to serve in the House Representative Page and Messenger is a privilege and an honor. Pages and Messengers assist the Representatives during the Capitol’s busiest time of year, the legislative session.

3-04-2015_NE_TLH-4In addition to the application process Pages/Messengers may be asked to submit other information to help representatives  make their choice.

Mock SessionDuring this week the Pages and Messengers in addition to their duties, will tour the Florida Capitol, visited the Museum of Florida History, toured the Historic Capitol. met the Governor, attended House committee meetings, and participated in mock Legislative sessions in the House Chamber. Pages duties include being a ‘gopher’ for the House Representatives on the floor of the House Chambers. Pages deliver papers, messages and other items to the representatives. Messengers are not on the floor of the House but instead deliver messages throughout the Capital and surrounding city blocks for the representatives and their staff.

During the week Pages and Messengers learn basic parliamentary process and how a bill becomes a law and then develop a mock bill of their own. The Pages and Messengers have a mock session where they present their bill on Second Reading (answering questions) and then move to Third Reading (debating the bill) before closing on their bills. Finally, the Pages and Messengers vote on the bill. This is all done while the Pages and Messengers sit in the actual desks of the Florida Representatives and use the official voting system to vote.

Not only do the Pages and Messengers get to experience these wonderful opportunities but so did parents as they were allowed to accompany their child everywhere they went.

For more information on the Florida House of Representatives Page and Messenger program visiting


Click here for 2017 Page and Messenger letter

Click here for 2017 Page and Messenger Application
The application should be completed and returned by February 17, 2017 via email to or fax at (850)488-9707.

Common Sense High School Graduation Bill filed

Common Sense High School Graduation Bill filed

MassulloToday, Representative Ralph Massullo, MD filed HB407 one of the most positive, high school graduation requirement bills I have seen in years.

This bill would correct the reliance of students only passing a state test or getting a concordance score of the ACT in order to graduate high school.  Now students would have multiple pathways to standard high school diploma. In addition to meeting the course requirements, students could meet the graduation requirements by either passing the state Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), but also by instead by attaining an industry-recognized credential or certification, or demonstrating mastery the academic standards or competencies in a portfolio, or through receiving a high enough concordance score on numerous national and state assessments.

These multiple pathways mean that students will not be forced into a one size fits all graduation track.  Students can receive a high school diploma and career industry certifications which could lead to employment after high school.  Other students who excel in studies, but struggle passing exams would be able to demonstrate their mastery of standards through providing evidence of learning skills on multiple exams rather than a single state test.  All of this resulting in doing what is best for students.

We are grateful that Rep. Massullo listen to educators and filed this common sense legislation.  I encourage parents, teachers and students support this legislation and communicate that with your legislators.

LWVCC Student Poster Contest

LWVCC Student Poster Contest

“why vote”

poster contestThe League of Women Voters of Citrus County is sponsoring a poster contest on “why vote”, open to all Citrus County high school students.

The League of Women Voters of the United States was organized in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt shortly before the Women’s Suffrage Amendment was ratified. Its principal aim was to help newly enfranchised women become politically educated, responsible voting citizens. Today there are Leagues in every state, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands with about 130,000 members and supporters.

For more information, click on form or contact The League of Women Voters of Citrus County by visiting their website at