Agenda Item #22
Approval of Manatee County School Board Submission of Proposals for Florida School Boards Association 2014 Legislative Platform - p.35
The 2014 Legislative Session will convene on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. In order to represent school districts appropriately in
The first step in this process is to gather school districts’ proposals for legislative changes that would impact public education statewide. Board Members, the Superintendent, and SLT (Senior Leadership Team) have submitted proposals for consideration. In order to be considered by the Legislative Platform Committee and the Legislative Committee, all platform proposals must be approved by the school board, and must be received in the FSBA office by Friday, September 6, 2013. A summary of the proposals follows:
1. Restore the authority for school boards to levy, by simple majority vote and without a referendum, an additional .25 mills for critical operating or capital outlay needs, or both.
2. Fully fund all elements of the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP).
3. Fully fund the dual enrollment programs, maintain the current delivery system that allows the local school district and local community college to offer adult education programs, and repeal the authorization for community colleges to limit student access to courses.
4. Ensure that PreK funding and pupil/teacher ratios are consistent with federal guidelines and recommendations of the Florida Children’s Movement.
Assessment and Accountability
5. Revise Florida’s assessment and accountability system to provide a fully transparent and independent evaluation of the system; to include data from multiple forms of assessment; to eliminate the practice of using student performance on standardized tests as the primary basis for teacher, administrator, school and district performance evaluations.
6. Modify the current assessment system so that students are assessed for proficiency and the progress made from the beginning to the end of the same school year and ensure that assessment results are returned promptly to students, parents, and teachers for diagnostic planning purposes.
School Choice Options
7. Provide for a local school board to have the final decision-making authority over charter schools within the district, including decisions to accept or reject and to renew or terminate the charter contract.
8. Apply the same laws, rules and regulations to both charter schools and traditional public schools.
The Superintendent recommends approval of Manatee County School Board submission of proposals for Florida School Boards Association 2014 Legislative Platform.
Motion and approval of Manatee County School Board submission of proposals for Florida School Boards Association 2014 Legislative Platform.
There is no fiscal impact to submit the legislative platform proposals to FSBA.
Attachment: FSBA 2014 Platform Proposal Table.pdf