As families strive to provide their students with the best education, it is important for them to have a full understanding of the ways to contribute to making this possible. Along with being actively involved in their child’s school, parent involvement can and should reach beyond home and even school walls.
Families have a voice at the state and even national levels of education policy. They are encouraged to reach out to legislators and policymakers to provide feedback, express concerns, and to influence education policies that affect their schools and communities. Additionally, families are encouraged to stay informed about the decisions being considered and made each day at the legislative level.
Being empowered is being equipped with the knowledge, resources and tools necessary to ensure the best decisions are made to meet the educational needs of our students, contributing to our vision of preparing students for college, a career, and life.Learn about our legislative platform and email your legislative contacts about educational initiatives you care about:
2022 Legislative Platform
Skilled Workforce & Economic Development
Action: Create and fund a statewide grant program for school districts to apply for funds to develop start-up or expand existing programs for high-wage, in-demand jobs in targeted industries that reflect the needs of the region within the state of Florida.
A highly skilled, diverse workforce helps ensure Florida has a robust economic future. Regionally responsive career and technical education programs can provide workers needed to attract high skill-high wage businesses and industries to Florida.
Fund Virtual Education as a Sustainable Choice Option
Action: Ensure funding for Virtual and In-person instruction are provided at a similar interval.
As families select the best choice options for their students, virtual education becomes a more popular option. Currently, virtual instruction is funded based on student’s successful course completion, usually culminating at the end of the school year. Throughout the school year, funding for in-person instruction is provided at regular intervals, allowing districts to pay costs as it accrues. In the SY2020-2021, 2839 students enrolled with an 85% completion rate with a cost of $18.7 million dollars.
Higher Student Achievement through Accountability
Action: Ensure that the new accountability system fosters teachers’ collaboration and serves as a formative diagnostic assessment of student growth.
State leaders have heard the clarion call of families and teachers for shorter tests with the Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (F.A.S.T.). We are thankful for our role as stakeholders and look forward to a baseline year to best evaluate student achievement and to ensure a smooth transition. Timely reporting of usable data by standard, student, and grade level will enable teachers to develop personalized enrichment opportunities and to move students toward successful outcomes.
Attracting and Retaining High Quality Staff
Action: Drive student success through engagement with highly effective faculty.
Ensure that Teacher Salary Increase Allocation (TSIA) is maintained permanently and expanded to include increases for mid-career, highly effective teachers. Mid-career educators have demonstrated a commitment to the profession and their professional development. Research proves that experienced teachers have better outcomes for students. Currently, the focus on new educators’ salaries has created tension between new and veteran educators. Salary frustrations and COVID-19 have forced many veteran teachers to exit the profession prematurely. Our teacher shortage will continue to grow if we fail to value our veteran teachers adequately.