2020 FL Legislature: Public Ed Policy Bills to watch

Note: This list will be updated as bills are added. Teacher Compensation SB106/Rader Florida Teacher Fair Pay Act – Minimum starting pay for teachers – Instructional Personnel Salaries; Citing this act as the “Florida Teacher Fair Pay Act”; providing legislative intent that the Florida Education Finance Program be funded at a level that ensures a certain minimum…

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Polk Perspective: Good start, guv, but we need more

By Stephanie Yocum | Opinion| Lakeland Ledger| October 17, 2019 Gov. Ron DeSantis recently announced a $600 million proposal to increase the minimum teacher salary to $47,500. While I am encouraged the conversation surrounding teacher compensation has shifted from bogus bonus schemes to meaningful salary movement, I am concerned this announcement has generated questions and…

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Speak Up: FL Standards Listening Tour

  On October 1, 2019 the Florida Department of Education announced a “listening tour” to gather public comment on 346 pages of the second draft of the new Florida Standards written to replace Common Core. Please note that the state is granting 1 hour per meeting at locations that cannot be considered convenient to major…

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Impact: 2019 FL Legislature & Public Education

It’s hard to describe the outcome of the 2019 Florida Legislative session without recognizing that the impact two decades of GOP dominance has left voters with zero hope of political balance regarding policy, judicial appointments and the power of a gubernatorial veto. Witness the swift passage and signing into law of SB 7030/Arming teachers, following…

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FL Teachers – In their own words

This blog is publishing some real talk from teachers. It’s essential that we gain first person insight about what it means to find the grace to be present for students while coping with economic sabotage and the stifling loss of classroom autonomy. For obvious reasons, these Florida teachers must remain anonymous. Salary too low to…

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