Support school choice; say YES to HB7069!
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On May 8, 2017, the Florida Senate and House passed HB 7069, a high impact K-12 education bill. This is beneficial legislation supporting students, educators, and school choice in Florida. If not vetoed by the Governor, the Bill takes effect July 1, 2017.
Of note, the bill:
- Requires school districts to share local property taxes ("millage") with charter schools. This is an important correction to help equalize Florida's large charter school funding gap. Florida Charter Schools students are currently funded less than students in District Public Schools.
- Requires school district to distribute Title I funds to all eligible schools after funding schools above the 75% FRL level. Many public schools serving large numbers of low income students receive no Title I dollars to provide services to those students.
- Creates a “Schools of Hope” program to provide resources to failing schools and encourage successful charter schools in low-income communities to expand into areas with failing public schools.
- Allows high-performing charter school systems to replicate throughout the state, and high-performing charter schools to replicate near persistently low-performing schools.
- Revises the Best & Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program to provide a $1,200 bonus to “highly effective” teachers and an $800 bonus to “effective” teachers.
- Eliminates a rule that the “Value-Added Model” or VAM (student performance on state exams) must be used in teacher evaluations. Teachers and administrators have been requesting this.
- Streamlines the teaching certificate process to encourage more professionals to become educators.
- Requires FDOE to study whether the ACT or SAT can be used in lieu of standardized state exams (like the FSA).
- Requires 20 minutes of free-play recess per day for K-5 students in traditional public schools.
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