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Report Card on the 2015 Legislative Session: INCOMPLETE!
Posted On: May 10, 2015

Report Card on the 2015 Legislative Session:  INCOMPLETE!

Budget points from the legislative program:

  1. Place as much of the increase in any education budget in the Base Student Allocation (BSA) to reflect student growth and inflation.

  2. Fund educator salary increases to the national average through the BSA or additional general operating dollars.

  3. Return to the original intent and definitions of the Florida Class Size Amendment with appropriate funding.

  4. Restore adequacy and equity in the distribution of Public Education Capital Outlay funding to traditional public schools.

  5. Fully fund Florida Education Finance Programs (FEFP), i.e. transportation, instructional materials and school safety.

  6. Fund state investment beyond the FEFP to provide proven wrap-around strategies that support the well-being of students living in poverty and mitigate reasons for student learning gaps.

  7. Stabilize funding for the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) guaranteed allocation to include inflation, increases in number of students and the range and cost of additional health services identified in an Individual Education Plan. The allocation must include additional funding for K-12 gifted programs.

  8. Restore funding of support programs serving ESE students to historic levels and incorporate the needed support services provided by paraprofessionals.

  9. Expand Supplemental Academic Instructional Categorical funds to cover educationally sound programs to address the increased free and reduced lunch population Florida schools are serving. The allocation should allow for more program funding and flexibility to provide modified curriculum, reading instruction, after-school instruction, remediation, tutoring, mentoring, class size reduction, extended school year, intensive skills development in summer school and other methods for improving student achievement.

  10. Increase funding and support for early childhood and Pre-K learning programs.

  11. Fund the additional hour of reading required in 300 schools.

  12. Fund state-mandated program costs for testing including district cost for test delivery, monitoring, human capital and data analysis.

  13. Continue to fund the technology infrastructure fully based upon state requirements for devices and infrastructure building and maintenance.

  14. Fund professional development requirements for teachers, education support professionals and school?based administrators, including training in technology, exceptional student education and specialized support for students on free and reduced lunch.

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