Small School District Council Consortium
Established in 1983, the Small School District Council Consortium is a statewide consortium of small school districts organized to implement a coordinated legislative effort by and for small school districts.
The SSDCC’s primary focus is to promote small district issues with the Florida Legislature, Statewide elected-officials and state agency leadership. SSDCC members are school districts with student populations of 24,000 students or less, and regional consortia established in the statutes. The SSDCC currently has 39 members. The SSDCC is represented in Tallahassee by the Governmental Relations firm of Robert P. Jones & Associates. Chris Doolin is the lobbyist that represents the SSDCC in Tallahassee
WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW
DOE soliciting input on Repeals and Revisions to K-20 Education Code
A Survey Link is Provided
During the 2023 Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature passed and Governor DeSantis signed House Bill 1, which directed the Florida State Board of Education to develop and recommend to the Governor and Legislature for adoption during the 2024 legislative session repeals and revisions to the Florida Early Learning-20 Education Code, chapters 1000-1013, Florida Statutes, to reduce regulation of public schools. The state board shall review the entirety of the Florida Early Learning-20 Education Code for potential repeals and revisions. The state board must make recommendations addressing repeals and revisions to the statutes governing the transportation of students. The state board shall consider input from teachers, superintendents, administrators, school boards, public and private postsecondary institutions, home educators, and other entities identified by the state board.
The Florida Department of Education is seeking public input via this online survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FloridaHB1
Department of Education Proposes New Slate of Rule Proposals
Including Proposal to Ease requirements for Charters to Access Local Capital Outlay funding
The Florida Department of Education has published a series of proposed rules that address a variety of topics including – School Safety requirements; Threat Management; Safe Schools Canine Program; Unresolved Student Welfare Complaints; Library Materials Objections; Assessment Program; Course Funding Eligibility; Online Personal Information; and, Charter School Capital Funding. The rule dealing with “capital outlay” would allow charter schools that receive two consecutive “F” grades (rather than one F) or three consecutive grades (rather than two consecutive grades) lower than a “C” would not be eligible for the funding.
For additional information on the proposed rules or for submitting a comments – use the following link – https://web02.fldoe.org/rules/