So far the conference has been amazing. You can see some of the conference session tweets by following #fmea12 on twitter.
Thanks you to all if the Dade County and South Florida Orff folks who stopped by my session yesterday! You all had such great energy and it was nice to see some familiar faces in the crowd.
I just found out yesterday that the Sunshine State Workshop will be on Saturday, February 4th from 9:00-3:30. It will be with Jacque Schrader! She’s great- you won’t want to miss it. She was my level II teacher and she has innovative ideas that you’ll love! I’ll post more info later.
The legislative session was focused mainly on budget. We are pleased in some cases with the bills that did not pass. While they did not pass this session, they may reappear for next session. Which is considerably earlier next year. Special Note: Bills for the 2012 session began to be filed May 26, 2011.
The bills that most impact us are either already signed by the governor or must be signed by a designated date with the latest date June 9, 2011:
- Code of Conduct SB 228
- Merit Pay SB 736
- Education Accountability and Curriculum HB 1255
- Vouchers HB 1329
- Class Size: SB 2120
- Digital Learning HB 7197
- Public Schools Budget
Click here for descriptions and implications of these bills.
We are also asking that you Take Action on HR 1891 by contacting your U.S. Representative.
As the budget has been so drastic this year for school districts the FMEA/FSMA office would like to know what cuts have impacted your programs. This information is very important as we talk with our legislators and as we target and/or support bills. Please email the Executive Director — firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to schedule visits with your legislators this summer as the session is earlier. Bills have already begun to be filed for the 2012 session. The Tallahassee office will continue to provide updates on the website.
Kathleen D. Sanz, Ph.D.
Executive Director, FMEA and FSMA
I just got an email news blast from FMEA. They have shared a memo from the Department of Education to the District Superintendents. You may find the memo and attached data interesting!
Here is the link:
click on the RED Notice: It says, “DOE DPS memo about the 12th grade cohort study”
If you can’t click the link you can read here…
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