Nov. 5 CCPS Board 4:30 Nov. 12 CCPS Board Organizational Meeting 8 am Dec. 3 CCPS Board 4:30
All meetings are held in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Administration Building unless noted
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THE COALITION FOR
QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION
The Coalition is a diverse and growing group of residents committed to protecting and supporting quality public education in Collier County.
What are our concerns? We believe that the functioning of the School Board, staff and administration is being impeded by politically and ideologically motivated groups pursuing political agendas detrimental to our public schools. This adversely impacts our District's ability to follow state mandates, educational standards, accountability and teacher autonomy in the classroom.
We strongly oppose efforts to: censor educational materials and content, divert funds to sectarian schools, advocate any religious belief and shift funding away from public schools under the pretense of "school choice".
What we believe: Public education in America is a national treasure that MUST be strengthened; NOT weakened or destroyed!
Our tasks are: to increase public awareness of the important programs and achievements in our Collier County Public Schools (CCPS); to engage others to constructively support our schools; to assure that our schools remain accredited for the economic growth and success of our community.
The Coalition for Quality PublicEducation (C4QPE) is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Contributions are tax deductible.
SCOTUS and Tax Credit Scholarships
The Supreme Court of the US has agreed to hear Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. Montana is one of 39 states that has a “no aid clause” in it’s constitution that forbids using public funds for religious purposes. In 2015, the Montana legislature passed a Tax Credit Scholarship program similar to the one in Florida. However, because of the “no aid clause”, the Montana Department of Revenue refused to allow vouchers to be used at private religious schools (90% of Montana’s private schools are religious).
A Virginia-based voucher proponent sued. The Montana Supreme Court concluded that the Tax Credit Scholarship program violated the “no aid clause” of the Montana constitution and was unconstitutional (in Montana). The case was appealed to the SCOTUS and on June 28, it agreed to hear the case during the 2019-2020 session. The decision is expected next June.
What are the implications for Florida? It is troubling that SCOTUS accepted this case. It signals an intrusion by the Fed on a clearly state issue (education) and a decision in support of the vouchers attacks the very fiber of Church-State separation.
Spring 2019 Legislative Session
*New voucher program with funds taken from the general state revenue. (Lawsuits anticipated.)
WE OPPOSE VOUCHERS THAT SUPPORT RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS IN VIOLATION OF THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION AND THOSE THAT SUPPORT PRIVATE SCHOOLS WITH NO OVERSIGHT.
*Additional $783 million for K-12 public education.$330 million for construction, repairs and maintenance ($158 million of that to charter schools).
WE SUPPORT ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION AND INCREASED TEACHER SALARIES. WE OPPOSE USING PUBLIC FUNDS TO FINANCE PRIVATELY-OWNED CHARTER SCHOOL BUILDINGS.
*District tax referenda dollars must be shared with charter schools. (Lawsuits anticipated)
WE OPPOSE REDUCTION OF HOME RULE.
*Expanded Guardian program allows teachers to carry guns (requires local district approval).
WE OPPOSE ARMING TEACHERS.
FLORIDA LEGISLATURE IS IN SESSION
- Senate education leaders announce 2019 priorities. Senators discuss legislation to improve safety, empower families, elevate neighborhood public schools. Press Release - The Florida Senate, 2/21/19
- Senate pushes expansion of school vouchers; poll shows parent support for scholarships. The new scholarship, or voucher, program would do what Gov. Ron Desantis suggested earlier this month, using money from the state budget to pay for private school for up to 15,000 students on the waiting list for Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship program. Orlando Sentinel, 2/25/19
- Related: Critics question value of foundation’s school choice survey. Tampa Bay Times, 2/25/19
- Florida lawmaker files another bill to expand private school scholarships. This one builds on last year’s “Hope Scholarship” (“anti-bullying”) bill to make it easier for students to get an award, and allow private school students to be eligible for a scholarship. Tampa Bay Times, 2/27/19; SB 1410
- Push is on for Bible ed in public schools. The proposals are getting more attention because they're linked to an initiative called Project Blitz coordinated by conservative Christian political groups which have put out a more than 100-page playbook that lays out very plainly their strategy. USA Today via Naples Daily News, 2/4/19; HB 195
- Related: Opinion: Project Blitz is a coordinated national effort to codify a far-right, evangelical Christian America.Americans United for Separation of Church and State
- Senate committee approves arming teachers. The sweeping school-security package would make it easier for school districts to participate in a controversial “guardian” program and would allow classroom teachers to be armed. News Service of Florida, 2/13/19; SB 7030
- Related: $2 million for Florida school 'guardian' program goes to gun equipment. Orlando Sentinel, 2/13/19
- Have Florida teens learn civics in action, state lawmakers say. They propose a plan to get students actively involved in the process through a high school U.S. government and civic engagement half-credit course that includes a nonpartisan community project. Tampa Bay Times, 2/22/19; HB 1037 / SB 1316
2020 c4qpe LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
Public School Funding
- Increase the Base Student Allocation and State Categorical Programs by at least 5% annually so that Florida achieves a ranking of at least #20 nationwide in PreK-12 educational funding by 2025.
- Prohibit any new unfunded mandates for public schools.
- Eliminate the transfer of corporate tax revenues to private schools at the expense of public schools.
Recruitment and Retention of Quality Educators
- Increase the Base Student Allocation (BSA) until Florida ranks at least #20 in national average teacher and educational support personnel salaries by 2025.
- Return to Professional Services Contracts to provide employee security.
- Transfer bonus program funds to the Base Student Allocation.
- Improve oversight of charter schools by the elected county school board.
- Deny petitions for new, renewed, or materially revised charter schools operated or managed by for-profit companies.
- Limit approval of new charter applications to those that address specific academic or space needs not met by the local school district.
- Require that a charter school, if closed, return all remaining public funds, and materials and capital investments purchased with taxpayer funds.
- Allow county public school boards, on a district-wide basis, to waive the same laws, regulations and rules that charter schools can waive.
- Require Hope Charter Schools to accept and transport any students previously enrolled in the school(s) they replaced.
Accountability for all state educational funds
- Hold all schools that receive state funding to the same standards and testing as public schools.
- Eliminate all programs that send state funds to religious schools.
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)
- Fund pilot programs of full-day VPK in high need areas.
- Implement legislation for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) similar to HB 1091 enacted in 2018 which currently impacts the School Readiness (SR) Program.
- Use assessment only for the purposes for which they were designed. Quality child development assessments should be used to inform instruction. They are not valid to determine program quality.
Support one topic/one bill requirement for the legislature.
2020 Legislative Agenda/Coalition for Quality Public Education/Approved September 4, 2019
What will our children be taught?
Posted on December 10, 2018 by Sue Legg
Education Week posted an article describing the implications for changes in the Florida science curriculum based on at least two of the education taskforce members views…Keith Flaugh and Erika Donalds from Collier County, Florida. Jeff Sawchuk, he author of the article: Coming Soon to Florida: More Challenges to District’s Science Curricula bases his concern on a law based in 2017 to allow independent challenges to district text book selection by not only parents but any citizen.
As a member of Citizens Alliance, Flaugh submitted dozens of challenges to text books last year. He was quoted as saying ‘”Books that treat evolution as a proven science are discriminating and bully children and their families against their religious beliefs”.
Citizens Alliance trains local protestors to challenge textbooks. Last year challenges were submitted in Collier, Martin and Nassau counties. The local school boards voted 3/2 to retain the books. (This split vote is one example why these Christian advocacy groups are targeting school board elections.) Moreover, Governor DeSantis has already announced that the task force will conduct a curriculum review of the Florida State Curriculum Standards.
STATE LEGISLATURE REQUIRES
"IN GOD WE TRUST"
DISPLAYED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, INCREASES VOUCHER SCHEMES TO $1 BILLION, ADDS HOPE (BULLYING) SCHEME.
SEE BILL 7055
Court Eliminates Amendment 8
WHY WE OPPOSE
THE AMENDMENT 8
THE PROPOSAL COMBINES THREE SEPARATE PROPOSALS INTO ONE. IT USES CIVICS EDUCATION AND TERM LIMITS FOR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS TO HIDE THE CHANGE IN THE RELATIONSHIP OF ELECTED SCHOOL BOARDS TO CHARTER SCHOOLS IN THEIR DISTRICTS. THIS IS CALLED "LOGROLLING"
The Constitution Revision Commission
P 6003: School Board Term Limits and Duties; Public Schools
School Board Term Limits and Duties; Public Schools; A proposal to amend Section 4 of Article IX and create a new section in Article XII of the State Constitution to establish a limitation on the period for which a person may be elected as a member of a district school board; to specify which schools are operated, controlled, and supervised by a school board; and to create a new section in Article IX of the State Constitution to require the Legislature to provide for the promotion of civic literacy in public education.
The C4QPE Board Unanimously voted to support the Resource Officers Program in our Collier Schools and rejected the arming of teachers.
Victory For Florida’s Church-State Separation Advocates: State Constitution’s Religious Freedom Provision Remains Intact
Dr. Leslie Ricciardelli speaks about College and Career Readiness.
Ms. Yoland Flores talks about Career Readiness from a Technical School paradigm.
Sandy Parker speaks about CCPS
Kathy Curatolo and Stephanie Lucarelli describe their life on the school board.
Our panel from the January 23 program
Barbara Melvin, Vice President, Collier County NAACP
Kevin Saba, Administrative Director of School Operations, CCPS
Patrick Woods, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, CCPS
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