THE COALITION FOR QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION
2021 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
1. 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 all taxpayer funding of private K-12 schools.
2. 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
• Return to Professional Services Contracts to provide employee security.
3. Charter Schools
• 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.
4. Accountability for all state educational funds
• Hold all schools that receive state funding to the same standards and
testing as public schools.
• Hold all schools that receive state and/or federal funding to the antidiscrimination standards that apply to K-12 regular public schools.
• Reduce the number of state-required exams to not exceed the minimum
required under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and
provide the assessments in predominant languages of non-English
5. Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)
• Fund pilot programs of full-day VPK and programs for three-year-olds 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.
• Provide increased funding for PreK students and allow for differentiated
funding for Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) programs that employ
teachers with current Florida certification.
6. Support one topic/one bill requirement for the
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