FASA Legislative Priorities
Juhan Mixon, Ed.D., Executive Director
The 2019-2020 Florida Legislature will begin within days of the November General Election with training sessions, appointing chairpersons and committees, and submitting draft legislation. Certainly issues regarding hurricane relief, healthcare, water quality, gaming, education, etc. will pop to the top of their deliberations. However, their highest priority and the single issue they must address is the budget.
Money is a necessity in public education. In the current year, schools received an increase of 1.39% over the previous year. However, when funds were specifically designated for programs like safe schools and mental health it left a measly 47 cents per student increase in the base allocation. Costs such as salaries and benefits, insurance, curriculum, utilities, and district operations are paid for out of this revenue. The State Board of Education has recommended a 2.82% increase in the 2019-2020 base student allocation which would provide districts with approximately a $200 increase. Such an increase is but a figment of our imagination.
FASA’s number one priority is to adequately fund the BSA. We support the DOE recommendation! Your lobbyist and Association will be fighting alongside districts and other organizations to improve the flexible funding in the BSA so that schools can be safe, attract and retain quality teachers, provide students with appropriate challenging curriculum and technology, expand professional development for administrators and teachers, and continue to propel learning compared to the nation and the world.
To that end, our legislative priorities are:
These are but a few of our priorities. We will always “weigh in” on legislation that impacts any and all of Florida’s students.