Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 050604
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File Number: 050604 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-417-05 Control: County Commission
File Name: RESO URGING FL LEG TO FREEZE DCD @ CURRENT LEVEL FOR MDPS Introduced: 3/2/2005
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/5/2005
Agenda Date: 4/5/2005 Agenda Item Number: 11A22
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO FREEZE THE DISTRICT COST DIFFERENTIAL (DCD) AT THE CURRENT LEVEL UNTIL A NEW AND EQUITABLE CALCULATION FOR DCD MAY BE DEVISED BY A QUALIFIED, UNBIASED THIRD PARTY
Indexes:
  DADE COUNTY SCHOOLS
  DISTRICT COST DIFFERENTIAL
  LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Katy Sorenson, Prime Sponsor
  Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 4/5/2005 11A22 Adopted P

Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 3/9/2005 2I Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P

County Attorney 3/2/2005 Assigned Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 3/9/2005

County Attorney 3/2/2005 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 3/3/2005

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO FREEZE THE DISTRICT COST DIFFERENTIAL (DCD) AT THE CURRENT LEVEL UNTIL A NEW AND EQUITABLE CALCULATION FOR DCD MAY BE DEVISED BY A QUALIFIED, UNBIASED THIRD PARTY

BODY
WHEREAS, the 2004 session of the Florida Legislature endorsed a new calculation of the District Cost Differential (DCD) which purportedly adjusts educational funding for school districts both by cost of living and wage levels; and
WHEREAS, the entire calculation through a statistical technique allegedly adjusts wage levels for the value of amenities and trades wage levels for the imputed value of those amenities for wage levels; and
WHEREAS, the validity of this economic theory has not been independently reviewed by peer economists and educational finance experts as well as the appropriateness of the statistical technique utilized for such an adjustment; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature never explicitly changed the statutory basis for the DCD calculation but merely implicitly endorsed the use of the revised calculation by the Florida Department of Education; and
WHEREAS, the use of the new amenities-adjusted DCD damages and decreases educational funding for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools by over $26 million during fiscal year 2004-2005, $58 million during fiscal year 2005-2006, and $112 million when fully implemented in fiscal year 2006-2007; and
WHEREAS, similar damaging effects result from the use of the revised DCD in 38 other Florida school districts, including Broward, Palm Beach, Volusia, and Monroe Counties; and
WHEREAS, the cumulative effect of the new version of the DCD will seriously impair the ability of affected districts to hire and retain qualified teachers and to offer a sufficient variety of educational programs to meet the diverse needs of its clients; and
WHEREAS, the quality and viability of public education is a necessary component for the economic well-being and development of a community and region,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. This Board urges the Florida Legislature and the Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation to adopt as a major priority and non-negotiable objective for the 2005 legislative session, the freezing of the calculation of the DCD at its 2004-2005 level and the commissioning of a study by an unbiased, qualified third party to review the validity of the amenities-adjusted DCD and to recommend a new more equitable calculation methodology.
Section 2. The Clerk of the Board is directed to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Chair and members of the Miami-Dade County State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs is directed to include this issue in the County’s 2005 state legislative package.



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