Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 090519
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File Number: 090519 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-300-09 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: URGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS HOLD SCHOOLS HARMLESS FROM PROPERTY TAX Introduced: 2/25/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/17/2009
Agenda Date: 3/17/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A10
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ STATE LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE; URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO HOLD SCHOOL DISTRICTS HARMLESS FROM THE EFFECTS OF PROPERTY TAX RELIEF AND STATE BUDGET SHORTFALLS BY PROVIDING PER STUDENT FUNDING AT A LEVEL NO LOWER THAN THE FISCAL YEAR 2008-09 LEVEL; FURTHER URGING THE LEGISLATURE TO RESTORE THE LOCAL DISCRETIONARY CAPITAL OUTLAY LEVY TO 2-MILLS AND NOT PASS LEGISLATION THAT REDUCES THE NUMBER OF IN-SERVICE HOURS REQUIRED OF TEACHERS PROVIDING INSTRUCTION TO ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNERS
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
  PROPERTY TAX
  SCHOOL BOARD
Sponsors: Joe A. Martinez, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, 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 3/17/2009 11A10 Adopted P

Budget, Planning and Sustainability Committee 3/10/2009 2Z Forwarded to the BCC by the BCC Chairperson with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Chairwoman Sorenson and Commissioners Gimenez, Edmonson, Heyman, and Jordan asked that they be listed as co-sponsors. Hearing no other questions or comments the Committee proceeded to vote. SPECIAL NOTE: Chairwomen Sorenson submitted a memorandum requesting that the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) Chairman Dennis C. Moss waive the Board's Rules and Procedures to allow the foregoing proposed resolution to be heard at the March 17, 2009 BCC meeting.

County Attorney 2/25/2009 Referred Budget, Planning and Sustainability Committee 3/10/2009

County Attorney 2/25/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 3/2/2009

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ STATE LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE; URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO HOLD SCHOOL DISTRICTS HARMLESS FROM THE EFFECTS OF PROPERTY TAX RELIEF AND STATE BUDGET SHORTFALLS BY PROVIDING PER STUDENT FUNDING AT A LEVEL NO LOWER THAN THE FISCAL YEAR 2008-09 LEVEL; FURTHER URGING THE LEGISLATURE TO RESTORE THE LOCAL DISCRETIONARY CAPITAL OUTLAY LEVY TO 2-MILLS AND NOT PASS LEGISLATION THAT REDUCES THE NUMBER OF IN-SERVICE HOURS REQUIRED OF TEACHERS PROVIDING INSTRUCTION TO ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

BODY
WHEREAS, the Florida Constitution provides that the education of children is a fundamental value of the people of Florida and a paramount duty of the state; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Constitution creates a mandate for a uniform and high quality education system and for the state to make adequate provision for this purpose; and
WHEREAS, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools have experienced significant budget reductions in recent years of nearly $300 million; and
WHEREAS, Florida employers consistently rank improving education and workforce development as top concerns to the success of their business, and a highly qualified, trained workforce as critical to strengthening our business climate; and
WHEREAS, the education system needs to respond to the workforce needs of Florida’s employers, including programs that expand career academies in high schools, align career education with industry standards and workforce demands, and expand options for students to continue their education and enter the workforce; and
WHEREAS, the Pre-K-20 education system is the foundation for Florida’s future, providing the talent base for economic diversification and an economic engine for the knowledge economy, and Florida should continue to move its education system at all levels into the top quartile in education quality, student rankings and graduation rates based on national standards; and
WHEREAS, funding a high-quality education system is an investment in our state’s and our community’s ability to compete nationally and globally in the marketplace; and
WHEREAS, adequate funding is needed to achieve a high-quality education system measured by gains in student achievement,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Supports Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ state legislative package and urges the Florida Legislature to:
a. Fulfill its commitment to hold harmless the Miami-Dade County Public Schools from the effects of property tax relief and state budget shortfalls by providing per student funding at a level no lower than the Fiscal Year 2008-09 level of $6,968.29 per student;

b. Restore the local Discretionary Capital Outlay levy to 2-mills; and

c. Not pass legislation that reduces the number of in-service hours required of teachers providing instruction to English as a Second Language Learners.

Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of the resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade County School Board.
Section 3. Directs the County’s state lobbyists to advocate for the issue identified in section 1 above, and directs that the 2009 state legislative package be amended to include this issue.



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