Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 093332
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File Number: 093332 File Type: Resolution Status: Amended
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES FOR MDC PUBLIC SCHOOLS Introduced: 12/22/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 2/2/2010 Agenda Item Number: 11A7
Notes: SEE 100406 FOR FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED. Title: RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES OF THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR THE 2010 SESSION OF THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE
Indexes: SCHOOLS
Sponsors: Katy Sorenson, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, 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 2/2/2010 11A7 Amended
REPORT: (SEE AGENDA ITEM 11A7 AMENDED; LEGISLATIVE FILE NO. 100406.)

Health, Public Safety & Intergovernmental Cmte 1/14/2010 2A Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Chairwoman Heyman introduced the foregoing resolution. Hearing no questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote on this proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 12/22/2009 Referred Health, Public Safety & Intergovernmental Cmte 1/14/2010

County Attorney 12/22/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 1/7/2010

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES OF THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR THE 2010 SESSION OF THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE

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 School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, has experienced significant budget reductions of nearly $500 million; and
WHEREAS, Florida employers consistently rank improving education and workforce development as top concerns to the success of their businesses, and a highly qualified and trained workforce as critical to strengthening Florida’s 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 (Pre-K-20) into the top quartile in education quality, student rankings and graduation rates based on national standards; and
WHEREAS, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners believes that 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, the Board also believes that 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’ legislative initiatives and requests to the Florida Legislature for the 2010 legislative session, in particular, the following:
• Increase total potential funding per student by $100;
• Restore the local Discretionary Capital Outlay levy to 2-mills;
• Conduct a third party study of the District Cost Differential; and
• Oppose legislation that reduces the number of in-service hours required of teachers providing instruction to English Language Learners.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of this resolution to the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation.



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