Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 112632
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File Number: 112632 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1123-11 Control: County Commission
File Name: URGING TO ESTABLISH DAN MARINO FLORIDA VOCATIONAL COLLEGE Introduced: 12/16/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/19/2011
Agenda Date: 12/19/2011 Agenda Item Number: 11A6
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ENACT HB 973, SB 1270 OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING THE DAN MARINO FOUNDATION FLORIDA VOCATIONAL COLLEGE
Indexes: URGING
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, 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 12/19/2011 11A6 Adopted P

County Attorney 12/16/2011 Assigned Michael B. Valdes

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ENACT HB 973, SB 1270 OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING THE DAN MARINO FOUNDATION FLORIDA VOCATIONAL COLLEGE

BODY
WHEREAS, there are presently over 341,000 students in Florida who have a disability; and
WHEREAS, seventy-seven percent (77%) of Florida students who have a disability will currently graduate or age out of the school system without a standard diploma; and
WHEREAS, currently seventy-nine percent (79%) of Florida students who have a disability will no longer be eligible for further educational opportunities; and
WHEREAS, a paltry eight percent (8%) of companies in the United States report hiring people who have disabilities; and
WHEREAS, this system leaves countless individuals who have disabilities without any foreseeable employment opportunities or the necessary life and vocational skills to live independent lives; and
WHEREAS, seventy percent (70%) of students who have a disability tragically do not believe that they will ever have the means to live independently; and
WHEREAS, this lack of opportunity and supplementary education causes many individuals with disabilities to be largely dependent on government funding throughout their entire lives; and
WHEREAS, these facts underscore the significant additional cost—both in money from our taxpayers and in lost opportunities for our communities—that can be incurred when the status quo is perpetuated; and
WHEREAS, a better approach is undeniably necessary and definitively feasible; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature has commendably taken up this issue through companion House and Senate bills that have been filed for consideration during the 2012 session, respectively, HB 973 by Representative Jose Felix Diaz (R-Miami) and SB 1270 by Senator Anitere Flores (R-Miami); and
WHEREAS, these companion bills would establish the Dan Marino Foundation Florida Vocational College, a residential school that will provide students who have developmental disabilities, who are 18 to 28 years of age, and who are no longer eligible for exceptional student education funding due to age or graduation from high school with the opportunity to obtain a post secondary education on a college campus setting; and
WHEREAS, passage of these bills would allow eligible students with developmental disabilities to obtain the education and attain the vocational, life, social, and independent living skills that they need and deserve; and
WHEREAS, the Dan Marino Foundation Florida Vocational College would better prepare these students to be an integral part of our community and significantly less dependent on government funding; and
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to express its support for these bills and such similar legislation, 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to enact HB 0973, SB 1270, or similar legislation establishing the Dan Marino Foundation Florida Vocational College.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of the resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, Senator Anitere Flores, Representative Jose Felix Diaz and the Chair and remaining members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County’s state lobbyists to advocate for the issues identified in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to amend the 2012 state legislative package to include this item.



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