Student & Teacher Advocacy Committee

STAC News:
Florida public school funding per student is approximately $4000 (or 36%) below the national average!  Our State Legislators passed a budget in March that increases funding by only $0.47 per student after paying for underfunded school security mandates.  Adjusted for inflation, the 2018-19 per student budget is almost 18% less than pre-recession 2007-08 funding.  Please click here for more details.

Last year, our State Legislators passed House Bill 7069 that requires 50% of Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funds to go to charter schools, even though only 11% of students in Florida attend charters.  To learn more, please click here.

Now it’s even easier to join STAC on the Remind App by texting @mitchstac to 81010.

August & November 2018 Elections:
Be sure to vote in the August 2018 Primaries and November General elections!!!  Our school board area has 2 seats up for election this year: District 2 (our district) and District 6 (at-large countywide seat).  If a school board candidate captures 51% of the votes in the August primaries, they will be elected to the Board without having to advance to the November elections so it’s very important to vote in August!

The general elections in November for state level representatives (FL House of Representatives & FL Senate) are critical to for public education since most of our funding and polices are decided by the FL Legislature.

You can now register to vote & check/change your voter registration online!!  If you want to register to vote, update your registration or are unsure if/how you are registered, click here.

Know Who Your State Legislators Are and Their Voting Records:
You can find your State Legislators here. Email and call them during the Session when bills are pending. Be specific about what action you would like them to take.  Sample emails are provided by the Alliance for Public Schools and other sources.

August & November Registration Deadlines & Voting Dates:

2018 Primary Election
Early Voting: August 13 – August 26, 2018, 10am – 6pm
Election Day Voting: August 28, 2018, 7am – 7pm
Registration Deadline:  July 30, 2018

2018 General Election
Early Voting:  October 22 – November 4, 2018, 7am – 7pm
Election Day Voting:  November 6, 2018, 7am – 7pm
Registration Deadline:  October 9, 2018

2018 Constitution Revision Commission:
The Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) meets once every 20 years to amend the FL Constitution.  This is one of those years!  Amendments they propose will be on the November ballot and require 60% favorable votes to pass.  The following proposed amendment will be on the November ballot and affect public education:

  • Proposal 6003:  This proposal combines 3 very different amendments into one ballot item.  If passed, the amendment will remove district school board oversight of charter schools and assign independent oversight, limit school board member terms, and promote civic education.  Although part of the 3 may be appealing, a yes vote passes all 3 amendments, including giving the state independent oversight of schools not established by the school board.

General STAC Info:
The PTA adopted a resolution in December 2017 so that we can better support our students and teachers by addressing ongoing public education issues. As such, the PTA has created a new committee, the Student & Teacher Advocacy Committee, with Becky Ferrell-Anton and Alisha Stephens as co-chairs. We hope to raise awareness of public school issues and communicate action items through PTA channels such as meetings, the PTA website, the PTA Facebook page, Bobcat Blasts, etc.

If you’d like to be involved with the committee or if you have questions or suggestions, please contact Becky or Alisha.

The National PTA was founded in 1897 to advocate for children’s needs.  Today, the Mitchell Elementary PTA (the first established in the state of Florida in 1939) continues its non-profit, all volunteer efforts to meet the needs they face.  Below we have compiled some links and news feeds to provide additional information on Florida child advocacy issues and efforts.

STAC Flyers & Additional Resources:

Per Student Funding (FEFP) Summary Sheet, April 2018

Summary of Effects of HB 7069 On Public School Capital Funding, April 2018

Stay Current – Read the Latest Tweets from our local and national PTA organizations: