POLK COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
2021 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
PCPS is guided by the vision that all students will receive the knowledge and skills necessary to be productive citizens and is committed to its mission of delivering a high-quality education to all students. In pursuit of this vision and mission, PCPS has set the following legislative priorities for 2021:
- Due to the varied implementation of COVID-related school openings and closings, as well as student, school and classroom quarantines, allow Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) scores from the current school year to be used to establish a revised baseline for school grades, with no district or school grades or VAM scores calculated.
- Discontinue rolling back the Required Local Effort (RLE) to protect base student funding from cuts that would impact schools and teachers.
- In order to allow families school choice, continue to allow full funding for district e-learning students and provide level funding for the 2021-22 school year.
- In order to continue to reverse state teacher shortage trends, protect funding for the Teacher Salary Allocation.
PCPS TARGETED PRIORITIES
- Continue the Funding Compression Allocation for school districts funded below the statewide average.
- Require state-calculated VAM-only scores to be provided by FDOE to school districts by July 31 annually.
- Provide incentives for state universities and statutory authorization for all state colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees in elementary and secondary education.
PCPS 2021 Legislative Priority | COVID's Impact: Teacher, School, District Accountability
Due to the varied implementation of COVID-related school openings and closings, as well as student, school and classroom quarantines, allow Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) scores from the current school year to be used to establish a revised baseline for school grades, with no district or school grades or VAM scores calculated.
PCPS 2021 Legislative Priority: VAM Scores
One major legislative priority is to reduce the disruptions that take place when teachers must be unexpectedly moved at the beginning of the school year due to their Value-Added Model (VAM) scores.
Over the years, VAM scores have not been released to school districts until after the first day of school. This requires staff to be reassigned during the pivotal first weeks of the school year.
Please contact our local legislators and urge them to support requiring the Florida Department of Education to provide school districts with VAM scores by July 31 annually.
What is a Bill?
For an overview of the legislative process, including how a bill becomes a law, we recently visited an American Government class at Mulberry High School. Watch the video below.
For more information on Polk County Public Schools’ legislative priorities and how you can support our advocacy efforts, contact Director of Legislative Affairs & Policy:
Phone: 863-534-0521 Ext. 760
Cell Phone: 863-838-3632