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Letter to the Parents: RE: Legislative Session

Letter to the Parents: RE: Legislative Session

As many of you know, Governor Scott released his budget proposal and legislative committees are currently meeting in advance of the 2011 Legislative Session. Significant policy and budget decisions are going to be made related to public education. We strongly encourage all parents to stay aware of the legislative issues being discussed not only in education but in all areas that affect our community.  You can do this by following legislative proposals and discussion on the websites of the Florida Senate or House of Representatives. Those websites are: www.flsenate.gov and www.MyFloridaHouse.gov. Additionally, the Senate has created a site specifically for citizens to provide input related to education. It is: educationinput@flsenate.gov. Finally, we will be providing our parents and community members with ongoing summaries of proposed legislation and committee dialogue, up to and throughout the 2011 session. These will be found at our website: www.brevardschools.org. Click on the front page link: “Legislative Update.”  

One issue of particular concern centers around “compression” dollars provided to districts whose revenue based on property tax millage is below the state average. For these districts, the state provides additional dollars to bring them to the state average. Brevard is one of those districts. As such, we have received compression funding for both our discretionary millage and our critical needs .25 mill. The Governor’s budget eliminates the compression funding on the critical needs .25 mill for Brevard while maintaining it for other districts. Whatever change in formula was used to do this was not consistent with policy language that existed when Brevard citizens voted to maintain the .25 critical needs mill nor with any policy language re-written since. This change, if implemented, would reduce funding for Brevard Public Schools by approximately $1.5 million.  There is currently debate in both houses as to whether this would be fair to citizens who, as required by the legislature, went to the polls in good faith on this question in November.

These are difficult times and they will require difficult and thoughtful decisions. In Brevard, we are fortunate to have a legislative delegation that seeks input from constituents and is appreciative of their comments and requests. We hope that you will stay informed and provide our legislators with the type of input that will allow them to better understand the thoughts and desires of the constituents they serve.  Below is the contact information for each legislator who represents citizens in Brevard:

Thad Altman:  altman.thad.web@flsenate.gov

404 S. Monroe Street, Senate Office Building, Room 324, Tallahassee, FL  32399-1100, 850-487-5053

Mike Haridopolos:  haridopolos.mike.web@flsenate.gov

404 S. Monroe Street, 409 The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL  32399-1100, 850-487-5056

 

 

Debbie Mayfield:  Debbie.mayfield@myfloridahouse.gov

402 S. Monroe Street, House Office Building, Room 317, Tallahassee, FL  32399-1300, 850-488-0952

Steve Crisafulli:  steve.crisafulli@myfloridahouse.gov

402 S. Monroe Street, House Office Building, Room 317, Tallahassee, FL  32399-1300, 850-488-4669

Tom Goodson:  tom.goodson@myfloridahouse.gov

402 S. Monroe Street, 1101 The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL  32399-1300, 850-488-3006

John Tobia:  john.tobia@myfloridahouse.gov

402 S. Monroe Street, House Office Building, Room 209, Tallahassee, FL  32399-1300, 850-488-2528

Ritch Workman:  ritch.workman@myfloridahouse.gov

402 S. Monroe Street, House Office Building, Room 308, Tallahassee, FL  32399-1300, 850-488-9720

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