Week of January 23rd update—Testing, Best and Brightest, and Budget
By: Kristin Whitaker – January 27, 2017
There was a breakfast for the Florida Association of School Administrators (FASA) on Wednesday, January 25th. A variety of concerns regarding the public school system were expressed, one major concern being state-mandated testing. One Senator is taking his concerns and filing a bill in hopes of addressing these issues. We are eager to see the language in this bill and will send it out as soon as it is filed.
On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on PreK-12 had a workshop on teacher compensation. The Best and Brightest Scholarship was discussed. One Senator expressed that he thinks it needs more time in order to evaluate the results of this incentive, where another Senator seemed to disagree and recommended they go back and look at previous merit pay programs that have been successful, and utilize one of those programs instead.
On Friday, January 27th, the House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee met to work on the budget cut exercises that the House is requiring. In this current exercise, the Best and Brightest recurring budget of 13.95M was cut by 100 percent. They also cut the Educator Liability Insurance by 100 percent. This does not mean they will both be cut for sure as this is an initial exercise, but it’s a definite possibility.