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Call to Action 2/23/2015
Help us lobby for this positive Bill.  Please send a letter TODAY to the entire Florida House and Senate Education Committees. There is a sample letter below and key addresses follow at the bottom.  Let’s be heard and make a difference!


Here is sample letter you can personalize:

Dear…

Please give all parents the same choice in testing and accountability that Florida’s legislature gave to Voucher students last year. Please support Representative Mayfield’s HB 877, allowing public school parents and districts to choose a state approved, nationally normed, alternative assessment (like Stanford Achievement or Iowa Test of Basic Skills). If this type of assessment is adequate for voucher students, it should be adequate for all our children.

At the National Summit 2014, Doug Tuttle, Step Up for Students, encouraged law makers to allow the option of norm referenced national tests (for voucher students), suggesting that data from such tests is more than adequate to determining whether public education dollars are well spent. “We really think, from a policy perspective, it does not make any sense to mandate that everybody has to take the criterion-referenced state test, that it ought to be an option to take the norm referenced national test, that researchers can do some comparisons that inform you as policy makers and it does allow families to have real choice in ways that empowers them and allows them to make a difference in their children’s lives.” Why can’t all of Florida’s schoolchildren have this choice?

I sincerely urge you to support HB 877.

Thank you,

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Florida Senate Ed. Committee member email addresses:

Gaetz.don.web@flsenate.gov
Montford.bill.web@flsenate.gov
Bullard.dwight.web@flsenate.gov
Galvano.bill.web@flsenate.gov
Legg.john.web@flsenate.gov
Ring.jeremy.web@flsenate.gov
Simmons.david.web@flsenate.gov
Stargel.kelli.web@flsenate.gov
Detert.nancy.web@flsenate.gov
Benacquisto.lizbeth@flsenate.gov
Brandes.jeff.web@flsenate.gov
Clemens.jeff.web@flsenate.gov
Garcia.rene.web@flsenate.gov
Sobel.eleanor.web@flsenate.gov

Florida House Ed. Committee member email addresses:

alan.williams@myfloridahouse.gov
bob.cortes@myfloridahouse.gov
bruce.antone@myfloridahouse.gov
charlie.stone@myfloridahouse.gov
Chris.sprowls@myfloridahouse.gov
colleen.burton@myfloridahouse.gov
cynthia.stafford@myfloridahouse.gov
dan.raulerson@myfloridahouse.gov
dennis.baxley@myfloridahouse.gov
dwayne.taylor@myfloridahouse.gov
elizabeth.porter@myfloridahouse.gov
erik.fresen@myfloridahouse.gov
fred.costello@myfloridahouse.gov
heather.fitzenhagen@myfloridahouse.gov
irving.slosberg@myfloridahouse.gov
janet.adkins@myfloridahouse.gov
jose.diaz@myfloridahouse.gov
joseph.geller@myfloridahouse.gov
keith.perry@myfloridahouse.gov
larry.ahern@myfloridahouse.gov
larry.lee@myfloridahouse.gov
larry.metz@myfloridahouse.gov
manny.diaz@myfloridahouse.gov
marlene.otoole@myfloridahouse.gov
mia.jones@myfloridahouse.gov
mike.miller@myfloridahouse.gov
richard.stark@myfloridahouse.gov
ross.spano@myfloridahouse.gov
shawn.harrison@myfloridahouse.gov
shevrin.jones@myfloridahouse.gov
Monroe County School Board email addresses at:

school-board.keysschools.schoolfusion.us


What can you do to learn more and make a difference??

  1. Sign up to our Mailing list and Stay Informed. All emails to mailing list are sent Blind Copy (BCC). Encourage your friends to join.
  2. Participate in our Calls to Action. Join our current letter writing campaign now. Phone calls work as well. (LINK HERE)
  3. Like us on Facebook and share our posts on your personal feed.
  4. Share what you have learned. Please share our emails, especially our Calls to Action.
  5. Join your schools SAC and PTA and share information with other parents.
  6. Invite us to speak at your Organization’s meeting. We are available to give presentations about standardized testing to your group.

Contact your local representatives with your concerns about testing:

Monroe County School Board.

State Education Committees

Find your local representative here:

Florida Senate: https://www.flsenate.gov/senators/find

Florida House: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx


 

JOIN US, TODAY, IN ADVOCATING FOR MONROE COUNTY’S PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILDREN

TODAY, CALL Senator Lamar Alexander’s Office  (202) 224-4944 and urge a return tograde span testing (once in elementary, once in middle, one in high school):  The return to grade span testing (once in elementary, middle and high school) is an important first step toward restoring standardized testing to its appropriate use in education, while still giving policy makers and elected officials a valid snapshot of what is happening in schools.

TODAY, CALL Senator Legg’s Office (850-487-5017 or 813-909-9919) and explain to them that the 5% testing limit in SB 616 translates to 1 hour every three days which is entirely too much. This would be a major increase in the amount of testing in our schools. Remind him that standardized testing of any kind is developmentally inappropriate for students K-2.  Demand developmentally appropriate testing for all students based on Education best practices.Also, plan to call or email the Senate Education Committee regularly regarding testing issues: Remind the Senate Education Committee that last year they approved a model of Accountability for publicly funded Voucher students allowing parents to choose between a nationally normed state approved test and the state assessment (SB850 Section 17). If this type of assessment is adequate for voucher students, it should be adequate for ALL of Florida’s children. Tell them you want Choice in Accountability, allowing parents, schools and districts to choose a state approve, nationally normed, alternative assessment (like Stanford Achievement or Iowa Test of Basic Skills)

Florida Senate Ed. Committee member email addresses:

Gaetz.don.web@flsenate.gov 850-487-5001

Montford.bill.web@flsenate.gov 850-487-5003

Bullard.dwight.web@flsenate.gov 850-487-5039

Galvano.bill.web@flsenate.gov 850-487-5026

Legg.john.web@flsenate.gov 850-487-5017

Ring.jeremy.web@flsenate.gov 850-487-5029

Simmons.david.web@flsenate.gov 850-487-5010

Stargel.kelli.web@flsenate.gov 850-487-5015

Detert.nancy.web@flsenate.gov 850-487-5028

Benacquisto.lizbeth@flsenate.gov 850-487-5030

Brandes.jeff.web@flsenate.gov 850-487-5022

Clemens.jeff.web@flsenate.gov 850-487-5027

Garcia.rene.web@flsenate.gov 850-487-5038

Sobel.eleanor.web@flsenate.gov 850-487-5033

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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