Hillsborough County Council PTA
every  child. one  voice.

January News
Advocacy Update
Florida 2018 Legislative Session
January 9 - March 9
Impact on Hillsborough County Schools
Why is it important to Advocate for my student?
Hillsborough County PTA believes that all Florida Public School Students should have the following rights**:
  • The right to well-maintained schools, current curriculum, safe transportation and adequate school supplies.
  • The right to be taught by caring, committed and qualified teachers and education support professionals. (This requires funding for competitive, professional base pay and benefits to attract and keep high-quality K-12 school faculty and staff.)
  • The right to learn in clean and safe school facilities, including ample classroom space equipped with modern technology. (This requires fully funding school construction to modernize existing schools, build new schools and expand classroom capacity.)
  •  The right to attend local public schools that have the flexibility to meet their unique needs.

Why is it important RIGHT NOW?
Before the Florida State Legislative Session ends on March 9th, our State Senators and Legislators will vote on funding for public education. Current bills that impact our students also include those related to texting while driving, charter schools, Bright Futures, graduation requirements, mandatory retentions, student discipline, etc.

How does our current State Budget impact the Rights of our SDHC Students?

State of Florida public school funding per student is nearly $4,000 below the national average and $3,000 below states with similar tax codes. Florida’s 2017-18 budget is $7,296 per student. Prior to this increase, the highest per student funding in Florida was in 2007-2008 at $7,126. Adjusted for inflation, per student funding would need to be $8,150 to equal what our students had a decade ago.

Governor Rick Scott has proposed a $200 increase per student ($7,496). It is important to contact your legislators about properly funding public education in the State of Florida.
How did your State legislator vote on this year's education budget (HB7069)?
HB (House Bill) 7069 was the bill in the 2017 Florida Legislative Session that included appropriations for education along with a devastating provision that diverted ½ of funding for school construction and maintenance to charter schools. How Florida Legislators from Hillsborough County voted on HB 7069:
Florida Senate (Passed 20-18)
Dana Young – Yes
Darryl Rouson – No
Tom Lee - Yes
Bill Galvano – Yes
Florida House of Representatives (Passed 73-36)
Janet Cruz – No
James “J.W.” Grant – Yes
Shawn Harrison – Yes
Wengay “Newt” Newton No
Jake Raburn – Yes
Sean Shaw – No
Ross Spano – Yes
Jackie Toledo – Yes
What can you do to get better funding for Hillsborough County Public Schools?

#1 - Know your State Legislators and keep their Contact Information nearby
  • Click here to find your Florida State Representative.
  • Click here to find your Florida State Senator:
#2 – Follow what is happening in the State Legislative Session
  • Click here for Tampa Bay Times Education Blog
  • Like HCC PTA/PTSA on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  • Click here to join the Alliance for Public Schools
#3 – Contact your State Legislators during the Session when Bills are pending
  • Email, call or both: each contact helps build a relationship with them.
  • Sample emails are provided by the Alliance for Public Schools and other sources. Edit to include personal information about why the issue is important to you.
  • Be specific about what action you would like them to take.
  • Talk to their aide if they are unavailable.
  • Meet with them if you can, either before or after the session.
  • Send them a leftover Holiday/New Year card to put a face with the name and include why education funding needs to be increased on the back.

Each contact can make a difference. Last year’s devastating bill would not have passed if just one more Senator had changed their vote to No.
Founder's Day
Day of Service
Volunteer at OASIS on Feb 22! 
New Tampa - Tampa Palms Elementary 
South Tampa - Manhattan Center 
Seffner - Lopez Elementary 
Sign up at  https://goo.gl/jh2WM9

Participate in our clothing drive contest! 
Collect new and gently used clothing in sizes 4-18. Bring it to one of the OASIS sites on Feb 22. The local unit who donates the most clothing by weight will be the winner of the first annual Founder's Day Cup!

OASIS Network is a grassroots, volunteer-driven organization, serving underprivileged students in Hillsborough County. We provide clothing, shoes, hygiene items and other basic necessities to students in need of assistance. 
Learn more at  www.oasis-network.org
HCC PTA/PTSA Awards Season is Here
T he Hillsborough County Council PTA/PTSA knows every local unit works very hard to focus on the Purposes of PTA. We want to recognize the individuals and units who further the mission and purposes of the PTA through your work planning events and programs that are meaningful to your members and your community. Applying for our many awards allows local units an opportunity to showcase their efforts and share successful program. Apply here: Awards
Know a high school senior looking for college scholarships? Apply by March 1, 2018 for a Hillsborough County PTA/PTSA scholarship! Scholarships are for seniors attending Hillsborough County Public schools. Winners will be selected based on merit and/or financial need.  Scholarships are typically one $1,000 and two $500 (based on vendor sales at Spring Training each year).
 
Thursday, February 15th, 2018, 10:30 a.m. At the Robert W. Saunders Sr. Public Library, 1505 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
All HCC PTA/PTSA Local units may send the President and 2 voting delegates as appointed by the President. R.S.V.P. to VPLeadership@hccptaptsa.org Include name, school, position, & voting delegates.
Whether you are a new or returning officer or just thinking about becoming an officer at your local PTA/PTSA unit this training is for you! FREE training, FREE giveaways, and FREE lunch! There’s a class for everyone from Presidents to Male Engagement to Advocacy. Take a walk around our vendor fair and prepare for the next school year with fundraisers, programs, and spirit wear!
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