Pinellas sets legislative agenda
The Pinellas County School Board will consider Tuesday whether to adopt a legislative agenda that calls for more accountability for private schools that receive vouchers, a return to pre-recession funding levels and all day pre-kindergarten, among other items.
Board members create a list of priorities for the legislative session every year. So do most of the education groups, such as the Florida School Boards Association and the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. Of course it doesn't mean that lawmakers will listen. Often the lists are about undoing what lawmakers have done.
The word "restore" is used at least six times in Pinellas' document.
Pinellas, for instance, would like to see public schools get public education capital outlay, or PECO, dollars restored to the public schools. Charter schools have been receiving PECO for a few years now, but those dollars used to flow to traditional public schools. Pinellas also would like to see school districts have control over their calendar again.
Most of the items on the list relate this year relate to funding. There are 14 money issues, 10 policy issues and four constitutional/authority issues.
The School Board also will consider Tuesday whether to endorse the FSBA platform.