Duval County Public Schools

Legislative Agenda

2013-2014

Capital Funding

Concern: Limited to no capital funding prevents the ability to address “safety to life” issues and quality school infrastructure. The district currently requires approximately 15 million dollars for open “safety to life” issues; this does not include renovations, new buildings, or expansions.

Solutions/Alternatives:

o Restore an appropriate share of PECO dollars for non-charter public schools at 2007-08 levels for 2013-14 and prevent the imposition of required tax levies to fund capital enhancements for charter and traditional public schools.

Instructional Materials

Concern: Requirement to purchase textbooks limits opportunity to use funds for technology. Students need more access to digital content and devices.

Solutions/Alternatives:

o Allow 100% of funds allocated for textbook adoptions to be used for the purchase of digital content and materials.

Class Size Amendment

Concern: Little evidence that the class size amendment increases student achievement. Opportunity to use limited funds more strategically.

Solutions/Alternatives:

o Allow class size to be determined at the school level rather than the classroom level. An exception could remain to require remedial courses in secondary schools to meet class size at the classroom level.

End of Course (EOC) Exams

Concern: Current EOC statute prevents students from receiving credit in a course ending in an EOC exam if they do not pass the exam despite passing the class. Also, 8th graders who score a Level 3 on the Grade 7 Math FCAT should not be forced to take Algebra I until they are prepared.

Solutions/Alternatives:

o Require that a student’s performance on an EOC assessment not determine whether credit is awarded for a course ending with an EOC, but rather constitute 50 percent of the final course grade.

o Revise the middle school acceleration denominator to include only students who achieved a Level 4 or 5 on the Grade 7 Math FCAT Exam.

Special Diploma Students/Graduation

Concern: Students who receive a Special Diploma are on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which indicates that they are not capable of obtaining a regular diploma; however, they are counted as non-graduates in the four year graduation rate.

Solutions/Alternatives:

o Revise current graduation regulations to include special diploma students as graduates in the four year rate.