IVBE LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES – 2007

1. IVBE supports enabling parents/families to select the public or private schools that best serve the needs of their children. We ask the Legislature to do this because the only remedy for the broken education system is to adopt a “free market” approach with no mandates other than prohibiting racial, ethnic and religious discrimination, and ensuring safety to life. A system of accountabil ity for student achievement must accompany any plan.

 

2. We urge the Legislature to adopt the “First Class Education” bill, mandating that districts spend 65% of operating dollars in the classroom.
 3. Parents/guardians must give prior written approval to any survey administered in K-12. No information from such surveys shall be disclosed without parental consent.
4. Bonuses mandated by the A+ Plan must be calculated and awarded based only on the number of students per school who are actually counted to compute the school grades. Our research, as well as media reports, shows that less than half the students in some districts have been counted towards the grades. This explains why schools with high state ratings cannot qualify as having made adequate yearly progress under the Federal No Child Left Behind Act.
5. Instructional Personnel” must be redefined as those who teach full class loads 90% of their typical employment day.
6. All grant proposals voted on by Florida school boards must be accompanied by answers to specific questions that the Marion County School Board has mandated and is using.
7. Curricula review and selection committees at school, district and state levels must be constituted of 50% peer-elected, non-employee parents/guardians/community representatives.
8. IVBE supports legislation to hold school districts accountable for preventing and remediating mold and mildew in all school buildings.
9. We urge the Legislature to request the Office of Civil Rights to approve an amendment to the META consent decree so that intensive English can be taught to LEP students. When California implemented this, test scores and parental satisfaction increased significantly.
10. A cap must be placed on the fees charged to charter schools by management companies. Additionally, when audits of charter schools reveal operational deficits, the state must monitor and, if necessary, take over operation until the deficits are eliminated.

11. Transition services must be provided to eligible ESE students from the ages of 13 to 21.