During the 2016 Florida Legislative Session, lawmakers once again demonstrated their commitment to improving education and expanding opportunities for Sunshine State students.
They furthered a tradition in which each new generation of leaders adds to a reform effort that has changed the face of American education. This year’s generation has championed students with disabilities, broken down barriers preventing children from going to great public schools, and stepped into the future with legislation that eventually will lead to a personalized education for every child. It was an honor to work with so many passionate advocates for children and parents this year. And we are happy to report that Florida’s 2016 Legislative Session brought meaningful changes to education.
Click the links below to learn more about the student-centered issues AFloridaPromise focused on this year.
How We Grade
Each year, Florida’s Education Report Card grades legislators on their efforts to improve the quality of education in the Sunshine State. By grading lawmakers on a scale of A-F, just like students and schools, Florida’s Education Report Card gives the public a clear and comprehensive assessment of who is keeping the promise of a quality education in the Sunshine State.
AFloridaPromise measures reforms based on seven core principles:
Grades are based on legislators’ voting records and demonstrations of leadership. House and Senate voting records are calculated in a ratio of favorable votes cast for student-centered policies out of the total opportunities to vote on those policies. (Example: A lawmaker who supported 7 out of 10 student-centered policies would earn a raw score of 70 percent.)
Make Your Voice Heard
Elected officials cannot be in schools every day. You can play an active role in setting policies by communicating your concerns and ideas to these leaders. Florida’s leaders need to hear from you and your students about what is working, what is not working, and what your priorities are for education. Your personal story could be a powerful tool for change.
State Lawmakers Need to Hear from You
We elect senators and representatives to make decisions for our children and families. For those decisions to truly be the best for kids, we need our parents and teachers to communicate with lawmakers.
Connecting With Your Lawmaker
Find Your Lawmakers
Now that you know how your lawmakers scored on Florida’s 2016 Education Report Card, find the senators and representatives serving you, and make your gratitude or concerns heard!
Contact your AFloridaPromise team member for more tips, resources and the contact information for your state lawmakers.
Meet Your Senator or Representative
Legislators represent specific regions, so you should be able to meet yours close to home.
Write or Email
Writing to or emailing your lawmaker is best when you would like to express your support or address a certain issue.