Attachment: 2016 2017 Leg Plan from CCC.pdf
Dr. Blackburn explained the purpose of the workshop. He introduced Nick Iarossi of Capital City Consulting.
Mr. Iarossi presented Capital City Consulting's Governmental Relations plan for the 2017 Legislative Session. Included was an overview of strategy, information about the Brevard County Delegation,procedural and staff changes as well as the legislative plan.
Challenges and issues to be considered were discussed. There was also mention of branding of the district that would allow legislative leaders to know that Capital City was working with Brevard.
There was some discussion and clarification provided regarding the formula and purpose of Federally Connected Dollars.
Regarding paper and pencil testing, Mr. Iarossi said they had to be prepared to show an ROI, or return on investment, to legislators. Board discussion ensued about the various pieces that should be included in the ROI; i.e. efficiencies, loss of curricular time, and instructional impact.
Mr. Craig said that it is imperative that we have a concrete metric to provide the legislation. Dr. Blackburn expressed that staff would work on getting that information.
Regarding the issue of the state mandating Financial Literacy, it was brought up that Junior Achievement has been providing this kind of instruction to BPS students. The Board wanted Capital City to advocate that there is more than one way to provide these types of experiences to students. Mr. Iarossi suggested that Senator Hukill be invited to sit with the Board about the flexibility to partner with an outside agency.
There was conversation about the legislation's push for school choice options and charter schools. Mr. Craig said that branding is exactly what the district needs. He doesn't see school choice as a threat because Brevard Public Schools are the best choice. also spoke about creating a charter school within the district.
Mr. Ziegler expressed that we need to clarify what is fair and equitable in capital money distribution. He asked for Capital City to outline what they will be lobbying for on the District's behalf?
Ms. Belford suggested that the state look at increasing funding for transportation so more school choice options can be considered. She wants to make sure Capital City advocates for all mandates to have appropriate state funding.