I was proud as a duly elected constitutional officer, school board member, and immediate past-president of the Florida Coalition of School Board Members to be able to speak yesterday at the Florida Senate Community Affairs Committee in Tallahassee.
This committee was considering numerous bills, but one was of particular interest to me. SB 1426 is the membership bill that will allow school board members, individually, the ability to "opt-out" of paying high priced, taxpayer funded "association" fees. The discussion of this bill begins at minute 9:00 of this video. The committee moved the bill favorably after several speakers spoke in support of the bill. One member of the gallery, the newly appointed executive director of the FSBA, attempted to explain the reasons behind the school board association joining forces with unions ans special interest groups to sue the state. Ahe was grilled by the committee over this lawsuit attempting to kill tax credit scholarships. It was a great day in Tallahassee. The Miami Herald and the Tampa Bay Buzz Blog covered the meeting. from the Miami Herald: