Foundation for Florida's Future

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Foundation for Florida's Future
501(c)(4)
Foundation for Florida's Future logo.jpg
Leadership: Jeb Bush
Political Party: Nonpartisan
Website: Foundation for Florida's Future
Email: info@afloridapromise.org
The Foundation for Florida's Future is a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit public policy organization dedicated to maintaining the promise of a quality education. The organization advocates for reforms that raise standards, increase accountability, provide incentives for success and offer choices. The organization is located in Tallahassee, Florida and was launched in 1995.

Staff

The organization was founded by former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Currently, Bush serves as Chairman of the Board and President of the Foundation for Florida’s Future. Also on the board of directors is Dr. Zachariah P. Zachariah, F. Phillip Handy, John Thrasher and John Winn.[1]

Staff includes:[2]

  • Patricia Levesque, Executive Director
  • Deirdre Finn, Deputy Executive Director
  • Christy Hovanetz, Senior Policy Fellow
  • Dani Su Armstrong, Events Director

Florida’s Education Report Card

The foundation launched Florida's Education Report Card (dead link) in 2008. The project is an annual scorecard that analyzes "how well our state legislators are keeping the promise of a quality education."[3]

Bills supported

2009

High school graduation

  • HB 1293, sponsored by Rep. Erik Fresen: requires that students be advised of the availability of the courses, credit requirements.
    • STATUS: indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration as of May 2, 2009
  • SB 2654, sponsored by Sen. Thad Altman: requires that students be advised of the availability of the courses, credit requirements.
    • STATUS: indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration as of May 2, 2009

Education personnel

  • HB 1411, sponsored by Rep. Kelli Stargel: increase access to certain education employees in cases of child abuse or neglect; require reports on graduates of state-approved teacher preparation programs; require reports from Commissioner of Education to Legislature on suggested teacher quality legislation.
    • STATUS: indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration as of May 2, 2009
  • SB 2458, sponsored by Sen. Thad Altman: increase access to certain education employees in cases of child abuse or neglect; require reports on graduates of state-approved teacher preparation programs; new provisions for teacher contracts after July 1, 2009 - performance contracts.
    • STATUS: indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration as of May 2, 2009

Corporate Income Tax Credit Program

  • HB 453, sponsored by Rep. Will Weatherford: expands Corporate Income Tax Credit Scholarship program to include insurance premium tax credits and renames; credits under Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program does not apply for Florida alternative minimum tax credit.
  • SB 1310, sponsored by Sen. Andy Gardiner: expands Corporate Income Tax Credit Scholarship program to include insurance premium tax credits and renames; credits under Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program does not apply for Florida alternative minimum tax credit. Allows for past contributions to be claimed against future corporate income tax liability.
    • STATUS: Substituted by HB 453 on April 27, 2009

Class size voucher

  • HB 999, sponsored by Rep. Mike Horner: creates a Class Size Grant Program that would allow for students to attend alternative public schools if classrooms exceed class size limits; provides grants to private school of choice for students in crowded classrooms.
    • STATUS: indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration as of May 2, 2009
  • SB 2124, sponsored by Sen. Stephen Wise: creates a Class Size Grant Program that would allow for students to attend alternative public schools if classrooms exceed class size limits; provides grants to private school of choice for students in crowded classrooms.
    • STATUS: indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration as of May 2, 2009

McKay Scholarship

  • HB 353, sponsored by Rep. Ari Abraham Porth: allows for students using the Voluntary Prekindgerten Education Program to qualify for a McKay Scholarship; eliminates the requirement to have attended a Florida public school to be eligible for the scholarship.
    • STATUS: indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration as of May 2, 2009
  • SB 1010, sponsored by Sen. Jeremy Ring: allows for students using the Voluntary Prekindgerten Education Program to qualify for a McKay Scholarship; eliminates the requirement to have attended a Florida public school to be eligible for the scholarship.
    • STATUS: indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration as of May 2, 2009

Orange County School choice

  • SB 1988, sponsored by Sen. Stephen Wise: creates the Education Empowerment Zone Pilot Project in Orange County - provides school choice eligibility and options.
    • STATUS: withdrawn from consideration as of March 5, 2009

School Assessment Exam

  • HB 543, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Mayfield: requires students entering 9th grade to ear 1 credit in Biology or equivalent; end-of-course assessment to replace science comprehensive exam; assessment during 2010-11 school year.
    • STATUS: indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration as of May 2, 2009
  • HB 13, sponsored by Rep. Charles McBurney: requires successful completion of civics course for advancement in middle school starting 2011-12 with grade 6; end-of-course assessment during 2011-12 school year.
    • STATUS: indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration as of May 2, 2009

Accountability

  • HB 991, sponsored by Rep. Tom Grady: "Florida's Equal Opportunity in Education Act," revises powers and duties of district school boards with regards to improvement and education accountability; requires State Board of Education to comply with federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
  • SB 1682, sponsored by Sen. Stephen Wise: revises powers and duties of district school boards with regards to improvement and education accountability; requires State Board of Education to comply with federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act; requires school districts to be held accountable for academic performance and identifying low-performing schools.
    • STATUS: Substituted by HB 991 on April 24, 2009

Contact

Foundation for Florida’s Future
P.O. Box 10691
Tallahassee, FL 32302-2691
Phone: 850-391-3070
Fax: 786-664-1794
E-mail: info@afloridapromise.org

External links

References

  1. Foundation for Florida's Future, "Board of Directors," accessed August 11, 2009
  2. Foundation for Florida's Future, "Staff," accessed August 11, 2009
  3. Foundation for Florida's Future, "Keeping the Promise: Policy Makers," accessed August 11, 2009