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Dear Parents:

Our partner, Foundation for Florida’s Future, is working to expand course access to home education students. They asked that I share the survey below with you to get a better grasp on which school districts currently offer home ed students with opportunities to take individual courses, including career technical education or AP, at their local public school.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WBQF8NZ

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Debbie Mortham, Legislative Director for the Foundation. Her email is [email protected]. Thanks for your time and I encourage you to participate.

Sincerely,

Brenda Dickinson
President
The Home Education Foundation
Some great legislation is coming soon!!!
If you are not subscribed to the HEF newsletter, please go to www.flhef.org and subscribe. This is where you will get details.😊
http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/19861/urlt/2020-EO-05.pdf

EMERGENCY ORDER WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Flo1ida issued Executive Order No. 20-114, ratifying and reaffirming Executive Order No. 20-52, declaring a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency; and,

WHEREAS, due to the emergency, the spring and early summer administrations of the ACT and SAT test have been cancelled, impacting the ability of seniors graduating in the 2020 to qualify for Bright Futures Scholarship Awards; and,

WHEREAS, the response to the emergency impacted the ability to some seniors graduating in the spring of2020 to complete their volunteer hours; NOW, THEREFORE, I, Richard Corcoran, Commissioner....Read it here
Excellent Live Online Home Schooling Classes. www.takeheed.org
For every family that registers, HEED will donate a portion of the tuition to support the work of HEF. shttps://www.magisto.com/video/PwUaNFMFRzEhD0NgCzE?l=vsm&o=w&c=c
FLVS IS STILL SERVING HOME EDUCATION STUDENTS

There is erroneous information floating around the pages regarding FLVS which I want to clarify. Yesterday I spoke to The Florida Virtual School (FLVS) about the rumor that FLVS is no longer going to serve home education students. FLVS loves home schoolers and Florida law requires FLVS to serve home education students as well as a few other specific groups of students. So, I knew this could not be true.
Here is the reason for the confusion. There are two schools that make up FLVS. There is the Florida Virtual School (FLVS), which includes both the Full-time and FLEX program, and the FLVS Global School. The Florida Virtual School is, by law, a Florida public school. The FLVS Global School is unique in that courses developed by FLVS for Florida students are marketed internationally to students outside Florida. Students in the Global School have to pay for their courses, whereas students who reside in Florida receive the classes free because FLVS is a Florida public school and receives state funding for those students. The Global school actually brings revenue into the FLVS to be used to develop other courses.
Some Florida students in the past year were accidentally enrolled in the FLVS Global School. Therefore, FLVS is simply moving those students from the Global School to the Florida school so they can receive state funding for those students.
Update on Bills of Interest to Private School
an Home Education Students

DUAL ENROLLMENT

The passage of Senate Bill 1246 today (1-21-20) in the Senate Education Committee gives me hope that the Legislature will ensure that all students have access to dual enrollment in the future. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Kelli Stargel, Chair of the Appropriation Sub-Committee of Education, therefore, it appears she has the funding worked out with leadership in the Senate. The Senate blocked the House bill from passing last year, but SB 1246 is a much better bill than last year's House bill and this year's House Companion bill HB 187

Governor DeSantis and the Richard Corcoran, Commissioner of Education, have both indicated that they support the expansion of the dual enrollment program for all students. The Commissioner recommended $16 million in the Department of Education proposed budget for 2020. The analysis of SB 1246 estimates that the cost to provide funding for private school and home education students during the fall and spring terms and all students during the summer term will cost $28.5 million.

SB 1246 states that both public postsecondary and eligible private postsecondary institutions shall receive funding equivalent to the standard tuition rate per credit hour for each dual enrollment course taken by a private school or home education student during the fall and spring terms but this is subject to an annual appropriation. My concern is that if the “subject to an annual appropriation” language remains in the bill it would require lobbying the Legislature every year to make sure the money is in the final budget.

The Senate Bill 1246 provides a mechanism for colleges and universities to be reimbursed for private and home education students’ tuition, registration fees and instructional materials through the Dual Enrollment Scholarship Program. If the postsecondary institutions are compensated for tuition and fees, they will be more friendly toward dual enrollment students. The goal is to give students the opportunity to earn an AS, AA, or industry certification before they graduate from high school. This bill encourages dual enrollment.

The House Bill 187, sponsored by Representative Zika, is significantly different from the SB 1246 and has passed the first committee in the House. The House bill prohibits public postsecondary institutions from charging private schools or private school students tuition and registration fees for dual enrollment, but does not say how those cost will be paid. Under HB 187 the postsecondary institution would have to absorb the cost. HB 187 does provide $550,000 to cover the cost of private school student’s instructional materials.

The differences between these bills will have to be worked out in the Subcommittee on Education in the Senate and the Appropriations Committees in both Chambers. Needless to say we would like for SB 1246 to be the bill that passes this Session.

THE GARDINER SCHOLARSHIP

Today in Tallahassee there was Rally to support the K-12 state scholarship programs, including the Gardiner Scholarship. Both the Governor and the Senate President spoke at the Rally in support of the Gardiner Scholarship Program and the desire to add $42 million to the appropriation in order to serve the 3500 students on the waiting list. I believe that the House will support the increase because they have consistently supported choice programs for Florida students.

Please go to www.flhef.org to donate
to The Home Education Foundation through Paypal.
The HEF Position on SB 632/HB 859

HEF has been contacted by parents concerned about the effects of these 2 bills on home educators signed up with their counties and with parents who are teaching their children using a "umbrella" private school. There is a lot of misinformation circling about these bills. The Home Education Foundation (HEF) has known about these bills since they were filed, and I am monitoring them, but feel very strongly that these bills will not pass. Even if they do pass, they will not affect home educated students registered with the county. However, they could affect students enrolled in an "umbrella" private school.

First, I need to let you know the policy of HEF and secondly to clarify current law regarding this issue.

1. Policy of HEF: HEF normally does not alert parents to bills that are filed that we do not believe will pass. We believe that parents only need to worry about the bills that have the possibility of passing. As your lobbyist, I use a strategic plan to oppose and hopefully defeat bills that have a potential to hurt home educators. Only after I have done my best to defeat or change a bill, I will reach out to the home education community. We want home education families to be able to educate their children and not worry about bills that are unlikely to pass. If you want to know which bills challenge your right to educate your children, please subscribe to our HEF newsletter at www.flhef.org where I will send out notifications as needed if I need your help to defeat threatening legislation.

2. Clarification of the law: This bill will not affect home educators signed under the county. There is no mention in these bills of home education programs. However, parents who teach their children at home under an “umbrella” private school may be effected if the bill does move and we are not able to get it amended. The Home Education Program, which applies to students signed under the county is s.1002.41 FS and Private School law, which include “umbrella" private schools, is s.1002.42 FS. There are major differences in these two laws, and the legal status of each is important when dealing with Florida Statutes. HEF is very aware of these differences, and, because I also lobby for an association of private schools and work together with a larger group of private schools (FAANS), I follow the private school laws carefully every Session and work to protect private school autonomy and independence. Many times over the years, I have protected the rights of parents teaching through “umbrella” private schools as the laws have changed. I will continue to do so.

3. Status of these Bills: These bills are focused on private schools that take state scholarship students in s1002.421 FS. Since “umbrella” private schools are not allowed to take state scholarship students, these bills are unlikely to affect "umbrella" private schools.

In the early 2000s when the state scholarships (John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program and the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program) were created, I was lobbying for the Florida Association of Academic Non-Public Schools (FAANS) and fought with the Governor and the Department of Education to create a separate section of law which only pertains to private schools that participate in these scholarship programs. This section of law is 1002.421 FS.

SB 632/HB 859 targets these schools that participate in the state scholarship programs. There are some proposed changes in these bills which would apply to all private schools in the Annual Database Survey section 1002.42 of Florida Statutes. If the bills pass, "umbrella" private schools would have to administer the Florida State Assessments (FSA) to their students. “Brick-and-Mortar” private schools would fight this infringement on their rights too. Therefore, I do not believe these changes would be implemented and it would be too expensive for the State to administer the FSAs in all private schools. I think this would be easy to argue against since all private schools do not receive state funding.

Also I believe these bills will not pass this Session because the Governor is placing emphasis on raising teacher’s salaries and has asked the Legislature to cut current programs in order to accomplish this. It is highly likely that additional requests for appropriations will not be considered favorably, therefore, I am 95% sure this bill may not even be heard. So far neither of these bills have been put on a Committee agenda and they have 2 or 3 committees of reference.

Rest assured that you will hear from HEF if a bill threatens your rights. Please make sure you subscribe to our newsletter at www.flhef.org in order to receive any notifications.

http://www.flhef.org/the-hef-position-on-sb-632-hb-859/

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Homeschool Student Access to Part-time Courses at Public Schools 08/16/2021

Homeschool Student Access to Part-time Courses at Public Schools

Dear Parents:

Our partner, Foundation for Florida’s Future, is working to expand course access to home education students. They asked that I share the survey below with you to get a better grasp on which school districts currently offer home ed students with opportunities to take individual courses, including career technical education or AP, at their local public school.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WBQF8NZ

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Debbie Mortham, Legislative Director for the Foundation. Her email is [email protected]. Thanks for your time and I encourage you to participate.

Sincerely,

Brenda Dickinson
President
The Home Education Foundation

Homeschool Student Access to Part-time Courses at Public Schools Take this survey powered by surveymonkey.com. Create your own surveys for free.

The Home Education Foundation - The Home Education Foundation 01/19/2021

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Some great legislation is coming soon!!!
If you are not subscribed to the HEF newsletter, please go to www.flhef.org and subscribe. This is where you will get details.😊

The Home Education Foundation - The Home Education Foundation Governor DeSantis Signs Bright Futures Executive Order Today, September 1, 2020, Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-212 extending the time frame for seniors to take the ACT/SAT in order to qualify for Bright Futures Scholarships until December 1, 2020. This is good news for high school seni...

Governor DeSantis Signs Bright Futures Executive Order - The Home Education Foundation 09/02/2020

Governor DeSantis Signs Bright Futures Executive Order - The Home Education Foundation

http://www.flhef.org/governor-desantis-signs-bright-futures-executive-order/

Governor DeSantis Signs Bright Futures Executive Order - The Home Education Foundation Today, September 1, 2020, Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-212 extending the time frame for seniors to take the ACT/SAT to qualify for Bright Futures Scholarship until December 1, 2020. This is good news for high school seniors who did not have the opportunity to qualify for Bright Future...

06/15/2020

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http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/19861/urlt/2020-EO-05.pdf

EMERGENCY ORDER WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Flo1ida issued Executive Order No. 20-114, ratifying and reaffirming Executive Order No. 20-52, declaring a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency; and,

WHEREAS, due to the emergency, the spring and early summer administrations of the ACT and SAT test have been cancelled, impacting the ability of seniors graduating in the 2020 to qualify for Bright Futures Scholarship Awards; and,

WHEREAS, the response to the emergency impacted the ability to some seniors graduating in the spring of2020 to complete their volunteer hours; NOW, THEREFORE, I, Richard Corcoran, Commissioner....Read it here

www.fldoe.org

03/13/2020

FLVS IS STILL SERVING HOME EDUCATION STUDENTS

There is erroneous information floating around the pages regarding FLVS which I want to clarify. Yesterday I spoke to The Florida Virtual School (FLVS) about the rumor that FLVS is no longer going to serve home education students. FLVS loves home schoolers and Florida law requires FLVS to serve home education students as well as a few other specific groups of students. So, I knew this could not be true.
Here is the reason for the confusion. There are two schools that make up FLVS. There is the Florida Virtual School (FLVS), which includes both the Full-time and FLEX program, and the FLVS Global School. The Florida Virtual School is, by law, a Florida public school. The FLVS Global School is unique in that courses developed by FLVS for Florida students are marketed internationally to students outside Florida. Students in the Global School have to pay for their courses, whereas students who reside in Florida receive the classes free because FLVS is a Florida public school and receives state funding for those students. The Global school actually brings revenue into the FLVS to be used to develop other courses.
Some Florida students in the past year were accidentally enrolled in the FLVS Global School. Therefore, FLVS is simply moving those students from the Global School to the Florida school so they can receive state funding for those students.

Update on Bills of Interest to Private School and Home Education Students - The Home Education Foundation 01/25/2020

Update on Bills of Interest to Private School and Home Education Students - The Home Education Foundation

http://www.flhef.org/update-on-bills-of-interest-to-private-school-and-home-education-students/

Update on Bills of Interest to Private School and Home Education Students - The Home Education Foundation Dual Enrollment: The passage of Senate Bill 1246 on 1-21-2020, in the Senate Education Committee gives me hope that the Legislature will ensure that all students have access to dual enrollment in the future. The ill is sponsored by Sen. Kelli Stargel, Chair of the Appropriation Sub-Committee of Educ...

The Home Education Foundation - The Home Education Foundation 01/22/2020

The Home Education Foundation - The Home Education Foundation

Update on Bills of Interest to Private School
an Home Education Students

DUAL ENROLLMENT

The passage of Senate Bill 1246 today (1-21-20) in the Senate Education Committee gives me hope that the Legislature will ensure that all students have access to dual enrollment in the future. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Kelli Stargel, Chair of the Appropriation Sub-Committee of Education, therefore, it appears she has the funding worked out with leadership in the Senate. The Senate blocked the House bill from passing last year, but SB 1246 is a much better bill than last year's House bill and this year's House Companion bill HB 187

Governor DeSantis and the Richard Corcoran, Commissioner of Education, have both indicated that they support the expansion of the dual enrollment program for all students. The Commissioner recommended $16 million in the Department of Education proposed budget for 2020. The analysis of SB 1246 estimates that the cost to provide funding for private school and home education students during the fall and spring terms and all students during the summer term will cost $28.5 million.

SB 1246 states that both public postsecondary and eligible private postsecondary institutions shall receive funding equivalent to the standard tuition rate per credit hour for each dual enrollment course taken by a private school or home education student during the fall and spring terms but this is subject to an annual appropriation. My concern is that if the “subject to an annual appropriation” language remains in the bill it would require lobbying the Legislature every year to make sure the money is in the final budget.

The Senate Bill 1246 provides a mechanism for colleges and universities to be reimbursed for private and home education students’ tuition, registration fees and instructional materials through the Dual Enrollment Scholarship Program. If the postsecondary institutions are compensated for tuition and fees, they will be more friendly toward dual enrollment students. The goal is to give students the opportunity to earn an AS, AA, or industry certification before they graduate from high school. This bill encourages dual enrollment.

The House Bill 187, sponsored by Representative Zika, is significantly different from the SB 1246 and has passed the first committee in the House. The House bill prohibits public postsecondary institutions from charging private schools or private school students tuition and registration fees for dual enrollment, but does not say how those cost will be paid. Under HB 187 the postsecondary institution would have to absorb the cost. HB 187 does provide $550,000 to cover the cost of private school student’s instructional materials.

The differences between these bills will have to be worked out in the Subcommittee on Education in the Senate and the Appropriations Committees in both Chambers. Needless to say we would like for SB 1246 to be the bill that passes this Session.

THE GARDINER SCHOLARSHIP

Today in Tallahassee there was Rally to support the K-12 state scholarship programs, including the Gardiner Scholarship. Both the Governor and the Senate President spoke at the Rally in support of the Gardiner Scholarship Program and the desire to add $42 million to the appropriation in order to serve the 3500 students on the waiting list. I believe that the House will support the increase because they have consistently supported choice programs for Florida students.

Please go to www.flhef.org to donate
to The Home Education Foundation through Paypal.

The Home Education Foundation - The Home Education Foundation Update on the work of HEF since May 2019 Most people think that once the Legislative Session has ended the work for HEF has ended. However, our work is never done. Threatening Legislation In June, 2019, I traveled to Jacksonville to meet with 3 pediatricians. Two are associated with the University o...

The Home Education Foundation - The Home Education Foundation 01/17/2020

The Home Education Foundation - The Home Education Foundation

The HEF Position on SB 632/HB 859

HEF has been contacted by parents concerned about the effects of these 2 bills on home educators signed up with their counties and with parents who are teaching their children using a "umbrella" private school. There is a lot of misinformation circling about these bills. The Home Education Foundation (HEF) has known about these bills since they were filed, and I am monitoring them, but feel very strongly that these bills will not pass. Even if they do pass, they will not affect home educated students registered with the county. However, they could affect students enrolled in an "umbrella" private school.

First, I need to let you know the policy of HEF and secondly to clarify current law regarding this issue.

1. Policy of HEF: HEF normally does not alert parents to bills that are filed that we do not believe will pass. We believe that parents only need to worry about the bills that have the possibility of passing. As your lobbyist, I use a strategic plan to oppose and hopefully defeat bills that have a potential to hurt home educators. Only after I have done my best to defeat or change a bill, I will reach out to the home education community. We want home education families to be able to educate their children and not worry about bills that are unlikely to pass. If you want to know which bills challenge your right to educate your children, please subscribe to our HEF newsletter at www.flhef.org where I will send out notifications as needed if I need your help to defeat threatening legislation.

2. Clarification of the law: This bill will not affect home educators signed under the county. There is no mention in these bills of home education programs. However, parents who teach their children at home under an “umbrella” private school may be effected if the bill does move and we are not able to get it amended. The Home Education Program, which applies to students signed under the county is s.1002.41 FS and Private School law, which include “umbrella" private schools, is s.1002.42 FS. There are major differences in these two laws, and the legal status of each is important when dealing with Florida Statutes. HEF is very aware of these differences, and, because I also lobby for an association of private schools and work together with a larger group of private schools (FAANS), I follow the private school laws carefully every Session and work to protect private school autonomy and independence. Many times over the years, I have protected the rights of parents teaching through “umbrella” private schools as the laws have changed. I will continue to do so.

3. Status of these Bills: These bills are focused on private schools that take state scholarship students in s1002.421 FS. Since “umbrella” private schools are not allowed to take state scholarship students, these bills are unlikely to affect "umbrella" private schools.

In the early 2000s when the state scholarships (John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program and the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program) were created, I was lobbying for the Florida Association of Academic Non-Public Schools (FAANS) and fought with the Governor and the Department of Education to create a separate section of law which only pertains to private schools that participate in these scholarship programs. This section of law is 1002.421 FS.

SB 632/HB 859 targets these schools that participate in the state scholarship programs. There are some proposed changes in these bills which would apply to all private schools in the Annual Database Survey section 1002.42 of Florida Statutes. If the bills pass, "umbrella" private schools would have to administer the Florida State Assessments (FSA) to their students. “Brick-and-Mortar” private schools would fight this infringement on their rights too. Therefore, I do not believe these changes would be implemented and it would be too expensive for the State to administer the FSAs in all private schools. I think this would be easy to argue against since all private schools do not receive state funding.

Also I believe these bills will not pass this Session because the Governor is placing emphasis on raising teacher’s salaries and has asked the Legislature to cut current programs in order to accomplish this. It is highly likely that additional requests for appropriations will not be considered favorably, therefore, I am 95% sure this bill may not even be heard. So far neither of these bills have been put on a Committee agenda and they have 2 or 3 committees of reference.

Rest assured that you will hear from HEF if a bill threatens your rights. Please make sure you subscribe to our newsletter at www.flhef.org in order to receive any notifications.

http://www.flhef.org/the-hef-position-on-sb-632-hb-859/

The Home Education Foundation - The Home Education Foundation Update on the work of HEF since May 2019 Most people think that once the Legislative Session has ended the work for HEF has ended. However, our work is never done. Threatening Legislation In June, 2019, I traveled to Jacksonville to meet with 3 pediatricians. Two are associated with the University o...

01/14/2020

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Don't forget MyCareerShines Training TONIGHT

HEF has also arranged for a monthly seminar to introduce you to the amazing MyCareerShines online college and career planning program for anyone in Florida. The seminars are to be presented by Maggie Miller and Paula Crutchley who are both Certified Career Advisors and Florida Lead Field Trainers for Kuder the company that developed this comprehensive career guidance program to help students and adults to find their strengths and direct them to college and workforce training in pursuit of their passions. The program contains assessments to determine a student’s interests, skills and work values as well as links to over 500 scholarships, and a comparison of the cost of the colleges which offer the major or training of the student’s choice

MyCareerShines is the missing piece for home educating parents and provides the student’s very own career guidance counselor. It is totally free thanks to the state of Florida. Don’t miss out on these trainings. Start in middle school with your child and spread the word to every home schooler you know.

January 14 from 8-9pm Maggie Miller (host) https://kuder.webex.com/kuder/onstage/g.php…

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01/06/2020

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MyCareerShines Training

HEF has also arranged for a monthly seminar to introduce you to the amazing MyCareerShines online college and career planning program for anyone in Florida. The seminars are to be presented by Maggie Miller and Paula Crutchley who are both Certified Career Advisors and Florida Lead Field Trainers for Kuder the company that developed this comprehensive career guidance program to help students and adults to find their strengths and direct them to college and workforce training in pursuit of their passions. The program contains assessments to determine a student’s interests, skills and work values as well as links to over 500 scholarships, and a comparison of the cost of the colleges which offer the major or training of the student’s choice

MyCareerShines is the missing piece for home educating parents and provides the student’s very own career guidance counselor. It is totally free thanks to the state of Florida. Don’t miss out on these trainings. Start in middle school with your child and spread the word to every home schooler you know.

January 14 from 8-9pm Maggie Miller (host) https://kuder.webex.com/kuder/onstage/g.php?MTID=e6492df524422b932ddadac20066155ca
February 11 from 8-9pm Paula Crutchely (host)
https://kuder.webex.com/kuder/onstage/g.php?MTID=e7c8eac4adc6550946ac3763840c97698

March 17 from 8-9pm Maggie Miller (host) https://kuder.webex.com/kuder/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef4e9f49a838058f8031f3fb4e6a96325

April 14 from 8-9pm Paula Crutchley (host) https://kuder.webex.com/kuder/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec2e1f0015241129cc66360acc9fced85

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10/17/2019

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TONIGHT!!!! Don’t Miss the MyCareerShines Webinar

October 17th from 8:00- 9:00 pm

HEF is excited to announce that we have arranged for Kuder to present the MyCareerShines webinar on two different dates so you can learn about this valuable resource.

MyCareerShines is Florida’s comprehensive education and career planning system designed specifically for Florida’s middle and high school students. It is funded by the Florida Legislature, powered by Kuder, and is available at no cost to all students and adults in Florida.

Recently, HEF sent out 2 newsletters detailing how parents could research career information for their students, but MyCareerShines combines all the resources I had been able to identify plus much more into one comprehensive online program. Highly customized for Florida, MyCareerShines includes evidence-based and developmentally designed career assessments, occupational exploration, career awareness, education planning tools, postsecondary institution information, scholarship searches, job prep tools and tutorials, a resume/cover letter builder, and 2-year, 4-year and industry certification education planning tools. This career planning system also contains many videos allowing students to explore different careers.

You can access this fabulous resource on your own for your child and set up his/her own personal account at: https://www.floridashines.org/find-a-career or join one of the webinars below and get a certified career planner to walk you through it.
The webinar will be presented on:
October 17th from 8:00 – 9:00 pm. https://kuder.webex.com/kuder/onstage/g.php?MTID=e91a5044fff479045d67e3d3baacaddb7
Paula Crutchley will present these webinars for HEF. However, if you can’t join these webinars, you can schedule a webinar training or an in-person training at no cost with one of the two Florida trainers listed below.
Maggie Miller is the Field Trainer in North and Central Florida. Maggie can be reached at 863-279-8580 or [email protected]

Paula Crutchley is the Field Trainer in South Florida. Paula can be reached at (805) 208-7539 or [email protected]

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The Home Education Foundation - The Home Education Foundation 10/07/2019

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TONIGHT from 8:00-9:00 pm MyCareerShines Webinar. Don't miss it!
HEF has arranged for Paula Crutchley, a certified career advisor, to present a special training webinar for home educating parents and students. This resource will save you hours of time trying to research career/college pathways. The site has assessments to help define your child.'s interests and abilities and it allows them to explore careers in their area of interest. It has information on colleges, scholarships and much much more.

Go to www.flhef.org and look at the last article in the newsletter archives titled "Mark Your Calendars......" to read more.

Join the webinar exactly at 8:00 in order to download the software and be ready to explore "My Career Shines."

Here is the link:.https://kuder.webex.com/kuder/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2afdc55ce591917aa2beb7e1b68e0262

The Home Education Foundation - The Home Education Foundation Exciting Student Opportunity Mark Your Calendars For an Exciting Opportunity for Your Student On October 7th and 17th at 8:00- 9:00 pm   HEF is excited to announce that we have arranged for Kuder to present the MyCareerShines webinar on two different dates so you can learn about this valuable resou...

09/27/2019

Just to let you know. Sen Stargel has agreed to sponsor the Dual Enrollment bill in the Senate. I think we can get a bill over the finish line this Session which allow private school students to take dual enrollment courses without requiring their school to pay the tuition.

www.flsenate.gov 09/27/2019

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JUST A FRIENDLY REMINDER!!!

Senate Page Program

The 2020 Page Program Application Deadline is

OCTOBER 1, 2019.

Students need to be 15 year of age by the time Session starts on January 14, 2020.

During regular sessions of the Florida Legislature, participating students from all across the state come to Tallahassee for one week to assist members of the.
Senate. During their assigned week, Senate Pages will assist members of the Florida Senate by distributing materials and messages, learn about the legislative process through a hands-on approach, and experience a "mock session" in which students role-play as Senators and engage in debating, discussing and voting on legislation.

Contact the Page Program at:

Office of Senate Administration
Room 225 Knott Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100
(850) 487-5636 or (850) 487-5256
Fax: (850) 410-0065
[email protected]

Application can be found at:
http://www.flsenate.gov/…/Li…/2020PageProgramApplication.pdf

www.flsenate.gov Disclaimer: The information on this system is unverified. The journals or printed bills of the respective chambers should be consulted for official purposes.

09/20/2019

This week Rep. Zika filed HB 187 relating to dual enrollment.

The Dept of Education presented their proposed budget to the House Education Appropriations Committee which included $16 million to cover the cost of dual enrollment for private and home education students.

We are also working on getting a Senate sponsor for a dual enrollment bill.

www.myfloridahouse.gov 09/14/2019

www.myfloridahouse.gov

The House Page Program accepts students in grades 6-8. The House Messenger Program accepts students in grades 9-12.

The application deadline for these programs is Nov. 22, 2019.

The students in these programs assist the 120 Representatives and their staff during the Capitol’s busiest time of year while observing state government in action.

More information on the House Page and Messenger Program can be found at
https://myfloridahouse.gov/contentViewer.aspx…

www.myfloridahouse.gov

09/13/2019

www.flsenate.gov

Senate Page Program

The 2020 Page Program Application Deadline is

October 1, 2019.

Students need to be 15 year of age by the time Session starts on January 14, 2020.

During regular sessions of the Florida Legislature, participating students from all across the state come to Tallahassee for one week to assist members of the.
Senate. During their assigned week, Senate Pages will assist members of the Florida Senate by distributing materials and messages, learn about the legislative process through a hands-on approach, and experience a "mock session" in which students role-play as Senators and engage in debating, discussing and voting on legislation.

Contact the Page Program at:

Office of Senate Administration
Room 225 Knott Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100
(850) 487-5636 or (850) 487-5256
Fax: (850) 410-0065
[email protected]

Application can be found at:
http://www.flsenate.gov/PublishedContent/About/SenatePageProgram/Links/2020PageProgramApplication.pdf

www.flsenate.gov

06/25/2019

Brenda is creating her travel schedule to speak to groups in Florida. If you would like for her to speak to your group in July, August or September please message her or email her through the HEF website.

06/20/2019

I have attended two days of meetings with the District Home Education Contacts and will be sending out some information about the meeting in a few days. However, one of the biggest complaints that the districts have is that they cannot get enough home education parents to volunteer to serve on the Home Education Review Committee for student with a history of truancy. This is a statute that HEF worked on over 15 years ago. This statute was designed to allow parents of children struggling in public school with a history of truancy to home educate without opening the door to those parents who are trying to circumvent the compulsory attendance laws.

Districts desperately need parents who have home schooled for at least 3 years to volunteer to serve on these committees.
Many of these parents never show up for the first 30 day review so we know they are not serious home educators. We need to preserve our right to home educate by making sure the law is not being used to circumvent the compulsory attendance law.

Please contact me if you have questions about this Committee.

Click here to support Home Education Foundation (HEF) organized by Susan Puchferran 05/24/2019

Click here to support Home Education Foundation (HEF) organized by Susan Puchferran

Every Home Schooler in Florida should know why we have the best home school law in the entire country. It's because for 35 years we have had our very own home school lobbyist, Brenda Dickinson, of the Home Education Foundation (HEF) working for us.

Read her story and join us in this Go fund Me project to be sure we continue to have our freedoms as home schoolers for the future! With over 65,000 home schooling families in Florida, this goal will be reached it everyone does just a little! HEF and Brenda's work is 100% supported by donations from home schoolers.

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Click here to support Home Education Foundation (HEF) organized by Susan Puchferran The Home Education Foundation (HEF) is your Florida home education lobbying organization in Tallahassee, your voice at the Capitol! Your support is vital! Without a full time lobbyist in Tallahassee the rights and privileges of home school families are at risk. Join us in funding a lobbyist fo...

05/23/2019

HELP NEEDED... Will you be attending the FPEA convention this weekend? We need you!! Please consider helping at the HEF booth located in the curriculum, hall. All we need is ONE hour of your time. Come yourself or grab a friend and help at the booth. You will be passing out literature,talking to fellow home schooling moms and selling raffle tickets. 2-$100.00 Visa gift cards have been donated for the raffle. All proceeds will be given to Brenda. If you can help email Rosemarie @
[email protected] or respond to this post with what time you can help. I know Brenda would be truly thankful. See you at convention.

08/09/2018

PICTURES PLEASE!

Please send homeschool pictures that are ok for HEF to use via "send Message"
Thanks!

04/02/2018

In case you have not heard, the Governor signed HB 731 on Friday, March 30 just beforer 5 pm. I wanted to see it on his website before I stated that it was signed. Hopefully, this will clarify the superintendent's role in a home education program for those families in Broward and Miami-Dade. However, if they do not understand the law now, then I believe we will have grounds for a law suit. My desire is to just have the school district follow the law.

03/15/2018

If you are not getting the Home Education Foundation Newsletters directly from The Home Education Foundation and your lobbyist Brenda Dickinson, then you need to subscribe to for the free newsletter at FLHEF.org.

03/10/2018

HB 731 just passedin the House at 10:05pm & is on its way to the Governor. This should stop the harassment of home education parents in South Florida 🎉👏🎉

Timeline photos 03/10/2018

I am sitting in the Senate Gallery. The Home Education bill 731 was just taken up on 3rd Reading. It still has to go back to the House to be voted on tonight.

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