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All seven Hillsborough County School Board members, Superintendent Eakins and incoming Superintendent Addison Davis traveled to Tallahassee to advocate for our students, teachers and staff.

A Productive Day in Tallahassee as our Board, Superintendent Eakins and Incoming Superintendent Davis Advocate for our Schools

January 29, 2020 - Partners in Education

What a Wednesday in Tallahassee!

All seven of our Board Members, Superintendent Jeff Eakins and incoming Superintendent Addison Davis traveled to Tallahassee Wednesday to advocate for our students, teachers and staff in Hillsborough County Public Schools.

Our School Board and Superintendent spent the day meeting with lawmakers. Together, they looked a the priorities of the Legislature and Governor and found areas in Hillsborough where we think we can move the needle for student success. They met with Rep. Adam Hattersley; Sen. Darryl Rouson; and Florida's new Chancellor for Innovation, Eric Hall.

Hillsborough Schools is working on three specific pilot projects that impact STEP and workforce learning, Social & Emotional Learning and early childhood learning—all of which can be launched in Hillsborough and potentially shared across the state.

  • Get on the Bus for Kindergarten Readiness - promoting early learning - sponsored by Sen. Tom Lee, Form 2429/ Rep. James Grant, HB 4509
  • Building a Better Tampa Bay - STEM workforce initiative - sponsored by Sen. Tom Lee, Form 2314 / Rep. Jackie Toledo, HB 2161, Co-sponsored by Rep. Adam Hattersley
  • Creating a Community of Care for the Whole Child - supporting Social & Emotional Learning - sponsored by Sen. Darryl Rouson, Form 1286 / Rep. Jackie Toledo, HB 2797

Governor DeSantis' push for increased teacher pay is turning into reality in the latest drafts of the House and Senate budgets. Hillsborough's School Board members fully support efforts to increase teacher pay.