Legislative and DOE Updates

BPIE – Significant Impact on School Administrators this School Year

In July 2013, Florida lawmakers enacted section 1003.57(f), Florida Statutes (F.S.; http://www.leg.state.fl.us/), which requires each district and school to complete a Best Practices for Inclusive Education (BPIE) assessment every three years. Assisting administrators in preparing for completing the school’s BPIE, the district ESE department and FDLRS/FIN has provided information, including how to access and register for the online School BPIE Assessment account. Clicking this web link will download the “School BPIE Administrator Guide,” which will lead the administrator through the steps to plan for and facilitate the completion of the School BPIE Assessment.

In addition, school administrators can participate in a live webinar or a face to face professional learning session dedicated to the School BPIE Assessment process. Facilitated by FDLRS/FIN, these 90-minute learning opportunities will be offered several times a month. Participants must register through the PDS scheduler in advance. An Adobe Connect presentation is available anytime by clicking on this link. The district ESE department is available to provide further guidance and assistance about the School BPIE Assessment process.

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CASE Sends Dr. Tillman to Washington DC

Dr. Poinsetta Tillman, Professional Development Chair for the Florida Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), along with other Florida CASE members and Florida Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) members, traveled to Washington DC and attended the 2015 Special Education Legislative Summit July 12-15. While on Capital Hill they were able to visit and speak to Education Aids for nine (9) Florida Legislators to include Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio and Representatives Alcee Hastings, Ted Deutch, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Frederica Wilson, Mario Diaz-Balart, Vern Buchanan, and John Mica. Their purpose was to educate, and their main talking points were related to the need for increased funding to support state and federal mandates associated with educating our students and accountability for private schools who participate in the state’s voucher program.

SY 15/16 Updates

SY14/15 Updates

Technical Assistance Papers (TAP)

Statewide Assessment for Students with Disabilities

Rules (Florida Administrative Code.)