House Honor Roll
The Foundation for Florida’s Future’ Education Report Card – Honor Roll recognizes the legislative leaders who championed bold education reforms that keep the promise of a quality education for each and every student. These members of the Florida House of Representatives earned a place on the 2017 Honor Roll.
Speaker Richard Corcoran
Speaker Richard Corcoran made K-12 education one of his top priorities this session. His determination to ensure every child, regardless of location, income or ability level, has access to a high-quality education earned him a top spot on Florida’s 2017 Education Report Card. His tireless advocacy and leadership will undoubtedly improve the educational outcomes for thousands of Florida students.
Rep. Michael Bileca
As Education Committee Chairman, Rep. Michael Bileca ensured all legislators serving on this committee were well prepared for in-depth discussion on K-12 policy and proven methods for raising student achievement. He also championed significant legislation that will give students in low-performing school zones access to high-quality educational options.
Rep. Colleen Burton
Recognizing that middle school achievement rates throughout Florida have remained stagnant, Rep. Colleen Burton advocated for Middle School Study legislation that will provide state leaders with detailed information on what other states have done to increase student success.
Rep. Manny Diaz, Jr.
Rep. Manny Diaz, Jr.’s tremendous knowledge of Florida’s K-12 education system helped him successfully advocate for a number of policy provisions that empower parents with greater choices so that they can find the learning environment that best fits their child’s needs. He also used his past experience as a teacher to champion legislation that would give teachers more time to teach and students more time learn.
Rep. Byron Donalds
Rep. Byron Donalds charged into his first session with a passion for student-centered learning, accountability and parental choice. During an education committee meeting, Rep. Donalds shared his reasoning for why Florida would benefit from recruiting nonprofit charter schools with proven track records of success. He also sponsored legislation to improve reading outcomes for Florida students in Pre-K through third grade.
Rep. Jason Fischer
Rep. Jason Fischer used his past experience as a local school board member to provide valuable insights on how Florida can best serve the needs of students. Whether advocating on behalf of students with special needs or those needing additional reading resources, Rep. Fischer demonstrated his commitment to overall student success.
Rep. Chris Latvala
As the Chair of the PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee, Rep. Chris Latvala provided his committee members with important opportunities to learn more about Florida’s ongoing efforts to provide a robust educational choice environment. Rep. Latvala’s leadership as a committee chair and outspoken advocacy for students earned him a spot on the report card’s honor roll list.
Rep. Larry Lee, Jr.
Rep. Larry Lee, Jr. supported moving assessments to the end of the year to give teachers more time to teach, and supported expanding the Gardiner Scholarship to students with special needs. Rep. Lee’s focus on what’s best for students led to more robust and solutions-oriented conversations on how to improve educational outcomes.
Rep. Elizabeth Porter
Early in this year’s legislative session, Rep. Elizabeth Porter sponsored legislation that would remove caps on the bonuses teachers could receive when their students earn college credit and/or industry certifications. Rep. Porter’s focus on rewarding great teachers demonstrates her commitment to ensuring our state recognizes and rewards teachers who are making a difference in the lives of their students.
Rep. Jake Raburn
As the Chair of the PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee, Rep. Jake Raburn effectively communicated the importance of a strong education accountability system to raising student achievement. Throughout the legislative session, Rep. Raburn ensured legislators focused on the most important people in Florida’s K-12 education system: students.
Rep. Barry Russell
Seeing the tremendous difference that Gardiner Scholarships have made in the lives of students with special needs, Rep. Barry Russell worked with his colleagues to expand the program to students with rare diseases. His advocacy for legislation that expands the program will ensure additional families who desperately need access to a customized education will be able to participate.
Rep. Chris Sprowls
Before Florida’s 2017 Legislative Session began, Rep. Chris Sprowls actively engaged with teachers and parents to learn more about how Florida can improve student learning. Rep. Sprowls was an outspoken and effective champion for comprehensive assessment legislation that would give teachers more time to teach, students more time to learn and provide parents with easy-to-understand information on how they can help their child.
Rep. Jennifer Sullivan
Rep. Jennifer Sullivan’s deep commitment to students was evident in sponsored legislation that would benefit thousands of students by expanding the Gardiner Scholarship Program, strengthening Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program and unlocking access to virtual education for all students. On the House floor, her colleagues gave her a round of applause for her tireless advocacy on behalf of Florida’s children.
Green highlighting indictates lawmakers on the 2017 Honor Roll.