During the 2016 Florida Legislative Session, lawmakers once again demonstrated their commitment to improving education and expanding opportunities for Sunshine State students.  

Florida’s Education Report Card, using an A-F scale, graded lawmakers on their leadership and commitment to improving education. In the news clips below, read more about the report card and how your lawmaker fared.

Florida PoliticsApril 12, 2016 

(Janet) Adkins, who represents House District 11, earned an A+ and a spot on the Honor Roll on the Foundation for Florida’s Future 2016 Education Report Card. The high marks follow the lawmaker’s leadership this year on improving the quality of education in the Sunshine State through support for student-centered policies.  

“She has a heart and passion for students and their families,” said Patricia Levesque, Executive Director of a Florida Promise. Adkins sponsored HB 7021, a bill aimed at improving reading instruction for struggling readers. Her determination to bring this important issue front and center will inform future discussions and ultimately benefit a generation of students.” 


Santa Rosa’s Press GazetteApril 10, 2016 

“We are grateful for Representative Hill’s support of student-centered policies,” said Patricia Levesque, aFloridaPromise’s executive director. “With his support, students scored several victories this legislative session, and Florida is keeping the promise of a quality education for every Sunshine State student.” 

“I truly believe that education is the foundation for tomorrow’s future,” Hill said. “I will continue to support sound and principled legislation that will benefit our students and educators, ensuring the opportunity to a high-quality education…” 


Fernandina ObserverApril 9, 2016 

Representative Adkins was the sponsor of HB 7021, a bill aimed at improving reading instruction for struggling readers. Her determination to bring this important issue front and center will inform future discussions and ultimately benefit a generation of students. 

“I am honored to receive this recognition. It is clear that approximately 15 – 20% of public school students struggle with dyslexia, which helps us understand why some children do not perform well on written tests. I am committed to working towards a framework that will improve teaching practices for these students and to identify these students earlier. Learning to read and implementation of best practices based on science is critical to success of our students, ”said Representative Adkins. 


Sunshine State News April 4, 2016 

Like any students in Florida’s education system, Florida lawmakers received their own set of grades for their commitment to education issues during the 2016 legislative session.  

On Monday, the Jeb Bush-backed Foundation for Florida’s Future unveiled its annual Education Report Card, which grades both House and Senate members on an A-F scale for their commitment to improving education and expanding opportunities for students in the Sunshine State.  

Twenty lawmakers made the cut for this year’s report including a variety of legislators from the house and senate.  


Florida PoliticsApril 4, 2016 

Twenty legislators earned spots on the Jeb Bush-founded Foundation for Florida’s Future honor roll this year, according to a press release. 

The nonprofit organization, which supports initiatives such as school choice, issues a yearly report card on lawmakers “for their actions to improve the quality of education in the Sunshine State through support for student-centered policies,” the release said. 

“Because of their actions the parents of students with disabilities now have more options in preparing their children for success, all students will have greater access to our wealth of excellent public schools, and the groundwork is laid for a future in which every child can receive a personalized education,” Executive Director Patricia Levesque said. 


Orlando Political ObserverApril 4, 2016 

The grades were based on the lawmakers “Commitment to improving education and expanding opportunities for Sunshine State students. They furthered a tradition in which each new generation of leaders adds to a reform effort that has changed the face of American education.” 

… “What more can we do for students? That was the attitude our state leaders took going into this year’s Legislative Session in addressing public education,” said Patricia Levesque, Executive Director of aFloridaPromise.