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 2018 Honor Roll.
Representative Michael Bileca
In his roles as a legislator and also Education Committee Chair, Representative Michael Bileca championed several pieces of legislation that provided students with greater educational opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.
Representative Bileca was instrumental in advocating for an additional funding source to ensure more low-income students have access to Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program and more students with special needs are able to customize their education through the Gardiner Scholarship Program.
Speaker Richard Corcoran
Speaker Richard Corcoran continued his commitment to Florida students by once again making K-12 education a top priority this session. In his opening day address, Speaker Corcoran promised Floridians that he would “fight to ensure that every child in this state – regardless of gender, race, religion or income – has access to a world-class education.” He kept his promise.
He was also an outspoken champion for bullied and harassed students, urging his fellow leaders to give these students greater options through the Hope Scholarship program.
Representative Kimberly Daniels
Representative Kimberly Daniels was one of the Florida House’s most outspoken proponents of educational opportunity, often sharing her experiences as a parent as well as the experiences of many of her constituents.
While sharing her passion for empowering parents with high-quality choices, Representative Daniels often focused on the positive, lifelong impact these choices have for students.
Representative Manny Diaz, Jr.
Concerned with the number of Florida students struggling to read on grade level, Representative Manny Diaz, Jr., championed a first-in-the-nation reading scholarship program to empower parents with the resources to help their children develop strong literacy skills.
Representative Diaz, Jr., was also the lead advocate for expanding Florida’s Principal Autonomy Program, which empowers school leaders by giving high performing principals greater autonomy and flexibility over their schools.
Representative Byron Donalds
Before session even began this year, Representative Byron Donalds was hard at work developing the framework for a scholarship program that would serve as a lifeline for bullied or harassed students who wanted to move to a safer learning environment.
In addition to leading the effort to establish the Hope Scholarship program – the first program of its kind in the nation – Representatitve Donalds supported a number of student-centered pieces of legislation.
Representative Katie Edwards-Walpole
Representative Katie Edwards-Walpole backed legislation that would have given more flexibility to public school districts leaders working on mastery-based education/personalized learning programs. Rep. Edwards-Walpole also supported the creation of a Reading Scholarship Accounts program as well as co-sponsored legislation to improve educational opportunity for incarcerated Floridians.
Representative Jason Fischer
Representative Jason Fischer demonstrated his commitment to Florida’s youngest learners by sponsoring legislation that would have greatly improved the way Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) information is shared with parents and the public.
In addition to his work on early education, Representative Fischer was a strong advocate for several pieces of legislation that expanded learning opportunities for Florida’s K-12 students.
Representative Chris Latvala
Leading up to Florida’s 2018 Legislative Session, Representative Chris Latvala led an important discussion on how to improve transparency and accountability in Florida’s K-12 scholarship programs.
His proactive leadership on the topic will undoubtedly lead to more students and families being able to benefit from these vital programs.
Representative Larry Lee, Jr.
Representative Larry Lee, Jr. was a lead sponsor on legislation to improve reading instruction for elementary school students and ensure incarcerated Floridians have the educational options they need to be successful after they are released. In line with his passion for early literacy and career and technical education, Rep. Lee, Jr. also supported bills that established a reading scholarship account program for struggling readers and promoted apprenticeships to high school students.
Representative Wengay Newton
Representative Wengay Newton’s support for customizing a student’s educational experience was evident in his advocacy for legislation to create a first-in-the-nation Reading Scholarship Account program, expand flexibility for public school districts implementing personalized learning programs and allow students to use apprenticeship courses to count toward their graduation requirements.
Representative Jose Oliva (Speaker-Designate)
Speaker-designate Jose Oliva led his chamber’s efforts to improve mental health resources available to students and schools with his sponsorship of Florida’s school safety legislation.
In addition to his work to improve school safety, Speaker-designate Oliva frequently rallied his colleagues to support legislation that gives families greater choices over their child’s education.
Representative Elizabeth Porter
Representative Elizabeth Porter’s relentless advocacy to prepare students for success in today’s competitive economy led to the successful passage of several college and career-focused policies, including a significant expansion of computer science education and dual enrollment course access.
Representative Jake Raburn
As chair of the House’s PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee, Representative Jake Raburn worked diligently to ensure all legislators on this committee were well prepared for in-depth discussions on K-12 policy and the steps Florida has taken to significantly raise student achievement during the last two decades.
Representative Paul Renner
As the Chair of the House’s Ways and Means Committee, Representative Paul Renner effectively advocated for additional funding sources for K-12 scholarship programs that serve students with disabilities and those living in poverty.
In a committee meeting, Representative Renner urged his colleagues to ensure that children who are on waitlists for these programs also have the opportunity to “climb the economic ladder” and achieve lifelong success.
Representative Chris Sprowls
Representative Chris Sprowls was an effective champion for Florida students, working to ensure each and every child has access to a quality education that puts them on the path to lifelong success.
Representative Sprowls’ passion for empowering parents with the resources to find the best learning environment for their children earned him a spot on Florida’s 2018 Education Rort Card Honor Roll.
Representative Jennifer Sullivan
Representative Jennifer Sullivan’s dedication to improving educational outcomes for students was evident in her leadership on several pieces of legislation, including a bill that would have allowed additional school districts to create innovative, personalized education programs.
Representative Sullivan also led the call for greater fiscal transparency, empowering parents with information on how schools allocate funds to students.
Green highlighting indictates lawmakers on the 2018 Honor Roll.
|Brodeur, Jason T.||R||28||100||A|
|Brown, Kamia L.||D||45||65||D|
|Clemons, Charles Wesley "Chuck"||R||21||93||A|
|Cortes, Robert "Bob"||R||30||100||A|
|Cummings, W. Travis||R||18||100||A|
|Diaz Jr., Manny||R||103||110||A+|
|Duran, Nicholas X.||D||112||67||D|
|Edwards-Walpole, Katie A.||D||98||84||B|
|Grant, James "J.W."||R||64||100||A|
|Jones, Shevrin D. "Shev"||D||101||67||D|
|La Rosa, Mike||R||42||100||A|
|Lee Jr., Larry||D||84||88||B|
|Leek, Thomas J. "Tom"||R||25||100||A|
|Massullo, Jr., Ralph||R||34||100||A|
|McGhee, Kionne L.||D||117||53||F|
|Moraitis, George R.||R||93||100||A|
|Moskowitz, Jared Evan||D||97||57||F|
|Newton, Wengay 'Newt'||D||70||86||B|
|Nunez, Jeanette M.||R||119||100||A|
|Olszewski, Robert 'Bobby O'||R||44||100||A|
|Peters, Kathleen M.||R||69||86||B|
|Porter, Elizabeth W.||R||10||104||A+|
|Raschein, Holly Merrill||R||120||100||A|
|Rodrigues, Ray Wesley||R||76||100||A|
|Russell, Barrington A. "Barry"||D||95||68||D|
|Smith, Carlos Guillermo||D||49||50||F|
|Stafford, Cynthia A.||D||109||38||F|
|Williams, Patricia H.||D||92||47||F|