We're The People Who:
- develop and advance the School Board's legislative program
- serve as the liaison between the school system and the legislature
- keep up with current state laws related to education, collective bargaining, and other functions
We're The Ones To Call When You:
- need additional information on existing legislation
- want to propose a new law or object to a current or proposed one
The Intergovernmental Affairs team advances the School Board’s legislative program. Miami-Dade County Public Schools has a vested interest in the legislative process, as a high percentage of the District’s operating revenues come directly from state funds and the state-mandated Required Local Effort (RLE) millage levy. The office also manages twenty education compacts with various municipalities and the county. These partnerships are a vehicle for stronger community relations and serve to leverage resources for education needs. We start by asking you-the School Board, staff, parents, and other interested citizens- what laws you feel are needed to improve the overall operation of our schools. We review those suggestions, draft them into appropriate language, and present a total priority package to the Board for final approval.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools has a vested interest in the legislative process since more than 50 percent of the school system's operating revenues comes from direct state funds and the state Required Local Effort (RLE) millage levy. To obtain the necessary funding, M-DCPS must compete annually with numerous other groups and agencies. Thus our lobbying efforts focus on maximizing the total dollars made available to the Board, forwarding the School Board's own legislative proposals needed to facilitate effective and efficient operation of the schools, working to defeat legislative proposals which would adversely affect the school system, and providing timely, updated, accurate information to legislators who need or seek assistance in developing good sound public policies.