2019-20 FAPSC Capitol Day Round-up
Monday, February 3, 2020
Posted by: Kathy Radford
December 10th and 11th were an exciting couple of days in Tallahassee, as members gathered for FAPSC' annual day of advocacy. The event began with a board meeting on December 10th, after which FAPSC Capitol Day attendees also gathered for orientation for the next day's meetings. Senator Ben Albritton (pictured with FAPSC Board of Directors, center photo) joined the group as a special guest, which gave everyone a chance to ask questions and hear a bit about Florida's policy-making from a seasoned leader.
A reception, a time to see the new FAPSC office and spend a few minutes with colleagues, followed orientation. A consensus was reached - the new digs, a walkable distance from the Capitol Complex, are great.
Armed with maps and a schedule of appointment times, six teams of advocates descended on the the Senate Office Building, the House Office Building, and the Capitol Building in an effort to inform elected officials about our schools and students. Thirty participants met with at least thirty-eight lawmakers throughout the course of the event.
Since the meetings were held so close to the holiday season this year, attendees and staff were also able to offer holiday greetings to every legislator in the form of a holiday greeting card, in addition to printed information about our schools. Even those who were unable to meet with a FAPSC attendee were offered at least one interaction with someone from our schools!
House Speaker Oliva offered our participants the use of his conference room, so all attendees were able to meet with House leadership, and several other representatives joined our group.
Senate President Galvano, too, met with FAPSC attendees in the Senate Conference Room. We were able to enjoy a lengthy dialog with President Galvano. In all, FAPSC participants were able to build and continue relationships that are so vital to our sector.