Government Relations

Government Relations is tasked with the creation and advancement of the School District’s legislative platform by working with the School Board, staff, parents, and other interested citizens on what laws they feel are needed to improve education in St. Johns County.  The St. Johns County School District 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.

Government Relations serves as a liaison between the school district and local, state and federal government bodies in an effort to maximize funding available to the district and provide timely, updated and accurate information to legislators who need or seek assistance in developing good public policy that will impact our school district.  We strive to always stay up-to-date with current laws relating to K-12 education and the day-to-day operations of the Legislature.

Please contact Government Relations if you need any information on existing or proposed legislation or want to propose a new law.

Government Relations is also available if you are organizing a trip to Tallahassee, wish to have an elected official visit your school, or are interested in learning more about the legislative process and its impact on our school district.

Budget Advocacy – Get Involved!

Contact the Governor and House and Senate Leadership to make your voice heard.  Tell them you want K-12 education to be a funding priority in the upcoming 2017 Legislative Session!

Contact information can be found by clicking here: Governor and Legislative Leadership Contact Sheet

Advocacy Tips can be found by clicking here: Advocacy Tips – How you can impact Legislation

 2017 Legislative Education Committee Meetings

The 2017 Legislative Session officially kicks off on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Here are the posted educational committee meeting dates, times, and descriptions.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Senate Education Committee – 1:30PM-3:30PM
SB 360 by Stargel – Middle School Study
SB 392 by Hukill – High School Graduation Requirements
SB 436 by Baxley – Religious Expression in Public Schools

Senate Confirmation Hearing: A public hearing will be held for consideration of executive appointments to various college boards.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Senate Opening Day Session – 9:30AM-11:00AM


House Opening Day Session – 10:00AM – Until Completion


House and Senate Joint Session 11:00AM – Until Completion
The Governor will issue his State of the State Address


House PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee – 1:00PM-3:30PM
Consideration of the following bills:
HB 15 — Educational Options, by Rep. Sullivan
HB 373 — Education, by Rep. Grant (M)
HB 833 — Student Eligibility for K-12 Virtual Instruction, by Rep. Sullivan


House PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee – 4:00PM-6:30PM
Consideration of the following proposed committee bill:
PCB PKQ 17-01 — Civic Literacy

Presentation on High School Graduation Requirements and Pathways to Graduation


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K – 12 Education – 9:30AM-11:30AM
SB 78 by Flores – Public School Recess
SB 376 by Simmons – Charter School Funding

Workshop – Expanded Best and Brightest Program

Chair’s Proposed Budget Reductions for Fiscal Year 2017-2018


House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee – 12:00PM-3:00PM
Agenda not yet released


Senate Session – 1:00PM-3:00PM


House Ways and Means Committee – 3:30PM-6:00PM
Agenda not yet released



Thursday, March 9, 2017

House Session -1:00PM-N/A


Senate Appropriations – 1:00PM-3:00PM
Agenda not yet released


Senate Session – 4:00PM-6:00PM



Friday, March 10, 2017

House Education Committee – 8:00AM-10:00AM
Agenda not yet released


House Session – 10:30AM-N/A



To view the full House schedule, click here.


To view the full Senate schedule, click here.


***All committee meetings are available to watch live and archived on the Florida Channel.




Contact Information

Beth Sweeny
Coordinator of Government Relations
[email protected]

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