TALLAHASSEE – Over 150 school board members from across the state recently convened in Tallahassee to participate in leadership development training, legislative briefings, and advocacy sessions to prepare for visits to the Capitol.

To kick off the week, over 45 school board members elected in 2018 attended the second installment of New School Board Member Academy. They were joined by veteran members on Wednesday to receive updates on current progress of Florida’s Legislative Session, policy and budget items on the move, and what to expect in the coming days.

“FSBA members arrived in Tallahassee energized and excited. They spent time working to understand the issues, talking with their legislators, and collaborating with each other,” commented FSBA Executive Director Andrea Messina following Friday’s Board of Directors’ Meeting. “They [members] left Tallahassee more hopeful about education in Florida than ever before.”


Highlights of the event included a session with Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, as well as remarks from Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried. Additional briefings and remarks came from Senate Education Vice Chair Bill Montord (D-3), House Pre-K12 Innovation Chair Ralph Massulo (R-34), House Pre-K12 Quality Chair Byron Donalds (R-80), and Representatives Vance Aloupis (R-115), Anna V. Eskamani (D-47), Melony Bell (R-56), former school board member Susan Valdes(D-62), Fentrice Driskell (D-63), Dotie Joseph (D-108), Loranne Auslaey (D-9).

The Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) provides leadership development opportunities and a vast network for school board members to preserve their mission: to increase student achievement through the development of effective board leadership and advocacy in public schools. To learn more, please visit www.fsba.org and follow @FLSchoolBoards.