LAKELAND CHAMBER 2019 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA EDUCATION (K-12) Continue to place a focus on STEM initiatives. Champion training and vocational programs to ensure Florida has a workforce prepared to satisfy the needs of a diversifying economy. POLK COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Codify and continue funding the Florida Compression Allocation which brings every county up to the statewide average for per student funding (about $6,900). Provide at least a 3% increase (around $150/student) to the Base Student Allocation (currently around $4,800/student) and discontinue rolling back the Required Local Effort. Revise cut scores on the general knowledge exam required for teacher certification and reduce costs for taking and re-taking the exam to 2015 levels. Update school safety statues to address implementation issues identifies by law enforcement and district safe school officers. Prohibit the use of VAM-only scores by FDOE in teacher placement decisions. Other factors should be factored in when determining teacher productivity. Fully fund the costs to have school resource officers at every school and allow Safe Schools Funding to be spent on the cost of Guardians. POLK STATE COLLEGE $16,272,759 in PECO funds to complete the renovations and remodeling needed for Building 4, a 67,000-square-foot classroom facility on the Winter Haven Campus. $2,234,800 in PECO funds to enhance safety and security measures including cyber security, surveillance systems, mass communication, and target hardening at the College's six campuses and centers throughout Polk County. $2,234,800 in PECO funds to enhance safety and security measures including cyber security, surveillance systems, mass communication, and target hardening at the College's six campuses and centers throughout Polk County. $2.5 million in recurring operational support to expand proven activities that improve student retention and completion rates, as well as to fund the cost of hiring additional Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies to boost campus safety. FLORIDA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY Increase in base budget as well as $11 million for the Applied Research Center PECO project. AGRICULTURE/WATER Support infrastructure and science-based solutions that allow our state to grow while protecting our most precious natural resources. Oppose efforts to reduce the City of Lakeland's permitted capacity for water use.