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  • STCOC Education Committee Update - July 2021

    We hope you are well and enjoying your summer!
    Although school may be on break, there is lots to share with you this month!

    Upcoming Dates to Know

    • 8/2-6: New Teacher Welcome Week – Limited sponsorships still available! | SIGN UP HERE
    • 8/19: In-Person Committee Meeting @ STCOC Office | Topic: 2022 HCPS State Legislative Platform | RSVP HERE
    • 9/16: In-Person Meeting | Location TBA | Speaker TBA
    • 10/21: In-Person Meeting | Location TBA | Speaker TBA
    • 11/18: In-Person Meeting | Location TBA | Speaker TBA
    • No Meeting in December
    If you have an interest in hosting a camber "field trip" for the Education Committee at your place of business please contact education@southtampachamber.org

    New Teacher Welcome Week & School Supplies Drive
    Check in each day of New Teacher Week on the South Tampa Chamber Facebook page to watch a Facebook Live at one of our South Tampa schools. We will highlight our 17 schools and the businesses who have sponsored them throughout the entire week.

    Looking for maximum exposure? Become a sponsor! CLICK HERE to view the sponsorship packet. | Deadline: July 19

    School Supplies may be dropped off at the following locations | Deadline: July 23
    • South Tampa Chamber | 701 S. Howard Ave. #204 | Mon-Fri 10am-3pm
    • Huntington Learning Center | 1726 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. | Mon-Thurs 10am-6pm
    • Troy University | 5201 W Kennedy Bldv. #110 | Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
    For contact-free donations CLICK HERE to visit our Amazon List and have items shipped directly to the Chamber office!
    2022 HCPS State Legislative Platform
    Last week, the Hillsborough School Board adopted the 2022 HCPS State Legislative Platform. The Board and district have many positions from which to take action. Establishing a focus for our advocacy is an important responsibility and directly impacts our students, families and community. In setting priorities, we consider a number of factors, the most important of which is focusing on efforts where it can have the greatest impact for HCPS. The attached legislative platform summarizes the district’s position on priority state issues and policy. The Board approved platform serves as the district’s official position and is a guide for the Board’s advocacy efforts in the 2022 legislative session. | CLICK HERE TO READ

    Application Opens for HCPS Financial Advisory Committee
    At last week’s School Board Meeting Board members unanimously approved the inception of a Financial Advisory Committee. A group of 15 community members will be selected to collaborate with district leaders by discussing financial strategies and providing their perspectives on financial issues facing the seventh largest school district in the nation. | CLICK HERE TO APPLY

    Check Out Your Local School on The Florida Gap Map
    From the Florida Chamber: The Florida Department of Education has released the 2021 Florida Standards Assessments results for 3rd Grade English Language Arts. TheFloridaGapMap.org, an interactive tool developed by the Florida Chamber Foundation, has been updated with this new data and you can now check out the 3rd grade reading scores of the schools in your neighborhood as well as the number of children who are not reading at grade level.
    A strong educational foundation is crucial to a child's future and understanding where students are struggling in your county presents an opportunity to get involved in your local schools. CLICK HERE to find out how the children in your local public elementary schools are succeeding and which schools may need additional support.

    Hillsborough Education Foundation’s EmpowerED – September 15th
    Join us on September 15, 2021, for our annual EmpowerED Luncheon taking place both in person and virtually through a live broadcast. During this hybrid event, we will engage in meaningful conversation about how we’re emerging stronger as a community and the lessons we’ve learned to deliver education for any circumstance. Together, we can help ensure every student has access to the vital resources necessary to succeed in school and in life. | REGISTER HERE

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