As a social worker it is important to engage in policy practice. It is a part of the profession, whether you like it or not. It is an aspect that can change the way things are done for clients in a good way or bad. If you want to be more affective in practice, advocating for policies is one way of making sure your clients receive what they deserve. Chapin (2011) talks about how as a social worker you cannot take on every social policy issue, but it is important to consider the policies that affect your client population.
In light of Chapin (2011) my client population is students in an alternative school, ages 17-20. The current policy that will affect them most in their school career is the Common Core State Standards. This is a policy that puts in place educational standards (Florida Department of Education) that will be universal, hopefully in all states. After each state adopts the standards they can then base their curriculum on the standards (Florida Department of Education). This will help to make schools be on the same level academically and will hopefully increase the graduation rate.
As I mentioned, the population impacted by this policy is any school-aged child. One could also say that the population of educators will be affected as well. This policy will benefit students in any school and from any background. Through having standards across all states, if a student transfers to a new school the standards should be the same. As of now, a student could move and either is way ahead of the new school or way behind. This shouldn’t be happening; the standard for every grade should be the same to where you could go to any school and they are learning the same things.
Coalition members would be the Florida Department of Education, where the standards are received. Also some of the members of the committees that reviewed the bill (HB 377 and SB 524) would be important contacts for advocacy. In the House the K-12 subcommittee, education appropriations subcommittee, and the education committee reviewed it. In the Senate the appropriations, education, and appropriations subcommittee on education reviewed the bill. Both of the bills were “killed” in one of the committees it was read to. This shows that there is still a need for more advocacy for this bill to be passed.
One of the members on the House education committee is Joe Saunders. He is a supporter of this bill and wants to see it passed this time during legislation. When he spoke about this in class you could tell how passionate he was, he values education and wants to see the state of Florida improve in that area for the younger generations. Also, CPALMS is in support of this policy; this is the source for the standards in Florida (Common Core State Standards).
On the other hand, like with any policy there will be opposition as well. In the state of Florida there are a lot of older adults making up the population. Since they are retired they may not think about the value of...