Florida Senate - 2016 SENATOR AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 1166 Ì292032qÎ292032 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . Floor: NC/2R . 03/04/2016 01:09 PM . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Senator Soto moved the following: 1 Senate Amendment to Amendment (913116) (with title 2 amendment) 3 4 Between lines 2570 and 2571 5 insert: 6 Section 24. Section 1012.731, Florida Statutes, is created 7 to read: 8 1012.731 The Florida Best and Brightest Instructional 9 Personnel Scholarship Program.— 10 (1) LEGISLATIVE INTENT.—The Legislature recognizes that 11 instructional personnel play a critical role in preparing 12 students to achieve a high level of academic performance. The 13 Legislature further recognizes that research has linked student 14 performance to an instructional personnel’s own academic 15 achievements. Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature to 16 designate instructional personnel who have achieved high 17 academic standards during their own education as Florida’s Best 18 and Brightest Instructional Personnel scholars. 19 (2) DEFINITION.—For purposes of this section, the term 20 “school district” includes the Florida School for the Deaf and 21 the Blind and a charter school governing board. 22 (3) PROGRAM.—There is created the Florida Best and 23 Brightest Instructional Personnel Scholarship Program to be 24 administered by the Department of Education. Beginning in the 25 2016-2017 school year, the scholarship program shall provide 26 categorical funding for scholarships to be awarded to 27 instructional personnel who have demonstrated a high level of 28 academic achievement. 29 (4) INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA.— 30 (a) To be eligible for a Florida Best and Brightest 31 Instructional Personnel scholarship, the instructional personnel 32 must be in their third year of teaching; must have scored at or 33 above the 65th percentile on the SAT or the ACT, based upon the 34 percentile ranks in effect when the instructional personnel took 35 the assessment; and must have been evaluated as highly effective 36 pursuant to s. 1012.34. 37 (b) In order to demonstrate eligibility for an award, the 38 instructional personnel must submit to the school district no 39 later than October 1 an official record of his or her SAT or ACT 40 score demonstrating that he or she scored at or above the 65th 41 percentile, based upon the percentile ranks in effect when he or 42 she took the assessment. If instructional personnel are deemed 43 eligible by the school district, the instructional personnel 44 will remain eligible as long as he or she is employed by the 45 school district and maintains the highly effective level 46 pursuant to s. 1012.34. 47 (5) ELIGIBILITY NOTIFICATION; FUNDING AND DISBURSEMENT OF 48 FUNDS.— 49 (a) By December 1 of each year, each school district shall 50 submit to the department the number of eligible instructional 51 personnel who qualify for the scholarship. 52 (b) By February 1 of each year, the department shall 53 disburse scholarship funds, in an amount prescribed by the 54 Legislature in the General Appropriations Act, to each school 55 district for eligible instructional personnel to receive a 56 scholarship. If the number of eligible instructional personnel 57 exceeds the total appropriation authorized in the General 58 Appropriation Act, the department shall prorate the per-person 59 scholarship amount. 60 (c) By April 1 of each year, each school district shall 61 provide payment of the scholarship to each eligible 62 instructional personnel. 63 64 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 65 And the title is amended as follows: 66 Delete line 2767 67 and insert: 68 by the act; creating s. 1012.731, F.S.; providing 69 legislative intent; defining the term “school 70 district”; establishing the Florida Best and Brightest 71 Instructional Personnel Scholarship Program; providing 72 eligibility criteria; requiring a school district to 73 annually submit the number of eligible instructional 74 personnel to the Department of Education; providing 75 for funding and disbursement of funds; providing 76 effective dates.