Florida Senate - 2017 CS for SB 1552 By the Committee on Education; and Senator Simmons 581-03347-17 20171552c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Florida Best and Brightest 3 Teacher and Principal Scholar Award Program; creating 4 s. 1012.732, F.S.; creating the Florida Best and 5 Brightest Teacher and Principal Scholar Award Program 6 to be administered by the Department of Education; 7 providing the intent and purpose of the program; 8 providing eligibility requirements for classroom 9 teachers and school administrators to participate in 10 the program; providing timelines and requirements for 11 program implementation; providing funding priorities; 12 defining the term “school district”; requiring the 13 State Board of Education to adopt rules; providing an 14 effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Section 1012.732, Florida Statutes, is created 19 to read: 20 1012.732 The Florida Best and Brightest Teacher and 21 Principal Scholar Award Program.— 22 (1) INTENT.—The Legislature recognizes that, second only to 23 parents, teachers and principals play the most critical roles 24 within schools in preparing students to achieve a high level of 25 academic performance. The Legislature further recognizes that 26 research has linked student successes and performance outcomes 27 to the academic achievements and performance accomplishments of 28 the teachers and principals who most closely affect their 29 classroom and school learning environments. Therefore, it is the 30 intent of the Legislature to designate teachers and principals 31 who have achieved high academic standards during their own 32 education as Florida’s best and brightest teacher and principal 33 scholars. 34 (2) PURPOSE.—There is created the Florida Best and 35 Brightest Teacher and Principal Scholar Award Program, as a 36 performance-based scholarship award program, to be administered 37 by the Department of Education. The performance-based award 38 shall provide categorical funding for scholarships to be awarded 39 to full-time classroom teachers, as defined in s. 1012.01(2)(a), 40 and full-time school administrators, as defined in s. 41 1012.01(3)(c), excluding substitute teachers or substitute 42 school administrators, who have demonstrated a high level of 43 academic achievement and performance. 44 (3) ELIGIBILITY.—To be eligible for a scholarship, a full 45 time classroom teacher or full-time school administrator must be 46 employed on an annual contract or probationary contract pursuant 47 to s. 1012.335, participate in the school district’s performance 48 salary schedule pursuant to s. 1012.22, and meet at least one of 49 the achievement requirements under paragraph (a) and at least 50 one of the performance requirements under paragraph (b). 51 (a) Achievement requirements.— 52 1. For a classroom teacher, a score at or above the 90th 53 percentile on the Florida Teacher Certification Examination in a 54 subject that he or she is teaching; 55 2. For a school administrator, a score at or above the 90th 56 percentile on the Florida Educational Leadership Examination; 57 3. For a classroom teacher or school administrator, a 58 composite score at or above the 80th percentile on either the 59 SAT or the ACT based on the National Percentile Ranks in effect 60 when the classroom teacher or school administrator took the 61 assessment; 62 4. For a classroom teacher or school administrator, a 63 composite score on the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, or MCAT at or above a 64 score adopted by the State Board of Education; or 65 5. For a classroom teacher or school administrator, a 66 cumulative undergraduate or graduate grade point average of at 67 least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, as verified on the teacher’s or 68 administrator’s official final college transcript. 69 (b) Performance requirements.—The classroom teacher or 70 school administrator: 71 1. Must have been evaluated as highly effective pursuant to 72 s. 1012.34 in the school year immediately preceding the year in 73 which the scholarship will be awarded; 74 2. If he or she works in a low-performing school or a 75 school that was designated by the department as low-performing 76 within the previous 2 years and commits, pursuant to State Board 77 of Education rule, to working at the school for at least 3 78 years, must have been evaluated as highly effective pursuant to 79 s. 1012.34 in the school year immediately preceding the first 80 year in which the scholarship will be awarded and maintain a 81 highly effective evaluation rating in at least two of every 82 three annual performance evaluations, based on a rolling 3-year 83 period; or 84 3. Must be newly hired by the district school board, must 85 not have been evaluated pursuant to s. 1012.34, and must have 86 met at least one of the following conditions: 87 a. Be a recipient of the Florida Prepaid Tuition 88 Scholarship Program pursuant to s. 1009.984 who graduates with a 89 minimum 3.0 grade point average and commit, pursuant to State 90 Board of Education rule, to working in a Florida public school 91 for at least 3 years; 92 b. Have completed the college reach-out program pursuant to 93 s. 1007.34 and graduated with a minimum 3.0 grade point average, 94 and commit, pursuant to State Board of Education rule, to 95 working in a Florida public school for at least 3 years; or 96 c. Be a Florida college or university graduate of a Florida 97 teacher preparation program approved pursuant to s. 1004.04, 98 have graduated with a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and 99 commit, pursuant to State Board of Education rule, to working in 100 a critical teacher shortage area under s. 1012.07 at a Florida 101 public school for at least 3 years. 102 (4) IMPLEMENTATION.—In order to implement and administer 103 the program, the following timelines and requirements apply: 104 (a) To demonstrate eligibility for an award, an eligible 105 classroom teacher or school administrator, as applicable, must 106 submit to the school district, no later than November 1, an 107 official record of his or her achievement of the eligibility 108 requirements specified in paragraph (3)(a). Once a classroom 109 teacher or school administrator is deemed eligible by the school 110 district, including teachers deemed eligible for the Florida 111 Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program in the 2015-2016 112 or 2016-2017 fiscal years pursuant to s. 25 of chapter 2016-62, 113 Laws of Florida, the classroom teacher or school administrator 114 remains eligible as long as he or she remains employed by the 115 school district as a full-time classroom teacher or full-time 116 school administrator at the time of the award and continues to 117 meet the conditions specified under this section. 118 (b) Annually, by December 1, each school district shall 119 submit to the department the number of eligible classroom 120 teachers and school administrators who qualify for the 121 scholarship. 122 (c) Annually, by February 1, the department shall disburse 123 scholarship funds to each school district for each eligible 124 classroom teacher and school administrator to receive a 125 scholarship as provided in the General Appropriations Act. 126 (d) Annually, by April 1, each school district shall award 127 the scholarship to each eligible classroom teacher and school 128 administrator. 129 (5) FUNDING.—A scholarship in the amount provided in the 130 General Appropriations Act shall be awarded to every eligible 131 classroom teacher and school administrator. 132 (a) If the number of eligible classroom teachers and school 133 administrators exceeds the total appropriation authorized in the 134 General Appropriations Act, the department shall prorate the 135 per-scholar scholarship award amount, except that prior to the 136 distribution of funds, the following priorities apply: 137 1. Classroom teachers and school administrators who commit, 138 pursuant to State Board of Education rule, to work in a low 139 performing school and meet the performance requirements of 140 subparagraph (3)(b)2., shall receive an award equal to a full 141 scholarship award amount. Classroom teachers and school 142 administrators who do not fulfill the commitment made pursuant 143 to subparagraph (3)(b)2. may not receive this priority; and 144 2. Newly hired classroom teachers and school administrators 145 who commit, pursuant to State Board of Education rule, to work 146 in a Florida public school and meet the performance requirements 147 under subparagraph (3)(b)3., shall receive a one-time hiring 148 bonus of up to $10,000. Classroom teachers and school 149 administrators who do not fulfill the commitment made pursuant 150 to subparagraph (3)(b)3. may not receive this priority. 151 (b) Newly hired classroom teachers and newly hired school 152 administrators who initially participate in the program pursuant 153 to subparagraph (3)(b)3. may only receive the one-time hiring 154 bonus under subparagraph (a)2. In subsequent school years, such 155 classroom teachers and school administrators may earn a 156 scholarship award pursuant to subparagraph (3)(b)1. or 157 subparagraph (3)(b)2., if they also maintain their initial 158 commitments. 159 (6) DEFINITION.—For purposes of this section, the term 160 “school district” includes the Florida School for the Deaf and 161 the Blind and charter school governing boards. 162 (7) RULES.—The State Board of Education shall expeditiously 163 adopt rules to implement this section. 164 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.