Florida Senate - 2019 SENATOR AMENDMENT
Bill No. CS for SB 7070
Senate . House
Floor: 10/F/2R .
04/24/2019 11:17 AM .
Senator Cruz moved the following:
1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
3 Delete lines 2008 - 2083
4 and insert:
5 recruit and retain
designate teachers who meet the needs of this
6 state and have achieved success in the classroom high academic
7 standards during their own education as Florida’s best and
8 brightest teacher scholars.
9 (2) There is created The Florida Best and Brightest Teacher
10 Scholarship Program is created to be administered by the
11 Department of Education. The scholarship program shall provide
12 categorical funding for scholarships to salary increases to
13 recruit and retain classroom teachers, as defined in
14 1012.01(2)(a), and other instructional personnel, to be funded
15 as provided in s. 1011.62(18) be awarded to classroom teachers,
16 as defined in s. 1012.01(2)(a) , who have demonstrated a high
17 level of academic ach ievement.
18 (3)(a) To be eligible for a recruitment salary increase as
19 specified in the General Appropriations Act:
20 1. A newly hired classroom teacher must be a content
21 expert, based on criteria established by the department, in
22 mathematics, science, computer science, reading, or civics.
23 2. An instructional personnel staff member must be hired to
24 fill a designated critical shortage area or must voluntarily
25 switch fields to fill a critical shortage area scholarship in
26 the amount of $6,000, a classroom teacher must:
27 1. Have achieved a composite score at or above the 80th
28 percentile on either the SAT or the ACT based on the National
29 Percentile Ranks in effect when the classroom teacher took the
30 assessment and have been evaluated as highly effective pursuant
31 to s. 1012.34 in the school year immediately preceding the year
32 in which the scholarship will be awarded, unless the classroom
33 teacher is newly hired by the district school board and has not
34 been evaluated pursuant to s. 1012.34.
35 2. Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, have achieved
36 a composite score at or above the 77th percentile or, if the
37 classroom teacher graduated cum laude or higher with a
38 baccalaureate degree, the 71st percentile on either the SAT,
39 ACT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, or MCAT based on the National Percentile
40 Ranks in effect when the classroom teacher took the assessment;
41 and have been evaluated as highly effective pursuant to s.
42 1012.34, or have been evaluated as highly effective based on a
43 commissioner-approved student learning growth formula pursuant
44 to s. 1012.34(8), in the school year immediately preceding the
45 year in which the scholarship will be awarded, unless the
46 classroom teacher is newly hired by the district school board
47 and has not been evaluated pursuant to s. 1012.34.
48 (b) To be eligible for a retention salary increase as
49 specified in the General Appropriations Act, a classroom teacher
50 or an instructional personnel staff member must have been rated
51 as highly effective or effective the preceding year pursuant to
52 s. 1012.34, and must teach or be employed in a school for 2
53 consecutive school years, including the current year, which has
54 improved an average of 3 percentage points or more in the
55 percentage of total possible points achieved for determining
56 school grades over the prior 3 years
57 1. In order to demonstrate eligibility for an award, an
58 eligible classroom teacher must submit to the school district,
59 no later than November 1, an official record of his or her
60 qualifying assessment score and, beginning with the 2020-2021
61 school year, an official transcript demonstrating that he or she
62 graduated cum laude or higher with a baccalaureate degree, if
63 applicable. Once a classroom teacher is deemed eligible by the
64 school district, the teacher shall remain eligible as long as he
65 or she remains employed by the school district as a classroom
66 teacher at the time of the award and receives an annual
67 performance evaluation rating of highly effective pursuant to s.
68 1012.34 or is evaluated as highly effective based on a
69 commissioner-approved student learning growth formula pursuant
70 to s. 1012.34(8) for the 2019-2020 school year or thereafter.
71 2. A school district employee who is no longer a classroom
72 teacher may receive an award if the employee was a classroom
73 teacher in the prior school year, was rated highly effective,
74 and met the requirements of this section as a classroom teacher.
75 (c) Notwithstanding the
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78 And the title is amended as follows:
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81 recruitment and retention salary increases;