Florida Senate - 2012                             CS for SB 1314
       By the Committee on Commerce and Tourism; and Senators Gaetz and
       577-02853-12                                          20121314c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to career-themed courses; amending s.
    3         1003.491, F.S.; revising provisions relating to the
    4         Florida Career and Professional Education Act;
    5         requiring that each district school board, in
    6         collaboration with regional workforce boards, economic
    7         development agencies, and postsecondary institutions,
    8         develop a strategic 3-year plan addressing and meeting
    9         local and regional workforce demands; authorizing
   10         school districts to offer career-themed courses;
   11         revising the requirements of the strategic 3-year plan
   12         to include career-themed courses and specified
   13         strategies; revising the period within which newly
   14         proposed core courses are to be approved or denied by
   15         the curriculum review committee; amending s. 1003.492,
   16         F.S.; revising provisions relating to industry
   17         certified career education programs to conform to
   18         changes made by the act; amending s. 1003.493, F.S.;
   19         providing a definition for the term “career-themed
   20         course”; requiring that a student who enrolls in and
   21         completes a career-themed course or a sequence of
   22         career-themed courses receive opportunities to earn
   23         postsecondary credit if the career-themed course
   24         credits can be articulated to a postsecondary
   25         institution; providing goals of career-themed courses;
   26         providing for career-themed courses to be offered in a
   27         school-within-a-school career academy or a school
   28         providing multiple career-themed courses structured
   29         around an occupational cluster; providing requirements
   30         for career-themed courses; requiring that strategies
   31         to improve the passage rate on an industry
   32         certification examination be included in the strategic
   33         3-year plan under certain circumstances; requiring
   34         that Workforce Florida, Inc., serve in an advisory
   35         role in the development and deployment of newly
   36         established career-themed courses; amending s.
   37         1003.4935, F.S.; revising provisions relating to
   38         middle school career and professional academy courses
   39         to conform to changes made by the act; requiring that
   40         the Department of Education collect and report student
   41         achievement data for students who are enrolled in
   42         career-themed courses and who attain a specified
   43         industry certification; amending s. 1011.62, F.S.;
   44         revising provisions relating to the computation of the
   45         annual allocation of funds to each school district for
   46         operation; providing an effective date.
   48  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   50         Section 1. Section 1003.491, Florida Statutes, is amended
   51  to read:
   52         1003.491 Florida Career and Professional Education Act.—The
   53  Florida Career and Professional Education Act is created to
   54  provide a statewide planning partnership between the business
   55  and education communities in order to attract, expand, and
   56  retain targeted, high-value industry and to sustain a strong,
   57  knowledge-based economy.
   58         (1) The primary purpose of the Florida Career and
   59  Professional Education Act is to:
   60         (a) Improve middle and high school academic performance by
   61  providing rigorous and relevant curriculum opportunities;
   62         (b) Provide rigorous and relevant career-themed courses
   63  that articulate to postsecondary-level coursework and lead to
   64  industry certification;
   65         (c) Support local and regional economic development;
   66         (d) Respond to Florida’s critical workforce needs; and
   67         (e) Provide state residents with access to high-wage and
   68  high-demand careers.
   69         (2) Each district school board shall develop, in
   70  collaboration with regional workforce boards, economic
   71  development agencies, and postsecondary institutions approved to
   72  operate in the state, a strategic 3-year 5-year plan to address
   73  and meet local and regional workforce demands. If involvement of
   74  a regional workforce board or an economic development agency in
   75  the strategic plan development is not feasible, the local school
   76  board, with the approval of the Department of Economic
   77  Opportunity, shall collaborate with the most appropriate
   78  regional business leadership board. Two or more school districts
   79  may collaborate in the development of the strategic plan and
   80  offer career-themed courses or a career and professional academy
   81  as a joint venture. The strategic plan must describe in detail
   82  provisions for the efficient transportation of students, the
   83  maximum use of shared resources, access to courses aligned to
   84  state curriculum standards through virtual education providers
   85  legislatively authorized to provide part-time instruction to
   86  middle school students, and an objective review of proposed
   87  career-themed career and professional academy courses to
   88  determine if the courses will lead to the attainment of industry
   89  certifications included on the Industry Certified Funding List
   90  pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of Education. Each
   91  strategic plan shall be reviewed, updated, and jointly approved
   92  every 3 5 years by the local school district, regional workforce
   93  boards, economic development agencies, and state-approved
   94  postsecondary institutions.
   95         (3) The strategic 3-year 5-year plan developed jointly by
   96  the local school district, regional workforce boards, economic
   97  development agencies, and state-approved postsecondary
   98  institutions shall be constructed and based on:
   99         (a) Research conducted to objectively determine local and
  100  regional workforce needs for the ensuing 3 5 years, using labor
  101  projections of the United States Department of Labor and the
  102  Department of Economic Opportunity;
  103         (b) Strategies to develop and implement career-themed
  104  courses career academies based on those careers determined to be
  105  in high demand;
  106         (c) Strategies to provide shared, maximum use of private
  107  sector facilities and personnel;
  108         (d) Strategies that ensure instruction by industry
  109  certified faculty and standards and strategies to maintain
  110  current industry credentials and for recruiting and retaining
  111  faculty to meet those standards;
  112         (e) Strategies to provide personalized student advisement,
  113  including a parent-participation component, and coordination
  114  with middle schools to promote and support career-themed courses
  115  and education planning as required under s. 1003.4156. As part
  116  of the coordination with middle schools, career-themed courses
  117  must provide information to middle school students about
  118  secondary and postsecondary career education courses that lead
  119  to industry certification;
  120         (f)(e) Alignment of requirements for middle school and high
  121  school career-themed courses career exploration, middle and high
  122  school career and professional academies leading to industry
  123  certification, postsecondary credit, and high school graduation
  124  requirements;
  125         (g)(f) Provisions to ensure that career-themed courses
  126  offered through career and professional academies are
  127  academically rigorous, meet or exceed appropriate state-adopted
  128  subject area standards, result in attainment of industry
  129  certification, and, when appropriate, result in postsecondary
  130  credit;
  131         (h) Plans to sustain and improve career-themed courses and
  132  career and professional academies;
  133         (i)(g) Strategies to improve the passage rate for industry
  134  certification examinations if the rate falls below 50 percent;
  135         (j)(h)Strategies to recruit students into career-themed
  136  courses, Establishment of student eligibility criteria in career
  137  and professional academies which include opportunities for
  138  students who have been unsuccessful in traditional classrooms
  139  but who are interested in enrolling in career-themed courses
  140  show aptitude to participate in academies. School boards shall
  141  address the analysis of middle school eighth grade student
  142  achievement data to provide opportunities for students who may
  143  be deemed as potential dropouts to enroll participate in career
  144  themed courses career and professional academies;
  145         (k)(i) Strategies to provide sufficient space within
  146  career-themed courses academies to meet workforce needs and to
  147  provide access to all interested and qualified students;
  148         (l)(j) Strategies to implement career-themed courses career
  149  and professional academy training that lead leads to industry
  150  certification in juvenile justice education programs at
  151  Department of Juvenile Justice facilities;
  152         (m)(k) Opportunities for high school students to earn
  153  weighted or dual enrollment credit for higher-level career
  154  themed career and technical courses;
  155         (n)(l) Promotion of the benefits of the Gold Seal Bright
  156  Futures Scholarship;
  157         (o)(m) Strategies to ensure the review of district pupil
  158  progression plans and to amend such plans to include career
  159  themed career and professional courses, and to include courses
  160  that may qualify as substitute courses for core graduation
  161  requirements and those that may be counted as elective courses;
  162  and
  163         (p)(n) Strategies to provide professional development for
  164  secondary guidance counselors on the benefits of career-themed
  165  courses that lead to industry certification; and career and
  166  professional academies.
  167         (q) Strategies to redirect appropriated career funding to
  168  career-themed courses and career and professional academies.
  169         (4) The State Board of Education shall establish a process
  170  for the continual and uninterrupted review of newly proposed
  171  core secondary courses and existing courses requested to be
  172  considered as core courses to ensure that sufficient rigor and
  173  relevance is provided for workforce skills and postsecondary
  174  education and aligned to state curriculum standards. The review
  175  of newly proposed core secondary courses shall be the
  176  responsibility of a curriculum review committee whose membership
  177  is approved by Workforce Florida, Inc., the Workforce Florida
  178  Board as described in s. 445.004, and shall include:
  179         (a) Three certified high school guidance counselors
  180  recommended by the Florida Association of Student Services
  181  Administrators.
  182         (b) Three assistant superintendents for curriculum and
  183  instruction, recommended by the Florida Association of District
  184  School Superintendents and who serve in districts that offer
  185  career-themed courses operate successful career and professional
  186  academies pursuant to s. 1003.492. Committee members in this
  187  category shall employ the expertise of appropriate subject area
  188  specialists in the review of proposed courses.
  189         (c) Three workforce representatives recommended by the
  190  Department of Economic Opportunity.
  191         (d) Three admissions directors of postsecondary
  192  institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges
  193  and Schools, representing both public and private institutions.
  194         (e) The Deputy Commissioner of Education, or his or her
  195  designee, responsible for K-12 curriculum and instruction. The
  196  Deputy Commissioner shall employ the expertise of appropriate
  197  subject area specialists in the review of proposed courses.
  198         (5) The curriculum review committee shall review submission
  199  and review of newly proposed core courses shall be conducted
  200  electronically, and approve or deny each proposed core course
  201  shall be approved or denied within 30 60 days. All courses
  202  approved as core courses for purposes of middle school promotion
  203  and high school graduation shall be immediately added to the
  204  Course Code Directory. Approved core courses shall also be
  205  reviewed and considered for approval for dual enrollment credit.
  206  The Board of Governors and the Commissioner of Education shall
  207  jointly recommend an annual deadline for approval of new core
  208  courses to be included for purposes of postsecondary admissions
  209  and dual enrollment credit the following academic year. The
  210  State Board of Education shall establish an appeals process in
  211  the event that a proposed course is denied which shall require a
  212  consensus ruling by the Department of Economic Opportunity and
  213  the Commissioner of Education within 15 days.
  214         Section 2. Section 1003.492, Florida Statutes, is amended
  215  to read:
  216         1003.492 Industry-certified career-themed courses career
  217  education programs.—
  218         (1) Career-themed courses must Career and professional
  219  academies shall be coordinated with the relevant and appropriate
  220  industry indicating that all components of the program are
  221  relevant and appropriate to prepare a the student for further
  222  education or for employment in that industry.
  223         (2) The State Board of Education shall use the expertise of
  224  Workforce Florida, Inc., to develop and adopt rules pursuant to
  225  ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 for implementing an industry
  226  certification process. Industry certification shall be defined
  227  by the Department of Economic Opportunity, based upon the
  228  highest available national standards for specific industry
  229  certification, to ensure student skill proficiency and to
  230  address emerging labor market and industry trends. A regional
  231  workforce board or a school principal career and professional
  232  academy may apply to Workforce Florida, Inc., to request
  233  additions to the approved list of industry certifications based
  234  on high-demand job requirements in the regional economy. The
  235  list of industry certifications approved by Workforce Florida,
  236  Inc., and the Department of Education shall be published and
  237  updated annually by a date certain, to be included in the
  238  adopted rule.
  239         (3) The Department of Education shall collect student
  240  achievement and performance data in industry-certified career
  241  themed courses career education programs and shall work with
  242  Workforce Florida, Inc., in the analysis of collected data. The
  243  data collection and analyses shall examine the performance of
  244  participating students over time. Performance factors shall
  245  include, but not be limited to, graduation rates, retention
  246  rates, Florida Bright Futures Scholarship awards, additional
  247  educational attainment, employment records, earnings, and
  248  industry certification, and employer satisfaction. The results
  249  of this study shall be submitted to the President of the Senate
  250  and the Speaker of the House of Representatives annually by
  251  December 31.
  252         Section 3. Section 1003.493, Florida Statutes, is amended
  253  to read:
  254         1003.493 Career-themed courses Career and professional
  255  academies.—
  256         (1) A “career-themed course” “career and professional
  257  academy” is a course in an research-based program that
  258  integrates a rigorous academic curriculum with an industry
  259  specific curriculum aligned directly to priority workforce needs
  260  established by the regional workforce board or the Department of
  261  Economic Opportunity. Career and professional academies shall be
  262  offered by Public schools and school districts shall offer
  263  career-themed courses. The Florida Virtual School is encouraged
  264  to develop and offer rigorous career-themed career and
  265  professional courses as appropriate. A student who enrolls in
  266  and completes a career-themed course or a sequence of career
  267  themed courses Students completing career and professional
  268  academy programs must receive a standard high school diploma,
  269  the highest available industry certification, and opportunities
  270  to earn postsecondary credit if the credits for career-themed
  271  courses can be articulated to academy partners with a
  272  postsecondary institution approved to operate in the state.
  273         (2) The goals of career-themed courses a career and
  274  professional academy are to:
  275         (a) Increase student academic achievement and graduation
  276  rates through integrated academic and career curricula.
  277         (b) Prepare graduating high school students to make
  278  appropriate choices relative to employment and future
  279  educational experiences.
  280         (c) Focus on career preparation through rigorous academics
  281  and industry certification.
  282         (d) Raise student aspiration and commitment to academic
  283  achievement and work ethics through relevant coursework.
  284         (e) Promote acceleration mechanisms, such as dual
  285  enrollment and, articulated credits credit, or occupational
  286  completion points, so that students may earn postsecondary
  287  credit while in high school.
  288         (f) Support the state’s economy by meeting industry needs
  289  for skilled employees in high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand
  290  occupations.
  291         (3) A career-themed course may be offered in one of the
  292  following Existing career education courses may serve as a
  293  foundation for the creation of a career and professional
  294  academy. A career and professional academy may be offered as one
  295  of the following small learning communities:
  296         (a) A school-within-a-school career academy, as part of an
  297  existing high school, which that provides courses in one
  298  occupational cluster. Students who attend in the high school are
  299  not required to attend be students in the academy.
  300         (b) A total school configuration providing multiple career
  301  themed courses that are academies, each structured around an
  302  occupational cluster. The majority of students attending Every
  303  student in the school also attend the is in an academy.
  304         (4) A career-themed course Each career and professional
  305  academy must:
  306         (a) Consider Provide a rigorous standards-based academic
  307  curriculum integrated with a career curriculum. The curriculum
  308  must take into consideration multiple styles of student
  309  learning; promote learning by doing through application and
  310  adaptation; maximize relevance of the subject matter; enhance
  311  each student’s capacity to excel; and include an emphasis on
  312  work habits and work ethics.
  313         (b) Include one or more partnerships with postsecondary
  314  institutions, businesses, industry, employers, economic
  315  development organizations, or other appropriate partners from
  316  the local community. These Such partnerships shall be delineated
  317  in articulation agreements to provide for career-themed career
  318  based courses that earn postsecondary credit. The Such
  319  agreements may include articulation between the career-themed
  320  courses academy and public or private 2-year and 4-year
  321  postsecondary institutions and technical centers. The Department
  322  of Education, in consultation with the Board of Governors, shall
  323  establish a mechanism to ensure articulation and transfer of
  324  credits to postsecondary institutions in this state. The Such
  325  partnerships must provide opportunities for:
  326         1. Instruction from highly skilled professionals who
  327  possess industry-certification credentials for courses they are
  328  teaching.
  329         2. Internships, externships, and on-the-job training.
  330         3. A postsecondary degree, diploma, or certificate.
  331         4. The highest available level of industry certification.
  332         5. Maximum articulation of credits pursuant to s. 1007.23
  333  upon program completion.
  334         (c) Provide shared, maximum use of private sector
  335  facilities and personnel.
  336         (d) Provide personalized student advisement, including a
  337  parent-participation component, and coordination with middle
  338  schools to promote and support career exploration and education
  339  planning as required under s. 1003.4156. Coordination with
  340  middle schools must provide information to middle school
  341  students about secondary and postsecondary career education
  342  programs and academies.
  343         (c)(e) Promote and provide opportunities for students
  344  enrolled in career-themed courses career and professional
  345  academy students to attain, at minimum, the Florida Gold Seal
  346  Vocational Scholars award pursuant to s. 1009.536.
  347         (d)(f) Provide instruction in careers designated as high
  348  growth, high demand, and high pay by the regional workforce
  349  development board, the chamber of commerce, economic development
  350  agencies, or the Department of Economic Opportunity.
  351         (e)(g) Deliver academic content through instruction
  352  relevant to the career, including intensive reading and
  353  mathematics intervention required by s. 1003.428, with an
  354  emphasis on strengthening reading for information skills.
  355         (f)(h) Offer applied courses that combine academic content
  356  with technical skills.
  357         (g)(i) Provide instruction resulting in competency,
  358  certification, or credentials in workplace skills, including,
  359  but not limited to, communication skills, interpersonal skills,
  360  decisionmaking skills, the importance of attendance and
  361  timeliness in the work environment, and work ethics.
  362         (j) Include a plan to sustain career and professional
  363  academies.
  364         (k) Redirect appropriated career funding to career and
  365  professional academies.
  366         (5) All career-themed career courses offered in a career
  367  and professional academy must lead to industry certification or
  368  college credit linked directly to the career theme of the
  369  course. If the passage rate on an industry certification
  370  examination that is associated with a career-themed course the
  371  career and professional academy falls below 50 percent,
  372  strategies to improve the passage rate must be included in the
  373  strategic 3-year plan the academy must discontinue enrollment of
  374  new students the following school year and each year thereafter
  375  until such time as the passage rate is above 50 percent or the
  376  academy is discontinued.
  377         (6) Workforce Florida, Inc., through the secondary career
  378  academies initiatives, shall serve in an advisory role and offer
  379  technical assistance in the development and deployment of newly
  380  established career-themed courses career and professional
  381  academies.
  382         Section 4. Section 1003.4935, Florida Statutes, is amended
  383  to read:
  384         1003.4935 Middle school career-themed career and
  385  professional academy courses.—
  386         (1) Beginning with the 2012-2013 2011-2012 school year,
  387  each district school board, in collaboration with regional
  388  workforce boards, economic development agencies, and state
  389  approved postsecondary institutions, shall include plans to
  390  implement career-themed courses a career and professional
  391  academy in at least one middle school in the district as part of
  392  the strategic 3-year 5-year plan pursuant to s. 1003.491(2). The
  393  middle school career and professional academy component of the
  394  strategic plan must ensure the transition of middle school
  395  career and professional academy students enrolled in career
  396  themed courses to a high school career-themed courses career and
  397  professional academy currently operating within the school
  398  district. Students who complete a middle school career-themed
  399  courses career and professional academy must have the
  400  opportunity to earn an industry certificate and high school
  401  credit and participate in career planning, job shadowing, and
  402  business leadership development activities.
  403         (2) Each middle school career-themed course career and
  404  professional academy must be aligned with at least one high
  405  school career-themed course career and professional academy
  406  offered in the district and maintain partnerships with local
  407  business and industry and economic development boards. Middle
  408  school career-themed courses career and professional academies
  409  must:
  410         (a) Lead Provide instruction in courses leading to careers
  411  in occupations designated as high growth, high demand, and high
  412  wage pay in the Industry Certification Funding List approved
  413  under rules adopted by the State Board of Education;
  414         (b) Offer career and professional academy courses that
  415  Integrate content from core subject areas;
  416         (c) Offer courses that Integrate career-themed course
  417  career and professional academy content with intensive reading
  418  and mathematics pursuant to s. 1003.428;
  419         (d) Coordinate with high schools to Maximize opportunities
  420  for middle school career and professional academy students
  421  enrolled in career-themed courses to earn high school credit;
  422         (e) Be offered Provide access to virtual instruction
  423  courses provided by virtual education providers legislatively
  424  authorized to provide part-time instruction to middle school
  425  students. The virtual instruction courses must be aligned to
  426  state curriculum standards for middle school career and
  427  professional academy students, with priority given to students
  428  who have required course deficits;
  429         (f) Be taught by Provide instruction from highly skilled
  430  professionals who hold industry certificates in the career area
  431  in which they teach;
  432         (g) Offer externships; and
  433         (h) Provide personalized student advisement that includes a
  434  parent-participation component.
  435         (3) Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, if a school
  436  district implements a middle school career-themed courses career
  437  and professional academy, the Department of Education shall
  438  collect and report student achievement data pursuant to
  439  performance factors identified under s. 1003.492(3) for academy
  440  students who are enrolled in career-themed courses and who
  441  attain an industry certification identified in the Industry
  442  Certified Funding List pursuant to rules adopted by the State
  443  Board of Education.
  444         Section 5. Paragraph (o) of subsection (1) of section
  445  1011.62, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  446         1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.—If the annual
  447  allocation from the Florida Education Finance Program to each
  448  district for operation of schools is not determined in the
  449  annual appropriations act or the substantive bill implementing
  450  the annual appropriations act, it shall be determined as
  451  follows:
  453  OPERATION.—The following procedure shall be followed in
  454  determining the annual allocation to each district for
  455  operation:
  456         (o) Calculation of additional full-time equivalent
  457  membership based on certification of successful completion of
  458  career-themed courses industry-certified career and professional
  459  academy programs pursuant to ss. 1003.491, 1003.492, 1003.493,
  460  and 1003.4935 and attainment of the highest level of industry
  461  certification identified in the Industry Certified Funding List
  462  pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of Education.—A
  463  value of 0.1, 0.2, or 0.3 full-time equivalent student
  464  membership shall be calculated for each student who completes
  465  career-themed courses an industry-certified career and
  466  professional academy program under ss. 1003.491, 1003.492,
  467  1003.493, and 1003.4935 and who is issued the highest level of
  468  industry certification identified annually in the Industry
  469  Certification Funding List approved under rules adopted by the
  470  State Board of Education and a high school diploma. The maximum
  471  full-time equivalent student membership value for any student is
  472  0.3. The Department of Education shall assign the appropriate
  473  full-time equivalent value for each certification, 50 percent of
  474  which is based on rigor and the remaining 50 percent on
  475  employment value. The State Board of Education shall include the
  476  assigned values in the Industry Certification Funding List under
  477  rules adopted by the state board. Rigor shall be based on the
  478  number of instructional hours, including work experience hours,
  479  required to earn the certification, with a bonus for industry
  480  certifications that have a statewide articulation agreement for
  481  college credit approved by the State Board of Education.
  482  Employment value shall be based on the entry wage, growth rate
  483  in employment for each occupational category, and average annual
  484  openings for the primary occupation linked to the industry
  485  certification. The Such value shall be added to the total full
  486  time equivalent student membership in secondary career education
  487  programs for grades 9 through 12 in the subsequent year for
  488  courses that were not funded through dual enrollment. The
  489  additional full-time equivalent membership authorized under this
  490  paragraph may not exceed 0.3 per student. Each district must
  491  allocate at least 80 percent of the funds provided for industry
  492  certification, in accordance with this paragraph, to the program
  493  that generated the funds. Unless a different amount is specified
  494  in the General Appropriations Act, the appropriation for this
  495  calculation is limited to $30 $15 million annually. If the
  496  appropriation is insufficient to fully fund the total
  497  calculation, the appropriation shall be prorated.
  498         Section 6. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.