Florida Senate - 2013 SB 1326 By Senator Abruzzo 25-01238-13 20131326__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to an education pilot program; 3 creating s. 1003.59, F.S.; requiring the Department of 4 Education to create a pilot program for the lowest 5 performing public schools in this state which have a 6 large population of economically disadvantaged 7 students; providing that the pilot program create a 8 public and private partnership to supply certain 9 services to economically disadvantaged students; 10 providing a statement of purpose for the pilot 11 program; providing the duties of the department for 12 each year of the pilot program; requiring the 13 department to submit its recommendation, the rationale 14 behind the recommendation, and supporting data to the 15 Governor and the Legislature by a specified date; 16 requiring the department to adopt rules; providing an 17 effective date. 18 19 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 20 21 Section 1. Section 1003.59, Florida Statutes, is created to 22 read: 23 1003.59 Services for success; pilot program.—Beginning with 24 the 2013-2014 school year, the Department of Education shall 25 plan and implement a 4-year pilot program for no fewer than 26 three and no more than five of the lowest-performing traditional 27 public schools in this state which enroll a large population of 28 economically disadvantaged students who are living in 29 impoverished circumstances. 30 (1) The pilot program is established to create a public and 31 private partnership to supply wrap-around services, including, 32 but not limited to, health and dental services, counseling, 33 parental counseling, adult training and education, nutrition 34 education, after-school programs, and tutoring programs to 35 economically disadvantaged students. 36 (2) The purpose of the pilot program is to: 37 (a) Improve academic achievement through a holistic 38 approach by ensuring that economically disadvantaged students 39 have the academic, medical, nutritional, and social supports 40 they need to develop strong literacy and numeracy skills, and 41 resiliency skills in self-regulation, cooperation, and 42 attention. 43 (b) Make available support services that encourage healthy 44 family dynamics, including parenting skills, assistance with 45 homework, and school-home connections. 46 (c) Create a work center within each school identified in 47 subparagraph (3)(a)1. supported by five research-driven elements 48 that lead to permanent systemic change: leveraging community 49 assets, improving staff capacity and effectiveness, developing 50 family and community partnerships, improving capacity and 51 collaboration between district and local associations, and 52 improving student achievement and learning. 53 (3) The timeline for the pilot program is as follows: 54 (a) During the first year, the department shall: 55 1. Identify no fewer than three and no more than five of 56 the lowest-performing public schools in the state which enroll a 57 large population of economically disadvantaged students who are 58 living in impoverished circumstances. 59 2. Seek researchers. 60 3. Build partnerships with schools identified in 61 subparagraph 1., the school district, the local teachers’ union, 62 parents, social service agencies, local medical and dental 63 practitioners, local community and civic groups, and local 64 businesses. 65 4. Plan and promote services that will be provided. 66 5. Advertise the pilot program. 67 6. Collect baseline data. 68 7. Report costs and benefits of the pilot program. 69 (b) During the second, third, and fourth years, the 70 department shall: 71 1. Continue to build the partnerships with schools 72 identified in subparagraph (a)1., the school district, the local 73 teachers’ union, parents, social service agencies, local medical 74 and dental practitioners, local community and civic groups, and 75 local businesses. 76 2. Seek input regarding the services that are provided and 77 refine them. 78 3. Monitor academic, health, and nutritional progress for 79 students and families who are participating in the pilot program 80 and report their progress. 81 4. Report costs and benefits of the pilot program. 82 (c) During the fourth year, but not later than December 1, 83 2017, the department shall recommend suspension or continuation 84 of the pilot program and submit its recommendation, the 85 rationale behind the recommendation, and supporting data to the 86 Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the 87 House of Representatives. 88 (4) The department shall adopt rules to administer this 89 section. 90 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.