Florida Senate - 2013                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 904
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                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  04/10/2013           .                                

       The Committee on Rules (Negron) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 187 and 188
    4  insert:
    5         Section 3. Paragraph (i) is added to subsection (3) of
    6  section 1007.01, Florida Statutes, to read:
    7         1007.01 Articulation; legislative intent; purpose; role of
    8  the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors;
    9  Articulation Coordinating Committee.—
   10         (3) The Commissioner of Education, in consultation with the
   11  Chancellor of the State University System, shall establish the
   12  Articulation Coordinating Committee which shall make
   13  recommendations related to statewide articulation policies to
   14  the Higher Education Coordination Council, the State Board of
   15  Education, and the Board of Governors. The committee shall
   16  consist of two members each representing the State University
   17  System, the Florida College System, public career and technical
   18  education, public K-12 education, and nonpublic education and
   19  one member representing students. The chair shall be elected
   20  from the membership. The committee shall:
   21         (i) Recommend by December 31, 2013, a funding model and a
   22  financial accountability mechanism for funding and assessing an
   23  approved organization or an individual offering online courses,
   24  including, but not limited to, massive open online courses. This
   25  paragraph expires July 1, 2014.
   26         Section 4. The Office of Program Policy Analysis and
   27  Government Accountability (OPPAGA) shall review and provide
   28  recommendations to allow student access to massive open online
   29  courses for funding in both the K-12 and postsecondary programs.
   30  The review must consider, but is not limited to, the
   31  identification of courses, provider qualification review,
   32  accreditation, teacher or instructor credentials, course content
   33  and standards, financial accountability, and a funding process.
   34  OPPAGA shall provide the findings and recommendations to the
   35  Executive Office of the Governor, the President of the Senate,
   36  and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by December 31,
   37  2013.
   38         Section 5. The Department of Education shall develop a
   39  methodology and plan for calculating the Florida Education
   40  Finance Program to limit the sum of each student’s full-time
   41  equivalent student membership value from all programs or courses
   42  to 1.0 full time equivalent (FTE). The department’s plan must
   43  include revised procedures for reporting and computing each
   44  district’s annual allocation from the Florida Education Finance
   45  Program and shall identify steps that the department and school
   46  districts will take to implement the new procedures during the
   47  2014-2015 fiscal year. The department shall conduct a student
   48  based simulation of the revised methodology concurrent with the
   49  2013-2014 FTE reporting and funding process. The department
   50  shall submit its plan and a summary of the results of the
   51  simulation to the Executive Office of the Governor, the
   52  President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
   53  Representatives by January 31, 2014.
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   56         And the title is amended as follows:
   57         Delete line 32
   58  and insert:
   59         certain criteria; amending s. 1007.01, F.S.; requiring
   60         the Articulation Coordinating Committee to recommend a
   61         funding model and financial accountability mechanism
   62         for providers of online courses; requiring the Office
   63         of Program Policy Analysis and Government
   64         Accountability to review and provide recommendations
   65         to allow student access to massive open online courses
   66         for funding purposes; providing review requirements;
   67         requiring the office to provide findings and
   68         recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature by
   69         a specified date; requiring the Department of
   70         Education to develop a methodology and plan for
   71         calculating the Florida Education Finance Program
   72         which limits the sum of each student’s full-time
   73         equivalent student membership value from all virtual
   74         programs or courses; providing requirements for the
   75         plan; requiring the department to conduct a student
   76         based simulation of the revised methodology; requiring
   77         the department to submit a report to the Governor and
   78         the Legislature by a specified date; providing an
   79         effective date.