Florida Senate - 2014                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 1528
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                 Comm: UNFAV           .                                
                  04/11/2014           .                                

    1         Senate Amendment to Amendment (704248) (with directory and
    2  title amendments)
    4         Between lines 34 and 35
    5  insert:
    6         (a) A person or entity wishing to open a charter school
    7  shall prepare and submit an application on a model application
    8  form prepared by the Department of Education which:
    9         1. Demonstrates how the school will use the guiding
   10  principles and meet the statutorily defined purpose of a charter
   11  school.
   12         2. Provides a detailed curriculum plan that illustrates how
   13  students will be provided services to attain the Sunshine State
   14  Standards.
   15         3. Contains goals and objectives for improving student
   16  learning and measuring that improvement. These goals and
   17  objectives must indicate how much academic improvement students
   18  are expected to show each year, how success will be evaluated,
   19  and the specific results to be attained through instruction.
   20         4. Describes the reading curriculum and differentiated
   21  strategies that will be used for students reading at grade level
   22  or higher and a separate curriculum and strategies for students
   23  who are reading below grade level. A sponsor shall deny a
   24  charter if the school does not propose a reading curriculum that
   25  is consistent with effective teaching strategies that are
   26  grounded in scientifically based reading research.
   27         5. Contains an annual financial plan for each year
   28  requested by the charter for operation of the school for up to 5
   29  years. This plan must contain anticipated fund balances based on
   30  revenue projections, a spending plan based on projected revenues
   31  and expenses, and a description of controls that will safeguard
   32  finances and projected enrollment trends.
   33         6. Documents that the applicant has participated in the
   34  training required in subparagraph (f)2. A sponsor may require an
   35  applicant to provide additional information as an addendum to
   36  the charter school application described in this paragraph.
   37         7. For the establishment of a virtual charter school,
   38  documents that the applicant has contracted with a provider of
   39  virtual instruction services pursuant to s. 1002.45(1)(d).
   40         8. Documents that the applicant has secured a $250,000 line
   41  of credit, a surety bond, or a grant commitment from a
   42  charitable contribution before the charter school begins
   43  operation. For purposes of this subparagraph, charitable
   44  contribution has the same meaning as in s. 170(c) of the
   45  Internal Revenue Code of 1986 if such contribution consists of
   46  cash or a financial instrument as defined in s. 731(c)(2)(C) of
   47  the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
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   50  And the directory clause is amended as follows:
   51         Delete line 16
   52  and insert:
   53         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (3), paragraphs (a),
   54  (b),
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   57  And the title is amended as follows:
   58         Delete line 451
   59  and insert:
   60         school governing board; revising requirements for the
   61         process and review of charter school applications;
   62         conforming provisions