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

    1         Senate Amendment (with directory and title amendments)
    3         Between lines 22 and 23
    4  insert:
    5         (a) A person or entity wishing to open a charter school
    6  shall prepare and submit an application on a model application
    7  form prepared by the Department of Education which:
    8         1. Demonstrates how the school will use the guiding
    9  principles and meet the statutorily defined purpose of a charter
   10  school.
   11         2. Provides a detailed curriculum plan that illustrates how
   12  students will be provided services to attain the Sunshine State
   13  Standards.
   14         3. Contains goals and objectives for improving student
   15  learning and measuring that improvement. These goals and
   16  objectives must indicate how much academic improvement students
   17  are expected to show each year, how success will be evaluated,
   18  and the specific results to be attained through instruction.
   19         4. Describes the reading curriculum and differentiated
   20  strategies that will be used for students reading at grade level
   21  or higher and a separate curriculum and strategies for students
   22  who are reading below grade level. A sponsor shall deny a
   23  charter if the school does not propose a reading curriculum that
   24  is consistent with effective teaching strategies that are
   25  grounded in scientifically based reading research.
   26         5. Contains an annual financial plan for each year
   27  requested by the charter for operation of the school for up to 5
   28  years. This plan must contain anticipated fund balances based on
   29  revenue projections, a spending plan based on projected revenues
   30  and expenses, and a description of controls that will safeguard
   31  finances and projected enrollment trends.
   32         6. Documents that the applicant has participated in the
   33  training required in subparagraph (f)2. A sponsor may require an
   34  applicant to provide additional information as an addendum to
   35  the charter school application described in this paragraph.
   36         7. For the establishment of a virtual charter school,
   37  documents that the applicant has contracted with a provider of
   38  virtual instruction services pursuant to s. 1002.45(1)(d).
   39         8. Documents that the applicant has secured a $250,000 line
   40  of credit, surety bond, or a grant commitment from a charitable
   41  contribution before the charter school begins operation. For
   42  purposes of this subparagraph, charitable contribution has the
   43  same meaning as defined in s. 170(c) of the Internal Revenue
   44  Code of 1986, if such contribution consists of cash or a
   45  financial instrument as defined in s. 731(c)(2)(C) of the
   46  Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
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   49  And the directory clause is amended as follows:
   50         Delete line 17
   51  and insert:
   52         Section 1. Paragraphs (a) and (h) of subsection (6) and
   53  paragraph
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   56  And the title is amended as follows:
   57         Delete line 3
   58  and insert:
   59         1022.33, F.S.; revising requirements for the process
   60         and review of charter school applications; authorizing
   61         contract disputes to be