Florida Senate - 2014 PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE Bill No. SB 514 Ì792326.Î792326 576-03613-14 Proposed Committee Substitute by the Committee on Appropriations (Appropriations Subcommittee on Education) 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to single-gender public school 3 programs; amending s. 1002.311, F.S.; providing 4 requirements for a district school board when 5 establishing a gender-specific elementary, middle, or 6 high school; requiring school administrative and 7 instructional personnel to participate in professional 8 development; providing accountability requirements; 9 providing an effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Subsection (2) of section 1002.311, Florida 14 Statutes, is amended to read: 15 1002.311 Single-gender programs authorized.— 16 (2) A district school board that establishes a single 17 gender class, extracurricular activity, or school: 18 (a) May not require participation by any student. The 19 district school board must ensure that participation in the 20 single-gender class, extracurricular activity, or school is 21 voluntary. 22 (b) Must evaluate each single-gender class, extracurricular 23 activity, or school in the school district at least once every 2 24 years in order to ensure that it is in compliance with this 25 section and 34 C.F.R. s. 106.34. 26 (c) Must comply with the following requirements when 27 establishing a gender-specific elementary, middle, or high 28 school: 29 1. Separate into grade-level boys-only classes and girls 30 only classes during instruction in core courses. 31 2. Offer open enrollment to all students within the school 32 district. 33 3. Require the school’s administrative and instructional 34 personnel to participate in professional development that 35 includes scheduling and instructional strategies. 36 4. Provide to the department a comparison of the academic 37 performance of students in the gender-specific elementary, 38 middle, or high school with the academic performance of students 39 in other public elementary, middle, or high schools, as 40 appropriate, in the school district. 41 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.