Florida Senate - 2014 SB 868 By Senator Thompson 12-01411-14 2014868__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Reigniting Education 3 Achievement with Coordinated Help (REACH) Pilot 4 Program; requiring the Department of Education to 5 implement the pilot program as a public-private 6 partnership in low-performing public schools; 7 specifying services to be offered with the goal of 8 improving student academic achievement; providing 9 requirements for implementation of the program; 10 requiring the department to submit a report to the 11 Legislature at the conclusion of the program; 12 requiring the State Board of Education to adopt rules; 13 providing an effective date. 14 15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 16 17 Section 1. Reigniting Education Achievement with 18 Coordinated Help (REACH) Pilot Program.— 19 (1) Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, the Department 20 of Education shall implement a 4-year Reigniting Education 21 Achievement with Coordinated Help (REACH) Pilot Program in three 22 to five of the state’s lowest-performing traditional public 23 schools with a large population of low-income, at-risk students. 24 The Commissioner of Education shall establish criteria for 25 participation in the program, including the school, health, and 26 community services to be offered. A school interested in 27 participating in the program shall submit a letter of interest 28 to the Commissioner of Education by July 15, 2014. 29 (2) The program shall consist of a public-private 30 partnership to supply “wrap-around services” to students 31 attending the schools, including, but not limited to, tutorial 32 and after-school programs, student counseling, nutrition 33 education, health and dental services, parental counseling, and 34 adult education. 35 (3) The program shall focus attention on improving academic 36 achievement through a holistic approach through which students 37 receive the academic, medical, nutritional, and social supports 38 they need to develop strong literacy and mathematical skills, as 39 well as the qualities of responsibility, self-control, 40 attention, and cooperation. The program shall make available 41 support services that encourage healthy family dynamics and 42 home-to-school connections by providing parents with skills and 43 opportunities to get involved in their children’s education and 44 help their children succeed in school. The program shall be 45 based on the following research-driven elements that lead to 46 student success: improving student achievement and learning, 47 leveraging community assets and improving school and community 48 collaboration, improving staff capacity and effectiveness, and 49 developing family and community partnerships. 50 (4) The program shall be implemented as follows: 51 (a) During the first year of operation, a school shall 52 build partnerships between the school district, the local 53 teachers union, parents, social service agencies, medical and 54 dental professionals, community and civic groups, and 55 businesses; plan services; advertise the program; establish 56 baseline data; begin offering the services; and report costs and 57 benefits. 58 (b) During the second, third, and fourth years of 59 operation, a school shall continue partnerships; seek input on 60 and refine services; continue offering the services; monitor the 61 academic, health, and nutritional progress of students and 62 families; and report progress, costs, and benefits. 63 (5) At the conclusion of the pilot program, the Department 64 of Education shall submit to the President of the Senate and the 65 Speaker of the House of Representatives a review of the program, 66 which includes successful practices and the impact on student 67 performance and success, and shall make a recommendation for 68 continuing or terminating the program. 69 (6) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to 70 implement this section. 71 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.