Florida Senate - 2014                                     SB 886
       By Senator Montford
       3-00881A-14                                            2014886__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Florida Teachers Classroom
    3         Supply Assistance Program; amending s. 1012.71, F.S.;
    4         revising procedures for distributing program funds to
    5         classroom teachers; providing an effective date.
    7  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
    9         Section 1. Subsection (3) of section 1012.71, Florida
   10  Statutes, is amended to read:
   11         1012.71 The Florida Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance
   12  Program.—
   13         (3) From the funds allocated to each school district and
   14  any funds received from local contributions for the Florida
   15  Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance Program, the district
   16  school board shall calculate an identical amount for each
   17  classroom teacher who is expected to be employed by the school
   18  district or a charter school in the district on September 1 of
   19  each year, which is that teacher’s proportionate share of the
   20  total amount allocated to the district from state funds and
   21  funds received from local contributions. A job-share classroom
   22  teacher may receive a prorated share of the amount provided to a
   23  full-time classroom teacher. For a classroom teacher determined
   24  eligible on July 1, the district school board and each charter
   25  school board may provide the teacher with his or her total
   26  proportionate share by August 1 based on the estimate of the
   27  number of teachers who will be employed on September 1. For a
   28  classroom teacher determined eligible after July 1, the district
   29  school board and each charter school board shall provide the
   30  each classroom teacher with his or her total proportionate share
   31  by September 30. The proportionate share may be provided of each
   32  year by any means determined appropriate by the district school
   33  board or charter school board, including, but not limited to,
   34  direct deposit, check, debit card, or purchasing card. If a
   35  debit card is used, an identifier must be placed on the front of
   36  the debit card which clearly indicates that the card has been
   37  issued for the Florida Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance
   38  Program. Expenditures under the program are not subject to state
   39  or local competitive bidding requirements. Funds received by a
   40  classroom teacher do not affect wages, hours, or terms and
   41  conditions of employment and, therefore, are not subject to
   42  collective bargaining. Any classroom teacher may decline receipt
   43  of or return the funds without explanation or cause.
   44         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.