Florida Senate - 2015 SB 254 By Senator Clemens 27-00305-15 2015254__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to charter schools; amending s. 3 1002.33, F.S.; requiring a charter school to 4 demonstrate it meets certain needs that the local 5 school district does not or is unable to provide to 6 students in that district in order to obtain approval; 7 providing an effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Subsection (2) of section 1002.33, Florida 12 Statutes, is amended to read: 13 1002.33 Charter schools.— 14 (2) GUIDING PRINCIPLES; PURPOSE.—In order to obtain 15 approval, a charter school shall clearly demonstrate that it 16 meets a specific instructional need or a need for additional 17 educational facilities as defined in s. 1013.01, which the local 18 school district does not or is unable to provide to students. 19 Accordingly, each charter school in this state: 20 (a)
Charter schools in FloridaShall be guided by the 21 following principles: 22 1. Meet high standards of student achievement while 23 providing parents flexibility to choose among diverse 24 educational opportunities within the state’s public school 25 system. 26 2. Promote enhanced academic success and financial 27 efficiency by aligning responsibility with accountability. 28 3. Provide parents with sufficient information on whether 29 their child is reading at grade level and whether the child 30 gains at least a year’s worth of learning for every year spent 31 in the charter school. 32 (b) Charter schoolsShall fulfill the following purposes: 33 1. Improve student learning and academic achievement. 34 2. Increase learning opportunities for all students, with 35 special emphasis on low-performing students and reading. 36 3. Encourage the use of innovative learning methods. 37 4. Require the measurement of learning outcomes. 38 (c) Charter schoolsMay fulfill the following purposes: 39 1. Create innovative measurement tools. 40 2. Provide rigorous competition within the public school 41 district to stimulate continual improvement in all public 42 schools. 43 3. Expand the capacity of the public school system. 44 4. Mitigate the educational impact created by the 45 development of new residential dwelling units. 46 5. Create new professional opportunities for teachers, 47 including ownership of the learning program at the school site. 48 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.