Florida Senate - 2016              PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE
       Bill No. CS for SB 1076
       Proposed Committee Substitute by the Committee on Appropriations
       (Appropriations Subcommittee on Education)
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to education; amending s. 1007.273,
    3         F.S.; providing additional options for students
    4         participating in a structured high school acceleration
    5         program; prohibiting a district school board from
    6         limiting the number of public school students who may
    7         enroll in a structured high school acceleration
    8         program; revising requirements relating to contracts
    9         establishing structured high school acceleration
   10         programs; requiring each district school board to
   11         notify students in certain grades about the program;
   12         revising provisions relating to program funding;
   13         providing reporting requirements; amending s.
   14         1003.4295, F.S.; revising the purpose of the Credit
   15         Acceleration Program; requiring students to earn
   16         passing scores on specified assessments or
   17         examinations to earn course credit; amending s.
   18         1003.621, F.S.; requiring an academically high
   19         performing school district to execute a contract to
   20         establish a structured high school acceleration
   21         program; providing an effective date.
   23  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   25         Section 1. Section 1007.273, Florida Statutes, is amended
   26  to read:
   27         1007.273 Structured high school acceleration programs
   28  Collegiate high school program.—
   29         (1) Each Florida College System institution shall work with
   30  each district school board in its designated service area to
   31  establish one or more structured high school acceleration
   32  programs, including, but not limited to, collegiate high school
   33  programs.
   34         (1)(2)PURPOSE.—At a minimum, structured collegiate high
   35  school acceleration programs must include an option for public
   36  school students in grade 11 or grade 12 participating in the
   37  program, for at least 1 full school year, to earn CAPE industry
   38  certifications pursuant to s. 1008.44 and to successfully
   39  complete 30 credit hours toward general education core
   40  curriculum or common prerequisite course requirements pursuant
   41  to s. 1007.25 through the dual enrollment program under s.
   42  1007.271, a mechanism pursuant to s. 1007.27, or a CAPE industry
   43  certification pursuant to s. 1008.44 toward the first year of
   44  college for an associate degree or baccalaureate degree while
   45  enrolled in the program. A district school board may not limit
   46  the number of public school students who may enroll in such
   47  programs.
   48         (2)(3)REQUIRED PROGRAM CONTRACTS.—Each district school
   49  board and its local Florida College System institution shall
   50  execute a contract to establish one or more structured
   51  collegiate high school acceleration programs at a mutually
   52  agreed upon location or locations. Beginning with the 2015-2016
   53  school year, If the institution does not establish a program
   54  with a district school board in its designated service area,
   55  another Florida College System institution may execute a
   56  contract with that district school board to establish the
   57  program. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the contract
   58  must be executed by January 1 of each school year for
   59  implementation of the program during the next school year. The
   60  contract must:
   61         (a) Identify the grade levels to be included in the
   62  collegiate high school program which must, at a minimum, include
   63  grade 12.
   64         (b) Describe the collegiate high school program, including
   65  the delineation of courses that must, at a minimum, include
   66  general education core curriculum or common prerequisite course
   67  requirements pursuant to s. 1007.25 and industry certifications
   68  offered, including online course availability; the high school
   69  and college credits earned for each postsecondary course
   70  completed and industry certification earned; student eligibility
   71  criteria; and the enrollment process and relevant deadlines.
   72         (c) Describe the methods, medium, and process by which
   73  students and their parents are annually informed about the
   74  availability of the collegiate high school program, the return
   75  on investment associated with participation in the program, and
   76  the information described in paragraphs (a) and (b).
   77         (d) Identify the delivery methods for instruction and the
   78  instructors for all courses.
   79         (e) Identify student advising services and progress
   80  monitoring mechanisms.
   81         (f) Establish a program review and reporting mechanism
   82  regarding student performance outcomes.
   83         (g) Describe the terms of funding arrangements to implement
   84  the collegiate high school program pursuant to paragraph (5)(a).
   86         (a)(4) Each student participating in a structured
   87  collegiate high school acceleration program must enter into a
   88  student performance contract which must be signed by the
   89  student, the parent, and a representative of the school district
   90  and the applicable Florida College System institution, state
   91  university, or other institution participating pursuant to
   92  subsection (4) (5). The performance contract must, at a minimum,
   93  specify include the schedule of courses, by semester, and
   94  industry certifications to be taken by the student, student
   95  attendance requirements, and course grade requirements, and the
   96  applicability of such courses to an associate degree or a
   97  baccalaureate degree.
   98         (b) By September 1 of each school year, each district
   99  school board must notify each student enrolled in grades 9, 10,
  100  11, and 12 in a public school within the school district about
  101  the structured high school acceleration program including, but
  102  not limited to:
  103         1. The method for earning college credit through
  104  participation in the program. Such methods must include an
  105  Internet website link to the dual enrollment course equivalency
  106  list approved by the Department of Education and the credit-by
  107  examination equivalency list adopted by the State Board of
  108  Education in rule.
  109         2. The estimated cost savings to students and their
  110  families resulting from students successfully completing 30
  111  credit hours toward general education core or common
  112  prerequisite course requirements and earning industry
  113  certifications before graduating from high school versus the
  114  cost of earning such credit hours and industry certifications
  115  after graduating from high school.
  116         (4)(5)AUTHORIZED PROGRAM CONTRACTS.—In addition to
  117  executing a contract with the local Florida College System
  118  institution under this section, a district school board may
  119  execute a contract to establish a structured collegiate high
  120  school acceleration program with a state university or an
  121  institution that is eligible to participate in the William L.
  122  Boyd, IV, Florida Resident Access Grant Program, that is a
  123  nonprofit independent college or university located and
  124  chartered in this state, and that is accredited by the
  125  Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges
  126  and Schools to grant baccalaureate degrees. Such university or
  127  institution must meet the requirements specified under
  128  subsections (2) (3) and (3) (4). A charter school may execute a
  129  contract directly with the local Florida College System
  130  institution or another institution as authorized under this
  131  section to establish a structured high school acceleration
  132  program at a mutually agreed upon location.
  133         (5) FUNDING.—
  134         (a)(6) The structured collegiate high school acceleration
  135  program shall be funded pursuant to ss. 1007.271 and 1011.62.
  136  The State Board of Education shall enforce compliance with this
  137  section by withholding the transfer of funds for the school
  138  districts and the Florida College System institutions in
  139  accordance with s. 1008.32.
  140         (b) A student who enrolls in the structured high school
  141  acceleration program and successfully completes 30 credit hours
  142  toward fulfilling general education core curriculum or common
  143  prerequisite course requirements pursuant to s. 1007.25, which
  144  may include attaining one or more industry certifications,
  145  generates a 0.5 full-time equivalent (FTE) bonus. A student who
  146  enrolls in the structured high school acceleration program and
  147  successfully completes 60 credit hours toward fulfilling the
  148  requirements for an associate in arts or an associate in science
  149  degree pursuant to the student performance contract under
  150  subsection (3), which may include attaining one or more industry
  151  certifications, before graduating from high school, generates an
  152  additional 0.5 FTE bonus. Each district school board that is a
  153  contractual partner with a Florida College System institution
  154  shall report to the commissioner the total FTE bonus for each
  155  structured high school acceleration program for the students
  156  from that district school board. The total FTE bonus shall be
  157  added to each school district’s total weighted FTE for funding
  158  in the subsequent fiscal year.
  159         (6) REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.—
  160         (a) By September 1 of each school year, each district
  161  school superintendent must report to the commissioner, at a
  162  minimum, the following information for the prior school year:
  163         1. Number of students in public schools within the school
  164  district who enrolled in the structured high school acceleration
  165  program, and the partnering postsecondary institutions pursuant
  166  to subsections (2) and (4).
  167         2. Average number of courses completed and the number of
  168  industry certifications attained by the students who enrolled in
  169  the structured high school acceleration program.
  170         3. Projected student enrollment in the structured high
  171  school acceleration program within the next school year.
  172         4. Barriers to executing contracts to establish one of more
  173  structured high school acceleration programs.
  174         (b) By November 30 of each school year, the commissioner
  175  must report to the Governor, President of the Senate, and
  176  Speaker of the House of Representatives the status of structured
  177  high school acceleration programs including, at a minimum, a
  178  summary of student enrollment and completion information
  179  pursuant to this subsection; barriers, if any, to establishing
  180  such programs; and recommendations for expanding access to such
  181  programs statewide.
  182         Section 2. Subsection (3) of section 1003.4295, Florida
  183  Statutes, is amended to read:
  184         1003.4295 Acceleration options.—
  185         (3) The Credit Acceleration Program (CAP) is created for
  186  the purpose of allowing a student to earn high school credit in
  187  Algebra I, Algebra II, geometry, United States history, or
  188  biology, or a course under s. 1003.4285 if the student passes
  189  the corresponding statewide, standardized assessment
  190  administered under s. 1008.22 or Advanced Placement Examination.
  191  Notwithstanding s. 1003.436, a school district shall award
  192  course credit to a student who is not enrolled in the course, or
  193  who has not completed the course, if the student attains a
  194  passing score on the corresponding statewide, standardized
  195  assessment or Advanced Placement Examination. The school
  196  district shall permit a student who is not enrolled in the
  197  course, or who has not completed the course, to take the
  198  assessment or examination during the regular administration of
  199  the assessment or examination.
  200         Section 3. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
  201  1003.621, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  202         1003.621 Academically high-performing school districts.—It
  203  is the intent of the Legislature to recognize and reward school
  204  districts that demonstrate the ability to consistently maintain
  205  or improve their high-performing status. The purpose of this
  206  section is to provide high-performing school districts with
  207  flexibility in meeting the specific requirements in statute and
  208  rules of the State Board of Education.
  210         (a) A school district is an academically high-performing
  211  school district if it meets the following criteria:
  212         1.a. Earns a grade of “A” under s. 1008.34 for 2
  213  consecutive years; and
  214         b. Has no district-operated school that earns a grade of
  215  “F” under s. 1008.34;
  216         2. Complies with all class size requirements in s. 1, Art.
  217  IX of the State Constitution and s. 1003.03; and
  218         3. Has no material weaknesses or instances of material
  219  noncompliance noted in the annual financial audit conducted
  220  pursuant to s. 11.45 or s. 218.39.
  221         4. Has executed a contract with its local Florida College
  222  System institution to establish one or more structured high
  223  school acceleration programs at a mutually agreed upon location
  224  or locations pursuant to s. 1007.273.
  226  However, a district in which a district-operated school earns a
  227  grade of “F” under s. 1008.34 during the 3-year period may not
  228  continue to be designated as an academically high-performing
  229  school district during the remainder of that 3-year period. The
  230  district must meet the criteria in paragraph (a) in order to be
  231  redesignated as an academically high-performing school district.
  232         Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.