Florida Senate - 2016                                    SB 1126
       By Senator Detert
       28-01227-16                                           20161126__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to auditory-oral education programs;
    3         amending s. 1002.391, F.S.; requiring a school
    4         district to annually add a specified number of points
    5         to the total score of all domains on a matrix of
    6         services for certain children; specifying that such
    7         children are eligible for auditory-oral education
    8         grants under certain circumstances; providing an
    9         effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Subsection (4) is added to section 1002.391,
   14  Florida Statutes, to read:
   15         1002.391 Auditory-oral education programs.—
   16         (4) Notwithstanding s. 1011.62, a child who is deaf or hard
   17  of hearing and who is enrolled in an auditory-oral education
   18  program in this state shall:
   19         (a) Have seven special consideration points added annually
   20  by the child’s school district to the total score of all domains
   21  on his or her matrix of services until the child is no longer
   22  enrolled in the program or turns 7 years of age, whichever
   23  occurs first.
   24         (b) Be eligible for auditory-oral education grants until
   25  the child is 7 years of age if the child is enrolled in a
   26  program that serves multiple counties, including rural and
   27  underserved areas. The school that offers the program must offer
   28  solely auditory-oral education programs and must have a
   29  supervisor and faculty who are certified as listening and spoken
   30  language specialists.
   31         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.