Florida Senate - 2016              PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE
       Bill No. SB 1166
       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. 39.201,
    3         F.S.; providing an exception from a prohibition
    4         against the use of information in the Department of
    5         Children and Families central abuse hotline for
    6         employment screening of certain child care personnel;
    7         amending s. 39.202, F.S.; expanding the list of
    8         entities that have access to child abuse records for
    9         purposes of approving providers of school readiness
   10         services; amending s. 402.302, F.S.; revising the
   11         definition of the term “screening” for purposes of
   12         child care licensing requirements; amending s.
   13         402.3057, F.S.; clarifying individuals who are exempt
   14         from certain refingerprinting or rescreening
   15         requirements; amending s. 402.306, F.S.; requiring the
   16         Department of Children and Families and local
   17         licensing agencies to electronically post certain
   18         information relating to child care and school
   19         readiness providers; amending s. 402.311, F.S.;
   20         requiring school readiness program providers to
   21         provide the Department of Children and Families or
   22         local licensing agencies with access to facilities,
   23         personnel, and records for inspection purposes;
   24         amending s. 402.319, F.S.; requiring certain child
   25         care providers to submit an affidavit of compliance
   26         with certain mandatory reporting requirements;
   27         amending s. 409.1757, F.S.; clarifying individuals who
   28         are exempt from certain refingerprinting or
   29         rescreening requirements; amending s. 435.07, F.S.;
   30         providing criteria for a person’s disqualification
   31         from employment with a school readiness program
   32         provider; amending s. 1001.42, F.S.; revising the
   33         duties of a district school board; creating s.
   34         1001.67, F.S.; establishing a collaboration between
   35         the state board and the Legislature to designate
   36         certain Florida College System institutions as
   37         distinguished colleges; specifying standards for the
   38         designation; requiring the state board to award the
   39         designation to certain Florida College System
   40         institutions; providing that the designated
   41         institutions are eligible for funding as specified in
   42         the General Appropriations Act; amending s. 1002.82,
   43         F.S.; revising the duties of the Office of Early
   44         Learning of the Department of Education; requiring the
   45         office to coordinate with the Department of Children
   46         and Families and local licensing agencies for
   47         inspections of school readiness program providers;
   48         amending s. 1002.84, F.S.; revising provisions
   49         relating to determination of child eligibility for
   50         school readiness programs; revising requirements for
   51         determining parent copayments for the programs;
   52         amending s. 1002.87, F.S.; revising the prioritization
   53         of participation in school readiness programs;
   54         revising school readiness program eligibility
   55         requirements for parents; amending s. 1002.88, F.S.;
   56         revising requirements for school readiness program
   57         providers; amending s. 1002.89, F.S.; providing for
   58         additional uses of funds for school readiness
   59         programs; amending s. 1004.935, F.S.; deleting the
   60         scheduled termination of the Adults with Disabilities
   61         Workforce Education Pilot Program; changing the name
   62         of the program to the “Adults with Disabilities
   63         Workforce Education Program”; amending s. 1011.62,
   64         F.S.; revising the calculation for certain
   65         supplemental funds for exceptional student education
   66         programs; requiring the funds to be prorated under
   67         certain circumstances; revising the funding of full
   68         time equivalent values for students who earn CAPE
   69         industry certifications through dual enrollment;
   70         deleting a provision prohibiting a teacher’s bonus
   71         from exceeding a specified amount; creating a
   72         federally connected student supplement for school
   73         districts; specifying eligibility requirements and
   74         calculations for allocations of the supplement;
   75         amending s. 1011.71, F.S.; conforming a cross
   76         reference; providing effective dates.
   78  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   80         Section 1. Subsection (6) of section 39.201, Florida
   81  Statutes, is amended to read:
   82         39.201 Mandatory reports of child abuse, abandonment, or
   83  neglect; mandatory reports of death; central abuse hotline.—
   84         (6) Information in the central abuse hotline may not be
   85  used for employment screening, except as provided in s.
   86  39.202(2)(a) and (h) or s. 402.302(15). Information in the
   87  central abuse hotline and the department’s automated abuse
   88  information system may be used by the department, its authorized
   89  agents or contract providers, the Department of Health, or
   90  county agencies as part of the licensure or registration process
   91  pursuant to ss. 402.301-402.319 and ss. 409.175-409.176.
   92         Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section
   93  39.202, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   94         39.202 Confidentiality of reports and records in cases of
   95  child abuse or neglect.—
   96         (2) Except as provided in subsection (4), access to such
   97  records, excluding the name of the reporter which shall be
   98  released only as provided in subsection (5), shall be granted
   99  only to the following persons, officials, and agencies:
  100         (a) Employees, authorized agents, or contract providers of
  101  the department, the Department of Health, the Agency for Persons
  102  with Disabilities, the Office of Early Learning, or county
  103  agencies responsible for carrying out:
  104         1. Child or adult protective investigations;
  105         2. Ongoing child or adult protective services;
  106         3. Early intervention and prevention services;
  107         4. Healthy Start services;
  108         5. Licensure or approval of adoptive homes, foster homes,
  109  child care facilities, facilities licensed under chapter 393, or
  110  family day care homes, or informal child care providers who
  111  receive school readiness funding under part VI of chapter 1002,
  112  or other homes used to provide for the care and welfare of
  113  children; or
  114         6. Services for victims of domestic violence when provided
  115  by certified domestic violence centers working at the
  116  department’s request as case consultants or with shared clients.
  118  Also, employees or agents of the Department of Juvenile Justice
  119  responsible for the provision of services to children, pursuant
  120  to chapters 984 and 985.
  121         Section 3. Subsection (15) of section 402.302, Florida
  122  Statutes, is amended to read:
  123         402.302 Definitions.—As used in this chapter, the term:
  124         (15) “Screening” means the act of assessing the background
  125  of child care personnel, in accordance with state and federal
  126  law, and volunteers and includes, but is not limited to:,
  127         (a) Employment history checks, including documented
  128  attempts to contact each employer that employed the applicant
  129  within the preceding 5 years and documentation of the findings.
  130         (b)A search of the criminal history records, sexual
  131  predator and sexual offender registry, and child abuse and
  132  neglect registry of any state in which the applicant resided
  133  during the preceding 5 years.
  135  An applicant must submit a full set of fingerprints to the
  136  department or to a vendor, an entity, or an agency authorized by
  137  s. 943.053(13). The department, vendor, entity, or agency shall
  138  forward the fingerprints to local criminal records checks
  139  through local law enforcement agencies, fingerprinting for all
  140  purposes and checks in this subsection, statewide criminal
  141  records checks through the Department of Law Enforcement for
  142  state processing, and the Department of Law Enforcement shall
  143  forward the fingerprints to, and federal criminal records checks
  144  through the Federal Bureau of Investigation for national
  145  processing.
  146         Section 4. Section 402.3057, Florida Statutes, is amended
  147  to read:
  148         402.3057 Individuals Persons not required to be
  149  refingerprinted or rescreened.—Individuals Any provision of law
  150  to the contrary notwithstanding, human resource personnel who
  151  have been fingerprinted or screened pursuant to chapters 393,
  152  394, 397, 402, and 409, and teachers and noninstructional
  153  personnel who have been fingerprinted pursuant to chapter 1012,
  154  who have not been unemployed for more than 90 days thereafter,
  155  and who under the penalty of perjury attest to the completion of
  156  such fingerprinting or screening and to compliance with the
  157  provisions of this section and the standards for good moral
  158  character as contained in such provisions as ss. 110.1127(2)(c),
  159  393.0655(1), 394.457(6), 397.451, 402.305(2), and 409.175(6),
  160  are shall not be required to be refingerprinted or rescreened in
  161  order to comply with any caretaker screening or fingerprinting
  162  requirements of this chapter.
  163         Section 5. Subsection (3) of section 402.306, Florida
  164  Statutes, is amended to read:
  165         402.306 Designation of licensing agency; dissemination by
  166  the department and local licensing agency of information on
  167  child care.—
  168         (3) The department and local licensing agencies, or the
  169  designees thereof, shall be responsible for coordination and
  170  dissemination of information on child care to the community and
  171  shall make available through electronic means upon request all
  172  licensing standards and procedures, health and safety standards
  173  for school readiness providers, monitoring and inspection
  174  reports, and in addition to the names and addresses of licensed
  175  child care facilities, school readiness program providers, and,
  176  where applicable pursuant to s. 402.313, licensed or registered
  177  family day care homes. This information must also include the
  178  number of deaths, serious injuries, and instances of
  179  substantiated child abuse which have occurred in child care
  180  settings each year; research and best practices in child
  181  development; and resources regarding social-emotional
  182  development, parent and family engagement, healthy eating, and
  183  physical activity.
  184         Section 6. Section 402.311, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  185  read:
  186         402.311 Inspection.—
  187         (1) A licensed child care facility shall accord to the
  188  department or the local licensing agency, whichever is
  189  applicable, the privilege of inspection, including access to
  190  facilities and personnel and to those records required in s.
  191  402.305, at reasonable times during regular business hours, to
  192  ensure compliance with the provisions of ss. 402.301-402.319.
  193  The right of entry and inspection shall also extend to any
  194  premises which the department or local licensing agency has
  195  reason to believe are being operated or maintained as a child
  196  care facility without a license, but no such entry or inspection
  197  of any premises shall be made without the permission of the
  198  person in charge thereof unless a warrant is first obtained from
  199  the circuit court authorizing such entry or inspection same. Any
  200  application for a license or renewal made pursuant to this act
  201  or the advertisement to the public for the provision of child
  202  care as defined in s. 402.302 shall constitute permission for
  203  any entry or inspection of the premises for which the license is
  204  sought in order to facilitate verification of the information
  205  submitted on or in connection with the application. In the event
  206  a licensed facility refuses permission for entry or inspection
  207  to the department or local licensing agency, a warrant shall be
  208  obtained from the circuit court authorizing entry or inspection
  209  before same prior to such entry or inspection. The department or
  210  local licensing agency may institute disciplinary proceedings
  211  pursuant to s. 402.310, for such refusal.
  212         (2)A school readiness program provider shall accord to the
  213  department or the local licensing agency, whichever is
  214  applicable, the privilege of inspection, including access to
  215  facilities, personnel, and records, to verify compliance with s.
  216  1002.88. Entry, inspection, and issuance of an inspection report
  217  by the department or the local licensing agency to verify
  218  compliance with s. 1002.88 is an exercise of a discretionary
  219  power to enforce compliance with the laws duly enacted by a
  220  governmental body.
  221         (3)The department’s issuance, transmittal, or publication
  222  of an inspection report resulting from an inspection under this
  223  section does not constitute agency action subject to chapter
  224  120.
  225         Section 7. Subsection (3) is added to section 402.319,
  226  Florida Statutes, to read:
  227         402.319 Penalties.—
  228         (3)Each child care facility, family day care home, and
  229  large family day care home shall annually submit an affidavit of
  230  compliance with s. 39.201.
  231         Section 8. Section 409.1757, Florida Statutes, is amended
  232  to read:
  233         409.1757 Individuals Persons not required to be
  234  refingerprinted or rescreened.—Individuals Any law to the
  235  contrary notwithstanding, human resource personnel who have been
  236  fingerprinted or screened pursuant to chapters 393, 394, 397,
  237  402, and this chapter, teachers who have been fingerprinted
  238  pursuant to chapter 1012, and law enforcement officers who meet
  239  the requirements of s. 943.13, who have not been unemployed for
  240  more than 90 days thereafter, and who under the penalty of
  241  perjury attest to the completion of such fingerprinting or
  242  screening and to compliance with this section and the standards
  243  for good moral character as contained in such provisions as ss.
  244  110.1127(2)(c), 393.0655(1), 394.457(6), 397.451, 402.305(2),
  245  409.175(6), and 943.13(7), are not required to be
  246  refingerprinted or rescreened in order to comply with any
  247  caretaker screening or fingerprinting requirements of this
  248  chapter.
  249         Section 9. Paragraph (c) is added to subsection (4) of
  250  section 435.07, Florida Statutes, to read:
  251         435.07 Exemptions from disqualification.—Unless otherwise
  252  provided by law, the provisions of this section apply to
  253  exemptions from disqualification for disqualifying offenses
  254  revealed pursuant to background screenings required under this
  255  chapter, regardless of whether those disqualifying offenses are
  256  listed in this chapter or other laws.
  257         (4)
  258         (c)A person is ineligible for employment with a provider
  259  that receives school readiness funding under part VI of chapter
  260  1002 if the person has been convicted of:
  261         1.A felony offense prohibited under any of the following
  262  statutes:
  263         a.Chapter 741, relating to domestic violence.
  264         b.Section 782.04, relating to murder.
  265         c.Section 782.07, relating to manslaughter, aggravated
  266  manslaughter of an elderly person or a disabled adult,
  267  aggravated manslaughter of a child, or aggravated manslaughter
  268  of an officer, a firefighter, an emergency medical technician,
  269  or a paramedic.
  270         d.Section 784.021, relating to aggravated assault.
  271         e.Section 784.045, relating to aggravated battery.
  272         f.Section 787.01, relating to kidnapping.
  273         g.Section 787.025, relating to luring or enticing a child.
  274         h.Section 787.04(2), relating to leading, taking,
  275  enticing, or removing a minor beyond the state limits, or
  276  concealing the location of a minor, with criminal intent,
  277  pending custody proceedings.
  278         i.Section 787.04(3), relating to leading, taking,
  279  enticing, or removing a minor beyond the state limits, or
  280  concealing the location of a minor, with criminal intent,
  281  pending dependency proceedings or proceedings concerning alleged
  282  abuse or neglect of a minor.
  283         j.Section 794.011, relating to sexual battery.
  284         k.Former s. 794.041, relating to sexual activity with or
  285  solicitation of a child by a person in familial or custodial
  286  authority.
  287         l.Section 794.05, relating to unlawful sexual activity
  288  with certain minors.
  289         m.Section 794.08, relating to female genital mutilation.
  290         n.Section 806.01, relating to arson.
  291         o.Section 826.04, relating to incest.
  292         p.Section 827.03, relating to child abuse, aggravated
  293  child abuse, or neglect of a child.
  294         q.Section 827.04, relating to contributing to the
  295  delinquency or dependency of a child.
  296         r.Section 827.071, relating to sexual performance by a
  297  child.
  298         s.Section 985.701, relating to sexual misconduct in
  299  juvenile justice programs.
  300         2.A misdemeanor offense prohibited under any of the
  301  following statutes:
  302         a.Section 784.03, relating to battery, if the victim of
  303  the offense was a minor.
  304         b.Section 787.025, relating to luring or enticing a child.
  305         3.A criminal act committed in another state or under
  306  federal law which, if committed in this state, would constitute
  307  an offense prohibited under any statute listed in subparagraph
  308  1. or subparagraph 2.
  309         Section 10. Present subsection (27) of section 1001.42,
  310  Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (28), and a new
  311  subsection (27) is added to that section, to read:
  312         1001.42 Powers and duties of district school board.—The
  313  district school board, acting as a board, shall exercise all
  314  powers and perform all duties listed below:
  315         (27) VISITATION OF SCHOOLS.—Visit the schools, observe the
  316  management and instruction, give suggestions for improvement,
  317  and advise citizens with the view of promoting interest in
  318  education and improving the school.
  319         Section 11. Section 1001.67, Florida Statutes, is created
  320  to read:
  321         1001.67Distinguished Florida College System Program.—A
  322  collaborative partnership is established between the State Board
  323  of Education and the Legislature to recognize the excellence of
  324  Florida’s highest-performing Florida College system
  325  institutions.
  326         (1) EXCELLENCE STANDARDS.—The following excellence
  327  standards are established for the program:
  328         (a)A 150 percent-of-normal-time completion rate of 50
  329  percent or higher, as calculated by the Division of Florida
  330  Colleges.
  331         (b)A 150 percent-of-normal-time completion rate for Pell
  332  Grant recipients of 40 percent or higher, as calculated by the
  333  Division of Florida Colleges.
  334         (c)A retention rate of 70 percent or higher, as calculated
  335  by the Division of Florida Colleges.
  336         (d)A continuing education, or transfer, rate of 72 percent
  337  or higher for students graduating with an associate of arts
  338  degree, as reported by the Florida Education and Training
  339  Placement Information Program (FETPIP).
  340         (e)A licensure passage rate on the National Council
  341  Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) of 90
  342  percent or higher for first-time exam takers, as reported by the
  343  Board of Nursing.
  344         (f)A job placement or continuing education rate of 88
  345  percent or higher for workforce programs, as reported by FETPIP.
  346         (g)A time-to-degree for students graduating with an
  347  associate of arts degree of 2.25 years or less for first-time
  348  in-college students with accelerated college credits, as
  349  reported by the Southern Regional Education Board.
  350         (2)DISTINGUISHED COLLEGE DESIGNATION.—The State Board of
  351  Education shall designate each Florida College System
  352  institution that meets five of the seven standards identified in
  353  subsection (1) as a distinguished college.
  354         (3)DISTINGUISHED COLLEGE SUPPORT.—A Florida College System
  355  institution designated as a distinguished college by the State
  356  Board of Education is eligible for funding as specified in the
  357  General Appropriations Act.
  358         Section 12. Paragraph (i) of subsection (2) of section
  359  1002.82, Florida Statutes, is amended, and paragraphs (s)
  360  through (x) are added to that subsection, to read:
  361         1002.82 Office of Early Learning; powers and duties.—
  362         (2) The office shall:
  363         (i) Enter into a memorandum of understanding with local
  364  licensing agencies and Develop, in coordination with the Child
  365  Care Services Program Office of the Department of Children and
  366  Families for inspections of school readiness program providers
  367  to monitor and verify compliance with s. 1002.88 and the health
  368  and safety checklist adopted by the office. The provider
  369  contract of a school readiness program provider that refuses
  370  permission for entry or inspection shall be terminated. The, and
  371  adopt a health and safety checklist may to be completed by
  372  license-exempt providers that does not exceed the requirements
  373  of s. 402.305 and the Child Care and Development Fund pursuant
  374  to 45 C.F.R. part 98.
  375         (s)Develop and implement strategies to increase the supply
  376  and improve the quality of child care services for infants and
  377  toddlers, children with disabilities, children who receive care
  378  during nontraditional hours, children in underserved areas, and
  379  children in areas that have significant concentrations of
  380  poverty and unemployment.
  381         (t)Establish preservice and inservice training
  382  requirements that address, at a minimum, school readiness child
  383  development standards, health and safety requirements, and
  384  social-emotional behavior intervention models, which may include
  385  positive behavior intervention and support models.
  386         (u)Establish standards for emergency preparedness plans
  387  for school readiness program providers.
  388         (v)Establish group sizes.
  389         (w)Establish staff-to-children ratios that do not exceed
  390  the requirements of s. 402.302(8) or (11) or s. 402.305(4), as
  391  applicable, for school readiness program providers.
  392         (x)Establish eligibility criteria, including limitations
  393  based on income and family assets, in accordance with s. 1002.87
  394  and federal law.
  395         Section 13. Subsections (7) and (8) of section 1002.84,
  396  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  397         1002.84 Early learning coalitions; school readiness powers
  398  and duties.—Each early learning coalition shall:
  399         (7) Determine child eligibility pursuant to s. 1002.87 and
  400  provider eligibility pursuant to s. 1002.88. At a minimum, Child
  401  eligibility must be redetermined annually. Redetermination must
  402  also be conducted twice per year for an additional 50 percent of
  403  a coalition’s enrollment through a statistically valid random
  404  sampling. A coalition must document the reason why a child is no
  405  longer eligible for the school readiness program according to
  406  the standard codes prescribed by the office.
  407         (8) Establish a parent sliding fee scale that provides for
  408  requires a parent copayment that is not a barrier to families
  409  receiving to participate in the school readiness program
  410  services. Providers are required to collect the parent’s
  411  copayment. A coalition may, on a case-by-case basis, waive the
  412  copayment for an at-risk child or temporarily waive the
  413  copayment for a child whose family’s income is at or below the
  414  federal poverty level and whose family experiences a natural
  415  disaster or an event that limits the parent’s ability to pay,
  416  such as incarceration, placement in residential treatment, or
  417  becoming homeless, or an emergency situation such as a household
  418  fire or burglary, or while the parent is participating in
  419  parenting classes. A parent may not transfer school readiness
  420  program services to another school readiness program provider
  421  until the parent has submitted documentation from the current
  422  school readiness program provider to the early learning
  423  coalition stating that the parent has satisfactorily fulfilled
  424  the copayment obligation.
  425         Section 14. Subsections (1), (4), (5), and (6) of section
  426  1002.87, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  427         1002.87 School readiness program; eligibility and
  428  enrollment.—
  429         (1) Effective August 1, 2013, or upon reevaluation of
  430  eligibility for children currently served, whichever is later,
  431  Each early learning coalition shall give priority for
  432  participation in the school readiness program as follows:
  433         (a) Priority shall be given first to a child younger than
  434  13 years of age from a family that includes a parent who is
  435  receiving temporary cash assistance under chapter 414 and
  436  subject to the federal work requirements.
  437         (b) Priority shall be given next to an at-risk child
  438  younger than 9 years of age.
  439         (c) Priority shall be given next to a child from birth to
  440  the beginning of the school year for which the child is eligible
  441  for admission to kindergarten in a public school under s.
  442  1003.21(1)(a)2. who is from a working family that is
  443  economically disadvantaged, and may include such child’s
  444  eligible siblings, beginning with the school year in which the
  445  sibling is eligible for admission to kindergarten in a public
  446  school under s. 1003.21(1)(a)2. until the beginning of the
  447  school year in which the sibling is eligible to begin 6th grade,
  448  provided that the first priority for funding an eligible sibling
  449  is local revenues available to the coalition for funding direct
  450  services. However, a child eligible under this paragraph ceases
  451  to be eligible if his or her family income exceeds 200 percent
  452  of the federal poverty level.
  453         (d) Priority shall be given next to a child of a parent who
  454  transitions from the work program into employment as described
  455  in s. 445.032 from birth to the beginning of the school year for
  456  which the child is eligible for admission to kindergarten in a
  457  public school under s. 1003.21(1)(a)2.
  458         (e) Priority shall be given next to an at-risk child who is
  459  at least 9 years of age but younger than 13 years of age. An at
  460  risk child whose sibling is enrolled in the school readiness
  461  program within an eligibility priority category listed in
  462  paragraphs (a)-(c) shall be given priority over other children
  463  who are eligible under this paragraph.
  464         (f) Priority shall be given next to a child who is younger
  465  than 13 years of age from a working family that is economically
  466  disadvantaged. A child who is eligible under this paragraph
  467  whose sibling is enrolled in the school readiness program under
  468  paragraph (c) shall be given priority over other children who
  469  are eligible under this paragraph. However, a child eligible
  470  under this paragraph ceases to be eligible if his or her family
  471  income exceeds 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
  472         (g) Priority shall be given next to a child of a parent who
  473  transitions from the work program into employment as described
  474  in s. 445.032 who is younger than 13 years of age.
  475         (h) Priority shall be given next to a child who has special
  476  needs, has been determined eligible as a student with a
  477  disability, has a current individual education plan with a
  478  Florida school district, and is not younger than 3 years of age.
  479  A special needs child eligible under this paragraph remains
  480  eligible until the child is eligible for admission to
  481  kindergarten in a public school under s. 1003.21(1)(a)2.
  482         (i) Notwithstanding paragraphs (a)-(d), priority shall be
  483  given last to a child who otherwise meets one of the eligibility
  484  criteria in paragraphs (a)-(d) but who is also enrolled
  485  concurrently in the federal Head Start Program and the Voluntary
  486  Prekindergarten Education Program.
  487         (4) The parent of a child enrolled in the school readiness
  488  program must notify the coalition or its designee within 10 days
  489  after any change in employment status, income, or family size or
  490  failure to maintain attendance at a job training or educational
  491  program in accordance with program requirements. Upon
  492  notification by the parent, the child’s eligibility must be
  493  reevaluated.
  494         (5) A child whose eligibility priority category requires
  495  the child to be from a working family ceases to be eligible for
  496  the school readiness program if a parent with whom the child
  497  resides does not reestablish employment or resume attendance at
  498  a job training or educational program within 90 60 days after
  499  becoming unemployed or ceasing to attend a job training or
  500  educational program.
  501         (6) Eligibility for each child must be reevaluated
  502  annually. Upon reevaluation, a child may not continue to receive
  503  school readiness program services if he or she has ceased to be
  504  eligible under this section. A child who is ineligible due to a
  505  parent’s job loss or cessation of job training or education
  506  shall continue to receive school readiness program services for
  507  at least 3 months to enable the parent to obtain employment.
  508         Section 15. Paragraphs (c), (d), and (e) of subsection (1)
  509  of section 1002.88, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  510         1002.88 School readiness program provider standards;
  511  eligibility to deliver the school readiness program.—
  512         (1) To be eligible to deliver the school readiness program,
  513  a school readiness program provider must:
  514         (c) Provide basic health and safety of its premises and
  515  facilities and compliance with requirements for age-appropriate
  516  immunizations of children enrolled in the school readiness
  517  program.
  518         1. For a provider that is licensed child care facility, a
  519  large family child care home, or a licensed family day care
  520  home, compliance with s. 402.305, s. 402.3131, or s. 402.313 and
  521  this subsection, as verified pursuant to s. 402.311, satisfies
  522  this requirement.
  523         2.For a provider that is a registered family day care home
  524  or is not subject to licensure or registration by the Department
  525  of Children and Families, compliance with this subsection, as
  526  verified pursuant to s. 402.311, satisfies this requirement.
  527  Upon such verification, the provider For a public or nonpublic
  528  school, compliance with s. 402.3025 or s. 1003.22 satisfies this
  529  requirement. A faith-based child care provider, an informal
  530  child care provider, or a nonpublic school, exempt from
  531  licensure under s. 402.316 or s. 402.3025, shall annually post
  532  complete the health and safety checklist adopted by the office,
  533  post the checklist prominently on its premises in plain sight
  534  for visitors and parents, and shall annually submit the
  535  checklist it annually to its local early learning coalition.
  536         (d) Provide an appropriate group size and staff-to-children
  537  ratio, pursuant to s. 402.305(4) or s. 402.302(8) or (11), as
  538  applicable, and as verified pursuant to s. 402.311.
  539         (e) Employ child care personnel, as defined in s.
  540  402.302(3), who have satisfied the screening requirements of
  541  chapter 402 and fulfilled the training requirements of the
  542  office Provide a healthy and safe environment pursuant to s.
  543  402.305(5), (6), and (7), as applicable, and as verified
  544  pursuant to s. 402.311.
  545         Section 16. Paragraph (b) of subsection (6) and subsection
  546  (7) of section 1002.89, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  547         1002.89 School readiness program; funding.—
  548         (6) Costs shall be kept to the minimum necessary for the
  549  efficient and effective administration of the school readiness
  550  program with the highest priority of expenditure being direct
  551  services for eligible children. However, no more than 5 percent
  552  of the funds described in subsection (5) may be used for
  553  administrative costs and no more than 22 percent of the funds
  554  described in subsection (5) may be used in any fiscal year for
  555  any combination of administrative costs, quality activities, and
  556  nondirect services as follows:
  557         (b) Activities to improve the quality of child care as
  558  described in 45 C.F.R. s. 98.51, which must shall be limited to
  559  the following:
  560         1. Developing, establishing, expanding, operating, and
  561  coordinating resource and referral programs specifically related
  562  to the provision of comprehensive consumer education to parents
  563  and the public to promote informed child care choices specified
  564  in 45 C.F.R. s. 98.33 regarding participation in the school
  565  readiness program and parental choice.
  566         2. Awarding grants and providing financial support to
  567  school readiness program providers and their staff to assist
  568  them in meeting applicable state requirements for child care
  569  performance standards, implementing developmentally appropriate
  570  curricula and related classroom resources that support
  571  curricula, providing literacy supports, and providing continued
  572  professional development and training. Any grants awarded
  573  pursuant to this subparagraph shall comply with the requirements
  574  of ss. 215.971 and 287.058.
  575         3. Providing training, and technical assistance, and
  576  financial support to for school readiness program providers and
  577  their, staff, and parents on standards, child screenings, child
  578  assessments, child development research and best practices,
  579  developmentally appropriate curricula, character development,
  580  teacher-child interactions, age-appropriate discipline
  581  practices, health and safety, nutrition, first aid,
  582  cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the recognition of communicable
  583  diseases, and child abuse detection, and prevention, and
  584  reporting.
  585         4. Providing, from among the funds provided for the
  586  activities described in subparagraphs 1.-3., adequate funding
  587  for infants and toddlers as necessary to meet federal
  588  requirements related to expenditures for quality activities for
  589  infant and toddler care.
  590         5. Improving the monitoring of compliance with, and
  591  enforcement of, applicable state and local requirements as
  592  described in and limited by 45 C.F.R. s. 98.40.
  593         6. Responding to Warm-Line requests by providers and
  594  parents related to school readiness program children, including
  595  providing developmental and health screenings to school
  596  readiness program children.
  597         (7) Funds appropriated for the school readiness program may
  598  not be expended for the purchase or improvement of land; for the
  599  purchase, construction, or permanent improvement of any building
  600  or facility; or for the purchase of buses. However, funds may be
  601  expended for minor remodeling and upgrading of child care
  602  facilities which is necessary for the administration of the
  603  program and to ensure that providers meet state and local child
  604  care standards, including applicable health and safety
  605  requirements.
  606         Section 17. Effective June 29, 2016, section 1004.935,
  607  Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  608         1004.935 Adults with Disabilities Workforce Education Pilot
  609  Program.—
  610         (1) The Adults with Disabilities Workforce Education Pilot
  611  Program is established in the Department of Education through
  612  June 30, 2016, in Hardee, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties
  613  to provide the option of receiving a scholarship for instruction
  614  at private schools for up to 30 students who:
  615         (a) Have a disability;
  616         (b) Are 22 years of age;
  617         (c) Are receiving instruction from an instructor in a
  618  private school to meet the high school graduation requirements
  619  in s. 1002.3105(5) or s. 1003.4282;
  620         (d) Do not have a standard high school diploma or a special
  621  high school diploma; and
  622         (e) Receive “supported employment services,” which means
  623  employment that is located or provided in an integrated work
  624  setting with earnings paid on a commensurate wage basis and for
  625  which continued support is needed for job maintenance.
  627  As used in this section, the term “student with a disability”
  628  includes a student who is documented as having an intellectual
  629  disability; a speech impairment; a language impairment; a
  630  hearing impairment, including deafness; a visual impairment,
  631  including blindness; a dual sensory impairment; an orthopedic
  632  impairment; another health impairment; an emotional or
  633  behavioral disability; a specific learning disability,
  634  including, but not limited to, dyslexia, dyscalculia, or
  635  developmental aphasia; a traumatic brain injury; a developmental
  636  delay; or autism spectrum disorder.
  637         (2) A student participating in the pilot program may
  638  continue to participate in the program until the student
  639  graduates from high school or reaches the age of 40 years,
  640  whichever occurs first.
  641         (3) Supported employment services may be provided at more
  642  than one site.
  643         (4) The provider of supported employment services must be a
  644  nonprofit corporation under s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
  645  Code which serves Hardee County, DeSoto County, Manatee County,
  646  or Sarasota County and must contract with a private school in
  647  this state which meets the requirements in subsection (5).
  648         (5) A private school that participates in the pilot program
  649  may be sectarian or nonsectarian and must:
  650         (a) Be academically accountable for meeting the educational
  651  needs of the student by annually providing to the provider of
  652  supported employment services a written explanation of the
  653  student’s progress.
  654         (b) Comply with the antidiscrimination provisions of 42
  655  U.S.C. s. 2000d.
  656         (c) Meet state and local health and safety laws and codes.
  657         (d) Provide to the provider of supported employment
  658  services all documentation required for a student’s
  659  participation, including the private school’s and student’s fee
  660  schedules, at least 30 days before any quarterly scholarship
  661  payment is made for the student. A student is not eligible to
  662  receive a quarterly scholarship payment if the private school
  663  fails to meet this deadline.
  665  The inability of a private school to meet the requirements of
  666  this subsection constitutes a basis for the ineligibility of the
  667  private school to participate in the pilot program.
  668         (6)(a) If the student chooses to participate in the pilot
  669  program and is accepted by the provider of supported employment
  670  services, the student must notify the Department of Education of
  671  his or her acceptance into the program 60 days before the first
  672  scholarship payment and before participating in the pilot
  673  program in order to be eligible for the scholarship.
  674         (b) Upon receipt of a scholarship warrant, the student or
  675  parent to whom the warrant is made must restrictively endorse
  676  the warrant to the provider of supported employment services for
  677  deposit into the account of the provider. The student or parent
  678  may not designate any entity or individual associated with the
  679  participating provider of supported employment services as the
  680  student’s or parent’s attorney in fact to endorse a scholarship
  681  warrant. A participant who fails to comply with this paragraph
  682  forfeits the scholarship.
  683         (7) Funds for the scholarship shall be provided from the
  684  appropriation from the school district’s Workforce Development
  685  Fund in the General Appropriations Act for students who reside
  686  in the Hardee County School District, the DeSoto County School
  687  District, the Manatee County School District, or the Sarasota
  688  County School District. During the pilot program, The
  689  scholarship amount granted for an eligible student with a
  690  disability shall be equal to the cost per unit of a full-time
  691  equivalent adult general education student, multiplied by the
  692  adult general education funding factor, and multiplied by the
  693  district cost differential pursuant to the formula required by
  694  s. 1011.80(6)(a) for the district in which the student resides.
  695         (8) Upon notification by the Department of Education that
  696  it has received the required documentation, the Chief Financial
  697  Officer shall make scholarship payments in four equal amounts no
  698  later than September 1, November 1, February 1, and April 1 of
  699  each academic year in which the scholarship is in force. The
  700  initial payment shall be made after the Department of Education
  701  verifies that the student was accepted into the pilot program,
  702  and subsequent payments shall be made upon verification of
  703  continued participation in the pilot program. Payment must be by
  704  individual warrant made payable to the student or parent and
  705  mailed by the Department of Education to the provider of
  706  supported employment services, and the student or parent shall
  707  restrictively endorse the warrant to the provider of supported
  708  employment services for deposit into the account of that
  709  provider.
  710         (9) Subsequent to each scholarship payment, the Department
  711  of Education shall request from the Department of Financial
  712  Services a sample of endorsed warrants to review and confirm
  713  compliance with endorsement requirements.
  714         Section 18. Effective July 1, 2016, and upon the expiration
  715  of the amendment to section 1011.62, Florida Statutes, made by
  716  chapter 2015-222, Laws of Florida, paragraphs (e) and (o) of
  717  subsection (1), paragraph (a) of subsection (4), and present
  718  subsection (13) of that section are amended, present subsections
  719  (13), (14), and (15) of that section are redesignated as
  720  subsections (14), (15), and (16), respectively, and a new
  721  subsection (13) is added to that section, to read:
  722         1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.—If the annual
  723  allocation from the Florida Education Finance Program to each
  724  district for operation of schools is not determined in the
  725  annual appropriations act or the substantive bill implementing
  726  the annual appropriations act, it shall be determined as
  727  follows:
  729  OPERATION.—The following procedure shall be followed in
  730  determining the annual allocation to each district for
  731  operation:
  732         (e) Funding model for exceptional student education
  733  programs.—
  734         1.a. The funding model uses basic, at-risk, support levels
  735  IV and V for exceptional students and career Florida Education
  736  Finance Program cost factors, and a guaranteed allocation for
  737  exceptional student education programs. Exceptional education
  738  cost factors are determined by using a matrix of services to
  739  document the services that each exceptional student will
  740  receive. The nature and intensity of the services indicated on
  741  the matrix shall be consistent with the services described in
  742  each exceptional student’s individual educational plan. The
  743  Department of Education shall review and revise the descriptions
  744  of the services and supports included in the matrix of services
  745  for exceptional students and shall implement those revisions
  746  before the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.
  747         b. In order to generate funds using one of the two weighted
  748  cost factors, a matrix of services must be completed at the time
  749  of the student’s initial placement into an exceptional student
  750  education program and at least once every 3 years by personnel
  751  who have received approved training. Nothing listed in the
  752  matrix shall be construed as limiting the services a school
  753  district must provide in order to ensure that exceptional
  754  students are provided a free, appropriate public education.
  755         c. Students identified as exceptional, in accordance with
  756  chapter 6A-6, Florida Administrative Code, who do not have a
  757  matrix of services as specified in sub-subparagraph b. shall
  758  generate funds on the basis of full-time-equivalent student
  759  membership in the Florida Education Finance Program at the same
  760  funding level per student as provided for basic students.
  761  Additional funds for these exceptional students will be provided
  762  through the guaranteed allocation designated in subparagraph 2.
  763         2. For students identified as exceptional who do not have a
  764  matrix of services and students who are gifted in grades K
  765  through 8, there is created a guaranteed allocation to provide
  766  these students with a free appropriate public education, in
  767  accordance with s. 1001.42(4)(l) and rules of the State Board of
  768  Education, which shall be allocated initially annually to each
  769  school district in the amount provided in the General
  770  Appropriations Act. These funds shall be supplemental in
  771  addition to the funds appropriated for the basic funding level
  772  on the basis of FTE student membership in the Florida Education
  773  Finance Program, and the amount allocated for each school
  774  district shall not be recalculated once during the year, based
  775  on actual student membership from the October FTE survey. Upon
  776  recalculation, if the generated allocation is greater than the
  777  amount provided in the General Appropriations Act, the total
  778  shall be prorated to the level of the appropriation based on
  779  each district’s share of the total recalculated amount. These
  780  funds shall be used to provide special education and related
  781  services for exceptional students and students who are gifted in
  782  grades K through 8. Beginning with the 2007-2008 fiscal year, A
  783  district’s expenditure of funds from the guaranteed allocation
  784  for students in grades 9 through 12 who are gifted may not be
  785  greater than the amount expended during the 2006-2007 fiscal
  786  year for gifted students in grades 9 through 12.
  787         (o) Calculation of additional full-time equivalent
  788  membership based on successful completion of a career-themed
  789  course pursuant to ss. 1003.491, 1003.492, and 1003.493, or
  790  courses with embedded CAPE industry certifications or CAPE
  791  Digital Tool certificates, and issuance of industry
  792  certification identified on the CAPE Industry Certification
  793  Funding List pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of
  794  Education or CAPE Digital Tool certificates pursuant to s.
  795  1003.4203.—
  796         1.a. A value of 0.025 full-time equivalent student
  797  membership shall be calculated for CAPE Digital Tool
  798  certificates earned by students in elementary and middle school
  799  grades.
  800         b. A value of 0.1 or 0.2 full-time equivalent student
  801  membership shall be calculated for each student who completes a
  802  course as defined in s. 1003.493(1)(b) or courses with embedded
  803  CAPE industry certifications and who is issued an industry
  804  certification identified annually on the CAPE Industry
  805  Certification Funding List approved under rules adopted by the
  806  State Board of Education. A value of 0.2 full-time equivalent
  807  membership shall be calculated for each student who is issued a
  808  CAPE industry certification that has a statewide articulation
  809  agreement for college credit approved by the State Board of
  810  Education. For CAPE industry certifications that do not
  811  articulate for college credit, the Department of Education shall
  812  assign a full-time equivalent value of 0.1 for each
  813  certification. Middle grades students who earn additional FTE
  814  membership for a CAPE Digital Tool certificate pursuant to sub
  815  subparagraph a. may not use the previously funded examination to
  816  satisfy the requirements for earning an industry certification
  817  under this sub-subparagraph. Additional FTE membership for an
  818  elementary or middle grades student may shall not exceed 0.1 for
  819  certificates or certifications earned within the same fiscal
  820  year. The State Board of Education shall include the assigned
  821  values on the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List under
  822  rules adopted by the state board. Such value shall be added to
  823  the total full-time equivalent student membership for grades 6
  824  through 12 in the subsequent year for courses that were not
  825  provided through dual enrollment. CAPE industry certifications
  826  earned through dual enrollment must be reported and funded
  827  pursuant to s. 1011.80. However, if a student earns a
  828  certification through a dual enrollment course and the
  829  certification is not a fundable certification on the
  830  postsecondary certification funding list, or the dual enrollment
  831  certification is earned as a result of an agreement between a
  832  school district and a nonpublic postsecondary institution, the
  833  bonus value shall be funded in the same manner as other nondual
  834  enrollment course industry certifications. In such cases, the
  835  school district may provide for an agreement between the high
  836  school and the technical center, or the school district and the
  837  postsecondary institution may enter into an agreement for
  838  equitable distribution of the bonus funds.
  839         c. A value of 0.3 full-time equivalent student membership
  840  shall be calculated for student completion of the courses and
  841  the embedded certifications identified on the CAPE Industry
  842  Certification Funding List and approved by the commissioner
  843  pursuant to ss. 1003.4203(5)(a) and 1008.44.
  844         d. A value of 0.5 full-time equivalent student membership
  845  shall be calculated for CAPE Acceleration Industry
  846  Certifications that articulate for 15 to 29 college credit
  847  hours, and 1.0 full-time equivalent student membership shall be
  848  calculated for CAPE Acceleration Industry Certifications that
  849  articulate for 30 or more college credit hours pursuant to CAPE
  850  Acceleration Industry Certifications approved by the
  851  commissioner pursuant to ss. 1003.4203(5)(b) and 1008.44.
  852         2. Each district must allocate at least 80 percent of the
  853  funds provided for CAPE industry certification, in accordance
  854  with this paragraph, to the program that generated the funds.
  855  This allocation may not be used to supplant funds provided for
  856  basic operation of the program.
  857         3. For CAPE industry certifications earned in the 2013-2014
  858  school year and in subsequent years, the school district shall
  859  distribute to each classroom teacher who provided direct
  860  instruction toward the attainment of a CAPE industry
  861  certification that qualified for additional full-time equivalent
  862  membership under subparagraph 1.:
  863         a. A bonus in the amount of $25 for each student taught by
  864  a teacher who provided instruction in a course that led to the
  865  attainment of a CAPE industry certification on the CAPE Industry
  866  Certification Funding List with a weight of 0.1.
  867         b. A bonus in the amount of $50 for each student taught by
  868  a teacher who provided instruction in a course that led to the
  869  attainment of a CAPE industry certification on the CAPE Industry
  870  Certification Funding List with a weight of 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, and
  871  1.0.
  872         c. A bonus of $75 for each student taught by a teacher who
  873  provided instruction in a course that led to the attainment of a
  874  CAPE industry certification on the CAPE Industry Certification
  875  Funding List with a weight of 0.3.
  876         d. A bonus of $100 for each student taught by a teacher who
  877  provided instruction in a course that led to the attainment of a
  878  CAPE industry certification on the CAPE Industry Certification
  879  Funding List with a weight of 0.5 or 1.0.
  881  Bonuses awarded pursuant to this paragraph shall be provided to
  882  teachers who are employed by the district in the year in which
  883  the additional FTE membership calculation is included in the
  884  calculation. Bonuses shall be calculated based upon the
  885  associated weight of a CAPE industry certification on the CAPE
  886  Industry Certification Funding List for the year in which the
  887  certification is earned by the student. Any bonus awarded to a
  888  teacher under this paragraph may not exceed $2,000 in any given
  889  school year and is in addition to any regular wage or other
  890  bonus the teacher received or is scheduled to receive.
  892  Legislature shall prescribe the aggregate required local effort
  893  for all school districts collectively as an item in the General
  894  Appropriations Act for each fiscal year. The amount that each
  895  district shall provide annually toward the cost of the Florida
  896  Education Finance Program for kindergarten through grade 12
  897  programs shall be calculated as follows:
  898         (a) Estimated taxable value calculations.—
  899         1.a. Not later than 2 working days before prior to July 19,
  900  the Department of Revenue shall certify to the Commissioner of
  901  Education its most recent estimate of the taxable value for
  902  school purposes in each school district and the total for all
  903  school districts in the state for the current calendar year
  904  based on the latest available data obtained from the local
  905  property appraisers. The value certified shall be the taxable
  906  value for school purposes for that year, and no further
  907  adjustments shall be made, except those made pursuant to
  908  paragraphs (c) and (d), or an assessment roll change required by
  909  final judicial decisions as specified in paragraph (15)(b)
  910  (14)(b). Not later than July 19, the Commissioner of Education
  911  shall compute a millage rate, rounded to the next highest one
  912  one-thousandth of a mill, which, when applied to 96 percent of
  913  the estimated state total taxable value for school purposes,
  914  would generate the prescribed aggregate required local effort
  915  for that year for all districts. The Commissioner of Education
  916  shall certify to each district school board the millage rate,
  917  computed as prescribed in this subparagraph, as the minimum
  918  millage rate necessary to provide the district required local
  919  effort for that year.
  920         b. The General Appropriations Act shall direct the
  921  computation of the statewide adjusted aggregate amount for
  922  required local effort for all school districts collectively from
  923  ad valorem taxes to ensure that no school district’s revenue
  924  from required local effort millage will produce more than 90
  925  percent of the district’s total Florida Education Finance
  926  Program calculation as calculated and adopted by the
  927  Legislature, and the adjustment of the required local effort
  928  millage rate of each district that produces more than 90 percent
  929  of its total Florida Education Finance Program entitlement to a
  930  level that will produce only 90 percent of its total Florida
  931  Education Finance Program entitlement in the July calculation.
  932         2. On the same date as the certification in sub
  933  subparagraph 1.a., the Department of Revenue shall certify to
  934  the Commissioner of Education for each district:
  935         a. Each year for which the property appraiser has certified
  936  the taxable value pursuant to s. 193.122(2) or (3), if
  937  applicable, since the prior certification under sub-subparagraph
  938  1.a.
  939         b. For each year identified in sub-subparagraph a., the
  940  taxable value certified by the appraiser pursuant to s.
  941  193.122(2) or (3), if applicable, since the prior certification
  942  under sub-subparagraph 1.a. This is the certification that
  943  reflects all final administrative actions of the value
  944  adjustment board.
  946  connected student supplement is created to provide supplemental
  947  funding for school districts to support the education of
  948  students connected with federally owned military installations,
  949  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) real
  950  property, and Indian lands. To be eligible for this supplement,
  951  the district must be eligible for federal Impact Aid Program
  952  funds under s. 8003 of Title VIII of the Elementary and
  953  Secondary Education Act of 1965. The supplement shall be
  954  allocated annually to each eligible school district in the
  955  amount provided in the General Appropriations Act. The
  956  supplement shall be the sum of the student allocation and an
  957  exempt property allocation.
  958         (a)The student allocation shall be calculated based on the
  959  number of students reported for federal Impact Aid Program
  960  funds, including students with disabilities, who meet one of the
  961  following criteria:
  962         1.The student has a parent who is on active duty in the
  963  uniformed services or is an accredited foreign government
  964  official and military officer. Students with disabilities shall
  965  also be reported separately for this category.
  966         2.The student resides on eligible federally owned Indian
  967  land. Students with disabilities shall also be reported
  968  separately for this category.
  969         3.The student resides with a civilian parent who lives or
  970  works on eligible federal property connected with a military
  971  installation or NASA. The number of these students shall be
  972  multiplied by a factor of 0.5.
  973         (b)The total number of federally connected students
  974  calculated under paragraph (a) shall be multiplied by a
  975  percentage of the base student allocation as provided in the
  976  General Appropriations Act. The total of the number of students
  977  with disabilities as reported separately under subparagraphs
  978  (a)1. and (a)2. shall be multiplied by an additional percentage
  979  of the base student allocation as provided in the General
  980  Appropriations Act. The base amount and the amount for students
  981  with disabilities shall be summed to provide the student
  982  allocation.
  983         (c)The exempt property allocation shall be equal to the
  984  tax-exempt value of federal impact aid lands reserved as
  985  military installations, real property owned by NASA, or eligible
  986  federally owned Indian lands located in the district, as of
  987  January 1 of the previous year, multiplied by the millage
  988  authorized and levied under s. 1011.71(2).
  989         (14)(13) QUALITY ASSURANCE GUARANTEE.—The Legislature may
  990  annually in the General Appropriations Act determine a
  991  percentage increase in funds per K-12 unweighted FTE as a
  992  minimum guarantee to each school district. The guarantee shall
  993  be calculated from prior year base funding per unweighted FTE
  994  student which shall include the adjusted FTE dollars as provided
  995  in subsection (15) (14), quality guarantee funds, and actual
  996  nonvoted discretionary local effort from taxes. From the base
  997  funding per unweighted FTE, the increase shall be calculated for
  998  the current year. The current year funds from which the
  999  guarantee shall be determined shall include the adjusted FTE
 1000  dollars as provided in subsection (15) (14) and potential
 1001  nonvoted discretionary local effort from taxes. A comparison of
 1002  current year funds per unweighted FTE to prior year funds per
 1003  unweighted FTE shall be computed. For those school districts
 1004  which have less than the legislatively assigned percentage
 1005  increase, funds shall be provided to guarantee the assigned
 1006  percentage increase in funds per unweighted FTE student. Should
 1007  appropriated funds be less than the sum of this calculated
 1008  amount for all districts, the commissioner shall prorate each
 1009  district’s allocation. This provision shall be implemented to
 1010  the extent specifically funded.
 1011         Section 19. Effective July 1, 2016, and upon the expiration
 1012  of the amendment to section 1011.71, Florida Statutes, made by
 1013  chapter 2015-222, Laws of Florida, subsection (1) of that
 1014  section is amended to read:
 1015         1011.71 District school tax.—
 1016         (1) If the district school tax is not provided in the
 1017  General Appropriations Act or the substantive bill implementing
 1018  the General Appropriations Act, each district school board
 1019  desiring to participate in the state allocation of funds for
 1020  current operation as prescribed by s. 1011.62(15) s. 1011.62(14)
 1021  shall levy on the taxable value for school purposes of the
 1022  district, exclusive of millage voted under the provisions of s.
 1023  9(b) or s. 12, Art. VII of the State Constitution, a millage
 1024  rate not to exceed the amount certified by the commissioner as
 1025  the minimum millage rate necessary to provide the district
 1026  required local effort for the current year, pursuant to s.
 1027  1011.62(4)(a)1. In addition to the required local effort millage
 1028  levy, each district school board may levy a nonvoted current
 1029  operating discretionary millage. The Legislature shall prescribe
 1030  annually in the appropriations act the maximum amount of millage
 1031  a district may levy.
 1032         Section 20. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this
 1033  act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2016.