Florida Senate - 2016                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1166
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                   Comm: WD            .                                
                  02/01/2016           .                                

       Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (Gaetz) recommended the
    1         Senate Substitute for Amendment (515338) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    5  and insert:
    6         Section 1. Subsection (6) of section 39.201, Florida
    7  Statutes, is amended to read:
    8         39.201 Mandatory reports of child abuse, abandonment, or
    9  neglect; mandatory reports of death; central abuse hotline.—
   10         (6) Information in the central abuse hotline may not be
   11  used for employment screening, except as provided in s.
   12  39.202(2)(a) and (h) or s. 402.302(15). Information in the
   13  central abuse hotline and the department’s automated abuse
   14  information system may be used by the department, its authorized
   15  agents or contract providers, the Department of Health, or
   16  county agencies as part of the licensure or registration process
   17  pursuant to ss. 402.301-402.319 and ss. 409.175-409.176.
   18         Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section
   19  39.202, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   20         39.202 Confidentiality of reports and records in cases of
   21  child abuse or neglect.—
   22         (2) Except as provided in subsection (4), access to such
   23  records, excluding the name of the reporter which shall be
   24  released only as provided in subsection (5), shall be granted
   25  only to the following persons, officials, and agencies:
   26         (a) Employees, authorized agents, or contract providers of
   27  the department, the Department of Health, the Agency for Persons
   28  with Disabilities, the Office of Early Learning, or county
   29  agencies responsible for carrying out:
   30         1. Child or adult protective investigations;
   31         2. Ongoing child or adult protective services;
   32         3. Early intervention and prevention services;
   33         4. Healthy Start services;
   34         5. Licensure or approval of adoptive homes, foster homes,
   35  child care facilities, facilities licensed under chapter 393, or
   36  family day care homes, or informal child care providers who
   37  receive school readiness funding under part VI of chapter 1002,
   38  or other homes used to provide for the care and welfare of
   39  children; or
   40         6. Services for victims of domestic violence when provided
   41  by certified domestic violence centers working at the
   42  department’s request as case consultants or with shared clients.
   44  Also, employees or agents of the Department of Juvenile Justice
   45  responsible for the provision of services to children, pursuant
   46  to chapters 984 and 985.
   47         Section 3. Subsection (15) of section 402.302, Florida
   48  Statutes, is amended to read:
   49         402.302 Definitions.—As used in this chapter, the term:
   50         (15) “Screening” means the act of assessing the background
   51  of child care personnel, in accordance with state and federal
   52  law, and volunteers and includes, but is not limited to:,
   53         (a) Employment history checks, including documented
   54  attempts to contact each employer that employed the applicant
   55  within the preceding 5 years and documentation of the findings.
   56         (b)A search of the criminal history records, sexual
   57  predator and sexual offender registry, and child abuse and
   58  neglect registry of any state in which the applicant resided
   59  during the preceding 5 years.
   61  An applicant must submit a full set of fingerprints to the
   62  department or to a vendor, an entity, or an agency authorized by
   63  s. 943.053(13). The department, vendor, entity, or agency shall
   64  forward the fingerprints to local criminal records checks
   65  through local law enforcement agencies, fingerprinting for all
   66  purposes and checks in this subsection, statewide criminal
   67  records checks through the Department of Law Enforcement for
   68  state processing, and the Department of Law Enforcement shall
   69  forward the fingerprints to, and federal criminal records checks
   70  through the Federal Bureau of Investigation for national
   71  processing.
   72         Section 4. Section 402.3057, Florida Statutes, is amended
   73  to read:
   74         402.3057 Individuals Persons not required to be
   75  refingerprinted or rescreened.—Individuals Any provision of law
   76  to the contrary notwithstanding, human resource personnel who
   77  have been fingerprinted or screened pursuant to chapters 393,
   78  394, 397, 402, and 409, and teachers and noninstructional
   79  personnel who have been fingerprinted pursuant to chapter 1012,
   80  who have not been unemployed for more than 90 days thereafter,
   81  and who under the penalty of perjury attest to the completion of
   82  such fingerprinting or screening and to compliance with the
   83  provisions of this section and the standards for good moral
   84  character as contained in such provisions as ss. 110.1127(2)(c),
   85  393.0655(1), 394.457(6), 397.451, 402.305(2), and 409.175(6),
   86  are shall not be required to be refingerprinted or rescreened in
   87  order to comply with any caretaker screening or fingerprinting
   88  requirements of this chapter.
   89         Section 5. Subsection (3) of section 402.306, Florida
   90  Statutes, is amended to read:
   91         402.306 Designation of licensing agency; dissemination by
   92  the department and local licensing agency of information on
   93  child care.—
   94         (3) The department and local licensing agencies, or the
   95  designees thereof, shall be responsible for coordination and
   96  dissemination of information on child care to the community and
   97  shall make available through electronic means upon request all
   98  licensing standards and procedures, health and safety standards
   99  for school readiness providers, monitoring and inspection
  100  reports, and in addition to the names and addresses of licensed
  101  child care facilities, school readiness program providers, and,
  102  where applicable pursuant to s. 402.313, licensed or registered
  103  family day care homes. This information must also include the
  104  number of deaths, serious injuries, and instances of
  105  substantiated child abuse which have occurred in child care
  106  settings each year; research and best practices in child
  107  development; and resources regarding social-emotional
  108  development, parent and family engagement, healthy eating, and
  109  physical activity.
  110         Section 6. Section 402.311, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  111  read:
  112         402.311 Inspection.—
  113         (1) A licensed child care facility shall accord to the
  114  department or the local licensing agency, whichever is
  115  applicable, the privilege of inspection, including access to
  116  facilities and personnel and to those records required in s.
  117  402.305, at reasonable times during regular business hours, to
  118  ensure compliance with the provisions of ss. 402.301-402.319.
  119  The right of entry and inspection shall also extend to any
  120  premises which the department or local licensing agency has
  121  reason to believe are being operated or maintained as a child
  122  care facility without a license, but no such entry or inspection
  123  of any premises shall be made without the permission of the
  124  person in charge thereof unless a warrant is first obtained from
  125  the circuit court authorizing such entry or inspection same. Any
  126  application for a license or renewal made pursuant to this act
  127  or the advertisement to the public for the provision of child
  128  care as defined in s. 402.302 shall constitute permission for
  129  any entry or inspection of the premises for which the license is
  130  sought in order to facilitate verification of the information
  131  submitted on or in connection with the application. In the event
  132  a licensed facility refuses permission for entry or inspection
  133  to the department or local licensing agency, a warrant shall be
  134  obtained from the circuit court authorizing entry or inspection
  135  before same prior to such entry or inspection. The department or
  136  local licensing agency may institute disciplinary proceedings
  137  pursuant to s. 402.310, for such refusal.
  138         (2)A school readiness program provider shall accord to the
  139  department or the local licensing agency, whichever is
  140  applicable, the privilege of inspection, including access to
  141  facilities, personnel, and records, to verify compliance with s.
  142  1002.88. Entry, inspection, and issuance of an inspection report
  143  by the department or the local licensing agency to verify
  144  compliance with s. 1002.88 is an exercise of a discretionary
  145  power to enforce compliance with the laws duly enacted by a
  146  governmental body.
  147         (3)The department’s issuance, transmittal, or publication
  148  of an inspection report resulting from an inspection under this
  149  section does not constitute agency action subject to chapter
  150  120.
  151         Section 7. Subsection (3) is added to section 402.319,
  152  Florida Statutes, to read:
  153         402.319 Penalties.—
  154         (3)Each child care facility, family day care home, and
  155  large family day care home shall annually submit an affidavit of
  156  compliance with s. 39.201.
  157         Section 8. Section 409.1757, Florida Statutes, is amended
  158  to read:
  159         409.1757 Individuals Persons not required to be
  160  refingerprinted or rescreened.—Individuals Any law to the
  161  contrary notwithstanding, human resource personnel who have been
  162  fingerprinted or screened pursuant to chapters 393, 394, 397,
  163  402, and this chapter, teachers who have been fingerprinted
  164  pursuant to chapter 1012, and law enforcement officers who meet
  165  the requirements of s. 943.13, who have not been unemployed for
  166  more than 90 days thereafter, and who under the penalty of
  167  perjury attest to the completion of such fingerprinting or
  168  screening and to compliance with this section and the standards
  169  for good moral character as contained in such provisions as ss.
  170  110.1127(2)(c), 393.0655(1), 394.457(6), 397.451, 402.305(2),
  171  409.175(6), and 943.13(7), are not required to be
  172  refingerprinted or rescreened in order to comply with any
  173  caretaker screening or fingerprinting requirements of this
  174  chapter.
  175         Section 9. Paragraph (c) is added to subsection (4) of
  176  section 435.07, Florida Statutes, to read:
  177         435.07 Exemptions from disqualification.—Unless otherwise
  178  provided by law, the provisions of this section apply to
  179  exemptions from disqualification for disqualifying offenses
  180  revealed pursuant to background screenings required under this
  181  chapter, regardless of whether those disqualifying offenses are
  182  listed in this chapter or other laws.
  183         (4)
  184         (c)A person is ineligible for employment with a provider
  185  that receives school readiness funding under part VI of chapter
  186  1002 if the person has been convicted of:
  187         1.A felony offense prohibited under any of the following
  188  statutes:
  189         a.Chapter 741, relating to domestic violence.
  190         b.Section 782.04, relating to murder.
  191         c.Section 782.07, relating to manslaughter, aggravated
  192  manslaughter of an elderly person or a disabled adult,
  193  aggravated manslaughter of a child, or aggravated manslaughter
  194  of an officer, a firefighter, an emergency medical technician,
  195  or a paramedic.
  196         d.Section 784.021, relating to aggravated assault.
  197         e.Section 784.045, relating to aggravated battery.
  198         f.Section 787.01, relating to kidnapping.
  199         g.Section 787.025, relating to luring or enticing a child.
  200         h.Section 787.04(2), relating to leading, taking,
  201  enticing, or removing a minor beyond the state limits, or
  202  concealing the location of a minor, with criminal intent,
  203  pending custody proceedings.
  204         i.Section 787.04(3), relating to leading, taking,
  205  enticing, or removing a minor beyond the state limits, or
  206  concealing the location of a minor, with criminal intent,
  207  pending dependency proceedings or proceedings concerning alleged
  208  abuse or neglect of a minor.
  209         j.Section 794.011, relating to sexual battery.
  210         k.Former s. 794.041, relating to sexual activity with or
  211  solicitation of a child by a person in familial or custodial
  212  authority.
  213         l.Section 794.05, relating to unlawful sexual activity
  214  with certain minors.
  215         m.Section 794.08, relating to female genital mutilation.
  216         n.Section 806.01, relating to arson.
  217         o.Section 826.04, relating to incest.
  218         p.Section 827.03, relating to child abuse, aggravated
  219  child abuse, or neglect of a child.
  220         q.Section 827.04, relating to contributing to the
  221  delinquency or dependency of a child.
  222         r.Section 827.071, relating to sexual performance by a
  223  child.
  224         s.Section 985.701, relating to sexual misconduct in
  225  juvenile justice programs.
  226         2.A misdemeanor offense prohibited under any of the
  227  following statutes:
  228         a.Section 784.03, relating to battery, if the victim of
  229  the offense was a minor.
  230         b.Section 787.025, relating to luring or enticing a child.
  231         3.A criminal act committed in another state or under
  232  federal law which, if committed in this state, would constitute
  233  an offense prohibited under any statute listed in subparagraph
  234  1. or subparagraph 2.
  235         Section 10. Present subsection (27) of section 1001.42,
  236  Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (28), and a new
  237  subsection (27) is added to that section, to read:
  238         1001.42 Powers and duties of district school board.—The
  239  district school board, acting as a board, shall exercise all
  240  powers and perform all duties listed below:
  241         (27) VISITATION OF SCHOOLS.—Visit the schools, observe the
  242  management and instruction, give suggestions for improvement,
  243  and advise citizens with the view of promoting interest in
  244  education and improving the school.
  245         Section 11. Section 1001.67, Florida Statutes, is created
  246  to read:
  247         1001.67Distinguished Florida College System Program.—A
  248  collaborative partnership is established between the State Board
  249  of Education and the Legislature to recognize the excellence of
  250  Florida’s highest-performing Florida College system
  251  institutions.
  252         (1) EXCELLENCE STANDARDS.—The following excellence
  253  standards are established for the program:
  254         (a)A 150 percent-of-normal-time completion rate of 50
  255  percent or higher, as calculated by the Division of Florida
  256  Colleges.
  257         (b)A 150 percent-of-normal-time completion rate for Pell
  258  Grant recipients of 40 percent or higher, as calculated by the
  259  Division of Florida Colleges.
  260         (c)A retention rate of 70 percent or higher, as calculated
  261  by the Division of Florida Colleges.
  262         (d)A continuing education, or transfer, rate of 72 percent
  263  or higher for students graduating with an associate of arts
  264  degree, as reported by the Florida Education and Training
  265  Placement Information Program (FETPIP).
  266         (e)A licensure passage rate on the National Council
  267  Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) of 90
  268  percent or higher for first-time exam takers, as reported by the
  269  Board of Nursing.
  270         (f)A job placement or continuing education rate of 88
  271  percent or higher for workforce programs, as reported by FETPIP.
  272         (g)A time-to-degree for students graduating with an
  273  associate of arts degree of 2.25 years or less for first-time
  274  in-college students with accelerated college credits, as
  275  reported by the Southern Regional Education Board.
  276         (2)DISTINGUISHED COLLEGE DESIGNATION.—The State Board of
  277  Education shall designate each Florida College System
  278  institution that meets five of the seven standards identified in
  279  subsection (1) as a distinguished college.
  280         (3)DISTINGUISHED COLLEGE SUPPORT.—A Florida College System
  281  institution designated as a distinguished college by the State
  282  Board of Education is eligible for funding as specified in the
  283  General Appropriations Act.
  284         Section 12. Paragraph (i) of subsection (2) of section
  285  1002.82, Florida Statutes, is amended, and paragraphs (s)
  286  through (x) are added to that subsection, to read:
  287         1002.82 Office of Early Learning; powers and duties.—
  288         (2) The office shall:
  289         (i) Enter into a memorandum of understanding with local
  290  licensing agencies and Develop, in coordination with the Child
  291  Care Services Program Office of the Department of Children and
  292  Families for inspections of school readiness program providers
  293  to monitor and verify compliance with s. 1002.88 and the health
  294  and safety checklist adopted by the office. The provider
  295  contract of a school readiness program provider that refuses
  296  permission for entry or inspection shall be terminated. The, and
  297  adopt a health and safety checklist may to be completed by
  298  license-exempt providers that does not exceed the requirements
  299  of s. 402.305 and the Child Care and Development Fund pursuant
  300  to 45 C.F.R. part 98.
  301         (s)Develop and implement strategies to increase the supply
  302  and improve the quality of child care services for infants and
  303  toddlers, children with disabilities, children who receive care
  304  during nontraditional hours, children in underserved areas, and
  305  children in areas that have significant concentrations of
  306  poverty and unemployment.
  307         (t)Establish preservice and inservice training
  308  requirements that address, at a minimum, school readiness child
  309  development standards, health and safety requirements, and
  310  social-emotional behavior intervention models, which may include
  311  positive behavior intervention and support models.
  312         (u)Establish standards for emergency preparedness plans
  313  for school readiness program providers.
  314         (v)Establish group sizes.
  315         (w)Establish staff-to-children ratios that do not exceed
  316  the requirements of s. 402.302(8) or (11) or s. 402.305(4), as
  317  applicable, for school readiness program providers.
  318         (x)Establish eligibility criteria, including limitations
  319  based on income and family assets, in accordance with s. 1002.87
  320  and federal law.
  321         Section 13. Subsections (7) and (8) of section 1002.84,
  322  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  323         1002.84 Early learning coalitions; school readiness powers
  324  and duties.—Each early learning coalition shall:
  325         (7) Determine child eligibility pursuant to s. 1002.87 and
  326  provider eligibility pursuant to s. 1002.88. At a minimum, Child
  327  eligibility must be redetermined annually. Redetermination must
  328  also be conducted twice per year for an additional 50 percent of
  329  a coalition’s enrollment through a statistically valid random
  330  sampling. A coalition must document the reason why a child is no
  331  longer eligible for the school readiness program according to
  332  the standard codes prescribed by the office.
  333         (8) Establish a parent sliding fee scale that provides for
  334  requires a parent copayment that is not a barrier to families
  335  receiving to participate in the school readiness program
  336  services. Providers are required to collect the parent’s
  337  copayment. A coalition may, on a case-by-case basis, waive the
  338  copayment for an at-risk child or temporarily waive the
  339  copayment for a child whose family’s income is at or below the
  340  federal poverty level and whose family experiences a natural
  341  disaster or an event that limits the parent’s ability to pay,
  342  such as incarceration, placement in residential treatment, or
  343  becoming homeless, or an emergency situation such as a household
  344  fire or burglary, or while the parent is participating in
  345  parenting classes. A parent may not transfer school readiness
  346  program services to another school readiness program provider
  347  until the parent has submitted documentation from the current
  348  school readiness program provider to the early learning
  349  coalition stating that the parent has satisfactorily fulfilled
  350  the copayment obligation.
  351         Section 14. Subsections (1), (4), (5), and (6) of section
  352  1002.87, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  353         1002.87 School readiness program; eligibility and
  354  enrollment.—
  355         (1) Effective August 1, 2013, or upon reevaluation of
  356  eligibility for children currently served, whichever is later,
  357  Each early learning coalition shall give priority for
  358  participation in the school readiness program as follows:
  359         (a) Priority shall be given first to a child younger than
  360  13 years of age from a family that includes a parent who is
  361  receiving temporary cash assistance under chapter 414 and
  362  subject to the federal work requirements.
  363         (b) Priority shall be given next to an at-risk child
  364  younger than 9 years of age.
  365         (c) Priority shall be given next to a child from birth to
  366  the beginning of the school year for which the child is eligible
  367  for admission to kindergarten in a public school under s.
  368  1003.21(1)(a)2. who is from a working family that is
  369  economically disadvantaged, and may include such child’s
  370  eligible siblings, beginning with the school year in which the
  371  sibling is eligible for admission to kindergarten in a public
  372  school under s. 1003.21(1)(a)2. until the beginning of the
  373  school year in which the sibling is eligible to begin 6th grade,
  374  provided that the first priority for funding an eligible sibling
  375  is local revenues available to the coalition for funding direct
  376  services. However, a child eligible under this paragraph ceases
  377  to be eligible if his or her family income exceeds 200 percent
  378  of the federal poverty level.
  379         (d) Priority shall be given next to a child of a parent who
  380  transitions from the work program into employment as described
  381  in s. 445.032 from birth to the beginning of the school year for
  382  which the child is eligible for admission to kindergarten in a
  383  public school under s. 1003.21(1)(a)2.
  384         (e) Priority shall be given next to an at-risk child who is
  385  at least 9 years of age but younger than 13 years of age. An at
  386  risk child whose sibling is enrolled in the school readiness
  387  program within an eligibility priority category listed in
  388  paragraphs (a)-(c) shall be given priority over other children
  389  who are eligible under this paragraph.
  390         (f) Priority shall be given next to a child who is younger
  391  than 13 years of age from a working family that is economically
  392  disadvantaged. A child who is eligible under this paragraph
  393  whose sibling is enrolled in the school readiness program under
  394  paragraph (c) shall be given priority over other children who
  395  are eligible under this paragraph. However, a child eligible
  396  under this paragraph ceases to be eligible if his or her family
  397  income exceeds 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
  398         (g) Priority shall be given next to a child of a parent who
  399  transitions from the work program into employment as described
  400  in s. 445.032 who is younger than 13 years of age.
  401         (h) Priority shall be given next to a child who has special
  402  needs, has been determined eligible as a student with a
  403  disability, has a current individual education plan with a
  404  Florida school district, and is not younger than 3 years of age.
  405  A special needs child eligible under this paragraph remains
  406  eligible until the child is eligible for admission to
  407  kindergarten in a public school under s. 1003.21(1)(a)2.
  408         (i) Notwithstanding paragraphs (a)-(d), priority shall be
  409  given last to a child who otherwise meets one of the eligibility
  410  criteria in paragraphs (a)-(d) but who is also enrolled
  411  concurrently in the federal Head Start Program and the Voluntary
  412  Prekindergarten Education Program.
  413         (4) The parent of a child enrolled in the school readiness
  414  program must notify the coalition or its designee within 10 days
  415  after any change in employment status, income, or family size or
  416  failure to maintain attendance at a job training or educational
  417  program in accordance with program requirements. Upon
  418  notification by the parent, the child’s eligibility must be
  419  reevaluated.
  420         (5) A child whose eligibility priority category requires
  421  the child to be from a working family ceases to be eligible for
  422  the school readiness program if a parent with whom the child
  423  resides does not reestablish employment or resume attendance at
  424  a job training or educational program within 90 60 days after
  425  becoming unemployed or ceasing to attend a job training or
  426  educational program.
  427         (6) Eligibility for each child must be reevaluated
  428  annually. Upon reevaluation, a child may not continue to receive
  429  school readiness program services if he or she has ceased to be
  430  eligible under this section. A child who is ineligible due to a
  431  parent’s job loss or cessation of job training or education
  432  shall continue to receive school readiness program services for
  433  at least 3 months to enable the parent to obtain employment.
  434         Section 15. Paragraphs (c), (d), and (e) of subsection (1)
  435  of section 1002.88, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  436         1002.88 School readiness program provider standards;
  437  eligibility to deliver the school readiness program.—
  438         (1) To be eligible to deliver the school readiness program,
  439  a school readiness program provider must:
  440         (c) Provide basic health and safety of its premises and
  441  facilities and compliance with requirements for age-appropriate
  442  immunizations of children enrolled in the school readiness
  443  program.
  444         1. For a provider that is licensed child care facility, a
  445  large family child care home, or a licensed family day care
  446  home, compliance with s. 402.305, s. 402.3131, or s. 402.313 and
  447  this subsection, as verified pursuant to s. 402.311, satisfies
  448  this requirement.
  449         2.For a provider that is a registered family day care home
  450  or is not subject to licensure or registration by the Department
  451  of Children and Families, compliance with this subsection, as
  452  verified pursuant to s. 402.311, satisfies this requirement.
  453  Upon such verification, the provider For a public or nonpublic
  454  school, compliance with s. 402.3025 or s. 1003.22 satisfies this
  455  requirement. A faith-based child care provider, an informal
  456  child care provider, or a nonpublic school, exempt from
  457  licensure under s. 402.316 or s. 402.3025, shall annually post
  458  complete the health and safety checklist adopted by the office,
  459  post the checklist prominently on its premises in plain sight
  460  for visitors and parents, and shall annually submit the
  461  checklist it annually to its local early learning coalition.
  462         (d) Provide an appropriate group size and staff-to-children
  463  ratio, pursuant to s. 402.305(4) or s. 402.302(8) or (11), as
  464  applicable, and as verified pursuant to s. 402.311.
  465         (e) Employ child care personnel, as defined in s.
  466  402.302(3), who have satisfied the screening requirements of
  467  chapter 402 and fulfilled the training requirements of the
  468  office Provide a healthy and safe environment pursuant to s.
  469  402.305(5), (6), and (7), as applicable, and as verified
  470  pursuant to s. 402.311.
  471         Section 16. Paragraph (b) of subsection (6) and subsection
  472  (7) of section 1002.89, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  473         1002.89 School readiness program; funding.—
  474         (6) Costs shall be kept to the minimum necessary for the
  475  efficient and effective administration of the school readiness
  476  program with the highest priority of expenditure being direct
  477  services for eligible children. However, no more than 5 percent
  478  of the funds described in subsection (5) may be used for
  479  administrative costs and no more than 22 percent of the funds
  480  described in subsection (5) may be used in any fiscal year for
  481  any combination of administrative costs, quality activities, and
  482  nondirect services as follows:
  483         (b) Activities to improve the quality of child care as
  484  described in 45 C.F.R. s. 98.51, which must shall be limited to
  485  the following:
  486         1. Developing, establishing, expanding, operating, and
  487  coordinating resource and referral programs specifically related
  488  to the provision of comprehensive consumer education to parents
  489  and the public to promote informed child care choices specified
  490  in 45 C.F.R. s. 98.33 regarding participation in the school
  491  readiness program and parental choice.
  492         2. Awarding grants and providing financial support to
  493  school readiness program providers and their staff to assist
  494  them in meeting applicable state requirements for child care
  495  performance standards, implementing developmentally appropriate
  496  curricula and related classroom resources that support
  497  curricula, providing literacy supports, and providing continued
  498  professional development and training. Any grants awarded
  499  pursuant to this subparagraph shall comply with the requirements
  500  of ss. 215.971 and 287.058.
  501         3. Providing training, and technical assistance, and
  502  financial support to for school readiness program providers and
  503  their, staff, and parents on standards, child screenings, child
  504  assessments, child development research and best practices,
  505  developmentally appropriate curricula, character development,
  506  teacher-child interactions, age-appropriate discipline
  507  practices, health and safety, nutrition, first aid,
  508  cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the recognition of communicable
  509  diseases, and child abuse detection, and prevention, and
  510  reporting.
  511         4. Providing, from among the funds provided for the
  512  activities described in subparagraphs 1.-3., adequate funding
  513  for infants and toddlers as necessary to meet federal
  514  requirements related to expenditures for quality activities for
  515  infant and toddler care.
  516         5. Improving the monitoring of compliance with, and
  517  enforcement of, applicable state and local requirements as
  518  described in and limited by 45 C.F.R. s. 98.40.
  519         6. Responding to Warm-Line requests by providers and
  520  parents related to school readiness program children, including
  521  providing developmental and health screenings to school
  522  readiness program children.
  523         (7) Funds appropriated for the school readiness program may
  524  not be expended for the purchase or improvement of land; for the
  525  purchase, construction, or permanent improvement of any building
  526  or facility; or for the purchase of buses. However, funds may be
  527  expended for minor remodeling and upgrading of child care
  528  facilities which is necessary for the administration of the
  529  program and to ensure that providers meet state and local child
  530  care standards, including applicable health and safety
  531  requirements.
  532         Section 17. Effective June 29, 2016, section 1004.935,
  533  Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  534         1004.935 Adults with Disabilities Workforce Education Pilot
  535  Program.—
  536         (1) The Adults with Disabilities Workforce Education Pilot
  537  Program is established in the Department of Education through
  538  June 30, 2016, in Hardee, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties
  539  to provide the option of receiving a scholarship for instruction
  540  at private schools for up to 30 students who:
  541         (a) Have a disability;
  542         (b) Are 22 years of age;
  543         (c) Are receiving instruction from an instructor in a
  544  private school to meet the high school graduation requirements
  545  in s. 1002.3105(5) or s. 1003.4282;
  546         (d) Do not have a standard high school diploma or a special
  547  high school diploma; and
  548         (e) Receive “supported employment services,” which means
  549  employment that is located or provided in an integrated work
  550  setting with earnings paid on a commensurate wage basis and for
  551  which continued support is needed for job maintenance.
  553  As used in this section, the term “student with a disability”
  554  includes a student who is documented as having an intellectual
  555  disability; a speech impairment; a language impairment; a
  556  hearing impairment, including deafness; a visual impairment,
  557  including blindness; a dual sensory impairment; an orthopedic
  558  impairment; another health impairment; an emotional or
  559  behavioral disability; a specific learning disability,
  560  including, but not limited to, dyslexia, dyscalculia, or
  561  developmental aphasia; a traumatic brain injury; a developmental
  562  delay; or autism spectrum disorder.
  563         (2) A student participating in the pilot program may
  564  continue to participate in the program until the student
  565  graduates from high school or reaches the age of 40 years,
  566  whichever occurs first.
  567         (3) Supported employment services may be provided at more
  568  than one site.
  569         (4) The provider of supported employment services must be a
  570  nonprofit corporation under s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
  571  Code which serves Hardee County, DeSoto County, Manatee County,
  572  or Sarasota County and must contract with a private school in
  573  this state which meets the requirements in subsection (5).
  574         (5) A private school that participates in the pilot program
  575  may be sectarian or nonsectarian and must:
  576         (a) Be academically accountable for meeting the educational
  577  needs of the student by annually providing to the provider of
  578  supported employment services a written explanation of the
  579  student’s progress.
  580         (b) Comply with the antidiscrimination provisions of 42
  581  U.S.C. s. 2000d.
  582         (c) Meet state and local health and safety laws and codes.
  583         (d) Provide to the provider of supported employment
  584  services all documentation required for a student’s
  585  participation, including the private school’s and student’s fee
  586  schedules, at least 30 days before any quarterly scholarship
  587  payment is made for the student. A student is not eligible to
  588  receive a quarterly scholarship payment if the private school
  589  fails to meet this deadline.
  591  The inability of a private school to meet the requirements of
  592  this subsection constitutes a basis for the ineligibility of the
  593  private school to participate in the pilot program.
  594         (6)(a) If the student chooses to participate in the pilot
  595  program and is accepted by the provider of supported employment
  596  services, the student must notify the Department of Education of
  597  his or her acceptance into the program 60 days before the first
  598  scholarship payment and before participating in the pilot
  599  program in order to be eligible for the scholarship.
  600         (b) Upon receipt of a scholarship warrant, the student or
  601  parent to whom the warrant is made must restrictively endorse
  602  the warrant to the provider of supported employment services for
  603  deposit into the account of the provider. The student or parent
  604  may not designate any entity or individual associated with the
  605  participating provider of supported employment services as the
  606  student’s or parent’s attorney in fact to endorse a scholarship
  607  warrant. A participant who fails to comply with this paragraph
  608  forfeits the scholarship.
  609         (7) Funds for the scholarship shall be provided from the
  610  appropriation from the school district’s Workforce Development
  611  Fund in the General Appropriations Act for students who reside
  612  in the Hardee County School District, the DeSoto County School
  613  District, the Manatee County School District, or the Sarasota
  614  County School District. During the pilot program, The
  615  scholarship amount granted for an eligible student with a
  616  disability shall be equal to the cost per unit of a full-time
  617  equivalent adult general education student, multiplied by the
  618  adult general education funding factor, and multiplied by the
  619  district cost differential pursuant to the formula required by
  620  s. 1011.80(6)(a) for the district in which the student resides.
  621         (8) Upon notification by the Department of Education that
  622  it has received the required documentation, the Chief Financial
  623  Officer shall make scholarship payments in four equal amounts no
  624  later than September 1, November 1, February 1, and April 1 of
  625  each academic year in which the scholarship is in force. The
  626  initial payment shall be made after the Department of Education
  627  verifies that the student was accepted into the pilot program,
  628  and subsequent payments shall be made upon verification of
  629  continued participation in the pilot program. Payment must be by
  630  individual warrant made payable to the student or parent and
  631  mailed by the Department of Education to the provider of
  632  supported employment services, and the student or parent shall
  633  restrictively endorse the warrant to the provider of supported
  634  employment services for deposit into the account of that
  635  provider.
  636         (9) Subsequent to each scholarship payment, the Department
  637  of Education shall request from the Department of Financial
  638  Services a sample of endorsed warrants to review and confirm
  639  compliance with endorsement requirements.
  640         Section 18. Effective July 1, 2016, and upon the expiration
  641  of the amendment to section 1011.62, Florida Statutes, made by
  642  chapter 2015-222, Laws of Florida, paragraphs (e) and (o) of
  643  subsection (1), subsection (4), and present subsection (13) of
  644  that section are amended, present subsections (13), (14), and
  645  (15) of that section are redesignated as subsections (14), (15),
  646  and (16), respectively, and a new subsection (13) is added to
  647  that section, to read:
  648         1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.—If the annual
  649  allocation from the Florida Education Finance Program to each
  650  district for operation of schools is not determined in the
  651  annual appropriations act or the substantive bill implementing
  652  the annual appropriations act, it shall be determined as
  653  follows:
  655  OPERATION.—The following procedure shall be followed in
  656  determining the annual allocation to each district for
  657  operation:
  658         (e) Funding model for exceptional student education
  659  programs.—
  660         1.a. The funding model uses basic, at-risk, support levels
  661  IV and V for exceptional students and career Florida Education
  662  Finance Program cost factors, and a guaranteed allocation for
  663  exceptional student education programs. Exceptional education
  664  cost factors are determined by using a matrix of services to
  665  document the services that each exceptional student will
  666  receive. The nature and intensity of the services indicated on
  667  the matrix shall be consistent with the services described in
  668  each exceptional student’s individual educational plan. The
  669  Department of Education shall review and revise the descriptions
  670  of the services and supports included in the matrix of services
  671  for exceptional students and shall implement those revisions
  672  before the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.
  673         b. In order to generate funds using one of the two weighted
  674  cost factors, a matrix of services must be completed at the time
  675  of the student’s initial placement into an exceptional student
  676  education program and at least once every 3 years by personnel
  677  who have received approved training. Nothing listed in the
  678  matrix shall be construed as limiting the services a school
  679  district must provide in order to ensure that exceptional
  680  students are provided a free, appropriate public education.
  681         c. Students identified as exceptional, in accordance with
  682  chapter 6A-6, Florida Administrative Code, who do not have a
  683  matrix of services as specified in sub-subparagraph b. shall
  684  generate funds on the basis of full-time-equivalent student
  685  membership in the Florida Education Finance Program at the same
  686  funding level per student as provided for basic students.
  687  Additional funds for these exceptional students will be provided
  688  through the guaranteed allocation designated in subparagraph 2.
  689         2. For students identified as exceptional who do not have a
  690  matrix of services and students who are gifted in grades K
  691  through 8, there is created a guaranteed allocation to provide
  692  these students with a free appropriate public education, in
  693  accordance with s. 1001.42(4)(l) and rules of the State Board of
  694  Education, which shall be allocated initially annually to each
  695  school district in the amount provided in the General
  696  Appropriations Act. These funds shall be supplemental in
  697  addition to the funds appropriated for the basic funding level
  698  on the basis of FTE student membership in the Florida Education
  699  Finance Program, and the amount allocated for each school
  700  district shall not be recalculated once during the year, based
  701  on actual student membership from the October FTE survey. Upon
  702  recalculation, if the generated allocation is greater than the
  703  amount provided in the General Appropriations Act, the total
  704  shall be prorated to the level of the appropriation based on
  705  each district’s share of the total recalculated amount. These
  706  funds shall be used to provide special education and related
  707  services for exceptional students and students who are gifted in
  708  grades K through 8. Beginning with the 2007-2008 fiscal year, A
  709  district’s expenditure of funds from the guaranteed allocation
  710  for students in grades 9 through 12 who are gifted may not be
  711  greater than the amount expended during the 2006-2007 fiscal
  712  year for gifted students in grades 9 through 12.
  713         (o) Calculation of additional full-time equivalent
  714  membership based on successful completion of a career-themed
  715  course pursuant to ss. 1003.491, 1003.492, and 1003.493, or
  716  courses with embedded CAPE industry certifications or CAPE
  717  Digital Tool certificates, and issuance of industry
  718  certification identified on the CAPE Industry Certification
  719  Funding List pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of
  720  Education or CAPE Digital Tool certificates pursuant to s.
  721  1003.4203.—
  722         1.a. A value of 0.025 full-time equivalent student
  723  membership shall be calculated for CAPE Digital Tool
  724  certificates earned by students in elementary and middle school
  725  grades.
  726         b. A value of 0.1 or 0.2 full-time equivalent student
  727  membership shall be calculated for each student who completes a
  728  course as defined in s. 1003.493(1)(b) or courses with embedded
  729  CAPE industry certifications and who is issued an industry
  730  certification identified annually on the CAPE Industry
  731  Certification Funding List approved under rules adopted by the
  732  State Board of Education. A value of 0.2 full-time equivalent
  733  membership shall be calculated for each student who is issued a
  734  CAPE industry certification that has a statewide articulation
  735  agreement for college credit approved by the State Board of
  736  Education. For CAPE industry certifications that do not
  737  articulate for college credit, the Department of Education shall
  738  assign a full-time equivalent value of 0.1 for each
  739  certification. Middle grades students who earn additional FTE
  740  membership for a CAPE Digital Tool certificate pursuant to sub
  741  subparagraph a. may not use the previously funded examination to
  742  satisfy the requirements for earning an industry certification
  743  under this sub-subparagraph. Additional FTE membership for an
  744  elementary or middle grades student may shall not exceed 0.1 for
  745  certificates or certifications earned within the same fiscal
  746  year. The State Board of Education shall include the assigned
  747  values on the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List under
  748  rules adopted by the state board. Such value shall be added to
  749  the total full-time equivalent student membership for grades 6
  750  through 12 in the subsequent year for courses that were not
  751  provided through dual enrollment. CAPE industry certifications
  752  earned through dual enrollment must be reported and funded
  753  pursuant to s. 1011.80. However, if a student earns a
  754  certification through a dual enrollment course and the
  755  certification is not a fundable certification on the
  756  postsecondary certification funding list, or the dual enrollment
  757  certification is earned as a result of an agreement between a
  758  school district and a nonpublic postsecondary institution, the
  759  bonus value shall be funded in the same manner as other nondual
  760  enrollment course industry certifications. In such cases, the
  761  school district may provide for an agreement between the high
  762  school and the technical center, or the school district and the
  763  postsecondary institution may enter into an agreement for
  764  equitable distribution of the bonus funds.
  765         c. A value of 0.3 full-time equivalent student membership
  766  shall be calculated for student completion of the courses and
  767  the embedded certifications identified on the CAPE Industry
  768  Certification Funding List and approved by the commissioner
  769  pursuant to ss. 1003.4203(5)(a) and 1008.44.
  770         d. A value of 0.5 full-time equivalent student membership
  771  shall be calculated for CAPE Acceleration Industry
  772  Certifications that articulate for 15 to 29 college credit
  773  hours, and 1.0 full-time equivalent student membership shall be
  774  calculated for CAPE Acceleration Industry Certifications that
  775  articulate for 30 or more college credit hours pursuant to CAPE
  776  Acceleration Industry Certifications approved by the
  777  commissioner pursuant to ss. 1003.4203(5)(b) and 1008.44.
  778         2. Each district must allocate at least 80 percent of the
  779  funds provided for CAPE industry certification, in accordance
  780  with this paragraph, to the program that generated the funds.
  781  This allocation may not be used to supplant funds provided for
  782  basic operation of the program.
  783         3. For CAPE industry certifications earned in the 2013-2014
  784  school year and in subsequent years, the school district shall
  785  distribute to each classroom teacher who provided direct
  786  instruction toward the attainment of a CAPE industry
  787  certification that qualified for additional full-time equivalent
  788  membership under subparagraph 1.:
  789         a. A bonus in the amount of $25 for each student taught by
  790  a teacher who provided instruction in a course that led to the
  791  attainment of a CAPE industry certification on the CAPE Industry
  792  Certification Funding List with a weight of 0.1.
  793         b. A bonus in the amount of $50 for each student taught by
  794  a teacher who provided instruction in a course that led to the
  795  attainment of a CAPE industry certification on the CAPE Industry
  796  Certification Funding List with a weight of 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, and
  797  1.0.
  798         c. A bonus of $75 for each student taught by a teacher who
  799  provided instruction in a course that led to the attainment of a
  800  CAPE industry certification on the CAPE Industry Certification
  801  Funding List with a weight of 0.3.
  802         d. A bonus of $100 for each student taught by a teacher who
  803  provided instruction in a course that led to the attainment of a
  804  CAPE industry certification on the CAPE Industry Certification
  805  Funding List with a weight of 0.5 or 1.0.
  807  Bonuses awarded pursuant to this paragraph shall be provided to
  808  teachers who are employed by the district in the year in which
  809  the additional FTE membership calculation is included in the
  810  calculation. Bonuses shall be calculated based upon the
  811  associated weight of a CAPE industry certification on the CAPE
  812  Industry Certification Funding List for the year in which the
  813  certification is earned by the student. Any bonus awarded to a
  814  teacher under this paragraph may not exceed $2,000 in any given
  815  school year and is in addition to any regular wage or other
  816  bonus the teacher received or is scheduled to receive.
  818  Legislature shall prescribe the aggregate required local effort
  819  for all school districts collectively as an item in the General
  820  Appropriations Act for each fiscal year. After state fiscal year
  821  2015-2016, and as determined and publicly reported by the
  822  Legislature when the General Appropriations Act is enacted, the
  823  aggregate increase in local ad valorem tax funds provided
  824  through the Florida Education Finance Program may not be greater
  825  than 50 percent of any increase in the total of state and local
  826  funds provided or authorized pursuant to the Florida Education
  827  Finance Program in the forthcoming state fiscal year, as
  828  compared to actual local and state funds used in the prior state
  829  fiscal year. This subsection does not affect the authority of a
  830  district school board to levy the local discretionary millage
  831  authorized in s. 1011.71(1). The amount that each district shall
  832  provide annually toward the cost of the Florida Education
  833  Finance Program for kindergarten through grade 12 programs shall
  834  be calculated as follows:
  835         (a) Estimated taxable value calculations.—
  836         1.a. Not later than 2 working days before prior to July 19,
  837  the Department of Revenue shall certify to the Commissioner of
  838  Education its most recent estimate of the taxable value for
  839  school purposes in each school district and the total for all
  840  school districts in the state for the current calendar year
  841  based on the latest available data obtained from the local
  842  property appraisers. The value certified shall be the taxable
  843  value for school purposes for that year, and no further
  844  adjustments shall be made, except those made pursuant to
  845  paragraphs (c) and (d), or an assessment roll change required by
  846  final judicial decisions as specified in paragraph (15)(b)
  847  (14)(b). Not later than July 19, the Commissioner of Education
  848  shall compute a millage rate, rounded to the next highest one
  849  one-thousandth of a mill, which, when applied to 96 percent of
  850  the estimated state total taxable value for school purposes,
  851  would generate the prescribed aggregate required local effort
  852  for that year for all districts. The Commissioner of Education
  853  shall certify to each district school board the millage rate,
  854  computed as prescribed in this subparagraph, as the minimum
  855  millage rate necessary to provide the district required local
  856  effort for that year.
  857         b. The General Appropriations Act shall direct the
  858  computation of the statewide adjusted aggregate amount for
  859  required local effort for all school districts collectively from
  860  ad valorem taxes to ensure that no school district’s revenue
  861  from required local effort millage will produce more than 90
  862  percent of the district’s total Florida Education Finance
  863  Program calculation as calculated and adopted by the
  864  Legislature, and the adjustment of the required local effort
  865  millage rate of each district that produces more than 90 percent
  866  of its total Florida Education Finance Program entitlement to a
  867  level that will produce only 90 percent of its total Florida
  868  Education Finance Program entitlement in the July calculation.
  869         2. On the same date as the certification in sub
  870  subparagraph 1.a., the Department of Revenue shall certify to
  871  the Commissioner of Education for each district:
  872         a. Each year for which the property appraiser has certified
  873  the taxable value pursuant to s. 193.122(2) or (3), if
  874  applicable, since the prior certification under sub-subparagraph
  875  1.a.
  876         b. For each year identified in sub-subparagraph a., the
  877  taxable value certified by the appraiser pursuant to s.
  878  193.122(2) or (3), if applicable, since the prior certification
  879  under sub-subparagraph 1.a. This is the certification that
  880  reflects all final administrative actions of the value
  881  adjustment board.
  882         (b) Equalization of required local effort.—
  883         1. The Department of Revenue shall include with its
  884  certifications provided pursuant to paragraph (a) its most
  885  recent determination of the assessment level of the prior year’s
  886  assessment roll for each county and for the state as a whole.
  887         2. The Commissioner of Education shall adjust the required
  888  local effort millage of each district for the current year,
  889  computed pursuant to paragraph (a), as follows:
  890         a. The equalization factor for the prior year’s assessment
  891  roll of each district shall be multiplied by 96 percent of the
  892  taxable value for school purposes shown on that roll and by the
  893  prior year’s required local-effort millage, exclusive of any
  894  equalization adjustment made pursuant to this paragraph. The
  895  dollar amount so computed shall be the additional required local
  896  effort for equalization for the current year.
  897         b. Such equalization factor shall be computed as the
  898  quotient of the prior year’s assessment level of the state as a
  899  whole divided by the prior year’s assessment level of the
  900  county, from which quotient shall be subtracted 1.
  901         c. The dollar amount of additional required local effort
  902  for equalization for each district shall be converted to a
  903  millage rate, based on 96 percent of the current year’s taxable
  904  value for that district, and added to the required local effort
  905  millage determined pursuant to paragraph (a).
  906         3. Notwithstanding the limitations imposed pursuant to s.
  907  1011.71(1), the total required local-effort millage, including
  908  additional required local effort for equalization, shall be an
  909  amount not to exceed 10 minus the maximum millage allowed as
  910  nonvoted discretionary millage, exclusive of millage authorized
  911  pursuant to s. 1011.71(2). Nothing herein shall be construed to
  912  allow a millage in excess of that authorized in s. 9, Art. VII
  913  of the State Constitution.
  914         4. For the purposes of this chapter, the term “assessment
  915  level” means the value-weighted mean assessment ratio for the
  916  county or state as a whole, as determined pursuant to s.
  917  195.096, or as subsequently adjusted. However, for those parcels
  918  studied pursuant to s. 195.096(3)(a)1. which are receiving the
  919  assessment limitation set forth in s. 193.155, and for which the
  920  assessed value is less than the just value, the department shall
  921  use the assessed value in the numerator and the denominator of
  922  such assessment ratio. In the event a court has adjudicated that
  923  the department failed to establish an accurate estimate of an
  924  assessment level of a county and recomputation resulting in an
  925  accurate estimate based upon the evidence before the court was
  926  not possible, that county shall be presumed to have an
  927  assessment level equal to that of the state as a whole.
  928         5. If, in the prior year, taxes were levied against an
  929  interim assessment roll pursuant to s. 193.1145, the assessment
  930  level and prior year’s nonexempt assessed valuation used for the
  931  purposes of this paragraph shall be those of the interim
  932  assessment roll.
  933         (c) Exclusion.—
  934         1. In those instances in which:
  935         a. There is litigation either attacking the authority of
  936  the property appraiser to include certain property on the tax
  937  assessment roll as taxable property or contesting the assessed
  938  value of certain property on the tax assessment roll, and
  939         b. The assessed value of the property in contest involves
  940  more than 6 percent of the total nonexempt assessment roll, the
  941  plaintiff shall provide to the district school board of the
  942  county in which the property is located and to the Department of
  943  Education a certified copy of the petition and receipt for the
  944  good faith payment at the time they are filed with the court.
  945         2. For purposes of computing the required local effort for
  946  each district affected by such petition, the Department of
  947  Education shall exclude from the district’s total nonexempt
  948  assessment roll the assessed value of the property in contest
  949  and shall add the amount of the good faith payment to the
  950  district’s required local effort.
  951         (d) Recomputation.—Following final adjudication of any
  952  litigation on the basis of which an adjustment in taxable value
  953  was made pursuant to paragraph (c), the department shall
  954  recompute the required local effort for each district for each
  955  year affected by such adjustments, utilizing taxable values
  956  approved by the court, and shall adjust subsequent allocations
  957  to such districts accordingly.
  958         (e) Prior period funding adjustment millage.—
  959         1. There shall be an additional millage to be known as the
  960  Prior Period Funding Adjustment Millage levied by a school
  961  district if the prior period unrealized required local effort
  962  funds are greater than zero. The Commissioner of Education shall
  963  calculate the amount of the prior period unrealized required
  964  local effort funds as specified in subparagraph 2. and the
  965  millage required to generate that amount as specified in this
  966  subparagraph. The Prior Period Funding Adjustment Millage shall
  967  be the quotient of the prior period unrealized required local
  968  effort funds divided by the current year taxable value certified
  969  to the Commissioner of Education pursuant to sub-subparagraph
  970  (a)1.a. This levy shall be in addition to the required local
  971  effort millage certified pursuant to this subsection. Such
  972  millage shall not affect the calculation of the current year’s
  973  required local effort, and the funds generated by such levy
  974  shall not be included in the district’s Florida Education
  975  Finance Program allocation for that fiscal year. For purposes of
  976  the millage to be included on the Notice of Proposed Taxes, the
  977  Commissioner of Education shall adjust the required local effort
  978  millage computed pursuant to paragraph (a) as adjusted by
  979  paragraph (b) for the current year for any district that levies
  980  a Prior Period Funding Adjustment Millage to include all Prior
  981  Period Funding Adjustment Millage. For the purpose of this
  982  paragraph, there shall be a Prior Period Funding Adjustment
  983  Millage levied for each year certified by the Department of
  984  Revenue pursuant to sub-subparagraph (a)2.a. since the previous
  985  year certification and for which the calculation in sub
  986  subparagraph 2.b. is greater than zero.
  987         2.a. As used in this subparagraph, the term:
  988         (I) “Prior year” means a year certified under sub
  989  subparagraph (a)2.a.
  990         (II) “Preliminary taxable value” means:
  991         (A) If the prior year is the 2009-2010 fiscal year or
  992  later, the taxable value certified to the Commissioner of
  993  Education pursuant to sub-subparagraph (a)1.a.
  994         (B) If the prior year is the 2008-2009 fiscal year or
  995  earlier, the taxable value certified pursuant to the final
  996  calculation as specified in former paragraph (b) as that
  997  paragraph existed in the prior year.
  998         (III) “Final taxable value” means the district’s taxable
  999  value as certified by the property appraiser pursuant to s.
 1000  193.122(2) or (3), if applicable. This is the certification that
 1001  reflects all final administrative actions of the value
 1002  adjustment board.
 1003         b. For purposes of this subsection and with respect to each
 1004  year certified pursuant to sub-subparagraph (a)2.a., if the
 1005  district’s prior year preliminary taxable value is greater than
 1006  the district’s prior year final taxable value, the prior period
 1007  unrealized required local effort funds are the difference
 1008  between the district’s prior year preliminary taxable value and
 1009  the district’s prior year final taxable value, multiplied by the
 1010  prior year district required local effort millage. If the
 1011  district’s prior year preliminary taxable value is less than the
 1012  district’s prior year final taxable value, the prior period
 1013  unrealized required local effort funds are zero.
 1015  connected student supplement is created to provide supplemental
 1016  funding for school districts to support the education of
 1017  students connected with federally owned military installations,
 1018  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) real
 1019  property, and Indian lands. To be eligible for this supplement,
 1020  the district must be eligible for federal Impact Aid Program
 1021  funds under s. 8003 of Title VIII of the Elementary and
 1022  Secondary Education Act of 1965. The supplement shall be
 1023  allocated annually to each eligible school district in the
 1024  amount provided in the General Appropriations Act. The
 1025  supplement shall be the sum of the student allocation and an
 1026  exempt property allocation.
 1027         (a)The student allocation shall be calculated based on the
 1028  number of students reported for federal Impact Aid Program
 1029  funds, including students with disabilities, who meet one of the
 1030  following criteria:
 1031         1.The student has a parent who is on active duty in the
 1032  uniformed services or is an accredited foreign government
 1033  official and military officer. Students with disabilities shall
 1034  also be reported separately for this category.
 1035         2.The student resides on eligible federally owned Indian
 1036  land. Students with disabilities shall also be reported
 1037  separately for this category.
 1038         3.The student resides with a civilian parent who lives or
 1039  works on eligible federal property connected with a military
 1040  installation or NASA. The number of these students shall be
 1041  multiplied by a factor of 0.5.
 1042         (b)The total number of federally connected students
 1043  calculated under paragraph (a) shall be multiplied by a
 1044  percentage of the base student allocation as provided in the
 1045  General Appropriations Act. The total of the number of students
 1046  with disabilities as reported separately under subparagraphs
 1047  (a)1. and (a)2. shall be multiplied by an additional percentage
 1048  of the base student allocation as provided in the General
 1049  Appropriations Act. The base amount and the amount for students
 1050  with disabilities shall be summed to provide the student
 1051  allocation.
 1052         (c)The exempt property allocation shall be equal to the
 1053  tax-exempt value of federal impact aid lands reserved as
 1054  military installations, real property owned by NASA, or eligible
 1055  federally owned Indian lands located in the district, as of
 1056  January 1 of the previous year, multiplied by the millage
 1057  authorized and levied under s. 1011.71(2).
 1058         (14)(13) QUALITY ASSURANCE GUARANTEE.—The Legislature may
 1059  annually in the General Appropriations Act determine a
 1060  percentage increase in funds per K-12 unweighted FTE as a
 1061  minimum guarantee to each school district. The guarantee shall
 1062  be calculated from prior year base funding per unweighted FTE
 1063  student which shall include the adjusted FTE dollars as provided
 1064  in subsection (15) (14), quality guarantee funds, and actual
 1065  nonvoted discretionary local effort from taxes. From the base
 1066  funding per unweighted FTE, the increase shall be calculated for
 1067  the current year. The current year funds from which the
 1068  guarantee shall be determined shall include the adjusted FTE
 1069  dollars as provided in subsection (15) (14) and potential
 1070  nonvoted discretionary local effort from taxes. A comparison of
 1071  current year funds per unweighted FTE to prior year funds per
 1072  unweighted FTE shall be computed. For those school districts
 1073  which have less than the legislatively assigned percentage
 1074  increase, funds shall be provided to guarantee the assigned
 1075  percentage increase in funds per unweighted FTE student. Should
 1076  appropriated funds be less than the sum of this calculated
 1077  amount for all districts, the commissioner shall prorate each
 1078  district’s allocation. This provision shall be implemented to
 1079  the extent specifically funded.
 1080         Section 19. Effective July 1, 2016, and upon the expiration
 1081  of the amendment to section 1011.71, Florida Statutes, made by
 1082  chapter 2015-222, Laws of Florida, subsection (1) of that
 1083  section is amended to read:
 1084         1011.71 District school tax.—
 1085         (1) If the district school tax is not provided in the
 1086  General Appropriations Act or the substantive bill implementing
 1087  the General Appropriations Act, each district school board
 1088  desiring to participate in the state allocation of funds for
 1089  current operation as prescribed by s. 1011.62(15) s. 1011.62(14)
 1090  shall levy on the taxable value for school purposes of the
 1091  district, exclusive of millage voted under the provisions of s.
 1092  9(b) or s. 12, Art. VII of the State Constitution, a millage
 1093  rate not to exceed the amount certified by the commissioner as
 1094  the minimum millage rate necessary to provide the district
 1095  required local effort for the current year, pursuant to s.
 1096  1011.62(4)(a)1. In addition to the required local effort millage
 1097  levy, each district school board may levy a nonvoted current
 1098  operating discretionary millage. The Legislature shall prescribe
 1099  annually in the appropriations act the maximum amount of millage
 1100  a district may levy.
 1101         Section 20. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this
 1102  act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2016.
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 1105  And the title is amended as follows:
 1106         Delete everything before the enacting clause
 1107  and insert:
 1108                        A bill to be entitled                      
 1109         An act relating to education; amending s. 39.201,
 1110         F.S.; providing an exception from a prohibition
 1111         against the use of information in the Department of
 1112         Children and Families central abuse hotline for
 1113         employment screening of certain child care personnel;
 1114         amending s. 39.202, F.S.; expanding the list of
 1115         entities that have access to child abuse records for
 1116         purposes of approving providers of school readiness
 1117         services; amending s. 402.302, F.S.; revising the
 1118         definition of the term “screening” for purposes of
 1119         child care licensing requirements; amending s.
 1120         402.3057, F.S.; clarifying individuals who are exempt
 1121         from certain refingerprinting or rescreening
 1122         requirements; amending s. 402.306, F.S.; requiring the
 1123         Department of Children and Families and local
 1124         licensing agencies to electronically post certain
 1125         information relating to child care and school
 1126         readiness providers; amending s. 402.311, F.S.;
 1127         requiring school readiness program providers to
 1128         provide the Department of Children and Families or
 1129         local licensing agencies with access to facilities,
 1130         personnel, and records for inspection purposes;
 1131         amending s. 402.319, F.S.; requiring certain child
 1132         care providers to submit an affidavit of compliance
 1133         with certain mandatory reporting requirements;
 1134         amending s. 409.1757, F.S.; clarifying individuals who
 1135         are exempt from certain refingerprinting or
 1136         rescreening requirements; amending s. 435.07, F.S.;
 1137         providing criteria for a person’s disqualification
 1138         from employment with a school readiness program
 1139         provider; amending s. 1001.42, F.S.; revising the
 1140         duties of a district school board; creating s.
 1141         1001.67, F.S.; establishing a collaboration between
 1142         the state board and the Legislature to designate
 1143         certain Florida College System institutions as
 1144         distinguished colleges; specifying standards for the
 1145         designation; requiring the state board to award the
 1146         designation to certain Florida College System
 1147         institutions; providing that the designated
 1148         institutions are eligible for funding as specified in
 1149         the General Appropriations Act; amending s. 1002.82,
 1150         F.S.; revising the duties of the Office of Early
 1151         Learning of the Department of Education; requiring the
 1152         office to coordinate with the Department of Children
 1153         and Families and local licensing agencies for
 1154         inspections of school readiness program providers;
 1155         amending s. 1002.84, F.S.; revising provisions
 1156         relating to determination of child eligibility for
 1157         school readiness programs; revising requirements for
 1158         determining parent copayments for the programs;
 1159         amending s. 1002.87, F.S.; revising the prioritization
 1160         of participation in school readiness programs;
 1161         revising school readiness program eligibility
 1162         requirements for parents; amending s. 1002.88, F.S.;
 1163         revising requirements for school readiness program
 1164         providers; amending s. 1002.89, F.S.; providing for
 1165         additional uses of funds for school readiness
 1166         programs; amending s. 1004.935, F.S.; deleting the
 1167         scheduled termination of the Adults with Disabilities
 1168         Workforce Education Pilot Program; changing the name
 1169         of the program to the “Adults with Disabilities
 1170         Workforce Education Program”; amending s. 1011.62,
 1171         F.S.; revising the calculation for certain
 1172         supplemental funds for exceptional student education
 1173         programs; requiring the funds to be prorated under
 1174         certain circumstances; revising the funding of full
 1175         time equivalent values for students who earn CAPE
 1176         industry certifications through dual enrollment;
 1177         deleting a provision prohibiting a teacher’s bonus
 1178         from exceeding a specified amount; specifying a limit
 1179         in the aggregate increase in certain funds provided
 1180         through the Florida Education Finance Program after a
 1181         specified time; creating a federally connected student
 1182         supplement for school districts; specifying
 1183         eligibility requirements and calculations for
 1184         allocations of the supplement; amending s. 1011.71,
 1185         F.S.; conforming a cross-reference; providing
 1186         effective dates.