Florida Senate - 2016                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1462
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  02/02/2016           .                                

       The Committee on Education Pre-K - 12 (Clemens) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Paragraph (s) of subsection (2) of section
    6  1003.42, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         1003.42 Required instruction.—
    8         (2) Members of the instructional staff of the public
    9  schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education
   10  and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and
   11  faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the
   12  highest standards for professionalism and historic accuracy,
   13  following the prescribed courses of study, and employing
   14  approved methods of instruction, the following:
   15         (s) A character-development program in the elementary
   16  schools, similar to Character First or Character Counts, which
   17  is secular in nature. Beginning in school year 2004-2005, the
   18  character-development program shall be required in kindergarten
   19  through grade 12. Each district school board shall develop or
   20  adopt a curriculum for the character-development program that
   21  shall be submitted to the department for approval. The
   22  character-development curriculum shall stress the qualities of
   23  patriotism; responsibility; citizenship; kindness; respect for
   24  authority, life, liberty, and personal property; honesty;
   25  charity; self-control; racial, ethnic, and religious tolerance;
   26  and cooperation. The character-development program in grades 9
   27  through 12 shall, at a minimum, include instruction on
   28  developing leadership skills, interpersonal skills, organization
   29  skills, and research skills; creating a resume; developing and
   30  practicing the skills necessary for employment interviews;
   31  managing stress and expectations; and developing skills that
   32  enable students to become more resilient and self-motivated.
   34  The State Board of Education is encouraged to adopt standards
   35  and pursue assessment of the requirements of this subsection.
   36         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.
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   39  And the title is amended as follows:
   40         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   41  and insert:
   42                        A bill to be entitled                      
   43         An act relating to character-development instruction;
   44         amending s. 1003.42, F.S.; requiring character
   45         education programs to provide certain instruction to
   46         students in grades 9-12; providing an effective date.