Florida Senate - 2016 SENATOR AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for HB 189 Ì597818VÎ597818 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . Floor: WD/2R . 03/09/2016 04:50 PM . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Senator Altman moved the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Before line 9 4 insert: 5 Section 1. Section 1012.441, Florida Statutes, is created 6 to read: 7 1012.441 Qualifications for educational interpreters.— 8 (1) The State Board of Education shall adopt by rule 9 standards for educational interpreters. An educational 10 interpreter is an individual who facilitates direct instruction 11 by professionals and directs communication between students who 12 are deaf or hard of hearing and their peers as designated in 13 each student’s individual education plan or 504 accommodation 14 plan. The standards must include interpreter assessments, 15 including both written and performance assessments, offered by a 16 national organization of professional sign language interpreters 17 and transliterators. 18 (2) Beginning July 1, 2017, each school district shall: 19 (a) Notify a parent in writing if an individual assigned to 20 provide interpreter services for his or her student, in 21 accordance with the student’s individual education plan or 504 22 accommodation plan, does not meet the educational interpreter 23 standards established in state board rule. 24 (b) Report to the Department of Education, for publication 25 on its website, the total number of individuals providing 26 interpreter services in the district and the total number of 27 such individuals who meet the educational interpreter standards 28 established in state board rule. 29 30 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 31 And the title is amended as follows: 32 Delete line 2 33 and insert: 34 An act relating to qualifications for educational 35 personnel; creating s. 1012.441, F.S.; requiring the 36 State Board of Education to adopt standards for 37 educational interpreters; requiring school districts 38 to notify parents if an individual assigned to provide 39 interpreter services for their student does not meet 40 such standards; requiring school districts to report 41 to the Department of Education, for publication on its 42 website, certain information regarding individuals 43 providing interpreter services; amending s.