Florida Senate - 2016 SB 432 By Senator Hutson 6-00482-16 2016432__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the STEM Teachers Pilot Program; 3 creating s. 1012.571, F.S.; requiring the Department 4 of Education to implement and administer the STEM 5 Teachers Pilot Program; authorizing certain school 6 districts to hire an individual who is not a certified 7 educator, but who holds a specified degree, to teach 8 courses related to his or her degree; requiring an 9 individual hired through the pilot program to meet 10 specified criteria; requiring the department to submit 11 a report to the Legislature, which must include a 12 recommendation on continuing the pilot program; 13 providing for rulemaking; providing an effective date. 14 15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 16 17 Section 1. Section 1012.571, Florida Statutes, is created 18 to read: 19 1012.571 STEM Teachers Pilot Program.— 20 (1) Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the 21 Department of Education shall implement and administer a 5-year 22 STEM Teachers Pilot Program. 23 (2) Under the pilot program, a school district that is 24 ranked in the top 10 percent of school districts, as determined 25 by the district grade calculated under s. 1008.34, may hire as a 26 teacher an individual who does not hold a professional or 27 temporary certificate to teach in a regular academic field in 28 the kindergarten through grade 12 school program. The individual 29 must hold at least a master’s degree in the area of science, 30 technology, engineering, or mathematics, and the course that he 31 or she will teach must be related to his or her degree. 32 (3) An individual hired under the pilot program must meet 33 the requirements of s. 1012.56(2)(a), (2)(b), (2)(d), (2)(e), 34 and (2)(f) and document receipt of at least a master’s degree in 35 the area of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics 36 from an accredited institution of higher learning. 37 (4) At the conclusion of the pilot program, the department 38 shall analyze the performance data of students within 39 participating school districts and submit a report on the 40 findings to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the 41 House of Representatives. At a minimum, the report must include 42 a recommendation for continuing or terminating the pilot 43 program. 44 (5) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to 45 administer this section. 46 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.