Florida Senate - 2016 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 434 Ì251804ÇÎ251804 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: UNFAV . 11/18/2015 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Education Pre-K - 12 (Bullard) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 1011.6202, Florida Statutes, is created 6 to read: 7 1011.6202 Principal or Teacher Autonomy Pilot Program 8 Initiative.—The Principal or Teacher Autonomy Pilot Program 9 Initiative is created within the Department of Education. The 10 purpose of the pilot program is to provide the highly effective 11 principal or teacher of a participating school with increased 12 autonomy and authority to operate his or her school in a way 13 that produces significant improvements in student achievement 14 and school management while complying with constitutional 15 requirements. The State Board of Education may, upon approval of 16 a principal or teacher autonomy proposal, enter into a 17 performance contract with up to three district school boards for 18 participation in the pilot program. 19 (1) PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS.—A Florida school 20 district may submit to the state board for approval either a 21 principal or teacher autonomy proposal that exchanges statutory 22 and rule exemptions for an agreement to meet performance goals 23 established in the proposal. If approved by the state board, the 24 school district shall be eligible to participate in the chosen 25 pilot program for 3 years. At the end of the 3 years, the 26 performance of all participating schools in the school district 27 shall be evaluated. 28 (2) PRINCIPAL OR TEACHER AUTONOMY PROPOSAL.— 29 (a) To participate in the pilot program, a school district 30 must: 31 1. Identify three middle or high schools that received at 32 least two school grades of “D” or “F” pursuant to s. 1008.34 33 during the previous 3 school years. 34 2. If a principal autonomy proposal is chosen, identify 35 three principals who have earned a highly effective rating on 36 the prior year’s performance evaluation pursuant to s. 1012.34, 37 each of whom shall be assigned to a different participating 38 school in the program. 39 3. If a teacher autonomy proposal is chosen, identify three 40 teachers who have earned a highly effective performance 41 evaluation rating for at least 4 consecutive years pursuant to 42 s. 1012.34. 43 4. Describe the current financial and administrative 44 management of each participating school; identify the areas in 45 which each school principal will have increased fiscal and 46 administrative autonomy, including the authority and 47 responsibilities provided in s. 1012.28(8); and identify the 48 areas in which each participating school will continue to follow 49 district school board fiscal and administrative policies. 50 5. Explain the methods used to identify the educational 51 strengths and needs of the participating school’s students and 52 identify how student achievement can be improved. 53 6. Establish performance goals for student achievement, as 54 defined in s. 1008.34(1), and explain how the increased autonomy 55 of principals or teachers will help participating schools 56 improve student achievement and school management. 57 7. Provide each participating school’s mission and a 58 description of its student population. 59 (b) The state board shall establish criteria, which must 60 include the criteria listed in paragraph (a), for the approval 61 of a principal or teacher autonomy proposal. 62 (c) A school district must submit its principal or teacher 63 autonomy proposal to the state board for approval by December 1 64 in order to begin participation in the subsequent school year. 65 By February 28 of the school year in which the proposal is 66 submitted, the state board shall notify the district school 67 board in writing whether the proposal is approved. 68 (3) EXEMPTION FROM LAWS.— 69 (a) With the exception of those laws listed in paragraph 70 (b), a participating school district is exempt from the 71 provisions of chapters 1000-1013 and rules of the state board 72 which implement those exempt provisions. 73 (b) A participating school district shall comply with the 74 provisions of chapters 1000-1013, and rules of the state board 75 which implement those provisions, pertaining to the following: 76 1. Those laws relating to the election and compensation of 77 district school board members, the election or appointment and 78 compensation of district school superintendents, public meetings 79 and public records requirements, financial disclosure, and 80 conflicts of interest. 81 2. Those laws relating to the student assessment program 82 and school grading system, including chapter 1008. 83 3. Those laws relating to the provision of services to 84 students with disabilities. 85 4. Those laws relating to civil rights, including s. 86 1000.05, relating to discrimination. 87 5. Those laws relating to student health, safety, and 88 welfare. 89 6. Section 1001.42(4)(f), relating to the uniform opening 90 date for public schools. 91 7. Section 1003.03, governing maximum class size, except 92 that the calculation for compliance pursuant to s. 1003.03 is 93 the average at the school level for a participating school. 94 8. Sections 1012.22(1)(c) and 1012.27(2), relating to 95 compensation and salary schedules. 96 9. Section 1012.33(5), relating to workforce reductions for 97 annual contracts for instructional personnel. This subparagraph 98 does not apply to at-will employees. 99 10. Section 1012.335, relating to annual contracts for 100 instructional personnel hired on or after July 1, 2011. This 101 subparagraph does not apply to at-will employees. 102 11. Section 1012.34, relating to personnel evaluation 103 procedures and criteria. 104 12. Those laws pertaining to educational facilities, 105 including chapter 1013, except that s. 1013.20, relating to 106 covered walkways for relocatables, and s. 1013.21, relating to 107 the use of relocatable facilities exceeding 20 years of age, are 108 eligible for exemption. 109 13. Those laws pertaining to participating school 110 districts, including this section and ss. 1011.69(2) and 111 1012.28(8). 112 (4) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.—Each participating school 113 district shall require that the principal or selected teacher of 114 each participating school, a three-member leadership team from 115 each participating school, and district personnel working with 116 each participating school complete the University of Virginia 117 School Turnaround Program. The required personnel must enroll in 118 the University of Virginia School Turnaround Program upon 119 acceptance into the pilot program. Each participating school 120 district shall receive $100,000 from the department for 121 participation in the University of Virginia School Turnaround 122 Program. 123 (5) TERM OF PARTICIPATION.—The state board shall authorize 124 a school district to participate in the pilot program for a 125 period of 3 years commencing with approval of the principal or 126 teacher autonomy proposal. Authorization to participate in the 127 pilot program may be renewed upon action of the state board. The 128 state board may revoke authorization to participate in the pilot 129 program if the school district fails to meet the requirements of 130 this section during the 3-year period. 131 (6) REPORTING.—Each participating school district shall 132 submit an annual report to the state board. The state board 133 shall annually report on the implementation of the Principal or 134 Teacher Autonomy Pilot Program Initiative. Upon completion of 135 the pilot program’s first 3-year term, the Commissioner of 136 Education shall submit to the President of the Senate and the 137 Speaker of the House of Representatives by December 1 a full 138 evaluation of the effectiveness of the pilot program. 139 (7) FUNDING.—The Legislature shall provide an appropriation 140 to the department for the costs of the pilot program, including 141 administrative costs and enrollment costs for the University of 142 Virginia School Turnaround Program, and an additional 143 scholarship of $10,000 to each participating principal or 144 teacher to be used at his or her school. 145 (8) RULEMAKING.—The State Board of Education shall adopt 146 rules to administer this section. 147 Section 2. Subsection (2) of section 1011.69, Florida 148 Statutes, is amended to read: 149 1011.69 Equity in School-Level Funding Act.— 150 (2) Beginning in the 2003-2004 fiscal year, district school 151 boards shall allocate to schools within the district an average 152 of 90 percent of the funds generated by all schools and 153 guarantee that each school receives at least 80 percent, except 154 that schools participating in the Principal or Teacher Autonomy 155 Pilot Program Initiative under s. 1011.6202 are guaranteed to 156 receive at least 90 percent, of the funds generated by that 157 school based upon the Florida Education Finance Program as 158 provided in s. 1011.62 and the General Appropriations Act, 159 including gross state and local funds, discretionary lottery 160 funds, and funds from the school district’s current operating 161 discretionary millage levy. Total funding for each school shall 162 be recalculated during the year to reflect the revised 163 calculations under the Florida Education Finance Program by the 164 state and the actual weighted full-time equivalent students 165 reported by the school during the full-time equivalent student 166 survey periods designated by the Commissioner of Education. If 167 the district school board is providing programs or services to 168 students funded by federal funds, any eligible students enrolled 169 in the schools in the district shall be provided federal funds. 170 Section 3. Subsection (8) is added to section 1012.28, 171 Florida Statutes, to read: 172 1012.28 Public school personnel; duties of school 173 principals.— 174 (8) The principal of a school participating in the 175 Principal or Teacher Autonomy Pilot Program Initiative under s. 176 1011.6202, or the principal in consultation with the selected 177 teacher if a teacher autonomy proposal is chosen, has the 178 following additional authority and responsibilities: 179 (a) In addition to the authority provided in subsection 180 (6), the authority to select qualified instructional personnel 181 for placement or to refuse to accept the placement or transfer 182 of instructional personnel by the district school 183 superintendent. Placement of instructional personnel at a 184 participating school in a participating school district does not 185 affect the employee’s status as a school district employee. 186 (b) The authority to deploy financial resources to school 187 programs at the principal’s discretion to help improve student 188 achievement, as defined in s. 1008.34(1), and meet performance 189 goals identified in the principal or teacher autonomy proposal 190 submitted pursuant to s. 1011.6202. 191 (c) The authority to annually provide to the district 192 school superintendent and the district school board a budget for 193 the operation of the participating school that identifies how 194 funds provided pursuant to s. 1011.69(2) are allocated. The 195 school district shall include the budget in the annual report 196 provided to the State Board of Education pursuant to s. 197 1011.6202(6). 198 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016. 199 200 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 201 And the title is amended as follows: 202 Delete everything before the enacting clause 203 and insert: 204 A bill to be entitled 205 An act relating to the Principal or Teacher Autonomy 206 Pilot Program Initiative; creating s. 1011.6202, F.S.; 207 creating the Principal or Teacher Autonomy Pilot 208 Program Initiative; providing a procedure for a school 209 district to participate in the pilot program; 210 providing requirements for participating school 211 districts and schools; exempting participating schools 212 from certain laws and rules; requiring principals or 213 specified teachers of participating schools and 214 specified personnel to participate in the University 215 of Virginia School Turnaround Program; providing for 216 the term of participation in the pilot program; 217 providing for renewal or revocation of authorization 218 to participate in the pilot program; providing for 219 funding, reporting, and rulemaking; amending s. 220 1011.69, F.S.; requiring participating district school 221 boards to allocate a specified percentage of certain 222 funds to participating schools; amending s. 1012.28, 223 F.S.; providing additional authority and 224 responsibilities of the principal, or the principal in 225 consultation with the selected teacher under certain 226 circumstances, of a participating school; providing an 227 effective date.