Florida Senate - 2016 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 434 Ì5398609Î539860 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 01/15/2016 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (Gaetz) 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 Autonomy Pilot Program Initiative.—The 8 Principal Autonomy Pilot Program Initiative is created within 9 the Department of Education. The purpose of the pilot program is 10 to provide the highly effective principal of a participating 11 school with increased autonomy and authority to operate his or 12 her school in a way that produces significant improvements in 13 student achievement and school management while complying with 14 constitutional requirements. The State Board of Education may, 15 upon approval of a principal autonomy proposal, enter into a 16 performance contract with up to three district school boards for 17 participation in the pilot program. 18 (1) PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS.—A Florida school 19 district may submit to the state board for approval a principal 20 autonomy proposal that exchanges statutory and rule exemptions 21 for an agreement to meet performance goals established in the 22 proposal. If approved by the state board, the school district 23 shall be eligible to participate in the pilot program for 3 24 years. At the end of the 3 years, the performance of all 25 participating schools in the school district shall be evaluated. 26 (2) PRINCIPAL AUTONOMY PROPOSAL.— 27 (a) To participate in the pilot program, a school district 28 must: 29 1. Identify three middle or high schools that received at 30 least two school grades of “D” or “F” pursuant to s. 1008.34 31 during the previous 3 school years. 32 2. Identify three principals who have earned a highly 33 effective rating on the prior year’s performance evaluation 34 pursuant to s. 1012.34, one of whom shall be assigned to each of 35 the participating schools. 36 3. Describe the current financial and administrative 37 management of each participating school; identify the areas in 38 which each school principal will have increased fiscal and 39 administrative autonomy, including the authority and 40 responsibilities provided in s. 1012.28(8); and identify the 41 areas in which each participating school will continue to follow 42 district school board fiscal and administrative policies. 43 4. Explain the methods used to identify the educational 44 strengths and needs of the participating school’s students and 45 identify how student achievement can be improved. 46 5. Establish performance goals for student achievement, as 47 defined in s. 1008.34(1), and explain how the increased autonomy 48 of principals will help participating schools improve student 49 achievement and school management. 50 6. Provide each participating school’s mission and a 51 description of its student population. 52 (b) The state board shall establish criteria, which must 53 include the criteria listed in paragraph (a), for the approval 54 of a principal autonomy proposal. 55 (c) A school district must submit its principal autonomy 56 proposal to the state board for approval by December 1 in order 57 to begin participation in the subsequent school year. By 58 February 28 of the school year in which the proposal is 59 submitted, the state board shall notify the district school 60 board in writing whether the proposal is approved. 61 (3) EXEMPTION FROM LAWS.— 62 (a) With the exception of those laws listed in paragraph 63 (b), a participating school is exempt from the provisions of 64 chapters 1000-1013 and rules of the state board that implement 65 those exempt provisions. 66 (b) A participating school shall comply with the provisions 67 of chapters 1000-1013, and rules of the state board that 68 implement those provisions, pertaining to the following: 69 1. Those laws relating to the election and compensation of 70 district school board members, the election or appointment and 71 compensation of district school superintendents, public meetings 72 and public records requirements, financial disclosure, and 73 conflicts of interest. 74 2. Those laws relating to the student assessment program 75 and school grading system, including chapter 1008. 76 3. Those laws relating to the provision of services to 77 students with disabilities. 78 4. Those laws relating to civil rights, including s. 79 1000.05, relating to discrimination. 80 5. Those laws relating to student health, safety, and 81 welfare. 82 6. Section 1001.42(4)(f), relating to the uniform opening 83 date for public schools. 84 7. Section 1003.03, governing maximum class size, except 85 that the calculation for compliance pursuant to s. 1003.03 is 86 the average at the school level for a participating school. 87 8. Sections 1012.22(1)(c) and 1012.27(2), relating to 88 compensation and salary schedules. 89 9. Section 1012.33(5), relating to workforce reductions for 90 annual contracts for instructional personnel. This subparagraph 91 does not apply to at-will employees. 92 10. Section 1012.335, relating to annual contracts for 93 instructional personnel hired on or after July 1, 2011. This 94 subparagraph does not apply to at-will employees. 95 11. Section 1012.34, relating to personnel evaluation 96 procedures and criteria. 97 12. Those laws pertaining to educational facilities, 98 including chapter 1013, except that s. 1013.20, relating to 99 covered walkways for relocatables, and s. 1013.21, relating to 100 the use of relocatable facilities exceeding 20 years of age, are 101 eligible for exemption. 102 13. Those laws pertaining to participating school 103 districts, including this section and ss. 1011.69(2) and 104 1012.28(8). 105 (4) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.—Each participating school 106 district shall require that the principal of each participating 107 school, a three-member leadership team from each participating 108 school, and district personnel working with each participating 109 school complete a nationally recognized school turnaround 110 program which focuses on improving leadership, instructional 111 infrastructure, talent management, and differentiated support 112 and accountability. The required personnel must enroll in the 113 school turnaround program upon acceptance into the pilot 114 program. 115 (5) TERM OF PARTICIPATION.—The state board shall authorize 116 a school district to participate in the pilot program for a 117 period of 3 years commencing with approval of the principal 118 autonomy proposal. Authorization to participate in the pilot 119 program may be renewed upon action of the state board. The state 120 board may revoke authorization to participate in the pilot 121 program if the school district fails to meet the requirements of 122 this section during the 3-year period. 123 (6) REPORTING.—Each participating school district shall 124 submit an annual report to the state board. The state board 125 shall annually report on the implementation of the Principal 126 Autonomy Pilot Program Initiative. Upon completion of the pilot 127 program’s first 3-year term, the Commissioner of Education shall 128 submit to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the 129 House of Representatives by December 1 a full evaluation of the 130 effectiveness of the pilot program. 131 (7) FUNDING.—The Legislature may appropriate funding to the 132 department in the General Appropriations Act for the costs of 133 the pilot program, including administrative costs and enrollment 134 costs for the school turnaround program, and an additional 135 scholarship to each participating principal to be used at his or 136 her school. 137 (8) RULEMAKING.—The State Board of Education shall adopt 138 rules to administer this section. 139 Section 2. Subsection (2) of section 1011.69, Florida 140 Statutes, is amended to read: 141 1011.69 Equity in School-Level Funding Act.— 142 (2) Beginning in the 2003-2004 fiscal year, district school 143 boards shall allocate to schools within the district an average 144 of 90 percent of the funds generated by all schools and 145 guarantee that each school receives at least 80 percent of the 146 funds generated by that school based upon the Florida Education 147 Finance Program as provided in s. 1011.62 and the General 148 Appropriations Act, including gross state and local funds, 149 discretionary lottery funds, and funds from the school 150 district’s current operating discretionary millage levy. A 151 school participating in the Principal Autonomy Pilot Program 152 Initiative under s. 1011.6202 shall be guaranteed an allocation 153 of at least 90 percent of the funds generated by that school. 154 Total funding for each school shall be recalculated during the 155 year to reflect the revised calculations under the Florida 156 Education Finance Program by the state and the actual weighted 157 full-time equivalent students reported by the school during the 158 full-time equivalent student survey periods designated by the 159 Commissioner of Education. If the district school board is 160 providing programs or services to students funded by federal 161 funds, any eligible students enrolled in the schools in the 162 district shall be provided federal funds. 163 Section 3. Subsection (8) is added to section 1012.28, 164 Florida Statutes, to read: 165 1012.28 Public school personnel; duties of school 166 principals.— 167 (8) The principal of a school participating in the 168 Principal Autonomy Pilot Program Initiative under s. 1011.6202 169 has the following additional authority and responsibilities: 170 (a) In addition to the authority provided in subsection 171 (6), the authority to select qualified instructional personnel 172 for placement or to refuse to accept the placement or transfer 173 of instructional personnel by the district school 174 superintendent. Placement of instructional personnel at a 175 participating school in a participating school district does not 176 affect the employee’s status as a school district employee. 177 (b) The authority to deploy financial resources to school 178 programs at the principal’s discretion to help improve student 179 achievement, as defined in s. 1008.34(1), and meet performance 180 goals identified in the principal autonomy proposal submitted 181 pursuant to s. 1011.6202. 182 (c) To annually provide to the district school 183 superintendent and the district school board a budget for the 184 operation of the participating school that identifies how funds 185 provided pursuant to s. 1011.69(2) are allocated. The school 186 district shall include the budget in the annual report provided 187 to the State Board of Education pursuant to s. 1011.6202(6). 188 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016. 189 190 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 191 And the title is amended as follows: 192 Delete everything before the enacting clause 193 and insert: 194 A bill to be entitled 195 An act relating to the Principal Autonomy Pilot 196 Program Initiative; creating s. 1011.6202, F.S.; 197 creating the Principal Autonomy Pilot Program 198 Initiative; providing a procedure for a school 199 district to participate in the pilot program; 200 providing requirements for participating school 201 districts and schools; exempting participating schools 202 from certain laws and rules; requiring principals of 203 participating schools and specified personnel to 204 complete a nationally recognized school turnaround 205 program; providing for the term of participation in 206 the pilot program; providing for renewal or revocation 207 of authorization to participate in the pilot program; 208 providing for reporting, funding, and rulemaking; 209 amending s. 1011.69, F.S.; requiring participating 210 district school boards to allocate a specified 211 percentage of certain funds to participating schools; 212 amending s. 1012.28, F.S.; providing additional 213 authority and responsibilities of the principal of a 214 participating school; providing an effective date.