Florida Senate - 2016 SB 468 By Senator Ring 29-00061A-16 2016468__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to computer coding instruction; 3 amending s. 1007.2616, F.S.; requiring high schools to 4 offer computer coding courses; requiring the 5 Commissioner of Education to identify the computer 6 coding courses that may satisfy two credits of foreign 7 language instruction under certain circumstances; 8 requiring the inclusion of certain computer coding 9 courses in the Course Code Directory; amending s. 10 1009.531, F.S.; requiring a student to earn two 11 credits in certain computer coding courses in order to 12 be eligible for an initial award under the Florida 13 Bright Futures Scholarship Program; requiring each 14 district school board to submit a plan for a computer 15 coding curriculum to the commissioner and the 16 Legislature by a specified date; providing an 17 effective date. 18 19 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 20 21 Section 1. Present subsection (4) of section 1007.2616, 22 Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (5), and a new 23 subsection (4) is added to that section, to read: 24 1007.2616 Computer science and technology instruction.— 25 (4) High schools must provide students opportunities to 26 take computer coding courses of sufficient rigor, as identified 27 by the commissioner, such that two credits in such courses and 28 the earning of a related industry certification may satisfy two 29 credits of sequential foreign language instruction. Computer 30 coding courses identified by the commissioner and computer 31 coding courses taken to earn the related industry certification 32 shall be included in the Course Code Directory. 33 Section 2. Paragraph (g) is added to subsection (1) of 34 section 1009.531, Florida Statutes, to read: 35 1009.531 Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program; 36 student eligibility requirements for initial awards.— 37 (1) In order to be eligible for an initial award from any 38 of the three types of scholarships under the Florida Bright 39 Futures Scholarship Program, a student must: 40 (g) Earn two credits in computer coding courses which meet 41 the requirements of s. 1007.2616(4). 42 Section 3. Each district school board shall develop a plan 43 for a computer coding curriculum and must submit its plan to the 44 Commissioner of Education, the President of the Senate, and the 45 Speaker of the House of Representatives by January 1, 2017. 46 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.