Florida Senate - 2016                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for CS for SB 524
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       Senator Bullard moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 713 - 887
    4  and insert:
    5         1011.6202Autonomy Pilot Program Initiative.—The Autonomy
    6  Pilot Program Initiative is created within the Department of
    7  Education. The purpose of the pilot program initiative is to
    8  provide the highly effective principal or a highly effective
    9  group of select teachers of a participating school with
   10  increased autonomy and authority to operate their school in a
   11  way that produces significant improvements in student
   12  achievement and school management while complying with
   13  constitutional requirements. The State Board of Education may,
   14  upon approval of an autonomy proposal, enter into a performance
   15  contract with up to seven district school boards for
   16  participation in the pilot program.
   17         (1)PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS.—The district school
   18  boards in Broward, Duval, Escambia, Jefferson, Madison, Palm
   19  Beach, Pinellas, and Seminole Counties may submit to the state
   20  board for approval an autonomy proposal that exchanges statutory
   21  and rule exemptions for an agreement to meet performance goals
   22  established in the proposal. If approved by the state board,
   23  each of these school districts shall be eligible to participate
   24  in the pilot program for 3 years. At the end of the 3 years, the
   25  performance of all participating schools in the school district
   26  shall be evaluated.
   27         (2)AUTONOMY PROPOSAL.—
   28         (a)To participate in a principal or teacher autonomy pilot
   29  program, a school district must:
   30         1.Identify three schools that received at least two school
   31  grades of “D” or “F” pursuant to s. 1008.34 during the previous
   32  3 school years.
   33         2.If a principal autonomy proposal is chosen, identify
   34  three principals who have earned a highly effective rating on
   35  the prior year’s performance evaluation pursuant to s. 1012.34,
   36  one of whom shall be assigned to each of the participating
   37  schools.
   38         3. If a teacher autonomy proposal is chosen, identify three
   39  teacher groups in which each of the teachers has earned highly
   40  effective performance evaluation ratings for at least 4
   41  consecutive years pursuant to s. 1012.34. A group shall be
   42  assigned to each of the participating schools.
   43         4.Describe the current financial and administrative
   44  management of each participating school; identify the areas in
   45  which each school principal or group of select teachers will
   46  have increased fiscal and administrative autonomy, including the
   47  authority and responsibilities provided in s. 1012.28(8); and
   48  identify the areas in which each participating school will
   49  continue to follow district school board fiscal and
   50  administrative policies.
   51         5.Explain the methods used to identify the educational
   52  strengths and needs of the participating school’s students and
   53  identify how student achievement can be improved.
   54         6.Establish performance goals for student achievement, as
   55  defined in s. 1008.34(1), and explain how the increased autonomy
   56  of principals or teachers will help participating schools
   57  improve student achievement and school management.
   58         7.Provide each participating school’s mission and a
   59  description of its student population.
   60         (b)The state board shall establish criteria, which must
   61  include the criteria listed in paragraph (a), for the approval
   62  of an autonomy proposal.
   63         (c)A district school board must submit its principal or
   64  teacher autonomy proposal to the state board for approval by
   65  December 1 in order to begin participation in the subsequent
   66  school year. By February 28 of the school year in which the
   67  proposal is submitted, the state board shall notify the district
   68  school board in writing whether the proposal is approved.
   69         (3)EXEMPTION FROM LAWS.—
   70         (a)With the exception of those laws listed in paragraph
   71  (b), a participating school is exempt from the provisions of
   72  chapters 1000-1013 and rules of the state board that implement
   73  those exempt provisions.
   74         (b)A participating school shall comply with the provisions
   75  of chapters 1000-1013, and rules of the state board that
   76  implement those provisions, pertaining to the following:
   77         1.Those laws relating to the election and compensation of
   78  district school board members, the election or appointment and
   79  compensation of district school superintendents, public meetings
   80  and public records requirements, financial disclosure, and
   81  conflicts of interest.
   82         2.Those laws relating to the student assessment program
   83  and school grading system, including chapter 1008.
   84         3.Those laws relating to the provision of services to
   85  students with disabilities.
   86         4.Those laws relating to civil rights, including s.
   87  1000.05, relating to discrimination.
   88         5.Those laws relating to student health, safety, and
   89  welfare.
   90         6.Section 1001.42(4)(f), relating to the uniform opening
   91  date for public schools.
   92         7.Section 1003.03, governing maximum class size, except
   93  that the calculation for compliance pursuant to s. 1003.03 is
   94  the average at the school level for a participating school.
   95         8.Sections 1012.22(1)(c) and 1012.27(2), relating to
   96  compensation and salary schedules.
   97         9.Section 1012.33(5), relating to workforce reductions for
   98  annual contracts for instructional personnel. This subparagraph
   99  does not apply to at-will employees.
  100         10.Section 1012.335, relating to annual contracts for
  101  instructional personnel hired on or after July 1, 2011. This
  102  subparagraph does not apply to at-will employees.
  103         11.Section 1012.34, relating to personnel evaluation
  104  procedures and criteria.
  105         12.Those laws pertaining to educational facilities,
  106  including chapter 1013, except that s. 1013.20, relating to
  107  covered walkways for relocatables, and s. 1013.21, relating to
  108  the use of relocatable facilities exceeding 20 years of age, are
  109  eligible for exemption.
  110         13.Those laws pertaining to participating school
  111  districts, including this section and ss. 1011.69(2) and
  112  1012.28(8).
  113         (4) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.—Each participating school
  114  district shall require that the principal or select group of
  115  teachers of each participating school, a three-member leadership
  116  team from each participating school, and district personnel
  117  working with each participating school complete a nationally
  118  recognized school turnaround program which focuses on improving
  119  leadership, instructional infrastructure, talent management, and
  120  differentiated support and accountability. The required
  121  personnel must enroll in the school turnaround program upon
  122  acceptance into the pilot 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 autonomy
  126  proposal. Authorization to participate in the pilot program may
  127  be renewed upon action of the state board. The state board may
  128  revoke authorization to participate in the pilot program if the
  129  school district fails to meet the requirements of this section
  130  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 Autonomy
  134  Pilot Program Initiative. Upon completion of the pilot program’s
  135  first 3-year term, the Commissioner of Education shall submit to
  136  the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of
  137  Representatives by December 1 a full evaluation of the
  138  effectiveness of the pilot program.
  139         (7) FUNDING.—The Legislature may appropriate funding to the
  140  department in the General Appropriations Act for the costs of
  141  the pilot program initiative, including administrative costs and
  142  enrollment costs for the school turnaround program and an
  143  additional scholarship to each participating principal or select
  144  group of teachers to be used at their schools.
  145         (8) RULEMAKING.—The State Board of Education shall adopt
  146  rules to administer this section.
  147         Section 11. 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  schools participating in an autonomy pilot program under s.
  155  1011.6202 are guaranteed to receive at least 90 percent, of the
  156  funds generated by that school based upon the Florida Education
  157  Finance Program as provided in s. 1011.62 and the General
  158  Appropriations Act, including gross state and local funds,
  159  discretionary lottery funds, and funds from the school
  160  district’s current operating discretionary millage levy. Total
  161  funding for each school shall be recalculated during the year to
  162  reflect the revised calculations under the Florida Education
  163  Finance Program by the state and the actual weighted full-time
  164  equivalent students reported by the school during the full-time
  165  equivalent student survey periods designated by the Commissioner
  166  of Education. If the district school board is providing programs
  167  or services to students funded by federal funds, any eligible
  168  students enrolled in the schools in the district shall be
  169  provided federal funds.
  170         Section 12. 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 or a select group of teachers
  175  participating in an autonomy pilot program under s. 1011.6202
  176  have the following additional authority and responsibilities:
  177         (a)In addition to the authority provided in subsection
  178  (6), the authority to select qualified instructional personnel
  179  for placement or to refuse to accept the placement or transfer
  180  of instructional personnel by the district school
  181  superintendent. Placement of instructional personnel at a
  182  participating school in a participating school district does not
  183  affect the employee’s status as a school district employee.
  184         (b)The authority to deploy financial resources to school
  185  programs at the principal’s or the select group of teachers’
  186  discretion to help improve student achievement, as defined in s.
  187  1008.34(1), and meet performance goals identified in the
  188  autonomy proposal submitted
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  191  And the title is amended as follows:
  192         Delete lines 58 - 76
  193  and insert:
  194         creating s. 1011.6202, F.S.; creating the Autonomy
  195         Pilot Program Initiative; providing a purpose for the
  196         initiative; providing a procedure for a school
  197         district to participate in the initiative; providing
  198         requirements for participating school districts and
  199         schools; exempting participating schools from certain
  200         laws and rules; requiring principals or select groups
  201         of teachers at participating schools and other
  202         specified personnel to complete a nationally
  203         recognized school turnaround program; providing for
  204         the term of participation in a pilot program;
  205         providing for renewal or revocation of authorization
  206         to participate in a pilot program; providing for
  207         reporting, funding, and eligibility requirements for
  208         certain funding and rulemaking; amending s. 1011.69,
  209         F.S.; requiring participating district school boards
  210         to allocate a specified percentage of certain funds to
  211         participating schools; amending s. 1012.28, F.S.;
  212         providing additional authority and responsibilities of
  213         the principal or select group of teachers of a