Florida Senate - 2016                                     SB 672
       By Senator Gaetz
       1-00797-16                                             2016672__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to educational options; creating s.
    3         1004.6495, F.S.; providing a short title; providing
    4         purposes and legislative intent; defining terms;
    5         establishing student eligibility requirements for
    6         enrollment in the Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive
    7         Transition Program; requiring eligible institutions to
    8         make student eligibility determinations; establishing
    9         the Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities;
   10         specifying the responsibilities of the center and the
   11         center director; specifying amounts of funds to be
   12         used for start-up and enhancement grants; specifying
   13         application requirements for initial approval and
   14         renewal of approval; requiring an eligible institution
   15         with an approved program to submit an annual report to
   16         the center by a specified date; establishing a Florida
   17         Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program
   18         Scholarship for certain qualified students; specifying
   19         requirements for a student to maintain scholarship
   20         eligibility; providing for the distribution of
   21         scholarship funds; requiring an eligible institution
   22         to report certain data and information to the center;
   23         requiring an eligible institution to certify and
   24         report the amount of funds disbursed and undisbursed
   25         advances to the center by a specified date; specifying
   26         the amount of the scholarship for eligible students;
   27         authorizing awards to be prorated under certain
   28         circumstances; requiring the center, with the Board of
   29         Governors and the State Board of Education, to
   30         identify program progress and performance indicators;
   31         requiring an annual report to the Legislature, the
   32         Chancellor of the State University System, and the
   33         Commissioner of Education by a specified date;
   34         requiring the center, in collaboration with the Board
   35         of Governors, State Board of Education, Higher
   36         Education Coordinating Council, and other
   37         stakeholders, to submit to the Governor and
   38         Legislature statutory and budgetary recommendations
   39         for the program; requiring the Board of Governors and
   40         the State Board of Education, in consultation with the
   41         center, to adopt regulations and rules; creating s.
   42         1011.78, F.S.; authorizing certain school districts
   43         and charter schools to be eligible to receive
   44         incentive payments for implementing a standard student
   45         attire policy that meets certain criteria; providing a
   46         short title and purpose; establishing the
   47         qualifications for such a payment; providing for
   48         funding, subject to availability in the General
   49         Appropriations Act; requiring the district school
   50         superintendent or charter school governing board to
   51         certify certain information to the commissioner by a
   52         specified date; providing for reversion of the funds
   53         under certain circumstances; providing immunity from
   54         civil liability to a school district board or charter
   55         school governing board that establishes a standard
   56         student attire policy; amending ss. 1001.43 and
   57         1002.33, F.S.; authorizing a district school board or
   58         charter school that implements a standard student
   59         attire policy to be eligible to receive incentive
   60         payments; amending s. 1002.385, F.S.; revising terms
   61         for purposes of the Florida Personal Learning
   62         Scholarship Account Program; revising program
   63         eligibility criteria and program prohibitions for such
   64         accounts; authorizing a parent to submit a specified
   65         document to receive scholarship funds before confirmed
   66         eligibility; requiring that authorized program funds
   67         be used to support the student’s educational needs;
   68         authorizing program funds to be spent for specified
   69         fees and services; revising the terms of the program;
   70         providing for the reversion of certain funds to the
   71         state; revising the obligations of school districts,
   72         parents, and the Department of Education with respect
   73         to the program; revising the authority of the
   74         Commissioner of Education to deny, suspend, or revoke
   75         certain program participation and use of program
   76         funds; specifying maximum periods for certain
   77         suspensions and revocations; authorizing the
   78         commissioner to recover program funds through certain
   79         means; revising information that must be provided for
   80         the program by scholarship-funding organizations and
   81         parents of applicants; specifying priority for
   82         participation in the program; revising funding and
   83         payment provisions for the program; requiring the
   84         Auditor General to provide the commissioner with
   85         program annual operational audits by a specified time;
   86         amending s. 1002.395, F.S.; prohibiting a scholarship
   87         funding organization from charging an application fee;
   88         deleting a requirement that certain fees be returned
   89         to the General Revenue Fund; providing for the
   90         transfer of contributions in excess of the amount that
   91         may be carried forward; revising the surety bond or
   92         letter of credit requirements for nonprofit
   93         scholarship-funding organizations submitting initial
   94         or renewal scholarship program participation
   95         applications; providing for the deposit of certain
   96         transferred funds by certain scholarship-funding
   97         organizations; requiring that certain deposited funds
   98         be separately disclosed; amending s. 1009.971, F.S.;
   99         revising the duties of the Florida Prepaid College
  100         Board; amending ss. 1009.98 and 1009.981, F.S.;
  101         providing implementation procedures for the Stanley G.
  102         Tate Florida Prepaid College Program and the Florida
  103         College Savings Program relating to plans purchased
  104         through the Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts
  105         Programs; providing appropriations; providing an
  106         effective date.
  108  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
  110         Section 1. Section 1004.6495, Florida Statutes, is created
  111  to read:
  112         1004.6495 Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition
  113  Program and Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities.—
  114         (1) SHORT TITLE.—This section may be cited as the “Florida
  115  Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program Act.”
  116         (2) PURPOSE AND LEGISLATIVE INTENT.—The purpose of this
  117  section is to increase independent living, inclusive and
  118  experiential postsecondary education, and employment
  119  opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities
  120  through degree, certificate, or nondegree programs and to
  121  establish statewide coordination of the dissemination of
  122  information regarding programs and services for students with
  123  disabilities. It is the intent of the Legislature that students
  124  with intellectual disabilities and students with disabilities
  125  have access to meaningful postsecondary education credentials
  126  and be afforded the opportunity to have a meaningful campus
  127  experience.
  128         (3) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term:
  129         (a) “Center” means the Florida Center for Students with
  130  Unique Abilities established under subsection (5).
  131         (b) “Director” means the director of the center.
  132         (c) “Eligible institution” means a state university; a
  133  Florida College System institution; a career center; a charter
  134  technical career center; or an independent college or university
  135  that is located and chartered in this state, is not for profit,
  136  is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern
  137  Association of Colleges and Schools, and is eligible to
  138  participate in the William L. Boyd, IV, Florida Resident Access
  139  Grant Program.
  140         (d) “Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program
  141  Scholarship” or “scholarship” means the scholarship established
  142  under this section to provide state financial assistance awards
  143  to students who meet the student eligibility requirements
  144  specified in subsection (4) and are enrolled in an FPCTP.
  145         (e) “FPCTP” means a Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive
  146  Transition Program that is approved pursuant to paragraph (5)(c)
  147  and offered by an eligible institution.
  148         (f) “Transitional student” means a student who is 18 to 26
  149  years of age and meets the student eligibility requirements
  150  specified in subsection (4).
  151         (4) STUDENT ELIGIBILITY.—To be eligible to enroll in an
  152  FPCTP at an eligible institution, a student must, as determined
  153  by the institution, based on guidelines established by the
  154  center:
  155         (a) Be a “student with an intellectual disability” as that
  156  term is defined in 20 U.S.C. s. 1140(2), including, but not
  157  limited to, a transitional student.
  158         (b) Physically attend the eligible institution.
  159         (c) Submit to the eligible institution documentation
  160  regarding his or her intellectual disability. Such documentation
  161  may include, but need not be limited to, a current
  162  individualized plan for employment associated with a review
  163  completed pursuant to s. 413.20(3) or a diagnosis from a
  164  physician who is licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459 or a
  165  psychologist licensed under chapter 490.
  166         (5) CENTER RESPONSIBILITIES.—The Florida Center for
  167  Students with Unique Abilities is established within the
  168  University of Central Florida. At a minimum, the center shall:
  169         (a) Disseminate information to students with disabilities
  170  and their parents, including, but not limited to:
  171         1. Education programs, services, and resources that are
  172  available at eligible institutions.
  173         2. Supports, accommodations, technical assistance, or
  174  training provided by eligible institutions, the advisory council
  175  established pursuant to s. 383.141, and regional autism centers
  176  established pursuant to s. 1004.55.
  177         3. Mentoring, networking, and employment opportunities.
  178         (b) Coordinate, facilitate, and oversee the statewide
  179  implementation of this section. At a minimum, the director
  180  shall:
  181         1. Consult and collaborate with the National Center and the
  182  Coordinating Center, as identified in 20 U.S.C. s. 1140q,
  183  regarding guidelines established by the center for the effective
  184  implementation of the programs for students with disabilities
  185  and for students with intellectual disabilities which align with
  186  the federal requirements and with standards, quality indicators,
  187  and benchmarks identified by the National Center and the
  188  Coordinating Center.
  189         2. Consult and collaborate with the Higher Education
  190  Coordinating Council to identify meaningful credentials for
  191  FPCTPs and to engage businesses and stakeholders to promote
  192  experiential training and employment opportunities for students
  193  with intellectual disabilities.
  194         3. Establish requirements and timelines for the:
  195         a. Submission and review of an application.
  196         b. Approval or disapproval of an initial or renewal
  197  application.
  198         c. Implementation of an FPCTP, which must begin no later
  199  than the academic year immediately following the academic year
  200  during which the approval is granted.
  201         4. Administer scholarship funds.
  202         5. Administer FPCTP start-up and enhancement grants. From
  203  funds appropriated in the 2016-2017 fiscal year for the FPCTP,
  204  $3 million shall be used for such grants. Thereafter, funds
  205  appropriated for the FPCTP may only be used for such grants if
  206  specifically authorized in the General Appropriations Act. The
  207  maximum annual start-up and enhancement grant award shall be
  208  $300,000 per institution.
  209         6. Report on the implementation and administration of this
  210  section by planning, advising, and evaluating approved degree,
  211  certificate, and nondegree programs and the performance of
  212  students and programs pursuant to subsection (8).
  213         (c) Create the application for the initial approval and
  214  renewal of approval as an FPCTP for use by an eligible
  215  institution which, at a minimum, must align with the federal
  216  comprehensive transition and postsecondary program application
  217  requirements. Notwithstanding the program approval requirements
  218  of s. 1004.03, the director shall review applications for the
  219  initial approval of an application for, or renewal of approval
  220  of, an FPCTP.
  221         1. Within 30 days after receipt of an application, the
  222  director shall issue his or her recommendation regarding
  223  approval to the Chancellor of the State University System or the
  224  Commissioner of Education, as applicable, or shall give written
  225  notice to the applicant of any deficiencies in the application,
  226  which the eligible institution must be given an opportunity to
  227  correct. Within 15 days after receipt of a notice of
  228  deficiencies, an eligible institution that chooses to continue
  229  to seek program approval shall correct the application
  230  deficiencies and return the application to the center. Within 30
  231  days after receipt of a revised application, the director shall
  232  recommend approval or disapproval of the revised application to
  233  the chancellor or the commissioner, as applicable. Within 15
  234  days after receipt of the director’s recommendation, the
  235  chancellor or the commissioner shall approve or disapprove the
  236  recommendation. If the chancellor or the commissioner does not
  237  act on the director’s recommendation within 15 days after
  238  receipt of such recommendation, the comprehensive transition
  239  program proposed by the institution shall be considered
  240  approved.
  241         2. Initial approval of an application for an FPCTP that
  242  meets the requirements of this section is valid for the 3
  243  academic years immediately following the academic year during
  244  which the approval is granted. An eligible institution may
  245  submit an application to the center requesting that the initial
  246  approval be renewed. If the approval is granted and the FPCTP
  247  continues to meet the requirements of this section, including,
  248  but not limited to, program and student performance outcomes,
  249  and federal requirements, a renewal is valid for the 5 academic
  250  years immediately following the academic year during which the
  251  renewal is granted.
  252         3. An application must, at a minimum:
  253         a. Identify a credential associated with the proposed
  254  program which will be awarded to eligible students upon
  255  completion of the FPCTP.
  256         b. Outline the program length and design, including, at a
  257  minimum, inclusive and successful experiential education
  258  practices relating to curricular, assessment, and advising
  259  structure and internship and employment opportunities, which
  260  must support students with intellectual disabilities who are
  261  seeking to continue academic, career and technical, and
  262  independent living instruction at an eligible institution,
  263  including, but not limited to, opportunities to earn industry
  264  certifications, to prepare students for gainful employment. If
  265  an eligible institution offers a credit-bearing degree program,
  266  the institution is responsible for maintaining the rigor and
  267  effectiveness of a comprehensive transition degree program at
  268  the same level as other comparable degree programs offered by
  269  the institution pursuant to applicable accreditation standards.
  270         c. Outline a plan for students with intellectual
  271  disabilities to be integrated socially and academically with
  272  nondisabled students, to the maximum extent possible, and to
  273  participate on not less than a half-time basis, as determined by
  274  the eligible institution, with such participation focusing on
  275  academic components and occurring through one or more of the
  276  following activities with nondisabled students:
  277         (I) Regular enrollment in credit-bearing courses offered by
  278  the institution.
  279         (II) Auditing or participating in courses offered by the
  280  institution for which the student does not receive academic
  281  credit.
  282         (III) Enrollment in noncredit-bearing, nondegree courses.
  283         (IV) Participation in internships or work-based training.
  284         d. Outline a plan for partnerships with businesses to
  285  promote experiential training and employment opportunities for
  286  students with intellectual disabilities.
  287         e. Identify performance indicators pursuant to subsection
  288  (8) and other requirements identified by the center.
  289         f. Outline a 5-year plan incorporating enrollment and
  290  operational expectations for the program.
  291         (d) Provide technical assistance regarding programs and
  292  services for students with intellectual disabilities to
  293  administrators, instructors, staff, and others, as applicable,
  294  at eligible institutions by:
  295         1. Holding meetings and annual workshops to share
  296  successful practices and to address issues or concerns.
  297         2. Facilitating collaboration between eligible institutions
  298  and school districts, private schools operating pursuant to s.
  299  1002.42, and parents of students enrolled in home education
  300  programs operating pursuant to s. 1002.41 in assisting students
  301  with intellectual disabilities and their parents to plan for the
  302  transition of such students into an FPCTP or another program at
  303  an eligible institution.
  304         3. Assisting eligible institutions with FPCTP and federal
  305  comprehensive transition and postsecondary program applications.
  306         4. Assisting eligible institutions with the identification
  307  of funding sources for an FPCTP and for student financial
  308  assistance for students enrolled in an FPCTP.
  309         5. Monitoring federal and state law relating to the
  310  comprehensive transition program and notifying the Legislature,
  311  the Governor, the Board of Governors, and the State Board of
  312  Education of any change in law which may impact the
  313  implementation of this section.
  315         (a) To offer an FPCTP, the president or executive director
  316  of an eligible institution, as applicable, must submit to the
  317  center, by a date established by the center, the following:
  318         1. An application for approval of a comprehensive
  319  transition program proposed by the eligible institution, which
  320  must be approved by the institution’s governing board and must
  321  address the requirements of the federal comprehensive transition
  322  and postsecondary program under 20 U.S.C. s. 1140 and the
  323  requirements of this section.
  324         2. Documented evidence that the institution currently
  325  offers a federally approved comprehensive transition and
  326  postsecondary program that is eligible for federal student aid
  327  programs, documented evidence of the submission of an
  328  application for such federal approval of a program proposed by
  329  the institution, or documentation demonstrating the commitment
  330  of the institution’s governing board to submit an application
  331  within the subsequent academic year for federal approval of a
  332  program pursuant to 20 U.S.C. s. 1140.
  333         (b) An eligible institution may submit an application to
  334  the center for approval pursuant to the requirements of this
  335  section for implementation of the FPCTP no later than the
  336  academic year immediately following the academic year during
  337  which the approval is granted. An eligible institution must
  338  submit a renewal application to the center no later than 3 years
  339  following the year during which the approval is initially
  340  granted.
  341         (c) By August 1 of each year, an eligible institution that
  342  has an FPCTP shall submit an annual report to the center which,
  343  at a minimum, for the prior academic year, addresses the
  344  following performance indicators:
  345         1. Efforts to recruit students in the FPCTP and the number
  346  of students enrolled in the program.
  347         2. Efforts to retain students in the FPCTP and the
  348  retention rate of students in the program.
  349         3. The completion rate of students enrolled in the FPCTP
  350  and related courses, as applicable.
  351         4. Transition success of students who complete the FPCTP,
  352  as measured by employment rates and salary levels at 1 year and
  353  5 years after completion.
  354         5. Other performance indicators identified by the center
  355  pursuant to subsection (8).
  356         (d) An eligible institution shall notify students with
  357  intellectual disabilities and their parents of the student
  358  eligibility requirements specified in subsection (4) and the
  359  scholarship requirements and eligibility requirements specified
  360  in subsection (7).
  363         (a) Beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year, the Florida
  364  Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program Scholarship is
  365  established for students who meet the student eligibility
  366  requirements specified in subsection (4), are enrolled in an
  367  FPCTP, and are not receiving services that are funded through
  368  the Florida Education Finance Program or a scholarship under
  369  part III of chapter 1002.
  370         (b) To maintain eligibility to receive a scholarship, a
  371  student must continue to meet the requirements of paragraph (a)
  372  and must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress in the
  373  FPCTP, as determined by the eligible institution that the
  374  student attends, based on the indicators identified by the
  375  center pursuant to subsection (8).
  376         (c) Payment of scholarship funds shall be transmitted to
  377  the director of the center or his or her designee in advance of
  378  the registration period. The director or his or her designee
  379  shall disburse the scholarship funds to the eligible
  380  institutions that are responsible for awarding the scholarship
  381  to students who meet the requirements of paragraphs (a) and (b).
  382         (d) During each academic term, by a date established by the
  383  center, an eligible institution shall report to the center the
  384  number and value of all scholarships awarded under this
  385  subsection. Each eligible institution shall also report to the
  386  center necessary demographic and eligibility data and other data
  387  requested by the center for students who received the
  388  scholarship awards.
  389         (e) By a date annually established by the center, each
  390  eligible institution shall certify to the center the amount of
  391  funds disbursed to each student and shall remit to the center
  392  any undisbursed advances by June 1 of each year.
  393         (f) For the 2016-2017 academic year, the amount of the
  394  annual scholarship shall be $7,000 for each student who meets
  395  the eligibility requirements of subsection (4). Beginning in the
  396  2017-2018 fiscal year, the funding for the program and the
  397  annual amount of the scholarship to be provided to a student who
  398  meets the eligibility requirements of subsection (4) shall be
  399  the amounts specified in the General Appropriations Act. If
  400  appropriated funds in any fiscal year are not adequate to
  401  provide the maximum allowable award to each eligible student,
  402  the awards may be prorated.
  403         (8) ACCOUNTABILITY.—
  404         (a) The center, in collaboration with the Board of
  405  Governors and the State Board of Education, shall identify
  406  indicators for the satisfactory progress of a student in an
  407  FPCTP and for the performance of such programs. Each eligible
  408  institution must address the indicators identified by the center
  409  in its application for the approval of a proposed program and
  410  for the renewal of an FPCTP and in the annual report that the
  411  institution submits to the center.
  412         (b) By October 1 of each year, the center shall provide to
  413  the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the
  414  House of Representatives, the Chancellor of the State University
  415  System, and the Commissioner of Education a report summarizing
  416  information including, but not limited to:
  417         1. The status of the statewide coordination of FPCTPs and
  418  the implementation of FPCTPs at eligible institutions including,
  419  but not limited to:
  420         a. The number of applications approved and disapproved and
  421  the reasons for each disapproval and no action taken by the
  422  chancellor or the commissioner.
  423         b. The number and value of all scholarships awarded to
  424  students and undisbursed advances remitted to the center
  425  pursuant to subsection (7).
  426         2. Indicators identified by the center pursuant to
  427  paragraph (a) and the performance of each eligible institution
  428  based on the indicators identified in paragraph (6)(c).
  429         3. The projected number of students with intellectual
  430  disabilities who may be eligible to enroll in the FPCTPs within
  431  the next academic year.
  432         4. Education programs and services for students with
  433  intellectual disabilities which are available at eligible
  434  institutions.
  435         (c) Beginning in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the center, in
  436  collaboration with the Board of Governors, State Board of
  437  Education, Higher Education Coordinating Council, and other
  438  stakeholders, by December 1 of each year, shall submit to the
  439  Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the
  440  House of Representatives statutory and budget recommendations
  441  for improving the implementation and delivery of FPCTPs and
  442  other education programs and services for students with
  443  disabilities.
  444         (9) RULES.—The Board of Governors and the State Board of
  445  Education, in consultation with the center, shall expeditiously
  446  adopt any necessary regulations and rules, as applicable, to
  447  allow the center to perform its responsibilities pursuant to
  448  this section beginning in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
  449         Section 2. Section 1011.78, Florida Statutes, is created to
  450  read:
  451         1011.78 Standard student attire incentive payments.—There
  452  is created an incentive payment for school districts and charter
  453  schools that implement a standard student attire policy for all
  454  students in kindergarten through grade 8 in accordance with this
  455  section.
  456         (1) SHORT TITLE.—This section may be cited as the “Students
  457  Attired for Education (SAFE) Act.”
  458         (2) PURPOSE.—The purpose of a standard student attire
  459  policy is to provide a safe environment for students which
  460  fosters learning and improves school safety and discipline by:
  461         (a) Encouraging students to express their individuality
  462  through personality and academic achievements, rather than
  463  outward appearance.
  464         (b) Enabling students to focus on academics, rather than
  465  fashion, because they are able to convey a neat, serious, and
  466  studious image.
  467         (c) Minimizing disciplinary problems because students are
  468  not distracted by clothing.
  469         (d) Reducing the time needed to correct dress code
  470  violations through a readily available inventory of compliant
  471  attire.
  472         (e) Minimizing visible differences between students and
  473  eliminating social pressures to wear brand-name clothing or
  474  colors to show gang affiliation, thereby easing financial
  475  pressures on parents and enhancing school safety.
  476         (f) Creating a sense of school pride and belonging.
  477         (3) QUALIFICATIONS.—To qualify for the incentive payment, a
  478  school district or charter school must, at a minimum, implement
  479  a standard attire policy that:
  480         (a) Applies to all students in kindergarten through grade 8
  481  in the school district or charter school, regardless of
  482  individual school grade configurations.
  483         (b) Prohibits certain types or styles of clothing and
  484  requires solid-colored clothing and fabrics for pants, skirts,
  485  shorts, or similar clothing and short- or long-sleeved shirts
  486  with collars.
  487         (c) Allows reasonable accommodations based on a student’s
  488  religion, disability, or medical condition.
  489         (4) AWARD.—Subject to the appropriation of funds by the
  490  Legislature, a qualified school district or charter school shall
  491  receive an annual award of not less than $10 per student in
  492  kindergarten through grade 8, as specified in the General
  493  Appropriations Act. Before the release of funds, but no later
  494  than September 1 of each year, the district school
  495  superintendent or the charter school governing board shall
  496  certify to the commissioner that the school district or charter
  497  school has implemented a districtwide or schoolwide standard
  498  student attire policy, respectively, in accordance with this
  499  section. A charter school may also qualify by participating in
  500  its sponsor’s qualifying policy. The commissioner shall make
  501  payment of awards to school districts and charter schools in the
  502  order in which certifications are received. As of June 30 of
  503  each year, any funds provided pursuant to this section that have
  504  not been disbursed to qualified school districts and charter
  505  schools revert to the fund from which they were appropriated
  506  pursuant to s. 216.301.
  507         (5) IMMUNITY.—A district school board or governing board of
  508  a charter school that implements a districtwide or schoolwide
  509  standard student attire policy, respectively, is immune from
  510  civil liability resulting from adoption of the policy in
  511  accordance with this section.
  512         Section 3. Paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of section
  513  1001.43, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  514         1001.43 Supplemental powers and duties of district school
  515  board.—The district school board may exercise the following
  516  supplemental powers and duties as authorized by this code or
  517  State Board of Education rule.
  518         (1) STUDENT MANAGEMENT.—The district school board may adopt
  519  programs and policies to ensure the safety and welfare of
  520  individuals, the student body, and school personnel, which
  521  programs and policies may:
  522         (b) Require uniforms to be worn by the student body, or
  523  impose other dress-related requirements, if the district school
  524  board finds that those requirements are necessary for the safety
  525  or welfare of the student body or school personnel. However,
  526  students may wear sunglasses, hats, or other sun-protective wear
  527  while outdoors during school hours, such as when students are at
  528  recess. A district school board that implements a districtwide
  529  standard student attire policy pursuant to s. 1011.78 is
  530  eligible to receive incentive payments.
  531         Section 4. Paragraph (g) is added to subsection (17) of
  532  section 1002.33, Florida Statutes, to read:
  533         1002.33 Charter schools.—
  534         (17) FUNDING.—Students enrolled in a charter school,
  535  regardless of the sponsorship, shall be funded as if they are in
  536  a basic program or a special program, the same as students
  537  enrolled in other public schools in the school district. Funding
  538  for a charter lab school shall be as provided in s. 1002.32.
  539         (g) A charter school that implements a schoolwide standard
  540  student attire policy pursuant to s. 1011.78 is eligible to
  541  receive incentive payments.
  542         Section 5. Section 1002.385, Florida Statutes, is amended
  543  to read:
  544         1002.385 Florida personal learning scholarship accounts.—
  545         (1) ESTABLISHMENT OF PROGRAM.—The Florida Personal Learning
  546  Scholarship Accounts Program is established to provide the
  547  option for a parent to better meet the individual educational
  548  needs of his or her eligible child.
  549         (2) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term:
  550         (a) “Approved provider” means a provider approved by the
  551  Agency for Persons with Disabilities, a health care practitioner
  552  as defined in s. 456.001(4), or a provider approved by the
  553  department pursuant to s. 1002.66.
  554         (b) “Curriculum” means a complete course of study for a
  555  particular content area or grade level, including any required
  556  supplemental materials and associated online instruction.
  557         (c) “Department” means the Department of Education.
  558         (d) “Disability” means, for a 3- or 4-year-old child or for
  559  a student in kindergarten to grade 12, autism spectrum disorder,
  560  as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
  561  Disorders, Fifth Edition, published by the American Psychiatric
  562  Association s. 393.063(3); cerebral palsy, as defined in s.
  563  393.063(4); Down syndrome, as defined in s. 393.063(13); an
  564  intellectual disability, as defined in s. 393.063(21); Prader
  565  Willi syndrome, as defined in s. 393.063(25); or spina bifida,
  566  as defined in s. 393.063(36); for a student in kindergarten,
  567  being a high-risk child, as defined in s. 393.063(20)(a);
  568  muscular dystrophy; and Williams syndrome.
  569         (e) “Eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organization”
  570  or “organization” means a nonprofit scholarship-funding
  571  organization that is approved pursuant to s. 1002.395(16) has
  572  the same meaning as in s. 1002.395.
  573         (f) “Eligible postsecondary educational institution” means
  574  a Florida College System institution;, a state university;, a
  575  school district technical center;, a school district adult
  576  general education center; an independent college or university
  577  that is eligible to participate in the William L. Boyd, IV,
  578  Florida Resident Access Grant Program under s. 1009.89;, or an
  579  accredited independent nonpublic postsecondary educational
  580  institution, as defined in s. 1005.02, which is licensed to
  581  operate in the state pursuant to requirements specified in part
  582  III of chapter 1005.
  583         (g) “Eligible private school” means a private school, as
  584  defined in s. 1002.01, which is located in this state, which
  585  offers an education to students in any grade from kindergarten
  586  to grade 12, and which meets the requirements of:
  587         1. Sections 1002.42 and 1002.421; and
  588         2. A scholarship program under s. 1002.39 or s. 1002.395,
  589  as applicable, if the private school participates in a
  590  scholarship program under s. 1002.39 or s. 1002.395.
  591         (h) “IEP” means individual education plan.
  592         (i) “Parent” means a resident of this state who is a
  593  parent, as defined in s. 1000.21.
  594         (j) “Program” means the Florida Personal Learning
  595  Scholarship Accounts Program established in this section.
  596         (3) PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY.—A parent of a student with a
  597  disability may request and receive from the state a Florida
  598  personal learning scholarship account for the purposes specified
  599  in subsection (5) if:
  600         (a) The student:
  601         1. Is a resident of this state;
  602         2. Is 3 or 4 years of age on or before September 1 of the
  603  year in which the student applies for program participation or
  604  is eligible to enroll in kindergarten through grade 12 in a
  605  public school in this state;
  606         3. Has a disability as defined in paragraph (2)(d); and
  607         4. Is the subject of an IEP written in accordance with
  608  rules of the State Board of Education or has received a
  609  diagnosis of a disability as defined in subsection (2) from a
  610  physician who is licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459 or a
  611  psychologist who is licensed under chapter 490 in this state.
  612         (b) Beginning January 2015, The parent has applied to an
  613  eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organization to
  614  participate in the program by February 1 before the school year
  615  in which the student will participate or an alternative date as
  616  set by the organization for any vacant, funded slots. The
  617  request must be communicated directly to the organization in a
  618  manner that creates a written or electronic record of the
  619  request and the date of receipt of the request. In addition to
  620  the application and any documentation required by the
  621  organization or by State Board of Education rule, the parent may
  622  submit a final verification document pursuant to this paragraph
  623  to receive scholarship funds in the student’s account before the
  624  department confirms program eligibility pursuant to paragraph
  625  (9)(e). The final verification document must consist of one of
  626  the following items applicable to the student:
  627         1. A completed withdrawal form from the school district, if
  628  the student was enrolled in a public school before the
  629  determination of program eligibility.
  630         2. A letter of admission or enrollment from an eligible
  631  private school for the fiscal year in which the student wishes
  632  to participate and, if applicable, a copy of the notification
  633  from the private school that the student has withdrawn from the
  634  John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
  635  Program or the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program.
  636         3. A copy of the notice of the parent’s intent to establish
  637  and maintain a home education program required by s.
  638  1002.41(1)(a) or the annual educational evaluation of the
  639  student in a home education program, which is required by s.
  640  1002.41(2) The organization shall notify the district and the
  641  department of the parent’s intent upon receipt of the parent’s
  642  request.
  643         (4) PROGRAM PROHIBITIONS.—
  644         (a) A student is not eligible for the program if while he
  645  or she is:
  646         (a)1. Enrolled in a public school, including, but not
  647  limited to, the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind; the
  648  Florida Virtual School; the College-Preparatory Boarding
  649  Academy; a developmental research school authorized under s.
  650  1002.32; a charter school authorized under s. 1002.33, s.
  651  1002.331, or s. 1002.332; or a virtual education program
  652  authorized under s. 1002.45. For purposes of this paragraph, a
  653  3- or 4-year-old child who receives services funded through the
  654  Florida Education Finance Program is considered to be a student
  655  enrolled in a public school. Funding provided under this section
  656  for a child eligible for enrollment in the Voluntary
  657  Prekindergarten Education Program shall constitute funding for
  658  the child under part V of this chapter, and no additional
  659  funding shall be provided for the child under part V.;
  660         (b)2. Enrolled in a school operating for the purpose of
  661  providing educational services to youth in the Department of
  662  Juvenile Justice commitment programs.;
  663         (c)3. Receiving a scholarship pursuant to the Florida Tax
  664  Credit Scholarship Program under s. 1002.395 or the John M.
  665  McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program under
  666  s. 1002.39.; or
  667         (d)4. Receiving any other educational scholarship pursuant
  668  to this chapter.
  669         (b) A student is not eligible for the program if:
  670         1. The student or student’s parent has accepted any
  671  payment, refund, or rebate, in any manner, from a provider of
  672  any services received pursuant to subsection (5);
  673         2. The student’s participation in the program has been
  674  denied or revoked by the commissioner of Education pursuant to
  675  subsection (10); or
  676         3. The student’s parent has forfeited participation in the
  677  program for failure to comply with requirements pursuant to
  678  subsection (11).
  679         (5) AUTHORIZED USES OF PROGRAM FUNDS.—Program funds must be
  680  used to meet the individual educational needs of an eligible
  681  student and may be spent for the following purposes:
  682         (a) Instructional materials, including digital devices,
  683  digital periphery devices, and assistive technology devices that
  684  allow a student to access instruction or instructional content
  685  and training on the use of and maintenance agreements for these
  686  devices.
  687         (b) Curriculum as defined in paragraph (2)(b).
  688         (c) Specialized services by approved providers that are
  689  selected by the parent. These specialized services may include,
  690  but are not limited to:
  691         1. Applied behavior analysis services as provided in ss.
  692  627.6686 and 641.31098.
  693         2. Services provided by speech-language pathologists as
  694  defined in s. 468.1125.
  695         3. Occupational therapy services as defined in s. 468.203.
  696         4. Services provided by physical therapists as defined in
  697  s. 486.021.
  698         5. Services provided by listening and spoken language
  699  specialists and an appropriate acoustical environment for a
  700  child who is deaf or hard of hearing and who has received an
  701  implant or assistive hearing device.
  702         (d) Enrollment in, or tuition or fees associated with
  703  enrollment in, a home education program, an eligible private
  704  school, an eligible postsecondary educational institution or a
  705  program offered by the institution, a private tutoring program
  706  authorized under s. 1002.43, a virtual program offered by a
  707  department-approved private online provider that meets the
  708  provider qualifications specified in s. 1002.45(2)(a), the
  709  Florida Virtual School as a private paying student, or an
  710  approved online course offered pursuant to s. 1003.499 or s.
  711  1004.0961.
  712         (e) Fees for nationally standardized, norm-referenced
  713  achievement tests, Advanced Placement Examinations, industry
  714  certification examinations, assessments related to postsecondary
  715  education, or other assessments.
  716         (f) Contributions to the Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid
  717  College Program pursuant to s. 1009.98 or the Florida College
  718  Savings Program pursuant to s. 1009.981, for the benefit of the
  719  eligible student.
  720         (g) Contracted services provided by a public school or
  721  school district, including classes. A student who receives
  722  services under a contract under this paragraph is not considered
  723  enrolled in a public school for eligibility purposes as
  724  specified in subsection (4).
  725         (h) Tuition and fees for part-time tutoring services
  726  provided by a person who holds a valid Florida educator’s
  727  certificate pursuant to s. 1012.56; a person who holds an
  728  adjunct teaching certificate pursuant to s. 1012.57; or a person
  729  who has demonstrated a mastery of subject area knowledge
  730  pursuant to s. 1012.56(5). As used in this paragraph, the term
  731  “part-time tutoring services” does not qualify as regular school
  732  attendance as defined in s. 1003.01(13)(e).
  733         (i) Fees for specialized summer education programs.
  734         (j) Fees for specialized after-school education programs.
  735         (k) Transition services provided by job coaches.
  736         (l) Fees for an annual evaluation of educational progress
  737  by a state-certified teacher under s. 1002.41(1)(c), if this
  738  option is chosen for a home education student.
  739         (m) Tuition and fees associated with programs offered by
  740  Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program providers approved
  741  pursuant to s. 1002.55 and school readiness providers approved
  742  pursuant to s. 1002.88.
  744  A provider of any services specialized service provider,
  745  eligible private school, eligible postsecondary educational
  746  institution, private tutoring program provider, online or
  747  virtual program provider, public school, school district, or
  748  other entity receiving payments pursuant to this subsection may
  749  not share, refund, or rebate any moneys from the Florida
  750  personal learning scholarship account with the parent or
  751  participating student in any manner.
  752         (6) TERM OF THE PROGRAM.—For purposes of continuity of
  753  educational choice and program integrity:,
  754         (a)1.The Program payments made by the state to an
  755  organization for a personal learning scholarship account under
  756  this section shall continue remain in force until:
  757         a. The parent does not renew program eligibility;
  758         b. The organization determines that the student is not
  759  eligible for program renewal;
  760         c. The Commissioner of Education suspends or revokes
  761  program participation or use of funds;
  762         d. The student’s parent has forfeited participation in the
  763  program for failure to comply with subsection (11);
  764         e. The student enrolls in a public school; or
  765         f. The student graduates from high school or attains 22
  766  years of age, whichever occurs first a student participating in
  767  the program participates in any of the prohibited activities
  768  specified in subsection (4), has funds revoked by the
  769  Commissioner of Education pursuant to subsection (10), returns
  770  to a public school, graduates from high school, or attains 22
  771  years of age, whichever occurs first. A participating student
  772  who enrolls in a public school or public school program is
  773  considered to have returned to a public school for the purpose
  774  of determining the end of the program’s term.
  775         2. Reimbursements for program expenditures may continue
  776  until the account balance is expended or the account is closed
  777  pursuant to paragraph (b).
  778         (b)1. A student’s personal learning scholarship account
  779  must be closed and any remaining funds, including, but not
  780  limited to, contributions made to the Stanley G. Tate Florida
  781  Prepaid College Program or earnings from or contributions made
  782  to the Florida College Savings Program using program funds
  783  pursuant to paragraph (5)(f), shall revert to the state upon:
  784         a. Denial or revocation of program eligibility by the
  785  commissioner for fraud or abuse, including, but not limited to,
  786  the student or student’s parent accepting any payment, refund,
  787  or rebate, in any manner, from a provider of any services
  788  received pursuant to subsection (5); or
  789         b. After any period of 3 consecutive years after high
  790  school completion or graduation during which the student has not
  791  been enrolled in an eligible postsecondary educational
  792  institution or a program offered by the institution.
  793         2. The commissioner must notify the parent and the
  794  organization when a personal learning scholarship account is
  795  closed and program funds revert to the state.
  797         (a)1. The parent of For a student with a disability who
  798  does not have an IEP in accordance with subparagraph (3)(a)4. or
  799  who seeks a reevaluation of an existing IEP may request an IEP
  800  meeting and evaluation from the school district in order to
  801  obtain or revise a matrix of services. The school district shall
  802  notify a parent who has made a request for an IEP that the
  803  district is required to complete the IEP and matrix of services
  804  within 30 days after receiving notice of the parent’s request.
  805  The school district shall conduct a meeting and develop an IEP
  806  and a matrix of services within 30 days after receipt of the
  807  parent’s request in accordance with State Board of Education
  808  rules. a matrix of services under s. 1011.62(1)(e) and for whom
  809  the parent requests a matrix of services, The school district
  810  must complete a matrix that assigns the student to one of the
  811  levels of service as they existed before the 2000-2001 school
  812  year.
  813         2.a. Within 10 school days after a school district receives
  814  notification of a parent’s request for completion of a matrix of
  815  services, the school district must notify the student’s parent
  816  if the matrix of services has not been completed and inform the
  817  parent that the district is required to complete the matrix
  818  within 30 days after receiving notice of the parent’s request
  819  for the matrix of services. This notice must include the
  820  required completion date for the matrix.
  821         b. The school district shall complete the matrix of
  822  services for a student whose parent has made a request. The
  823  school district must provide the student’s parent and the
  824  department with the student’s matrix level within 10 calendar
  825  school days after its completion.
  826         b.c. The department shall notify the parent and the
  827  eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organization of the
  828  amount of the funds awarded within 10 days after receiving the
  829  school district’s notification of the student’s matrix level.
  830         c.d. A school district may change a matrix of services only
  831  if the change is a result of an IEP reevaluation or to correct a
  832  technical, typographical, or calculation error.
  833         (b) For each student participating in the program who
  834  chooses to participate in statewide, standardized assessments
  835  under s. 1008.22 or the Florida Alternate Assessment, the school
  836  district in which the student resides must notify the student
  837  and his or her parent about the locations and times to take all
  838  statewide, standardized assessments.
  839         (c) For each student participating in the program, a school
  840  district shall notify the parent about the availability of a
  841  reevaluation at least every 3 years.
  843  private school may be sectarian or nonsectarian and shall:
  844         (a) Comply with all requirements for private schools
  845  participating in state school choice scholarship programs
  846  pursuant to s. 1002.421.
  847         (b) Provide to the eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding
  848  organization, upon request, all documentation required for the
  849  student’s participation, including the private school’s and
  850  student’s fee schedules.
  851         (c) Be academically accountable to the parent for meeting
  852  the educational needs of the student by:
  853         1. At a minimum, annually providing to the parent a written
  854  explanation of the student’s progress.
  855         2. Annually administering or making provision for students
  856  participating in the program in grades 3 through 10 to take one
  857  of the nationally norm-referenced tests identified by the
  858  Department of Education or the statewide assessments pursuant to
  859  s. 1008.22. Students with disabilities for whom standardized
  860  testing is not appropriate are exempt from this requirement. A
  861  participating private school shall report a student’s scores to
  862  the parent.
  863         3. Cooperating with the scholarship student whose parent
  864  chooses to have the student participate in the statewide
  865  assessments pursuant to s. 1008.22 or, if a private school
  866  chooses to offer the statewide assessments, administering the
  867  assessments at the school.
  868         a. A participating private school may choose to offer and
  869  administer the statewide assessments to all students who attend
  870  the private school in grades 3 through 10.
  871         b. A participating private school shall submit a request in
  872  writing to the Department of Education by March 1 of each year
  873  in order to administer the statewide assessments in the
  874  subsequent school year.
  875         (d) Employ or contract with teachers who have regular and
  876  direct contact with each student receiving a scholarship under
  877  this section at the school’s physical location.
  878         (e) Annually contract with an independent certified public
  879  accountant to perform the agreed-upon procedures developed under
  880  s. 1002.395(6)(o) s. 1002.395(6)(n) and produce a report of the
  881  results if the private school receives more than $250,000 in
  882  funds from scholarships awarded under this section in the 2014
  883  2015 state fiscal year or a state fiscal year thereafter. A
  884  private school subject to this paragraph must submit the report
  885  by September 15, 2015, and annually thereafter to the
  886  scholarship-funding organization that awarded the majority of
  887  the school’s scholarship funds. The agreed-upon procedures must
  888  be conducted in accordance with attestation standards
  889  established by the American Institute of Certified Public
  890  Accountants.
  892  The inability of a private school to meet the requirements of
  893  this subsection constitutes a basis for the ineligibility of the
  894  private school to participate in the program as determined by
  895  the commissioner department.
  896         (9) DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OBLIGATIONS.—The department
  897  shall:
  898         (a) Maintain on its website a list of approved providers as
  899  required in s. 1002.66, eligible postsecondary educational
  900  institutions, eligible private schools, and organizations and
  901  may identify or provide links to lists of other approved
  902  providers.
  903         (b) Require each eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding
  904  organization to verify eligible expenditures before the
  905  distribution of funds for any expenditures made pursuant to
  906  paragraphs (5)(a) and (b). Review of expenditures made for
  907  services specified in paragraphs (5)(c)-(m) (5)(c)-(g) may be
  908  completed after the purchase is payment has been made.
  909         (c) Investigate any written complaint of a violation of
  910  this section by a parent, a student, a private school, a public
  911  school or a school district, an organization, a provider, or
  912  another appropriate party in accordance with the process
  913  established by s. 1002.395(9)(f).
  914         (d) Require quarterly reports by an eligible nonprofit
  915  scholarship-funding organization, which must, at a minimum,
  916  include regarding the number of students participating in the
  917  program; the demographics of program participants; the
  918  disability category of program participants; the matrix level of
  919  services, if known; the program award amount per student; the
  920  total expenditures for the purposes specified in subsection
  921  (5);, the types of providers of services to students;, and any
  922  other information deemed necessary by the department.
  923         (e) Compare the list of students participating in the
  924  program with the public school student enrollment lists,
  925  Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program enrollment lists,
  926  and the list of students participating in school choice
  927  scholarship programs established pursuant to this chapter before
  928  each scholarship award is provided to the organization, and
  929  subsequently throughout the school year, each program payment to
  930  avoid duplicate payments and confirm program eligibility. A
  931  parent who files a final verification pursuant to paragraph
  932  (3)(b) shall receive scholarship funds before the department
  933  confirms program eligibility.
  935         (a) The Commissioner of Education:
  936         1. Shall deny, suspend, or revoke a student’s participation
  937  in the program if the health, safety, or welfare of the student
  938  is threatened or fraud is suspected.
  939         2. Shall deny, suspend, or revoke an authorized use of
  940  program funds if the health, safety, or welfare of the student
  941  is threatened or fraud is suspected.
  942         3. May deny, suspend, or revoke an authorized use of
  943  program funds for material failure to comply with this section
  944  and applicable department rules if the noncompliance is
  945  correctable within a reasonable period of time. Otherwise, the
  946  commissioner shall deny, suspend, or revoke an authorized use
  947  for failure to materially comply with the law and rules adopted
  948  under this section.
  949         4. Shall require compliance by the appropriate party by a
  950  date certain for all nonmaterial failures to comply with this
  951  section and applicable department rules. The commissioner May
  952  deny, suspend, or revoke program participation or use of program
  953  funds by the student or participation or eligibility of an
  954  organization, eligible private school, eligible postsecondary
  955  educational institution, approved provider, or other party for a
  956  violation of this section.
  957         2. May determine the length of, and conditions for lifting,
  958  a suspension or revocation specified in this subsection.
  959         3. May recover unexpended program funds or withhold payment
  960  of an equal amount of program funds to recover program funds
  961  that were not authorized for use.
  962         4. Shall deny or terminate program participation upon a
  963  parent’s forfeiture of a personal learning scholarship account
  964  pursuant to subsection (11) under this section thereafter.
  965         (b) In determining whether to deny, suspend, or revoke
  966  participation or lift a suspension or revocation in accordance
  967  with this subsection, the commissioner may consider factors that
  968  include, but are not limited to, acts or omissions that by a
  969  participating entity which led to a previous suspension denial
  970  or revocation of participation in a state or federal program or
  971  an education scholarship program; failure to reimburse the
  972  eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organization for program
  973  funds improperly received or retained by the entity; failure to
  974  reimburse government funds improperly received or retained;
  975  imposition of a prior criminal sanction related to the person or
  976  entity or its officers or employees; imposition of a civil fine
  977  or administrative fine, license revocation or suspension, or
  978  program eligibility suspension, termination, or revocation
  979  related to a person’s or an entity’s management or operation; or
  980  other types of criminal proceedings in which the person or
  981  entity or its officers or employees were found guilty of,
  982  regardless of adjudication, or entered a plea of nolo contendere
  983  or guilty to, any offense involving fraud, deceit, dishonesty,
  984  or moral turpitude.
  986  PARTICIPATION.—A parent who applies for program participation
  987  under this section is exercising his or her parental option to
  988  determine the appropriate placement or the services that best
  989  meet the needs of his or her child. The scholarship award for a
  990  student is based on a matrix that assigns the student to support
  991  Level III services. If a parent receives chooses to request and
  992  receive an IEP and a matrix of services from the school district
  993  pursuant to subsection (7), the amount of the payment shall be
  994  adjusted as needed, when the school district completes the
  995  matrix.
  996         (a) To satisfy or maintain program eligibility, including
  997  eligibility to receive and spend program payments enroll an
  998  eligible student in the program, the parent must sign an
  999  agreement with the eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding
 1000  organization and annually submit a notarized, sworn compliance
 1001  statement to the organization to:
 1002         1. Affirm that the student is enrolled in a program that
 1003  meets regular school attendance requirements as provided in s.
 1004  1003.01(13)(b)-(d).
 1005         2. Affirm that Use the program funds are used only for
 1006  authorized purposes serving the student’s educational needs, as
 1007  described in subsection (5).
 1008         3. Affirm that the parent is responsible for the education
 1009  of his or her student by, as applicable: takes all appropriate
 1010  standardized assessments as specified in this section.
 1011         a. Requiring the student to If the parent enrolls the child
 1012  in an eligible private school, the student must take an
 1013  assessment in accordance with paragraph (8)(c); selected by the
 1014  private school pursuant to s. 1002.395(7)(e).
 1015         b. Providing an If the parent enrolls the child in a home
 1016  education program, the parent may choose to participate in an
 1017  assessment as part of the annual evaluation in accordance with
 1018  provided for in s. 1002.41(1)(c); or.
 1019         c. Requiring the child to take any pre- and post
 1020  assessments selected by the provider if the child is 4 years of
 1021  age and is enrolled in a program provided by an eligible
 1022  Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program provider. A student
 1023  with disabilities for whom a pre- and post-assessment is not
 1024  appropriate is exempt from this requirement. A participating
 1025  provider shall report a student’s scores to the parent.
 1026         4. Notify the school district that the student is
 1027  participating in the Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts if
 1028  the parent chooses to enroll in a home education program as
 1029  provided in s. 1002.41.
 1030         5. Request participation in the program by the date
 1031  established by the eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding
 1032  organization.
 1033         4.6. Affirm that the student remains in good standing with
 1034  the provider or school if those options are selected by the
 1035  parent.
 1036         7. Apply for admission of his or her child if the private
 1037  school option is selected by the parent.
 1038         8. Annually renew participation in the program.
 1039  Notwithstanding any changes to the student’s IEP, a student who
 1040  was previously eligible for participation in the program shall
 1041  remain eligible to apply for renewal as provided in subsection
 1042  (6).
 1043         9. Affirm that the parent will not transfer any college
 1044  savings funds to another beneficiary.
 1045         10. Affirm that the parent will not take possession of any
 1046  funding provided by the state for the Florida Personal Learning
 1047  Scholarship Accounts.
 1048         11. Maintain a portfolio of records and materials which
 1049  must be preserved by the parent for 2 years and be made
 1050  available for inspection by the district school superintendent
 1051  or the superintendent’s designee upon 15 days’ written notice.
 1052  This paragraph does not require the superintendent to inspect
 1053  the portfolio. The portfolio of records and materials must
 1054  consist of:
 1055         a. A log of educational instruction and services which is
 1056  made contemporaneously with delivery of the instruction and
 1057  services and which designates by title any reading materials
 1058  used; and
 1059         b. Samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks, or
 1060  creative materials used or developed by the student.
 1061         (b) The parent must file an application for initial program
 1062  participation with an organization by the dates established
 1063  pursuant to this section.
 1064         (c) The parent must notify the school district that the
 1065  student is participating in the Personal Learning Scholarship
 1066  Program if the parent chooses to enroll the student in a home
 1067  education program as provided in s. 1002.41. This notification
 1068  is not in lieu of the required notification a parent must submit
 1069  to the district when establishing a home education program
 1070  pursuant to s. 1002.41(1)(a).
 1071         (d) The parent must enroll his or her child in a program
 1072  from a Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program provider
 1073  authorized under s. 1002.55, a school readiness provider
 1074  authorized under s. 1002.88, or an eligible private school if
 1075  either option is selected by the parent.
 1076         (e) The parent must annually renew participation in the
 1077  program. Notwithstanding any changes to the student’s IEP, a
 1078  student who was previously eligible for participation in the
 1079  program shall remain eligible to apply for renewal. However, for
 1080  a high-risk child to continue to participate in the program in
 1081  the school year after he or she reaches 6 years of age, the
 1082  child’s application for renewal of program participation must
 1083  contain documentation that the child has a disability defined in
 1084  paragraph (2)(d) other than high-risk status.
 1085         (f)(b) The parent is responsible for procuring the services
 1086  necessary to educate the student. When the student receives a
 1087  personal learning scholarship account, the district school board
 1088  is not obligated to provide the student with a free appropriate
 1089  public education. For purposes of s. 1003.57 and the Individuals
 1090  with Disabilities in Education Act, a participating student has
 1091  only those rights that apply to all other unilaterally
 1092  parentally placed students, except that, when requested by the
 1093  parent, school district personnel must develop an individual
 1094  education plan or matrix level of services.
 1095         (g)(c) The parent is responsible for the payment of all
 1096  eligible expenses in excess of the amount of the personal
 1097  learning scholarship account in accordance with the terms agreed
 1098  to between the parent and the providers.
 1099         (h) The parent may not transfer any prepaid college plan or
 1100  college savings plan funds contributed pursuant to paragraph
 1101  (5)(f) to another beneficiary while the plan contains funds
 1102  contributed pursuant to this section.
 1103         (i) The parent may not receive a payment, refund, or rebate
 1104  from an approved provider of any services under this program.
 1106  A parent who fails to comply with this subsection forfeits the
 1107  personal learning scholarship account.
 1110  eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organization
 1111  participating in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program
 1112  established under s. 1002.395 may establish personal learning
 1113  scholarship accounts for eligible students by:
 1114         (a) Receiving applications and determining student
 1115  eligibility in accordance with the requirements of this section.
 1116  The organization shall notify the department of the applicants
 1117  for the program by March 1 before the school year in which the
 1118  student intends to participate. When an application is approved
 1119  received, the scholarship funding organization must provide the
 1120  department with information on the student to enable the
 1121  department to determine report the student for funding in
 1122  accordance with subsection (13).
 1123         (b) Notifying parents of their receipt of a scholarship on
 1124  a first-come, first-served basis, based upon the funds provided
 1125  for this program in the General Appropriations Act.
 1126         (c) Establishing a date pursuant to paragraph (3)(b) by
 1127  which a parent must confirm initial or continuing participation
 1128  in the program and confirm the establishment or continuance of a
 1129  personal learning scholarship account.
 1130         (d) Reviewing applications and awarding scholarship funds
 1131  to approved applicants using the following priorities:
 1132         1. Renewing students from the previous school year;
 1133         2. Students retained on the previous school year’s wait
 1134  list;
 1135         3. Newly approved applicants; and
 1136         4. Late-filed applicants.
 1138  An approved student who does not receive a scholarship must be
 1139  placed on the wait list in the order in which his or her
 1140  application is approved. The Establishing a date and process by
 1141  which students on the wait list or subsequent late-filing
 1142  applicants may be allowed to participate in the program during
 1143  the fiscal school year, within the amount of funds provided for
 1144  this program in the General Appropriations Act. A student who
 1145  does not receive a scholarship within the fiscal year shall be
 1146  retained on the wait list for the subsequent year.
 1147         (e) Establishing and maintaining separate accounts for each
 1148  eligible student. For each account, the organization must
 1149  maintain a record of accrued interest that is retained in the
 1150  student’s account and available only for authorized program
 1151  expenditures.
 1152         (f) Verifying qualifying educational expenditures pursuant
 1153  to the requirements of paragraph (9)(b) (8)(b).
 1154         (g) Returning any remaining program unused funds to the
 1155  department pursuant to paragraph (6)(b) when the student is no
 1156  longer eligible for a personal scholarship learning account.
 1157         (h) Notifying the parent about the availability of, and the
 1158  requirements associated with, requesting an initial IEP or IEP
 1159  reevaluation every 3 years for each student participating in the
 1160  program.
 1161         (i) Notifying the department of any violation of this
 1162  section.
 1163         (j) Documenting each scholarship student’s eligibility for
 1164  a fiscal year before granting a scholarship for that fiscal year
 1165  pursuant to paragraph (3)(b).
 1166         (13) FUNDING AND PAYMENT.—
 1167         (a)1. The maximum funding amount granted for an eligible
 1168  student with a disability, pursuant to subsection (3), shall be
 1169  equivalent to the base student allocation in the Florida
 1170  Education Finance Program multiplied by the appropriate cost
 1171  factor for the educational program which would have been
 1172  provided for the student in the district school to which he or
 1173  she would have been assigned, multiplied by the district cost
 1174  differential.
 1175         2. In addition, an amount equivalent to a share of the
 1176  guaranteed allocation for exceptional students in the Florida
 1177  Education Finance Program shall be determined and added to the
 1178  amount in subparagraph 1. The calculation shall be based on the
 1179  methodology and the data used to calculate the guaranteed
 1180  allocation for exceptional students for each district in chapter
 1181  2000-166, Laws of Florida. Except as provided in subparagraph
 1182  3., the calculation shall be based on the student’s grade, the
 1183  matrix level of services, and the difference between the 2000
 1184  2001 basic program and the appropriate level of services cost
 1185  factor, multiplied by the 2000-2001 base student allocation and
 1186  the 2000-2001 district cost differential for the sending
 1187  district. The calculated amount must also include an amount
 1188  equivalent to the per-student share of supplemental academic
 1189  instruction funds, instructional materials funds, technology
 1190  funds, and other categorical funds as provided in the General
 1191  Appropriations Act.
 1192         3. Except as otherwise provided in subsection (7), the
 1193  calculation for all students participating in the program shall
 1194  be based on the matrix that assigns the student to support Level
 1195  III of services. If a parent chooses to request and receive a
 1196  matrix of services from the school district, when the school
 1197  district completes the matrix, the amount of the payment shall
 1198  be adjusted as needed.
 1199         (b) The amount of the awarded funds shall be 90 percent of
 1200  the calculated amount. One hundred percent of the funds
 1201  appropriated for the program shall be released to the department
 1202  at the beginning of the first quarter of each fiscal year.
 1203         (c) Upon notification from the organization that a parent
 1204  has filed a final verification document pursuant to paragraph
 1205  (3)(b) or upon notification from the organization that a 3- or
 1206  4-year-old child’s application has been approved for the
 1207  program, the department shall release the student’s scholarship
 1208  funds to the organization to be deposited into the student’s
 1209  account an eligible student’s graduation from an eligible
 1210  postsecondary educational institution or after any period of 4
 1211  consecutive years after high school graduation in which the
 1212  student is not enrolled in an eligible postsecondary educational
 1213  institution, the student’s personal learning scholarship account
 1214  shall be closed, and any remaining funds shall revert to the
 1215  state.
 1216         (d)For initial eligibility for the program, students
 1217  determined eligible by the organization for a personal learning
 1218  scholarship amount by:
 1219         1. September 1 shall receive 100 percent of the total
 1220  awarded funds.
 1221         2. November 1 shall receive 75 percent of the total awarded
 1222  funds.
 1223         3. February 1 shall receive 50 percent of the total awarded
 1224  funds.
 1225         4. April 1 shall receive 25 percent of the total awarded
 1226  funds.
 1227         (e) Accrued interest in the student’s account is in
 1228  addition to, and not part of, the awarded funds. Program funds
 1229  include both the awarded funds and accrued interest.
 1230         (f)(d) The eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding
 1231  organization may shall develop a system for payment of benefits
 1232  by electronic funds transfer, including, but not limited to,
 1233  debit cards, electronic payment cards, or any other means of
 1234  electronic payment that the department deems to be commercially
 1235  viable or cost-effective. A student’s scholarship award may not
 1236  be reduced for debit card or electronic payment fees.
 1237  Commodities or services related to the development of such a
 1238  system shall be procured by competitive solicitation unless they
 1239  are purchased from a state term contract pursuant to s. 287.056.
 1240         (g) In addition to funds appropriated for scholarship
 1241  awards and subject to a separate, specific legislative
 1242  appropriation, an organization may receive an amount equivalent
 1243  to not more than 3 percent of the amount of each scholarship
 1244  award from state funds for administrative expenses if the
 1245  organization has operated as a nonprofit entity for at least the
 1246  preceding 3 fiscal years and did not have any findings of
 1247  material weakness or material noncompliance in its most recent
 1248  audit under s. 1002.395(6)(m). Such administrative expenses must
 1249  be reasonable and necessary for the organization’s management
 1250  and distribution of scholarships under this section. Funds
 1251  authorized under this paragraph may not be used for lobbying or
 1252  political activity or expenses related to lobbying or political
 1253  activity. An organization may not charge an application fee for
 1254  a scholarship. Administrative expenses may not be deducted from
 1255  funds appropriated for scholarship awards.
 1256         (h)(e) Moneys received pursuant to this section do not
 1257  constitute taxable income to the qualified student or parent of
 1258  the qualified student.
 1260         (a) The Auditor General shall conduct an annual financial
 1261  and operational audit of accounts and records of each eligible
 1262  scholarship-funding organization that participates in the
 1263  program. As part of this audit, the Auditor General shall
 1264  verify, at a minimum, the total amount of students served and
 1265  the eligibility of reimbursements made by the each eligible
 1266  nonprofit scholarship-funding organization and transmit that
 1267  information to the department. The Auditor General shall provide
 1268  the commissioner with a copy of each annual operational audit
 1269  performed pursuant to this subsection within 10 days after the
 1270  audit is finalized.
 1271         (b) The Auditor General shall notify the department of any
 1272  eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organization that fails
 1273  to comply with a request for information.
 1275  Department of Health, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities,
 1276  and the Department of Education shall work with an eligible
 1277  nonprofit scholarship-funding organization for easy or automated
 1278  access to lists of licensed providers of services specified in
 1279  paragraph (5)(c) to ensure efficient administration of the
 1280  program.
 1281         (16) LIABILITY.—The state is not liable for the award or
 1282  any use of awarded funds under this section.
 1283         (17) SCOPE OF AUTHORITY.—This section does not expand the
 1284  regulatory authority of this state, its officers, or any school
 1285  district to impose additional regulation on participating
 1286  private schools, independent nonpublic postsecondary educational
 1287  institutions, and private providers beyond those reasonably
 1288  necessary to enforce requirements expressly set forth in this
 1289  section.
 1290         (18) RULES.—The State Board of Education shall adopt rules
 1291  pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to administer this
 1292  section.
 1294  YEAR.—Notwithstanding the provisions of this section related to
 1295  notification and eligibility timelines, an eligible nonprofit
 1296  scholarship-funding organization may enroll parents on a rolling
 1297  schedule on a first-come, first-served basis, within the amount
 1298  of funds provided in the General Appropriations Act.
 1299         Section 6. Paragraph (j) of subsection (6) and paragraphs
 1300  (a), (b), and (f) of subsection (16) of section 1002.395,
 1301  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
 1302         1002.395 Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program.—
 1304  ORGANIZATIONS.—An eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding
 1305  organization:
 1306         (j)1. May use up to 3 percent of eligible contributions
 1307  received during the state fiscal year in which such
 1308  contributions are collected for administrative expenses if the
 1309  organization has operated as an eligible nonprofit scholarship
 1310  funding organization under this section for at least the
 1311  preceding 3 state fiscal years and did not have any negative
 1312  financial findings of material weakness or material
 1313  noncompliance in its most recent audit under paragraph (m). Such
 1314  administrative expenses must be reasonable and necessary for the
 1315  organization’s management and distribution of eligible
 1316  contributions under this section. No funds authorized under this
 1317  subparagraph shall be used for lobbying or political activity or
 1318  expenses related to lobbying or political activity. Up to one
 1319  third of the funds authorized for administrative expenses under
 1320  this subparagraph may be used for expenses related to the
 1321  recruitment of contributions from taxpayers. If An eligible
 1322  nonprofit scholarship-funding organization may not charge
 1323  charges an application fee for a scholarship, the application
 1324  fee must be immediately refunded to the person that paid the fee
 1325  if the student is not enrolled in a participating school within
 1326  12 months.
 1327         2. Must expend for annual or partial-year scholarships an
 1328  amount equal to or greater than 75 percent of the net eligible
 1329  contributions remaining after administrative expenses during the
 1330  state fiscal year in which such contributions are collected. No
 1331  more than 25 percent of such net eligible contributions may be
 1332  carried forward to the following state fiscal year. All amounts
 1333  carried forward, for audit purposes, must be specifically
 1334  identified for particular students, by student name and the name
 1335  of the school to which the student is admitted, subject to the
 1336  requirements of ss. 1002.22 and 1002.221 and 20 U.S.C. s. 1232g,
 1337  and the applicable rules and regulations issued pursuant
 1338  thereto. Any amounts carried forward shall be expended for
 1339  annual or partial-year scholarships in the following state
 1340  fiscal year. Net eligible contributions remaining on June 30 of
 1341  each year that are in excess of the 25 percent that may be
 1342  carried forward shall be transferred to other eligible nonprofit
 1343  scholarship-funding organizations to provide scholarships for
 1344  eligible students. All transferred funds must be deposited by
 1345  each eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organization
 1346  receiving such funds into its scholarship account. All
 1347  transferred amounts received by any eligible nonprofit
 1348  scholarship-funding organization must be separately disclosed in
 1349  the annual financial audit required under paragraph (m) returned
 1350  to the State Treasury for deposit in the General Revenue Fund.
 1351         3. Must, before granting a scholarship for an academic
 1352  year, document each scholarship student’s eligibility for that
 1353  academic year. A scholarship-funding organization may not grant
 1354  multiyear scholarships in one approval process.
 1356  Information and documentation provided to the Department of
 1357  Education and the Auditor General relating to the identity of a
 1358  taxpayer that provides an eligible contribution under this
 1359  section shall remain confidential at all times in accordance
 1360  with s. 213.053.
 1362  APPLICATION.—In order to participate in the scholarship program
 1363  created under this section, a charitable organization that seeks
 1364  to be a nonprofit scholarship-funding organization must submit
 1365  an application for initial approval or renewal to the Office of
 1366  Independent Education and Parental Choice no later than
 1367  September 1 of each year before the school year for which the
 1368  organization intends to offer scholarships.
 1369         (a) An application for initial approval must include:
 1370         1. A copy of the organization’s incorporation documents and
 1371  registration with the Division of Corporations of the Department
 1372  of State.
 1373         2. A copy of the organization’s Internal Revenue Service
 1374  determination letter as a s. 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
 1375  organization.
 1376         3. A description of the organization’s financial plan that
 1377  demonstrates sufficient funds to operate throughout the school
 1378  year.
 1379         4. A description of the geographic region that the
 1380  organization intends to serve and an analysis of the demand and
 1381  unmet need for eligible students in that area.
 1382         5. The organization’s organizational chart.
 1383         6. A description of the criteria and methodology that the
 1384  organization will use to evaluate scholarship eligibility.
 1385         7. A description of the application process, including
 1386  deadlines and any associated fees.
 1387         8. A description of the deadlines for attendance
 1388  verification and scholarship payments.
 1389         9. A copy of the organization’s policies on conflict of
 1390  interest and whistleblowers.
 1391         10. A copy of a surety bond or letter of credit to secure
 1392  the faithful performance of the obligations of the eligible
 1393  nonprofit scholarship-funding organization in accordance with
 1394  this section in an amount equal to 25 percent of the scholarship
 1395  funds anticipated for each school year or $100,000, whichever is
 1396  greater. The surety bond or letter of credit must specify that
 1397  any claim against the bond or letter of credit may be made only
 1398  by an eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organization to
 1399  provide scholarships to and on behalf of students who would have
 1400  had scholarships funded if it were not for the diversion of
 1401  funds giving rise to the claim against the bond or letter of
 1402  credit.
 1403         (b) In addition to the information required by
 1404  subparagraphs (a)1.-9., an application for renewal must include:
 1405         1. A surety bond or letter of credit to secure the faithful
 1406  performance of the obligations of the eligible nonprofit
 1407  scholarship-funding organization in accordance with this section
 1408  equal to the amount of undisbursed donations held by the
 1409  organization based on the annual report submitted pursuant to
 1410  paragraph (6)(m). The amount of the surety bond or letter of
 1411  credit must be at least $100,000, but not more than $25 million.
 1412  The surety bond or letter of credit must specify that any claim
 1413  against the bond or letter of credit may be made only by an
 1414  eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organization to provide
 1415  scholarships to and on behalf of students who would have had
 1416  scholarships funded if it were not for the diversion of funds
 1417  giving rise to the claim against the bond or letter of credit.
 1418         2. The organization’s completed Internal Revenue Service
 1419  Form 990 submitted no later than November 30 of the year before
 1420  the school year that the organization intends to offer the
 1421  scholarships, notwithstanding the September 1 application
 1422  deadline.
 1423         3. A copy of the statutorily required audit to the
 1424  Department of Education and Auditor General.
 1425         4. An annual report that includes:
 1426         a. The number of students who completed applications, by
 1427  county and by grade.
 1428         b. The number of students who were approved for
 1429  scholarships, by county and by grade.
 1430         c. The number of students who received funding for
 1431  scholarships within each funding category, by county and by
 1432  grade.
 1433         d. The amount of funds received, the amount of funds
 1434  distributed in scholarships, and an accounting of remaining
 1435  funds and the obligation of those funds.
 1436         e. A detailed accounting of how the organization spent the
 1437  administrative funds allowable under paragraph (6)(j).
 1438         (f) All remaining funds held by a nonprofit scholarship
 1439  funding organization that is disapproved for participation must
 1440  be transferred revert to the Department of Revenue for
 1441  redistribution to other eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding
 1442  organizations to provide scholarships for eligible students. All
 1443  transferred funds must be deposited by each eligible nonprofit
 1444  scholarship-funding organization receiving such funds into its
 1445  scholarship account. All transferred amounts received by any
 1446  eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organization must be
 1447  separately disclosed in the annual financial audit required
 1448  under subsection (6).
 1449         Section 7. Paragraph (aa) is added to subsection (4) of
 1450  section 1009.971, Florida Statutes, to read:
 1451         1009.971 Florida Prepaid College Board.—
 1453  board shall have the powers and duties necessary or proper to
 1454  carry out the provisions of ss. 1009.97-1009.988, including, but
 1455  not limited to, the power and duty to:
 1456         (aa) Adopt rules relating to the purchase and use of a
 1457  prepaid college plan authorized under s. 1009.98 or a college
 1458  savings plan authorized under s. 1009.981 for the Florida
 1459  Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts Program pursuant to s.
 1460  1002.385, which may include, but need not be limited to:
 1461         1. The use of such funds for postsecondary education
 1462  programs for students with disabilities;
 1463         2. Effective procedures that allow program funds to be used
 1464  in conjunction with other funds used by a parent in the purchase
 1465  of a prepaid college plan or a college savings plan;
 1466         3. The tracking and accounting of program funds separately
 1467  from other funds contributed to a prepaid college plan or a
 1468  college savings plan;
 1469         4. The reversion of program funds, including, but not
 1470  limited to, earnings from contributions to the Florida College
 1471  Savings Plan;
 1472         5. The use of program funds only after private payments
 1473  have been used for prepaid college plan or college savings plan
 1474  expenditures;
 1475         6. Contracting with each eligible nonprofit scholarship
 1476  funding organization to establish mechanisms to implement s.
 1477  1002.385, including, but not limited to, identifying the source
 1478  of funds being deposited in the plans; and
 1479         7. The development of a written agreement that defines the
 1480  owner and beneficiary of an account and outlines
 1481  responsibilities for the use of the advance payment contract
 1482  funds or savings program funds.
 1483         Section 8. Subsection (11) is added to section 1009.98,
 1484  Florida Statutes, to read:
 1485         1009.98 Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Program.—
 1487         (a) A prepaid college plan may be purchased, accounted for,
 1488  used, and terminated as provided in s. 1002.385.
 1489         (b) A qualified beneficiary may apply the benefits of an
 1490  advance payment contract toward the program fees of a program
 1491  designed for students with disabilities conducted by a state
 1492  postsecondary institution. A transfer authorized under this
 1493  subsection may not exceed the redemption value of the advance
 1494  payment contract at a state postsecondary institution or the
 1495  number of semester credit hours contracted on behalf of a
 1496  qualified beneficiary. A qualified beneficiary may not be
 1497  changed while a prepaid college plan contains funds contributed
 1498  under s. 1002.385.
 1499         Section 9. Subsection (10) is added to section 1009.981,
 1500  Florida Statutes, to read:
 1501         1009.981 Florida College Savings Program.—
 1503         (a) A college savings plan may be purchased, accounted for,
 1504  used, and terminated as provided in s. 1002.385.
 1505         (b) A designated beneficiary may apply the benefits of a
 1506  participation agreement toward the program fees of a program
 1507  designed for students with disabilities conducted by a state
 1508  postsecondary institution. A designated beneficiary may not be
 1509  changed while a college savings plan contains funds contributed
 1510  under s. 1002.385.
 1511         Section 10. For the 2016-2017 fiscal year:
 1512         (1) The sum of $71.2 million in recurring funds from the
 1513  General Revenue Fund is appropriated to the Department of
 1514  Education for scholarship awards under the Personal Learning
 1515  Scholarship Accounts Program. In addition to the funds
 1516  appropriated for the scholarship awards, the sum of $2,136,000
 1517  in recurring funds from the General Revenue Fund is appropriated
 1518  to the Department of Education for reasonable and necessary
 1519  administrative expenses for each scholarship-funding
 1520  organization’s management and distribution of scholarship awards
 1521  under the program; however, the amount paid to each scholarship
 1522  funding organization may not exceed 3 percent of the amount of
 1523  each scholarship award.
 1524         (2) The sum of $14 million in recurring funds from the
 1525  General Revenue Fund is appropriated to the Department of
 1526  Education for incentive payments for the Standard Student Attire
 1527  Incentive Program.
 1528         (3) The sum of $8 million in recurring funds from the
 1529  General Revenue Fund is appropriated for the Florida
 1530  Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program to be
 1531  administered by the Florida Center for Students with Unique
 1532  Abilities at the University of Central Florida, as follows:
 1533         (a) The sum of $1.5 million shall be provided to the
 1534  Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities for costs
 1535  solely associated with the center serving as the statewide
 1536  coordinating center for the program.
 1537         (b) The sum of $3 million shall be distributed for startup
 1538  and enhancement grants to eligible institutions pursuant to s.
 1539  1004.6495(5)(b)5., Florida Statutes.
 1540         (c) The sum of $3.5 million shall be distributed as Florida
 1541  Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program scholarships for
 1542  students who are enrolled in eligible programs.
 1543         Section 11. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.