Florida Senate - 2017 SB 104 By Senator Brandes 24-00158-17 2017104__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to computer coding instruction; 3 amending s. 1007.2616, F.S.; authorizing high schools 4 to offer students opportunities to take specified 5 computer coding courses beginning with a specified 6 school year; providing that high schools will not be 7 required to offer such courses; requiring the 8 Commissioner of Education to identify the computer 9 coding courses that satisfy two credits of sequential 10 foreign language instruction under certain 11 circumstances; requiring Florida College System 12 institutions and state universities to recognize the 13 credits as foreign language credits; requiring each 14 student and his or her parent to sign a statement that 15 they acknowledge and accept that a computer coding 16 course taken as a foreign language may not meet 17 certain out-of-state requirements; requiring the 18 inclusion of certain computer coding courses in the 19 Course Code Directory; authorizing the Florida Virtual 20 School to offer computer coding courses identified in 21 the Course Code Directory; authorizing school 22 districts to provide students with access to such 23 courses under certain circumstances; requiring the 24 Department of Education to annually report certain 25 information to the Board of Governors and the 26 Legislature; providing an effective date. 27 28 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 29 30 Section 1. Present subsection (4) of section 1007.2616, 31 Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (5), and a new 32 subsection (4) is added to that section, to read: 33 1007.2616 Computer science and technology instruction.— 34 (4) Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, high schools 35 may, but will not be required to, provide students with 36 opportunities to take two credits in computer coding courses of 37 sufficient rigor, as identified by the commissioner, that along 38 with the earning of a related industry certification satisfies 39 two credits of sequential foreign language instruction. Florida 40 College System institutions and state universities must 41 recognize the credits as foreign language credits; however, each 42 student and his or her parent must sign a statement that they 43 acknowledge and accept that a computer coding course taken as a 44 foreign language may not meet out-of-state college and 45 university foreign language requirements. Computer coding 46 courses identified by the commissioner and computer coding 47 courses taken to earn the related industry certification shall 48 be included in the Course Code Directory. 49 (a) The Florida Virtual School may offer computer coding 50 courses identified in the Course Code Directory. If a school 51 district does not offer an identified course, it may provide 52 students with access to the course through the Florida Virtual 53 School or through other means. 54 (b) The Department of Education shall annually report to 55 the Board of Governors and the Legislature: 56 1. The courses identified in the Course Code Directory 57 which meet the academic standards for computer coding; and 58 2. The number of students, by district, including students 59 enrolled in the Florida Virtual School, who are enrolled in a 60 course identified in the Course Code Directory which meets the 61 academic standards for computer coding. 62 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.