Florida Senate - 2017                                    SB 1290
       By Senator Hutson
       7-01024A-17                                           20171290__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to career and technical education;
    3         amending s. 1003.493, F.S.; defining the term “CAPE
    4         pathway”; specifying goals for a CAPE pathway;
    5         requiring CareerSource Florida, Inc., to advise and
    6         offer technical assistance for CAPE pathways;
    7         requiring each school district, in consultation with
    8         local businesses and Florida College System
    9         institutions, to develop at least one CAPE pathway in
   10         a specified area by a specified school year; requiring
   11         each school district to submit a report on the
   12         expected costs of a CAPE pathway to the Legislature by
   13         a specified date; requiring each district school board
   14         to provide students and their parents with specified
   15         information regarding CAPE pathways; requiring an
   16         annual report to the Commissioner of Education by a
   17         specified date; authorizing parents to enroll their
   18         children in any school’s CAPE pathway in the school
   19         district under certain circumstances; requiring each
   20         school to have a career education program specialist;
   21         amending ss. 1003.491, 1003.492, 1003.4935, and
   22         1011.62, F.S.; conforming cross-references; providing
   23         an effective date.
   25  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   27         Section 1. Section 1003.493, Florida Statutes, is amended
   28  to read:
   29         1003.493 Career and professional academies, and career
   30  themed courses, and CAPE pathways.—
   31         (1) As used in this section, the term:
   32         (a) “CAPE pathway” means a coherent, articulated sequence
   33  of rigorous academic and career courses which leads to one or
   34  more industry-recognized certificates or certification and
   35  transitions to a postsecondary certificate, an associate degree,
   36  or a baccalaureate degree at a public postsecondary educational
   37  institution in this state.
   38         (b)(a)A “Career and professional academy” means is a
   39  research-based program that integrates a rigorous academic
   40  curriculum with an industry-specific curriculum aligned directly
   41  to priority workforce needs established by the local workforce
   42  development board or the Department of Economic Opportunity.
   43  Career and professional academies shall be offered by public
   44  schools and school districts. The Florida Virtual School is
   45  encouraged to develop and offer rigorous career and professional
   46  courses as appropriate. Students completing career and
   47  professional academy programs must receive a standard high
   48  school diploma, the highest available industry certification,
   49  and opportunities to earn postsecondary credit if the academy
   50  partners with a postsecondary institution approved to operate in
   51  the state.
   52         (c)(b)A “Career-themed course” means is a course, or a
   53  course in a series of courses, that leads to an industry
   54  certification identified in the CAPE Industry Certification
   55  Funding List pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of
   56  Education. Career-themed courses have industry-specific
   57  curriculum aligned directly to priority workforce needs
   58  established by the local workforce development board or the
   59  Department of Economic Opportunity. School districts shall offer
   60  at least two career-themed courses, and each secondary school is
   61  encouraged to offer at least one career-themed course. The
   62  Florida Virtual School is encouraged to develop and offer
   63  rigorous career-themed courses as appropriate. Students
   64  completing a career-themed course must be provided opportunities
   65  to earn postsecondary credit if the credit for the career-themed
   66  course can be articulated to a postsecondary institution
   67  approved to operate in the state.
   68         (2) The goals of a career and professional academy, and
   69  career-themed courses, and CAPE pathways are to:
   70         (a) Increase student academic achievement and graduation
   71  rates through integrated academic and career curricula.
   72         (b) Prepare graduating high school students to make
   73  appropriate choices relative to employment and future
   74  educational experiences.
   75         (c) Focus on career preparation through rigorous academics
   76  and industry certification.
   77         (d) Raise student aspiration and commitment to academic
   78  achievement and work ethics through relevant coursework.
   79         (e) Promote acceleration mechanisms, such as dual
   80  enrollment or articulated credit, so that students may earn
   81  postsecondary credit while in high school.
   82         (f) Support the state’s economy by meeting industry needs
   83  for skilled employees in high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand
   84  occupations.
   85         (g) Provide students a map of the required coursework to
   86  earn an industry-recognized certificate or certification and
   87  transition to the workforce or to a postsecondary certificate,
   88  an associate degree, or a baccalaureate degree in this state.
   89         (3)(a) Career-themed courses may be offered in any public
   90  secondary school.
   91         (b) Existing career education courses may serve as a
   92  foundation for the creation of a career and professional
   93  academy. A career and professional academy may be offered as one
   94  of the following small learning communities:
   95         1. A school-within-a-school career academy, as part of an
   96  existing high school, that provides courses in one or more
   97  occupational clusters. Students who attend the school are not
   98  required to attend the academy.
   99         2. A total school configuration that provides courses in
  100  one or more occupational clusters. Every student who attends the
  101  school also attends the academy.
  102         (4) Each career and professional academy and secondary
  103  school providing a career-themed course must:
  104         (a) Provide a rigorous standards-based academic curriculum
  105  integrated with a career curriculum; consider multiple styles of
  106  student learning; promote learning by doing through application
  107  and adaptation; maximize relevance of the subject matter;
  108  enhance each student’s capacity to excel; and include an
  109  emphasis on work habits and work ethics.
  110         (b) Include one or more partnerships with postsecondary
  111  institutions, businesses, industry, employers, economic
  112  development organizations, or other appropriate partners from
  113  the local community. Such partnerships with postsecondary
  114  institutions shall be delineated in articulation agreements and
  115  include any career and professional academy courses or career
  116  themed courses that earn postsecondary credit. Such agreements
  117  may include articulation between the secondary school and public
  118  or private 2-year and 4-year postsecondary institutions and
  119  technical centers. The Department of Education, in consultation
  120  with the Board of Governors, shall establish a mechanism to
  121  ensure articulation and transfer of credits to postsecondary
  122  institutions in this state. Such partnerships must provide
  123  opportunities for:
  124         1. Instruction from highly skilled professionals who
  125  possess industry-certification credentials for courses they are
  126  teaching.
  127         2. Internships, externships, and on-the-job training.
  128         3. A postsecondary degree, diploma, or certificate.
  129         4. The highest available level of industry certification.
  130         5. Maximum articulation of credits pursuant to s. 1007.23
  131  upon program completion.
  132         (c) Promote and provide opportunities for students enrolled
  133  in a career and professional academy or a career-themed course
  134  to attain, at minimum, the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars
  135  award pursuant to s. 1009.536.
  136         (d) Provide instruction in careers designated as high
  137  skill, high-wage, and high-demand by the local workforce
  138  development board, the chamber of commerce, economic development
  139  agencies, or the Department of Economic Opportunity.
  140         (e) Deliver academic content through instruction relevant
  141  to the career, including intensive reading and mathematics
  142  intervention required by s. 1003.4282, with an emphasis on
  143  strengthening reading for information skills.
  144         (f) Offer applied courses that combine academic content
  145  with technical skills.
  146         (g) Provide instruction resulting in competency,
  147  certification, or credentials in workplace skills, including,
  148  but not limited to, communication skills, interpersonal skills,
  149  decisionmaking skills, the importance of attendance and
  150  timeliness in the work environment, and work ethics.
  151         (5) All career courses offered in a career and professional
  152  academy and each career-themed course offered by a secondary
  153  school must lead to industry certification or college credit. If
  154  the passage rate on an industry certification examination that
  155  is associated with the career and professional academy or a
  156  career-themed course falls below 50 percent, the 3-year
  157  strategic plan must be amended to include specific strategies to
  158  improve the passage rate of the academy or career-themed course.
  159         (6) CareerSource Florida, Inc., shall serve in an advisory
  160  role and offer technical assistance in the development and
  161  deployment of newly established career and professional
  162  academies, and career-themed courses, and CAPE pathways.
  163         (7) Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, each school
  164  district, in consultation with local businesses and the local
  165  Florida College System institution, shall develop at least one
  166  CAPE pathway in an area of regional high demand, as determined
  167  by CareerSource Florida, Inc., and the regional boards so that,
  168  at a minimum, students enrolled in high schools in the school
  169  district may participate in a CAPE pathway. By November 1, 2019,
  170  each school district must submit a report to the Legislature
  171  detailing the expected costs to develop a CAPE pathway. Each
  172  district school board must do all of the following:
  173         (a) Provide students and their families with electronic
  174  access to the CAPE pathways offered by the school district,
  175  which must specify the sequence of rigorous academic and career
  176  courses which leads to one or more industry-recognized
  177  certificates or certification pursuant to ss. 1003.492 and
  178  1008.44 and to transition to a postsecondary certificate, an
  179  associate degree, or a baccalaureate degree at a public
  180  postsecondary educational institution in this state. Each CAPE
  181  pathway must also identify the occupation that corresponds to
  182  the specified coursework and industry-recognized certificate or
  183  certification.
  184         (b) Annually, by November 1, report to the Commissioner of
  185  Education:
  186         1. The CAPE pathways offered by the school district;
  187         2. The number and percentage of students enrolled in each
  188  CAPE pathway during the current and prior school year; and
  189         3. The number and percentage of high school graduates, for
  190  the prior school year, who completed the sequence of courses
  191  specified under a CAPE pathway which led to such students
  192  earning one or more industry-recognized certificates or
  193  certification.
  194         (c) Allow a parent from the school district to enroll his
  195  or her child in and transport his or her child to any school’s
  196  CAPE pathway in the school district that has not reached
  197  capacity, subject to the maximum class size pursuant to s.
  198  1003.03 and s. 1, Art. IX of the State Constitution.
  199         (d) Ensure that each school within the district has one
  200  career education program specialist who serves as the
  201  coordinator for career programs at the school and who is a
  202  resource to staff, focuses on best practices to enhance student
  203  achievement and career preparation, and has the following
  204  duties:
  205         1. Assists in the coordination, evaluation, and revision,
  206  when necessary, of school district career education curriculum
  207  and career programs;
  208         2. Assists teachers in methods of diagnosing student
  209  learning needs;
  210         3. Assists teachers in planning, implementing, and
  211  evaluating instructional programs and activities to enhance
  212  student learning;
  213         4. Models lessons for teachers, other staff, and
  214  administrators relative to assigned areas using technology
  215  expertise;
  216         5. Administers assigned grants and ensures compliance with
  217  grant requirements;
  218         6. Assists with textbooks and other instructional materials
  219  for adoption, selection, and training;
  220         7. Develops Modified Occupation Completion Points plans for
  221  exceptional student education students; and
  222         8. Guides career education students in their customized
  223  learning paths.
  224         Section 2. Subsection (2) of section 1003.491, Florida
  225  Statutes, is amended to read:
  226         1003.491 Florida Career and Professional Education Act.—The
  227  Florida Career and Professional Education Act is created to
  228  provide a statewide planning partnership between the business
  229  and education communities in order to attract, expand, and
  230  retain targeted, high-value industry and to sustain a strong,
  231  knowledge-based economy.
  232         (2) Each district school board shall develop, in
  233  collaboration with local workforce development boards, economic
  234  development agencies, and postsecondary institutions approved to
  235  operate in the state, a strategic 3-year plan to address and
  236  meet local and regional workforce demands. If involvement of a
  237  local workforce development board or an economic development
  238  agency in the strategic plan development is not feasible, the
  239  local school board, with the approval of the Department of
  240  Economic Opportunity, shall collaborate with the most
  241  appropriate regional business leadership board. Two or more
  242  school districts may collaborate in the development of the
  243  strategic plan and offer career-themed courses, as defined in s.
  244  1003.493(1) s. 1003.493(1)(b), or a career and professional
  245  academy as a joint venture. The strategic plan must describe in
  246  detail provisions for the efficient transportation of students,
  247  the maximum use of shared resources, access to courses aligned
  248  to state curriculum standards through virtual education
  249  providers legislatively authorized to provide part-time
  250  instruction to middle school students, and an objective review
  251  of proposed career and professional academy courses and other
  252  career-themed courses to determine if the courses will lead to
  253  the attainment of industry certifications included on the
  254  Industry Certified Funding List pursuant to rules adopted by the
  255  State Board of Education. Each strategic plan shall be reviewed,
  256  updated, and jointly approved every 3 years by the local school
  257  district, local workforce development boards, economic
  258  development agencies, and state-approved postsecondary
  259  institutions.
  260         Section 3. Subsection (1) of section 1003.492, Florida
  261  Statutes, is amended to read:
  262         1003.492 Industry-certified career education programs.—
  263         (1) Secondary schools offering career-themed courses, as
  264  defined in s. 1003.493(1) s. 1003.493(1)(b), and career and
  265  professional academies shall be coordinated with the relevant
  266  and appropriate industry to prepare a student for further
  267  education or for employment in that industry.
  268         Section 4. Subsection (1) of section 1003.4935, Florida
  269  Statutes, is amended to read:
  270         1003.4935 Middle grades career and professional academy
  271  courses and career-themed courses.—
  272         (1) Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, each district
  273  school board, in collaboration with local workforce development
  274  boards, economic development agencies, and state-approved
  275  postsecondary institutions, shall include plans to implement a
  276  career and professional academy or a career-themed course, as
  277  defined in s. 1003.493(1) s. 1003.493(1)(b), in at least one
  278  middle school in the district as part of the strategic 3-year
  279  plan pursuant to s. 1003.491(2). The strategic plan must provide
  280  students the opportunity to transfer from a middle school career
  281  and professional academy or a career-themed course to a high
  282  school career and professional academy or a career-themed course
  283  currently operating within the school district. Students who
  284  complete a middle school career and professional academy or a
  285  career-themed course must have the opportunity to earn an
  286  industry certificate and high school credit and participate in
  287  career planning, job shadowing, and business leadership
  288  development activities.
  289         Section 5. Paragraph (o) of subsection (1) of section
  290  1011.62, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  291         1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.—If the annual
  292  allocation from the Florida Education Finance Program to each
  293  district for operation of schools is not determined in the
  294  annual appropriations act or the substantive bill implementing
  295  the annual appropriations act, it shall be determined as
  296  follows:
  298  OPERATION.—The following procedure shall be followed in
  299  determining the annual allocation to each district for
  300  operation:
  301         (o) Calculation of additional full-time equivalent
  302  membership based on successful completion of a career-themed
  303  course pursuant to ss. 1003.491, 1003.492, and 1003.493, or
  304  courses with embedded CAPE industry certifications or CAPE
  305  Digital Tool certificates, and issuance of industry
  306  certification identified on the CAPE Industry Certification
  307  Funding List pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of
  308  Education or CAPE Digital Tool certificates pursuant to s.
  309  1003.4203.—
  310         1.a. A value of 0.025 full-time equivalent student
  311  membership shall be calculated for CAPE Digital Tool
  312  certificates earned by students in elementary and middle school
  313  grades.
  314         b. A value of 0.1 or 0.2 full-time equivalent student
  315  membership shall be calculated for each student who completes a
  316  course as defined in s. 1003.493(1)(c) s. 1003.493(1)(b) or
  317  courses with embedded CAPE industry certifications and who is
  318  issued an industry certification identified annually on the CAPE
  319  Industry Certification Funding List approved under rules adopted
  320  by the State Board of Education. A value of 0.2 full-time
  321  equivalent membership shall be calculated for each student who
  322  is issued a CAPE industry certification that has a statewide
  323  articulation agreement for college credit approved by the State
  324  Board of Education. For CAPE industry certifications that do not
  325  articulate for college credit, the Department of Education shall
  326  assign a full-time equivalent value of 0.1 for each
  327  certification. Middle grades students who earn additional FTE
  328  membership for a CAPE Digital Tool certificate pursuant to sub
  329  subparagraph a. may not use the previously funded examination to
  330  satisfy the requirements for earning an industry certification
  331  under this sub-subparagraph. Additional FTE membership for an
  332  elementary or middle grades student may not exceed 0.1 for
  333  certificates or certifications earned within the same fiscal
  334  year. The State Board of Education shall include the assigned
  335  values on the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List under
  336  rules adopted by the state board. Such value shall be added to
  337  the total full-time equivalent student membership for grades 6
  338  through 12 in the subsequent year. CAPE industry certifications
  339  earned through dual enrollment must be reported and funded
  340  pursuant to s. 1011.80. However, if a student earns a
  341  certification through a dual enrollment course and the
  342  certification is not a fundable certification on the
  343  postsecondary certification funding list, or the dual enrollment
  344  certification is earned as a result of an agreement between a
  345  school district and a nonpublic postsecondary institution, the
  346  bonus value shall be funded in the same manner as other nondual
  347  enrollment course industry certifications. In such cases, the
  348  school district may provide for an agreement between the high
  349  school and the technical center, or the school district and the
  350  postsecondary institution may enter into an agreement for
  351  equitable distribution of the bonus funds.
  352         c. A value of 0.3 full-time equivalent student membership
  353  shall be calculated for student completion of the courses and
  354  the embedded certifications identified on the CAPE Industry
  355  Certification Funding List and approved by the commissioner
  356  pursuant to ss. 1003.4203(5)(a) and 1008.44.
  357         d. A value of 0.5 full-time equivalent student membership
  358  shall be calculated for CAPE Acceleration Industry
  359  Certifications that articulate for 15 to 29 college credit
  360  hours, and 1.0 full-time equivalent student membership shall be
  361  calculated for CAPE Acceleration Industry Certifications that
  362  articulate for 30 or more college credit hours pursuant to CAPE
  363  Acceleration Industry Certifications approved by the
  364  commissioner pursuant to ss. 1003.4203(5)(b) and 1008.44.
  365         2. Each district must allocate at least 80 percent of the
  366  funds provided for CAPE industry certification, in accordance
  367  with this paragraph, to the program that generated the funds.
  368  This allocation may not be used to supplant funds provided for
  369  basic operation of the program.
  370         3. For CAPE industry certifications earned in the 2013-2014
  371  school year and in subsequent years, the school district shall
  372  distribute to each classroom teacher who provided direct
  373  instruction toward the attainment of a CAPE industry
  374  certification that qualified for additional full-time equivalent
  375  membership under subparagraph 1.:
  376         a. A bonus of $25 for each student taught by a teacher who
  377  provided instruction in a course that led to the attainment of a
  378  CAPE industry certification on the CAPE Industry Certification
  379  Funding List with a weight of 0.1.
  380         b. A bonus of $50 for each student taught by a teacher who
  381  provided instruction in a course that led to the attainment of a
  382  CAPE industry certification on the CAPE Industry Certification
  383  Funding List with a weight of 0.2.
  384         c. A bonus of $75 for each student taught by a teacher who
  385  provided instruction in a course that led to the attainment of a
  386  CAPE industry certification on the CAPE Industry Certification
  387  Funding List with a weight of 0.3.
  388         d. A bonus of $100 for each student taught by a teacher who
  389  provided instruction in a course that led to the attainment of a
  390  CAPE industry certification on the CAPE Industry Certification
  391  Funding List with a weight of 0.5 or 1.0.
  393  Bonuses awarded pursuant to this paragraph shall be provided to
  394  teachers who are employed by the district in the year in which
  395  the additional FTE membership calculation is included in the
  396  calculation. Bonuses shall be calculated based upon the
  397  associated weight of a CAPE industry certification on the CAPE
  398  Industry Certification Funding List for the year in which the
  399  certification is earned by the student. Any bonus awarded to a
  400  teacher under this paragraph may not exceed $3,000 in any given
  401  school year and is in addition to any regular wage or other
  402  bonus the teacher received or is scheduled to receive.
  403         Section 6. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.