Florida Senate - 2017                                    SB 1492
       By Senator Simmons
       9-00494A-17                                           20171492__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to supplemental academic instruction;
    3         amending s. 1011.62, F.S.; removing a limitation on
    4         the application of the requirement that specified
    5         school districts use certain funds to provide
    6         additional intensive reading instruction; specifying
    7         the method for designating the 300 lowest-performing
    8         elementary schools; requiring categorical funds for
    9         supplemental academic instruction to be provided in
   10         the Florida Education Finance Program; specifying the
   11         method for determining the allocation of categorical
   12         funding; providing for the recalculation of
   13         categorical funding based on a survey of actual
   14         student membership; requiring an allocation to be
   15         prorated if certain conditions exist; conforming
   16         provisions relating to the research-based reading
   17         instruction allocation to changes made by the act;
   18         deleting obsolete provisions; providing effective
   19         dates.
   21  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   23         Section 1. Effective July 1, 2017, and upon the expiration
   24  of the amendment to section 1011.62, Florida Statutes, made by
   25  chapter 2016-62, Laws of Florida, paragraph (f) of subsection
   26  (1) and paragraph (a) of subsection (9) of that section are
   27  amended to read:
   28         1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.—If the annual
   29  allocation from the Florida Education Finance Program to each
   30  district for operation of schools is not determined in the
   31  annual appropriations act or the substantive bill implementing
   32  the annual appropriations act, it shall be determined as
   33  follows:
   35  OPERATION.—The following procedure shall be followed in
   36  determining the annual allocation to each district for
   37  operation:
   38         (f) Supplemental academic instruction; categorical fund.—
   39         1. There is created a categorical fund to provide
   40  supplemental academic instruction to students in kindergarten
   41  through grade 12. This paragraph may be cited as the
   42  “Supplemental Academic Instruction Categorical Fund.”
   43         2. The categorical fund funds for supplemental academic
   44  instruction shall be allocated annually to each school district
   45  in the amount provided in the General Appropriations Act. These
   46  funds shall be in addition to the funds appropriated on the
   47  basis of FTE student membership in the Florida Education Finance
   48  Program and shall be included in the total potential funds of
   49  each district. These funds shall be used to provide supplemental
   50  academic instruction to students enrolled in the K-12 program.
   51  For the 2014-2015 fiscal year, Each school district that has one
   52  or more of the 300 lowest-performing elementary schools based on
   53  the state reading assessment shall use these funds, together
   54  with the funds provided in the district’s research-based reading
   55  instruction allocation and other available funds, to provide an
   56  additional hour of instruction beyond the normal school day for
   57  each day of the entire school year for intensive reading
   58  instruction for the students in each of these schools. This
   59  additional hour of instruction must be provided by teachers or
   60  reading specialists who are effective in teaching reading or by
   61  a K-5 mentoring reading program that is supervised by a teacher
   62  who is effective in at teaching reading. Students enrolled in
   63  these schools who have level 5 assessment scores may participate
   64  in the additional hour of instruction on an optional basis.
   65  Exceptional student education centers may shall not be included
   66  in the 300 schools. Each fiscal year, the 300 lowest-performing
   67  elementary schools shall be designated based on the results of
   68  the prior year's state reading assessment. After this
   69  requirement has been met, supplemental instruction strategies
   70  may include, but are not limited to: use of a modified
   71  curriculum, reading instruction, after-school instruction,
   72  tutoring, mentoring, a reduction in class size reduction, an
   73  extended school year, intensive skills development in summer
   74  school, and other methods of for improving student achievement.
   75  Supplemental instruction may be provided to a student in any
   76  manner and at any time during or beyond the regular 180-day term
   77  identified by the school as being the most effective and
   78  efficient way to best help that student progress from grade to
   79  grade and to graduate.
   80         3.Categorical funds for supplemental academic instruction
   81  shall be provided annually in the Florida Education Finance
   82  Program as specified in the General Appropriations Act. These
   83  funds shall be provided as a supplement to the funds
   84  appropriated for the basic funding level and shall be included
   85  in the total funds of each district. The allocation shall
   86  consist of a base amount that shall have a workload adjustment
   87  based on changes in unweighted FTE. In addition, districts that
   88  have elementary schools that are designated as being in the 300
   89  lowest-performing schools shall be allocated additional funds to
   90  assist them in providing intensive reading instruction to
   91  students in those schools. The amount provided shall be based on
   92  each district’s level of per-student funding in the reading
   93  instruction allocation and the supplemental academic instruction
   94  categorical fund and on the total FTE for each of the schools.
   95  The categorical funding shall be recalculated once during the
   96  fiscal year following an updated designation of the 300 lowest
   97  performing elementary schools and shall be based on actual
   98  student membership from the October FTE survey. Upon
   99  recalculation of funding for the supplemental academic
  100  instruction categorical fund, if the total allocation is greater
  101  than the amount provided in the General Appropriations Act, the
  102  allocation shall be prorated to the level provided to support
  103  the appropriation, based on each district’s share of the total.
  104         4.3. Effective with the 1999-2000 fiscal year, funding on
  105  the basis of FTE membership beyond the 180-day regular term
  106  shall be provided in the FEFP only for students enrolled in
  107  juvenile justice education programs or in education programs for
  108  juveniles placed in secure facilities or programs under s.
  109  985.19. Funding for instruction beyond the regular 180-day
  110  school year for all other K-12 students shall be provided
  111  through the supplemental academic instruction categorical fund
  112  and other state, federal, and local fund sources with ample
  113  flexibility for schools to provide supplemental instruction to
  114  assist students in progressing from grade to grade and
  115  graduating.
  116         5.4. The Florida State University School, as a lab school,
  117  is authorized to expend from its FEFP or Lottery Enhancement
  118  Trust Fund allocation the cost to the student of remediation in
  119  reading, writing, or mathematics for any graduate who requires
  120  remediation at a postsecondary educational institution.
  121         6.5. Beginning in the 1999-2000 school year, dropout
  122  prevention programs as described defined in ss. 1003.52,
  123  1003.53(1)(a), (b), and (c), and 1003.54 shall be included in
  124  group 1 programs under subparagraph (d)3.
  126         (a) The research-based reading instruction allocation is
  127  created to provide comprehensive reading instruction to students
  128  in kindergarten through grade 12. For the 2014-2015 fiscal year,
  129  In each school district that has one or more of the 300 lowest
  130  performing elementary schools based on the state reading
  131  assessment, priority shall be given to providing an additional
  132  hour per day of intensive reading instruction beyond the normal
  133  school day for each day of the entire school year for the
  134  students in each school. Each fiscal year, the 300 lowest
  135  performing elementary schools shall be designated based on the
  136  prior year's state reading assessment. Students enrolled in
  137  these schools who have Level 5 assessment scores may participate
  138  in the additional hour of instruction on an optional basis.
  139  Exceptional student education centers may shall not be included
  140  in the 300 schools. The intensive reading instruction delivered
  141  in this additional hour and for other students must shall
  142  include: research-based reading instruction that has been proven
  143  to accelerate the progress of students exhibiting a reading
  144  deficiency; differentiated instruction based on student
  145  assessment data to meet students’ specific reading needs;
  146  explicit and systematic reading development in phonemic
  147  awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, with
  148  more extensive opportunities for guided practice, error
  149  correction, and feedback; and the integration of social studies,
  150  science, and mathematics-text reading, text discussion, and
  151  writing in response to reading. For the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014
  152  fiscal years, a school district may not hire more reading
  153  coaches than were hired during the 2011-2012 fiscal year unless
  154  all students in kindergarten through grade 5 who demonstrate a
  155  reading deficiency, as determined by district and state
  156  assessments, including students scoring Level 1 or Level 2 on
  157  the statewide, standardized reading assessment or, upon
  158  implementation, the English Language Arts assessment, are
  159  provided an additional hour per day of intensive reading
  160  instruction beyond the normal school day for each day of the
  161  entire school year.
  162         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.