Florida Senate - 2017                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. PCS (613868) for SB 1710
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Appropriations (Stargel) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 683.1455, Florida Statutes, is created
    6  to read:
    7         683.1455 American Founders’ Month.—
    8         (1) The month of September of each year is designated as
    9  “American Founders’ Month.”
   10         (2) The Governor may annually issue a proclamation
   11  designating the month of September as “American Founders’ Month”
   12  and urging all civic, fraternal, and religious organizations and
   13  public and private educational institutions to recognize and
   14  observe this occasion through appropriate programs, meetings,
   15  services, or celebrations in which state, county, and local
   16  governmental officials are invited to participate.
   17         Section 2. Present paragraphs (c) through (g) of subsection
   18  (5) of section 1000.03, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as
   19  paragraphs (d) through (h), respectively, and a new paragraph
   20  (c) is added to that subsection, to read:
   21         1000.03 Function, mission, and goals of the Florida K-20
   22  education system.—
   23         (5) The priorities of Florida’s K-20 education system
   24  include:
   25         (c) Civic literacy.—Students are prepared to become
   26  civically engaged and knowledgeable adults who make positive
   27  contributions to their communities.
   28         Section 3. Section 1001.215, Florida Statutes, is amended
   29  to read:
   30         1001.215 Just Read, Florida! Office.—There is created in
   31  the Department of Education the Just Read, Florida! Office. The
   32  office is shall be fully accountable to the Commissioner of
   33  Education and shall:
   34         (1) Train highly effective reading coaches.
   35         (2) Create multiple designations of effective reading
   36  instruction, with accompanying credentials, to enable which
   37  encourage all teachers to integrate reading instruction into
   38  their content areas.
   39         (3) Work with the Lastinger Center for Learning at the
   40  University of Florida to develop training for train K-12
   41  teachers, reading coaches, and school principals on effective
   42  content-area-specific reading strategies; the integration of
   43  content knowledge-rich texts from other core subject areas into
   44  reading instruction; evidence-based reading strategies
   45  identified in subsection (7); and technology tools to improve
   46  student reading performance. For secondary teachers, emphasis
   47  shall be on technical text. These strategies must be developed
   48  for all content areas in the K-12 curriculum.
   49         (4)Develop and provide access to sequenced, content-rich
   50  curriculum programming, instructional practices, and resources
   51  that help elementary schools use state-adopted instructional
   52  materials to increase students’ core knowledge and literacy
   53  skills, including student attainment of the Next Generation
   54  Sunshine State Standards for social studies, science, and the
   55  arts.
   56         (5)(4) Provide parents with information and strategies for
   57  assisting their children in reading, including reading in the
   58  content areas area.
   59         (6)(5) Provide technical assistance to school districts in
   60  the development and implementation of district plans for use of
   61  the research-based reading instruction allocation provided in s.
   62  1011.62(9) and annually review and approve such plans.
   63         (7)(6) Review, evaluate, and provide technical assistance
   64  to school districts’ implementation of the K-12 comprehensive
   65  reading plan required in s. 1011.62(9).
   66         (8)(7) Work with the Florida Center for Reading Research to
   67  identify scientifically researched and evidence-based reading
   68  instructional and intervention programs that incorporate
   69  explicit, systematic, and sequential approaches to teaching
   70  phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and text
   71  comprehension and incorporate decodable or phonetic text
   72  instructional provide information on research-based reading
   73  programs and effective reading in the content area strategies.
   74  Reading intervention includes evidence-based strategies
   75  frequently used to remediate reading deficiencies and includes,
   76  but is not limited to, individual instruction, multisensory
   77  approaches, tutoring, mentoring, or the use of technology that
   78  targets specific reading skills and abilities.
   79         (9)(8) Periodically review the Next Generation Sunshine
   80  State Standards for English Language Arts to determine their
   81  appropriateness at each grade level reading at all grade levels.
   82         (10)(9) Periodically review teacher certification
   83  requirements and examinations, including alternative
   84  certification requirements and examinations exams, to ascertain
   85  whether the examinations measure the skills needed for evidence
   86  based research-based reading instruction and instructional
   87  strategies for teaching reading, including reading in the
   88  content areas.
   89         (11)(10) Work with teacher preparation programs approved
   90  pursuant to ss. s. 1004.04 and 1004.85 to integrate effective,
   91  research-based and evidence-based reading instructional and
   92  intervention strategies, including explicit, systematic, and
   93  sequential and reading strategies, multisensory intervention
   94  strategies, and reading in the content area instructional
   95  strategies into teacher preparation programs.
   96         (12)(11) Administer grants and perform other functions as
   97  necessary to help meet the goal that all students read at their
   98  highest potential grade level.
   99         Section 4. Sections 5 and 6 of this act may be cited as the
  100  “Dorothy L. Hukill Financial Literacy Education Act.”
  101         Section 5. Paragraph (d) of subsection (2) of section
  102  1003.41, Florida Statutes, is amended, and paragraph (f) is
  103  added to that subsection, to read:
  104         1003.41 Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.—
  105         (2) Next Generation Sunshine State Standards must meet the
  106  following requirements:
  107         (d) Social Studies standards must establish specific
  108  curricular content for, at a minimum, geography, United States
  109  and world history, government, civics, humanities, and
  110  economics, including financial literacy. Financial literacy
  111  includes the knowledge, understanding, skills, behaviors,
  112  attitudes, and values that will enable a student to make
  113  responsible and effective financial decisions on a daily basis.
  114  Financial literacy instruction shall be an integral part of
  115  instruction throughout the entire economics course and include
  116  information regarding earning income; buying goods and services;
  117  saving and financial investing; taxes; the use of credit and
  118  credit cards; budgeting and debt management, including student
  119  loans and secured loans; banking and financial services;
  120  planning for one’s financial future, including higher education
  121  and career planning; credit reports and scores; and fraud and
  122  identity theft prevention. The requirements for financial
  123  literacy specified under this paragraph do not apply to students
  124  entering grade 9 in the 2017-2018 school year and thereafter.
  125         (f) Effective for students entering grade 9 in the 2017
  126  2018 school year and thereafter, financial literacy standards
  127  must establish specific curricular content for, at a minimum,
  128  personal financial literacy and money management. Financial
  129  literacy includes instruction in the areas specified in s.
  130  1003.4282(3)(h).
  131         Section 6. Paragraphs (d) and (g) of subsection (3) of
  132  section 1003.4282, Florida Statutes, are amended, and paragraph
  133  (h) is added to that subsection, to read:
  134         1003.4282 Requirements for a standard high school diploma.—
  137         (d) Three credits in social studies.—A student must earn
  138  one credit in United States History; one credit in World
  139  History; one-half credit in economics, which must include
  140  financial literacy; and one-half credit in United States
  141  Government. The United States History EOC assessment constitutes
  142  30 percent of the student’s final course grade. However, for a
  143  student entering grade 9 in the 2017-2018 school year or
  144  thereafter, financial literacy is not a required component of
  145  the one-half credit in economics.
  146         (g) Eight Credits in Electives.—School districts must
  147  develop and offer coordinated electives so that a student may
  148  develop knowledge and skills in his or her area of interest,
  149  such as electives with a STEM or liberal arts focus. Such
  150  electives must include opportunities for students to earn
  151  college credit, including industry-certified career education
  152  programs or series of career-themed courses that result in
  153  industry certification or articulate into the award of college
  154  credit, or career education courses for which there is a
  155  statewide or local articulation agreement and which lead to
  156  college credit. A student entering grade 9 before the 2017-2018
  157  school year must earn eight credits in electives. A student
  158  entering grade 9 in the 2017-2018 school year or thereafter must
  159  earn seven and one-half credits in electives.
  160         (h) One-half credit in personal financial literacy.
  161  Beginning with students entering grade 9 in the 2017-2018 school
  162  year, each student shall earn one-half credit in personal
  163  financial literacy and money management. A student may satisfy
  164  the one-half credit in personal financial literacy by taking an
  165  exam or test as determined by the department. The personal
  166  financial literacy instruction must include discussion of or
  167  instruction in the following:
  168         1. Types of bank accounts offered, opening and managing a
  169  bank account, and assessing the quality of a depository
  170  institution’s services.
  171         2. Balancing a checkbook.
  172         3. Basic principles of money management, such as spending,
  173  credit, credit scores, and managing debt, including retail and
  174  credit card debt.
  175         4. Completing a loan application.
  176         5. Receiving an inheritance and related implications.
  177         6. Basic principles of personal insurance policies.
  178         7. Computing federal income taxes.
  179         8. Local tax assessments.
  180         9. Computing interest rates by various mechanisms.
  181         10. Simple contracts.
  182         11. Contesting an incorrect billing statement.
  183         12. Types of savings and investments.
  184         13. State and federal laws concerning finance.
  185         Section 7. Comprehensive study on middle school
  186  performance.—
  187         (1)The Department of Education shall issue a competitive
  188  solicitation for a contract to conduct a comprehensive study of
  189  states with high-performing students in grades 6 through 8 in
  190  reading and mathematics, based on the states’ performance on the
  191  National Assessment of Educational Progress.
  192         (2)The study must include a review, at a minimum, of all
  193  of the following:
  194         (a)Academic expectations and instructional strategies,
  195  including:
  196         1.Alignment of elementary and middle grades expectations
  197  with high school graduation requirements;
  198         2.Strategies used to improve reading comprehension through
  199  the use of background knowledge and the use of sequenced
  200  curriculum programming and content-rich texts to increase
  201  literacy skills in kindergarten through grade 8;
  202         3.Research-based instructional practices in reading and
  203  mathematics, including those targeting low-performing students;
  204         4.The rigor of the curriculum and courses and the
  205  availability of accelerated courses;
  206         5.The availability of student support services;
  207         6.Course sequencing and prerequisites for advanced
  208  courses; and
  209         7.The availability of other academic and noncore classes,
  210  and electives.
  211         (b)Attendance policies and student mobility issues.
  212         (c)Teacher quality, including:
  213         1.Teacher certification and recertification requirements;
  214         2.Teacher preparedness to teach rigorous courses;
  215         3.Teacher preparation specific to teaching middle school
  216  students;
  217         4.Teacher recruitment and vacancy issues;
  218         5.Staff development requirements and the availability of
  219  effective training;
  220         6.Teacher collaboration and planning at the school and
  221  district levels; and
  222         7.Student performance data collection and dissemination.
  223         (d)Middle school administrator leadership and performance.
  224         (e)Parental and community involvement.
  225         (3)The department shall submit a report on the findings of
  226  the comprehensive study and make recommendations to improve
  227  middle school student performance to the Governor, the State
  228  Board of Education, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker
  229  of the House of Representatives by December 2017.
  230         (4)This section expires upon submission of the final
  231  report.
  232         Section 8. Subsection (1) of section 1003.4156, Florida
  233  Statutes, is amended to read:
  234         1003.4156 General requirements for middle grades
  235  promotion.—
  236         (1) In order for a student to be promoted to high school
  237  from a school that includes middle grades 6, 7, and 8, the
  238  student must successfully complete the following courses:
  239         (a) Three middle grades or higher courses in English
  240  Language Arts (ELA).
  241         (b) Three middle grades or higher courses in mathematics.
  242  Each school that includes middle grades must offer at least one
  243  high school level mathematics course for which students may earn
  244  high school credit. Successful completion of a high school level
  245  Algebra I or Geometry course is not contingent upon the
  246  student’s performance on the statewide, standardized end-of
  247  course (EOC) assessment. To earn high school credit for Algebra
  248  I, a middle grades student must take the statewide, standardized
  249  Algebra I EOC assessment and pass the course, and in addition,
  250  beginning with the 2013-2014 school year and thereafter, a
  251  student’s performance on the Algebra I EOC assessment
  252  constitutes 30 percent of the student’s final course grade. To
  253  earn high school credit for a Geometry course, a middle grades
  254  student must take the statewide, standardized Geometry EOC
  255  assessment, which constitutes 30 percent of the student’s final
  256  course grade, and earn a passing grade in the course.
  257         (c) Three middle grades or higher courses in social
  258  studies. Beginning with students entering grade 6 in the 2012
  259  2013 school year, one of these courses must be at least a one
  260  semester civics education course that includes the roles and
  261  responsibilities of federal, state, and local governments; the
  262  structures and functions of the legislative, executive, and
  263  judicial branches of government; and the meaning and
  264  significance of historic documents, such as the Articles of
  265  Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, and the
  266  Constitution of the United States. Beginning with the 2013-2014
  267  school year, each student’s performance on the statewide,
  268  standardized EOC assessment in civics education required under
  269  s. 1008.22 constitutes 30 percent of the student’s final course
  270  grade. A middle grades student who transfers into the state’s
  271  public school system from out of country, out of state, a
  272  private school, or a home education program after the beginning
  273  of the second term of grade 8 is not required to meet the civics
  274  education requirement for promotion from the middle grades if
  275  the student’s transcript documents passage of three courses in
  276  social studies or two year-long courses in social studies that
  277  include coverage of civics education.
  278         (d) Three middle grades or higher courses in science.
  279  Successful completion of a high school level Biology I course is
  280  not contingent upon the student’s performance on the statewide,
  281  standardized EOC assessment required under s. 1008.22. However,
  282  beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, to earn high school
  283  credit for a Biology I course, a middle grades student must take
  284  the statewide, standardized Biology I EOC assessment, which
  285  constitutes 30 percent of the student’s final course grade, and
  286  earn a passing grade in the course.
  287         (e)One course in career and education planning to be
  288  completed in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. The course may be taught by
  289  any member of the instructional staff. At a minimum, the course
  290  must be Internet-based, easy to use, and customizable to each
  291  student and include research-based assessments to assist
  292  students in determining educational and career options and
  293  goals. In addition, the course must result in a completed
  294  personalized academic and career plan for the student; must
  295  emphasize the importance of entrepreneurship skills; must
  296  emphasize technology or the application of technology in career
  297  fields; and, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, must
  298  include information from the Department of Economic
  299  Opportunity’s economic security report as described in s.
  300  445.07. The required personalized academic and career plan must
  301  inform students of high school graduation requirements,
  302  including a detailed explanation of the diploma designation
  303  options provided under s. 1003.4285; high school assessment and
  304  college entrance test requirements; Florida Bright Futures
  305  Scholarship Program requirements; state university and Florida
  306  College System institution admission requirements; available
  307  opportunities to earn college credit in high school, including
  308  Advanced Placement courses; the International Baccalaureate
  309  Program; the Advanced International Certificate of Education
  310  Program; dual enrollment, including career dual enrollment; and
  311  career education courses, including career-themed courses and
  312  courses that lead to industry certification pursuant to s.
  313  1003.492 or s. 1008.44.
  315  Each school must inform parents about the course curriculum and
  316  activities. Each student shall complete a personal education
  317  plan that must be signed by the student and the student’s
  318  parent. The Department of Education shall develop course
  319  frameworks and professional development materials for the career
  320  and education planning course. The course may be implemented as
  321  a stand-alone course or integrated into another course or
  322  courses. The Commissioner of Education shall collect
  323  longitudinal high school course enrollment data by student
  324  ethnicity in order to analyze course-taking patterns.
  325         Section 9. Subsection (3) is added to section 1003.44,
  326  Florida Statutes, to read:
  327         1003.44 Patriotic programs; rules.—
  328         (3) All public schools in the state are encouraged to
  329  coordinate, at all grade levels, instruction related to our
  330  nation’s Founding Fathers with “American Founders’ Month”
  331  pursuant to s. 683.1455.
  332         Section 10. Paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of section
  333  1004.04, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  334         1004.04 Public accountability and state approval for
  335  teacher preparation programs.—
  337         (b) The rules to establish uniform core curricula for each
  338  state-approved teacher preparation program must include, but are
  339  not limited to, the following:
  340         1. The Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
  341         2. The state-adopted content standards.
  342         3. Scientifically researched and evidence-based reading
  343  instructional strategies that improve reading performance for
  344  all students, including explicit, systematic, and sequential
  345  approaches to teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary,
  346  fluency, and text comprehension, and multisensory intervention
  347  strategies instruction.
  348         4. Content literacy and mathematics practices.
  349         5. Strategies appropriate for the instruction of English
  350  language learners.
  351         6. Strategies appropriate for the instruction of students
  352  with disabilities.
  353         7. School safety.
  354         Section 11. Paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of section
  355  1004.85, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  356         1004.85 Postsecondary educator preparation institutes.—
  357         (3) Educator preparation institutes approved pursuant to
  358  this section may offer competency-based certification programs
  359  specifically designed for noneducation major baccalaureate
  360  degree holders to enable program participants to meet the
  361  educator certification requirements of s. 1012.56. An educator
  362  preparation institute choosing to offer a competency-based
  363  certification program pursuant to the provisions of this section
  364  must implement a program previously approved by the Department
  365  of Education for this purpose or a program developed by the
  366  institute and approved by the department for this purpose.
  367  Approved programs shall be available for use by other approved
  368  educator preparation institutes.
  369         (a) Within 90 days after receipt of a request for approval,
  370  the Department of Education shall approve a preparation program
  371  pursuant to the requirements of this subsection or issue a
  372  statement of the deficiencies in the request for approval. The
  373  department shall approve a certification program if the
  374  institute provides evidence of the institute’s capacity to
  375  implement a competency-based program that includes each of the
  376  following:
  377         1.a. Participant instruction and assessment in the Florida
  378  Educator Accomplished Practices.
  379         b. The state-adopted student content standards.
  380         c. Scientifically researched and evidence-based reading
  381  instructional strategies that improve reading performance for
  382  all students, including explicit, systematic, and sequential
  383  approaches to teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary,
  384  fluency, and text comprehension, and multisensory intervention
  385  strategies instruction.
  386         d. Content literacy and mathematical practices.
  387         e. Strategies appropriate for instruction of English
  388  language learners.
  389         f. Strategies appropriate for instruction of students with
  390  disabilities.
  391         g. School safety.
  392         2. An educational plan for each participant to meet
  393  certification requirements and demonstrate his or her ability to
  394  teach the subject area for which the participant is seeking
  395  certification, which is based on an assessment of his or her
  396  competency in the areas listed in subparagraph 1.
  397         3. Field experiences appropriate to the certification
  398  subject area specified in the educational plan with a diverse
  399  population of students in a variety of settings under the
  400  supervision of qualified educators.
  401         4. A certification ombudsman to facilitate the process and
  402  procedures required for participants who complete the program to
  403  meet any requirements related to the background screening
  404  pursuant to s. 1012.32 and educator professional or temporary
  405  certification pursuant to s. 1012.56.
  406         Section 12. Present subsections (4) through (11) of section
  407  1007.25, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (5)
  408  through (12), respectively, and a new subsection (4) is added to
  409  that section, to read:
  410         1007.25 General education courses; common prerequisites;
  411  other degree requirements.—
  412         (4) Beginning with students initially entering a Florida
  413  College System institution or state university in 2018-2019 and
  414  thereafter, each student must demonstrate competency in civic
  415  literacy. A student must have the option to demonstrate
  416  competency through successful completion of a civic literacy
  417  course or by achieving a passing score on an assessment. The
  418  State Board of Education must adopt in rule and the Board of
  419  Governors must adopt in regulation at least one existing
  420  assessment that measures competencies consistent with the
  421  required course competencies outlined in paragraph (b). The
  422  chair of the State Board of Education and the chair of the Board
  423  of Governors, or their respective designees, shall jointly
  424  appoint a faculty committee to:
  425         (a) Develop a new course in civic literacy or revise an
  426  existing general education core course in American History or
  427  American Government to include civic literacy; and
  428         (b) Establish course competencies and identify outcomes
  429  that include, at a minimum, an understanding of the basic
  430  principles of American democracy and how they are applied in our
  431  republican form of government, an understanding of the United
  432  States Constitution, knowledge of the founding documents and how
  433  they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of
  434  self-governance, and an understanding of landmark Supreme Court
  435  cases and their impact on law and society.
  436         Section 13. Paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section
  437  943.22, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  438         943.22 Salary incentive program for full-time officers.—
  439         (1) For the purpose of this section, the term:
  440         (c) “Community college degree or equivalent” means
  441  graduation from an accredited community college or having been
  442  granted a degree pursuant to s. 1007.25(11) s. 1007.25(10) or
  443  successful completion of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours
  444  and eligibility to receive an associate degree from an
  445  accredited college, university, or community college.
  446         Section 14. Subsection (7) and paragraph (d) of subsection
  447  (8) of section 1001.64, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  448         1001.64 Florida College System institution boards of
  449  trustees; powers and duties.—
  450         (7) Each board of trustees has responsibility for: ensuring
  451  that students have access to general education courses as
  452  identified in rule; requiring no more than 60 semester hours of
  453  degree program coursework, including 36 semester hours of
  454  general education coursework, for an associate in arts degree;
  455  notifying students that earned hours in excess of 60 semester
  456  hours may not be accepted by state universities; notifying
  457  students of unique program prerequisites; and ensuring that
  458  degree program coursework beyond general education coursework is
  459  consistent with degree program prerequisite requirements adopted
  460  pursuant to s. 1007.25(6) s. 1007.25(5).
  461         (8) Each board of trustees has authority for policies
  462  related to students, enrollment of students, student records,
  463  student activities, financial assistance, and other student
  464  services.
  465         (d) Boards of trustees shall identify their general
  466  education curricula pursuant to s. 1007.25(7) s. 1007.25(6).
  467         Section 15. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.
  469  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
  470  And the title is amended as follows:
  471         Delete everything before the enacting clause
  472  and insert:
  473                        A bill to be entitled                      
  474         An act relating to education; creating s. 683.1455,
  475         F.S.; designating the month of September as “American
  476         Founders’ Month”; amending s. 1000.03, F.S.; revising
  477         the priorities of Florida’s K-20 education system;
  478         amending s. 1001.215, F.S.; revising the duties of the
  479         Just Read, Florida! Office; providing a short title;
  480         amending s. 1003.41, F.S.; revising the financial
  481         literacy requirements for the Next Generation Sunshine
  482         State Standards; amending s. 1003.4282, F.S.; revising
  483         the social studies requirements for a standard high
  484         school diploma; revising the required credits for a
  485         standard high school diploma to seven and one-half,
  486         rather than eight, credits in electives and to include
  487         one-half credit of instruction in personal financial
  488         literacy and money management; requiring the
  489         Department of Education to solicit for a contract to
  490         conduct a comprehensive study of states with
  491         nationally recognized high-performing middle schools
  492         in reading and mathematics; requiring a report to the
  493         Governor, the State Board of Education, and the
  494         Legislature by a specified time; providing for
  495         expiration; amending s. 1003.4156, F.S.; deleting
  496         requirements related to the career and education
  497         planning course for middle grades promotion; providing
  498         an appropriation; amending s. 1003.44, F.S.;
  499         encouraging schools to provide certain instruction;
  500         amending s. 1004.04, F.S.; revising core curricula
  501         requirements for certain teacher preparation programs
  502         to include certain reading instruction and
  503         interventions; amending s. 1004.85, F.S.; requiring
  504         certain educator preparation institutes to provide
  505         evidence of specified reading instruction as a
  506         condition of program approval and continued approval;
  507         amending s. 1007.25, F.S.; requiring postsecondary
  508         students to demonstrate civic literacy; requiring the
  509         chairs of the State Board of Education and the Board
  510         of Governors to jointly appoint a faculty committee to
  511         develop a civic literacy course, or revise an existing
  512         general education core course, and establish the
  513         course competencies; amending ss. 943.22 and 1001.64,
  514         F.S.; conforming cross-references; providing an
  515         effective date.