Florida Senate - 2017                                    SB 1710
       By Senator Stargel
       22-01277A-17                                          20171710__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to education; creating s. 683.1455,
    3         F.S.; designating the month of September as “American
    4         Founders’ Month”; amending s. 1000.03, F.S.; revising
    5         the priorities of Florida’s K-20 education system;
    6         amending s. 1001.215, F.S.; revising the duties of the
    7         Just Read, Florida! Office to include developing and
    8         providing access to certain resources for elementary
    9         schools; amending s. 1003.44, F.S.; encouraging
   10         schools to provide certain instruction; amending s.
   11         1007.25, F.S.; requiring postsecondary students to
   12         demonstrate civic literacy; requiring the chairs of
   13         the State Board of Education and the Board of
   14         Governors to jointly appoint a faculty committee to
   15         develop a civic literacy course, or revise an existing
   16         general education core course, and establish the
   17         course competencies; amending ss. 943.22 and 1001.64,
   18         F.S.; conforming cross-references; providing an
   19         effective date.
   21  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   23         Section 1. Section 683.1455, Florida Statutes, is created
   24  to read:
   25         683.1455 American Founders’ Month.—
   26         (1) The month of September of each year is designated as
   27  “American Founders’ Month.”
   28         (2) The Governor may annually issue a proclamation
   29  designating the month of September as “American Founders’ Month”
   30  and urging all civic, fraternal, and religious organizations and
   31  public and private educational institutions to recognize and
   32  observe this occasion through appropriate programs, meetings,
   33  services, or celebrations in which state, county, and local
   34  governmental officials are invited to participate.
   35         Section 2. Present paragraphs (c) through (g) of subsection
   36  (5) of section 1000.03, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as
   37  paragraphs (d) through (h), respectively, and a new paragraph
   38  (c) is added to that subsection, to read:
   39         1000.03 Function, mission, and goals of the Florida K-20
   40  education system.—
   41         (5) The priorities of Florida’s K-20 education system
   42  include:
   43         (c) Civic literacy.—Students are prepared to become
   44  civically engaged and knowledgeable adults who make positive
   45  contributions to their communities.
   46         Section 3. Present subsections (4) through (11) of section
   47  1001.215, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (5)
   48  through (12), respectively, and a new subsection (4) is added to
   49  that section, to read:
   50         1001.215 Just Read, Florida! Office.—There is created in
   51  the Department of Education the Just Read, Florida! Office. The
   52  office shall be fully accountable to the Commissioner of
   53  Education and shall:
   54         (4)Develop and provide access to sequenced, content-rich
   55  curriculum programming, instructional practices, and resources
   56  that help elementary schools use state-adopted instructional
   57  materials to increase students’ core knowledge and literacy
   58  skills, including student attainment of the Next Generation
   59  Sunshine State Standards for social studies, science, and the
   60  arts.
   61         Section 4. Subsection (3) is added to section 1003.44,
   62  Florida Statutes, to read:
   63         1003.44 Patriotic programs; rules.—
   64         (3) All public schools in the state are encouraged to
   65  coordinate, at all grade levels, instruction related to our
   66  nation’s Founding Fathers with “American Founders’ Month”
   67  pursuant to s. 683.1455.
   68         Section 5. Present subsections (4) through (11) of section
   69  1007.25, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (5)
   70  through (12), respectively, and a new subsection (4) is added to
   71  that section, to read:
   72         1007.25 General education courses; common prerequisites;
   73  other degree requirements.—
   74         (4) Beginning with students initially entering a Florida
   75  College System institution or state university in 2018-2019 and
   76  thereafter, each student must demonstrate competency in civic
   77  literacy. A student must have the option to demonstrate
   78  competency through successful completion of a civic literacy
   79  course or by achieving a passing score on an assessment adopted
   80  in rule by the State Board of Education or in regulation by the
   81  Board of Governors, as applicable. The chair of the State Board
   82  of Education and the chair of the Board of Governors, or their
   83  respective designees, shall jointly appoint a faculty committee
   84  to:
   85         (a) Develop a new course in civic literacy or revise an
   86  existing general education core course; and
   87         (b) Establish course competencies and identify outcomes
   88  that include, at a minimum, an understanding of the basic
   89  principles of American democracy and how they are applied in our
   90  republican form of government, an understanding of the United
   91  States Constitution, knowledge of the founding documents and how
   92  they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of
   93  self-governance, and an understanding of landmark Supreme Court
   94  cases and their impact on law and society.
   95         Section 6. Paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section
   96  943.22, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   97         943.22 Salary incentive program for full-time officers.—
   98         (1) For the purpose of this section, the term:
   99         (c) “Community college degree or equivalent” means
  100  graduation from an accredited community college or having been
  101  granted a degree pursuant to s. 1007.25(11) s. 1007.25(10) or
  102  successful completion of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours
  103  and eligibility to receive an associate degree from an
  104  accredited college, university, or community college.
  105         Section 7. Subsection (7) and paragraph (d) of subsection
  106  (8) of section 1001.64, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  107         1001.64 Florida College System institution boards of
  108  trustees; powers and duties.—
  109         (7) Each board of trustees has responsibility for: ensuring
  110  that students have access to general education courses as
  111  identified in rule; requiring no more than 60 semester hours of
  112  degree program coursework, including 36 semester hours of
  113  general education coursework, for an associate in arts degree;
  114  notifying students that earned hours in excess of 60 semester
  115  hours may not be accepted by state universities; notifying
  116  students of unique program prerequisites; and ensuring that
  117  degree program coursework beyond general education coursework is
  118  consistent with degree program prerequisite requirements adopted
  119  pursuant to s. 1007.25(6) s. 1007.25(5).
  120         (8) Each board of trustees has authority for policies
  121  related to students, enrollment of students, student records,
  122  student activities, financial assistance, and other student
  123  services.
  124         (d) Boards of trustees shall identify their general
  125  education curricula pursuant to s. 1007.25(7) s. 1007.25(6).
  126         Section 8. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.