Florida Senate - 2017              PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE
       Bill No. SB 468
       Proposed Committee Substitute by the Committee on Appropriations
       (Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K - 12 Education)
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to voluntary prekindergarten
    3         education; amending s. 1001.215, F.S.; requiring the
    4         Just Read, Florida! Office to provide teachers,
    5         reading coaches, and principals in prekindergarten
    6         through grade 3 with specified training; requiring the
    7         office to work with the Florida Center for Reading
    8         Research to develop and provide access to certain
    9         programming, practices, and resources; amending s.
   10         1002.51, F.S.; defining the term “public school
   11         prekindergarten provider”; amending s. 1002.53, F.S.;
   12         requiring each early learning coalition to coordinate
   13         with the Office of Early Learning to assign student
   14         identification numbers for the Voluntary
   15         Prekindergarten Education Program; amending s.
   16         1002.67, F.S.; requiring voluntary prekindergarten
   17         providers to provide parents with pre- and post
   18         assessment results within a specified timeframe;
   19         providing for the reporting and distribution of the
   20         results; requiring the office to determine eligibility
   21         criteria for reenrollment; amending s. 1002.69, F.S.;
   22         revising requirements for the adoption and use of the
   23         statewide kindergarten screening; conforming cross
   24         references; amending s. 1002.71, F.S.; authorizing a
   25         child to reenroll in certain school-year programs
   26         under certain circumstances; amending s. 1011.62,
   27         F.S.; revising the date by which the Department of
   28         Education must submit specified information regarding
   29         the implementation of school district K-12
   30         comprehensive reading plans to the Legislature;
   31         providing an effective date.
   33  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   35         Section 1. Section 1001.215, Florida Statutes, is amended
   36  to read:
   37         1001.215 Just Read, Florida! Office.—There is created in
   38  the Department of Education the Just Read, Florida! Office. The
   39  office shall be fully accountable to the Commissioner of
   40  Education and shall:
   41         (1) Train highly effective reading coaches.
   42         (2) Create multiple designations of effective reading
   43  instruction, with accompanying credentials, which encourage all
   44  teachers to integrate reading instruction into their content
   45  areas.
   46         (3) Train Voluntary Prekindergarten through grade 3
   47  teachers, reading coaches, and school principals on effective
   48  research-based reading instructional strategies and
   49  interventions for all students. Contingent upon legislative
   50  appropriation, this training must be designed to be consistently
   51  delivered statewide in an appropriate format. The office shall
   52  collaborate with the Office of Early Learning to develop the
   53  training.
   54         (4)(3) Train grade 4-12 K-12 teachers and school principals
   55  on effective content-area-specific reading strategies. For
   56  secondary teachers, emphasis shall be on technical text. These
   57  strategies must be developed for all content areas in the grade
   58  4-12 K-12 curriculum.
   59         (5)(4) Provide parents with information and strategies for
   60  assisting their children in reading in the content area.
   61         (6)(5) Provide technical assistance to school districts in
   62  the development and implementation of district plans for use of
   63  the research-based reading instruction allocation provided in s.
   64  1011.62(9) and annually review and approve such plans.
   65         (7)(6) Review, evaluate, and provide technical assistance
   66  to school districts’ implementation of the K-12 comprehensive
   67  reading plan required in s. 1011.62(9).
   68         (8)(7) Work with the Florida Center for Reading Research to
   69  provide information on research-based reading programs and
   70  effective reading in the content area strategies.
   71         (9) Work with the Florida Center for Reading Research to
   72  develop and provide access to sequenced curriculum programming,
   73  instructional practices, and resources that help elementary
   74  schools use state-adopted instructional materials and content
   75  rich texts to increase students’ background knowledge and
   76  literacy skills consistent with the state academic standards.
   77         (10)(8) Periodically review the Next Generation Sunshine
   78  State Standards for reading at all grade levels.
   79         (11)(9) Periodically review teacher certification
   80  examinations, including alternative certification exams, to
   81  ascertain whether the examinations measure the skills needed for
   82  research-based reading instruction and instructional strategies
   83  for teaching reading in the content areas.
   84         (12)(10) Work with teacher preparation programs approved
   85  pursuant to s. 1004.04 to integrate research-based reading
   86  instructional strategies and reading in the content area
   87  instructional strategies into teacher preparation programs.
   88         (13)(11) Administer grants and perform other functions as
   89  necessary to meet the goal that all students read at grade
   90  level.
   91         Section 2. Subsection (8) is added to section 1002.51,
   92  Florida Statutes, to read:
   93         1002.51 Definitions.—As used in this part, the term:
   94         (8) “Public school prekindergarten provider” includes a
   95  charter school that is authorized to provide a prekindergarten
   96  program in its charter consistent with s. 1002.33 and that is
   97  eligible to deliver the school-year prekindergarten program
   98  under s. 1002.63 or the summer prekindergarten program under s.
   99  1002.61.
  100         Section 3. Paragraph (d) is added to subsection (4) of
  101  section 1002.53, Florida Statutes, to read:
  102         1002.53 Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program;
  103  eligibility and enrollment.—
  104         (4)
  105         (d) Each early learning coalition shall coordinate with the
  106  Office of Early Learning to assign student identification
  107  numbers to each student who enrolls in the Voluntary
  108  Prekindergarten Education Program.
  109         Section 4. Paragraphs (a) and (c) of subsection (2) of
  110  section 1002.67, Florida Statutes, are amended, paragraphs (d)
  111  and (e) are added to subsection (3) of that section, present
  112  subsection (4) of that section is redesignated as subsection
  113  (5), and a new subsection (4) is added to that section, to read:
  114         1002.67 Performance standards; curricula and
  115  accountability.—
  116         (2)(a) Each private prekindergarten provider and public
  117  school may select or design the curriculum that the provider or
  118  school uses to implement the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education
  119  Program, except as otherwise required for a provider or school
  120  that is placed on probation under paragraph (5)(c) (4)(c).
  121         (c) The office shall review and approve curricula for use
  122  by private prekindergarten providers and public schools that are
  123  placed on probation under paragraph (5)(c) (4)(c). The office
  124  shall maintain a list of the curricula approved under this
  125  paragraph. Each approved curriculum must meet the requirements
  126  of paragraph (b).
  127         (3)
  128         (d) Each private prekindergarten provider and public school
  129  in the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program shall provide
  130  parents with the results of the pre- and post-assessments,
  131  including any resources that might be helpful for their
  132  students, within 10 days after administration of the assessment.
  133         (e) The results of the pre- and post-assessments must be
  134  reported at the aggregate level, distributed to the respective
  135  early learning coalitions and school districts, and displayed on
  136  the office’s website within 30 days after administration of the
  137  assessment.
  138         (4) The office shall determine the eligibility criteria for
  139  enrollment, as authorized by s. 1002.71(4)(c), and for
  140  reenrollment in the school year Voluntary Prekindergarten
  141  Education Program.
  142         Section 5. Subsections (1) and (2) and paragraphs (a), (e),
  143  and (f) of subsection (7) of section 1002.69, Florida Statutes,
  144  are amended to read:
  145         1002.69 Statewide kindergarten screening; kindergarten
  146  readiness rates; state-approved prekindergarten enrollment
  147  screening; good cause exemption.—
  148         (1) The department shall adopt a single statewide
  149  kindergarten screening that assesses the readiness of each
  150  student for kindergarten based upon the performance standards
  151  adopted by the department under s. 1002.67(1) for the Voluntary
  152  Prekindergarten Education Program. The department shall require
  153  that each school district administer the statewide kindergarten
  154  screening to each kindergarten student in the school district
  155  within the first 30 school days of each school year. Nonpublic
  156  schools may administer the statewide kindergarten screening to
  157  each kindergarten student in a nonpublic school who was enrolled
  158  in the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program.
  159         (2) The statewide kindergarten screening must shall provide
  160  objective data concerning each student’s readiness for
  161  kindergarten and progress in attaining the performance standards
  162  adopted by the office under s. 1002.67(1), with an emphasis on
  163  early literacy and numeracy skills. The screening must be a
  164  direct assessment of these skills.
  165         (7)(a) Notwithstanding s. 1002.67(5)(c)3. s.
  166  1002.67(4)(c)3., the office, upon the request of a private
  167  prekindergarten provider or public school that remains on
  168  probation for 2 consecutive years or more and subsequently fails
  169  to meet the minimum rate adopted under subsection (6) and for
  170  good cause shown, may grant to the provider or school an
  171  exemption from being determined ineligible to deliver the
  172  Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program and receive state
  173  funds for the program. Such exemption is valid for 1 year and,
  174  upon the request of the private prekindergarten provider or
  175  public school and for good cause shown, may be renewed.
  176         (e) A private prekindergarten provider or public school
  177  granted a good cause exemption shall continue to implement its
  178  improvement plan and continue the corrective actions required
  179  under s. 1002.67(5)(c)1. s. 1002.67(4)(c)1., including the use
  180  of a curriculum approved by the office, until the provider or
  181  school meets the minimum rate adopted under subsection (6).
  182         (f) If a good cause exemption is granted to a private
  183  prekindergarten provider who remains on probation for 2
  184  consecutive years, the office shall notify the early learning
  185  coalition of the good cause exemption and direct that the
  186  coalition, notwithstanding s. 1002.67(5)(c)3. s.
  187  1002.67(4)(c)3., not remove the provider from eligibility to
  188  deliver the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program or to
  189  receive state funds for the program, if the provider meets all
  190  other applicable requirements of this part.
  191         Section 6. Paragraph (c) is added to subsection (4) of
  192  section 1002.71, Florida Statutes, to read:
  193         1002.71 Funding; financial and attendance reporting.—
  194         (4) Notwithstanding s. 1002.53(3) and subsection (2):
  195         (c) Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, a child who has
  196  completed a school-year Voluntary Prekindergarten Education
  197  Program but is determined to be at risk of not attaining the
  198  performance standards specified by s. 1002.67(1) may reenroll in
  199  one of the school-year programs, which is offered by a provider
  200  that has met the adopted minimum readiness rate provided under
  201  s. 1002.69(6), for the subsequent year at the request of the
  202  child’s parent. The prekindergarten program may report the child
  203  for funding purposes as a full-time equivalent student in the
  204  school-year program for which he or she is enrolled.
  206  A child may reenroll only once in a prekindergarten program
  207  under this section. A child who reenrolls in a prekindergarten
  208  program under this subsection may not subsequently withdraw from
  209  the program and reenroll, unless the child is granted a good
  210  cause exemption under this subsection. The Office of Early
  211  Learning shall establish criteria specifying whether a good
  212  cause exists for a child to withdraw from a program under
  213  paragraph (a), whether a child has substantially completed a
  214  program under paragraph (b), and whether an extreme hardship
  215  exists which is beyond the child’s or parent’s control under
  216  paragraph (b).
  217         Section 7. Paragraph (d) of subsection (9) of section
  218  1011.62, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  219         1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.—If the annual
  220  allocation from the Florida Education Finance Program to each
  221  district for operation of schools is not determined in the
  222  annual appropriations act or the substantive bill implementing
  223  the annual appropriations act, it shall be determined as
  224  follows:
  226         (d) Annually, by a date determined by the Department of
  227  Education but before May 1, school districts shall submit a K-12
  228  comprehensive reading plan for the specific use of the research
  229  based reading instruction allocation in the format prescribed by
  230  the department for review and approval by the Just Read,
  231  Florida! Office created pursuant to s. 1001.215. The plan
  232  annually submitted by school districts shall be deemed approved
  233  unless the department rejects the plan on or before June 1. If a
  234  school district and the Just Read, Florida! Office cannot reach
  235  agreement on the contents of the plan, the school district may
  236  appeal to the State Board of Education for resolution. School
  237  districts shall be allowed reasonable flexibility in designing
  238  their plans and shall be encouraged to offer reading
  239  intervention through innovative methods, including career
  240  academies. The plan format shall be developed with input from
  241  school district personnel, including teachers and principals,
  242  and shall allow courses in core, career, and alternative
  243  programs that deliver intensive reading remediation through
  244  integrated curricula, provided that the teacher is deemed highly
  245  qualified to teach reading or is working toward that status. No
  246  later than July 1 annually, the department shall release the
  247  school district’s allocation of appropriated funds to those
  248  districts having approved plans. A school district that spends
  249  100 percent of this allocation on its approved plan shall be
  250  deemed to have been in compliance with the plan. The department
  251  may withhold funds upon a determination that reading instruction
  252  allocation funds are not being used to implement the approved
  253  plan. The department shall monitor and track the implementation
  254  of each district plan, including conducting site visits and
  255  collecting specific data on expenditures and reading improvement
  256  results. By December February 1 of each year, the department
  257  shall report its findings from the previous school year to the
  258  Legislature.
  259         Section 8. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.