Florida Senate - 2017 SB 538 By Senator Clemens 31-00354-17 2017538__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to charter schools; amending s. 3 1002.33, F.S.; requiring applicants for charter status 4 to demonstrate that they meet certain needs that the 5 local school district does not, or is unable to, meet; 6 authorizing a charter school to share the results of 7 innovative methods and best practices with the school 8 district; providing an effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Subsection (2) of section 1002.33, Florida 13 Statutes, is amended to read: 14 1002.33 Charter schools.— 15 (2) GUIDING PRINCIPLES; PURPOSE.—In order to obtain charter 16 status, an applicant must clearly demonstrate that it meets a 17 specific instructional need or a need for additional educational 18 facilities as defined in s. 1013.01 which the local school 19 district does not, or is unable to, meet. Accordingly, each 20 charter school in this state: 21 (a)
Charter schools in FloridaShall be guided by the 22 following principles: 23 1. Meet high standards of student achievement while 24 providing flexibility to parents flexibilityto choose among 25 diverse educational opportunities within the state’s public 26 school system. 27 2. Promote enhanced academic success and financial 28 efficiency by aligning responsibility with accountability. 29 3. Provide parents with sufficient information as to on30 whether their child is reading at grade level and is gaining 31 whether the child gainsat least a year’s worth of learning for 32 every year spent in the charter school. 33 (b) Charter schoolsShall fulfill the following purposes: 34 1. Improve student learning and academic achievement. 35 2. Increase learning opportunities for all students, with 36 special emphasis on low-performing students and reading. 37 3. Encourage the use of innovative learning methods. 38 4. Require the measurement of learning outcomes. 39 (c) Charter schoolsMay fulfill the following purposes: 40 1. Create innovative measurement tools. 41 2. Provide rigorous competition within the public school 42 district to stimulate continual improvement in all public 43 schools. 44 3. Expand the capacity of the public school system. 45 4. Mitigate the educational impact of created bythe 46 development of new residential dwelling units. 47 5. Create new professional opportunities for teachers, 48 including ownership of the learning program at the school site. 49 6. Share the results of innovative methods and best 50 practices with the school district. 51 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.