Florida Senate - 2018                      CS for CS for SB 1056
       By the Committees on Appropriations; and Education; and Senator
       576-04118-18                                          20181056c2
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to computer science instruction;
    3         amending s. 1007.2616, F.S.; providing a definition;
    4         providing requirements for specified instruction
    5         relating to computer science; requiring certain
    6         computer science courses to be included in the Course
    7         Code Directory and published on the Department of
    8         Education’s website by a specified date; requiring the
    9         Florida Virtual School to offer certain computer
   10         science courses; requiring school districts to provide
   11         access to computer science courses offered by the
   12         Florida Virtual school or by other means under certain
   13         circumstances; providing funds for school districts to
   14         provide professional development for classroom
   15         teachers; providing Department of Education
   16         responsibilities for the distribution of such funds;
   17         requiring that high school students be provided
   18         opportunities to take certain courses to meet certain
   19         graduation requirements; providing funds for bonuses
   20         for certain classroom teachers; requiring, rather than
   21         authorizing, the State Board of Education to adopt
   22         rules; providing an effective date.
   24  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   26         Section 1. Section 1007.2616, Florida Statutes, is amended
   27  to read:
   28         1007.2616 Computer science and technology instruction.—
   29         (1)For the purposes of this section, the term “computer
   30  science” means the study of computers and algorithmic processes,
   31  including their principles, hardware and software designs,
   32  applications, and their impact on society, and includes computer
   33  coding and computer programming.
   34         (2)(a)(1) Public schools shall provide students in grades
   35  K-12 opportunities for learning computer science, including, but
   36  not limited to, computer coding and computer programming. Such
   37  opportunities may include coding instruction in elementary
   38  school and middle school and, instruction to develop students’
   39  computer usage and digital literacy skills in middle school, and
   40  must include courses in computer science, computer coding, and
   41  computer programming in middle school and high school, including
   42  earning-related industry certifications. Such courses must be
   43  integrated into each school district’s middle and high schools,
   44  including combination schools in which any of grades 6 through
   45  12 are taught.
   46         (b)Computer science courses must be identified in the
   47  Course Code Directory and published on the Department of
   48  Education’s website no later than July 1, 2018. Additional
   49  computer science courses may be subsequently identified and
   50  posted on the department’s website.
   51         (3)The Florida Virtual School shall offer computer science
   52  courses identified in the Course Code Directory pursuant to
   53  paragraph (2)(b). If a school district does not offer an
   54  identified course, the district must provide students access to
   55  the course through the Florida Virtual School or through other
   56  means.
   57         (4)(a)Subject to legislative appropriation, a school
   58  district or a consortium of school districts may apply to the
   59  department, in a format prescribed by the department, for
   60  funding to deliver or facilitate training for classroom teachers
   61  to earn an educator certificate in computer science pursuant to
   62  s. 1012.56 or an industry certification associated with a course
   63  identified in the Course Code Directory pursuant to paragraph
   64  (2)(b). Such funding shall only be used to provide training for
   65  classroom teachers and to pay fees for examinations that lead to
   66  a credential pursuant to this paragraph.
   67         (b)Once the department has identified courses in the
   68  Course Code Directory pursuant to paragraph (2)(b), the
   69  department shall establish a deadline for submitting
   70  applications. The department shall award funding to school
   71  districts in a manner that allows for an equitable distribution
   72  of funding statewide based on student population.
   73         (5)(2) Elementary schools and middle schools may establish
   74  digital classrooms in which students are provided opportunities
   75  to improve digital literacy and competency; to learn digital
   76  skills, such as coding, multiple media presentation, and the
   77  manipulation of multiple digital graphic images; and to earn
   78  digital tool certificates and certifications pursuant to s.
   79  1003.4203 and grade-appropriate, technology-related industry
   80  certifications.
   81         (6)(3) High school students must be provided schools may
   82  provide students opportunities to take computer science courses
   83  to satisfy high school graduation requirements, including, but
   84  not limited to, the following:
   85         (a) High school computer science courses of sufficient
   86  rigor, as identified by the commissioner, such that one credit
   87  in computer science and the earning of related industry
   88  certifications constitute the equivalent of up to one credit of
   89  the mathematics requirement, with the exception of Algebra I or
   90  higher-level mathematics, or up to one credit of the science
   91  requirement, with the exception of Biology I or higher-level
   92  science, for high school graduation. Computer science courses
   93  and technology-related industry certifications that are
   94  identified as eligible for meeting mathematics or science
   95  requirements for high school graduation shall be included in the
   96  Course Code Directory.
   97         (b) High school computer technology courses in 3D rapid
   98  prototype printing of sufficient rigor, as identified by the
   99  commissioner, such that one or more credits in such courses and
  100  related industry certifications earned may satisfy up to two
  101  credits of mathematics required for high school graduation with
  102  the exception of Algebra I. Computer technology courses in 3D
  103  rapid prototype printing and related industry certifications
  104  that are identified as eligible for meeting mathematics
  105  requirements for high school graduation shall be included in the
  106  Course Code Directory.
  107         (7)Subject to legislative appropriation, a classroom
  108  teacher who was evaluated as effective or highly effective
  109  pursuant to s. 1012.34 in the previous school year or who is
  110  newly hired by the district school board and has not been
  111  evaluated pursuant to s. 1012.34 must receive a bonus as
  112  follows:
  113         (a)If the classroom teacher holds an educator certificate
  114  in computer science pursuant to s. 1012.56 or if he or she has
  115  passed the computer science subject area examination and holds
  116  an adjunct certificate issued by a school district pursuant to
  117  s. 1012.57, he or she shall receive a bonus of $1,000 after each
  118  year the individual completes teaching a computer science course
  119  identified in the Course Code Directory pursuant to paragraph
  120  (2)(b) at a public middle, high, or combination school in the
  121  state, for up to 3 years.
  122         (b)If the classroom teacher holds an industry
  123  certification associated with a course identified in the Course
  124  Code Directory pursuant to paragraph (2)(b), he or she shall
  125  receive a bonus of $500 after each year the individual completes
  126  teaching the identified course at a public middle, high, or
  127  combination school in the state, for up to 3 years.
  129  A school district shall report a qualifying classroom teacher to
  130  the department by a date and in a format established by the
  131  department. An eligible classroom teacher shall receive his or
  132  her bonus upon completion of the school year in which he or she
  133  taught the course. A teacher may not receive more than one bonus
  134  per year under this subsection.
  135         (8)(4) The State Board of Education shall may adopt rules
  136  to administer this section.
  137         Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.