Florida Senate - 2018                                    SB 1318
       By Senator Rouson
       19-00514D-18                                          20181318__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to education for prisoners; amending
    3         s. 944.801, F.S.; authorizing the Department of
    4         Corrections to contract with certain entities to
    5         provide educational services for the Correctional
    6         Education Program; amending s. 951.176, F.S.;
    7         authorizing each county to contract with certain
    8         entities to provide educational services for county
    9         inmates; amending s. 1011.80, F.S.; removing a
   10         provision prohibiting state funds for the operation of
   11         postsecondary workforce programs from being used for
   12         the education of certain state inmates; providing an
   13         effective date.
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   17         Section 1. Present subsections (4) and (5) of section
   18  944.801, Florida Statutes, are renumbered as subsections (5) and
   19  (6), respectively, and a new subsection (4) is added to that
   20  section, to read:
   21         944.801 Education for state prisoners.—
   22         (4) The department may contract with a district school
   23  board, the Florida Virtual School, or a charter school
   24  authorized to operate under s. 1002.33 to provide educational
   25  services for the Correctional Education Program. The educational
   26  services may include any educational, career, or vocational
   27  training that is authorized by the department.
   28         Section 2. Section 951.176, Florida Statutes, is amended to
   29  read:
   30         951.176 Provision of education programs for youth.—
   31         (1) Each county may contract with a district school board,
   32  the Florida Virtual School, or a charter school authorized to
   33  operate under s. 1002.33 to provide educational services for
   34  inmates at county detention facilities. The educational services
   35  may include any educational, career, or vocational training that
   36  is authorized by the sheriff or chief correctional officer, or
   37  his or her designee.
   38         (2) Minors who have not graduated from high school and
   39  eligible students with disabilities under the age of 22 who have
   40  not graduated with a standard diploma or its equivalent who are
   41  detained in a county or municipal detention facility as defined
   42  in s. 951.23 shall be offered educational services by the local
   43  school district in which the facility is located. These
   44  educational services shall be based upon the estimated length of
   45  time the youth will be in the facility and the youth’s current
   46  level of functioning. School district superintendents or their
   47  designees shall be notified by the county sheriff or chief
   48  correctional officer, or his or her designee, upon the
   49  assignment of a youth under the age of 21 to the facility. A
   50  cooperative agreement with the local school district and
   51  applicable law enforcement units shall be developed to address
   52  the notification requirement and the provision of educational
   53  services to these youth.
   54         Section 3. Paragraph (b) of subsection (7) of section
   55  1011.80, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   56         1011.80 Funds for operation of workforce education
   57  programs.—
   58         (7)
   59         (b) State funds provided for the operation of postsecondary
   60  workforce programs may not be expended for the education of
   61  state inmates with more than 24 months of time remaining to
   62  serve on their sentence or federal inmates.
   63         Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.