Florida Senate - 2019 SB 1342
By Senator Stargel
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to postsecondary education for
3 secondary students; amending s. 1007.271, F.S.;
4 requiring, rather than authorizing, instructional
5 materials to be made available to certain dual
6 enrollment students free of charge; prohibiting
7 certain costs associated with a private school student
8 who is enrolled in a dual enrollment course from being
9 passed along to the student’s school; amending s.
10 1007.273, F.S.; defining the term “early college
11 program”; providing additional options for students
12 participating in an early college program; revising
13 the requirements for an early college program;
14 authorizing certain private school and home education
15 students to enroll in an early college program;
16 prohibiting certain entities from limiting the number
17 of students who may participate in an early college
18 program; revising early college program contract and
19 student performance contract requirements; requiring
20 each district school board to annually notify students
21 in certain grades of specified information about the
22 early college program; authorizing a charter school to
23 establish an early college program; providing that
24 certain students and schools are not responsible for
25 specified costs; providing that students who meet
26 certain requirements generate a full-time equivalent
27 bonus; providing requirements for such bonuses;
28 requiring a district school superintendent to annually
29 report to the Commissioner of Education certain
30 information relating to the early college program;
31 requiring the commissioner to annually submit a report
32 to the Governor and the Legislature; providing an
33 effective date.
35 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
37 Section 1. Subsection (17) and paragraph (b) of subsection
38 (24) of section 1007.271, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
39 1007.271 Dual enrollment programs.—
40 (17) Instructional materials assigned for use within dual
41 enrollment courses shall be made available to dual enrollment
42 students from Florida public high schools, home education
43 programs, and private schools free of charge.
44 does not prohibit a Florida College System institution from
45 providing instructional materials at no cost to a home education
46 student or student from a private school. Instructional
47 materials purchased by a district school board or Florida
48 College System institution board of trustees on behalf of dual
49 enrollment students shall be the property of the board against
50 which the purchase is charged.
52 (b) Each public postsecondary institution eligible to
53 participate in the dual enrollment program pursuant to s.
54 1011.62(1)(i) must enter into a private school articulation
55 agreement with each eligible private school in its geographic
56 service area seeking to offer dual enrollment courses to its
57 students, including, but not limited to, students with
58 disabilities. By August 1 of each year, the eligible
59 postsecondary institution shall complete and submit the private
60 school articulation agreement to the Department of Education.
61 The private school articulation agreement must include, at a
63 1. A delineation of courses and programs available to the
64 private school student. The postsecondary institution may add,
65 revise, or delete courses and programs at any time.
66 2. The initial and continued eligibility requirements for
67 private school student participation, not to exceed those
68 required of other dual enrollment students.
69 3. The student’s responsibilities for providing his or her
70 own instructional materials and transportation.
71 4. A provision clarifying that the private school will
72 award appropriate credit toward high school completion for the
73 postsecondary course under the dual enrollment program.
74 5. A provision expressing that costs associated with
75 tuition and fees, including registration , and laboratory fees,
76 will not be passed along to the student or the student’s private
77 school of enrollment.
78 Section 2. Section 1007.273, Florida Statutes, is amended
79 to read:
80 1007.273 Early college acceleration programs Collegiate
81 high school program.—
82 (1) Each Florida College System institution shall work with
83 each district school board in its designated service area to
84 establish one or more early college programs, including, but not
85 limited to, collegiate high school programs. As used in this
86 section, the term “early college program” means a structured
87 high school acceleration program.
88 (1) (2) PURPOSE.—At a minimum, early college collegiate high
89 school programs must include an option for public school
90 students in grades grade 11 and or grade 12 participating in the
91 early college program, for at least 2 1 full school years year,
92 to earn CAPE industry certifications pursuant to s. 1008.44 and
93 to successfully complete at least 60 30 credit hours through the
94 dual enrollment program under s. 1007.271. Private school
95 students and home education students in grades 11 and 12 may
96 enroll in the early college program. The early college program
97 must prioritize dual enrollment courses applicable as general
98 education core courses or common prerequisite courses under s.
99 1007.25 toward the first year of college for an associate degree
100 or a baccalaureate degree over dual enrollment courses
101 applicable as electives while enrolled in the program. A
102 district school board or Florida College System institution may
103 not limit the number of eligible students who may enroll in such
104 early college programs.
105 (2) (3) REQUIRED EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAM CONTRACTS.—Each
106 district school board and its local Florida College System
107 institution shall execute a contract to establish one or more
108 early college collegiate high school programs at a mutually
109 agreed upon location or locations. Beginning with the 2015-2016
110 school year, If the local Florida College System institution
111 does not establish an early college a program with a district
112 school board in its designated service area, another Florida
113 College System institution may execute a contract with that
114 district school board to establish the early college program.
115 Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the contract must be
116 executed by January 1 of each school year for implementation of
117 the early college program during the next school year. The
118 contract must:
119 (a) Identify the grade levels to be included in the early
120 college collegiate high school program which must, at a minimum,
121 include grade 12.
122 (b) Describe the early college collegiate high school
123 program, including a list of the meta-major academic pathways
124 approved pursuant to s. 1008.30(4) that are available to
125 participating students through the partner Florida College
126 System institution or other eligible partner postsecondary
127 institution participating pursuant to subsection (4); the
128 delineation of courses that must, at a minimum, include general
129 education core courses and common prerequisite courses pursuant
130 to s. 1007.25; and industry certifications offered, including
131 online course availability; the high school and college credits
132 earned for each postsecondary course completed and industry
133 certification earned; student eligibility criteria; and the
134 enrollment process and relevant deadlines.
135 (c) Describe the methods, medium, and process by which
136 students and their parents are annually informed about the
137 availability of the early college collegiate high school
138 program, the return on investment associated with participation
139 in the early college program, and the information described in
140 paragraphs (a) and (b).
141 (d) Identify the delivery methods for instruction and the
142 instructors for all courses.
143 (e) Identify student advising services and progress
144 monitoring mechanisms.
145 (f) Establish a program review and reporting mechanism
146 regarding student performance outcomes.
147 (g) Describe the terms of funding arrangements to implement
148 the early college collegiate high school program pursuant to
149 paragraph (5)(a).
150 (3) STUDENT PERFORMANCE CONTRACT AND NOTIFICATION.—
151 (a) (4) Each student participating in an early college a
152 collegiate high school program must enter into a student
153 performance contract which must be signed by the student, the
154 parent, and a representative of the school district and the
155 partnering applicable Florida College System institution , state
156 university, or other eligible partner postsecondary institution
157 participating pursuant to subsection (4) (5). The performance
158 contract must, at a minimum, specify include the schedule of
159 courses, by semester, and industry certifications to be taken by
160 the student, if any; student attendance requirements; , and
161 course grade requirements; and the applicability of such courses
162 to an associate degree or a baccalaureate degree.
163 (b) By September 1, 2020, and annually thereafter, each
164 district school board must notify each student in grades 9, 10,
165 11, and 12 in a public school, each home education student in
166 grades 9, 10, 11, or 12, and each private school with students
167 in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 within the school district about the
168 early college program, including, but not limited to, all of the
170 1. The method for earning college credit through
171 participation in the early college program. The notification
172 must include Internet websites to the dual enrollment course
173 equivalency list approved by the State Board of Education; the
174 common degree program prerequisite requirements published by the
175 Articulation Coordinating Committee pursuant to s.
176 1007.01(3)(f); the industry certification articulation
177 agreements adopted by the State Board of Education in rule; and
178 the approved meta-major academic pathways of the partner Florida
179 College System institution or other eligible partner
180 postsecondary institution participating pursuant to subsection
182 2. The estimated cost savings to students and their
183 families resulting from students successfully completing 30
184 credit hours and 60 credit hours applicable toward general
185 education core courses or common prerequisite courses before
186 graduating from high school versus the cost of students earning
187 such credit hours after graduating from high school.
188 (4) (5) AUTHORIZED EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAM CONTRACTS.—In
189 addition to executing a contract with the local Florida College
190 System institution under this section, a district school board
191 may execute a contract to establish an early college a
192 collegiate high school program with a state university or an
193 institution that is eligible to participate in the William L.
194 Boyd, IV, Effective Access to Student Education Grant Program,
195 that is a nonprofit independent college or university located
196 and chartered in this state, and that is accredited by the
197 Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges
198 and Schools to grant baccalaureate degrees. Such university or
199 institution must meet the requirements specified under
200 subsections (2) (3) and (3) (4). A charter school may execute a
201 contract directly with the local Florida College System
202 institution or another institution as authorized under this
203 section to establish an early college program at a mutually
204 agreed upon location.
205 (5) FUNDING.—
206 (a) (6) The early college collegiate high school program
207 shall be funded pursuant to ss. 1007.271 and 1011.62. Pursuant
208 to s. 1007.271, a home education student, private school
209 student, and private school student’s school of enrollment are
210 not responsible for the costs associated with instructional
211 materials, tuition, and fees, including registration and
212 laboratory fees. The State Board of Education shall enforce
213 compliance with this section by withholding the transfer of
214 funds for the school districts and the Florida College System
215 institutions in accordance with s. 1008.32.
216 (b) A student who enrolls in the early college program and
217 successfully completes an associate degree or at least 60
218 college credit hours toward fulfilling the requirements for a
219 baccalaureate degree pursuant to the student performance
220 contract under subsection (3) before graduating from high school
221 generates a 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) bonus. Each district
222 school board that is a contractual partner with a Florida
223 College System institution or other eligible postsecondary
224 institution pursuant to subsection (4) shall report to the
225 Commissioner of Education the total FTE bonus for each early
226 college program for the students from that school district. The
227 total FTE bonus shall be added to each school district’s total
228 weighted FTE for funding in the subsequent fiscal year.
229 (c) For any industry certification a student attains under
230 this section, the FTE bonus shall be calculated and awarded in
231 accordance with s. 1011.62(1)(o).
232 (6) REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.—
233 (a) Beginning September 1, 2020, and annually thereafter,
234 each district school superintendent shall report to the
235 commissioner, at a minimum, the following information on each
236 early college program administered during the previous school
238 1. The number of students in public schools, private
239 schools, and home education programs within the school district
240 who enrolled in the early college program and the partnering
241 postsecondary institutions pursuant to subsections (2) and (4).
242 2. The total and average number of dual enrollment courses
243 completed, high school and college credits earned, standard high
244 school diplomas and associate and baccalaureate degrees awarded,
245 and industry certifications attained, if any, by the students
246 who enrolled in the early college program.
247 3. The projected student enrollment in the early college
248 program during the next school year.
249 4. Any barriers to executing contracts to establish one or
250 more early college programs.
251 (b) By November 30, 2020, and annually thereafter, the
252 commissioner must report to the Governor, the President of the
253 Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives the
254 status of early college programs, including, at a minimum, a
255 summary of student enrollment and completion information
256 pursuant to this subsection; barriers, if any, to establishing
257 such programs; and recommendations for expanding access to such
258 programs statewide.
259 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.