Florida Senate - 2019                                    SB 1342
       By Senator Stargel
       22-01314-19                                           20191342__
    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. This subsection
   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.
   51         (24)
   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
   62  minimum:
   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.
  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).
  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
  169  following:
  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
  181  (4).
  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.
  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).
  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
  237  year:
  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.