Florida Senate - 2019                             CS for SB 1342
       By the Committee on Education; and Senator Stargel
       581-03748-19                                          20191342c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to postsecondary education for
    3         secondary students; amending s. 1007.27, F.S.;
    4         requiring postsecondary institutions to annually
    5         report specified information to the Commissioner of
    6         Education; requiring the Department of Education to
    7         annually publish specified information to its website;
    8         amending s. 1007.271, F.S.; revising the grade point
    9         average requirement for student eligibility relating
   10         to initial and continued enrollment in college credit
   11         dual enrollment courses; prohibiting district school
   12         boards and Florida College System institutions from
   13         limiting the number of students participating in dual
   14         enrollment; providing an exception; requiring, rather
   15         than authorizing, instructional materials to be made
   16         available to certain dual enrollment students free of
   17         charge; prohibiting certain costs associated with a
   18         private school student who is enrolled in a dual
   19         enrollment course from being passed along to the
   20         student’s school; amending s. 1007.273, F.S.; defining
   21         the term “early college program”; providing additional
   22         options for students participating in an early college
   23         program; revising the requirements for an early
   24         college program; authorizing certain private school
   25         and home education students to enroll in an early
   26         college program; revising early college program
   27         contract and student performance contract
   28         requirements; requiring each district school board to
   29         annually notify students in certain grades of
   30         specified information about the early college program;
   31         authorizing a charter school to establish an early
   32         college program; providing that certain students and
   33         schools are not responsible for specified costs;
   34         providing that students who meet certain requirements
   35         generate a full-time equivalent bonus; providing
   36         requirements for such bonuses; requiring a district
   37         school superintendent to annually report to the
   38         Commissioner of Education certain information relating
   39         to the early college program; requiring the
   40         commissioner to annually submit a report to the
   41         Governor and the Legislature; providing an effective
   42         date.
   44  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   46         Section 1. Subsections (5) through (8) of section 1007.27,
   47  Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (6) through
   48  (9), respectively, and a new subsection (5) is added to that
   49  section, to read:
   50         1007.27 Articulated acceleration mechanisms.—
   51         (5)(a)Beginning September 1, 2020, and annually
   52  thereafter, each postsecondary institution shall report to the
   53  Commissioner of Education at least the following information, by
   54  school district, for the previous school year for each dual
   55  enrollment articulation agreement it enters into pursuant to s.
   56  1007.271:
   57         1.The number of students who enrolled in a dual enrollment
   58  course under each articulation agreement, including those
   59  students enrolled in an early college program under s. 1007.273;
   60         2.The total and average number of dual enrollment courses
   61  completed; clock hours earned; high school and college credits
   62  earned; standard high school diplomas, certificates, and
   63  associate and baccalaureate degrees awarded; and industry
   64  certifications attained by the students who enrolled in each
   65  dual enrollment program or early college program;
   66         3.The projected student enrollment in each dual enrollment
   67  program and early college program during the next school year;
   68  and
   69         4.Any barriers to entering into an agreement to establish
   70  one or more early college programs as provided in ss. 1007.271
   71  and 1007.273.
   72         (b)By November 30, 2020, and annually thereafter, the
   73  Department of Education shall publish on its website the status
   74  of early college programs, including, at a minimum, a summary of
   75  student enrollment and completion information, by each school
   76  district, provided pursuant to this subsection; barriers, if
   77  any, to establishing such programs; and recommendations for
   78  expanding access to such programs statewide.
   79         Section 2. Subsections (3), (4), and (17) and paragraph (b)
   80  of subsection (24) of section 1007.271, Florida Statutes, are
   81  amended to read:
   82         1007.271 Dual enrollment programs.—
   83         (3) Student eligibility requirements for initial enrollment
   84  in college credit dual enrollment courses must include a 2.5 3.0
   85  unweighted high school grade point average and the minimum score
   86  on a common placement test adopted by the State Board of
   87  Education which indicates that the student is ready for college
   88  level coursework. Student eligibility requirements for continued
   89  enrollment in college credit dual enrollment courses must
   90  include the maintenance of a 2.5 3.0 unweighted high school
   91  grade point average and the minimum postsecondary grade point
   92  average established by the postsecondary institution. Regardless
   93  of meeting student eligibility requirements for continued
   94  enrollment, a student may lose the opportunity to participate in
   95  a dual enrollment course if the student is disruptive to the
   96  learning process such that the progress of other students or the
   97  efficient administration of the course is hindered. Student
   98  eligibility requirements for initial and continued enrollment in
   99  career certificate dual enrollment courses must include a 2.0
  100  unweighted high school grade point average. Exceptions to the
  101  required grade point averages may be granted on an individual
  102  student basis if the educational entities agree and the terms of
  103  the agreement are contained within the dual enrollment
  104  articulation agreement established pursuant to subsection (21).
  105  Florida College System institution boards of trustees may
  106  establish additional initial student eligibility requirements,
  107  which shall be included in the dual enrollment articulation
  108  agreement, to ensure student readiness for postsecondary
  109  instruction. Additional requirements included in the agreement
  110  may not arbitrarily prohibit students who have demonstrated the
  111  ability to master advanced courses from participating in dual
  112  enrollment courses or limit the number of dual enrollment
  113  courses in which a student may enroll based solely upon
  114  enrollment by the student at an independent postsecondary
  115  institution.
  116         (4) District school boards may not refuse to enter into a
  117  dual enrollment articulation agreement with a local Florida
  118  College System institution if that Florida College System
  119  institution has the capacity to offer dual enrollment courses. A
  120  district school board or Florida College System institution may
  121  not limit the number of students who participate in dual
  122  enrollment, including early college programs under s. 1007.273,
  123  unless the institution requests, and the commissioner approves,
  124  a 1-year waiver from the prohibition on limitation under this
  125  subsection, specifically due to capacity to accommodate all
  126  eligible students seeking to participate in dual enrollment or
  127  early college programs from one or more counties served by the
  128  college. Such waiver must describe the existing capacity issues
  129  and specific courses or programs impacted by such capacity
  130  issues, and must include suggested solutions and a timeline for
  131  achieving the capacity to accommodate student demand.
  132         (17) Instructional materials assigned for use within dual
  133  enrollment courses shall be made available to dual enrollment
  134  students from Florida public high schools, home education
  135  programs, and private schools free of charge. This subsection
  136  does not prohibit a Florida College System institution from
  137  providing instructional materials at no cost to a home education
  138  student or student from a private school. Instructional
  139  materials purchased by a district school board or Florida
  140  College System institution board of trustees on behalf of dual
  141  enrollment students shall be the property of the board against
  142  which the purchase is charged.
  143         (24)
  144         (b) Each public postsecondary institution eligible to
  145  participate in the dual enrollment program pursuant to s.
  146  1011.62(1)(i) must enter into a private school articulation
  147  agreement with each eligible private school in its geographic
  148  service area seeking to offer dual enrollment courses to its
  149  students, including, but not limited to, students with
  150  disabilities. By August 1 of each year, the eligible
  151  postsecondary institution shall complete and submit the private
  152  school articulation agreement to the Department of Education.
  153  The private school articulation agreement must include, at a
  154  minimum:
  155         1. A delineation of courses and programs available to the
  156  private school student. The postsecondary institution may add,
  157  revise, or delete courses and programs at any time.
  158         2. The initial and continued eligibility requirements for
  159  private school student participation, not to exceed those
  160  required of other dual enrollment students.
  161         3. The student’s responsibilities for providing his or her
  162  own instructional materials and transportation.
  163         4. A provision clarifying that the private school will
  164  award appropriate credit toward high school completion for the
  165  postsecondary course under the dual enrollment program.
  166         5. A provision expressing that costs associated with
  167  tuition and fees, including registration, and laboratory fees,
  168  will not be passed along to the student or the student’s private
  169  school of enrollment.
  170         Section 3. Section 1007.273, Florida Statutes, is amended
  171  to read:
  172         1007.273 Early college acceleration programs Collegiate
  173  high school program.—
  174         (1) Each Florida College System institution shall work with
  175  each district school board in its designated service area to
  176  establish one or more early college programs, including, but not
  177  limited to, collegiate high school programs. As used in this
  178  section, the term “early college program” means a structured
  179  high school acceleration program.
  180         (1)(2)PURPOSE.—At a minimum, early college collegiate high
  181  school programs must include an option for public school
  182  students in grades grade 11 and or grade 12 participating in the
  183  early college program, for at least 2 1 full school years year,
  184  to earn CAPE industry certifications pursuant to s. 1008.44 and
  185  to successfully complete at least 60 30 credit hours or graduate
  186  from high school with an associate degree through the dual
  187  enrollment program under s. 1007.271. Private school students
  188  and home education students in grades 11 and 12 may enroll in
  189  the early college program. The early college program must
  190  prioritize dual enrollment courses applicable as general
  191  education core courses or common prerequisite courses under s.
  192  1007.25 toward the first year of college for an associate degree
  193  or a baccalaureate degree over dual enrollment courses
  194  applicable as electives while enrolled in the program.
  196  district school board and its local Florida College System
  197  institution shall execute a contract to establish one or more
  198  early college collegiate high school programs at a mutually
  199  agreed upon location or locations. Beginning with the 2015-2016
  200  school year, If the local Florida College System institution
  201  does not establish an early college a program with a district
  202  school board in its designated service area, another Florida
  203  College System institution may execute a contract with that
  204  district school board to establish the early college program.
  205  Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the contract must be
  206  executed by January 1 of each school year for implementation of
  207  the early college program during the next school year. The
  208  contract must:
  209         (a) Identify the grade levels to be included in the early
  210  college collegiate high school program which must, at a minimum,
  211  include grade 12.
  212         (b) Describe the early college collegiate high school
  213  program, including a list of the meta-major academic pathways
  214  approved pursuant to s. 1008.30(4) that are available to
  215  participating students through the partner Florida College
  216  System institution or other eligible partner postsecondary
  217  institution participating pursuant to subsection (4); the
  218  delineation of courses that must, at a minimum, include general
  219  education core courses and common prerequisite courses pursuant
  220  to s. 1007.25; and industry certifications offered, including
  221  online course availability; the high school and college credits
  222  earned for each postsecondary course completed and industry
  223  certification earned; student eligibility criteria; and the
  224  enrollment process and relevant deadlines.
  225         (c) Describe the methods, medium, and process by which
  226  students and their parents are annually informed about the
  227  availability of the early college collegiate high school
  228  program, the return on investment associated with participation
  229  in the early college program, and the information described in
  230  paragraphs (a) and (b).
  231         (d) Identify the delivery methods for instruction and the
  232  instructors for all courses.
  233         (e) Identify student advising services and progress
  234  monitoring mechanisms.
  235         (f) Establish a program review and reporting mechanism
  236  regarding student performance outcomes.
  237         (g) Describe the terms of funding arrangements to implement
  238  the early college collegiate high school program pursuant to
  239  paragraph (5)(a).
  241         (a)(4) Each student participating in an early college a
  242  collegiate high school program must enter into a student
  243  performance contract which must be signed by the student, the
  244  parent, and a representative of the school district and the
  245  partnering applicable Florida College System institution, state
  246  university, or other eligible partner postsecondary institution
  247  participating pursuant to subsection (4) (5). The performance
  248  contract must, at a minimum, specify include the schedule of
  249  courses, by semester, and industry certifications to be taken by
  250  the student, if any; student attendance requirements;, and
  251  course grade requirements; and the applicability of such courses
  252  to an associate degree or a baccalaureate degree.
  253         (b)By September 1, 2020, and annually thereafter, each
  254  district school board must notify each student in grades 9, 10,
  255  11, and 12 in a public school, each home education student in
  256  grades 9, 10, 11, or 12, and each private school with students
  257  in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 within the school district about the
  258  early college program, including, but not limited to, all of the
  259  following:
  260         1.The method for earning college credit through
  261  participation in the early college program. The notification
  262  must include Internet websites to the dual enrollment course
  263  equivalency list approved by the State Board of Education; the
  264  common degree program prerequisite requirements published by the
  265  Articulation Coordinating Committee pursuant to s.
  266  1007.01(3)(f); the industry certification articulation
  267  agreements adopted by the State Board of Education in rule; and
  268  the approved meta-major academic pathways of the partner Florida
  269  College System institution or other eligible partner
  270  postsecondary institution participating pursuant to subsection
  271  (4).
  272         2.The estimated cost savings to students and their
  273  families resulting from students successfully completing 30
  274  credit hours and 60 credit hours applicable toward general
  275  education core courses or common prerequisite courses before
  276  graduating from high school versus the cost of students earning
  277  such credit hours after graduating from high school.
  279  addition to executing a contract with the local Florida College
  280  System institution under this section, a district school board
  281  may execute a contract to establish an early college a
  282  collegiate high school program with a state university or an
  283  institution that is eligible to participate in the William L.
  284  Boyd, IV, Effective Access to Student Education Grant Program,
  285  that is a nonprofit independent college or university located
  286  and chartered in this state, and that is accredited by the
  287  Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges
  288  and Schools to grant baccalaureate degrees. Such university or
  289  institution must meet the requirements specified under
  290  subsections (2) (3) and (3) (4). A charter school may execute a
  291  contract directly with the local Florida College System
  292  institution or another institution as authorized under this
  293  section to establish an early college program at a mutually
  294  agreed upon location.
  295         (5)FUNDING.—
  296         (a)(6) The early college collegiate high school program
  297  shall be funded pursuant to ss. 1007.271 and 1011.62. Pursuant
  298  to s. 1007.271, a home education student, private school
  299  student, and private school student’s school of enrollment are
  300  not responsible for the costs associated with instructional
  301  materials, tuition, and fees, including registration and
  302  laboratory fees. The State Board of Education shall enforce
  303  compliance with this section by withholding the transfer of
  304  funds for the school districts and the Florida College System
  305  institutions in accordance with s. 1008.32.
  306         (b)A student who enrolls in the early college program and
  307  successfully completes an associate degree or at least 60
  308  college credit hours toward fulfilling the requirements for a
  309  baccalaureate degree pursuant to the student performance
  310  contract under subsection (3) before graduating from high school
  311  generates a 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) bonus. Each district
  312  school board that is a contractual partner with a Florida
  313  College System institution or other eligible postsecondary
  314  institution pursuant to subsection (4) shall report to the
  315  Commissioner of Education the total FTE bonus for each early
  316  college program for the students from that school district. The
  317  total FTE bonus shall be added to each school district’s total
  318  weighted FTE for funding in the subsequent fiscal year.
  319         (c)For any industry certification a student attains under
  320  this section, the FTE bonus shall be calculated and awarded in
  321  accordance with s. 1011.62(1)(o).
  323         (a)Beginning September 1, 2020, and annually thereafter,
  324  each district school superintendent shall report to the
  325  commissioner, at a minimum, the following information on each
  326  early college program administered during the previous school
  327  year:
  328         1.The number of students in public schools, private
  329  schools, and home education programs within the school district
  330  who enrolled in the early college program and the partnering
  331  postsecondary institutions pursuant to subsections (2) and (4).
  332         2.The total and average number of dual enrollment courses
  333  completed, high school and college credits earned, standard high
  334  school diplomas and associate and baccalaureate degrees awarded,
  335  and industry certifications attained, if any, by the students
  336  who enrolled in the early college program.
  337         3.The projected student enrollment in the early college
  338  program during the next school year.
  339         4.Any barriers to executing contracts to establish one or
  340  more early college programs.
  341         (b)By November 30, 2020, and annually thereafter, the
  342  commissioner must report to the Governor, the President of the
  343  Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives the
  344  status of early college programs, including, at a minimum, a
  345  summary of student enrollment and completion information
  346  pursuant to this subsection; barriers, if any, to establishing
  347  such programs; and recommendations for expanding access to such
  348  programs statewide.
  349         Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.