Florida Senate - 2019                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 770
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Education (Diaz) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment to Amendment (865050) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Between lines 381 and 382
    5  insert:
    6         Section 9. Subsections (1) through (4) of section 1012.57,
    7  Florida Statutes, are amended, and subsection (6) is added to
    8  that section, to read:
    9         1012.57 Certification of adjunct educators.—
   10         (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of ss. 1012.32, 1012.55,
   11  and 1012.56, or any other provision of law or rule to the
   12  contrary, district school boards shall adopt rules to allow for
   13  the issuance of an adjunct teaching certificate to any applicant
   14  who fulfills the requirements of s. 1012.56(2)(a)-(f) and (10)
   15  and who has expertise in the subject area to be taught. An
   16  applicant shall be considered to have expertise in the subject
   17  area to be taught if the applicant demonstrates sufficient
   18  subject area mastery through passage of a subject area test. The
   19  adjunct teaching certificate shall be used for part-time
   20  teaching positions.
   21         (2) The Legislature intends that this section allow school
   22  districts to tap the wealth of talent and expertise represented
   23  in Florida’s citizens who may wish to teach part-time in a
   24  Florida public school by permitting school districts to issue
   25  adjunct certificates to qualified applicants.
   26         (3) Adjunct certificateholders should be used primarily as
   27  a strategy to enhance the diversity of course offerings offered
   28  to all students. School districts may use the expertise of
   29  individuals in the state who wish to provide online instruction
   30  to students by issuing adjunct certificates to qualified
   31  applicants.
   32         (4) Each adjunct teaching certificate is valid through the
   33  term of the annual contract between the educator and the school
   34  district. An additional annual certification and an additional
   35  annual contract may be awarded by the district at the district’s
   36  discretion but only if the applicant is rated effective or
   37  highly effective under s. 1012.34 during each year of teaching
   38  under adjunct teaching certification. A school district may
   39  issue an adjunct teaching certificate for a part-time or full
   40  time teaching position; however, an adjunct teaching certificate
   41  issued for a full-time teaching position is valid for no more
   42  than 3 years and is nonrenewable.
   43         (6) Each school district shall:
   44         (a) Post requirements on its website for the issuance of an
   45  adjunct teaching certificate, which must specify the subject
   46  area test through which an applicant demonstrates subject area
   47  mastery.
   48         (b) Annually report to the department the number of adjunct
   49  teaching certificates issued for part-time teaching positions
   50  and full-time teaching positions pursuant to this section.
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   53  And the title is amended as follows:
   54         Delete line 430
   55  and insert:
   56         List; amending s. 1012.57, F.S.; deleting a
   57         requirement that the adjunct teaching certificate be
   58         used only for part-time teaching positions;
   59         authorizing school districts to issue adjunct teaching
   60         certificates for part-time and full-time teaching
   61         positions; providing limitations on adjunct teaching
   62         certificates for full-time positions; requiring school
   63         districts to post certification criteria on their
   64         websites; requiring school districts to annually
   65         report issued certificates to the Department of
   66         Education; providing an effective date.