Florida Senate - 2020 SENATOR AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 918 Ì459858gÎ459858 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . Floor: WD/2R . 03/09/2020 02:54 PM . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Senator Brandes moved the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Present subsection (5) of section 1003.44, 6 Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (6), and a new 7 subsection (5) is added to that section, to read: 8 1003.44 Patriotic programs; rules.— 9 (5)(a) The commissioner shall develop minimum criteria for 10 a civic literacy practicum that helps students evaluate the 11 roles, rights, and responsibilities of United States citizens 12 and identify effective methods of active participation in 13 society, government, and the political system. The practicum may 14 be incorporated into a school’s curriculum for the high school 15 United States Government course under s. 1003.4282(3)(d), 16 beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. 17 (b) The purpose of the practicum is to inspire meaningful 18 civic engagement and help students learn how governmental 19 entities at the local, state, or federal level interact with the 20 public which they represent and serve. The practicum must 21 provide students with an opportunity to be civically engaged 22 through: 23 1. Participation in an unpaid internship at a governmental 24 entity; or 25 2. Simulations or series of observations, or both, of one 26 or more governmental entities performing their core functions in 27 relation to the public. Such functions may include 28 administrative, legislative, or judicial functions and other 29 official business conducted by a governmental entity. 30 3. Learning about the United States citizenship 31 naturalization process and attendance at a United States 32 citizenship naturalization oath ceremony. 33 (c) The practicum must require a student to complete a 34 research paper that reflects on the student’s experience 35 participating in the civic engagement activity; explains the 36 significance of the governmental entity’s role in his or her 37 community, the state, or the nation; and explains how the 38 governmental entity is responsive to the public. 39 (d) The hours outside of classroom instruction which a 40 student devotes to an unpaid civic engagement activity under 41 paragraph (b) may count toward the community service 42 requirements for participation in the Florida Bright Futures 43 Scholarship Program. School districts should include and accept 44 civic literacy practicum activities and hours in requirements 45 for academic awards, especially those awards that currently 46 include community service as a criterion or selection factor. 47 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020. 48 49 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 50 And the title is amended as follows: 51 Delete everything before the enacting clause 52 and insert: 53 A bill to be entitled 54 An act relating to civic education; amending s. 55 1003.44, F.S.; requiring the Commissioner of Education 56 to develop minimum criteria for a civic literacy 57 practicum; authorizing the integration of such 58 practicum into a specified course; providing 59 requirements for such criteria and practicum; 60 providing time devoted to such practicum outside of 61 classroom instruction may be used for specified 62 purposes; providing the hours devoted to such 63 practicum and that the practicum may be used for 64 specified purposes and count toward certain community 65 service requirements; authorizing a school district to 66 include a civic literacy practicum in requirements for 67 academic awards; providing an effective date.