Florida Senate - 2020                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 918
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                 Floor: WD/2R          .                                
             03/09/2020 02:54 PM       .                                

       Senator Brandes moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    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.
   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.