Florida Senate - 2021 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. PCS (808686) for CS for SB 200 Ì4990620Î499062 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Appropriations (Berman) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Notwithstanding s. 1008.25, Florida Statutes, a 6 parent or guardian may request that his or her K-5 public school 7 student be retained for the 2021-2022 school year in the grade 8 level to which the student was assigned at the beginning of the 9 2020-2021 school year, provided that such request is made for 10 academic reasons. 11 (1) A parent or guardian who wishes for his or her student 12 to be retained as provided by this act must submit, in writing, 13 to the school principal a retention request that specifies the 14 academic reasons for the retention. Only requests received by 15 the principal on or before June 30, 2021, must be considered. A 16 principal may consider a request received after that date at his 17 or her discretion. 18 (2)(a) A principal who considers a retention request 19 submitted pursuant to this act shall inform the student’s 20 teachers of the retention request and collaboratively discuss 21 with the parent or guardian any basis for agreement or 22 disagreement with the request. As part of the discussion with 23 the parent or guardian, the principal shall disclose that 24 retention may impact the student’s eligibility to participate in 25 high school interscholastic or intrascholastic sports due to the 26 student’s age. 27 (b) In lieu of retention, the principal, teachers, and 28 parent or guardian may collaborate to develop a customized 1 29 year education plan for the student with the intent of helping 30 the student return to grade level readiness by the end of the 31 next academic year. Such plan may include, but need not be 32 limited to, supplemental educational support, services, and 33 interventions; summer education; promotion in some, but not all, 34 courses; and midyear promotion. 35 (c) The parent’s or guardian’s decision to promote or 36 retain his or her student after discussing the retention request 37 with the principal shall control. The parent or guardian must 38 sign a form provided by the principal indicating the parent or 39 guardian’s decision and acknowledging the academic and athletic 40 ramifications of their decision. This form must be retained in 41 the student’s record. 42 (3) If a student retained under this subsection has an 43 individual education plan (IEP) in effect, the student’s IEP 44 team must convene to review and revise the student’s IEP, as 45 appropriate. 46 (4) By June 30, 2022, school districts shall report to the 47 Department of Education the number of students retained pursuant 48 to this act for all or part of the 2021-2022 school year. 49 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law. 50 51 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 52 And the title is amended as follows: 53 Delete everything before the enacting clause 54 and insert: 55 A bill to be entitled 56 An act relating to student retention; authorizing a 57 parent or guardian to request that his or her K-5 58 student be retained in a grade level for academic 59 reasons for a specified school year; requiring that 60 such a request be submitted in a specified manner; 61 requiring school principals to consider such requests 62 if they are timely received; authorizing school 63 principals to consider requests that are not timely 64 received; requiring a school principal who considers a 65 request for retention to inform the student’s teachers 66 of the request and collaboratively discuss with the 67 parent or guardian any basis for agreement or 68 disagreement with the request; requiring such 69 discussion to disclose that retention may impact the 70 student’s eligibility to participate in high school 71 interscholastic or intrascholastic sports; authorizing 72 the principal, teachers, and parent or guardian to 73 collaborate to develop a customized 1-year education 74 plan for the student in lieu of retaining the student; 75 requiring a parent’s or guardian’s decision regarding 76 retention to control; requiring a parent or guardian 77 to sign a form provided by the principal indicating 78 the parent or guardian’s decision and acknowledging 79 the academic and athletic ramifications of their 80 decision; requiring such form to be retained in the 81 student’s record; requiring the individual education 82 plan (IEP) team for a retained student to review and 83 revise the student’s IEP, as appropriate; requiring 84 school districts to report certain data to the 85 Department of Education by a specified date; providing 86 an effective date.