Florida Senate - 2021                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 200
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (Berman) recommended
       the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 20 - 37
    4  and insert:
    5  parent or guardian may request that his or her K-8 public school
    6  student be retained for the 2021-2022 school year in the grade
    7  level to which the student was assigned at the beginning of the
    8  2020-2021 school year, provided that such request is made for
    9  academic reasons.
   10         (1) A parent or guardian who wishes for his or her student
   11  to be retained as provided by this act must submit, in writing,
   12  to the school principal a retention request that specifies the
   13  academic reasons for the retention. Only requests received by
   14  the principal on or before June 30, 2021, must be considered. A
   15  principal may consider a request received after that date at his
   16  or her discretion.
   17         (2)(a) A principal who considers a retention request
   18  submitted pursuant to subsection (1) shall inform the student’s
   19  teachers of the retention request and collaboratively discuss
   20  with the parent or guardian any basis for agreement or
   21  disagreement with the request.
   22         (b)In lieu of retention, the principal, teachers, and
   23  parent or guardian may collaborate to develop a customized 1
   24  year education plan for the student with the intent of helping
   25  the student return to grade level readiness by the end of the
   26  next academic year. Such plan may include, but need not be
   27  limited to, supplemental educational support, services, and
   28  interventions; summer education; promotion in some, but not all,
   29  courses; and midyear promotion.
   30         (c) The parent or guardian’s decision to promote or retain
   31  his or her student after discussing the retention request with
   32  the principal shall control.
   33         (3) A middle school student who is retained under this
   34  section may be eligible to retake high school credits earned
   35  toward grade forgiveness pursuant to s. 1003.4282(5) only if he
   36  or she has earned a grade of “C”, “D,” or “F.” in the class for
   37  which the credits were awarded.
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   40  And the title is amended as follows:
   41         Delete lines 4 - 13
   42  and insert:
   43         in a grade level for academic reasons for a specified
   44         school year; requiring that such a request be
   45         submitted in a specified manner; requiring school
   46         principals to consider such requests if they are
   47         timely received; authorizing school principals to
   48         consider requests that are not timely received;
   49         requiring a school principal that considers a request
   50         to inform the student’s teachers of the request and
   51         collaboratively discuss with the parent or guardian
   52         any basis for agreement or disagreement with the
   53         request; authorizing the principal, teachers, and
   54         parent or guardian to collaborate to develop a
   55         customized 1-year education plan for the student in
   56         lieu of retaining the student; requiring a parent or
   57         guardian’s decision to control; prohibiting a retained
   58         middle school student from retaking certain classes;
   59         requiring school districts to report