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

       The Committee on Education (Berman) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Notwithstanding s. 1008.25, Florida Statutes, a
    6  parent may request to retain his or her K-8 public school
    7  student in the grade level to which the student was assigned at
    8  the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year for the 2021-2022
    9  school year.
   10         (1) A parent who wishes for his or her student to be
   11  retained under this act shall submit a retention request in
   12  writing to the school district superintendent. Only requests
   13  received by the superintendent on or before June 30, 2021, must
   14  be considered. A school district superintendent who timely
   15  receives such a request shall grant the request. A school
   16  district superintendent who receives such a written request
   17  after the deadline for receipt may grant the request upon his or
   18  her discretion.
   19         (2) A student retained at the request of a parent pursuant
   20  to this act may not qualify for midyear promotion pursuant to s.
   21  1002.3105, Florida Statutes, and shall remain in the grade in
   22  which he or she was retained until the student qualifies for
   23  promotion at the end of the school year.
   24         (3) By June 30, 2022, school districts shall report to the
   25  Department of Education the number of students retained pursuant
   26  to this act for all or part of the 2021-2022 school year.
   27         Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.
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   30  And the title is amended as follows:
   31         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   32  and insert:
   33                        A bill to be entitled                      
   34         An act relating to student retention; authorizing a
   35         parent to request that his or her student be retained
   36         in a grade level for a specified school year;
   37         requiring such request to be submitted in a specified
   38         manner; requiring school district superintendents to
   39         grant such requests if they are timely received;
   40         authorizing school district superintendents to grant
   41         requests that are not timely received; requiring a
   42         retained student to remain in the grade in which he or
   43         she was retained in until the student qualifies for
   44         promotion at the end of the school year; requiring
   45         school districts to report certain data to the
   46         Department of Education by a specified date; providing
   47         an effective date.