Florida Senate - 2021 PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE Bill No. CS for SB 200 Ì808686YÎ808686 576-02708-21 Proposed Committee Substitute by the Committee on Appropriations (Appropriations Subcommittee on Education) 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to student retention; authorizing a 3 parent or guardian to request that his or her student 4 be retained in a grade level for academic reasons for 5 a specified school year; requiring that such a request 6 be submitted in a specified manner; requiring school 7 principals to consider such requests if they are 8 timely received; authorizing school principals to 9 consider requests that are not timely received; 10 requiring a school principal that considers a request 11 to inform the student’s teachers of the request and 12 collaboratively discuss with the parent or guardian 13 any basis for agreement or disagreement with the 14 request; authorizing the principal, teachers, and 15 parent or guardian to collaborate to develop a 16 customized 1-year education plan for the student in 17 lieu of retaining the student; requiring a parent or 18 guardian’s decision regarding retention to control; 19 prohibiting a retained middle school student from 20 retaking certain classes; requiring school districts 21 to report certain data to the Department of Education 22 by a specified date; providing an effective date. 23 24 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 25 26 Section 1. Notwithstanding s. 1008.25, Florida Statutes, a 27 parent or guardian may request that his or her K-8 public school 28 student be retained for the 2021-2022 school year in the grade 29 level to which the student was assigned at the beginning of the 30 2020-2021 school year, provided that such request is made for 31 academic reasons. 32 (1) A parent or guardian who wishes for his or her student 33 to be retained as provided by this act must submit, in writing, 34 to the school principal a retention request that specifies the 35 academic reasons for the retention. Only requests received by 36 the principal on or before June 30, 2021, must be considered. A 37 principal may consider a request received after that date at his 38 or her discretion. 39 (2)(a) A principal who considers a retention request 40 submitted pursuant to subsection (1) shall inform the student’s 41 teachers of the retention request and collaboratively discuss 42 with the parent or guardian any basis for agreement or 43 disagreement with the request. 44 (b) In lieu of retention, the principal, teachers, and 45 parent or guardian may collaborate to develop a customized 1 46 year education plan for the student with the intent of helping 47 the student return to grade level readiness by the end of the 48 next academic year. Such plan may include, but need not be 49 limited to, supplemental educational support, services, and 50 interventions; summer education; promotion in some, but not all, 51 courses; and midyear promotion. 52 (c) The parent or guardian’s decision to promote or retain 53 his or her student after discussing the retention request with 54 the principal shall control. 55 (3) A middle school student who is retained under this 56 section may be eligible to retake high school credits earned 57 toward grade forgiveness pursuant to s. 1003.4282(5), Florida 58 Statutes, only if he or she has earned a grade of “C”, “D,” or 59 “F.” in the class for which the credits were awarded. 60 (4) By June 30, 2022, school districts shall report to the 61 Department of Education the number of students retained pursuant 62 to this act for all or part of the 2021-2022 school year. 63 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.