Florida Senate - 2021 CS for CS for SB 200 By the Committees on Appropriations; and Education; and Senators Berman, Stewart, Book, and Cruz 576-04412-21 2021200c2 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 K-5 4 student be retained in a grade level for academic 5 reasons for a specified school year; requiring that 6 such a request be submitted in a specified manner; 7 requiring school principals to consider such requests 8 if they are timely received; authorizing school 9 principals to consider requests that are not timely 10 received; requiring a school principal who considers a 11 request for retention to inform the student’s teachers 12 of the request and collaboratively discuss with the 13 parent or guardian any basis for agreement or 14 disagreement with the request; requiring such 15 discussion to disclose that retention may impact the 16 student’s eligibility to participate in high school 17 interscholastic or intrascholastic sports; authorizing 18 the principal, teachers, and parent or guardian to 19 collaborate to develop a customized 1-year education 20 plan for the student in lieu of retaining the student; 21 requiring a parent’s or guardian’s decision regarding 22 retention to control; requiring a parent or guardian 23 to sign a form provided by the principal indicating 24 the parent or guardian’s decision and acknowledging 25 the academic and athletic ramifications of their 26 decision; requiring such form to be retained in the 27 student’s record; requiring the individual education 28 plan (IEP) team for a retained student to review and 29 revise the student’s IEP, as appropriate; requiring 30 school districts to report certain data to the 31 Department of Education by a specified date; providing 32 an effective date. 33 34 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 35 36 Section 1. Notwithstanding s. 1008.25, Florida Statutes, a 37 parent or guardian may request that his or her K-5 public school 38 student be retained for the 2021-2022 school year in the grade 39 level to which the student was assigned at the beginning of the 40 2020-2021 school year, provided that such request is made for 41 academic reasons. 42 (1) A parent or guardian who wishes for his or her student 43 to be retained as provided by this act must submit, in writing, 44 to the school principal a retention request that specifies the 45 academic reasons for the retention. Only requests received by 46 the principal on or before June 30, 2021, must be considered. A 47 principal may consider a request received after that date at his 48 or her discretion. 49 (2)(a) A principal who considers a retention request 50 submitted pursuant to this act shall inform the student’s 51 teachers of the retention request and collaboratively discuss 52 with the parent or guardian any basis for agreement or 53 disagreement with the request. As part of the discussion with 54 the parent or guardian, the principal shall disclose that 55 retention may impact the student’s eligibility to participate in 56 high school interscholastic or intrascholastic sports due to the 57 student’s age. 58 (b) In lieu of retention, the principal, teachers, and 59 parent or guardian may collaborate to develop a customized 1 60 year education plan for the student with the intent of helping 61 the student return to grade level readiness by the end of the 62 next academic year. Such plan may include, but need not be 63 limited to, supplemental educational support, services, and 64 interventions; summer education; promotion in some, but not all, 65 courses; and midyear promotion. 66 (c) The parent’s or guardian’s decision to promote or 67 retain his or her student after discussing the retention request 68 with the principal shall control. The parent or guardian must 69 sign a form provided by the principal indicating the parent or 70 guardian’s decision and acknowledging the academic and athletic 71 ramifications of his or her decision. This form must be retained 72 in the student’s record. 73 (3) If a student retained under this subsection has an 74 individual education plan (IEP) in effect, the student’s IEP 75 team must convene to review and revise the student’s IEP, as 76 appropriate. 77 (4) By June 30, 2022, school districts shall report to the 78 Department of Education the number of students retained pursuant 79 to this act for all or part of the 2021-2022 school year. 80 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.