Florida Senate - 2021                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for CS for SB 48
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       Senator Thurston moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment to Amendment (268914) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Between lines 1359 and 1360
    5  insert:
    6         Section 6. Paragraph (h) of subsection (1) of section
    7  1002.421, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    8         1002.421 State school choice scholarship program
    9  accountability and oversight.—
   11  school participating in an educational scholarship program
   12  established pursuant to this chapter must be a private school as
   13  defined in s. 1002.01(2) in this state, be registered, and be in
   14  compliance with all requirements of this section in addition to
   15  private school requirements outlined in s. 1002.42, specific
   16  requirements identified within respective scholarship program
   17  laws, and other provisions of Florida law that apply to private
   18  schools, and must:
   19         (h) Employ or contract with teachers who hold baccalaureate
   20  or higher degrees or, have at least 3 years of teaching
   21  experience in public or private schools, or have special skills,
   22  knowledge, or expertise that qualifies them to provide
   23  instruction in subjects taught.
   25  The department shall suspend the payment of funds to a private
   26  school that knowingly fails to comply with this subsection, and
   27  shall prohibit the school from enrolling new scholarship
   28  students, for 1 fiscal year and until the school complies. If a
   29  private school fails to meet the requirements of this subsection
   30  or has consecutive years of material exceptions listed in the
   31  report required under paragraph (q), the commissioner may
   32  determine that the private school is ineligible to participate
   33  in a scholarship program.
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   36  And the title is amended as follows:
   37         Delete line 1531
   38  and insert:
   39         Credit Scholarship Program; amending s. 1002.421,
   40         F.S.; deleting a provision authorizing private schools
   41         participating in an educational scholarship program to
   42         employ or contract with teachers based on them having
   43         special skills, knowledge, or expertise that qualifies
   44         them to provide instruction; amending ss. 1002.40,