Florida Senate - 2022                                     SB 400
       By Senator Bracy
       11-00551-22                                            2022400__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to guidance services for academic and
    3         career planning; amending s. 1003.02, F.S.; requiring
    4         district school boards to inform students and parents
    5         of certain acceleration, academic, and career planning
    6         options; requiring certain information to be included
    7         in such notification; amending s. 1003.4156, F.S.;
    8         requiring a personalized academic and career plan be
    9         developed in consultation with a certified school
   10         counselor for certain students; requiring certain
   11         information to be included in such plans; providing an
   12         effective date.
   14  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   16         Section 1. Paragraph (i) of subsection (1) of section
   17  1003.02, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   18         1003.02 District school board operation and control of
   19  public K-12 education within the school district.—As provided in
   20  part II of chapter 1001, district school boards are
   21  constitutionally and statutorily charged with the operation and
   22  control of public K-12 education within their school districts.
   23  The district school boards must establish, organize, and operate
   24  their public K-12 schools and educational programs, employees,
   25  and facilities. Their responsibilities include staff
   26  development, public K-12 school student education including
   27  education for exceptional students and students in juvenile
   28  justice programs, special programs, adult education programs,
   29  and career education programs. Additionally, district school
   30  boards must:
   31         (1) Provide for the proper accounting for all students of
   32  school age, for the attendance and control of students at
   33  school, and for proper attention to health, safety, and other
   34  matters relating to the welfare of students in the following
   35  areas:
   36         (i) Parental Notification of acceleration, academic, and
   37  career planning options.—At the beginning of each school year,
   38  notify parents of students in or entering high school and the
   39  students’ parents, in a language that is understandable to the
   40  students and parents, of the opportunity and benefits of
   41  advanced placement courses, International Baccalaureate courses,
   42  Advanced International Certificate of Education courses, dual
   43  enrollment courses, career and professional academies, career
   44  themed courses, the career and technical education pathway to
   45  earn a standard high school diploma under s. 1003.4282(10),
   46  work-based learning opportunities, including internships and
   47  apprenticeship and preapprenticeship programs, and Florida
   48  Virtual School courses; and options for early graduation under
   49  s. 1003.4281; and contact information of a certified school
   50  counselor who can advise students on these options.
   51         Section 2. Paragraph (e) of subsection (1) of section
   52  1003.4156, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   53         1003.4156 General requirements for middle grades
   54  promotion.—
   55         (1) In order for a student to be promoted to high school
   56  from a school that includes middle grades 6, 7, and 8, the
   57  student must successfully complete the following courses:
   58         (e) One course in career and education planning to be
   59  completed in grades 6, 7, or 8, which may be taught by any
   60  member of the instructional staff. The course must be Internet
   61  based, customizable to each student, and include research-based
   62  assessments to assist students in determining educational and
   63  career options and goals. In addition, the course must result in
   64  a completed personalized academic and career plan for the
   65  student that may be revised as the student progresses through
   66  middle school and high school; must emphasize the importance of
   67  entrepreneurship and employability skills; and must include
   68  information from the Department of Economic Opportunity’s
   69  economic security report under s. 445.07 and other state career
   70  planning resources. The required personalized academic and
   71  career plan, developed in consultation with a certified school
   72  counselor, must inform students of high school graduation
   73  requirements, including a detailed explanation of the
   74  requirements for earning a high school diploma designation under
   75  s. 1003.4285 and the career and technical education pathway to
   76  earn a standard high school diploma under s. 1003.4282(10); the
   77  requirements for each scholarship in the Florida Bright Futures
   78  Scholarship Program; state university and Florida College System
   79  institution admission requirements; available opportunities to
   80  earn college credit in high school, including Advanced Placement
   81  courses; the International Baccalaureate Program; the Advanced
   82  International Certificate of Education Program; dual enrollment,
   83  including career dual enrollment; work-based learning
   84  opportunities, including internships and apprenticeship and
   85  preapprenticeship programs; and career education courses,
   86  including career-themed courses, preapprenticeship and
   87  apprenticeship programs, and course sequences that lead to
   88  industry certification pursuant to s. 1003.492 or s. 1008.44.
   89  The course may be implemented as a stand-alone course or
   90  integrated into another course or courses.
   91         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.