Florida Senate - 2022 SB 618 By Senator Jones 35-00632-22 2022618__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the School Teacher Training and 3 Mentoring Program; creating s. 1012.988, F.S.; 4 establishing the School Teacher Training and Mentoring 5 Program within the Department of Education; providing 6 the purpose of the program; requiring the department 7 to provide funds to school districts to place teachers 8 who meet specified qualifications as mentors for 9 certain other teachers, subject to appropriation; 10 providing for the provision of stipends for classroom 11 teacher mentorship; providing for the proration of the 12 stipends under certain circumstances; providing 13 department and school district responsibilities for 14 developing policies, curriculum, and best practices 15 relating to classroom instruction; authorizing the 16 State Board of Education to adopt rules; providing an 17 effective date. 18 19 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 20 21 Section 1. Section 1012.988, Florida Statutes, is created 22 to read: 23 1012.988 School Teacher Training and Mentoring Program.— 24 (1) There is established within the Department of Education 25 the School Teacher Training and Mentoring Program. The purpose 26 of the program is to increase the effectiveness and involvement 27 of classroom teachers and improve student achievement, equity, 28 and excellence in this state’s public schools. 29 (2) The department shall: 30 (a) Subject to appropriation, provide funds to school 31 districts to place retired classroom teachers who were evaluated 32 as highly effective or current classroom teachers who are 33 evaluated as highly effective as mentors to new classroom 34 teachers; classroom teachers who are rated as needs improvement, 35 developing, or unsatisfactory; and classroom teachers who are 36 from a different demographic group, if needed. The funds must be 37 sufficient for each school district to establish three mentors 38 at each school within the district and for school districts to 39 provide each selected classroom teacher a stipend in the amount 40 of $2,000. However, if the funds appropriated are not adequate 41 to provide the maximum stipend amount to each selected classroom 42 teacher, amounts must be prorated using the same percentage 43 reduction for all mentors. 44 (b) Increase classroom teacher involvement and input when 45 developing state-level policies, curriculum, and best practices 46 relating to classroom instruction. 47 (c) Create and expand nontraditional curriculum models and 48 practices in reading and mathematics in an effort to steer 49 systemic change. 50 (3) School districts shall: 51 (a) Subject to funds received from the department, provide 52 a stipend to three retired classroom teachers who were evaluated 53 as highly effective or current classroom teachers who are 54 evaluated as highly effective at each school within the district 55 to serve as mentors as described in paragraph (2)(a). However, 56 if there is a proven need at a school within the district, the 57 school district may allocate more than three stipends to that 58 school. The provision of such stipends may be part of a school 59 district’s professional development certification and education 60 competency program under s. 1012.56(8). 61 (b) Increase classroom teacher involvement and input when 62 developing district-level policies, curriculum, and best 63 practices relating to classroom instruction. 64 (4) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to 65 administer this section. 66 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.