Florida Senate - 2022                                     SB 766
       By Senator Brodeur
       9-00122D-22                                            2022766__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to schools of innovation; creating s.
    3         1003.65, F.S.; establishing the Schools of Innovation
    4         Program within the Department of Education; providing
    5         the purpose of the program; defining terms;
    6         authorizing the State Board of Education to authorize
    7         the Commissioner of Education to waive certain rules;
    8         authorizing public school districts to apply for
    9         identified schools to receive the designation of
   10         school of innovation; requiring school districts
   11         participating in the Competency-Based Education Pilot
   12         Program to transition to the School of Innovation
   13         Program before a specified school year; authorizing
   14         school districts to submit innovation plans to the
   15         department; requiring the department to approve or
   16         reject innovation plans submitted by school districts
   17         within a specified timeframe; requiring that a school
   18         maintains its designation as a school of innovation
   19         for a 5-year period upon approval of an innovation
   20         plan; authorizing the department to revoke the
   21         designation if specified metrics are not met;
   22         specifying requirements for innovation plans;
   23         authorizing innovation plans to include a request for
   24         waivers from certain rules; specifying duties of the
   25         department; prohibiting a student attending a school
   26         of innovation who transfers to another school from
   27         being subject to specified penalties; providing for
   28         funding; requiring the state board to adopt rules;
   29         amending s. 1003.436, F.S.; revising the definition of
   30         the term “credit”; amending s. 1003.437, F.S.;
   31         authorizing schools designated as schools of
   32         innovation to use an alternative definition of letter
   33         grades; requiring such schools to calculate grade
   34         point averages according to a certain scale; amending
   35         s. 1007.23, F.S.; requiring the statewide articulation
   36         agreement to ensure fair and equitable access for high
   37         school graduates with mastery-based, nontraditional
   38         diplomas and transcripts; providing an effective date.
   40  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   42         Section 1. Section 1003.65, Florida Statutes, is created to
   43  read:
   44         1003.65Schools of Innovation Program.Beginning with the
   45  2022-2023 school year, the Schools of Innovation Program is
   46  created within the Department of Education. The purpose of the
   47  program is to provide a mechanism for public schools to operate
   48  with greater flexibility in regard to instructional delivery and
   49  instructional strategies to improve student achievement and
   50  enhance academic opportunities.
   51         (1) DEFINITIONS.As used in this section, the term:
   52         (a) “Innovation” means an alternative to the existing
   53  instructional and administrative practices which is intended to
   54  improve learning or enhance academic opportunities for all
   55  students.
   56         (b) “School of innovation” is a designation given to a
   57  public school with an approved application, in accordance with
   58  subsection (4).
   59         (2) EXEMPTION FROM RULES.—In addition to the waivers
   60  authorized in s. 1001.10(3), the State Board of Education may
   61  authorize the Commissioner of Education to waive State Board of
   62  Education rules relating to student progression and the awarding
   63  of credits.
   64         (3) PARTICIPATION.—
   65         (a) Any public school district may apply for identified
   66  schools to receive the designation of school of innovation.
   67         (b) Before the 2023-2024 school year, school districts
   68  participating in the Competency-Based Education Pilot Program
   69  authorized by s. 1003.4996 shall transition to the Schools of
   70  Innovation Program.
   71         (4) APPLICATION.—
   72         (a) School districts may submit an innovation plan in
   73  accordance with subsection (6) to the department.
   74         (b) Within 60 days after receiving an innovation plan
   75  submission, the department shall approve or reject the
   76  innovation plan and notify the district accordingly.
   77         (5) DURATION.—
   78         (a) Upon approval of an innovation plan by the department,
   79  a school shall maintain the school of innovation designation for
   80  a 5-year period.
   81         (b) The department may revoke the innovation designation if
   82  the innovation plan goals, performance indicators, or
   83  implementation milestones are not being met.
   84         (6) INNOVATION PLAN REQUIREMENTS.—An innovation plan, at a
   85  minimum, must include the following information for each school
   86  to be considered:
   87         (a) A statement of the school’s mission and why designation
   88  as a school of innovation would enhance the school’s ability to
   89  achieve its mission.
   90         (b) A description of the innovative practices the school
   91  would like to implement and a detailed implementation timeline
   92  not to exceed 5 years.
   93         (c) A plan to address the programs, policies, or operations
   94  at the local level which would need to change to successfully
   95  implement the innovation plan.
   96         (d) A description of annual goals and expected performance
   97  outcomes, including, but not limited to:
   98         1. Student performance as defined in s. 1008.34.
   99         2. Promotion and retention rates.
  100         3. Graduation rates.
  101         4. Indicators of college and career readiness.
  102         (e) Anticipated timelines for implementation and proposed
  103  allocation of resources and support at the school and district
  104  levels, including flexibility given under local policies and
  105  procedures to support implementation.
  106         (f)The scope of and timelines for professional development
  107  for school instructional and administrative personnel.
  108         (g) A summary that demonstrates that meaningful parental,
  109  educator, and community input was gathered in creating the
  110  innovation plan.
  111         (h) The formative, benchmark, and summative assessments
  112  that will be used to monitor progress and outcomes.
  113         (i) A communication plan for parents and other
  114  stakeholders, including local businesses and community members.
  115         (7) WAIVER REQUEST.—An innovation plan may include a
  116  request for waivers from State Board of Education rules.
  117         (8) DEPARTMENT DUTIES.—The department shall:
  118         (a) Support all schools of innovation through a statewide
  119  innovation network. The statewide innovation network should be
  120  composed of stakeholders from each school of innovation and
  121  convene annually to share best practices, lessons learned, and
  122  recommendations.
  123         (b)Develop a process and timeline by which schools of
  124  innovation report on the outcomes of their innovation plans.
  125         (c)Compile the schools of innovation reports into a single
  126  annual report that analyzes the status of innovation across this
  127  state and includes a list of requested and approved flexibility
  128  requests as well as any statutory recommendations. The report
  129  shall be presented annually, by June 1, to the Governor, the
  130  President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
  131  Representatives.
  132         (9) STUDENT PROTECTIONS.—A student attending a school of
  133  innovation who transfers to another school within this state may
  134  not be penalized by being required to repeat coursework or
  135  content that the student has already demonstrated mastery of, by
  136  having his or her grades changed, or by receiving any other
  137  penalty related to the student’s previous attendance at a school
  138  of innovation.
  139         (10) STUDENT FUNDING.—Students enrolled in a participating
  140  school shall be reported for and generate funding pursuant to s.
  141  1011.62.
  142         (11) RULES.—The State Board of Education shall adopt rules
  143  to administer this section.
  144         Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
  145  1003.436, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  146         1003.436 Definition of “credit.”—
  147         (1)(a) For the purposes of requirements for high school
  148  graduation, one full credit means a minimum of 135 hours of bona
  149  fide instruction in a designated course of study that contains
  150  student performance standards, except as otherwise provided
  151  through the Credit Acceleration Program (CAP) under s.
  152  1003.4295(3). One full credit means a minimum of 120 hours of
  153  bona fide instruction in a designated course of study that
  154  contains student performance standards for purposes of meeting
  155  high school graduation requirements in a district school that
  156  has been authorized to implement block scheduling by the
  157  district school board. The State Board of Education shall
  158  determine the number of postsecondary credit hours earned
  159  through dual enrollment pursuant to s. 1007.271 that satisfy the
  160  requirements of a dual enrollment articulation agreement
  161  according to s. 1007.271(21) and that equal one full credit of
  162  the equivalent high school course identified pursuant to s.
  163  1007.271(9). In lieu of the 135-hour and 120-hour instruction
  164  requirements, a school designated as a school of innovation
  165  pursuant to s. 1003.65 may determine and award credit based on a
  166  student’s mastery of the core content and skills, consistent
  167  with s. 1003.41.
  168         Section 3. Section 1003.437, Florida Statutes, is amended
  169  to read:
  170         1003.437 Middle and high school grading system.—
  171         (1) The grading system and interpretation of letter grades
  172  used to measure student success in grade 6 through grade 12
  173  courses for students in public schools is shall be as follows:
  174         (a)(1) Grade “A” equals 90 percent through 100 percent, has
  175  a grade point average value of 4, and is defined as “outstanding
  176  progress.”
  177         (b)(2) Grade “B” equals 80 percent through 89 percent, has
  178  a grade point average value of 3, and is defined as “above
  179  average progress.”
  180         (c)(3) Grade “C” equals 70 percent through 79 percent, has
  181  a grade point average value of 2, and is defined as “average
  182  progress.”
  183         (d)(4) Grade “D” equals 60 percent through 69 percent, has
  184  a grade point average value of 1, and is defined as “lowest
  185  acceptable progress.”
  186         (e)(5) Grade “F” equals zero percent through 59 percent,
  187  has a grade point average value of zero, and is defined as
  188  “failure.”
  189         (f)(6) Grade “I” equals zero percent, has a grade point
  190  average value of zero, and is defined as “incomplete.”
  191         (2)Schools with a school of innovation designation
  192  pursuant to s. 1003.65 may use an alternative definition of
  193  letter grades to measure student success in kindergarten through
  194  grade 12; however, the student’s grade point average must be
  195  calculated using the 4-point scale established in subsection
  196  (1).
  198  For the purposes of class ranking, district school boards may
  199  exercise a weighted grading system pursuant to s. 1007.271.
  200         Section 4. Subsection (10) is added to section 1007.23,
  201  Florida Statutes, to read:
  202         1007.23 Statewide articulation agreement.—
  203         (10) The articulation agreement must ensure fair and
  204  equitable access for high school graduates with mastery-based,
  205  nontraditional diplomas and transcripts.
  206         Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.