Florida Senate - 2024                      CS for CS for SB 1264
       By the Appropriations Committee on Education; the Committee on
       Education Pre-K -12; and Senators Collins, Rodriguez, Harrell,
       and Avila
       602-03508-24                                          20241264c2
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the history of communism; amending
    3         s. 1003.42, F.S.; requiring instruction in public
    4         schools on the history of communism; providing
    5         requirements for the instruction; authorizing the
    6         department to prepare and offer standards for the
    7         instruction and to seek input from certain educational
    8         organizations; creating s. 1004.89, F.S.; creating the
    9         Institute for Freedom in the Americas at Miami Dade
   10         College; providing the purpose of the institute;
   11         requiring the institute to partner with the Adam Smith
   12         Center for Economic Freedom for specified purposes;
   13         requiring the institute to enter into an agreement
   14         with the Adam Smith Center for Economic Freedom for
   15         specified purposes; requiring Miami Dade College to
   16         approve a direct-support organization to support the
   17         institute; requiring the President of the Senate, the
   18         Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the
   19         Governor to appoint the board of the direct-support
   20         organization, subject to certain requirements;
   21         amending s. 1004.64991, F.S.; renaming the Adam Smith
   22         Center for the Study of Economic Freedom as the Adam
   23         Smith Center for Economic Freedom; revising the goals
   24         of the center; requiring the Department of State, in
   25         collaboration with the Department of Education, to
   26         consult with stakeholders to provide a recommendation
   27         to the Legislature by a specified date for the
   28         creation of a museum of the history of communism;
   29         providing for future expiration; providing an
   30         effective date.
   32  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   34         Section 1. Paragraph (v) is added to subsection (2) of
   35  section 1003.42, Florida Statutes, to read:
   36         1003.42 Required instruction.—
   37         (2) Members of the instructional staff of the public
   38  schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education
   39  and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and
   40  faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the
   41  highest standards for professionalism and historical accuracy,
   42  following the prescribed courses of study, and employing
   43  approved methods of instruction, the following:
   44         (v)1. Beginning in the 2026-2027 school year, the history
   45  of communism. Such instruction must be age appropriate and
   46  developmentally appropriate and include:
   47         a. The history of communism in the United States and
   48  domestic communist movements, including their histories and
   49  tactics.
   50         b. Atrocities committed in foreign countries under the
   51  guidance of communism.
   52         c. Comparative discussion of political ideologies, such as
   53  communism and totalitarianism, which conflict with the
   54  principles of freedom and democracy essential to the founding
   55  principles of the United States.
   56         d. The increasing threat of communism in the United States
   57  and to our allies through the 20th century, including the events
   58  of the Cultural Revolution in the People’s Republic of China and
   59  other mass killings from communist regimes.
   60         e. The economic, industrial, and political events that have
   61  preceded and anticipated communist revolutions.
   62         f. The communist policies of Cuba and the spread of
   63  communist ideologies throughout Latin America, including the
   64  roots of the Communist Party of Cuba and guerilla forces
   65  throughout Latin America.
   66         2. The department shall prepare and offer standards for the
   67  instruction required by this paragraph and may seek input from
   68  any individual who was a victim of communism or any state or
   69  nationally recognized organization dedicated to the victims of
   70  communism.
   72  The State Board of Education is encouraged to adopt standards
   73  and pursue assessment of the requirements of this subsection.
   74  Instructional programming that incorporates the values of the
   75  recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor and that is
   76  offered as part of a social studies, English Language Arts, or
   77  other schoolwide character building and veteran awareness
   78  initiative meets the requirements of paragraph (u).
   79         Section 2. Section 1004.89, Florida Statutes, is created to
   80  read:
   81         1004.89 Institute for Freedom in the Americas.—
   82         (1) The Institute for Freedom in the Americas is hereby
   83  created at Miami Dade College to preserve the ideals of a free
   84  society and promote democracy in the Americas. The institute
   85  shall be located at the Freedom Tower and shall:
   86         (a) Partner with the Adam Smith Center for Economic Freedom
   87  to hold workshops, symposiums, and conferences that provide
   88  networking opportunities for leaders throughout the region to
   89  gain new insights and ideas for promoting democracy, including
   90  knowledge of and insight into the intellectual, political, and
   91  economic freedoms that are foundational to a democratic society.
   92         (b) Enter into an agreement with the Adam Smith Center for
   93  Economic Freedom to provide participants with academic
   94  coursework and programs that advance democratic practices and
   95  economic and legal reforms.
   96         (c) Provide educational and experiential opportunities for
   97  regional leaders committed to careers in democracy and
   98  governance.
   99         (2) Miami Dade College, in accordance with s. 1004.70,
  100  shall approve a direct-support organization to support the
  101  institute in its mission to develop partnerships throughout the
  102  Americas. The board of the direct-support organization shall be
  103  composed of five members, as follows: one member appointed by
  104  the President of the Senate; one member appointed by the Speaker
  105  of the House of Representatives; and three members appointed by
  106  the Governor, including a representative from Miami Dade College
  107  and a representative from the Adam Smith Center for Economic
  108  Freedom.
  109         Section 3. Section 1004.64991, Florida Statutes, is amended
  110  to read:
  111         1004.64991 The Adam Smith Center for the Study of Economic
  112  Freedom.—
  113         (1) The Adam Smith Center for the Study of Economic Freedom
  114  at Florida International University is hereby created.
  115         (2) The goals of the center are to:
  116         (a) Study the effect of government and free market
  117  economies on individual freedom, educational freedom, and human
  118  prosperity.
  119         (b) Conduct and promote research on the effect of political
  120  and economic systems on human prosperity.
  121         (c) Plan and host research workshops, symposiums, and
  122  conferences to allow students, scholars, and guests to exchange
  123  in civil discussion of democracy and capitalism.
  124         (d) Provide fellowship and mentoring opportunities to
  125  students engaged in scholarly studies of the effect of political
  126  and economic systems on human prosperity.
  127         (e) Partner with the Institute for Freedom in the Americas
  128  to support its mission, which includes promoting economic and
  129  individual freedoms as a means for advancing human progress with
  130  an emphasis on Latin American and the Caribbean.
  131         (3) In order to carry out the purpose set forth in this
  132  section, the center institute is authorized to:
  133         (a) Hire necessary faculty and staff pursuant to s.
  134  1001.741;
  135         (b) Enroll students;
  136         (c) Develop curriculum and offer new courses, including
  137  honors courses, certificates, degrees, and major and minor
  138  programs;
  139         (d) Hold events, including fundraisers;
  140         (e) Fulfill other actions approved by the president of the
  141  university; and
  142         (f) Generate resources based on student credit hour
  143  enrollment, in the same manner as any college within the
  144  institution.
  145         Section 4. The Department of State, in collaboration with
  146  the Department of Education, shall consult with state and
  147  national stakeholders to provide a recommendation to the
  148  Legislature, no later than December 1, 2024, on the creation of
  149  a museum of the history of communism. This section expires July
  150  1, 2025.
  151         Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.