Florida Senate - 2011 CS for CS for SB 1254 By the Committees on Budget Subcommittee on Education Pre-K - 12 Appropriations; and Education Pre-K - 12; and Senators Wise and Richter 602-04489-11 20111254c2 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to auditory-oral education programs; 3 providing a short title; amending s. 1002.20, F.S.; 4 revising provisions relating to public school choice 5 options for parents of public school students to 6 include auditory-oral education programs; creating s. 7 1002.391, F.S.; providing definitions; providing that 8 a parent of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing may 9 enroll the child in an auditory-oral education program 10 at a school accredited by OPTION Schools, Inc., or at 11 a school in which the supervisor and the majority of 12 faculty are certified as Listening and Spoken Language 13 Specialists by the AG Bell Academy for Listening and 14 Spoken Language; providing that the child may continue 15 attending the school and complete the development of 16 listening and spoken language skills if specified 17 criteria are met; requiring that the level of services 18 be determined by the individual educational plan team 19 or individualized family support plan team; providing 20 that a child is no longer eligible under certain 21 circumstances; amending s. 1002.66, F.S.; adding 22 Listening and Spoken Language specialists and an 23 appropriate acoustical environment to the list of 24 specialized instructional services from which a parent 25 with an eligible child may choose; amending s. 26 1003.01, F.S.; adding services provided by a certified 27 Listening and Spoken Language specialist to the 28 definition of the term “special education services”; 29 amending s. 1011.62, F.S.; revising provisions 30 relating to the funding model for exceptional student 31 education programs to require the Department of 32 Education to review and revise the descriptions of 33 services and supports in the matrix of services used 34 to determine exceptional education cost factors; 35 providing an effective date. 36 37 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 38 39 Section 1. This act may be cited as the “Auditory Oral 40 Education Act.” 41 Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (6) of section 42 1002.20, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 43 1002.20 K-12 student and parent rights.—Parents of public 44 school students must receive accurate and timely information 45 regarding their child’s academic progress and must be informed 46 of ways they can help their child to succeed in school. K-12 47 students and their parents are afforded numerous statutory 48 rights including, but not limited to, the following: 49 (6) EDUCATIONAL CHOICE.— 50 (a) Public school choices.—Parents of public school 51 students may seek whatever public school choice options that are 52 applicable to their students and are available to students in 53 their school districts. These options may include controlled 54 open enrollment, single-gender programs, lab schools, school 55 district virtual instruction programs, charter schools, charter 56 technical career centers, magnet schools, alternative schools, 57 special programs, auditory-oral education programs, advanced 58 placement, dual enrollment, International Baccalaureate, 59 International General Certificate of Secondary Education (pre 60 AICE), Advanced International Certificate of Education, early 61 admissions, credit by examination or demonstration of 62 competency, the New World School of the Arts, the Florida School 63 for the Deaf and the Blind, and the Florida Virtual School. 64 These options may also include the public school choice options 65 of the Opportunity Scholarship Program and the McKay 66 Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program. 67 Section 3. Section 1002.391, Florida Statutes, is created 68 to read: 69 1002.391 Auditory-oral education programs.— 70 (1) As used in this section, the term: 71 (a) “Auditory-oral education program” means a program that 72 develops and relies solely on listening skills and uses an 73 implant or assistive hearing device for the purpose of relying 74 on speech and spoken language skills as the method of 75 communication. 76 (b) “Deaf or hard of hearing” means aided or unaided 77 hearing loss that impacts the processing of linguistic 78 information and adversely affects performance in the educational 79 environment. The degree of loss may range from mild to profound 80 in accordance with the criteria established by rule of the State 81 Board of Education. 82 (c) “School” means a public or private school located in 83 this state which meets the following requirements: 84 1. Is accredited by OPTION Schools, Inc., to teach children 85 who have obtained an implant or assistive hearing device; or 86 2. Has a supervisor and a majority of the faculty who 87 provide direct services to children and who are certified by the 88 AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language as Listening 89 and Spoken Language Specialists. 90 (2)(a) The parent of a child who meets the requirements in 91 paragraph (b) may enroll the child in an auditory-oral education 92 program at a school of choice under s. 1002.20. 93 (b) Any child who is deaf or hard of hearing and who 94 enrolls in an auditory-oral education program at a school, as 95 defined in this section, may continue attending the school and 96 complete the development of listening and spoken language skills 97 at the school if the child: 98 1. Has received an implant or assistive hearing device; 99 2.a. Is between the ages of 3 and 7 years; or 100 b. Is between the ages of 2 and 7 years when the school 101 district elects to serve children with disabilities who are 102 under the age of 3 years; and 103 3. Is a resident of the state. 104 (3) The level of services shall be determined by the 105 individual educational plan team or individualized family 106 support plan team, which includes the child’s parent in 107 accordance with the rules of the State Board of Education. A 108 child is eligible for services under this section until the end 109 of the school year in which he or she reaches the age of 7 years 110 or after grade 2, whichever comes first. 111 Section 4. Paragraph (e) is added to subsection (2) of 112 section 1002.66, Florida Statutes, to read: 113 1002.66 Specialized instructional services for children 114 with disabilities.— 115 (2) The parent of a child who is eligible for the 116 prekindergarten program for children with disabilities may 117 select one or more specialized instructional services that are 118 consistent with the child’s individual educational plan. These 119 specialized instructional services may include, but are not 120 limited to: 121 (e) Listening and Spoken Language specialists and an 122 appropriate acoustical environment for any child who is deaf or 123 hard of hearing who has received an implant or assistive hearing 124 device. 125 Section 5. Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of section 126 1003.01, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 127 1003.01 Definitions.—As used in this chapter, the term: 128 (3) 129 (b) “Special education services” means specially designed 130 instruction and such related services as are necessary for an 131 exceptional student to benefit from education. Such services may 132 include: transportation; diagnostic and evaluation services; 133 social services; physical and occupational therapy; speech and 134 language pathology services; job placement; orientation and 135 mobility training; braillists, typists, and readers for the 136 blind; interpreters and auditory amplification; services 137 provided by a certified Listening and Spoken Language 138 specialist; rehabilitation counseling; transition services; 139 mental health services; guidance and career counseling; 140 specified materials, assistive technology devices, and other 141 specialized equipment; and other such services as approved by 142 rules of the state board. 143 Section 6. Paragraph (e) of subsection (1) of section 144 1011.62, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 145 1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.—If the annual 146 allocation from the Florida Education Finance Program to each 147 district for operation of schools is not determined in the 148 annual appropriations act or the substantive bill implementing 149 the annual appropriations act, it shall be determined as 150 follows: 151 (1) COMPUTATION OF THE BASIC AMOUNT TO BE INCLUDED FOR 152 OPERATION.—The following procedure shall be followed in 153 determining the annual allocation to each district for 154 operation: 155 (e) Funding model for exceptional student education 156 programs.— 157 1.a. The funding model uses basic, at-risk, support levels 158 IV and V for exceptional students and career Florida Education 159 Finance Program cost factors, and a guaranteed allocation for 160 exceptional student education programs. Exceptional education 161 cost factors are determined by using a matrix of services to 162 document the services that each exceptional student will 163 receive. The nature and intensity of the services indicated on 164 the matrix shall be consistent with the services described in 165 each exceptional student’s individual educational plan. The 166 Department of Education shall review and revise the descriptions 167 of the services and supports included in the matrix of services 168 for exceptional students and shall implement those revisions 169 before the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. 170 b. In order to generate funds using one of the two weighted 171 cost factors, a matrix of services must be completed at the time 172 of the student’s initial placement into an exceptional student 173 education program and at least once every 3 years by personnel 174 who have received approved training. Nothing listed in the 175 matrix shall be construed as limiting the services a school 176 district must provide in order to ensure that exceptional 177 students are provided a free, appropriate public education. 178 c. Students identified as exceptional, in accordance with 179 chapter 6A-6, Florida Administrative Code, who do not have a 180 matrix of services as specified in sub-subparagraph b. shall 181 generate funds on the basis of full-time-equivalent student 182 membership in the Florida Education Finance Program at the same 183 funding level per student as provided for basic students. 184 Additional funds for these exceptional students will be provided 185 through the guaranteed allocation designated in subparagraph 2. 186 2. For students identified as exceptional who do not have a 187 matrix of services and students who are gifted in grades K 188 through 8, there is created a guaranteed allocation to provide 189 these students with a free appropriate public education, in 190 accordance with s. 1001.42(4)(m) and rules of the State Board of 191 Education, which shall be allocated annually to each school 192 district in the amount provided in the General Appropriations 193 Act. These funds shall be in addition to the funds appropriated 194 on the basis of FTE student membership in the Florida Education 195 Finance Program, and the amount allocated for each school 196 district shall not be recalculated during the year. These funds 197 shall be used to provide special education and related services 198 for exceptional students and students who are gifted in grades K 199 through 8. Beginning with the 2007-2008 fiscal year, a 200 district’s expenditure of funds from the guaranteed allocation 201 for students in grades 9 through 12 who are gifted may not be 202 greater than the amount expended during the 2006-2007 fiscal 203 year for gifted students in grades 9 through 12. 204 Section 7. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.