Florida Senate - 2014 CS for SB 790 By the Committee on Education; and Senator Legg 581-01852-14 2014790c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to education; amending s. 1011.62, 3 F.S.; providing the purpose for the Florida digital 4 classrooms allocation; requiring a school district to 5 adopt a district digital classrooms plan and submit 6 the plan to the Department of Education for approval; 7 providing requirements for the plan; requiring that 8 allocated funds be used for a specified purpose; 9 requiring a district school board to submit to the 10 department the district’s digital classrooms plan; 11 providing requirements for the district’s plan; 12 requiring the State Board of Education to adopt a 13 Florida digital classrooms plan that establishes 14 certain protocols, parameters, requirements, and 15 digital tools; authorizing the Department of Education 16 to consult with qualified experts to develop the 17 Florida digital classrooms plan; providing 18 requirements for the plan; providing calculations for 19 funding; requiring the commissioner to support 20 statewide, coordinated partnerships and efforts of 21 education practitioners to identify and share best 22 practices, corrective actions, and other identified 23 needs; requiring each district school board to report 24 by a specified date to the department the district’s 25 use of funds and student performance outcomes; 26 requiring the Auditor General to verify the use of 27 Florida digital classrooms allocation funds; requiring 28 the commissioner to provide by a specified date to the 29 Governor and the Legislature a summary of each 30 district’s use of funds, student performance outcomes, 31 and progress toward meeting statutory requirements and 32 timelines; authorizing the State Board of Education to 33 adopt rules; amending s. 1002.33, F.S.; conforming 34 provisions to changes made by the act; providing 35 legislative findings and intent regarding the 36 collaboration of the State Board of Education, 37 Commissioner of Education, military installation 38 commanders, and school districts to address the needs 39 of children of military families; creating s. 40 1007.2616, F.S.; authorizing public schools to provide 41 students in grades K-12 opportunities for learning 42 computer coding and programming; authorizing grade 43 specific instruction in specified areas; authorizing 44 elementary schools and middle schools to establish 45 digital classrooms for specified purposes; authorizing 46 high schools to provide students with opportunities to 47 take certain computer programming courses to satisfy 48 requirements for high school graduation; providing 49 exceptions for certain course requirements for high 50 school graduation; authorizing the State Board of 51 Education to adopt rules; providing an effective date. 52 53 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 54 55 Section 1. Subsection (15) is added to section 1011.62, 56 Florida Statutes, to read: 57 1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.—If the annual 58 allocation from the Florida Education Finance Program to each 59 district for operation of schools is not determined in the 60 annual appropriations act or the substantive bill implementing 61 the annual appropriations act, it shall be determined as 62 follows: 63 (15) FLORIDA DIGITAL CLASSROOMS.— 64 (a) The Florida digital classrooms allocation is created to 65 support district and school efforts and strategies to improve 66 outcomes related to student performance by integrating 67 technology in classroom teaching and learning. The outcomes must 68 be measurable and may also be unique to the needs of individual 69 schools and school districts within the general parameters 70 established by the Department of Education. 71 (b) Each district school board shall adopt a district 72 digital classrooms plan that meets the unique needs of students, 73 schools, and personnel and submit the plan for approval to the 74 department. In addition, each district school board must, at a 75 minimum, seek input from the district’s instructional, 76 curriculum, and information technology staff to develop the 77 district digital classrooms plan. The district’s plan must be 78 within the general parameters established in the Florida digital 79 classrooms plan pursuant to paragraph (c). In addition, if the 80 district participates in federal technology initiatives and 81 grant programs, the district digital classrooms plan must 82 include a plan for meeting requirements of such initiatives and 83 grant programs. Funds allocated under this subsection must be 84 used to support implementation of district digital classrooms 85 plans. By October 1, 2014, and by March 1 of each year 86 thereafter, on a date determined by the department, each 87 district school board shall submit to the department, in a 88 format prescribed by the department, a digital classrooms plan. 89 At a minimum, such plan must include, and be annually updated to 90 reflect, the following: 91 1. Measurable student performance outcomes. Outcomes 92 related to student performance, including outcomes for students 93 with disabilities, must be tied to the efforts and strategies to 94 improve outcomes related to student performance by integrating 95 technology in classroom teaching and learning. Results of the 96 outcomes shall be reported at least annually for the current 97 school year and subsequent 3 years and be accompanied by an 98 independent evaluation and validation of the reported results. 99 2. Digital learning and technology infrastructure purchases 100 and operational activities. Such purchases and activities must 101 be tied to the measurable outcomes under subparagraph 1., 102 including, but not limited to, connectivity, broadband access, 103 wireless capacity, Internet speed, and data security, all of 104 which must meet or exceed minimum requirements and protocols 105 established by the department. For each year that the district 106 uses funds for infrastructure, a third-party, independent 107 evaluation of the district’s technology inventory and 108 infrastructure needs must accompany the district’s plan. 109 3. Professional development purchases and operational 110 activities. Such purchases and activities must be tied to the 111 measurable outcomes under subparagraph 1., including, but not 112 limited to, using technology in the classroom and improving 113 digital literacy and competency. 114 4. Digital tool purchases and operational activities. Such 115 purchases and activities must be tied to the measurable outcomes 116 under subparagraph 1., including, but not limited to, 117 competency-based credentials that measure and demonstrate 118 digital competency and certifications; third-party assessments 119 that demonstrate acquired knowledge and use of digital 120 applications; and devices that meet or exceed minimum 121 requirements and protocols established by the department. 122 5. Online assessment-related purchases and operational 123 activities. Such purchases and activities must be tied to the 124 measurable outcomes under subparagraph 1., including, but not 125 limited to, expanding the capacity to administer assessments and 126 compatibility with minimum assessment protocols and requirements 127 established by the department. 128 (c) The State Board of Education shall adopt a Florida 129 digital classrooms plan that, at a minimum, establishes minimum 130 protocols, parameters, and requirements for district-level 131 infrastructure, school-level infrastructure, and digital tools 132 that accommodate statutory requirements and timelines for 133 instruction, learning, assessments, and accountability. The 134 Department of Education may consult with qualified experts to 135 develop the Florida digital classrooms plan. The Florida digital 136 classrooms plan shall be prepared for the current school year 137 and the subsequent 5 years. The plan shall be reviewed and 138 updated annually and must specify the criteria for the annual 139 review and approval of the districts’ digital classrooms plans. 140 (d) The Legislature shall annually provide in the General 141 Appropriations Act a Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) 142 allocation for implementation of the digital classrooms plan to 143 be calculated in an amount up to 1 percent of the base student 144 allocation multiplied by the total K-12 full-time equivalent 145 student enrollment included in the FEFP calculations for the 146 legislative appropriation or as provided in the General 147 Appropriations Act. Each school district shall be provided a 148 minimum of $100,000, with the remaining balance of the 149 allocation to be distributed based on each district’s proportion 150 of the total K-12 full-time equivalent student enrollment. 151 Distribution of funds for the Florida digital classrooms 152 allocation shall begin following submittal of each district’s 153 digital classrooms plan, which must include formal verification 154 of the superintendent’s approval of the digital classrooms plan 155 of each charter school in the district, and approval of the plan 156 by the department. Prior to the distribution of the Florida 157 digital classrooms allocation funds, each district school 158 superintendent shall certify to the Commissioner of Education 159 that the district school board has approved a comprehensive 160 district digital classrooms plan that supports the fidelity of 161 implementation of the Florida digital classrooms allocation. 162 District allocations shall be recalculated during the fiscal 163 year consistent with the periodic recalculation of the FEFP. 164 School districts shall provide a proportionate share of the 165 digital classrooms allocation to each charter school in the 166 district, as required for categorical programs in s. 167 1002.33(17)(b). A school district may use a competitive process 168 to distribute funds for the Florida digital classrooms 169 allocation to the schools within the school district. 170 (e) To facilitate the implementation of the district 171 digital classrooms plans and charter school digital classrooms 172 plans, the commissioner shall support statewide, coordinated 173 partnerships and efforts of this state’s education practitioners 174 in the field, including, but not limited to, superintendents, 175 principals, and teachers, to identify and share best practices, 176 corrective actions, and other identified needs. 177 (f) Beginning in the 2015-2016 fiscal year and each year 178 thereafter, each district school board shall report to the 179 department its use of funds provided through the Florida digital 180 classrooms allocation and student performance outcomes in 181 accordance with the district’s digital classrooms plan. The 182 Auditor General shall, during scheduled operational audits of 183 the school districts, verify compliance of the use of Florida 184 digital classrooms allocation funds in accordance with the 185 district’s digital classrooms plan. No later than October 1 of 186 each year, beginning in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the 187 commissioner shall provide to the Governor, the President of the 188 Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a 189 summary of each district’s use of funds, student performance 190 outcomes, and progress toward meeting statutory requirements and 191 timelines. 192 (g) The State Board of Education may adopt rules pursuant 193 to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to administer this subsection. 194 Section 2. Paragraph (b) of subsection (17) of section 195 1002.33, Florida Statutes, is amended, and present subsection 196 (27) of that section is renumbered as subsection (28), and a new 197 subsection (27) is added to that section, to read: 198 1002.33 Charter schools.— 199 (17) FUNDING.—Students enrolled in a charter school, 200 regardless of the sponsorship, shall be funded as if they are in 201 a basic program or a special program, the same as students 202 enrolled in other public schools in the school district. Funding 203 for a charter lab school shall be as provided in s. 1002.32. 204 (b) The basis for the agreement for funding students 205 enrolled in a charter school shall be the sum of the school 206 district’s operating funds from the Florida Education Finance 207 Program as provided in s. 1011.62 and the General Appropriations 208 Act, including gross state and local funds, discretionary 209 lottery funds, and funds from the school district’s current 210 operating discretionary millage levy; divided by total funded 211 weighted full-time equivalent students in the school district; 212 multiplied by the weighted full-time equivalent students for the 213 charter school. Charter schools whose students or programs meet 214 the eligibility criteria in law are
shall beentitled to their 215 proportionate share of categorical program funds included in the 216 total funds available in the Florida Education Finance Program 217 by the Legislature, including transportation and the Florida 218 digital classrooms allocation. Total funding for each charter 219 school shall be recalculated during the year to reflect the 220 revised calculations under the Florida Education Finance Program 221 by the state and the actual weighted full-time equivalent 222 students reported by the charter school during the full-time 223 equivalent student survey periods designated by the Commissioner 224 of Education. 225 (27) FINDINGS AND INTENT REGARDING CHILDREN OF MILITARY 226 FAMILIES.— 227 (a) The Legislature finds that: 228 1. Military families face unique challenges due to the 229 highly mobile nature of military service. 230 2. Among the many challenges military families face is 231 providing a high-quality education for their children without 232 disruption. 233 3. The state has a compelling interest in assisting the 234 development and enhancement of learning opportunities for 235 children of military families and addressing their unique needs. 236 (b) It is the intent of the Legislature that: 237 1. A framework is established to address the needs of 238 children of military families who, along with their families, 239 face unique challenges due to the highly mobile nature of 240 military service. 241 2. In establishing this framework, the Legislature finds it 242 necessary to encourage military installation commanders to 243 collaboratively work with the Commissioner of Education to 244 increase military family student achievement, which may include 245 the establishment of charter schools on military installations. 246 3. While the State Board of Education, through the 247 Commissioner of Education, shall supervise this collaboration, 248 the applicable school district shall operate and maintain 249 control over any school that is established on the military 250 installation. 251 Section 3. Section 1007.2616, Florida Statutes, is created 252 to read: 253 1007.2616 Computer and technology-related coding, 254 programming, and rapid prototype printing instruction.— 255 (1) Public schools may provide students in grades K-12 256 opportunities for learning computer coding and computer 257 programming. Such opportunities may include coding instruction 258 in elementary school and middle school, instruction to develop 259 students’ computer usage and digital literacy skills in middle 260 school, and courses in computer coding and computer programming 261 in high school, including earning related industry 262 certifications. 263 (2) Elementary schools and middle schools may establish 264 digital classrooms in which students are provided opportunities 265 to improve digital literacy and competency; to learn digital 266 skills, such as coding, multiple media presentation, and the 267 manipulation of multiple digital graphic images; and to earn 268 digital tools, such as recognitions and certifications pursuant 269 to s. 1003.4203 and grade-appropriate, technology-related 270 industry certifications. 271 (3) High schools may provide students with opportunities to 272 take computer programming courses to satisfy high school 273 graduation requirements, including, but not limited to, the 274 following: 275 (a) High school computer programming courses of sufficient 276 rigor, as identified by the commissioner, such that one credit 277 in computer programming language and the earning of related 278 industry certifications constitute the equivalent of one credit 279 of mathematics requirement, with the exception of Algebra I, or 280 science requirement, with the exception of Biology I, for high 281 school graduation. Computer programming language courses and 282 technology-related industry certifications which are identified 283 as eligible for meeting mathematics or science requirements for 284 high school graduation shall be included in the Course Code 285 Directory. 286 (b) High school computer technology courses in 3D rapid 287 prototype printing of sufficient rigor, as identified by the 288 commissioner, such that one or more credits in such courses and 289 related industry certifications earned may satisfy up to two 290 credits of mathematics required for high school graduation. 291 Computer technology courses in 3D rapid prototype printing and 292 related industry certifications which are identified as eligible 293 for meeting mathematics requirements for high school graduation 294 shall be included in the Course Code Directory. 295 (c) Courses in computer programming language, such that one 296 credit, at the discretion of the local district school board, 297 may satisfy one credit in physical education which is required 298 for high school graduation. 299 (4) The State Board of Education may adopt rules pursuant 300 to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to administer this section. 301 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.