Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1056 By Senator Passidomo 28-00686B-18 20181056__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to computer coding instruction; 3 creating s. 1012.545, F.S.; defining terms; requiring 4 a school district to provide student access to 5 computer coding courses under certain circumstances; 6 excluding charter schools from such requirements; 7 requiring the Commissioner of Education to identify 8 and publish information about such courses; providing 9 for educator professional development and bonuses 10 under certain circumstances; authorizing rulemaking; 11 providing an appropriation; providing a directive to 12 the Division of Law Revision and Information; 13 providing an effective date. 14 15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 16 17 Section 1. Section 1012.545, Florida Statutes, is created 18 to read: 19 1012.545 Educator credentials for computer coding 20 instruction.— 21 (1) As used in this section, the term: 22 (a) “Coding course” means a course that is identified by 23 the commissioner pursuant to subsection (3) and taught by an 24 educator who: 25 1. Holds a state certification in computer science pursuant 26 to s. 1012.56 or s. 1012.575 or a computer coding or computer 27 science industry certification in the particular course being 28 taught; or 29 2. Has professional experience in the field of computer 30 coding and holds an adjunct teaching certificate pursuant to s. 31 1012.57. 32 (b) “Combination school” means a public school in which any 33 of grades 6-12 are taught. 34 (2)(a) To ensure that public middle school and high school 35 students have the opportunity to learn computer coding, a school 36 district shall provide access to coding courses that are taught 37 by appropriately credentialed educators as follows: 38 1. A school district with 10 or fewer traditional public 39 middle schools and high schools, including combination schools, 40 shall provide at least one coding course in at least one of the 41 schools by the 2020-2021 school year. The school district may 42 use a blended learning model to meet this requirement. 43 2. A school district that has more than 10 traditional 44 public middle schools and high schools, including combination 45 schools, shall provide coding courses as follows: 46 a. Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, in at least 4 47 percent of the district’s total number of middle schools and 48 high schools, including combination schools. 49 b. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, in at least 7 50 percent of the district’s total number of middle schools and 51 high schools, including combination schools. 52 c. Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, in at least 10 53 percent of the district’s total number of middle schools and 54 high schools, including combination schools. 55 (b) A school district may not require a charter school to 56 offer a coding course. If a charter school offers a coding 57 course that meets the requirements of this section at its own 58 discretion, a school district may include the charter school’s 59 coding course in its threshold calculation under paragraph (a). 60 (3) The commissioner shall annually, and from time to time 61 as appropriate, identify and publish on the department’s website 62 and in the course code directory a list of courses that include 63 a substantial amount of coding content and that meet the 64 definition of a coding course under this section. Such courses 65 may include computer science courses with a substantial amount 66 of coding. The commissioner is encouraged to select accelerated 67 courses and courses that lead to an industry certification. 68 (4) The department shall, subject to legislative 69 appropriation, award funding to a school district or a 70 consortium of school districts to deliver or facilitate training 71 for educators to earn a credential to teach a coding course. 72 (a) A school district or a consortium of school districts 73 who apply for such funding may use the funds to establish or 74 enhance a professional development program pursuant to s. 75 1012.575, to collaborate with a state college or university to 76 provide necessary training, or to provide educators with funding 77 to obtain an applicable industry certification. A public school 78 educator who currently teaches at or is assigned to teach at a 79 middle school, high school, or combination school, including a 80 charter school, and who was evaluated as effective or highly 81 effective pursuant to s. 1012.34 in the prior school year, 82 unless the educator is newly hired and has not been evaluated 83 pursuant to s. 1012.34, is eligible to participate in this 84 funding. 85 (b) The funds must be distributed in a manner that allows 86 for an equitable distribution based on the geographic 87 distribution of the student population. 88 (5) Subject to legislative appropriation, a public school 89 educator is eligible for one of the following: 90 (a) A one-time bonus of $3,000, if he or she earns a 91 certification in computer science pursuant to s. 1012.56 or s. 92 1012.575; was evaluated as effective or highly effective 93 pursuant to s. 1012.34 in the prior school year, unless he or 94 she is newly hired and has not been evaluated pursuant to s. 95 1012.34; and commits to teach an applicable coding course 96 pursuant to this section at a public middle school, high school, 97 or combination school in this state for 3 school years. 98 (b) A one-time bonus of $1,500, if he or she earns an 99 applicable industry certification; was evaluated as effective or 100 highly effective pursuant to s. 1012.34 in the prior school 101 year, unless he or she is newly hired and has not been evaluated 102 pursuant to s. 1012.34; and commits to teach an applicable 103 coding course pursuant to this section at a public middle 104 school, high school, or combination school in this state for 3 105 school years. 106 (c) A one-time bonus of $3,000, if he or she holds a 107 certification in computer science pursuant to s. 1012.56 or s. 108 1012.575; was evaluated as effective or highly effective 109 pursuant to s. 1012.34 in the prior school year, unless he or 110 she is newly hired and has not been evaluated pursuant to s. 111 1012.34; is employed at a public middle school, high school, or 112 combination school as of the effective date of this act; and 113 commits to teach an applicable coding course pursuant to this 114 section at a public middle school, high school, or combination 115 school in this state for 3 school years. 116 117 A school district shall report the educators who meet the 118 eligibility requirements of this subsection to the department. 119 The educator shall receive his or her one-time bonus 120 disbursement after he or she teaches an applicable coding course 121 for 1 full school year. 122 (6) A school district shall be eligible to receive a high 123 need district technology grant, as provided by legislative 124 appropriation and as determined by the department. The 125 department shall provide such grants based on a school 126 district’s high need, while also considering an equitable 127 distribution of funding based on geographic distribution of 128 student population among the districts determined to have a high 129 need. 130 (7) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to 131 administer this section. 132 Section 2. For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the sum of $15 133 million in nonrecurring funds is appropriated from the General 134 Revenue Fund to the Department of Education to implement this 135 act. Notwithstanding s. 216.301, Florida Statutes, and pursuant 136 to s. 216.351, Florida Statutes, the balance of any 137 appropriation under this act which is not disbursed by June 30 138 of the fiscal year in which the funds are appropriated may be 139 carried forward for up to 3 years after the effective date of 140 the original appropriation. 141 Section 3. The Division of Law Revision and Information is 142 directed to replace the phrase “the effective date of this act” 143 wherever it occurs in this act with the date this act becomes a 144 law. 145 Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.