Florida Senate - 2018 CS for SB 1738 By the Committee on Education; and Senator Stewart 581-02906-18 20181738c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Voluntary Prekindergarten 3 Education Program; amending s. 1002.55, F.S.; 4 authorizing an early learning coalition to refuse to 5 contract with certain private prekindergarten 6 providers; providing an effective date. 7 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 Section 1. Subsection (5) of section 1002.55, Florida 11 Statutes, is amended to read: 12 1002.55 School-year prekindergarten program delivered by 13 private prekindergarten providers.— 14 (5)(a) Notwithstanding paragraph (3)(b), a private 15 prekindergarten provider may not participate in the Voluntary 16 Prekindergarten Education Program if the provider has child 17 disciplinary policies that do not prohibit children from being 18 subjected to discipline that is severe, humiliating, 19 frightening, or associated with food, rest, toileting, spanking, 20 or any other form of physical punishment as provided in s. 21 402.305(12). 22 (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if a 23 private prekindergarten provider has been cited for a class I 24 violation, as defined by rule, the coalition may refuse to 25 contract with the provider. 26 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.