Florida Senate - 2020 SB 1100 By Senator Rouson 19-01491-20 20201100__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Florida Seal of Fine Arts 3 Program; creating s. 1003.4321, F.S.; establishing the 4 Florida Seal of Fine Arts Program to recognize high 5 school graduates who have attained a high level of 6 skill in fine arts coursework; providing the purpose 7 of the program; providing criteria to earn the Seal of 8 Fine Arts; authorizing the State Board of Education to 9 adopt additional criteria for the award of the seal; 10 requiring the Commissioner of Education and school 11 districts to perform specified duties to administer 12 the program; prohibiting a school district or the 13 Department of Education from charging a fee for the 14 seal; requiring the state board to adopt rules; 15 providing an effective date. 16 17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 18 19 Section 1. Section 1003.4321, Florida Statutes, is created 20 to read: 21 1003.4321 Florida Seal of Fine Arts for high school 22 graduates.— 23 (1) The Florida Seal of Fine Arts Program is established to 24 recognize a high school graduate who has attained a high level 25 of skill in fine arts coursework. 26 (2) The purpose of the Florida Seal of Fine Arts Program is 27 to encourage students to develop a high level of skill in the 28 performing or visual arts. 29 (3) Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the Seal of 30 Fine Arts must be awarded to a high school student who has 31 earned a standard high school diploma and who: 32 (a) Has completed three year-long courses in dance, music, 33 theater, or the visual arts with a grade of “B” or higher in 34 each course or earned three sequential course credits in such 35 courses with a grade of “B” or higher in each course. 36 (b) Has completed an additional year-long course or earned 37 an additional course credit in an art course listed in paragraph 38 (a) with a grade of “B” or higher. 39 (c) Has completed two fine arts-related extracurricular 40 activities. 41 (d) Has shared his or her talent and industry knowledge by 42 providing at least 20 hours of art-related community service in 43 his or her community and presented a comprehensive presentation 44 on his or her experiences. 45 46 The State Board of Education may establish additional criteria 47 for the award of the Seal of Fine Arts. 48 (4) The Commissioner of Education shall: 49 (a) Prepare and provide to each school district an 50 appropriate insignia to be affixed to a student’s diploma 51 indicating that the student has been awarded the Seal of Fine 52 Arts. 53 (b) Provide information necessary for a school district to 54 successfully implement the program. 55 (5) Each school district shall: 56 (a) Maintain appropriate records to identify a student who 57 has met the requirements to receive the Seal of Fine Arts. 58 (b) Provide the Commissioner of Education with the number 59 of students who have met the requirements to receive the Seal of 60 Fine Arts. 61 (c) Affix the appropriate insignia to the student’s diploma 62 and indicate on the student’s transcript that the student has 63 earned the Seal of Fine Arts. 64 (6) A school district or the Department of Education may 65 not charge a fee for the Seal of Fine Arts. 66 (7) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to 67 implement this section, including, but not limited to: 68 (a) A process to confirm a student’s successful completion 69 of the requirements in subsection (3). 70 (b) Any additional requirements a student must meet to be 71 awarded the Seal of Fine Arts. 72 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.