Bill No. 1887
Amendment No. 499827
Senate House

1Representative(s) Ausley and Kendrick offered the following:
3     Amendment (with title amendment)
4     Between lines 156 and 157, insert:
5     Section 5.  Paragraph (a) of subsection (5) of section
6411.01, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
7     411.01  School readiness programs; early learning
10     (a)  Early learning coalitions.--
11     1.  The Agency for Workforce Innovation shall establish the
12minimum number of children to be served by each early learning
13coalition through the coalition's school readiness program. The
14Agency for Workforce Innovation may only approve school
15readiness plans in accordance with this minimum number. The
16minimum number must be uniform for every early learning
17coalition and must:
18     a.  Permit 32 30 or fewer coalitions to be established; and
19     b.  Require each coalition to serve at least 2,000 children
20based upon the average number of all children served per month
21through the coalition's school readiness program during the
22previous 12 months.
24The Agency for Workforce Innovation shall adopt procedures for
25merging early learning coalitions, including procedures for the
26consolidation of merging coalitions, and for the early
27termination of the terms of coalition members which are
28necessary to accomplish the mergers. Each early learning
29coalition must comply with the merger procedures and shall be
30organized in accordance with this subparagraph by April 1, 2005.
31By June 30, 2005, each coalition must complete the transfer of
32powers, duties, functions, rules, records, personnel, property,
33and unexpended balances of appropriations, allocations, and
34other funds to the successor coalition, if applicable.
35     2.  If an early learning coalition would serve fewer
36children than the minimum number established under subparagraph
371., the coalition must merge with another county to form a
38multicounty coalition. However, the Agency for Workforce
39Innovation may authorize an early learning coalition to serve
40fewer children than the minimum number established under
41subparagraph 1., if:
42     a.  The coalition demonstrates to the Agency for Workforce
43Innovation that merging with another county or multicounty
44region contiguous to the coalition would cause an extreme
45hardship on the coalition;
46     b.  The Agency for Workforce Innovation has determined
47during the most recent annual review of the coalition's school
48readiness plan, or through monitoring and performance
49evaluations conducted under paragraph (4)(l), that the coalition
50has substantially implemented its plan and substantially met the
51performance standards and outcome measures adopted by the
52agency; and
53     c.  The coalition demonstrates to the Agency for Workforce
54Innovation the coalition's ability to effectively and
55efficiently implement the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education
58If an early learning coalition fails or refuses to merge as
59required by this subparagraph, the Agency for Workforce
60Innovation may dissolve the coalition and temporarily contract
61with a qualified entity to continue school readiness and
62prekindergarten services in the coalition's county or
63multicounty region until the coalition is reestablished through
64resubmission of a school readiness plan and approval by the
66     3.  Each early learning coalition shall be composed of at
67least 18 members but not more than 35 members. The Agency for
68Workforce Innovation shall adopt standards establishing within
69this range the minimum and maximum number of members that may be
70appointed to an early learning coalition. These standards must
71include variations for a coalition serving a multicounty region.
72Each early learning coalition must comply with these standards.
73     4.  The Governor shall appoint the chair and two other
74members of each early learning coalition, who must each meet the
75same qualifications as private-sector business members appointed
76by the coalition under subparagraph 6.
77     5.  Each early learning coalition must include the
78following members:
79     a.  A Department of Children and Family Services district
80administrator or his or her designee who is authorized to make
81decisions on behalf of the department.
82     b.  A district superintendent of schools or his or her
83designee who is authorized to make decisions on behalf of the
84district, who shall be a nonvoting member.
85     c.  A regional workforce board executive director or his or
86her designee.
87     d.  A county health department director or his or her
89     e.  A children's services council or juvenile welfare board
90chair or executive director, if applicable, who shall be a
91nonvoting member if the council or board is the fiscal agent of
92the coalition or if the council or board contracts with and
93receives funds from the coalition.
94     f.  An agency head of a local licensing agency as defined
95in s. 402.302, where applicable.
96     g.  A president of a community college or his or her
98     h.  One member appointed by a board of county
100     i.  A central agency administrator, where applicable, who
101shall be a nonvoting member.
102     j.  A Head Start director, who shall be a nonvoting member.
103     k.  A representative of private child care providers,
104including family day care homes, who shall be a nonvoting
106     l.  A representative of faith-based child care providers,
107who shall be a nonvoting member.
108     m.  A representative of programs for children with
109disabilities under the federal Individuals with Disabilities
110Education Act, who shall be a nonvoting member.
111     6.  Including the members appointed by the Governor under
112subparagraph 4., more than one-third of the members of each
113early learning coalition must be private-sector business members
114who do not have, and none of whose relatives as defined in s.
115112.3143 has, a substantial financial interest in the design or
116delivery of the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program
117created under part V of chapter 1002 or the coalition's school
118readiness program. To meet this requirement an early learning
119coalition must appoint additional members from a list of
120nominees submitted to the coalition by a chamber of commerce or
121economic development council within the geographic region served
122by the coalition. The Agency for Workforce Innovation shall
123establish criteria for appointing private-sector business
124members. These criteria must include standards for determining
125whether a member or relative has a substantial financial
126interest in the design or delivery of the Voluntary
127Prekindergarten Education Program or the coalition's school
128readiness program.
129     7.  A majority of the voting membership of an early
130learning coalition constitutes a quorum required to conduct the
131business of the coalition.
132     8.  A voting member of an early learning coalition may not
133appoint a designee to act in his or her place, except as
134otherwise provided in this paragraph. A voting member may send a
135representative to coalition meetings, but that representative
136does not have voting privileges. When a district administrator
137for the Department of Children and Family Services appoints a
138designee to an early learning coalition, the designee is the
139voting member of the coalition, and any individual attending in
140the designee's place, including the district administrator, does
141not have voting privileges.
142     9.  Each member of an early learning coalition is subject
143to ss. 112.313, 112.3135, and 112.3143. For purposes of s.
144112.3143(3)(a), each voting member is a local public officer who
145must abstain from voting when a voting conflict exists.
146     10.  For purposes of tort liability, each member or
147employee of an early learning coalition shall be governed by s.
149     11.  An early learning coalition serving a multicounty
150region must include representation from each county.
151     12.  Each early learning coalition shall establish terms
152for all appointed members of the coalition. The terms must be
153staggered and must be a uniform length that does not exceed 4
154years per term. Appointed members may serve a maximum of two
155consecutive terms. When a vacancy occurs in an appointed
156position, the coalition must advertise the vacancy.
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160financings; amending s. 411.01, F.S.; increasing the number of
161early learning coalitions authorized to be established; amending
162s. 394.908, F.S.; providing for

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