Florida Senate - 2012                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1852
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                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                 Comm: UNFAV           .                                
                  02/08/2012           .                                

       The Committee on Education Pre-K - 12 (Montford) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment to Amendment (883798) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Delete lines 622 - 680
    5  and insert:
    7         (c) If the district school board is providing programs or
    8  services to students funded by federal funds, any eligible
    9  students enrolled in charter schools in the school district
   10  shall be provided federal funds for the same level of service
   11  provided students in the schools operated by the district school
   12  board. All federal funds received by a district school board for
   13  the benefit of charter schools, charter school students, or
   14  charter school students as public school students in the school
   15  district, including, but not limited to, Title I, Title II, and
   16  IDEA funds, shall be paid in total to charter schools within 60
   17  days after receipt by the district school board. Pursuant to
   18  provisions of 20 U.S.C. 8061 s. 10306, all charter schools shall
   19  receive all federal funding for which the school is otherwise
   20  eligible, including Title I funding, not later than 5 months
   21  after the charter school first opens and within 5 months after
   22  any subsequent expansion of enrollment.
   23         (d) Charter schools shall be included by the Department of
   24  Education and the district school board in requests for federal
   25  stimulus funds in the same manner as district school board
   26  operated public schools, including Title I and IDEA funds and
   27  shall be entitled to receive such funds. Charter schools are
   28  eligible to participate in federal competitive grants that are
   29  available as part of the federal stimulus funds.
   30         (e) District school boards shall make timely and efficient
   31  payment and reimbursement to charter schools, including
   32  processing paperwork required to access special state and
   33  federal funding for which they may be eligible. The district
   34  school board may distribute funds to a charter school for up to
   35  3 months based on the projected full-time equivalent student
   36  membership of the charter school. Thereafter, the results of
   37  full-time equivalent student membership surveys shall be used in
   38  adjusting the amount of funds distributed monthly to the charter
   39  school for the remainder of the fiscal year. The payment shall
   40  be issued no later than 10 working days after the district
   41  school board receives a distribution of state or federal funds.
   42  If a warrant for payment is not issued within 10 working days
   43  after receipt of funding by the district school board, the
   44  school district shall pay to the charter school, in addition to
   45  the amount of the scheduled disbursement, interest at a rate of
   46  1 percent per month calculated on a daily basis on the unpaid
   47  balance from the expiration of the 10 working days until such
   48  time as the warrant is issued.
   49         (f) Funding for a virtual charter school shall be as
   50  provided in s. 1002.45(7).
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   53         And the title is amended as follows:
   54         Delete lines 1140 - 1147
   55  and insert:
   56         meeting continuing education requirements; requiring
   57         payment to charter