Florida Senate - 2014 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 790 Ì279372;Î279372 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 02/18/2014 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Subsection (15) is added to section 1011.62, 6 Florida Statutes, to read: 7 1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.—If the annual 8 allocation from the Florida Education Finance Program to each 9 district for operation of schools is not determined in the 10 annual appropriations act or the substantive bill implementing 11 the annual appropriations act, it shall be determined as 12 follows: 13 (15) FLORIDA DIGITAL CLASSROOMS.— 14 (a) The Florida digital classrooms allocation is created to 15 support district and school efforts and strategies to improve 16 outcomes related to student performance by integrating 17 technology in classroom teaching and learning. The outcomes must 18 be measurable and may also be unique to the needs of individual 19 schools and school districts within the general parameters 20 established by the Department of Education. 21 (b) Each district school board shall adopt a district 22 digital classrooms plan that meets the unique needs of students, 23 schools, and personnel and submit the plan for approval to the 24 department. In addition, each district school board must, at a 25 minimum, seek input from the district’s instructional, 26 curriculum, and information technology staff to develop the 27 district digital classrooms plan. The district’s plan must be 28 within the general parameters established in the Florida digital 29 classrooms plan pursuant to paragraph (c). In addition, if the 30 district participates in federal technology initiatives and 31 grant programs, the district digital classrooms plan must 32 include a plan for meeting requirements of such initiatives and 33 grant programs. Funds allocated under this subsection must be 34 used to support implementation of district digital classrooms 35 plans. By October 1, 2014, and by March 1 of each year 36 thereafter, on a date determined by the department, each 37 district school board shall submit to the department, in a 38 format prescribed by the department, a digital classrooms plan. 39 At a minimum, such plan must include, and be annually updated to 40 reflect, the following: 41 1. Measurable student performance outcomes. Outcomes 42 related to student performance, including outcomes for students 43 with disabilities, must be tied to the efforts and strategies to 44 improve outcomes related to student performance by integrating 45 technology in classroom teaching and learning. Results of the 46 outcomes shall be reported at least annually for the current 47 school year and subsequent 3 years and be accompanied by an 48 independent evaluation and validation of the reported results. 49 2. Digital learning and technology infrastructure purchases 50 and operational activities. Such purchases and activities must 51 be tied to the measurable outcomes under subparagraph 1., 52 including, but not limited to, connectivity, broadband access, 53 wireless capacity, Internet speed, and data security, all of 54 which must meet or exceed minimum requirements and protocols 55 established by the department. For each year that the district 56 uses funds for infrastructure, a third-party, independent 57 evaluation of the district’s technology inventory and 58 infrastructure needs must accompany the district’s plan. 59 3. Professional development purchases and operational 60 activities. Such purchases and activities must be tied to the 61 measurable outcomes under subparagraph 1., including, but not 62 limited to, using technology in the classroom and improving 63 digital literacy and competency. 64 4. Digital tool purchases and operational activities. Such 65 purchases and activities must be tied to the measurable outcomes 66 under subparagraph 1., including, but not limited to, 67 competency-based credentials that measure and demonstrate 68 digital competency and certifications; third-party assessments 69 that demonstrate acquired knowledge and use of digital 70 applications; and devices that meet or exceed minimum 71 requirements and protocols established by the department. 72 5. Online assessment-related purchases and operational 73 activities. Such purchases and activities must be tied to the 74 measurable outcomes under subparagraph 1., including, but not 75 limited to, expanding the capacity to administer assessments and 76 compatibility with minimum assessment protocols and requirements 77 established by the department. 78 (c) The State Board of Education shall adopt a Florida 79 digital classrooms plan that, at a minimum, establishes minimum 80 protocols, parameters, and requirements for district-level 81 infrastructure, school-level infrastructure, and digital tools 82 that accommodate statutory requirements and timelines for 83 instruction, learning, assessments, and accountability. The 84 Department of Education may consult with qualified experts to 85 develop the Florida digital classrooms plan. The Florida digital 86 classrooms plan shall be prepared for the current school year 87 and the subsequent 5 years. The plan shall be reviewed and 88 updated annually and must specify the criteria for the annual 89 review and approval of the districts’ digital classrooms plans. 90 (d) The Legislature shall annually provide in the General 91 Appropriations Act a Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) 92 allocation for implementation of the digital classrooms plan to 93 be calculated in an amount up to 1 percent of the base student 94 allocation multiplied by the total K-12 full-time equivalent 95 student enrollment included in the FEFP calculations for the 96 legislative appropriation or as provided in the General 97 Appropriations Act. Each school district shall be provided a 98 minimum of $100,000, with the remaining balance of the 99 allocation to be distributed based on each district’s proportion 100 of the total K-12 full-time equivalent student enrollment. 101 Distribution of funds for the Florida digital classrooms 102 allocation shall begin following submittal of each district’s 103 digital classrooms plan, which must include formal verification 104 of the superintendent’s approval of the digital classrooms plan 105 of each charter school in the district, and approval of the plan 106 by the department. Prior to the distribution of the Florida 107 digital classrooms allocation funds, each district school 108 superintendent shall certify to the Commissioner of Education 109 that the district school board has approved a comprehensive 110 district digital classrooms plan that supports the fidelity of 111 implementation of the Florida digital classrooms allocation. 112 District allocations shall be recalculated during the fiscal 113 year consistent with the periodic recalculation of the FEFP. 114 School districts shall provide a proportionate share of the 115 digital classrooms allocation to each charter school in the 116 district, as required for categorical programs in s. 117 1002.33(17)(b). A school district may use a competitive process 118 to distribute funds for the Florida digital classrooms 119 allocation to the schools within the school district. 120 (e) To facilitate the implementation of the district 121 digital classrooms plans and charter school digital classrooms 122 plans, the commissioner shall support statewide, coordinated 123 partnerships and efforts of this state’s education practitioners 124 in the field, including, but not limited to, superintendents, 125 principals, and teachers, to identify and share best practices, 126 corrective actions, and other identified needs. 127 (f) Beginning in the 2015-2016 fiscal year and each year 128 thereafter, each district school board shall report to the 129 department its use of funds provided through the Florida digital 130 classrooms allocation and student performance outcomes in 131 accordance with the district’s digital classrooms plan. The 132 Auditor General shall, during scheduled operational audits of 133 the school districts, verify compliance of the use of Florida 134 digital classrooms allocation funds in accordance with the 135 district’s digital classrooms plan. No later than October 1 of 136 each year, beginning in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the 137 commissioner shall provide to the Governor, the President of the 138 Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a 139 summary of each district’s use of funds, student performance 140 outcomes, and progress toward meeting statutory requirements and 141 timelines. 142 (g) The State Board of Education may adopt rules pursuant 143 to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to administer this subsection. 144 Section 2. Paragraph (b) of subsection (17) of section 145 1002.33, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 146 1002.33 Charter schools.— 147 (17) FUNDING.—Students enrolled in a charter school, 148 regardless of the sponsorship, shall be funded as if they are in 149 a basic program or a special program, the same as students 150 enrolled in other public schools in the school district. Funding 151 for a charter lab school shall be as provided in s. 1002.32. 152 (b) The basis for the agreement for funding students 153 enrolled in a charter school shall be the sum of the school 154 district’s operating funds from the Florida Education Finance 155 Program as provided in s. 1011.62 and the General Appropriations 156 Act, including gross state and local funds, discretionary 157 lottery funds, and funds from the school district’s current 158 operating discretionary millage levy; divided by total funded 159 weighted full-time equivalent students in the school district; 160 multiplied by the weighted full-time equivalent students for the 161 charter school. Charter schools whose students or programs meet 162 the eligibility criteria in law are
shall beentitled to their 163 proportionate share of categorical program funds included in the 164 total funds available in the Florida Education Finance Program 165 by the Legislature, including transportation and the Florida 166 digital classrooms allocation. Total funding for each charter 167 school shall be recalculated during the year to reflect the 168 revised calculations under the Florida Education Finance Program 169 by the state and the actual weighted full-time equivalent 170 students reported by the charter school during the full-time 171 equivalent student survey periods designated by the Commissioner 172 of Education. 173 Section 3. Section 1007.2616, Florida Statutes, is created 174 to read: 175 1007.2616 Computer and technology-related coding, 176 programming, and rapid prototype printing instruction.— 177 (1) Public schools may provide students in grades K-12 178 opportunities for learning computer coding and computer 179 programming. Such opportunities may include coding instruction 180 in elementary school and middle school, instruction to develop 181 students’ computer usage and digital literacy skills in middle 182 school, and courses in computer coding and computer programming 183 in high school, including earning related industry 184 certifications. 185 (2) Elementary schools and middle schools may establish 186 digital classrooms in which students are provided opportunities 187 to improve digital literacy and competency; to learn digital 188 skills, such as coding, multiple media presentation, and the 189 manipulation of multiple digital graphic images; and to earn 190 digital tools, such as recognitions and certifications pursuant 191 to s. 1003.4203 and grade-appropriate, technology-related 192 industry certifications. 193 (3) High schools may provide students with opportunities to 194 take computer programming courses to satisfy high school 195 graduation requirements, including, but not limited to, the 196 following: 197 (a) High school computer programming courses of sufficient 198 rigor, as identified by the commissioner, such that one credit 199 in computer programming language and the earning of related 200 industry certifications constitute the equivalent of one credit 201 of mathematics requirement, with the exception of Algebra I, or 202 science requirement, with the exception of Biology I, for high 203 school graduation. Computer programming language courses and 204 technology-related industry certifications which are identified 205 as eligible for meeting mathematics or science requirements for 206 high school graduation shall be included in the Course Code 207 Directory. 208 (b) High school computer technology courses in 3D rapid 209 prototype printing of sufficient rigor, as identified by the 210 commissioner, such that one or more credits in such courses and 211 related industry certifications earned may satisfy up to two 212 credits of mathematics required for high school graduation. 213 Computer technology courses in 3D rapid prototype printing and 214 related industry certifications which are identified as eligible 215 for meeting mathematics requirements for high school graduation 216 shall be included in the Course Code Directory. 217 (c) Courses in computer programming language, such that one 218 credit, at the discretion of the local district school board, 219 may satisfy one credit in physical education which is required 220 for high school graduation. 221 (4) The State Board of Education may adopt rules pursuant 222 to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to administer this section. 223 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014. 224 225 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 226 And the title is amended as follows: 227 Delete everything before the enacting clause 228 and insert: 229 A bill to be entitled 230 An act relating to education technology; amending s. 231 1011.62, F.S.; providing the purpose for the Florida 232 digital classrooms allocation; requiring a school 233 district to adopt a district digital classrooms plan, 234 to seek input from the district’s staff, and to submit 235 the plan to the Department of Education for approval; 236 including a plan for meeting the requirements of 237 federal initiatives and programs if the district 238 participates in such initiatives and programs; 239 requiring that allocated funds be used for a specified 240 purpose; requiring a district school board to submit 241 to the department the district’s digital classrooms 242 plan by a specified date; providing requirements for 243 the district’s plan; requiring the State Board of 244 Education to adopt a Florida digital classrooms plan 245 that establishes certain protocols, parameters, and 246 requirements; authorizing the Department of Education 247 to consult with qualified experts to develop the 248 Florida digital classrooms plan; providing 249 requirements for the plan; providing calculations for 250 funding; requiring the commissioner to support 251 statewide, coordinated partnerships and efforts of 252 education practitioners to identify and share best 253 practices, corrective actions, and other identified 254 needs; requiring each district school board to report 255 by a specified date to the department the district’s 256 use of funds and student performance outcomes; 257 requiring the Auditor General to verify the use of 258 Florida digital classrooms allocation funds; requiring 259 the commissioner to provide by a specified date to the 260 Governor and the Legislature a summary of each 261 district’s use of funds, student performance outcomes, 262 and progress toward meeting statutory requirements and 263 timelines; authorizing the State Board of Education to 264 adopt rules; amending s. 1002.33, F.S.; conforming 265 provisions to changes made by the act; creating s. 266 1007.2616, F.S.; authorizing public schools to provide 267 students in grades K-12 opportunities for learning 268 computer coding and programming; authorizing grade 269 specific instruction in specified areas; authorizing 270 elementary schools and middle schools to establish 271 digital classrooms for specified purposes; authorizing 272 high schools to provide students with opportunities to 273 take certain computer programming courses to satisfy 274 requirements for high school graduation; providing 275 exceptions for certain course requirements for high 276 school graduation; authorizing the State Board of 277 Education to adopt rules; providing an effective date.