Florida Senate - 2014                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 790
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  02/18/2014           .                                

    1         Senate Amendment to Amendment (279372) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Delete lines 144 - 172
    5  and insert:
    6         Section 2. Paragraph (b) of subsection (17) of section
    7  1002.33, Florida Statutes, is amended, and present subsection
    8  (27) of that section is renumbered as subsection (28), and a new
    9  subsection (27) is added to that section, to read:
   10         1002.33 Charter schools.—
   11         (17) FUNDING.—Students enrolled in a charter school,
   12  regardless of the sponsorship, shall be funded as if they are in
   13  a basic program or a special program, the same as students
   14  enrolled in other public schools in the school district. Funding
   15  for a charter lab school shall be as provided in s. 1002.32.
   16         (b) The basis for the agreement for funding students
   17  enrolled in a charter school shall be the sum of the school
   18  district’s operating funds from the Florida Education Finance
   19  Program as provided in s. 1011.62 and the General Appropriations
   20  Act, including gross state and local funds, discretionary
   21  lottery funds, and funds from the school district’s current
   22  operating discretionary millage levy; divided by total funded
   23  weighted full-time equivalent students in the school district;
   24  multiplied by the weighted full-time equivalent students for the
   25  charter school. Charter schools whose students or programs meet
   26  the eligibility criteria in law are shall be entitled to their
   27  proportionate share of categorical program funds included in the
   28  total funds available in the Florida Education Finance Program
   29  by the Legislature, including transportation and the Florida
   30  digital classrooms allocation. Total funding for each charter
   31  school shall be recalculated during the year to reflect the
   32  revised calculations under the Florida Education Finance Program
   33  by the state and the actual weighted full-time equivalent
   34  students reported by the charter school during the full-time
   35  equivalent student survey periods designated by the Commissioner
   36  of Education.
   38  FAMILIES.—
   39         (a) The Legislature finds that:
   40         1. Military families face unique challenges due to the
   41  highly mobile nature of military service.
   42         2. Among the many challenges military families face is
   43  providing a high-quality education for their children without
   44  disruption.
   45         3. The state has a compelling interest in assisting the
   46  development and enhancement of learning opportunities for
   47  children of military families and addressing their unique needs.
   48         (b) It is the intent of the Legislature that:
   49         1.A framework is established to address the needs of
   50  children of military families who, along with their families,
   51  face unique challenges due to the highly mobile nature of
   52  military service.
   53         2. In establishing this framework, the Legislature finds it
   54  necessary to encourage military installation commanders to
   55  collaboratively work with the Commissioner of Education to
   56  increase military family student achievement, which may include
   57  the establishment of charter schools on military installations.
   58  3. While the State Board of Education, through the Commissioner
   59  of Education, shall supervise this collaboration, the applicable
   60  school district shall operate and maintain control over any
   61  school that is established on the military installation.
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   64  And the title is amended as follows:
   65         Delete lines 230 - 265
   66  and insert:
   67         An act relating to education; amending s. 1011.62,
   68         F.S.; providing the purpose for the Florida digital
   69         classrooms allocation; requiring a school district to
   70         adopt a district digital classrooms plan and submit
   71         the plan to the Department of Education for approval;
   72         providing requirements for the plan; requiring that
   73         allocated funds be used for a specified purpose;
   74         requiring a district school board to submit to the
   75         department the district’s digital classrooms plan;
   76         providing requirements for the district’s plan;
   77         requiring the Commissioner of Education to adopt a
   78         Florida digital classrooms plan that establishes
   79         certain protocols, parameters, requirements, and
   80         digital tools; authorizing the Department of Education
   81         to consult with qualified experts to develop the
   82         Florida digital classrooms plan; providing
   83         requirements for the plan; providing calculations for
   84         funding; requiring the commissioner to support
   85         statewide, coordinated partnerships and efforts of
   86         education practitioners to identify and share best
   87         practices, corrective actions, and other identified
   88         needs; requiring each district school board to report
   89         by a specified date to the department the district’s
   90         use of funds and student performance outcomes;
   91         requiring the commissioner to provide by a specified
   92         date to the Governor and the Legislature a summary of
   93         each district’s use of funds, student performance
   94         outcomes, and progress toward meeting statutory
   95         requirements and timelines; amending s. 1002.33, F.S.;
   96         conforming provisions to changes made by the act;
   97         providing legislative findings and intent regarding
   98         the collaboration of the State Board of Education,
   99         Commissioner of Education, military installation
  100         commanders, and school districts to address the needs
  101         of children of military families; creating s.