Florida Senate - 2014 SB 790 By Senator Legg 17-01274C-14 2014790__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to education technology; amending s. 3 1011.62, F.S.; providing the purpose for the Florida 4 digital classrooms allocation; requiring a school 5 district to adopt a district digital classrooms plan 6 and submit the plan to the Department of Education for 7 approval; providing requirements for the plan; 8 requiring that allocated funds be used for a specified 9 purpose; requiring a district school board to submit 10 to the department the district’s digital classrooms 11 plan; providing requirements for the district’s plan; 12 requiring the Commissioner of Education to adopt a 13 Florida digital classrooms plan that establishes 14 certain protocols, parameters, requirements, and 15 digital tools; providing requirements for the plan; 16 providing calculations for funding; requiring the 17 commissioner to support statewide, coordinated 18 partnerships and efforts of education practitioners to 19 identify and share best practices, corrective actions, 20 and other identified needs; requiring each district 21 school board to report by a specified date to the 22 department the district’s use of funds and student 23 performance outcomes; requiring the commissioner to 24 provide by a specified date to the Governor and the 25 Legislature a summary of each district’s use of funds, 26 student performance outcomes, and progress toward 27 meeting statutory requirements and timelines; amending 28 s. 1002.33, F.S.; conforming provisions to changes 29 made by the act; creating s. 1007.2616, F.S.; 30 requiring public schools to provide students in grades 31 K-12 opportunities for learning computer coding and 32 programming; requiring grade-specific instruction in 33 specified areas; requiring elementary schools and 34 middle schools to establish digital classrooms for 35 specified purposes; requiring high schools to provide 36 students with opportunities to take certain computer 37 programming courses to satisfy requirements for high 38 school graduation; requiring a Florida College System 39 institution, and authorizing a state university, to 40 offer students the option of completing a certain 41 number of years of instruction in a computer 42 programming language in lieu of completing the same 43 number of years of foreign language instruction under 44 certain circumstances; including such computer 45 programming courses in the statewide course numbering 46 system; providing that a preeminent state research 47 university is not required to accept computer 48 programming language as the equivalent to a certain 49 number of years of foreign language education; 50 authorizing the State Board of Education to adopt 51 rules; providing an effective date. 52 53 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 54 55 Section 1. Subsection (15) is added to section 1011.62, 56 Florida Statutes, to read: 57 1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.—If the annual 58 allocation from the Florida Education Finance Program to each 59 district for operation of schools is not determined in the 60 annual appropriations act or the substantive bill implementing 61 the annual appropriations act, it shall be determined as 62 follows: 63 (15) FLORIDA DIGITAL CLASSROOMS.— 64 (a) The Florida digital classrooms allocation is created to 65 improve outcomes related to student performance by emphasizing 66 and supporting technology-enhanced classroom teaching and 67 learning. The outcomes must be measurable and may also be unique 68 to the needs of individual schools and school districts within 69 the general parameters established by the Department of 70 Education. 71 (b) Each district school board shall adopt a district 72 digital classrooms plan that meets the unique needs of students, 73 schools, and personnel and submit the plan for approval to the 74 department. The district’s plan must be within the general 75 parameters established in the Florida digital classrooms plan 76 pursuant to paragraph (c). Funds allocated under this subsection 77 must be used to support implementation of district digital 78 classrooms plans. By October 1, 2014, and by March 1 of each 79 year thereafter on a date determined by the department, each 80 district school board shall submit to the department, in a 81 format prescribed by the department, a digital classrooms plan. 82 At a minimum, such plan must include, and shall be annually 83 updated to reflect, the following: 84 1. Measurable student performance outcomes. Outcomes 85 related to student performance must result from the 86 implementation of the district’s digital classrooms plan for the 87 current school year and subsequent 3 years, including outcomes 88 for students with disabilities. Results of the outcomes shall be 89 reported at least annually and be accompanied by an independent 90 evaluation and validation of the reported results. 91 2. Digital learning and technology infrastructure purchases 92 and operational activities. Such purchases and activities must 93 meet the measurable outcomes under subparagraph 1., including, 94 but not limited to, connectivity, broadband access, wireless 95 capacity, Internet speed, and data security, all of which must 96 meet or exceed minimum requirements and protocols established by 97 the department. For each year that the district uses funds for 98 infrastructure, a third-party, independent evaluation of the 99 district’s technology inventory and infrastructure needs must 100 accompany the district’s plan. 101 3. Professional development purchases and operational 102 activities. Such purchases and activities must meet the 103 measurable outcomes under subparagraph 1., including, but not 104 limited to, using technology in the classroom and improving 105 digital literacy and competency. 106 4. Digital tool purchases and operational activities. Such 107 purchases and activities must meet the measurable outcomes under 108 subparagraph 1., including, but not limited to, competency-based 109 credentials that measure and demonstrate digital competency and 110 certifications; third-party assessments that demonstrate 111 acquired knowledge and use of digital applications; and devices 112 that meet or exceed minimum requirements and protocols 113 established by the department. 114 5. Online assessment-related purchases and operational 115 activities. Such purchases and activities must meet the 116 measurable outcomes under subparagraph 1., including, but not 117 limited to, expanding the capacity to administer assessments and 118 compatibility with minimum assessment protocols and requirements 119 established by the department. 120 (c) The commissioner shall adopt a Florida digital 121 classrooms plan that, at a minimum, establishes minimum 122 protocols, parameters, and requirements for district-level 123 infrastructure, school-level infrastructure, and digital tools 124 that accommodate statutory requirements and timelines for 125 instruction, learning, assessments, and accountability. The 126 Florida digital classrooms plan shall be prepared for the 127 current school year and the subsequent 5 years. The plan shall 128 be reviewed and updated annually and must specify the criteria 129 for the annual review and approval of the districts’ digital 130 classrooms plans. 131 (d) The Legislature shall annually provide in the General 132 Appropriations Act a Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) 133 allocation for implementation of the digital classrooms plan to 134 be calculated in an amount up to 1 percent of the base student 135 allocation multiplied by the total K-12 full-time equivalent 136 student enrollment included in the FEFP calculations for the 137 Legislative appropriation or as provided in the General 138 Appropriations Act. Each school district shall be provided a 139 minimum of $100,000, with the remaining balance of the 140 allocation to be distributed based on each district’s proportion 141 of the total K-12 full-time equivalent student enrollment. 142 Distribution of funds for the Florida digital classrooms 143 allocation shall begin following submittal of each district’s 144 digital classrooms plan, which must include formal verification 145 of the superintendent’s approval of the digital classrooms plan 146 of each charter school in the district and approval of the plan 147 by the department. District allocations shall be recalculated 148 during the fiscal year consistent with the periodic 149 recalculation of the FEFP. School districts shall provide a 150 proportionate share of the digital classrooms allocation to each 151 charter school in the district, as required for categorical 152 programs in s. 1002.33(17)(b). A school district may use a 153 competitive process to distribute funds for the Florida digital 154 classrooms allocation to the schools within the school district. 155 (e) For purposes of implementing the Florida digital 156 classrooms plan and facilitating implementation of the district 157 digital classrooms plans and charter school digital classrooms 158 plans, the commissioner shall support statewide, coordinated 159 partnerships and efforts of this state’s education practitioners 160 in the field, including, but not limited to, superintendents, 161 principals, and teachers, to identify and share best practices, 162 corrective actions, and other identified needs. 163 (f) Beginning in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, and each year 164 thereafter, each district school board shall report to the 165 department its use of funds provided through the Florida digital 166 classrooms allocation and student performance outcomes in 167 accordance with the district’s digital classrooms plan. No later 168 than October 1 of each year, beginning in the 2015-2016 fiscal 169 year, the commissioner shall provide to the Governor, the 170 President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of 171 Representatives, a summary of each district’s use of funds, 172 student performance outcomes, and progress toward meeting 173 statutory requirements and timelines. 174 Section 2. Paragraph (b) of subsection (17) of section 175 1002.33, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 176 1002.33 Charter schools.— 177 (17) FUNDING.—Students enrolled in a charter school, 178 regardless of the sponsorship, shall be funded as if they are in 179 a basic program or a special program, the same as students 180 enrolled in other public schools in the school district. Funding 181 for a charter lab school shall be as provided in s. 1002.32. 182 (b) The basis for the agreement for funding students 183 enrolled in a charter school shall be the sum of the school 184 district’s operating funds from the Florida Education Finance 185 Program as provided in s. 1011.62 and the General Appropriations 186 Act, including gross state and local funds, discretionary 187 lottery funds, and funds from the school district’s current 188 operating discretionary millage levy; divided by total funded 189 weighted full-time equivalent students in the school district; 190 multiplied by the weighted full-time equivalent students for the 191 charter school. Charter schools whose students or programs meet 192 the eligibility criteria in law are
shall beentitled to their 193 proportionate share of categorical program funds included in the 194 total funds available in the Florida Education Finance Program 195 by the Legislature, including transportation and the Florida 196 digital classrooms allocation. Total funding for each charter 197 school shall be recalculated during the year to reflect the 198 revised calculations under the Florida Education Finance Program 199 by the state and the actual weighted full-time equivalent 200 students reported by the charter school during the full-time 201 equivalent student survey periods designated by the Commissioner 202 of Education. 203 Section 3. Section 1007.2616, Florida Statutes, is created 204 to read: 205 1007.2616 Computer and technology-related coding, 206 programming, and rapid prototype printing instruction.— 207 (1) Public schools shall provide students in grades K-12 208 opportunities for learning computer coding and computer 209 programming. Such opportunities must include coding instruction 210 in elementary school and middle school, instruction to develop 211 students’ computer usage and digital literacy skills in middle 212 school, and courses in computer coding and computer programming 213 in high school, including earning related industry 214 certifications. 215 (2) Elementary schools and middle schools shall establish 216 digital classrooms in which students are provided opportunities 217 to improve digital literacy and competency; to learn digital 218 skills, such as coding, multiple media presentation, and the 219 manipulation of multiple digital graphic images; and to earn 220 digital tools, such as recognitions and certifications pursuant 221 to s. 1003.4203 and grade-appropriate, technology-related 222 industry certifications. 223 (3) High schools shall provide students with opportunities 224 to take computer programming courses to satisfy high school 225 graduation requirements, including, but not limited to, the 226 following: 227 (a) High school computer programming courses of sufficient 228 rigor, as identified by the commissioner, such that 1 credit in 229 computer programming language and the earning of related 230 industry certifications constitute the equivalent of 1 credit of 231 mathematics required for high school graduation. Computer 232 programming language courses and technology-related industry 233 certifications, which are identified as eligible for meeting 234 mathematics requirements for high school graduation, shall be 235 included in the Course Code Directory. 236 (b) Levels of competency, as identified by the 237 commissioner, in a computer programming language and the earning 238 of technology-related industry certifications constitute the 239 equivalent of the successful completion of 2 years of sequential 240 high school foreign language instruction. Courses tied to the 241 levels of competency in computer programming language and 242 technology-related industry certifications shall be included in 243 the Course Code Directory. 244 (c) High school computer technology courses in 3D rapid 245 prototype printing of sufficient rigor, as identified by the 246 commissioner, such that 1 or more credits in such courses and 247 related industry certifications earned may satisfy up to 2 248 credits of mathematics required for high school graduation. 249 Computer technology courses in 3D rapid prototype printing and 250 related industry certifications which are identified as eligible 251 for meeting mathematics requirements for high school graduation 252 shall be included in the Course Code Directory. 253 (d) Courses in computer programming language, such that 1 254 credit, at the discretion of the local district school board, 255 may satisfy 1 credit in physical education which is required for 256 high school graduation. 257 (4) A Florida College System institution shall, and a state 258 university may, offer students the option of completing 2 years 259 of instruction in the same computer programming language in lieu 260 of completing 2 years of foreign language instruction if 261 computer programming language is appropriate for the student’s 262 major. Computer programming courses that meet this requirement 263 shall be included in the statewide course numbering system. A 264 preeminent state research university under s. 1001.7065 is not 265 required to accept computer programming languages as the 266 equivalent of 2 years of foreign language education. 267 (5) The State Board of Education may adopt rules pursuant 268 to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement this section. 269 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.