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.
   53  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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:
   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 be entitled 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.