Florida Senate - 2014                                      SB 92
       By Senator Soto
       14-00034-14                                             201492__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to English language instruction;
    3         amending s. 1002.20, F.S.; providing that a student’s
    4         parent has the right to request that the student be
    5         exempted from instruction in English language
    6         proficiency; amending s. 1003.56, F.S.; requiring a
    7         school district to exempt a student from participating
    8         in instruction in English language proficiency if the
    9         student’s parent requests the exemption in writing;
   10         providing an effective date.
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   14         Section 1. Subsection (10) of section 1002.20, Florida
   15  Statutes, is amended to read:
   16         1002.20 K-12 student and parent rights.—Parents of public
   17  school students must receive accurate and timely information
   18  regarding their child’s academic progress and must be informed
   19  of ways they can help their child to succeed in school. K-12
   20  students and their parents are afforded numerous statutory
   21  rights including, but not limited to, the following:
   22         (10) LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT STUDENTS.—In accordance
   23  with the provisions of s. 1003.56, a limited English proficient
   24  student has students have the right to receive English for
   25  Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) ESOL (English for Speakers of
   26  Other Languages) instruction designed to develop the student’s
   27  mastery of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English
   28  as rapidly as possible., and The student’s parent has students’
   29  parents have the right to be involved of parental involvement in
   30  the ESOL program and a right to request that the child be
   31  exempted from participating in the ESOL program.
   32         Section 2. Subsection (5) of section 1003.56, Florida
   33  Statutes, is renumbered as subsection (6), and a new subsection
   34  (5) is added to that section, to read:
   35         1003.56 English language instruction for limited English
   36  proficient students.—
   37         (5) A school district shall exempt a student who is
   38  assessed as a limited English proficient student from
   39  participating in ESOL instruction if the student’s parent
   40  requests the exemption in writing.
   41         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.