Florida Senate - 2015                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 888
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  04/21/2015           .                                

       The Committee on Fiscal Policy (Bean) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 29 and 30
    4  insert:
    5         Section 2. Paragraph (e) of subsection (1) of section
    6  1011.62, Florida Statutes, is amended 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:
   14  OPERATION.—The following procedure shall be followed in
   15  determining the annual allocation to each district for
   16  operation:
   17         (e) Funding model for exceptional student education
   18  programs.—
   19         1.a. The funding model uses basic, at-risk, support levels
   20  IV and V for exceptional students and career Florida Education
   21  Finance Program cost factors, and a guaranteed allocation for
   22  exceptional student education programs. Exceptional education
   23  cost factors are determined by using a matrix of services to
   24  document the services that each exceptional student will
   25  receive. The nature and intensity of the services indicated on
   26  the matrix shall be consistent with the services described in
   27  each exceptional student’s individual educational plan. The
   28  Department of Education shall review and revise the descriptions
   29  of the services and supports included in the matrix of services
   30  for exceptional students and shall implement those revisions
   31  before the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. Beginning
   32  with the 2016-2017 school year, a school district shall add
   33  three special consideration points to the calculation of a
   34  matrix of services for a student who is deaf and enrolled in an
   35  auditory-oral education program as defined in s. 1002.391.
   36         b. In order to generate funds using one of the two weighted
   37  cost factors, a matrix of services must be completed at the time
   38  of the student’s initial placement into an exceptional student
   39  education program and at least once every 3 years by personnel
   40  who have received approved training. Nothing listed in the
   41  matrix shall be construed as limiting the services a school
   42  district must provide in order to ensure that exceptional
   43  students are provided a free, appropriate public education.
   44         c. Students identified as exceptional, in accordance with
   45  chapter 6A-6, Florida Administrative Code, who do not have a
   46  matrix of services as specified in sub-subparagraph b. shall
   47  generate funds on the basis of full-time-equivalent student
   48  membership in the Florida Education Finance Program at the same
   49  funding level per student as provided for basic students.
   50  Additional funds for these exceptional students will be provided
   51  through the guaranteed allocation designated in subparagraph 2.
   52         2. For students identified as exceptional who do not have a
   53  matrix of services and students who are gifted in grades K
   54  through 8, there is created a guaranteed allocation to provide
   55  these students with a free appropriate public education, in
   56  accordance with s. 1001.42(4)(l) and rules of the State Board of
   57  Education, which shall be allocated annually to each school
   58  district in the amount provided in the General Appropriations
   59  Act. These funds shall be in addition to the funds appropriated
   60  on the basis of FTE student membership in the Florida Education
   61  Finance Program, and the amount allocated for each school
   62  district shall not be recalculated during the year. These funds
   63  shall be used to provide special education and related services
   64  for exceptional students and students who are gifted in grades K
   65  through 8. Beginning with the 2007-2008 fiscal year, a
   66  district’s expenditure of funds from the guaranteed allocation
   67  for students in grades 9 through 12 who are gifted may not be
   68  greater than the amount expended during the 2006-2007 fiscal
   69  year for gifted students in grades 9 through 12.
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   72  And the title is amended as follows:
   73         Delete lines 2 - 5
   74  and insert:
   75         An act relating to education; amending s. 39.202,
   76         F.S.; authorizing certain employees or agents of the
   77         Department of Education to have access to certain
   78         reports and records; amending s. 1011.62, F.S.;
   79         requiring a school district to add additional points
   80         to the calculation of a matrix of services for certain
   81         students beginning in a specified school year;
   82         amending