Florida Senate - 2015 SB 952 By Senator Garcia 38-00857-15 2015952__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Charter School District Pilot 3 Program; creating s. 1011.6202, F.S.; creating the 4 Charter School District Pilot Program; providing a 5 procedure for a school district to participate in the 6 pilot program; providing requirements for 7 participating school districts and schools; exempting 8 participating schools from certain laws and rules; 9 requiring principals of participating schools to 10 complete a specific professional development program; 11 providing the authorization period of a charter; 12 providing for renewal and revocation of a charter; 13 providing for reporting and rulemaking; amending s. 14 1011.69, F.S.; requiring district school boards 15 participating in the pilot program to allocate a 16 specified percentage of certain funds to participating 17 schools; amending s. 1012.28, F.S.; providing 18 additional authority and responsibilities of the 19 principal of a participating school in a charter 20 school district; amending s. 1012.986, F.S.; 21 specifying the contents of a specific professional 22 development program for certain school principals; 23 providing an effective date. 24 25 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 26 27 Section 1. Section 1011.6202, Florida Statutes, is created 28 to read: 29 1011.6202 Charter school district pilot program.—The 30 Charter School District Pilot Program is created within the 31 Department of Education. The purpose of the pilot program is to 32 provide the principal of a participating school with increased 33 autonomy and authority to operate his or her school in a way 34 that produces significant improvements in student achievement 35 and school management while complying with constitutional 36 requirements. The State Board of Education may, upon approval of 37 a charter proposal, enter into a performance contract with up to 38 six district school boards to establish such districts as 39 charter school districts. 40 (1) CHARTER SCHOOL DISTRICT.—A charter school district is a 41 school district in the state that has submitted, and the state 42 board has approved, a charter proposal that exchanges statutory 43 and rule exemption for an agreement to meet performance goals 44 established in the charter proposal. A charter school district 45 shall be chartered for 3 years. At the end of the 3 years, the 46 performance of all participating schools in the charter school 47 district shall be evaluated. 48 (2) CHARTER PROPOSAL.— 49 (a) The proposal to become a charter school district must: 50 1. Identify three middle or high schools whose principals 51 will have fiscal and administrative autonomy. 52 2. Describe the current financial and administrative 53 management of each participating school; identify the areas in 54 which each school principal will have increased fiscal and 55 administrative autonomy, including the authority and 56 responsibilities provided in s. 1012.28(8); and identify the 57 areas in which each participating school will continue to follow 58 district school board fiscal and administrative policies. 59 3. Explain the methods used to identify the educational 60 strengths and needs of the participating school’s students and 61 identify how student achievement can be improved. 62 4. Establish performance goals for student achievement, as 63 defined in s. 1008.34(1), and explain how increased principal 64 autonomy will help participating schools improve student 65 achievement and school management. 66 5. Provide each participating school’s mission and a 67 description of its student population. 68 (b) The state board shall establish criteria, which must 69 include the criteria listed in paragraph (a), for the approval 70 of a school district charter proposal. 71 (c) A school district must submit the charter proposal to 72 the state board for approval by December 1 in order to begin 73 participation in the subsequent school year. By February 28 of 74 the school year in which the proposal is submitted, the state 75 board shall notify the district school board in writing whether 76 the charter proposal has been approved. 77 (3) EXEMPTION FROM LAWS.— 78 (a) With the exception of those laws listed in paragraph 79 (b), a charter school district is exempt from the provisions in 80 chapters 1000-1013, including s. 1001.42(4)(f), relating to the 81 opening date for schools, and rules of the state board that 82 implement these exempt provisions. 83 (b) A charter school district shall comply with the 84 provisions in chapters 1000-1013, and rules of the state board 85 that implement these provisions, pertaining to the following: 86 1. Those laws relating to the election of district school 87 board members, public meetings and public records requirements, 88 financial disclosure, and conflicts of interest. 89 2. Those laws relating to the student assessment program 90 and school grading system, including chapter 1008. 91 3. Those laws relating to the provision of services to 92 students with disabilities. 93 4. Those laws relating to civil rights, including s. 94 1000.05, relating to discrimination. 95 5. Those laws relating to student health, safety, and 96 welfare. 97 6. Those laws relating to the election and compensation of 98 district school board members and the election or appointment 99 and compensation of district school superintendents. 100 7. Section 1003.03, governing maximum class size, except 101 that the calculation for compliance pursuant to s. 1003.03 is 102 the average at the school level. 103 8. Sections 1012.22(1)(c) and 1012.27(2), relating to 104 compensation and salary schedules. 105 9. Section 1012.33(5), relating to workforce reductions for 106 annual contracts for instructional personnel. This subparagraph 107 does not apply to at-will employees. 108 10. Section 1012.335, relating to annual contracts for 109 instructional personnel hired on or after July 1, 2011. This 110 subparagraph does not apply to at-will employees. 111 11. Section 1012.34, relating to personnel evaluation 112 procedures and criteria. 113 12. Those laws pertaining to educational facilities, 114 including chapter 1013, except that s. 1013.20, relating to 115 covered walkways for relocatables, and s. 1013.21, relating to 116 the use of relocatable facilities exceeding 20 years of age, are 117 eligible for exemption. 118 13. Those laws pertaining to charter school districts, 119 including this section. 120 (4) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.—Each charter school district 121 shall require the principal of each participating school to 122 complete the professional development provided through the 123 William Cecil Golden Professional Development Program for School 124 Leaders under s. 1012.986. The professional development must be 125 completed before a school may participate in the Charter School 126 District Pilot Program. 127 (5) TERM OF CHARTER.—The state board shall authorize a 128 charter school district’s charter for a period of 3 years 129 commencing with award of the charter. The charter may be renewed 130 upon action of the state board. The state board may revoke a 131 charter if the charter school district fails to meet the 132 requirements of this section during the 3-year period. 133 (6) REPORTING.—Each charter school district shall submit an 134 annual report to the state board. The state board shall annually 135 report on the implementation of the Charter School District 136 Pilot Program. Upon completion of the program’s first 3-year 137 term, the Commissioner of Education shall submit to the 138 President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of 139 Representatives by December 1 a full evaluation of the 140 effectiveness of the program. 141 (7) RULEMAKING.—The State Board of Education shall adopt 142 rules to administer this section. 143 Section 2. Subsection (2) of section 1011.69, Florida 144 Statutes, is amended to read: 145 1011.69 Equity in School-Level Funding Act.— 146 (2) Beginning in the 2003-2004 fiscal year, district school 147 boards shall allocate to schools within the district an average 148 of 90 percent of the funds generated by all schools and 149 guarantee that each school receives at least 80 percent, except 150 schools participating in the Charter School District Pilot 151 Program under s. 1011.6202 are guaranteed to receive at least 90 152 percent, of the funds generated by that school based upon the 153 Florida Education Finance Program as provided in s. 1011.62 and 154 the General Appropriations Act, including gross state and local 155 funds, discretionary lottery funds, and funds from the school 156 district’s current operating discretionary millage levy. Total 157 funding for each school shall be recalculated during the year to 158 reflect the revised calculations under the Florida Education 159 Finance Program by the state and the actual weighted full-time 160 equivalent students reported by the school during the full-time 161 equivalent student survey periods designated by the Commissioner 162 of Education. If the district school board is providing programs 163 or services to students funded by federal funds, any eligible 164 students enrolled in the schools in the district shall be 165 provided federal funds. 166 Section 3. Subsection (8) is added to section 1012.28, 167 Florida Statutes, to read: 168 1012.28 Public school personnel; duties of school 169 principals.— 170 (8) The principal of a participating school in a charter 171 school district approved under s. 1011.6202 has the following 172 additional authority and responsibilities: 173 (a) In addition to the authority provided in subsection 174 (6), the authority to select qualified instructional personnel 175 for placement or to refuse to accept the placement or transfer 176 of instructional personnel by the district school 177 superintendent. Placement of instructional personnel at a 178 participating school in a charter school district does not 179 affect the employee’s status as a school district employee. 180 (b) The authority to deploy financial resources to school 181 programs at the principal’s discretion to help improve student 182 achievement, as defined in s. 1008.34(1), and meet performance 183 goals identified in the charter proposal submitted pursuant to 184 s. 1011.6202. 185 (c) To annually provide to the district school 186 superintendent and the district school board a budget for the 187 operation of the participating school that identifies how funds 188 provided pursuant to s. 1011.69(2) are allocated. The school 189 district shall include the budget in the annual report provided 190 to the State Board of Education pursuant to s. 1011.6202(6). 191 Section 4. Paragraph (e) is added to subsection (1) of 192 section 1012.986, Florida Statutes, to read: 193 1012.986 William Cecil Golden Professional Development 194 Program for School Leaders.— 195 (1) There is established the William Cecil Golden 196 Professional Development Program for School Leaders to provide 197 high standards and sustained support for principals as 198 instructional leaders. The program shall consist of a 199 collaborative network of state and national professional 200 leadership organizations to respond to instructional leadership 201 needs throughout the state. The network shall support the human 202 resource development needs of principals, principal leadership 203 teams, and candidates for principal leadership positions using 204 the framework of leadership standards adopted by the State Board 205 of Education, the Southern Regional Education Board, and the 206 National Staff Development Council. The goal of the network 207 leadership program is to: 208 (e) For principals of schools participating in the Charter 209 School District Pilot Program under s. 1011.6202, provide 210 training on the following: 211 1. Managing instructional personnel, including developing a 212 high-performing instructional leadership team. 213 2. Public school budgeting, financial management, and human 214 resources policies and procedures. 215 3. Best practices for the effective exercise of increased 216 budgetary and staffing flexibility to improve student 217 achievement and operational efficiency. 218 Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.