Florida Senate - 2016 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1088 Ì3481747Î348174 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 01/27/2016 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Education Pre-K - 12 (Galvano) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete line 211 4 and insert: 5 Section 3. Effective June 29, 2016, section 1004.935, 6 Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 7 1004.935 Adults with Disabilities Workforce Education
Pilot8 Program.— 9 (1) The Adults with Disabilities Workforce Education Pilot10 Program is established in the Department of Education through11 June 30, 2016,in Hardee, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties 12 to provide the option of receiving a scholarship for instruction 13 at private schools for up to 30 students who: 14 (a) Have a disability; 15 (b) Are 22 years of age; 16 (c) Are receiving instruction from an instructor in a 17 private school to meet the high school graduation requirements 18 in s. 1002.3105(5) or s. 1003.4282; 19 (d) Do not have a standard high school diploma or a special 20 high school diploma; and 21 (e) Receive “supported employment services,” which means 22 employment that is located or provided in an integrated work 23 setting with earnings paid on a commensurate wage basis and for 24 which continued support is needed for job maintenance. 25 26 As used in this section, the term “student with a disability” 27 includes a student who is documented as having an intellectual 28 disability; a speech impairment; a language impairment; a 29 hearing impairment, including deafness; a visual impairment, 30 including blindness; a dual sensory impairment; an orthopedic 31 impairment; another health impairment; an emotional or 32 behavioral disability; a specific learning disability, 33 including, but not limited to, dyslexia, dyscalculia, or 34 developmental aphasia; a traumatic brain injury; a developmental 35 delay; or autism spectrum disorder. 36 (2) A student participating in the pilotprogram may 37 continue to participate in the program until the student 38 graduates from high school or reaches the age of 40 years, 39 whichever occurs first. 40 (3) Supported employment services may be provided at more 41 than one site. 42 (4) The provider of supported employment services must be a 43 nonprofit corporation under s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue 44 Code which serves Hardee County, DeSoto County, Manatee County, 45 or Sarasota County and must contract with a private school in 46 this state which meets the requirements in subsection (5). 47 (5) A private school that participates in the pilotprogram 48 may be sectarian or nonsectarian and must: 49 (a) Be academically accountable for meeting the educational 50 needs of the student by annually providing to the provider of 51 supported employment services a written explanation of the 52 student’s progress. 53 (b) Comply with the antidiscrimination provisions of 42 54 U.S.C. s. 2000d. 55 (c) Meet state and local health and safety laws and codes. 56 (d) Provide to the provider of supported employment 57 services all documentation required for a student’s 58 participation, including the private school’s and student’s fee 59 schedules, at least 30 days before any quarterly scholarship 60 payment is made for the student. A student is not eligible to 61 receive a quarterly scholarship payment if the private school 62 fails to meet this deadline. 63 64 The inability of a private school to meet the requirements of 65 this subsection constitutes a basis for the ineligibility of the 66 private school to participate in the pilotprogram. 67 (6)(a) If the student chooses to participate in the pilot68 program and is accepted by the provider of supported employment 69 services, the student must notify the Department of Education of 70 his or her acceptance into the program 60 days before the first 71 scholarship payment and before participating in the pilot72 program in order to be eligible for the scholarship. 73 (b) Upon receipt of a scholarship warrant, the student or 74 parent to whom the warrant is made must restrictively endorse 75 the warrant to the provider of supported employment services for 76 deposit into the account of the provider. The student or parent 77 may not designate any entity or individual associated with the 78 participating provider of supported employment services as the 79 student’s or parent’s attorney in fact to endorse a scholarship 80 warrant. A participant who fails to comply with this paragraph 81 forfeits the scholarship. 82 (7) Funds for the scholarship shall be provided from the 83 appropriation from the school district’s Workforce Development 84 Fund in the General Appropriations Act for students who reside 85 in the Hardee County School District, the DeSoto County School 86 District, the Manatee County School District, or the Sarasota 87 County School District. During the pilot program,The 88 scholarship amount granted for an eligible student with a 89 disability shall be equal to the cost per unit of a full-time 90 equivalent adult general education student, multiplied by the 91 adult general education funding factor, and multiplied by the 92 district cost differential pursuant to the formula required by 93 s. 1011.80(6)(a) for the district in which the student resides. 94 (8) Upon notification by the Department of Education that 95 it has received the required documentation, the Chief Financial 96 Officer shall make scholarship payments in four equal amounts no 97 later than September 1, November 1, February 1, and April 1 of 98 each academic year in which the scholarship is in force. The 99 initial payment shall be made after the Department of Education 100 verifies that the student was accepted into the pilotprogram, 101 and subsequent payments shall be made upon verification of 102 continued participation in the pilotprogram. Payment must be by 103 individual warrant made payable to the student or parent and 104 mailed by the Department of Education to the provider of 105 supported employment services, and the student or parent shall 106 restrictively endorse the warrant to the provider of supported 107 employment services for deposit into the account of that 108 provider. 109 (9) Subsequent to each scholarship payment, the Department 110 of Education shall request from the Department of Financial 111 Services a sample of endorsed warrants to review and confirm 112 compliance with endorsement requirements. 113 Section 4. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this 114 act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2016. 115 116 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 117 And the title is amended as follows: 118 Delete lines 2 - 18 119 and insert: 120 An act relating to education programs for individuals 121 with disabilities; amending s. 1002.39, F.S.; 122 exempting a foster child from specified eligibility 123 provisions; providing that a student enrolled in a 124 transition-to-work program is eligible for a John M. 125 McKay Scholarship; creating a transition-to-work 126 program for specific students enrolled in the John M. 127 McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities 128 Program; providing program requirements; providing 129 participation requirements for schools, students, and 130 businesses; exempting a John M. McKay Scholarship 131 award from a specified funding calculation; amending 132 s. 1011.61, F.S.; exempting a John M. McKay 133 Scholarship award from a specified funding calculation 134 for purposes of the Florida Education Finance Program; 135 amending s. 1004.935, F.S.; deleting the scheduled 136 termination of the Adults with Disabilities Workforce 137 Education Pilot Program; changing the name of the 138 program to the “Adults with Disabilities Workforce 139 Education Program”; providing effective dates.