Florida Senate - 2016 SB 1246 By Senator Thompson 12-00207-16 20161246__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to a community schools initiative; 3 creating s. 1006.05, F.S.; requiring the Department of 4 Education to implement the Reigniting Education 5 Achievement with Coordinated Help (REACH) Program as a 6 public-private partnership in the lowest-performing 7 public schools; authorizing funding; requiring the 8 Commissioner of Education to establish certain program 9 guidelines; specifying services to be offered with the 10 goal of improving student academic achievement; 11 providing requirements for implementation of the 12 program; requiring the department to submit a report 13 to the Legislature at the conclusion of the program; 14 requiring the State Board of Education to adopt rules 15 to administer the program; providing an effective 16 date. 17 18 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 19 20 Section 1. Section 1006.05, Florida Statutes, is created to 21 read: 22 1006.05 Community schools initiative; Reigniting Education 23 Achievement with Coordinated Help (REACH) Program.— 24 (1) Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, the Department 25 of Education shall establish a 4-year community schools 26 initiative by implementing the Reigniting Education Achievement 27 with Coordinated Help (REACH) Program in three to five of the 28 state’s lowest-performing traditional public schools with a 29 large percentage of low-income, at-risk students. Program 30 funding may not exceed $900,000 for the initial year of the 31 program and each subsequent year unless increased by an act of 32 the Legislature. The Commissioner of Education shall establish 33 criteria for participation in the program, including school, 34 health, and community services that must be offered according to 35 the requirements of this section. A school interested in 36 participating in the program must submit a letter of interest to 37 the Commissioner of Education by July 15, 2016. 38 (2) The program shall consist of a public-private 39 partnership to supply wrap-around services to students attending 40 the schools, including, but not limited to, tutorial and after 41 school programs, student counseling, nutrition education, health 42 and dental services, parental counseling, and adult education. 43 (3) The program shall focus on improving academic 44 achievement through a holistic approach in which students 45 receive the academic, medical, nutritional, and social support 46 they need to develop strong literacy and mathematics skills, as 47 well as the qualities of responsibility, self-control, 48 attentiveness, and cooperation. The program shall make available 49 support services that encourage healthy family dynamics and 50 home-school connections by providing parents with skills and 51 opportunities to get involved in their children’s education and 52 help their children succeed in school. The program shall be 53 based on the following research-driven elements that lead to 54 student success: improving student achievement and learning, 55 leveraging community assets and improving school and community 56 collaboration, improving staff capacity and effectiveness, and 57 developing family and community partnerships. 58 (4) The program shall be implemented as follows: 59 (a) During the first year of operation, a school shall 60 build partnerships with such entities as the school district, 61 the local teachers’ union, parents, social service agencies, 62 medical and dental professionals, community and civic groups, 63 and businesses. The school shall also plan services, advertise 64 the program, establish baseline data, begin offering the 65 services, and report costs and benefits. 66 (b) During the second, third, and fourth years of the 67 program, the school shall continue the partnerships; continue 68 offering the services; seek input and refine services; monitor 69 the academic, health, and nutritional progress of students and 70 families; and report progress, costs, and benefits. 71 (5) At the conclusion of the program, the department shall 72 submit to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the 73 House of Representatives a report that must include information 74 on successful practices identified and their impact on student 75 performance and success and include a recommendation for 76 continuing or terminating the program. 77 (6) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to 78 administer this section. 79 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.