Florida Senate - 2016                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 432
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                 Floor: NC/2R          .                                
             03/09/2016 04:50 PM       .                                

       Senator Altman moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Before line 9
    4  insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 1012.441, Florida Statutes, is created
    6  to read:
    7         1012.441 Qualifications for educational interpreters.—
    8         (1) The State Board of Education shall adopt by rule
    9  standards for educational interpreters. An educational
   10  interpreter is an individual who facilitates direct instruction
   11  by professionals and directs communication between students who
   12  are deaf or hard of hearing and their peers as designated in
   13  each student’s individual education plan or 504 accommodation
   14  plan. The standards must include interpreter assessments,
   15  including both written and performance assessments, offered by a
   16  national organization of professional sign language interpreters
   17  and transliterators.
   18         (2) Beginning July 1, 2017, each school district shall:
   19         (a) Notify a parent in writing if an individual assigned to
   20  provide interpreter services for his or her student, in
   21  accordance with the student’s individual education plan or 504
   22  accommodation plan, does not meet the educational interpreter
   23  standards established in state board rule.
   24         (b) Report to the Department of Education, for publication
   25  on its website, the total number of individuals providing
   26  interpreter services in the district and the total number of
   27  such individuals who meet the educational interpreter standards
   28  established in state board rule.
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   31  And the title is amended as follows:
   32         Delete line 2
   33  and insert:
   34         An act relating to qualifications for educational
   35         personnel; creating s. 1012.441, F.S.; requiring the
   36         State Board of Education to adopt standards for
   37         educational interpreters; requiring school districts
   38         to notify parents if an individual assigned to provide
   39         interpreter services for their student does not meet
   40         such standards; requiring school districts to report
   41         to the Department of Education, for publication on its
   42         website, certain information regarding individuals
   43         providing interpreter services; amending s.