Florida Senate - 2016                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 432
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  01/20/2016           .                                

       The Committee on Education Pre-K - 12 (Garcia) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (7) of section
    6  1012.56, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         1012.56 Educator certification requirements.—
    9         (a) The Department of Education shall issue a professional
   10  certificate for a period not to exceed 5 years to any applicant
   11  who meets all the requirements outlined in subsection (2) or,
   12  for a professional certificate covering grades 6 through 12, any
   13  applicant who:
   14         1.Meets the requirements of paragraphs (2)(a)-(h).
   15         2.Holds a master’s or higher degree in the area of
   16  science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
   17         3.Teaches a high school course in the subject of the
   18  advanced degree.
   19         4.Is rated highly effective as determined by the teacher’s
   20  performance evaluation under s. 1012.34, based in part on
   21  student performance as measured by a statewide, standardized
   22  assessment or an Advanced Placement, Advanced International
   23  Certificate of Education, or International Baccalaureate
   24  examination.
   25         5.Achieves a passing score on the Florida professional
   26  education competency examination required by state board rule.
   28  Each temporary certificate is valid for 3 school fiscal years
   29  and is nonrenewable. However, the requirement in paragraph
   30  (2)(g) must be met within 1 calendar year of the date of
   31  employment under the temporary certificate. Individuals who are
   32  employed under contract at the end of the 1 calendar year time
   33  period may continue to be employed through the end of the school
   34  year in which they have been contracted. A school district shall
   35  not employ, or continue the employment of, an individual in a
   36  position for which a temporary certificate is required beyond
   37  this time period if the individual has not met the requirement
   38  of paragraph (2)(g). The State Board of Education shall adopt
   39  rules to allow the department to extend the validity period of a
   40  temporary certificate for 2 years when the requirements for the
   41  professional certificate, not including the requirement in
   42  paragraph (2)(g), were not completed due to the serious illness
   43  or injury of the applicant or other extraordinary extenuating
   44  circumstances. The department shall reissue the temporary
   45  certificate for 2 additional years upon approval by the
   46  Commissioner of Education. A written request for reissuance of
   47  the certificate shall be submitted by the district school
   48  superintendent, the governing authority of a university lab
   49  school, the governing authority of a state-supported school, or
   50  the governing authority of a private school.
   51         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.
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   54  And the title is amended as follows:
   55         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   56  and insert:
   57                        A bill to be entitled                      
   58         An act relating to teacher certification; amending s.
   59         1012.56, F.S.; providing alternative requirements for
   60         earning a professional educator certificate that
   61         covers certain grades; providing an effective date.