Florida Senate - 2016 SB 470 By Senator Brandes 22-00483-16 2016470__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to blended learning courses; amending 3 s. 1003.498, F.S.; deleting a requirement that 4 students in a blended learning course be full-time 5 students and receive online instruction in a classroom 6 setting at their schools; providing an effective date. 7 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 Section 1. Subsection (1) of section 1003.498, Florida 11 Statutes, is amended to read: 12 1003.498 School district virtual course offerings.— 13 (1) School districts may deliver courses in the traditional 14 school setting by personnel certified pursuant to s. 1012.55 who 15 provide direct instruction through virtual instruction or 16 through blended learning courses consisting of both traditional 17 classroom and online instructional techniques.
Students in a18 blended learning course must be full-time students of the school19 and receive the online instruction in a classroom setting at the20 school.The funding, performance, and accountability 21 requirements for blended learning courses are the same as those 22 for traditional courses. To facilitate the delivery and coding 23 of blended learning courses, the department shall provide 24 identifiers for existing courses to designate that they are 25 being used for blended learning courses for the purpose of 26 ensuring the efficient reporting of such courses. A district may 27 report full-time equivalent student membership for credit earned 28 by a student who is enrolled in a virtual education course 29 provided by the district which is completed after the end of the 30 regular school year if the FTE is reported no later than the 31 deadline for amending the final student membership report for 32 that year. 33 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.