Florida Senate - 2017                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 1314
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  05/01/2017           .                                

       The Committee on Appropriations (Stargel) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 283 and 284
    4  insert:
    5         Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
    6  1002.41, Florida Statutes, is amended, and subsection (11) is
    7  added to that section, to read:
    8         1002.41 Home education programs.—
    9         (1) A “home education program” is defined in s. 1002.01.
   10  The parent is not required to hold a valid regular Florida
   11  teaching certificate.
   12         (a)1. The parent shall notify the district school
   13  superintendent of the county in which the parent resides of her
   14  or his intent to establish and maintain a home education
   15  program. The notice shall be in writing, signed by the parent,
   16  and shall include the full legal names, addresses, and
   17  birthdates of all children who shall be enrolled as students in
   18  the home education program. The notice shall be filed in the
   19  district school superintendent’s office within 30 days of the
   20  establishment of the home education program. A written notice of
   21  termination of the home education program shall be filed in the
   22  district school superintendent’s office within 30 days after
   23  said termination.
   24         2. The school district may not require the parent to
   25  provide additional information or verification unless the
   26  student chooses to participate in a school district program or
   27  service.
   28         (11) A school district may not further regulate, exercise
   29  control over, or require documentation from parents of home
   30  education program students beyond the requirements of this
   31  section unless the regulation, control, or documentation is
   32  necessary for participation in a school district program or
   33  service.
   34         Section 3. Subsection (4) of section 1003.21, Florida
   35  Statutes, is amended to read:
   36         1003.21 School attendance.—
   37         (4) Before admitting a child to kindergarten, the principal
   38  shall require evidence that the child has attained the age at
   39  which he or she should be admitted in accordance with the
   40  provisions of subparagraph (1)(a)2. The district school
   41  superintendent may require evidence of the age of any child whom
   42  he or she believes to be within the limits of compulsory
   43  attendance as provided for by law; however, he or she may not
   44  require evidence from children meeting regular attendance
   45  requirements by attending a school or program listed in s.
   46  1003.01(13)(b)-(e). If the first prescribed evidence is not
   47  available, the next evidence obtainable in the order set forth
   48  below shall be accepted:
   49         (a) A duly attested transcript of the child’s birth record
   50  filed according to law with a public officer charged with the
   51  duty of recording births;
   52         (b) A duly attested transcript of a certificate of baptism
   53  showing the date of birth and place of baptism of the child,
   54  accompanied by an affidavit sworn to by the parent;
   55         (c) An insurance policy on the child’s life that has been
   56  in force for at least 2 years;
   57         (d) A bona fide contemporary religious record of the
   58  child’s birth accompanied by an affidavit sworn to by the
   59  parent;
   60         (e) A passport or certificate of arrival in the United
   61  States showing the age of the child;
   62         (f) A transcript of record of age shown in the child’s
   63  school record of at least 4 years prior to application, stating
   64  date of birth; or
   65         (g) If none of these evidences can be produced, an
   66  affidavit of age sworn to by the parent, accompanied by a
   67  certificate of age signed by a public health officer or by a
   68  public school physician, or, if these are not available in the
   69  county, by a licensed practicing physician designated by the
   70  district school board, which states that the health officer or
   71  physician has examined the child and believes that the age as
   72  stated in the affidavit is substantially correct. Children and
   73  youths who are experiencing homelessness and children who are
   74  known to the department, as defined in s. 39.0016, shall be
   75  given temporary exemption from this section for 30 school days.
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   78  And the title is amended as follows:
   79         Delete line 20
   80  and insert:
   81         payment method options; amending s. 1002.41, F.S.;
   82         prohibiting a district school board from requiring any
   83         additional information or verification from a home
   84         education program parent under certain circumstances;
   85         prohibiting a school district from taking certain
   86         actions against a home education program student’s
   87         parent unless such action is required for a school
   88         district program or service; amending s. 1003.21,
   89         F.S.; prohibiting a district school superintendent
   90         from requiring certain evidence relating to a child’s
   91         age from children enrolled in specified schools and
   92         programs; amending s. 1012.98, F.S.;