Florida Senate - 2017                                    SB 1410
       By Senator Perry
       8-01331A-17                                           20171410__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the best and brightest teachers and
    3         principals; amending s. 1012.731, F.S.; revising the
    4         eligibility criteria for the Florida Best and
    5         Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program; requiring
    6         certain classroom teachers to submit an official
    7         transcript with a specified honor to demonstrate
    8         eligibility; providing for retention of a classroom
    9         teacher’s scholarship eligibility under certain
   10         circumstances; requiring each school district to
   11         annually submit certain information to the Department
   12         of Education; creating s. 1012.732, F.S.; creating the
   13         Florida Best and Brightest Principal Scholarship
   14         Program; providing legislative intent; providing for
   15         funding of the program; providing for certain school
   16         principals to receive a scholarship under the program;
   17         providing eligibility requirements; requiring the
   18         department to annually identify eligible school
   19         principals and disburse funds to school districts by a
   20         specified date; requiring each eligible school
   21         principal to receive a scholarship; requiring
   22         scholarships to be prorated under certain
   23         circumstances; requiring school districts to annually
   24         award scholarships to eligible school principals by a
   25         specified date; requiring school districts to provide
   26         best and brightest principals with specified
   27         additional authority and responsibilities; defining
   28         the term “school district”; providing an effective
   29         date.
   31  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   33         Section 1. Subsections (3), (4), and (8) of section
   34  1012.731, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   35         1012.731 The Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship
   36  Program.—
   37         (3)(a) To be eligible for a scholarship, a classroom
   38  teacher must:
   39         1. Have achieved a composite score at or above the 75th
   40  80th percentile or, if the classroom teacher graduated cum laude
   41  or higher with a baccalaureate degree, the 70th percentile on
   42  either the SAT, or the ACT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, or MCAT based on
   43  the National Percentile Ranks in effect when the classroom
   44  teacher took the assessment.
   45         2.and Have been evaluated as highly effective pursuant to
   46  s. 1012.34, or have been evaluated as highly effective based on
   47  a commissioner-approved student learning growth formula pursuant
   48  to s. 1012.34(8), in the school year immediately preceding the
   49  year in which the scholarship will be awarded, unless the
   50  classroom teacher is newly hired by the district school board
   51  and has not been evaluated pursuant to s. 1012.34.
   52         (b) In order to demonstrate eligibility for an award, an
   53  eligible classroom teacher must submit to the school district,
   54  no later than November 1, an official record of his or her
   55  qualifying assessment SAT or ACT score and, if applicable, an
   56  official transcript demonstrating that he or she graduated cum
   57  laude or higher with a baccalaureate degree the classroom
   58  teacher scored at or above the 80th percentile based on the
   59  National Percentile Ranks in effect when the teacher took the
   60  assessment. Once a classroom teacher is deemed eligible by the
   61  school district, including teachers deemed eligible in the 2015
   62  2016 fiscal year, the teacher shall remain eligible as long as
   63  he or she remains employed by the school district as a classroom
   64  teacher at the time of the award and receives an annual
   65  performance evaluation rating of highly effective pursuant to s.
   66  1012.34 or is evaluated as highly effective based on a
   67  commissioner-approved student learning growth formula pursuant
   68  to s. 1012.34(8).
   69         (4) Annually, by December 1, each school district shall
   70  submit to the department:
   71         (a) The number of eligible classroom teachers who qualify
   72  for the scholarship.
   73         (b)The name and master school identification number (MSID)
   74  of each school in the district to which an eligible classroom
   75  teacher is assigned.
   76         (c)The name of the school principal of each eligible
   77  classroom teacher’s school if he or she has served as the
   78  school’s principal for at least 2 consecutive school years
   79  including the current school year.
   80         (8)This section expires July 1, 2017.
   81         Section 2. Section 1012.732, Florida Statutes, is created
   82  to read:
   83         1012.732The Florida Best and Brightest Principal
   84  Scholarship Program.—
   85         (1)The Legislature recognizes that the most effective
   86  school principals establish a safe and supportive school
   87  environment for students and faculty. Research shows that these
   88  principals increase student learning by providing opportunities
   89  for the professional growth, collaboration, and autonomy that
   90  classroom teachers need to become and remain highly effective
   91  educational professionals. As a result, these principals are
   92  able to recruit and retain more of the best classroom teachers
   93  and improve student outcomes at their schools, including schools
   94  serving low-income and high-need student populations. Therefore,
   95  it is the intent of the Legislature to designate school
   96  principals whose school faculty has a high percentage of
   97  classroom teachers who are designated as Florida’s best and
   98  brightest teacher scholars pursuant to s. 1012.731 as Florida’s
   99  best and brightest principals.
  100         (2)There is created the Florida Best and Brightest
  101  Principal Scholarship Program to be administered by the
  102  Department of Education. The program shall provide categorical
  103  funding for scholarships to be awarded to school principals, as
  104  defined in s. 1012.01(3)(c)1., who have recruited and retained a
  105  high percentage of best and brightest teachers.
  106         (3)A school principal identified pursuant to s.
  107  1012.731(4)(c) is eligible to receive a scholarship under this
  108  section if he or she has served as school principal at his or
  109  her school for at least 2 consecutive school years including the
  110  current school year and his or her school has a ratio of best
  111  and brightest teachers to other classroom teachers that is at
  112  the 80th percentile or higher for schools within the same grade
  113  group, statewide, including elementary schools, middle schools,
  114  high schools, and schools with a combination of grade levels.
  115         (4)Annually, by February 1, the department shall identify
  116  eligible school principals and disburse funds to each school
  117  district for each eligible school principal to receive a
  118  scholarship as provided in the General Appropriations Act. A
  119  scholarship must be awarded to every eligible school principal,
  120  with a greater scholarship amount awarded to school principals
  121  who are assigned to a Title I school. If the number of eligible
  122  school principals exceeds the total appropriation authorized in
  123  the General Appropriations Act, the department shall prorate
  124  each school principal’s scholarship in a manner consistent with
  125  this subsection.
  126         (5)Annually, by April 1, each school district must award a
  127  scholarship to each eligible school principal.
  128         (6)A school district must provide a best and brightest
  129  principal with the additional authority and responsibilities
  130  provided in s. 1012.28(8) for a minimum of 2 years.
  131         (7)For purposes of this section, the term “school
  132  district” includes the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind
  133  and charter school governing boards.
  134         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.