Florida Senate - 2017 SB 1414 By Senator Bradley 5-00440B-17 20171414__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to school funding transparency; 3 creating s. 1002.25, F.S.; providing legislative 4 findings; requiring the Department of Financial 5 Services to create a website detailing the amount of 6 state, local, and federal funding that school 7 districts spend per child; requiring the Department of 8 Education to provide specified information to the 9 Department of Financial Services; providing an 10 appropriation; providing an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Section 1002.25, Florida Statutes, is created to 15 read: 16 1002.25 School funding transparency and parent rights.— 17 (1) The Legislature finds that every parent in this state 18 has the right to know how much money a school district spends to 19 educate his or her child and that providing school funding 20 information in a clear and transparent manner helps a parent 21 advocate for the most effective use of these resources. 22 (2) The Department of Financial Services shall create a 23 website that provides parents with the estimated amount of 24 state, local, and federal funding that a school district spends 25 to educate their child. This estimate must be based on at least 26 the following information, which shall be provided by a parent: 27 (a) The school district in which his or her child attends 28 school. 29 (b) His or her child’s grade level. 30 (c) Whether his or her child qualifies for free or reduced 31 price meals under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch 32 Act. 33 (d) Whether his or her child is: 34 1. Identified as an exceptional student as defined in s. 35 1003.01(3)(a), including whether his or her child is a gifted 36 student or a student with a disability, and his or her matrix 37 funding level, consistent with the requirements of s. 38 1011.62(1)(c), if applicable and if known; or 39 2. Identified as limited English proficient, as defined in 40 s. 1003.56(2). 41 (3) The Department of Education shall provide the 42 Department of Financial Services with the necessary data to 43 populate the website, including data definitions and data 44 exchange technical requirements, the average amount spent per 45 student for capital outlay, the distinctions between the funding 46 sources, and the tables and formulas for calculating student 47 funding based upon the parameters identified in subsection (2). 48 Section 2. For the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the sum of 49 $500,000 in nonrecurring funds from the General Revenue Fund is 50 appropriated to the Department of Financial Services for the 51 development of the school funding transparency website. 52 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.