Florida Senate - 2017                             CS for SB 1468
       By the Committee on Education; and Senator Galvano
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    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to education; amending s. 11.45, F.S.;
    3         requiring the Auditor General to conduct annual audits
    4         of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind;
    5         amending s. 1001.10, F.S.; authorizing the
    6         Commissioner of Education to coordinate with specified
    7         entities to assess needs for resources and assistance
    8         in an emergency situation; creating s. 1003.481, F.S.;
    9         creating the Early Childhood Music Education Incentive
   10         Pilot Program within the Department of Education for a
   11         specified period; providing for school district
   12         eligibility; providing comprehensive music education
   13         program requirements; providing for school district
   14         selection, funding, and program payments; requiring
   15         selected school districts to annually provide a
   16         specified certification to the Commissioner of
   17         Education; requiring a selected school district to
   18         return funds under certain circumstances; requiring
   19         the University of Florida’s College of Education to
   20         perform an evaluation; authorizing the State Board of
   21         Education to adopt rules; providing for expiration of
   22         the pilot program; amending s. 1004.345, F.S.;
   23         extending the timeframe by which the Florida
   24         Polytechnic University must meet specified criteria
   25         established by the Board of Governors of the State
   26         University System; providing an effective date.
   28  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   30         Section 1. Upon the expiration and reversion of the
   31  amendment to section 11.45, Florida Statutes, pursuant to
   32  section 36 of chapter 2016-62, Laws of Florida, paragraph (d) of
   33  subsection (2) of section 11.45, Florida Statutes, is amended to
   34  read:
   35         11.45 Definitions; duties; authorities; reports; rules.—
   36         (2) DUTIES.—The Auditor General shall:
   37         (d) Annually conduct financial audits of the accounts and
   38  records of all district school boards in counties with
   39  populations of fewer than 150,000, according to the most recent
   40  federal decennial statewide census, and the Florida School for
   41  the Deaf and the Blind.
   43  The Auditor General shall perform his or her duties
   44  independently but under the general policies established by the
   45  Legislative Auditing Committee. This subsection does not limit
   46  the Auditor General’s discretionary authority to conduct other
   47  audits or engagements of governmental entities as authorized in
   48  subsection (3).
   49         Section 2. Subsection (8) is added to section 1001.10,
   50  Florida Statutes, to read:
   51         1001.10 Commissioner of Education; general powers and
   52  duties.—
   53         (8) In the event of an emergency, the commissioner may
   54  coordinate through the most appropriate means of communication
   55  with local school districts, Florida College System
   56  institutions, and satellite offices of the Division of Blind
   57  Services and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to assess
   58  the need for resources and assistance to enable each school,
   59  institution, or satellite office the ability to reopen as soon
   60  as possible after considering the health, safety, and welfare of
   61  students and clients.
   62         Section 3. Section 1003.481, Florida Statutes, is created
   63  to read:
   64         1003.481 Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot
   65  Program.—
   66         (1) Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the Early
   67  Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program is created
   68  within the Department of Education for a period of 3 school
   69  years. The purpose of the pilot program is to assist selected
   70  school districts in implementing comprehensive music education
   71  programs for students in kindergarten through grade 2.
   72         (2) In order for a school district to be eligible for
   73  participation in the pilot program, the superintendent must
   74  certify to the Commissioner of Education, in a format prescribed
   75  by the department, that each elementary school within the
   76  district has established a comprehensive music education program
   77  that:
   78         (a) Includes all students at the school enrolled in
   79  kindergarten through grade 2.
   80         (b) Is staffed by certified music educators.
   81         (c) Provides music instruction for at least 30 consecutive
   82  minutes 2 days a week.
   83         (d) Complies with class size requirements under s. 1003.03.
   84         (e) Complies with the department’s standards for early
   85  childhood music education programs for students in kindergarten
   86  through grade 2.
   87         (3)(a) The commissioner shall select school districts for
   88  participation in the pilot program, subject to legislative
   89  appropriation, based on the school district’s proximity to the
   90  University of Florida and needs-based criteria established by
   91  the State Board of Education. Selected school districts shall
   92  annually receive $150 per full-time equivalent student in
   93  kindergarten through grade 2 who is enrolled in a comprehensive
   94  music education program.
   95         (b) To maintain eligibility for participation in the pilot
   96  program, a selected school district must annually certify to the
   97  commissioner, in a format prescribed by the department, that
   98  each elementary school within the district provides a
   99  comprehensive music education program that meets the
  100  requirements of subsection (2). If a selected school district
  101  fails to provide the annual certification for a fiscal year, the
  102  school district must return all funds received through the pilot
  103  program for that fiscal year.
  104         (4) The University of Florida’s College of Education shall
  105  evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot program by measuring
  106  student academic performance and the success of the program. The
  107  evaluation must include, but is not limited to, a quantitative
  108  analysis of student achievement and a qualitative evaluation of
  109  students enrolled in the comprehensive music education programs.
  110         (5) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to
  111  administer this section.
  112         (6) This section expires June 30, 2020.
  113         Section 4. Upon the expiration and reversion of the
  114  amendment to section 1004.345, Florida Statutes, pursuant to
  115  section 36 of chapter 2016-62, Laws of Florida, subsection (1)
  116  of section 1004.345, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  117         1004.345 The Florida Polytechnic University.—
  118         (1) By December 31, 2017 2016, the Florida Polytechnic
  119  University shall meet the following criteria as established by
  120  the Board of Governors:
  121         (a) Achieve accreditation from the Commission on Colleges
  122  of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;
  123         (b) Initiate the development of the new programs in the
  124  fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics;
  125         (c) Seek discipline-specific accreditation for programs;
  126         (d) Attain a minimum FTE of 1,244, with a minimum 50
  127  percent of that FTE in the fields of science, technology,
  128  engineering, and mathematics and 20 percent in programs related
  129  to those fields;
  130         (e) Complete facilities and infrastructure, including the
  131  Science and Technology Building, Phase I of the Wellness Center,
  132  and a residence hall or halls containing no fewer than 190 beds;
  133  and
  134         (f) Have the ability to provide, either directly or where
  135  feasible through a shared services model, administration of
  136  financial aid, admissions, student support, information
  137  technology, and finance and accounting with an internal audit
  138  function.
  139         Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.