Florida Senate - 2017 SB 1630 By Senator Rodriguez 37-00639A-17 20171630__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to English language learners; creating 3 s. 1003.562, F.S.; creating the English Language 4 Learner Advisory Council within the Department of 5 Education; providing the purpose of the advisory 6 council; specifying the composition of the advisory 7 council and providing for appointment of members and 8 the terms they serve; providing meeting requirements; 9 requiring the advisory council to identify certain 10 issues; requiring the advisory council to publish 11 certain meeting and council information on a website; 12 requiring the advisory council to submit an annual 13 report to the Governor, the Legislature, the chairs of 14 the State Board of Education and Board of Governors, 15 and the Commissioner of Education; providing for staff 16 and administrative support; providing an effective 17 date. 18 19 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 20 21 Section 1. Section 1003.562, Florida Statutes, is created 22 to read: 23 1003.562 English Language Learner Advisory Council.— 24 (1) The English Language Learner Advisory Council, an 25 advisory council as defined in s. 20.03, is created within the 26 Department of Education to review English language learner (ELL) 27 data and identify areas in which improvement is needed. 28 (2) The advisory council is composed of the following 29 members: 30 (a) The Commissioner of Education, or his or her designee, 31 who shall serve ex officio as a nonvoting member and be the 32 chair of the advisory council. 33 (b) The director of the Office of Policy and Budget of the 34 Executive Office of the Governor, or his or her designee, who 35 shall serve ex officio as a nonvoting member. 36 (c) The chair of the Florida Hispanic Legislative Caucus, 37 or his or her designee. 38 (d) The chair of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, or 39 his or her designee. 40 (e) One member of the English for Speakers of Other 41 Languages (ESOL) Parent Leadership Council, appointed by the 42 bureau chief of the Bureau of Student Achievement through 43 Language Acquisition of the Department of Education. 44 (f) Two members of the public, who shall be appointed by 45 the Commissioner of Education as follows: 46 1. One member who has professional or occupational 47 expertise in university-level preparation of ESOL or bilingual 48 education teachers and in second-language research; and 49 2. One member who has professional or occupational 50 expertise in college-level preparation of ESOL or bilingual 51 education teachers. 52 (g) Twelve members who have professional or occupational 53 expertise in, or who are generally knowledgeable about, issues 54 that relate to programs and services for ELLs and who are the 55 chairs of each of the following organizations, or their 56 designees: 57 1. Sunshine State TESOL of Florida. 58 2. The Florida Association of Bilingual/ESOL Supervisors, 59 Inc. 60 3. League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 61 Florida. 62 4. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored 63 People Florida State Conference. 64 5. The Florida Parent Teacher Association. 65 6. The ESOL parent leadership council in the same district 66 as the member nominated by the Florida PTA. 67 7. The Florida League of Cities. 68 8. The Florida Foreign Language Association. 69 9. The Florida Educational Research Association. 70 10. The Florida School Boards Association. 71 11. The Florida Education Association. 72 12. The Florida Association of District School 73 Superintendents. 74 (3)(a) Members of the advisory council shall serve 4-year 75 terms, except that initially, to provide for staggered terms, 76 the chair of the advisory council shall appoint seven members to 77 serve 2-year terms. 78 (b) A vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as the 79 original appointment. A vacancy occurring on the advisory 80 council before the expiration of a term shall be filled for the 81 remainder of the unexpired term. A member of the advisory 82 council may be reappointed. 83 (4) Each member of the advisory council shall serve without 84 compensation but may be reimbursed for per diem and travel 85 expenses pursuant to s. 112.061. 86 (5) The advisory council shall hold its first meeting no 87 later than October 1, 2017, and meet at least once per quarter 88 each calendar year thereafter. Meetings may be held via 89 teleconference or other electronic means; however, the advisory 90 council must meet in person during its first meeting of each 91 year. 92 (6) The advisory council must identify the three most 93 pressing ELL issues, selected by the advisory council members at 94 their first quarterly meeting each year, related to the 95 following topics: 96 (a) Reform initiatives that address statewide ELL 97 accountability policies, including research-based assessment 98 accommodations and ESOL program entry and exit criteria 99 appropriate for ELLs. 100 (b) Proposed changes to state law, including, but not 101 limited to, State Board of Education rules; the state plan 102 adopted under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act; and 103 agreements with the Federal Government which would remove 104 barriers to or enhance the implementation of education programs 105 offered to ELLs. 106 (c) Proposed changes to teacher preparation and credential 107 standards, professional development and inservice education, 108 ESOL program models, and instructional materials and strategies. 109 (d) The best methods for increasing parental engagement in 110 ELL programs. 111 (e) Proposed funding allocations for ELL programs. 112 (f) Proposed changes needed in resources allocated to the 113 State University System and the Florida College System to 114 achieve improved outcomes for ELLs in middle and secondary 115 schools, to increase the state’s ELL graduation rate, and expand 116 the capabilities of ESOL or bilingual programs in 117 prekindergarten through grade 12. 118 (g) Other matters identified by advisory council members. 119 (7) The advisory council shall publish meeting notices, 120 agendas, resource materials, and reports on a website and shall 121 allow the public to attend meetings virtually or in person. 122 (8) By February 1 of each year, the advisory council shall 123 submit a written report to the Governor, the President of the 124 Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the chair 125 of the State Board of Education, the chair of the Board of 126 Governors, and the Commissioner of Education containing the 127 advisory council’s recommendations on the issues identified in 128 subsection (6). 129 (9) The Department of Education shall provide staff and 130 administrative support for the advisory council. 131 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.