Florida Senate - 2017                                     SB 782
       By Senator Mayfield
       17-00968-17                                            2017782__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to high school graduation
    3         requirements; amending s. 1003.4282, F.S.; removing a
    4         requirement that a student participating in an
    5         interscholastic sport pass a competency test on
    6         personal fitness to satisfy the physical education
    7         credit requirement for high school graduation;
    8         conforming a provision; providing an effective date.
   10  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   12         Section 1. Paragraph (f) of subsection (3) of section
   13  1003.4282, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   14         1003.4282 Requirements for a standard high school diploma.—
   17         (f) One credit in physical education.—Physical education
   18  must include the integration of health. Participation in an
   19  interscholastic sport at the junior varsity or varsity level for
   20  two full seasons shall satisfy the one-credit requirement in
   21  physical education if the student passes a competency test on
   22  personal fitness with a score of “C” or better. The competency
   23  test on personal fitness developed by the Department of
   24  Education must be used. A district school board may not require
   25  that the one credit in physical education be taken during the
   26  9th grade year. Completion of one semester with a grade of “C”
   27  or better in a marching band class, in a physical activity class
   28  that requires participation in marching band activities as an
   29  extracurricular activity, or in a dance class shall satisfy one
   30  half credit in physical education or one-half credit in
   31  performing arts. This credit may not be used to satisfy the
   32  personal fitness requirement or the requirement for adaptive
   33  physical education under an individual education plan (IEP) or
   34  504 plan. Completion of 2 years in a Reserve Officer Training
   35  Corps (R.O.T.C.) class, a significant component of which is
   36  drills, shall satisfy the one-credit requirement in physical
   37  education and the one-credit requirement in performing arts.
   38  This credit may not be used to satisfy the personal fitness
   39  requirement or the requirement for adaptive physical education
   40  under an IEP or 504 plan.
   41         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.