Florida Senate - 2018                                    SB 1684
       By Senator Simmons
       9-01329A-18                                           20181684__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to school improvement; amending s.
    3         1002.333, F.S.; redefining the term “persistently low
    4         performing school”; revising duties of the State Board
    5         of Education; amending s. 1008.33, F.S.; requiring
    6         intervention and support strategies for certain
    7         traditional public schools to include extended
    8         learning hours; modifying the turnaround options
    9         available for certain schools within the school
   10         district under certain circumstances; requiring
   11         certain school districts to submit a contingency plan
   12         to the state board by a specified date; providing
   13         requirements for certain state board rules; providing
   14         an effective date.
   16  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   18         Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subsection (1) and paragraph
   19  (c) of subsection (10) of section 1002.333, Florida Statutes,
   20  are amended to read:
   21         1002.333 Persistently low-performing schools.—
   22         (1) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term:
   23         (b) “Persistently low-performing school” means a school
   24  that has completed 2 school years of implementing a district
   25  managed turnaround plan required under s. 1008.33(4)(a) and that
   26  has not improved its school grade to a “C” or higher, earned
   27  three consecutive grades lower than a “C,” pursuant to s.
   28  1008.34, and a school that was closed pursuant to s. 1008.33(4)
   29  within 2 years after the submission of a notice of intent.
   30         (10) SCHOOLS OF HOPE PROGRAM.—The Schools of Hope Program
   31  is created within the Department of Education.
   32         (c) The state board shall:
   33         1. Provide awards for eligible up to 25 schools that have
   34  and prioritize awards for plans submitted plans pursuant to
   35  paragraph (b) which that are based on whole school
   36  transformation and that are developed in consultation with the
   37  school’s principal.
   38         2. Annually report on the implementation of this subsection
   39  in the report required by s. 1008.345(5), and provide summarized
   40  academic performance reports of each traditional public school
   41  receiving funds.
   42         Section 2. Paragraph (c) of subsection (3), and subsections
   43  (4) and (5) of section 1008.33, Florida Statutes, are amended to
   44  read:
   45         1008.33 Authority to enforce public school improvement.—
   46         (3)
   47         (c) The state board shall adopt by rule a differentiated
   48  matrix of intervention and support strategies for assisting
   49  traditional public schools identified under this section and
   50  rules for implementing s. 1002.33(9)(n), relating to charter
   51  schools. The intervention and support strategies must address
   52  student performance and include extended learning by at least 1
   53  extra hour, and may include improvement planning; leadership
   54  quality improvement; educator quality improvement; professional
   55  development; curriculum review, pacing, and alignment across
   56  grade levels to improve background knowledge in social studies,
   57  science, and the arts; and the use of continuous improvement and
   58  monitoring plans and processes. In addition, the state board may
   59  prescribe reporting requirements to review and monitor the
   60  progress of the schools. The rule must define the intervention
   61  and support strategies for school improvement for schools
   62  earning a grade of “D” or “F” and the roles for the district and
   63  department.
   64         (4)(a) The state board shall apply intensive intervention
   65  and support strategies tailored to the needs of schools earning
   66  two consecutive grades of “D” or a grade of “F.” In the first
   67  full school year after a school initially earns two consecutive
   68  grades of “D” or a grade of “F,” the school district must
   69  immediately implement intervention and support strategies
   70  prescribed in rule under paragraph (3)(c) and, by September 1,
   71  provide the department with the memorandum of understanding
   72  negotiated pursuant to s. 1001.42(21) and, by October 1, a
   73  district-managed turnaround plan for approval by the state
   74  board. The district-managed turnaround plan may include a
   75  proposal for the district to implement an extended school day or
   76  a summer program or to enter into a formal agreement with one or
   77  more nonprofit organizations with tax exempt status under s.
   78  501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code to implement wrap-around
   79  services pursuant to s. 1002.333(10)(b). Upon approval by the
   80  state board, the school district must implement the plan for the
   81  remainder of the school year and continue the plan for 1 full
   82  school year. The state board may allow a school an additional
   83  year of implementation before the school must implement a
   84  turnaround option required under paragraph (b) if it determines
   85  that the school is likely to improve to a grade of “C” or higher
   86  after the first full school year of implementation.
   87         (b) Unless an additional year of implementation is provided
   88  pursuant to paragraph (a), the school district, for a school
   89  that has completed 2 school years of implementing a district
   90  managed turnaround plan required under paragraph (a) and that
   91  has not improved its school grade to a “C” or higher pursuant to
   92  s. 1008.34, earns three consecutive grades below a “C” must
   93  implement one or a combination of the following options:
   94         1. Reassign students to another school and monitor the
   95  progress of each reassigned student;
   96         2. Close the school and reopen the school as one or more
   97  charter schools, each with a governing board that has a
   98  demonstrated record of effectiveness; or
   99         3. Contract as a conversion charter school or with an
  100  outside entity that has a demonstrated record of effectiveness
  101  to operate the school on terms and performance standards
  102  determined by the State Board of Education. By March 31, 2018,
  103  and annually thereafter, the State Board of Education shall
  104  approve a list of outside entities from which a district may
  105  select an entity to operate a school identified under this
  106  paragraph. An outside entity may include:
  107         a. A district-managed charter school; or in which all
  108  instructional personnel are not employees of the school
  109  district, but are employees of an independent governing board
  110  composed of members who did not participate in the review or
  111  approval of the charter.
  112         b. A hope operator, as defined in s. 1002.333(2), which
  113  submits to the school district a notice of intent, consistent
  114  with the requirements of s. 1002.333(4), to operate the school
  115  identified under this paragraph;
  116         4. Enter into a formal agreement with a school principal
  117  within the school district who has a demonstrated record of
  118  effectiveness to operate the school identified under this
  119  paragraph in addition to the school to which the principal is
  120  currently assigned. The school principal may be a principal who
  121  is rated highly effective under s. 1012.34 or is the principal
  122  of a school of excellence pursuant to s. 1003.631. The principal
  123  must be provided with the flexibility to allocate resources and
  124  personnel between the two schools, except that funds received
  125  under s. 1002.333(10)(b) must be expended at the school
  126  implementing the turnaround option selected under this
  127  paragraph; or
  128         5. Enter into a formal agreement with a state university or
  129  an independent college or university that is not-for-profit, is
  130  accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the
  131  department, and confers degrees as defined in s. 1005.02, which
  132  is located in the area of the school district to operate the
  133  school or to provide professional development and related
  134  support services.
  135         (c) Implementation of the turnaround option is no longer
  136  required if the school improves to a grade of “C” or higher.
  137         (d) If a school earning two consecutive grades of “D” or a
  138  grade of “F” does not improve to a grade of “C” or higher after
  139  2 full school years of implementing the turnaround option
  140  selected by the school district under paragraph (b), the school
  141  district must implement another turnaround option.
  142  Implementation of the turnaround option must begin the school
  143  year following the implementation period of the existing
  144  turnaround option, unless the state board determines that the
  145  school is likely to improve to a grade of “C” or higher if
  146  additional time is provided to implement the existing turnaround
  147  option.
  148         (e)A school district that has not improved to a grade of
  149  “C” or higher after the first year of implementing the district
  150  managed turnaround plan under paragraph (a) must submit a
  151  contingency plan to the State Board of Education for approval by
  152  October 1, if the school does not improve to a grade of “C” or
  153  higher after 2 school years of implementing the district-managed
  154  turnaround plan under paragraph (a).
  155         (5) The state board shall adopt rules pursuant to ss.
  156  120.536(1) and 120.54 to administer this section. The rules
  157  shall include timelines for submission of implementation plans,
  158  approval criteria for implementation plans, and timelines for
  159  implementing intervention and support strategies, and terms and
  160  performance standards for determining whether an outside entity
  161  has a demonstrated record of effectiveness. The state board
  162  shall consult with education stakeholders in developing the
  163  rules.
  164         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.