Florida Senate - 2019              PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE
       Bill No. CS for SB 1308
       Proposed Committee Substitute by the Committee on Appropriations
       (Appropriations Subcommittee on Education)
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to pathways to college and career
    3         success; creating s. 1004.991, F.S.; requiring the
    4         Commissioner of Education to conduct an annual review
    5         of career and technical education offerings in the K
    6         12 education system, career centers, and the Florida
    7         College System; providing requirements for the annual
    8         review; requiring the commissioner to annually provide
    9         a report summarizing the annual review to the Governor
   10         and the Legislature; providing requirements for the
   11         report; requiring the State Board of Education to
   12         adopt rules; amending s. 1007.23, F.S.; requiring the
   13         statewide articulation agreement to provide for a
   14         reverse transfer agreement; amending s. 1007.25, F.S.;
   15         revising requirements for the award of a degree of
   16         associate in arts; amending s. 1009.26, F.S.;
   17         authorizing state universities or Florida College
   18         System institutions to waive tuition and fees for
   19         students who meet specified requirements; creating s.
   20         1009.75, F.S.; establishing a scholarship program
   21         within the Department of Education beginning with a
   22         specified academic year; providing the purpose of the
   23         program; providing student eligibility requirements
   24         relating to the program; requiring the department to
   25         create a web-based application; providing program
   26         requirements; providing for disbursal of award funds;
   27         providing that funding for the program is contingent
   28         upon legislative appropriation; requiring the State
   29         Board of Education and the Board of Governors to adopt
   30         rules and regulations, respectively; providing an
   31         effective date.
   33  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   35         Section 1. Section 1004.991, Florida Statutes, is created
   36  to read:
   37         1004.991 Duties of the commissioner in reviewing career and
   38  technical education offerings.—
   39         (1)The Commissioner of Education shall conduct an annual
   40  review of career and technical education offerings in the K-12
   41  education system, career centers, and the Florida College
   42  System, in consultation with the Department of Economic
   43  Opportunity, CareerSource Florida, Inc., leaders of business and
   44  industry, the Board of Governors of the State University System,
   45  the Florida College System, school districts, and other
   46  education stakeholders, to determine the alignment of existing
   47  offerings with employer demand, postsecondary degree or
   48  certificate programs, and professional industry certifications.
   49  The review must identify career and technical education
   50  offerings that are linked to occupations that are in high demand
   51  by employers, require high-level skills, and provide middle
   52  level and high-level wages. The review must include analyses of:
   53         (a)Participating students and their educational outcomes,
   54  including the following:
   55         1.Academic achievement;
   56         2.Attainment of industry certifications;
   57         3.Program completion;
   58         4.Applied learning experiences;
   59         5.College credit attainment through the career and
   60  technical education program, including dual enrollment or
   61  articulation;
   62         6.Postsecondary enrollment and credential attainment,
   63  including enrollment in 4-year degree programs for Florida
   64  College System students; and
   65         7.Employment outcomes, including wages;
   66         (b)Demographics of participating students by pathway and
   67  credential attainment;
   68         (c)Educational settings of the courses;
   69         (d)Alignment with high-growth, high-demand, and high-wage
   70  employment opportunities;
   71         (e)Current and projected economic, labor, and wage data on
   72  the needs of the state, regional and global economies, and
   73  workforce;
   74         (f)Alignment with certificate or degree programs offered
   75  at the postsecondary level or professional industry
   76  certifications;
   77         (g)Employment outcomes, including wages, by career and
   78  technical education program offerings;
   79         (h)Apprenticeship and preapprenticeship offerings;
   80         (i)Qualifications and specialized knowledge and expertise
   81  of instructors and the opportunities for these educators to
   82  upskill in the latest in-demand skills of employers; and
   83         (j)The extent to which federal, state, and local funding
   84  is used to foster career and technical education program success
   85  and program efficiency.
   86         (2)Using the findings from the annual review as provided
   87  in subsection (1), the commissioner shall phase out K-12 career
   88  and technical education offerings that are not aligned with the
   89  needs of employers or do not provide program completers with
   90  middle- or higher-wage jobs. Additionally, the commissioner
   91  shall encourage school districts and Florida College System
   92  institutions to offer new programs that are currently in demand
   93  by employers but are not offered by school districts or Florida
   94  College System institutions.
   95         (3)By December 1 of each year, the commissioner shall
   96  provide to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the
   97  Speaker of the House of Representatives a report summarizing the
   98  following:
   99         (a)The review’s findings pursuant to subsection (1);
  100         (b)A list of existing career and technical education
  101  programs by school or institution which are not aligned with
  102  employer demand or do not provide students with an opportunity
  103  to earn a living wage;
  104         (c)A list of knowledge areas, skills, and competencies
  105  employers demand which are not being provided through existing
  106  career and technical education program offerings; and
  107         (d)The commissioner’s recommendations to improve the
  108  operational efficiency and student success in the state’s career
  109  and technical education program offerings.
  110         (4)The State Board of Education shall adopt rules pursuant
  111  to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement this section.
  112         Section 2. Subsection (7) is added to section 1007.23,
  113  Florida Statutes, to read:
  114         1007.23 Statewide articulation agreement.—
  115         (7)The articulation agreement must specifically provide
  116  for a reverse transfer agreement for Florida College System
  117  students enrolled in courses creditable toward an associate in
  118  arts degree who transfer to a state university before earning an
  119  associate in arts degree pursuant to s. 1007.25.
  120         Section 3. Present subsection (12) of section 1007.25,
  121  Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (13), a new
  122  subsection (12) is added to that section, and subsection (11) of
  123  that section is amended, to read:
  124         1007.25 General education courses; common prerequisites;
  125  other degree requirements.—
  126         (11) Students at state universities may request associate
  127  in arts degrees certificates if they have successfully completed
  128  the minimum requirements for the degree of associate in arts
  129  (A.A.). The university must grant the student an associate in
  130  arts degree if the student has successfully completed minimum
  131  requirements for college-level communication and computation
  132  skills adopted by the State Board of Education and 60 academic
  133  semester hours or the equivalent within a degree program area,
  134  including 36 semester hours in general education courses in the
  135  subject areas of communication, mathematics, social sciences,
  136  humanities, and natural sciences, consistent with the general
  137  education requirements of this section and those specified in
  138  the articulation agreement pursuant to s. 1007.23. Each student
  139  enrolled in a university must be awarded an A.A. degree as
  140  follows:
  141         (a) If the student completed at least 25 percent of the
  142  required semester hours toward the A.A. degree at a Florida
  143  College System institution, the university must notify the
  144  Florida College System institution of the student’s eligibility.
  145  The institution shall verify eligibility, accept the credits
  146  required for the A.A. degree, and award the degree.
  147         (b) If the student did not complete at least 25 percent of
  148  the required semester hours for the A.A. degree at a Florida
  149  College System institution but completed at least 25 percent of
  150  the semester hours toward the A.A. degree at the state
  151  university, the state university must award the degree.
  152         (12) If a student was previously enrolled in a state
  153  university and has successfully completed the minimum
  154  requirements for the A.A. degree as determined by the state
  155  university, upon the student’s failure to enroll before his or
  156  her graduation in a fall or spring semester, the student must be
  157  awarded an A.A. degree, unless the student declines to receive
  158  the degree. Each state university student who qualifies under
  159  this subsection must be awarded an A.A. degree as follows:
  160         (a) If the student completed at least 25 percent of the
  161  required semester hours toward the A.A. degree at a Florida
  162  College System institution, the university must notify that
  163  Florida College System institution of the student’s eligibility.
  164  The institution must verify eligibility, accept the credits
  165  required for the A.A. degree, and award the degree.
  166         (b) If the student did not complete at least 25 percent of
  167  the required semester hours for the A.A. degree at a Florida
  168  College System institution, but completed at least 25 percent of
  169  the required semester hours toward the A.A. degree at the state
  170  university, the state university must award the degree.
  171         Section 4. Subsection (16) is added to section 1009.26,
  172  Florida Statutes, to read:
  173         1009.26 Fee waivers.—
  174         (16) A state university or Florida College System
  175  institution may waive tuition and fees for a student who was
  176  enrolled in a state university or Florida College System
  177  institution within the past 10 years or earlier, but who has not
  178  reenrolled in the preceding 5 years and who successfully
  179  completed all but the equivalent of 10 percent of the required
  180  coursework for an associate or bachelor’s degree.
  181         Section 5. Section 1009.75, Florida Statutes, is created to
  182  read:
  183         1009.75 Last Mile Scholarship program.—
  184         (1) Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, the Last
  185  Mile Scholarship program is established within the Department of
  186  Education to annually award the cost of in-state tuition and
  187  required fees to students classified as residents pursuant to s.
  188  1009.21 who are in good standing at Florida College System
  189  institutions and state universities and who are within 12 or
  190  fewer credit hours of completing their first associate degree or
  191  baccalaureate degree. Any student who has earned college credit
  192  from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution within a
  193  period of 8 academic years before the year in which the student
  194  submits an application pursuant to subsection (2) is eligible to
  195  participate in the program.
  196         (2)(a) The Department of Education shall create a simple,
  197  web-based, application to allow any eligible student to identify
  198  his or her intent to enroll and complete his or her associate
  199  degree or baccalaureate degree within 3 academic terms at one or
  200  more Florida College System institutions or state universities
  201  or through an online competency-based program at a regionally
  202  accredited, not-for-profit university.
  203         (b) The department shall refer the student to the intended
  204  institution or university for continued processing of
  205  eligibility, feasibility of reverse transfer, award status, and
  206  enrollment. The participating Florida College System institution
  207  or state university must determine the eligibility of each
  208  referred student and must report that information to the
  209  department on behalf of the student in a format prescribed by
  210  the department.
  211         (c) Once an eligible student has successfully passed the
  212  course or courses for each term in which the student is enrolled
  213  during the program period, the department shall disburse the
  214  award funds to the participating institution or university. The
  215  award amount may not exceed the difference between the student’s
  216  full cost of attendance and his or her total financial aid,
  217  excluding loans.
  218         (3) Funding for the program specified under this section is
  219  contingent upon legislative appropriation.
  220         (4) The State Board of Education and the Board of Governors
  221  shall adopt rules and regulations, respectively, to implement
  222  this section, including, but not limited to, application
  223  processes, priority degree fields for award recipients,
  224  reporting processes, and fees.
  225         Section 6. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.