2020 Legislature             CS for CS for SB 156, 1st Engrossed
    2         An act relating to the Early Childhood Music Education
    3         Incentive Pilot Program; amending s. 1003.481, F.S.;
    4         extending the scheduled expiration of the pilot
    5         program; revising an eligibility requirement;
    6         conforming a provision to changes made by the act;
    7         requiring the University of Florida’s College of
    8         Education to collaborate with Florida International
    9         University’s school of music for evaluation of the
   10         pilot program; requiring that the evaluation be shared
   11         with the Florida Center for Partnerships in Arts
   12         Integrated Teaching; providing an effective date.
   14  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   16         Section 1. Section 1003.481, Florida Statutes, is amended
   17  to read:
   18         1003.481 Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot
   19  Program.—
   20         (1) Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, The Early
   21  Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program is created
   22  within the Department of Education for a period of 3 school
   23  years. The purpose of the pilot program is to assist selected
   24  school districts in implementing comprehensive music education
   25  programs for students in kindergarten through grade 2.
   26         (2) In order for A school district is to be eligible for
   27  participation in the pilot program if, the superintendent
   28  certifies must certify to the Commissioner of Education, in a
   29  format prescribed by the department, that specified elementary
   30  schools each elementary school within the district have has
   31  established a comprehensive music education program that:
   32         (a) Includes all students at the school enrolled in
   33  kindergarten through grade 2.
   34         (b) Is staffed by certified music educators.
   35         (c) Provides music instruction for at least 30 consecutive
   36  minutes 2 days a week.
   37         (d) Complies with class size requirements under s. 1003.03.
   38         (e) Complies with the department’s standards for early
   39  childhood music education programs for students in kindergarten
   40  through grade 2.
   41         (3)(a) The commissioner shall select school districts for
   42  participation in the pilot program, subject to legislative
   43  appropriation, based on the school district’s proximity to the
   44  University of Florida and needs-based criteria established by
   45  the State Board of Education. Selected school districts shall
   46  annually receive $150 per full-time equivalent student in
   47  kindergarten through grade 2 who is enrolled in a comprehensive
   48  music education program.
   49         (b) To maintain eligibility for participation in the pilot
   50  program, a selected school district must annually certify to the
   51  commissioner, in a format prescribed by the department, that
   52  each specified elementary school within the district provides a
   53  comprehensive music education program that meets the
   54  requirements of subsection (2). If a selected school district
   55  fails to provide the annual certification for a fiscal year, the
   56  school district must return all funds received through the pilot
   57  program for that fiscal year.
   58         (4) The University of Florida’s College of Education, in
   59  collaboration with Florida International University’s School of
   60  Music, shall evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot program by
   61  measuring student academic performance and the success of the
   62  program. The evaluation must include, but is not limited to, a
   63  quantitative analysis of student achievement and a qualitative
   64  evaluation of students enrolled in the comprehensive music
   65  education programs. The results of the evaluation must be shared
   66  with the Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated
   67  Teaching upon completion of the evaluation.
   68         (5) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to
   69  administer this section.
   70         (6) This section expires June 30, 2022 2020.
   71         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.