Florida Senate - 2020 SB 1660 By Senator Thurston 33-00788-20 20201660__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to required instruction; creating s. 3 1003.4551, F.S.; requiring the Department of Education 4 to annually verify that school districts, charter 5 schools, and specified private schools implement 6 certain instruction relating to the history of the 7 Holocaust and the history of African Americans; 8 defining the term “private school”; providing 9 requirements for school districts, charter schools, 10 and specified private schools relating to such 11 instruction; providing district school board, charter 12 school governing board, and private school director 13 requirements relating to such instruction; requiring 14 district school superintendents, charter school 15 principals, and private school directors to annually 16 provide specified evidence to the department by a 17 certain date; requiring that a district school 18 superintendent’s salary be withheld under certain 19 circumstances; authorizing the State Board of 20 Education to adopt rules; amending s. 1008.22, F.S.; 21 requiring certain statewide, standardized assessments 22 to include, when appropriate, curricula content from 23 the history of the Holocaust and the history of 24 African Americans; providing an effective date. 25 26 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 27 28 Section 1. Section 1003.4551, Florida Statutes, is created 29 to read: 30 1003.4551 School district, charter school, and private 31 school implementation of the history of the Holocaust and the 32 history of African Americans.— 33 (1) Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, the Department 34 of Education shall annually verify that each school district, 35 charter school, and private school implements the instruction 36 required under s. 1003.42(2)(g) and (h), relating to the history 37 of the Holocaust and the history of African Americans, 38 efficiently and faithfully throughout the school district’s, 39 charter school’s, or private school’s entire curriculum, as 40 appropriate. For purposes of this section, the term “private 41 school” means a private school that accepts scholarship students 42 who participate in a state scholarship program under chapter 43 1002. 44 (2) Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, each school 45 district, charter school, and private school must: 46 (a) Develop, and each school board, charter school 47 governing board, and private school director or similar position 48 must adopt, a plan for the implementation of the history of the 49 Holocaust and the history of African Americans required 50 instruction and publicize such plan in the school district’s, 51 charter school’s, or private school’s curriculum guides and on 52 the school district’s, charter school’s, or private school’s 53 website. 54 (b) Develop and implement an ongoing professional 55 development plan for training instructional staff in strategies 56 for teaching the history of the Holocaust and the history of 57 African Americans. The school district, charter school, or 58 private school must allocate adequate resources to structured 59 professional development programs and for enhancing the 60 instruction of the history of the Holocaust and the history of 61 African Americans in an infused format. 62 (c) Integrate curricula for the history of the Holocaust 63 and the history of African Americans that meet the requirements 64 of s. 1003.42(2)(g) and (h) as part of the school district’s, 65 charter school’s, or private school’s curriculum. Such curricula 66 must be distributed to curriculum specialists, teachers, media 67 specialists, and other instructional staff. The school district, 68 charter school, or private school must ensure that adequate 69 instructional resources, including, but not limited to, books, 70 compact discs, digital media, and lesson plans, are available to 71 support such instruction. 72 (d) Include the history of the Holocaust and the history of 73 African Americans content in lesson plans for the entire school 74 year, as appropriate. 75 (e) Approve methods for teaching and assessing the history 76 of the Holocaust and the history of African Americans curricula. 77 (f) Include the history of the Holocaust and the history of 78 African Americans content in any preparations for statewide 79 assessments, when appropriate. 80 (g) Include the history of the Holocaust and the history of 81 African Americans content in all appropriate subject areas. 82 (h) Partner with a state university for the development and 83 implementation of professional development, curricula, and 84 instructional support, including jointly seeking external 85 funding and aiding in the preparation of teachers and other 86 instructional staff. 87 (i) Develop strategies to involve parents in the 88 implementation of the curricula for the history of the Holocaust 89 and the history of African Americans, including through 90 awareness information sessions. 91 (j) Partner with community members in the development and 92 ongoing implementation of the history of the Holocaust and the 93 history of African Americans curricula. 94 (3) By August 1, 2021, and annually thereafter, each 95 district school superintendent, charter school principal, and 96 private school director or similar position shall provide to the 97 department, in a format prescribed by the department, evidence 98 of school district, charter school, and private school 99 compliance with subsection (2). However, if a district school 100 superintendent fails to provide such evidence, his or her salary 101 must be withheld until he or she provides such evidence. 102 (4) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to 103 administer this section. 104 Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of section 105 1008.22, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 106 1008.22 Student assessment program for public schools.— 107 (3) STATEWIDE, STANDARDIZED ASSESSMENT PROGRAM.—The 108 Commissioner of Education shall design and implement a 109 statewide, standardized assessment program aligned to the core 110 curricular content established in the Next Generation Sunshine 111 State Standards. The commissioner also must develop or select 112 and implement a common battery of assessment tools that will be 113 used in all juvenile justice education programs in the state. 114 These tools must accurately measure the core curricular content 115 established in the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. 116 Participation in the assessment program is mandatory for all 117 school districts and all students attending public schools, 118 including adult students seeking a standard high school diploma 119 under s. 1003.4282 and students in Department of Juvenile 120 Justice education programs, except as otherwise provided by law. 121 If a student does not participate in the assessment program, the 122 school district must notify the student’s parent and provide the 123 parent with information regarding the implications of such 124 nonparticipation. The statewide, standardized assessment program 125 shall be designed and implemented as follows: 126 (a) Statewide, standardized comprehensive assessments.—The 127 statewide, standardized Reading assessment shall be administered 128 annually in grades 3 through 10. The statewide, standardized 129 Writing assessment shall be administered annually at least once 130 at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. When the 131 Reading and Writing assessments are replaced by English Language 132 Arts (ELA) assessments, ELA assessments shall be administered to 133 students in grades 3 through 10. Retake opportunities for the 134 grade 10 Reading assessment or, upon implementation, the grade 135 10 ELA assessment must be provided. Students taking the ELA 136 assessments shall not take the statewide, standardized 137 assessments in Reading or Writing. Reading passages and writing 138 prompts for ELA assessments shall incorporate grade-level core 139 curricula content from social studies and, when appropriate, 140 curricula content from the history of the Holocaust and the 141 history of African Americans. The statewide, standardized 142 Mathematics assessments shall be administered annually in grades 143 3 through 8. Students taking a revised Mathematics assessment 144 shall not take the discontinued assessment. The statewide, 145 standardized Science assessment shall be administered annually 146 at least once at the elementary and middle grades levels. In 147 order to earn a standard high school diploma, a student who has 148 not earned a passing score on the grade 10 Reading assessment 149 or, upon implementation, the grade 10 ELA assessment must earn a 150 passing score on the assessment retake or earn a concordant 151 score as authorized under subsection (9). 152 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.