Florida Senate - 2020 SB 458 By Senator Rodriguez 37-00374-20 2020458__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the English Language Learner 3 Advisory Council; creating s. 1003.562, F.S.; creating 4 the English Language Learner Advisory Council adjunct 5 to the Department of Education; providing the purpose 6 of the advisory council; specifying the composition of 7 the advisory council, the appointment of members, and 8 the terms they serve; providing meeting requirements; 9 requiring the advisory council to identify certain 10 issues; requiring the advisory council to submit an 11 annual report to the Governor, the Legislature, the 12 chairs of the State Board of Education and the Board 13 of Governors, and the Commissioner of Education; 14 requiring the department to provide staff and 15 administrative support and to maintain a webpage; 16 providing an effective date. 17 18 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 19 20 Section 1. Section 1003.562, Florida Statutes, is created 21 to read: 22 1003.562 English Language Learner Advisory Council.— 23 (1) The Florida English Language Learner Advisory Council, 24 an advisory council as defined in s. 20.03, is created adjunct 25 to the Department of Education for the purpose of providing 26 recommendations to enhance the education of English language 27 learners in this state by analyzing data and identifying areas 28 in which improvement is needed. 29 (2) Members of the advisory council shall include: 30 (a) The Commissioner of Education, or his or her designee, 31 who shall serve as a nonvoting member and be the chair of the 32 advisory council. 33 (b) The director of the Office of Policy and Budget of the 34 Executive Office of the Governor, or his or her designee, who 35 shall serve as a nonvoting member. 36 (c) The chair of the Florida Hispanic Legislative Caucus, 37 or his or her designee. 38 (d) The chair of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, or 39 his or her designee. 40 (e) The chair of the Florida Jewish Legislative Caucus, or 41 his or her designee. 42 (f) Thirty members of the public, who shall be appointed by 43 the Governor, as follows: 44 1. One member who has professional or occupational 45 expertise in university-level preparation of English for 46 Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or bilingual education 47 teachers and in second-language research. 48 2. One member who has professional or occupational 49 expertise in college-level preparation of special education 50 teachers and ESOL or bilingual education teachers. 51 3. One member who has professional or occupational 52 expertise in implementing in-service programs for teachers of 53 English language learners. 54 4. One member who has professional or occupational 55 expertise as a guidance counselor in a secondary school and in 56 adult ESOL or bilingual education programs. 57 5. One member who has professional or occupational 58 expertise in preparing teachers for early childhood programs 59 serving dual language learners. 60 6. One member who has experience as the principal of a 61 district school with a schoolwide dual language program. 62 7. One member who is a dual language program administrator 63 in a district with multiple dual language program tracks 64 operating under a school-within-a-school model which includes 65 elementary schools, middle schools, and at least one high 66 school. 67 8. One member who is an elementary school ESOL teacher. 68 9. One member who is a secondary school ESOL teacher. 69 10. One member who teaches history, mathematics, computer 70 science, or science to English language learners. 71 11. Twenty members who have professional or occupational 72 expertise in, or who are generally knowledgeable about, issues 73 that relate to programs and services for English language 74 learners, with one member selected from two nominees from each 75 of the following organizations: 76 a. Sunshine State TESOL of Florida. 77 b. The Florida Association of Bilingual/ESOL Supervisors, 78 Inc. 79 c. LULAC Florida. 80 d. NAACP Florida State Conference. 81 e. UnidosUS Florida. 82 f. Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center. 83 g. Iniciativa Accion Puertorriquena. 84 h. Florida PTA. 85 i. The ESOL parent leadership council in the same district 86 as the member selected from the Florida PTA. 87 j. A bilingual college located in Florida. 88 k. The Florida League of Cities. 89 l. The Florida Foreign Language Association. 90 m. The Florida Educational Research Association. 91 n. The Florida School Boards Association. 92 o. The Florida Policy Institute. 93 p. The Florida Association for Bilingual Education. 94 q. A chamber of commerce with members engaged in industries 95 that require employees with multilingual and multicultural 96 skills. 97 r. The Association of Haitian Educators of Dade. 98 s. The Spanish American League Against Discrimination. 99 t. The Coalition of Florida Farmworker Organizations. 100 (g) One member of the Florida Education Association who 101 shall be appointed by the President of the Senate. 102 (h) One member with experience as the superintendent of a 103 school district who shall be appointed by the Speaker of the 104 House of Representatives. 105 (i) One member with experience as the principal of a 106 schoolwide dual language charter school who shall be appointed 107 by the Commissioner of Education. 108 (3)(a) Members of the advisory council appointed by the 109 Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House 110 of Representatives, and the Commissioner of Education shall 111 serve 4-year terms, except that initially, to provide for 112 staggered terms, the Governor shall appoint 15 members to serve 113 2-year terms. 114 (b) A vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as the 115 original appointment. A vacancy occurring on the advisory 116 council before the expiration of a term shall be filled for the 117 remainder of the unexpired term. A member of the advisory 118 council may be reappointed. 119 (4) Each member of the advisory council shall serve without 120 compensation but may be reimbursed for per diem and travel 121 expenses pursuant to s. 112.061. 122 (5) The advisory council shall hold its first meeting no 123 later than October 1, 2020, and meet at least once per quarter 124 thereafter. Meetings may be held via teleconference or other 125 electronic means. In conducting its meetings, the advisory 126 council shall use Robert’s Rules of Order. 127 (6) The advisory council must identify three pressing 128 English language learner issues, selected by the advisory 129 council members at their third quarterly meeting each year, 130 related to the following topics: 131 (a) Reform initiatives that address statewide English 132 language learner accountability policies, including research 133 based assessment accommodations and ESOL program entry and exit 134 criteria appropriate for English language learners. 135 (b) Changes to state law, including, but not limited to, 136 the statutory criteria for awarding the State Seal of 137 Biliteracy; State Board of Education rules; the state plan 138 adopted under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); and 139 agreements with the federal government which would remove 140 barriers to or enhance the implementation of education programs 141 offered to English language learners. 142 (c) Changes to teacher preparation and credential 143 standards, professional development and in-service education, 144 ESOL program models, and instructional materials and strategies. 145 (d) Methods for increasing parental engagement in English 146 language learner programs. 147 (e) Funding allocations for English language learner 148 programs. 149 (f) Proposed changes needed in resources allocated to the 150 State University System to achieve improved outcomes for English 151 language learners in middle schools and secondary schools, to 152 increase the graduation rate of English language learners in 153 this state, and to expand the capabilities of ESOL or bilingual 154 programs. 155 (g) Other matters identified by advisory council members. 156 (7) By November 1, 2021, and annually thereafter, the 157 advisory council shall submit a written report to the Governor, 158 the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of 159 Representatives, the Chair of the State Board of Education, the 160 Chair of the Board of Governors, and the Commissioner of 161 Education containing the advisory council’s recommendations on 162 the issues identified in subsection (6). 163 (8) The Department of Education shall provide staff and 164 administrative support for the advisory council and shall 165 maintain a webpage with meeting materials, hyperlinks to the 166 parliamentary authority or guidelines explaining key sections of 167 the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, council report 168 drafts, and final reports. 169 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.