Florida Senate - 2020 SB 866 By Senator Diaz 36-01031B-20 2020866__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Florida Talent Development 3 Council; amending s. 1004.015, F.S.; requiring the 4 council to submit, by a specified date, a report with 5 recommendations related to the Pathways in Technology 6 Early College High School (P-TECH) program, or a 7 similar program, to the Governor, the Legislature, the 8 Board of Governors, and the State Board of Education; 9 requiring the P-TECH program to incorporate secondary 10 and postsecondary education with workforce education 11 and work experience; providing requirements for the 12 report; providing an effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Subsection (6) is added to section 1004.015, 17 Florida Statutes, to read: 18 1004.015 Florida Talent Development Council.— 19 (6) By December 1, 2020, the council shall submit to the 20 Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House 21 of Representatives, the Board of Governors, and the State Board 22 of Education a report with recommendations that address the 23 feasibility of establishing and implementing the Pathways in 24 Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program, or a 25 similar program, in Florida. The term “P-TECH program” means a 26 program that incorporates secondary and postsecondary education 27 with workforce education and work experience through a flexible 28 6-year integrated model. The report must, at a minimum, include 29 the following: 30 (a) A school model program for students to earn a high 31 school diploma, an associate degree, and applicable industry 32 certifications and work experience within 6 years after 33 enrolling in the 9th grade. Magnet schools, schools-within-a 34 school, charter schools, pilot programs, and other school model 35 options may be considered by the council. 36 (b) A funding model that ensures that the P-TECH program, 37 or a similar program, is provided at no cost to students. 38 Funding model recommendations may incorporate K-12, 39 postsecondary, workforce, grants, scholarships, and other 40 funding options. 41 (c) Recommendations for modifications to the school and 42 district accountability requirements of s. 1008.34 to 43 accommodate flexibility within the model program. 44 (d) An open enrollment policy that encourages a diverse 45 student body that includes students from low-income families and 46 first-generation college students. 47 (e) Courses of study which support program completion in 4 48 years to 6 years and which meet regional workforce demand. 49 (f) School governance and staffing recommendations, 50 including faculty qualifications. 51 (g) Timelines and additional funding requirements for 52 planning and launching a P-TECH program, or a similar program, 53 at a school. 54 (h) A plan for seamless articulation with Florida’s 55 postsecondary institutions. 56 (i) Recommendations for partnerships with industries and 57 businesses, which include private investment, work-based 58 training, internships, and priority placement for job 59 opportunities upon graduation. 60 (j) A support model for student success, which may include 61 flexible class scheduling, advising and mentoring components, 62 and other wrap-around services. 63 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.