Florida Senate - 2021                                     SB 624
       By Senator Bracy
       11-00808-21                                            2021624__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to guidance services; amending s.
    3         1006.025, F.S.; requiring each district school board
    4         to require certified school counselors to advise
    5         public high school students of opportunities to gain
    6         skills in demand in the labor market and how to
    7         prepare to obtain postsecondary degrees in technical
    8         fields; requiring such advice to be given at least
    9         once per academic year before public high school
   10         students select courses for the subsequent academic
   11         year; specifying information that must be included in
   12         the advice; authorizing the staff of other student
   13         personnel services to give the advice if there are
   14         insufficient certified school counselors to do so;
   15         requiring the Department of Education to provide
   16         resources to district school boards which may assist
   17         districts in offering the advice; providing an
   18         effective date.
   20  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   22         Section 1. Section 1006.025, Florida Statutes, is amended
   23  to read:
   24         1006.025 Guidance services.—
   25         (1)(a) Each district school board shall require certified
   26  school counselors to advise students attending public high
   27  schools of opportunities to gain skills in demand in the labor
   28  market and how to prepare to obtain postsecondary degrees in
   29  technical fields.
   30         (b) Certified school counselors shall give the advice
   31  required by this subsection at least once per academic year
   32  before public high school students select courses for the
   33  subsequent academic year. The advice must include the following
   34  information:
   35         1. Apprenticeship and preapprenticeship programs offered
   36  pursuant to chapter 446;
   37         2. Dual enrollment programs offered pursuant to s.
   38  1007.271;
   39         3. Career and professional academies and career-themed
   40  courses available pursuant to s. 1003.493;
   41         4. Opportunities at local school district technical
   42  centers;
   43         5. Opportunities to gain an internship; and
   44         6. The Career and Technical Education pathway to earn a
   45  standard high school diploma pursuant to s. 1003.4282(11) and
   46  all opportunities to earn credits toward the pathway.
   47         (c) If an insufficient number of certified school
   48  counselors is available to give the advice required by this
   49  subsection, then the staff of other student personnel services
   50  as defined in s. 1012.01(2)(b) may give the advice.
   51         (2) Each district school board shall annually submit a
   52  district guidance report to the Commissioner of Education by
   53  June 30.
   54         (3)(2) The guidance report shall include, but not be
   55  limited to, the following:
   56         (a) Examination of student access to certified school
   57  counselors.
   58         (b) Degree to which a district has adopted or implemented a
   59  guidance model program.
   60         (c) Evaluation of the information and training available to
   61  certified school counselors and career specialists to advise
   62  students on areas of critical need, labor market trends, and
   63  technical training requirements.
   64         (d) Progress toward incorporation of best practices for
   65  advisement as identified by the department.
   66         (e) Consideration of alternative guidance systems or ideas,
   67  including, but not limited to, a teacher-advisor model,
   68  mentoring, partnerships with the business community, web-based
   69  delivery, and parental involvement.
   70         (f) A guidance plan for the district.
   71         (4)(3) The department shall provide resources to district
   72  school boards that may assist districts in offering the advice
   73  required by subsection (1) and preparing the annual guidance
   74  report. The resources shall include, but are not limited to,
   75  materials relating to guidance model programs, training
   76  available through the department for career guidance, adopted
   77  best practices, alternative guidance systems or ideas, and a
   78  model district guidance plan.
   79         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.