Florida Senate - 2021 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 7070 Ì2694240Î269424 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Rules (Thurston) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment to Amendment (502390) (with title 2 amendment) 3 4 Between lines 142 and 143 5 insert: 6 Section 3. Notwithstanding s. 1008.25, Florida Statutes, a 7 parent or guardian may request that his or her K-5 public school 8 student be retained for the 2021-2022 school year in the grade 9 level to which the student was assigned at the beginning of the 10 2020-2021 school year, provided that such request is made for 11 academic reasons. 12 (1) A parent or guardian who wishes for his or her student 13 to be retained as provided by this act must submit, in writing, 14 to the school principal a retention request that specifies the 15 academic reasons for the retention. Only requests received by 16 the principal on or before June 30, 2021, must be considered. A 17 principal may consider a request received after that date at his 18 or her discretion. 19 (2)(a) A principal who considers a retention request 20 submitted pursuant to this subsection shall inform the student’s 21 teachers of the retention request and collaboratively discuss 22 with the parent or guardian any basis for agreement or 23 disagreement with the request. As part of the discussion with 24 the parent or guardian, the principal shall disclose that 25 retention may impact the student’s eligibility to participate in 26 high school interscholastic or intrascholastic sports due to the 27 student’s age. 28 (b) In lieu of retention, the principal, teachers, and 29 parent or guardian may collaborate to develop a customized 1 30 year education plan for the student with the intent of helping 31 the student return to grade level readiness by the end of the 32 next academic year. Such plan may include, but need not be 33 limited to, supplemental educational support, services, and 34 interventions; summer education; promotion in some, but not all, 35 courses; and midyear promotion. 36 (c) The parent’s or guardian’s decision to promote or 37 retain his or her student after discussing the retention request 38 with the principal shall control. 39 (3) If a student retained under this subsection has an 40 individual education plan (IEP) in effect, the student’s IEP 41 team shall convene to review and revise the student’s IEP, as 42 appropriate. 43 (4) By June 30, 2022, school districts shall report to the 44 Department of Education the number of students retained pursuant 45 to this act for all or part of the 2021-2022 school year. 46 47 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 48 And the title is amended as follows: 49 Delete line 168 50 and insert: 51 educational institution; authorizing a parent or 52 guardian to request that his or her K-5 student be 53 retained in a grade level for academic reasons for a 54 specified school year; requiring that such a request 55 be submitted in a specified manner; requiring school 56 principals to consider such requests if they are 57 timely received; authorizing school principals to 58 consider requests that are not timely received; 59 requiring a school principal who considers a request 60 for retention to inform the student’s teachers of the 61 request and collaboratively discuss with the parent or 62 guardian any basis for agreement or disagreement with 63 the request; requiring such discussion to disclose 64 that retention may impact the student’s eligibility to 65 participate in high school interscholastic or 66 intrascholastic sports; authorizing the principal, 67 teachers, and parent or guardian to collaborate to 68 develop a customized 1-year education plan for the 69 student in lieu of retaining the student; requiring a 70 parent’s or guardian’s decision regarding retention to 71 control; requiring the individual education plan (IEP) 72 team for a retained student to review and revise the 73 student’s IEP, as appropriate; requiring school 74 districts to report certain data to the department by 75 a specified date; providing an effective date.