Florida Senate - 2021 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 7070 Ì487960@Î487960 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. In recognition of the public health emergency 7 caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and notwithstanding any other 8 provision in law: 9 (1) School grades calculated for the 2020-2021 school year 10 may be used for eligibility for the Florida School Recognition 11 Program established under s. 1008.36, Florida Statutes, as 12 provided in the General Appropriations Act. 13 (2) A school currently in turnaround status pursuant to s. 14 1008.33, Florida Statutes, may exit turnaround status if the 15 school receives a grade of “C” or better. 16 (3) A school or approved provider under s. 1002.45, Florida 17 Statutes, which receives the same or a lower school grade or 18 school improvement rating for the 2020-2021 school year compared 19 to the 2018-2019 school year is not subject to sanctions or 20 penalties that would otherwise occur as a result of the 2020 21 2021 school grade or school improvement rating. A charter school 22 system or a school district designated as high-performing may 23 not lose the designation based on the 2020-2021 school grade of 24 any of the schools within the charter school system or school 25 district, as applicable. 26 (4) Notwithstanding s. 1008.25, Florida Statutes, a parent 27 or guardian may request that his or her K-5 public school 28 student be retained for the 2021-2022 school year in the grade 29 level to which the student was assigned at the beginning of the 30 2020-2021 school year, provided that such request is made for 31 academic reasons. 32 (a) A parent or guardian who wishes for his or her student 33 to be retained as provided by this act must submit, in writing, 34 to the school principal a retention request that specifies the 35 academic reasons for the retention. Only requests received by 36 the principal on or before June 30, 2021, must be considered. A 37 principal may consider a request received after that date at his 38 or her discretion. 39 (b)1. A principal who considers a retention request 40 submitted pursuant to this subsection shall inform the student’s 41 teachers of the retention request and collaboratively discuss 42 with the parent or guardian any basis for agreement or 43 disagreement with the request. As part of the discussion with 44 the parent or guardian, the principal shall disclose that 45 retention may impact the student’s eligibility to participate in 46 high school interscholastic or intrascholastic sports due to the 47 student’s age. 48 2. In lieu of retention, the principal, teachers, and 49 parent or guardian may collaborate to develop a customized 1 50 year education plan for the student with the intent of helping 51 the student return to grade level readiness by the end of the 52 next academic year. Such plan may include, but need not be 53 limited to, supplemental educational support, services, and 54 interventions; summer education; promotion in some, but not all, 55 courses; and midyear promotion. 56 3. The parent’s or guardian’s decision to promote or retain 57 his or her student after discussing the retention request with 58 the principal shall control. 59 (c) If a student retained under this subsection has an 60 individual education plan (IEP) in effect, the student’s IEP 61 team shall convene to review and revise the student’s IEP, as 62 appropriate. 63 (d) By June 30, 2022, school districts shall report to the 64 Department of Education the number of students retained pursuant 65 to this act for all or part of the 2021-2022 school year. 66 (5) A student who meets all of the requirements for 67 graduation at the end of the 2020-2021 school year except for 68 passing either or both statewide, standardized assessments 69 required pursuant to s. 1003.4282(3)(a) and (b), Florida 70 Statutes, will be deemed to have met all of the requirements for 71 graduation. 72 (6) Student performance results from the 2020-2021 73 statewide, standardized assessments may not be used for 74 calculating student performance measurement and evaluating 75 personnel pursuant to s. 1012.34, Florida Statutes. 76 (7) The provision in s. 1002.61(2)(a), Florida Statutes, 77 that requires a summer prekindergarten program delivered by a 78 public school or private prekindergarten provider to consist of 79 at least 300 hours is waived. The 2021 summer prekindergarten 80 program must consist of at least 200 hours. The full-time 81 equivalent calculation for a student in a summer 2021 82 prekindergarten program delivered by a public school or private 83 prekindergarten provider under s. 1002.71(2)(b), Florida 84 Statutes, shall be prorated for the number of instructional 85 hours reported. 86 (8) The requirement in s. 1002.89(6), Florida Statutes, 87 that no more than 22 percent of the state, federal, and local 88 matching funds provided to an early learning coalition to 89 implement its approved school readiness program plan be used for 90 any combination of administrative costs, quality activities, and 91 nondirect services is waived for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 92 school years, provided that the funds are used for purposes of 93 emergency recovery and direct support to providers. 94 95 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 96 And the title is amended as follows: 97 Delete line 168 98 and insert: 99 educational institution; authorizing school grades 100 calculated during a certain school year to be used for 101 eligibility for the Florida School Recognition 102 Program; authorizing a school in turnaround status to 103 exit turnaround status if the school receives a grade 104 of “C” or better; exempting certain schools or 105 approved providers from being subject to sanctions or 106 penalties as a result of school grade or school 107 improvement ratings earned during a certain school 108 year; prohibiting a high-performing charter school 109 system or school district from losing such designation 110 based on school grades earned during a certain school 111 year; authorizing a parent or guardian to request that 112 his or her K-5 student be retained in a grade level 113 for academic reasons for a specified school year; 114 requiring that such a request be submitted in a 115 specified manner; requiring school principals to 116 consider such requests if they are timely received; 117 authorizing school principals to consider requests 118 that are not timely received; requiring a school 119 principal who considers a request for retention to 120 inform the student’s teachers of the request and 121 collaboratively discuss with the parent or guardian 122 any basis for agreement or disagreement with the 123 request; requiring such discussion to disclose that 124 retention may impact the student’s eligibility to 125 participate in high school interscholastic or 126 intrascholastic sports; authorizing the principal, 127 teachers, and parent or guardian to collaborate to 128 develop a customized 1-year education plan for the 129 student in lieu of retaining the student; requiring a 130 parent’s or guardian’s decision regarding retention to 131 control; requiring the individual education plan (IEP) 132 team for a retained student to review and revise the 133 student’s IEP, as appropriate; requiring school 134 districts to report certain data to the department by 135 a specified date; authorizing certain students to 136 graduate; prohibiting certain performance results from 137 being used for calculating student performance 138 measurement and for evaluating personnel; waiving a 139 provision requiring summer prekindergarten programs to 140 consist of at least 300 hours; waiving a requirement 141 that no more than 22 percent of certain funds provided 142 to an early learning coalition be used for certain 143 purposes; providing an effective date.