Florida Senate - 2022                                     SB 622
       By Senator Diaz
       36-00746-22                                            2022622__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Florida Institute for Charter
    3         School Innovation; amending s. 1002.33, F.S.;
    4         requiring the Department of Education to collaborate
    5         with the Florida Institute for Charter School
    6         Innovation in developing a sponsor evaluation
    7         framework for charter schools; creating s. 1004.88,
    8         F.S.; establishing the institute at Miami Dade
    9         College; providing the purpose of the institute;
   10         specifying the duties of the institute; authorizing
   11         the institute to apply for and receive certain grants;
   12         requiring the District Board of Trustees of Miami Dade
   13         College to establish policies regarding the institute;
   14         providing an appropriation; providing an effective
   15         date.
   17  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   19         Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subsection (5) of section
   20  1002.33, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   21         1002.33 Charter schools.—
   22         (5) SPONSOR; DUTIES.—
   23         (c) Sponsor accountability.—
   24         1. The department shall, in collaboration with charter
   25  school sponsors, and charter school operators, and the Florida
   26  Institute for Charter School Innovation established under s.
   27  1004.88 shall develop a sponsor evaluation framework that must
   28  address, at a minimum:
   29         a. The sponsor’s strategic vision for charter school
   30  authorization and the sponsor’s progress toward that vision.
   31         b. The alignment of the sponsor’s policies and practices to
   32  best practices for charter school authorization.
   33         c. The academic and financial performance of all operating
   34  charter schools overseen by the sponsor.
   35         d. The status of charter schools authorized by the sponsor,
   36  including approved, operating, and closed schools.
   37         2. The department shall compile the results by sponsor and
   38  include the results in the report required under sub-sub
   39  subparagraph (b)1.k.(III).
   40         Section 2. Section 1004.88, Florida Statutes, is created to
   41  read:
   42         1004.88 Florida Institute for Charter School Innovation.—
   43         (1)The Florida Institute for Charter School Innovation is
   44  established at Miami Dade College for the purpose of improving
   45  charter school authorizing practices in this state.
   46         (2)The institute shall do all of the following:
   47         (a)Create a state resource of best practices for charter
   48  school applications and application review.
   49         (b)Provide charter school sponsors with training,
   50  technical assistance, and support in reviewing initial and
   51  renewal charter applications.
   52         (c)Conduct applied research on policy and practices
   53  related to charter schools.
   54         (d)Conduct or compile basic research on the status of
   55  educational choice, charter authorizing, and charter school
   56  performance in this state, and other topics related to charter
   57  schools.
   58         (e)Collaborate with the Department of Education in
   59  developing the sponsor evaluation framework pursuant to s.
   60  1002.33(5)(c).
   61         (f)Disseminate information regarding research-based
   62  charter school teaching practices to teacher educators in this
   63  state.
   64         (g)Host research workshops and conferences that allow
   65  charter school sponsors, charter school operators, students, and
   66  parents to engage in topics related to charter schools.
   67         (3)The institute may apply for and receive federal, state,
   68  or local agency grants for the purposes of this section.
   69         (4)The District Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College
   70  shall establish policies for the supervision, administration,
   71  and governance of the institute.
   72         Section 3. For the 2022-2023 fiscal year, the sum of $1
   73  million in recurring funds is appropriated from the General
   74  Revenue Fund to Miami Dade College to create and implement the
   75  Florida Institute for Charter School Innovation, established by
   76  this act.
   77         Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.