Florida Senate - 2022 SB 956 By Senator Baxley 12-00978-22 2022956__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public schools; creating s. 3 1002.44, F.S.; authorizing public schools in this 4 state to enroll a student who meets certain attendance 5 criteria on a part-time basis, subject to space and 6 availability; providing for full-time equivalent 7 student membership; providing construction; amending 8 s. 1002.394, F.S.; authorizing funds awarded under the 9 Family Empowerment Scholarship Program to be used for 10 contracted services provided by a public school or 11 school district; providing construction; providing an 12 effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Section 1002.44, Florida Statutes, is created to 17 read: 18 1002.44 Part-time public school enrollment.— 19 (1) Any public school in this state, including a charter 20 school, may enroll a student who meets the regular school 21 attendance criteria of s. 1003.01(13)(b)-(e) on a part-time 22 basis, subject to space and availability according to the 23 school’s capacity determined pursuant to s. 1002.31(2)(b). 24 (2) Students attending a public school on a part-time basis 25 pursuant to this section shall generate full-time equivalent 26 student membership as described in s. 1011.61(1)(b). 27 (3) Students participating in part-time public school 28 enrollment pursuant to subsection (1) are not considered to be 29 in regular attendance at a public school. 30 Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (4) of section 31 1002.394, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 32 1002.394 The Family Empowerment Scholarship Program.— 33 (4) AUTHORIZED USES OF PROGRAM FUNDS.— 34 (a) Program funds awarded to a student determined eligible 35 pursuant to paragraph (3)(a) may be used for: 36 1. Tuition and fees at an eligible private school;
or37 2. Transportation to a Florida public school in which a 38 student is enrolled and that is different from the school to 39 which the student was assigned or to a lab school as defined in 40 s. 1002.32 if the student is determined eligible pursuant to 41 subparagraph (3)(a)1. or subparagraph (3)(a)2.; or 42 3. Contracted services, including classes, provided by a 43 public school or school district. A student who receives 44 services under a contract pursuant to this subparagraph is not 45 considered enrolled in a public school for eligibility purposes 46 under subsection (6). 47 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.