Florida Senate - 2022 SB 980 By Senator Diaz 36-01029-22 2022980__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to virtual instruction programs; 3 amending s. 1002.45, F.S.; removing a requirement that 4 a virtual instruction program provider document that 5 it locates an administrative office or offices in this 6 state, requires its administrative staff to be state 7 residents, and requires all instructional staff to be 8 Florida-certified teachers; providing an effective 9 date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section 14 1002.45, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 15 1002.45 Virtual instruction programs.— 16 (2) PROVIDER QUALIFICATIONS.— 17 (a) The department shall annually publish online a list of 18 providers approved to offer virtual instruction programs. To be 19 approved by the department, a provider must document that it: 20 1. Is nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, 21 employment practices, and operations; 22 2. Complies with the antidiscrimination provisions of s. 23 1000.05; 24 3.
Locates an administrative office or offices in this25 state, requires its administrative staff to be state residents,26 requires all instructional staff to be Florida-certified27 teachers under chapter 1012 andConducts background screenings 28 for all employees or contracted personnel, as required by s. 29 1012.32, using state and national criminal history records; 30 4. Provides to parents and students specific information 31 posted and accessible online that includes, but is not limited 32 to, the following teacher-parent and teacher-student contact 33 information for each course: 34 a. How to contact the instructor via phone, e-mail, or 35 online messaging tools. 36 b. How to contact technical support via phone, e-mail, or 37 online messaging tools. 38 c. How to contact the administration office via phone, e 39 mail, or online messaging tools. 40 d. Any requirement for regular contact with the instructor 41 for the course and clear expectations for meeting the 42 requirement. 43 e. The requirement that the instructor in each course must, 44 at a minimum, conduct one contact with the parent and the 45 student each month; 46 5. Possesses prior, successful experience offering online 47 courses to elementary, middle, or high school students as 48 demonstrated by quantified student learning gains in each 49 subject area and grade level provided for consideration as an 50 instructional program option. However, for a provider without 51 sufficient prior, successful experience offering online courses, 52 the department may conditionally approve the provider to offer 53 courses measured pursuant to subparagraph (8)(a)2. Conditional 54 approval shall be valid for 1 school year only and, based on the 55 provider’s experience in offering the courses, the department 56 shall determine whether to grant approval to offer a virtual 57 instruction program; 58 6. Is accredited by a regional accrediting association as 59 defined by State Board of Education rule; 60 7. Ensures instructional and curricular quality through a 61 detailed curriculum and student performance accountability plan 62 that addresses every subject and grade level it intends to 63 provide through contract with the school district, including: 64 a. Courses and programs that meet the standards of the 65 International Association for K-12 Online Learning and the 66 Southern Regional Education Board. 67 b. Instructional content and services that align with, and 68 measure student attainment of, student proficiency in the Next 69 Generation Sunshine State Standards. 70 c. Mechanisms that determine and ensure that a student has 71 satisfied requirements for grade level promotion and high school 72 graduation with a standard diploma, as appropriate; 73 8. Publishes for the general public, in accordance with 74 disclosure requirements adopted in rule by the State Board of 75 Education, as part of its application as a provider and in all 76 contracts negotiated pursuant to this section: 77 a. Information and data about the curriculum of each full 78 time and part-time program. 79 b. School policies and procedures. 80 c. Certification status and physical location of all 81 administrative and instructional personnel. 82 d. Hours and times of availability of instructional 83 personnel. 84 e. Student-teacher ratios. 85 f. Student completion and promotion rates. 86 g. Student, educator, and school performance accountability 87 outcomes; 88 9. If the provider is a Florida College System institution, 89 employs instructors who meet the certification requirements for 90 instructional staff under chapter 1012; and 91 10. Performs an annual financial audit of its accounts and 92 records conducted by an independent certified public accountant 93 which is in accordance with rules adopted by the Auditor 94 General, is conducted in compliance with generally accepted 95 auditing standards, and includes a report on financial 96 statements presented in accordance with generally accepted 97 accounting principles. 98 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.