Florida Senate - 2023                                    SB 1468
       By Senator Book
       35-01227-23                                           20231468__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to career-themed courses; amending s.
    3         1003.493, F.S.; requiring the Department of Education
    4         to identify career-themed courses that are appropriate
    5         for middle school students; encouraging school
    6         districts to offer such courses at middle schools
    7         within the district; providing an effective date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of section
   12  1003.493, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   13         1003.493 Career and professional academies and career
   14  themed courses.—
   15         (1)
   16         (b) A “career-themed course” is a course, or a course in a
   17  series of courses, that leads to an industry certification
   18  identified in the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List
   19  pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of Education.
   20  Career-themed courses have industry-specific curriculum aligned
   21  directly to priority workforce needs established by the local
   22  workforce development board or the Department of Economic
   23  Opportunity. School districts shall offer at least two career
   24  themed courses, and each secondary school is encouraged to offer
   25  at least one career-themed course. The Department of Education
   26  shall identify career-themed courses that are appropriate for
   27  middle school students. School districts are encouraged to offer
   28  such courses at each middle school within the district. The
   29  Florida Virtual School is encouraged to develop and offer
   30  rigorous career-themed courses as appropriate. High school
   31  students completing a career-themed course must be provided
   32  opportunities to earn postsecondary credit if the credit for the
   33  career-themed course can be articulated to a postsecondary
   34  institution approved to operate in the state.
   35         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.