Florida Senate - 2023                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for CS for SB 266
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Fiscal Policy (Grall) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 365 - 415
    4  and insert:
    5         (1) The Board of Trustees of the University of Florida may
    6  use funds as provided in the General Appropriations Act and
    7  charitable donations to establish and fund the Hamilton Center
    8  for Classical and Civic Education as an academic unit within the
    9  University of Florida. The purpose of the center is to support
   10  teaching and research concerning the ideas, traditions, and
   11  texts that form the foundations of Western and American
   12  civilization.
   13         (2) Beginning January 1, 2025, and by each January 1
   14  thereafter, the University of Florida must report to the
   15  Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the
   16  House of Representatives on the progress toward establishing the
   17  center as a permanent college at the university. The report must
   18  include a timeline for establishing the college, enrollment and
   19  educational outcomes and future goals for enrollment and
   20  educational outcomes, current financial progress and future
   21  financial needs, and any recommendation for changes in general
   22  law.
   23         (3) The goals of the center are to:
   24         (a) Educate university students in core texts and great
   25  debates of Western civilization and the Great Books.
   26         1. The center is responsible for developing curriculum and
   27  courses to satisfy the requirement for the competency in civil
   28  discourse.
   29         2. Courses developed under this paragraph may be used to
   30  satisfy the requirements of s. 1007.25(5).
   31         (b) Educate university students in the principles, ideals,
   32  and institutions of the American political order.
   33         (c) Educate university students in the foundations of
   34  responsible leadership and informed citizenship.
   35         (d) Provide programming and training related to civic
   36  education and the values of open inquiry and civil discourse to
   37  support the K-20 system.
   38         (e) Coordinate with the Florida Institute for Governance
   39  and Civics of Politics created pursuant to s. 1004.6499 and the
   40  Adam Smith Center for the Study of Economic Freedom created
   41  pursuant to s. 1004.64991 and assist in the curation and
   42  implementation of Portraits in Patriotism created pursuant to s.
   43  1003.44.
   44         (f) Develop educational programming and a plan for the
   45  implementation of such programming to ensure that all university
   46  students demonstrate competency in civil discourse.
   47         (4) In order to carry out the goals set forth in subsection
   48  (3), the president of the University of Florida must:
   49         (a)Annually update the board of trustees on the center's
   50  progress toward developing educational programming to ensure
   51  that all students at the university demonstrate competency in
   52  civil discourse. The president's report must identify a timeline
   53  and support necessary for the university to achieve this goal.
   54         (b)Guide the university's leadership and the center to
   55  ensure that the center is able to enroll students, hire faculty,
   56  ensure a pathway to tenure for faculty, develop curricula and
   57  courses, establish certificate and degree programs, establish
   58  major and minor programs, and fulfill other actions approved by
   59  the president of the university.
   60         (5) Funds appropriated specifically to the center may not
   61  be used for any other purpose; however, the university may
   62  provide additional funding as available to the center.
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   65  And the title is amended as follows:
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   67  and insert:
   68         Center for Classical and Civic Education; requiring
   69         the University of Florida to annually report to the
   70         Governor and Legislature on the transition of the
   71         center to a college; revising the goals of the center;
   72         requiring the University of Florida president to take
   73         specified actions; providing requirements for the use
   74         of appropriated funds; authorizing the university to
   75         provide additional funding to the center;