2023 Legislature                   CS for SB 7014, 1st Engrossed
    2         An act relating to juvenile justice; amending s.
    3         20.316, F.S.; requiring that the secretary of the
    4         Department of Juvenile Justice oversee the
    5         establishment of the Florida Scholars Academy;
    6         revising a duty of the secretary; creating s. 985.619,
    7         F.S.; requiring that the department establish the
    8         academy; specifying the academy’s mission; requiring
    9         the academy to provide students with greater access to
   10         secondary and postsecondary educational opportunities;
   11         providing requirements for the contractual agreement
   12         entered into by the department with an education
   13         service provider; requiring that the superintendent of
   14         the academy be approved by the secretary; requiring
   15         that the academy be governed by a board of trustees;
   16         providing for board membership; specifying the powers
   17         and duties of the board; specifying funding sources
   18         for the academy; providing requirements related to
   19         funding; prohibiting the pledging of the state’s
   20         credit on behalf of the academy; requiring annual
   21         financial audits of the academy; providing audit
   22         requirements; providing requirements for an audit
   23         report; authorizing the department to adopt rules;
   24         amending s. 1000.04, F.S.; specifying that the academy
   25         is a component of the delivery of public education
   26         within Florida’s Early Learning-20 education system;
   27         amending s. 1013.53, F.S.; requiring the department to
   28         provide early notice to school districts regarding the
   29         siting of new juvenile justice detention facilities;
   30         requiring that school districts be consulted regarding
   31         the types of students expected to be assigned to
   32         detention facilities, rather than commitment
   33         facilities; deleting requirements of the department
   34         related to commitment facilities; providing an
   35         appropriation; providing an effective date.
   37  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   39         Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section
   40  20.316, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   41         20.316 Department of Juvenile Justice.—There is created a
   42  Department of Juvenile Justice.
   44         (c) The Secretary of Juvenile Justice shall:
   45         1. Ensure that juvenile justice continuum programs and
   46  services are implemented according to legislative intent; state
   47  and federal laws, rules, and regulations; statewide program
   48  standards; and performance objectives by reviewing and
   49  monitoring regional and circuit program operations and providing
   50  technical assistance to those programs.
   51         2. Identify the need for and recommend the funding and
   52  implementation of an appropriate mix of programs and services
   53  within the juvenile justice continuum, including prevention,
   54  diversion, nonresidential and residential commitment programs,
   55  training schools, and conditional release programs and services,
   56  with an overlay of educational, career and technical education
   57  vocational, alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health services
   58  where appropriate.
   59         3. Oversee the establishment of the Florida Scholars
   60  Academy created under s. 985.619.
   61         4.3. Provide for program research, development, and
   62  planning.
   63         5.4. Develop staffing and workload standards and coordinate
   64  staff development and training.
   65         6.5. Develop budget and resource allocation methodologies
   66  and strategies.
   67         7.6. Establish program policies and rules and ensure that
   68  those policies and rules encourage cooperation, collaboration,
   69  and information sharing with community partners in the juvenile
   70  justice system to the extent authorized by law.
   71         8.7. Develop funding sources external to state government.
   72         9.8. Obtain, approve, monitor, and coordinate research and
   73  program development grants.
   74         10.9. Enter into contracts.
   75         11.10. Monitor all state-funded programs, grants,
   76  appropriations, or activities that are designed to prevent
   77  juvenile crime, delinquency, gang membership, or status offense
   78  behaviors and all state-funded programs, grants, appropriations,
   79  or activities that are designed to prevent a child from becoming
   80  a “child in need of services,” as defined in chapter 984, in
   81  order to effect the goals and policies of the State
   82  Comprehensive Plan regarding children and regarding governmental
   83  efficiency, and in order to determine:
   84         a. The number of youth served by such state-funded
   85  programs, grants, appropriations, or activities;
   86         b. The number of youth who complete such state-funded
   87  programs, grants, appropriations, or activities;
   88         c. The number and percentage of youth who are referred for
   89  delinquency while participating in such state-funded programs,
   90  grants, appropriations, or activities;
   91         d. The number and percentage of youth who are referred for
   92  delinquency within 6 months after completing such state-funded
   93  programs, grants, appropriations, or activities.
   94         Section 2. Section 985.619, Florida Statutes, is created to
   95  read:
   96         985.619 Florida Scholars Academy.—
   97         (1)ESTABLISHMENT.—
   98         (a) The department shall establish the Florida Scholars
   99  Academy to deliver educational opportunities to students served
  100  in residential commitment programs under this chapter.
  101         (b) Each residential program site established, authorized,
  102  or designated by the department is considered a campus of the
  103  Florida Scholars Academy.
  104         (c) Students sentenced by a court to adult facilities under
  105  chapter 944 are not eligible to enroll in the Florida Scholars
  106  Academy.
  107         (2) MISSION.—The mission of the Florida Scholars Academy is
  108  to provide a free and appropriate high-quality education to
  109  eligible students within the juvenile justice system, and to
  110  prepare students for gainful employment as productive citizens
  111  upon their reentry into the community. Educational pathways will
  112  include a K-12 education, a high school equivalency diploma, a
  113  career and technical education credential pursuant to s.
  114  1003.4282(10), and enrollment in a degree program at a state
  115  college or university, with an emphasis on attaining an
  116  industry-recognized credential of value from the Master
  117  Credentials List under s. 445.004(4)(h).
  118         (3) REQUIRED CONTRACTING.—
  119         (a) The department shall enter into a contractual agreement
  120  with an education service provider with a proven track record of
  121  success to operate, provide, or supplement full-time instruction
  122  and instructional support services for students to earn a high
  123  school diploma or high school equivalency diploma, enroll in a
  124  degree program at a state college or university, and earn
  125  industry-recognized credentials of value from the Master
  126  Credentials List. The contracted education service provider is
  127  responsible for the administration of all educational services
  128  to students enrolled in the academy.
  129         (b) The superintendent of the Florida Scholars Academy must
  130  be approved by the secretary of the department. The
  131  superintendent is responsible for the management and day-to-day
  132  operations of the Florida Scholars Academy.
  134         (a)1. The Florida Scholars Academy shall be governed by a
  135  board of trustees, composed of the following five members:
  136         a. The secretary of the department, or his or her designee.
  137         b. Four members appointed by the Governor.
  138         2.The secretary of the department or his or her designee
  139  shall be the initial chair of the board and shall serve a term
  140  of 4 years. Members of the board of trustees shall serve without
  141  compensation but may be reimbursed for per diem and travel
  142  expenses pursuant to s. 112.061.
  143         (b) The board of trustees shall have the following powers
  144  and duties:
  145         1. Meet at least 4 times each year, upon the call of the
  146  chair, or at the request of a majority of the membership.
  147         2. Be responsible for the Florida Scholars Academy’s
  148  development of an education delivery system that is cost
  149  effective, high-quality, educationally sound, and capable of
  150  sustaining an effective delivery system.
  151         3.a.Identify appropriate performance measures and
  152  standards based on student achievement which reflect the
  153  school’s statutory mission and priorities, and implement an
  154  accountability system approved by the State Board of Education
  155  for the school by the 2024-2025 school year which includes an
  156  assessment of its effectiveness and efficiency in providing
  157  quality services that encourage high student achievement,
  158  seamless articulation, and maximum access to career
  159  opportunities.
  160         b. For the 2024-2025 school year, the results of the
  161  accountability system must serve as an informative baseline for
  162  the academy as it works to improve performance in future years.
  163         4. Administer and maintain the educational programs of the
  164  Florida Scholars Academy in accordance with law and department
  165  rules, in consultation with the State Board of Education.
  166         5. With the approval of the secretary of the department or
  167  his or her designee, determine the compensation, including
  168  salaries and fringe benefits, and other conditions of employment
  169  for such personnel, in alignment with the Florida Scholars
  170  Academy’s provider contracts.
  171         6. The employment of all Florida Scholars Academy
  172  administrative and instructional personnel are subject to
  173  rejection for cause by the secretary of the department or his or
  174  her designee and are subject to policies established by the
  175  board of trustees.
  176         7. Provide for the content and custody of student records
  177  in compliance with s. 1002.22.
  178         8. Maintain the financial records and accounts of the
  179  Florida Scholars Academy in compliance with rules adopted by the
  180  State Board of Education for the uniform system of financial
  181  records and accounts for the schools of this state.
  182         9. Is a body corporate with all the powers of a body
  183  corporate and may exercise such authority as is needed for the
  184  proper operation and improvement of the Florida Scholars
  185  Academy. The board of trustees is specifically authorized to
  186  adopt rules, policies, and procedures, consistent with law and
  187  State Board of Education rules related to governance, personnel,
  188  budget and finance, administration, programs, curriculum and
  189  instruction, travel and purchasing, technology, students,
  190  contracts and grants, and property as necessary for optimal,
  191  efficient operation of the Florida Scholars Academy.
  192         (5) FUNDING.—
  193         (a)1. Subject to appropriation, funding may be provided for
  194  the operational and instructional services for students enrolled
  195  in the Florida Scholars Academy.
  196         2. The Florida Scholars Academy may receive all federal
  197  funds for which it is eligible.
  198         (b) The secretary of the department shall prepare and
  199  submit a legislative budget request on behalf of the Florida
  200  Scholars Academy as part of the department’s legislative budget
  201  request. The request of funds may be for operating and fixed
  202  capital outlay, in accordance with chapter 216.
  203         (c) The fiscal year for the Florida Scholars Academy is the
  204  fiscal year of the state as defined in s. 216.011(1)(o).
  205         (6) STATE CREDIT LIMITATION.—The credit of the state may
  206  not be pledged under any circumstance on behalf of the Florida
  207  Scholars Academy.
  208         (7) ANNUAL AUDIT.—
  209         (a) The Florida Scholars Academy must have an annual
  210  financial audit of its accounts and records conducted by an
  211  independent auditor who is a certified public accountant
  212  licensed under chapter 473. The independent auditor shall
  213  conduct the audit in accordance with rules adopted by the
  214  Auditor General pursuant to s. 11.45 and shall, upon completion
  215  of the audit, prepare an audit report in accordance with such
  216  rules.
  217         (b) The independent auditor shall submit the audit report
  218  to the board of trustees and the Auditor General not later than
  219  9 months after the end of the preceding fiscal year.
  220         (c)The board of trustees shall respond to recommendations
  221  included in the audit report or received directly from the
  222  Auditor General with evidence of corrective action within 45
  223  days after receipt of the recommendations.
  224         (8) RULEMAKING.—The department may establish rules to
  225  implement this section.
  226         Section 3. Subsection (6) is added to section 1000.04,
  227  Florida Statutes, to read:
  228         1000.04 Components for the delivery of public education
  229  within the Florida Early Learning-20 education system.—Florida’s
  230  Early Learning-20 education system provides for the delivery of
  231  early learning and public education through publicly supported
  232  and controlled K-12 schools, Florida College System
  233  institutions, state universities and other postsecondary
  234  educational institutions, other educational institutions, and
  235  other educational services as provided or authorized by the
  236  Constitution and laws of the state.
  237         (6) FLORIDA SCHOLARS ACADEMY.—The Florida Scholars Academy
  238  is a component of the delivery of public education within the
  239  Florida Early Learning-20 education system.
  240         Section 4. Section 1013.53, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  241  read:
  242         1013.53 Cooperative development of educational facilities
  243  in juvenile justice programs.—
  244         (1) The Department of Juvenile Justice shall provide early
  245  notice to school districts regarding the siting of new juvenile
  246  justice detention facilities. School districts shall include the
  247  projected number of students in the districts’ annual estimates.
  248  School districts must be consulted regarding the types of
  249  students expected to be assigned to detention commitment
  250  facilities for education planning and budgeting purposes.
  251         (2) The Department of Juvenile Justice shall notify, in
  252  writing, the Department of Education when a request for
  253  proposals is issued for the construction or operation of a
  254  commitment or detention facility anywhere in this the state. The
  255  Department of Juvenile Justice shall notify, in writing, the
  256  appropriate school district when a request for proposals is
  257  issued for the construction or operation of a commitment or
  258  detention facility when a county or site is specifically
  259  identified.
  260         (3) The Department of Juvenile Justice shall also notify
  261  the district school superintendent within 30 days after:
  262         (a) The award of a contract for the construction or
  263  operation of a commitment or detention facility within that
  264  school district.
  265         (b) Obtaining a permit to begin construction of a new
  266  detention or commitment facility within that school district.
  267         Section 5. For the 2023-2024 fiscal year, the recurring sum
  268  of $12 million is appropriated from the General Revenue Fund to
  269  the Department of Juvenile Justice for the purpose of carrying
  270  out this act.
  271         Section 6. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.