Florida Senate - 2024                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1344
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  01/23/2024           .                                

       The Committee on Education Pre-K -12 (Calatayud) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 1003.4202, Florida Statutes, is created
    6  to read:
    7         1003.4202 Computer science and technology instruction.—
    8         (1)(a) The AI in Education Task Force is established within
    9  the Department of Education. The purpose of the task force is to
   10  evaluate the potential applications of artificial intelligence
   11  in K-12 and higher education and to develop policy
   12  recommendations for responsible and effective uses of artificial
   13  intelligence by students and educators, including creating a
   14  definition for the term “artificial intelligence. The task
   15  force shall also identify workforce needs related to artificial
   16  intelligence, computational thinking, and computer science and
   17  provide policy recommendations to ensure that the state develops
   18  education and workforce training programs that align with
   19  changing industry needs. As used in this section, the term
   20  “computational thinking” means the thought process involved in
   21  expressing solutions as computational steps or algorithms that
   22  can be carried out by a computer, and the term “computer
   23  science” means the study of computers and algorithmic processes,
   24  including their principles, hardware and software designs,
   25  applications, implementation, and impact on society, and
   26  includes computer coding, computer programming, computational
   27  thinking, robotics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence,
   28  machine learning, computer networking, and physical computing.
   29         (b) The Commissioner of Education shall serve as the chair
   30  of the task force.
   31         (c) The department shall provide administrative support for
   32  the task force, including, but not limited to, developing
   33  agendas, coordinating meetings, and drafting reports for task
   34  force feedback.
   35         (d) The task force shall include members who possess
   36  knowledge or expertise in the fields of education, technology,
   37  artificial intelligence, ethics, data privacy, industry demands,
   38  state and local policy, and state procurement.
   39         (e) The Governor shall appoint members to the task force by
   40  October 1, 2024. The members shall include, at a minimum:
   41         1. A representative from the State Board of Education;
   42         2. A representative from the Board of Governors of the
   43  State University System;
   44         3. A representative of the State Workforce Development
   45  Board;
   46         4. A representative from the Division of State Purchasing
   47  within the Department of Management Services who has expertise
   48  in technology procurement and data privacy standards;
   49         5. A representative from the Office of the Attorney
   50  General;
   51         6. One local school board member and one local district
   52  school superintendent, each representing a rural school
   53  district, a suburban school district, and an urban school
   54  district, respectively;
   55         7. A school district educational technology director;
   56         8. Faculty in this state with expertise on artificial
   57  intelligence, educational technology, or ethics from a public
   58  college, a private college, and a community or technical
   59  college, respectively;
   60         9. Educators from one public school, one public charter
   61  school, and one private school in this state; and
   62         10. Leaders from three industry sectors in this state which
   63  are directly affected by developments in artificial
   64  intelligence.
   65         (f) The task force shall meet at least four times per year
   66  beginning in January 2025 and shall complete its work within 1
   67  year. Upon completion, the task force shall submit
   68  recommendations to the Governor, the President of the Senate,
   69  and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. All meetings
   70  must be open to the public.
   71         (g) The task force shall do all of the following:
   72         1. Evaluate the current state of artificial intelligence
   73  technology and its potential applications in K-12 and higher
   74  education.
   75         2. Assess the ethical, legal, and data privacy implications
   76  of artificial intelligence usage in education.
   77         (2) The department shall adopt a strategic plan for a
   78  statewide computer science education program which must be
   79  published by February 28, 2026, and must include, at a minimum,
   80  all of the following:
   81         (a)A statement of purpose that describes the objectives or
   82  goals the department will accomplish by implementing a computer
   83  science education program, the strategies by which those goals
   84  will be achieved, and a timeline for achieving those goals.
   85         (b)A summary of the current state landscape for K-12
   86  computer science education, including diversity of students
   87  taking these courses.
   88         (c)A plan for expanding flexible options to license
   89  computer science teachers, which may include approval codes,
   90  technical permits, ancillary licenses, and standard licenses.
   91         (d)A plan for expanding computer science education
   92  opportunities to every school in this state by the timelines
   93  established in subsection (1).
   94         (e)A plan for defining high-quality professional learning
   95  for teachers to begin teaching computer science.
   96         (f)An ongoing evaluation process that is overseen by the
   97  department.
   98         (g)Proposed rules that incorporate the principles of the
   99  strategic plan into the state’s public education system as a
  100  whole.
  101         (h)A recommended long-term plan for implementing a
  102  requirement that every K-12 public school and public charter
  103  school employ at least one certified or endorsed computer
  104  science teacher or one career and technical education teacher
  105  trained in computer science. The plan must allow for this
  106  requirement to be satisfied through multiple department-approved
  107  processes for certification and endorsement, including, but not
  108  limited to, endorsing a certified teacher endorsed in another
  109  subject area.
  110         (i)A plan to ensure long-term sustainability.
  111         (3) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to
  112  administer this section.
  113         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.
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  116  And the title is amended as follows:
  117         Delete everything before the enacting clause
  118  and insert:
  119                        A bill to be entitled                      
  120         An act relating to computer science education;
  121         creating s. 1003.4202, F.S.; creating the AI in
  122         Education Task Force within the Department of
  123         Education; providing the purpose of the task force;
  124         defining terms; requiring the Commissioner of
  125         Education to serve as the chair of the task force;
  126         requiring the department to provide certain
  127         administrative support to the task force; requiring
  128         the Governor to appoint members to the task force by a
  129         specified date; requiring the task force to meet a
  130         certain number of times per year; providing the duties
  131         of the task force; requiring the department to adopt
  132         and publish by a specified date a strategic plan for
  133         computer science education; providing requirements for
  134         the strategic plan; requiring the State Board of
  135         Education to adopt rules; providing an effective date.