Florida Senate - 2024                             CS for SB 1344
       By the Committee on Education Pre-K -12; and Senator Calatayud
       581-02413-24                                          20241344c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to computer science education;
    3         creating s. 1003.4202, F.S.; creating the AI in
    4         Education Task Force within the Department of
    5         Education; providing the purpose of the task force;
    6         defining terms; requiring the Commissioner of
    7         Education to serve as the chair of the task force;
    8         requiring the department to provide certain
    9         administrative support to the task force; requiring
   10         the Governor to appoint members to the task force by a
   11         specified date; requiring the task force to meet a
   12         certain number of times per year; providing the duties
   13         of the task force; requiring the department to adopt
   14         and publish by a specified date a strategic plan for
   15         computer science education; providing requirements for
   16         the strategic plan; requiring the State Board of
   17         Education to adopt rules; providing an effective date.
   19  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   21         Section 1. Section 1003.4202, Florida Statutes, is created
   22  to read:
   23         1003.4202 Computer science and technology instruction.—
   24         (1)(a) The AI in Education Task Force is established within
   25  the Department of Education. The purpose of the task force is to
   26  evaluate the potential applications of artificial intelligence
   27  in K-12 and higher education and to develop policy
   28  recommendations for responsible and effective uses of artificial
   29  intelligence by students and educators, including creating a
   30  definition for the term “artificial intelligence. The task
   31  force shall also identify workforce needs related to artificial
   32  intelligence, computational thinking, and computer science and
   33  provide policy recommendations to ensure that the state develops
   34  education and workforce training programs that align with
   35  changing industry needs. As used in this section, the term
   36  “computational thinking” means the thought process involved in
   37  expressing solutions as computational steps or algorithms that
   38  can be carried out by a computer, and the term “computer
   39  science” means the study of computers and algorithmic processes,
   40  including their principles, hardware and software designs,
   41  applications, implementation, and impact on society, and
   42  includes computer coding, computer programming, computational
   43  thinking, robotics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence,
   44  machine learning, computer networking, and physical computing.
   45         (b) The Commissioner of Education shall serve as the chair
   46  of the task force.
   47         (c) The department shall provide administrative support for
   48  the task force, including, but not limited to, developing
   49  agendas, coordinating meetings, and drafting reports for task
   50  force feedback.
   51         (d) The task force shall include members who possess
   52  knowledge or expertise in the fields of education, technology,
   53  artificial intelligence, ethics, data privacy, industry demands,
   54  state and local policy, and state procurement.
   55         (e) The Governor shall appoint members to the task force by
   56  October 1, 2024. The members shall include, at a minimum:
   57         1. A representative from the State Board of Education;
   58         2. A representative from the Board of Governors of the
   59  State University System;
   60         3. A representative of the State Workforce Development
   61  Board;
   62         4. A representative from the Division of State Purchasing
   63  within the Department of Management Services who has expertise
   64  in technology procurement and data privacy standards;
   65         5. A representative from the Office of the Attorney
   66  General;
   67         6. One local school board member and one local district
   68  school superintendent, each representing a rural school
   69  district, a suburban school district, and an urban school
   70  district, respectively;
   71         7. A school district educational technology director;
   72         8. Faculty in this state with expertise on artificial
   73  intelligence, educational technology, or ethics from a public
   74  college, a private college, and a community or technical
   75  college, respectively;
   76         9. Educators from one public school, one public charter
   77  school, and one private school in this state; and
   78         10. Leaders from three industry sectors in this state which
   79  are directly affected by developments in artificial
   80  intelligence.
   81         (f) The task force shall meet at least four times per year
   82  beginning in January 2025 and shall complete its work within 1
   83  year. Upon completion, the task force shall submit
   84  recommendations to the Governor, the President of the Senate,
   85  and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. All meetings
   86  must be open to the public.
   87         (g) The task force shall do all of the following:
   88         1. Evaluate the current state of artificial intelligence
   89  technology and its potential applications in K-12 and higher
   90  education.
   91         2. Assess the ethical, legal, and data privacy implications
   92  of artificial intelligence usage in education.
   93         (2) The department shall adopt a strategic plan for a
   94  statewide computer science education program which must be
   95  published by February 28, 2026, and must include, at a minimum,
   96  all of the following:
   97         (a)A statement of purpose that describes the objectives or
   98  goals the department will accomplish by implementing a computer
   99  science education program, the strategies by which those goals
  100  will be achieved, and a timeline for achieving those goals.
  101         (b)A summary of the current state landscape for K-12
  102  computer science education, including diversity of students
  103  taking these courses.
  104         (c)A plan for expanding flexible options to license
  105  computer science teachers, which may include approval codes,
  106  technical permits, ancillary licenses, and standard licenses.
  107         (d)A plan for expanding computer science education
  108  opportunities to every school in this state by the timelines
  109  established in subsection (1).
  110         (e)A plan for defining high-quality professional learning
  111  for teachers to begin teaching computer science.
  112         (f)An ongoing evaluation process that is overseen by the
  113  department.
  114         (g)Proposed rules that incorporate the principles of the
  115  strategic plan into the state’s public education system as a
  116  whole.
  117         (h)A recommended long-term plan for implementing a
  118  requirement that every K-12 public school and public charter
  119  school employ at least one certified or endorsed computer
  120  science teacher or one career and technical education teacher
  121  trained in computer science. The plan must allow for this
  122  requirement to be satisfied through multiple department-approved
  123  processes for certification and endorsement, including, but not
  124  limited to, endorsing a certified teacher endorsed in another
  125  subject area.
  126         (i)A plan to ensure long-term sustainability.
  127         (3) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to
  128  administer this section.
  129         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.