Florida Senate - 2024                                     SB 240
       By Senator Burton
       12-00412A-24                                           2024240__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to International Baccalaureate teacher
    3         bonuses; amending s. 1011.62, F.S.; revising the
    4         requirements for the calculation of additional full
    5         time equivalent membership and certain bonuses based
    6         on International Baccalaureate examination scores of
    7         students to include students who earn equivalent
    8         scores as determined by the Department of Education;
    9         providing an effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Paragraph (l) of subsection (1) of section
   14  1011.62, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   15         1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.—If the annual
   16  allocation from the Florida Education Finance Program to each
   17  district for operation of schools is not determined in the
   18  annual appropriations act or the substantive bill implementing
   19  the annual appropriations act, it shall be determined as
   20  follows:
   22  OPERATION.—The following procedure shall be followed in
   23  determining the annual allocation to each district for
   24  operation:
   25         (l) Calculation of additional full-time equivalent
   26  membership based on International Baccalaureate examination
   27  scores of students.—A value of 0.16 full-time equivalent student
   28  membership shall be calculated for each student enrolled in an
   29  International Baccalaureate course who receives a score of 4 or
   30  higher, or the equivalent as determined by the Department of
   31  Education, on a subject examination. A value of 0.3 full-time
   32  equivalent student membership shall be calculated for each
   33  student who receives an International Baccalaureate diploma.
   34  Such value shall be added to the total full-time equivalent
   35  student membership in basic programs for grades 9 through 12 in
   36  the subsequent fiscal year. Each school district shall allocate
   37  80 percent of the funds received from International
   38  Baccalaureate bonus FTE funding to the school program whose
   39  students generate the funds and to school programs that prepare
   40  prospective students to enroll in International Baccalaureate
   41  courses. Funds shall be expended solely for the payment of
   42  allowable costs associated with the International Baccalaureate
   43  program. Allowable costs include International Baccalaureate
   44  annual school fees; International Baccalaureate examination
   45  fees; salary, benefits, and bonuses for teachers and program
   46  coordinators for the International Baccalaureate program and
   47  teachers and coordinators who prepare prospective students for
   48  the International Baccalaureate program; supplemental books;
   49  instructional supplies; instructional equipment or instructional
   50  materials for International Baccalaureate courses; other
   51  activities that identify prospective International Baccalaureate
   52  students or prepare prospective students to enroll in
   53  International Baccalaureate courses; and training or
   54  professional development for International Baccalaureate
   55  teachers. School districts shall allocate the remaining 20
   56  percent of the funds received from International Baccalaureate
   57  bonus FTE funding for programs that assist academically
   58  disadvantaged students to prepare for more rigorous courses. The
   59  school district shall distribute to each classroom teacher who
   60  provided International Baccalaureate instruction:
   61         1. A bonus in the amount of $50 for each student taught by
   62  the International Baccalaureate teacher in each International
   63  Baccalaureate course who receives a score of 4 or higher, or the
   64  equivalent as determined by the department, on the International
   65  Baccalaureate examination.
   66         2. An additional bonus of $500 to each International
   67  Baccalaureate teacher in a school designated with a grade of “D”
   68  or “F” who has at least one student scoring 4 or higher, or the
   69  equivalent as determined by the department, on the International
   70  Baccalaureate examination, regardless of the number of classes
   71  taught or of the number of students scoring a 4 or higher, or
   72  the equivalent as determined by the department, on the
   73  International Baccalaureate examination.
   75  Bonuses awarded under this paragraph shall be in addition to any
   76  regular wage or other bonus the teacher received or is scheduled
   77  to receive. For such courses, the teacher shall earn an
   78  additional bonus of $50 for each student who has a qualifying
   79  score.
   80         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.