CS for SB 7000                                   First Engrossed
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to deregulation of public
    3         schools/instructional, administrative, and support
    4         personnel; amending s. 1002.451, F.S.; requiring
    5         innovation schools of technology to comply with
    6         specified provisions of law relating to instructional
    7         multiyear contracts for instructional personnel in
    8         addition to annual contracts; amending s. 1002.55,
    9         F.S.; requiring newly hired prekindergarten
   10         instructors to complete specified training within a
   11         specified timeframe; deleting obsolete language;
   12         amending s. 1004.88, F.S.; authorizing the Florida
   13         Institute for Charter School Innovation to develop a
   14         professional learning system; amending s. 1011.6202,
   15         F.S.; requiring schools participating in the Principal
   16         Autonomy Program Initiative to comply with specified
   17         provisions of law relating to instructional multiyear
   18         contracts for instructional personnel in addition to
   19         annual contracts; amending s. 1012.05, F.S.;
   20         authorizing, rather than requiring, district school
   21         boards to base certain policies on guidelines from the
   22         Department of Education; revising the frequency with
   23         which school districts must submit certain information
   24         to the department; amending s. 1012.07, F.S.;
   25         requiring the State Board of Education to develop
   26         written strategies to address critical teacher
   27         shortages; making a technical change; amending s.
   28         1012.22, F.S.; deleting a prohibition on district
   29         school boards using advanced degrees to set salary
   30         schedules for instructional personnel and school
   31         administrators hired after a specified date; deleting
   32         requirements relating to annual salary adjustments;
   33         providing that collective bargaining may not preclude
   34         a district school board from carrying out specified
   35         duties; providing that if a superintendent appears
   36         before the State Board of Education for a specified
   37         purpose, the president of the school district
   38         bargaining unit also must appear; making technical
   39         changes; amending s. 1012.2315, F.S.; providing that
   40         provisions of law relating to the assignment of
   41         teachers apply to inexperienced teachers instead of
   42         temporarily certified teachers; defining the term
   43         “inexperienced teacher”; providing that a school
   44         district may still provide specified incentives to
   45         teachers despite collective bargaining provisions;
   46         making technical changes; amending s. 1012.335, F.S.;
   47         defining the term “instructional multiyear contract”;
   48         providing requirements for the award of an
   49         instructional multiyear contract; requiring that an
   50         employee awarded an instructional multiyear contract
   51         be returned to an annual contract under certain
   52         conditions; making conforming and technical changes;
   53         amending s. 1012.34, F.S.; requiring that procedures
   54         and requirements established by the district school
   55         superintendent for performance evaluations be approved
   56         by the district school board; requiring the district
   57         school superintendent to submit evaluation systems to
   58         the department under certain circumstances; deleting a
   59         requirement for the department to approve and monitor
   60         each school district’s evaluation systems; revising
   61         the portion of a performance evaluation that is based
   62         on student performance; deleting requirements for
   63         performance evaluations; providing that student
   64         performance may not be the sole determinant for
   65         incentive pay for instructional personnel or school
   66         administrators; amending s. 1012.39, F.S.; revising an
   67         occupational experience qualification requirement for
   68         nondegreed teachers of career programs; deleting a
   69         training requirement for full-time nondegreed teachers
   70         of career programs; amending s. 1012.45, F.S.;
   71         revising requirements for school bus drivers;
   72         authorizing district school boards to adopt additional
   73         requirements for school bus drivers; requiring school
   74         bus drivers and school bus attendants to complete
   75         training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first
   76         aid; requiring school districts to maintain
   77         documentation of such training; requiring district
   78         school boards to provide training to school bus
   79         drivers and school bus attendants relating to students
   80         with disabilities; deleting a requirement for the
   81         State Board of Education to adopt rules relating to
   82         school bus drivers; amending s. 1012.555, F.S.;
   83         revising requirements for individuals to participate
   84         in the Teacher Apprenticeship Program; amending s.
   85         1012.56, F.S.; adding an additional method for an
   86         individual seeking an educator certification to
   87         demonstrate a mastery of general knowledge;
   88         authorizing school districts and consortia of school
   89         districts to issue temporary certificates under
   90         certain conditions; conforming a cross-reference;
   91         amending s. 1012.57, F.S.; deleting a provision
   92         relating to adjunct teaching certificates; amending s.
   93         1012.575, F.S.; providing that certain provisions
   94         relating to alternative teacher preparation programs
   95         also apply to the Florida Institute for Charter School
   96         Innovation; amending s. 1012.585, F.S.; revising the
   97         validity period for professional certificates;
   98         providing eligibility requirements for 5-year and 10
   99         year professional certificates; requiring the State
  100         Board of Education to adopt rules to provide for the
  101         transition to or renewal of a 10-year professional
  102         certificate in certain situations; revising
  103         requirements for the renewal of professional
  104         certificates; authorizing certain private school
  105         teachers to extend the expiration date of a
  106         professional certificate; amending s. 1012.59, F.S.;
  107         providing examination and certification fee waivers
  108         for certain teachers; requiring the Commissioner of
  109         Education to make recommendations to the Governor and
  110         the Legislature regarding exceptional student
  111         education instructional personnel; requiring the
  112         commissioner to consider certain provisions; repealing
  113         s. 1012.72, F.S., relating to the Dale Hickam
  114         Excellent Teaching Program; amending s. 1012.98, F.S.;
  115         conforming a cross-reference; providing that
  116         provisions relating to the development of a
  117         professional learning system apply to the Florida
  118         Institute for Charter School Innovation; making
  119         technical changes; amending ss. 1004.04, 1004.85, and
  120         1012.586, F.S.; conforming cross-references; providing
  121         an effective date.
  123  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
  125         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (5) of section
  126  1002.451, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  127         1002.451 District innovation school of technology program.—
  128         (5) EXEMPTION FROM STATUTES.—
  129         (a) An innovation school of technology is exempt from
  130  chapters 1000-1013. However, an innovation school of technology
  131  shall comply with the following provisions of those chapters:
  132         1. Laws pertaining to the following:
  133         a. Schools of technology, including this section.
  134         b. Student assessment program and school grading system.
  135         c. Services to students who have disabilities.
  136         d. Civil rights, including s. 1000.05, relating to
  137  discrimination.
  138         e. Student health, safety, and welfare.
  139         2. Laws governing the election and compensation of district
  140  school board members and election or appointment and
  141  compensation of district school superintendents.
  142         3. Section 1003.03, governing maximum class size, except
  143  that the calculation for compliance pursuant to s. 1003.03 is
  144  the average at the school level.
  145         4. Sections 1012.22(1)(c) and 1012.27(2), relating to
  146  compensation and salary schedules.
  147         5. Section 1012.33(5), relating to workforce reductions,
  148  for annual contracts for instructional personnel. This
  149  subparagraph does not apply to at-will employees.
  150         6. Section 1012.335, relating to contracts with
  151  instructional personnel hired on or after July 1, 2011, for
  152  annual or instructional multiyear contracts for instructional
  153  personnel. This subparagraph does not apply to at-will
  154  employees.
  155         7. Section 1012.34, relating to requirements for
  156  performance evaluations of instructional personnel and school
  157  administrators.
  158         Section 2. Paragraph (c) of subsection (3) of section
  159  1002.55, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  160         1002.55 School-year prekindergarten program delivered by
  161  private prekindergarten providers.—
  162         (3) To be eligible to deliver the prekindergarten program,
  163  a private prekindergarten provider must meet each of the
  164  following requirements:
  165         (c) The private prekindergarten provider must have, for
  166  each prekindergarten class of 11 children or fewer, at least one
  167  prekindergarten instructor who meets each of the following
  168  requirements:
  169         1. The prekindergarten instructor must hold, at a minimum,
  170  one of the following credentials:
  171         a. A child development associate credential issued by the
  172  National Credentialing Program of the Council for Professional
  173  Recognition; or
  174         b. A credential approved by the Department of Children and
  175  Families as being equivalent to or greater than the credential
  176  described in sub-subparagraph a.
  178  The Department of Children and Families may adopt rules under
  179  ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 which provide criteria and procedures
  180  for approving equivalent credentials under sub-subparagraph b.
  181         2. The prekindergarten instructor must successfully
  182  complete three emergent literacy training courses that include
  183  developmentally appropriate and experiential learning practices
  184  for children and a student performance standards training course
  185  approved by the department as meeting or exceeding the minimum
  186  standards adopted under s. 1002.59. A newly hired
  187  prekindergarten instructor must complete the three emergent
  188  literacy training courses within 60 calendar days after being
  189  hired if the instructor has not previously completed the
  190  courses. The prekindergarten instructor must complete an
  191  emergent literacy training course at least once every 5 years
  192  after initially completing the three emergent literacy training
  193  courses. The courses in this subparagraph must be recognized as
  194  part of the informal early learning and career pathway
  195  identified by the department under s. 1002.995(1)(b). The
  196  requirement for completion of the standards training course
  197  shall take effect July 1, 2022. The courses must be made
  198  available online or in person.
  199         Section 3. Present subsections (3) and (4) of section
  200  1004.88, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (4)
  201  and (5), respectively, and a new subsection (3) is added to that
  202  section, to read:
  203         1004.88 Florida Institute for Charter School Innovation.—
  204         (3) The institute may develop a professional learning
  205  system pursuant to s. 1012.98(7).
  206         Section 4. Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of section
  207  1011.6202, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  208         1011.6202 Principal Autonomy Program Initiative.—The
  209  Principal Autonomy Program Initiative is created within the
  210  Department of Education. The purpose of the program is to
  211  provide a highly effective principal of a participating school
  212  with increased autonomy and authority to operate his or her
  213  school, as well as other schools, in a way that produces
  214  significant improvements in student achievement and school
  215  management while complying with constitutional requirements. The
  216  State Board of Education may, upon approval of a principal
  217  autonomy proposal, enter into a performance contract with the
  218  district school board for participation in the program.
  219         (3) EXEMPTION FROM LAWS.—
  220         (b) A participating school or a school operated by a
  221  principal pursuant to subsection (5) shall comply with the
  222  provisions of chapters 1000-1013, and rules of the state board
  223  that implement those provisions, pertaining to the following:
  224         1. Those laws relating to the election and compensation of
  225  district school board members, the election or appointment and
  226  compensation of district school superintendents, public meetings
  227  and public records requirements, financial disclosure, and
  228  conflicts of interest.
  229         2. Those laws relating to the student assessment program
  230  and school grading system, including chapter 1008.
  231         3. Those laws relating to the provision of services to
  232  students with disabilities.
  233         4. Those laws relating to civil rights, including s.
  234  1000.05, relating to discrimination.
  235         5. Those laws relating to student health, safety, and
  236  welfare.
  237         6. Section 1001.42(4)(f), relating to the uniform opening
  238  date for public schools.
  239         7. Section 1003.03, governing maximum class size, except
  240  that the calculation for compliance pursuant to s. 1003.03 is
  241  the average at the school level for a participating school.
  242         8. Sections 1012.22(1)(c) and 1012.27(2), relating to
  243  compensation and salary schedules.
  244         9. Section 1012.33(5), relating to workforce reductions for
  245  annual contracts for instructional personnel. This subparagraph
  246  does not apply to at-will employees.
  247         10. Section 1012.335, relating to annual or instructional
  248  multiyear contracts for instructional personnel hired on or
  249  after July 1, 2011. This subparagraph does not apply to at-will
  250  employees.
  251         11. Section 1012.34, relating to personnel evaluation
  252  procedures and criteria.
  253         12. Those laws pertaining to educational facilities,
  254  including chapter 1013, except that s. 1013.20, relating to
  255  covered walkways for relocatables, and s. 1013.21, relating to
  256  the use of relocatable facilities exceeding 20 years of age, are
  257  eligible for exemption.
  258         13. Those laws pertaining to participating school
  259  districts, including this section and ss. 1011.69(2) and
  260  1012.28(8).
  261         Section 5. Subsection (3) of section 1012.05, Florida
  262  Statutes, is amended to read:
  263         1012.05 Teacher recruitment and retention.—
  264         (3)(a) Each school board shall adopt policies relating to
  265  mentors and support for first-time teachers which may include
  266  the based upon guidelines issued by the Department of Education.
  267         (b) By September 15 and February 15 each school year, each
  268  school district shall electronically submit accurate public
  269  school e-mail addresses for all instructional and administrative
  270  personnel, as identified in s. 1012.01(2) and (3), to the
  271  Department of Education.
  272         Section 6. Section 1012.07, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  273  read:
  274         1012.07 Identification of critical teacher shortage areas.
  275  The term “critical teacher shortage area” means high-need
  276  content areas and high-priority location areas identified by the
  277  State Board of Education. The State Board of Education shall
  278  adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 necessary to
  279  annually identify critical teacher shortage areas. The state
  280  board must consider current and emerging educational
  281  requirements and workforce demands in determining critical
  282  teacher shortage areas. School grade levels may also be
  283  designated critical teacher shortage areas. Individual district
  284  school boards may identify and submit other critical teacher
  285  shortage areas. Such submissions must be aligned to current and
  286  emerging educational requirements and workforce demands in order
  287  to be approved by the State Board of Education. High-priority
  288  location areas must shall be in high-density, low-economic urban
  289  schools; low-density, low-economic rural schools; and schools
  290  that earned a grade of “F” or three consecutive grades of “D”
  291  pursuant to s. 1008.34. The State Board of Education shall
  292  develop written strategies to address the critical teacher
  293  shortages identified.
  294         Section 7. Paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section
  295  1012.22, Florida Statutes, is amended, and subsection (3) is
  296  added to that section, to read:
  297         1012.22 Public school personnel; powers and duties of the
  298  district school board.—The district school board shall:
  299         (1) Designate positions to be filled, prescribe
  300  qualifications for those positions, and provide for the
  301  appointment, compensation, promotion, suspension, and dismissal
  302  of employees as follows, subject to the requirements of this
  303  chapter:
  304         (c) Compensation and salary schedules.—
  305         1. Definitions.—As used in this paragraph:
  306         a. “Adjustment” means an addition to the base salary
  307  schedule that is not a bonus and becomes part of the employee’s
  308  permanent base salary and shall be considered compensation under
  309  s. 121.021(22).
  310         b. “Grandfathered salary schedule” means the salary
  311  schedule or schedules adopted by a district school board before
  312  July 1, 2014, pursuant to subparagraph 3 4.
  313         c. “Instructional personnel” means instructional personnel
  314  as defined in s. 1012.01(2)(a)-(d), excluding substitute
  315  teachers.
  316         d. “Performance salary schedule” means the salary schedule
  317  or schedules adopted by a district school board pursuant to
  318  subparagraph 4 5.
  319         e. “Salary schedule” means the schedule or schedules used
  320  to provide the base salary for district school board personnel.
  321         f. “School administrator” means a school administrator as
  322  defined in s. 1012.01(3)(c).
  323         g. “Supplement” means an annual addition to the base salary
  324  for the term of the negotiated supplement as long as the
  325  employee continues his or her employment for the purpose of the
  326  supplement. A supplement does not become part of the employee’s
  327  continuing base salary but shall be considered compensation
  328  under s. 121.021(22).
  329         2. Cost-of-living adjustment.—A district school board may
  330  provide a cost-of-living salary adjustment if the adjustment:
  331         a. Does not discriminate among comparable classes of
  332  employees based upon the salary schedule under which they are
  333  compensated.
  334         b. Does not exceed 50 percent of the annual adjustment
  335  provided to instructional personnel rated as effective.
  336         3. Advanced degrees.—A district school board may not use
  337  advanced degrees in setting a salary schedule for instructional
  338  personnel or school administrators hired on or after July 1,
  339  2011, unless the advanced degree is held in the individual’s
  340  area of certification and is only a salary supplement.
  341         4. Grandfathered salary schedule.—
  342         a. The district school board shall adopt a salary schedule
  343  or salary schedules to be used as the basis for paying all
  344  school employees hired before July 1, 2014. Instructional
  345  personnel on annual contract as of July 1, 2014, shall be placed
  346  on the performance salary schedule adopted under subparagraph 4
  347  5. Instructional personnel on continuing contract or
  348  professional service contract may opt into the performance
  349  salary schedule if the employee relinquishes such contract and
  350  agrees to be employed on an annual contract under s. 1012.335.
  351  Such an employee shall be placed on the performance salary
  352  schedule and may not return to continuing contract or
  353  professional service contract status. Any employee who opts into
  354  the performance salary schedule may not return to the
  355  grandfathered salary schedule.
  356         b. In determining the grandfathered salary schedule for
  357  instructional personnel, a district school board must base a
  358  portion of each employee’s compensation upon performance
  359  demonstrated under s. 1012.34 and shall provide differentiated
  360  pay for both instructional personnel and school administrators
  361  based upon district-determined factors, including, but not
  362  limited to, additional responsibilities, school demographics,
  363  critical shortage areas, and level of job performance
  364  difficulties.
  365         4.5. Performance salary schedule.—By July 1, 2014, the
  366  district school board shall adopt a performance salary schedule
  367  that provides annual salary adjustments for instructional
  368  personnel and school administrators based upon performance
  369  determined under s. 1012.34. Employees hired on or after July 1,
  370  2014, or employees who choose to move from the grandfathered
  371  salary schedule to the performance salary schedule shall be
  372  compensated pursuant to the performance salary schedule once
  373  they have received the appropriate performance evaluation for
  374  this purpose.
  375         a. Base salary.—The base salary shall be established as
  376  follows:
  377         (I) The base salary for instructional personnel or school
  378  administrators who opt into the performance salary schedule
  379  shall be the salary paid in the prior year, including
  380  adjustments only.
  381         (II) Instructional personnel or school administrators new
  382  to the district, returning to the district after a break in
  383  service without an authorized leave of absence, or appointed for
  384  the first time to a position in the district in the capacity of
  385  instructional personnel or school administrator shall be placed
  386  on the performance salary schedule.
  387         b. Salary adjustments.—Salary adjustments for highly
  388  effective or effective performance shall be established as
  389  follows:
  390         (I) The annual salary adjustment under the performance
  391  salary schedule for an employee rated as highly effective must
  392  be at least 25 percent greater than the highest annual salary
  393  adjustment available to an employee of the same classification
  394  through any other salary schedule adopted by the district.
  395         (II) The annual salary adjustment under the performance
  396  salary schedule for an employee rated as effective must be equal
  397  to at least 50 percent and no more than 75 percent of the annual
  398  adjustment provided for a highly effective employee of the same
  399  classification.
  400         (II)(III) A salary schedule may shall not provide an annual
  401  salary adjustment for an employee who receives a rating other
  402  than highly effective or effective for the year.
  403         c. Salary supplements.—In addition to the salary
  404  adjustments, each district school board shall provide for salary
  405  supplements for activities that must include, but are not
  406  limited to:
  407         (I) Assignment to a Title I eligible school.
  408         (II) Assignment to a school that earned a grade of “F” or
  409  three consecutive grades of “D” pursuant to s. 1008.34 such that
  410  the supplement remains in force for at least 1 year following
  411  improved performance in that school.
  412         (III) Certification and teaching in critical teacher
  413  shortage areas. Statewide critical teacher shortage areas shall
  414  be identified by the State Board of Education under s. 1012.07.
  415  However, the district school board may identify other areas of
  416  critical shortage within the school district for purposes of
  417  this sub-sub-subparagraph and may remove areas identified by the
  418  state board which do not apply within the school district.
  419         (IV) Assignment of additional academic responsibilities.
  421  If budget constraints in any given year limit a district school
  422  board’s ability to fully fund all adopted salary schedules, the
  423  performance salary schedule may shall not be reduced on the
  424  basis of total cost or the value of individual awards in a
  425  manner that is proportionally greater than reductions to any
  426  other salary schedules adopted by the district. Any compensation
  427  for longevity of service awarded to instructional personnel who
  428  are on any other salary schedule must be included in calculating
  429  the salary adjustments required by sub-subparagraph b.
  430         (3)(a)Collective bargaining.Notwithstanding provisions of
  431  chapter 447 related to district school board collective
  432  bargaining, collective bargaining may not preclude a district
  433  school board from carrying out its constitutional and statutory
  434  duties related to the following:
  435         1. Providing incentives to effective and highly effective
  436  teachers.
  437         2. Implementing school improvement plans under s. 1008.33
  438  to address the causes of low student performance and improve
  439  student academic performance and attendance.
  440         3. Implementing student discipline provisions required by
  441  law, including a review of a student’s abilities, past
  442  performance, behavior, and needs.
  443         4. Implementing school safety plans and requirements.
  444         5. Implementing staff and student recognition programs.
  445         6. Distributing correspondence to parents, teachers, and
  446  community members related to the daily operation of schools and
  447  the district.
  448         7. Providing any required notice or copies of information
  449  related to the district school board or district operations
  450  which is readily available on the school district’s website.
  451         8. The school district’s calendar.
  452         9. The award of instructional multiyear contracts under s.
  453  1012.335.
  454         (b)Appearances before the board.—If a district school
  455  superintendent appears before the state board to provide an
  456  update under s. 1011.62(14)(e), the state board must require
  457  that the president of the school district bargaining unit also
  458  must appear.
  459         Section 8. Subsections (1) and (2) and paragraph (a) of
  460  subsection (4) of section 1012.2315, Florida Statutes, are
  461  amended to read:
  462         1012.2315 Assignment of teachers.—
  463         (1) LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT.—The Legislature finds
  464  disparities between teachers assigned to teach in a majority of
  465  schools that do not need improvement and schools that do need
  466  improvement pursuant to s. 1008.33. The disparities may be found
  467  in the assignment of inexperienced temporarily certified
  468  teachers, teachers in need of improvement, and out-of-field
  469  teachers and in the performance of the students. It is the
  470  intent of the Legislature that district school boards have
  471  flexibility through the collective bargaining process to assign
  472  teachers more equitably across the schools in the district.
  473         (2) ASSIGNMENT TO SCHOOLS GRADED “D” OR “F”.—
  474         (a) A school district may not assign a higher percentage
  475  than the school district average of inexperienced temporarily
  476  certified teachers, teachers in need of improvement, or out-of
  477  field teachers to schools graded “D” or “F” pursuant to s.
  478  1008.34. As used in this section, the term “inexperienced
  479  teacher” means a teacher who has been teaching for 2 years or
  480  less.
  481         (b)1. A school district may assign an individual newly
  482  hired as instructional personnel to a school that has earned a
  483  grade of “F” in the previous year or any combination of three
  484  consecutive grades of “D” or “F” in the previous 3 years
  485  pursuant to s. 1008.34 if the individual:
  486         a. Has received an effective rating or highly effective
  487  rating in the immediate prior year’s performance evaluation
  488  pursuant to s. 1012.34;
  489         b. Has successfully completed or is enrolled in a teacher
  490  preparation program pursuant to s. 1004.04, s. 1004.85, or s.
  491  1012.56, or a teacher preparation program specified in State
  492  Board of Education rule, is provided with high quality mentoring
  493  during the first 2 years of employment, holds a certificate
  494  issued pursuant to s. 1012.56, and holds a probationary contract
  495  pursuant to s. 1012.335(2)(a); or
  496         c. Holds a probationary contract pursuant to s.
  497  1012.335(2)(a), holds a certificate issued pursuant to s.
  498  1012.56, and has successful teaching experience, and if, in the
  499  judgment of the school principal, students would benefit from
  500  the placement of that individual.
  501         2. As used in this paragraph, the term “mentoring” includes
  502  the use of student achievement data combined with at least
  503  monthly observations to improve the educator’s effectiveness in
  504  improving student outcomes. Mentoring may be provided by a
  505  school district, a teacher preparation program approved pursuant
  506  to s. 1004.04, s. 1004.85, or s. 1012.56, or a teacher
  507  preparation program specified in State Board of Education rule.
  509  Each school district shall annually certify to the Commissioner
  510  of Education that the requirements in this subsection have been
  511  met. If the commissioner determines that a school district is
  512  not in compliance with this subsection, the State Board of
  513  Education must shall be notified and must shall take action
  514  pursuant to s. 1008.32 in the next regularly scheduled meeting
  515  to require compliance.
  516         (4) COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.—
  517         (a) Notwithstanding provisions of chapter 447 relating to
  518  district school board collective bargaining, collective
  519  bargaining provisions may not preclude a school district from
  520  providing incentives to high-quality teachers and assigning such
  521  teachers to low-performing schools, including incentives in s.
  522  1011.69(4).
  523         Section 9. Present paragraphs (b) and (c) of subsection (1)
  524  of section 1012.335, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as
  525  paragraphs (c) and (d), respectively, a new paragraph (b) is
  526  added to that subsection, paragraphs (d) and (e) are added to
  527  subsection (2) of that section, and subsections (3) and (4) of
  528  that section are amended, to read:
  529         1012.335 Contracts with instructional personnel hired on or
  530  after July 1, 2011.—
  531         (1) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term:
  532         (b) “Instructional multiyear contract, beginning July 1,
  533  2025, means an employment contract for a period not to exceed 3
  534  years which the district school board may choose to award upon
  535  completion of a probationary contract and at least one annual
  536  contract.
  537         (2) EMPLOYMENT.—
  538         (d) An instructional multiyear contract may be awarded,
  539  beginning July 1, 2025, only if the employee:
  540         1. Holds an active professional certificate or temporary
  541  certificate issued pursuant to s. 1012.56 and rules of the State
  542  Board of Education;
  543         2. Has been recommended by the district school
  544  superintendent for the instructional multiyear contract based
  545  upon the individual’s evaluation under s. 1012.34 and approved
  546  by the district school board; and
  547         3. Has not received an annual performance evaluation rating
  548  of unsatisfactory or needs improvement under s. 1012.34.
  549         (e) An employee awarded an instructional multiyear contract
  550  who receives an annual performance evaluation rating of
  551  unsatisfactory or needs improvement under s. 1012.34 must be
  552  returned to an annual contract in the following school year.
  553  Such evaluation rating must be included with the evaluation
  554  ratings under subsequent annual contracts for determinations of
  555  just cause under s. 1012.33.
  557  CONTRACT.—Instructional personnel who accept a written offer
  558  from the district school board and who leave their positions
  559  without prior release from the district school board are subject
  560  to the jurisdiction of the Education Practices Commission.
  563  personnel with an annual or instructional multiyear contract may
  564  be suspended or dismissed at any time during the term of the
  565  contract for just cause as provided in subsection (5). The
  566  district school board shall notify the employee in writing
  567  whenever charges are made and may suspend such person without
  568  pay. However, if the charges are not sustained, the employee
  569  must shall be immediately reinstated and his or her back pay
  570  must shall be paid. If the employee wishes to contest the
  571  charges, he or she must, within 15 days after receipt of the
  572  written notice, submit a written request for a hearing to the
  573  district school board. A direct hearing must shall be conducted
  574  by the district school board or a subcommittee thereof within 60
  575  days after receipt of the written appeal. The hearing must shall
  576  be conducted in accordance with ss. 120.569 and 120.57. A
  577  majority vote of the membership of the district school board
  578  shall be required to sustain the district school
  579  superintendent’s recommendation. The district school board’s
  580  determination is final as to the sufficiency or insufficiency of
  581  the grounds for suspension without pay or dismissal. Any such
  582  decision adverse to the employee may be appealed by the employee
  583  pursuant to s. 120.68.
  584         Section 10. Paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (1) and
  585  paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of section 1012.34, Florida
  586  Statutes, are amended, and paragraph (c) is added to subsection
  587  (7) of that section, to read:
  588         1012.34 Personnel evaluation procedures and criteria.—
  590         (a) For the purpose of increasing student academic
  591  performance by improving the quality of instructional,
  592  administrative, and supervisory services in the public schools
  593  of this the state, the district school superintendent shall
  594  establish procedures for evaluating the performance of duties
  595  and responsibilities of all instructional, administrative, and
  596  supervisory personnel employed by the school district. The
  597  procedures and requirements in subsection (3) must be
  598  established by the district school superintendent and approved
  599  by the district school board, must set the standards of service
  600  to be offered to the public within the meaning of s. 447.209,
  601  and are not subject to collective bargaining. The district
  602  school superintendent shall provide instructional personnel the
  603  opportunity to review their class rosters for accuracy and to
  604  correct any mistakes. The district school superintendent shall
  605  report accurate class rosters for the purpose of calculating
  606  district and statewide student performance and annually report
  607  the evaluation results of instructional personnel and school
  608  administrators to the Department of Education in addition to the
  609  information required under subsection (5).
  610         (b) The district school superintendent must submit the
  611  district instructional personnel and school administrator
  612  evaluation systems to the department whenever the evaluation
  613  systems in subsection (2) are amended department must approve
  614  each school district’s instructional personnel and school
  615  administrator evaluation systems. The department shall monitor
  616  each district’s implementation of its instructional personnel
  617  and school administrator evaluation systems for compliance with
  618  the requirements of this section.
  619         (3) EVALUATION PROCEDURES AND CRITERIA.—Instructional
  620  personnel and school administrator performance evaluations must
  621  be based upon the performance of students assigned to their
  622  classrooms or schools, as provided in this section. Pursuant to
  623  this section, a school district’s performance evaluation system
  624  is not limited to basing unsatisfactory performance of
  625  instructional personnel and school administrators solely upon
  626  student performance, but may include other criteria to evaluate
  627  instructional personnel and school administrators’ performance,
  628  or any combination of student performance and other criteria.
  629  Evaluation procedures and criteria must comply with, but are not
  630  limited to, the following:
  631         (a) A performance evaluation must be conducted for each
  632  employee at least once a year, except that a classroom teacher,
  633  as defined in s. 1012.01(2)(a), excluding substitute teachers,
  634  who is newly hired by the district school board must be observed
  635  and evaluated at least twice in the first year of teaching in
  636  the school district. The performance evaluation must be based
  637  upon sound educational principles and contemporary research in
  638  effective educational practices. The evaluation criteria must
  639  include:
  640         1. Performance of students.—At least one-half one-third of
  641  a performance evaluation must be based upon data and indicators
  642  of student performance, as determined by each school district.
  643  This portion of the evaluation must include growth or
  644  achievement data of the teacher’s students or, for a school
  645  administrator, the students attending the school over the course
  646  of at least 3 years. If less than 3 years of data are available,
  647  the years for which data are available must be used. The
  648  proportion of growth or achievement data may be determined by
  649  instructional assignment.
  650         2. Instructional practice.—For instructional personnel, at
  651  least one-third of the performance evaluation must be based upon
  652  instructional practice. Evaluation criteria used when annually
  653  observing classroom teachers, as defined in s. 1012.01(2)(a),
  654  excluding substitute teachers, must include indicators based
  655  upon each of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices adopted
  656  by the State Board of Education. For instructional personnel who
  657  are not classroom teachers, evaluation criteria must be based
  658  upon indicators of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices
  659  and may include specific job expectations related to student
  660  support. This section does not preclude a school administrator
  661  from visiting and observing classroom teachers throughout the
  662  school year for purposes of providing mentorship, training,
  663  instructional feedback, or professional learning.
  664         3. Instructional leadership.—For school administrators, at
  665  least one-third of the performance evaluation must be based on
  666  instructional leadership. Evaluation criteria for instructional
  667  leadership must include indicators based upon each of the
  668  leadership standards adopted by the State Board of Education
  669  under s. 1012.986, including performance measures related to the
  670  effectiveness of classroom teachers in the school, the
  671  administrator’s appropriate use of evaluation criteria and
  672  procedures, recruitment and retention of effective and highly
  673  effective classroom teachers, improvement in the percentage of
  674  instructional personnel evaluated at the highly effective or
  675  effective level, and other leadership practices that result in
  676  student learning growth. The system may include a means to give
  677  parents and instructional personnel an opportunity to provide
  678  input into the administrator’s performance evaluation.
  679         4. Other indicators of performance.—For instructional
  680  personnel and school administrators, the remainder of a
  681  performance evaluation may include, but is not limited to,
  682  professional and job responsibilities as recommended by the
  683  State Board of Education or identified by the district school
  684  board and, for instructional personnel, peer reviews,
  685  objectively reliable survey information from students and
  686  parents based on teaching practices that are consistently
  687  associated with higher student achievement, and other valid and
  688  reliable measures of instructional practice.
  690         (c)The measurement of student learning growth under
  691  paragraph (a) may not be the sole determinant for any incentive
  692  pay for instructional personnel or school administrators.
  693         Section 11. Paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section
  694  1012.39, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  695         1012.39 Employment of substitute teachers, teachers of
  696  adult education, nondegreed teachers of career education, and
  697  career specialists; students performing clinical field
  698  experience.—
  699         (1) Notwithstanding ss. 1012.32, 1012.55, 1012.56, and
  700  1012.57, or any other provision of law or rule to the contrary,
  701  each district school board shall establish the minimal
  702  qualifications for:
  703         (c) Part-time and full-time nondegreed teachers of career
  704  programs. Qualifications must be established for nondegreed
  705  teachers of career and technical education courses for program
  706  clusters that are recognized in the state and are based
  707  primarily on successful occupational experience rather than
  708  academic training. The qualifications for such teachers must
  709  require:
  710         1. The filing of a complete set of fingerprints in the same
  711  manner as required by s. 1012.32. Faculty employed solely to
  712  conduct postsecondary instruction may be exempted from this
  713  requirement.
  714         2. Documentation of education and successful occupational
  715  experience including documentation of:
  716         a. A high school diploma or the equivalent.
  717         b. Completion of a minimum level, established by the
  718  district school board, 3 years of full-time successful
  719  occupational experience or the equivalent of part-time
  720  experience in the teaching specialization area. The district
  721  school board may establish alternative qualifications for
  722  teachers with an industry certification in the career area in
  723  which they teach.
  724         c. For full-time teachers, completion of professional
  725  education training in teaching methods, course construction,
  726  lesson planning and evaluation, and teaching special needs
  727  students. This training may be completed through coursework from
  728  an accredited or approved institution or an approved district
  729  teacher education program, or the local school district
  730  inservice master plan.
  731         d. Documentation of industry certification when state or
  732  national industry certifications are available and applicable.
  733         Section 12. Subsections (1) and (3) of section 1012.45,
  734  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  735         1012.45 School bus drivers; requirements and duties.—
  736         (1) Each school bus driver must be of good moral character,
  737  of good vision and hearing, able-bodied, free from communicable
  738  disease, mentally alert, and sufficiently strong physically to
  739  handle the bus with ease, and must meet he or she must possess
  740  other qualifications prescribed by the Commissioner of
  741  Education, including those qualifications described in 49 C.F.R.
  742  s. 391, relating to physical qualifications and examinations,
  743  and 49 C.F.R. part 40 and part 382, relating to controlled
  744  substance and alcohol use and testing, and he or she must hold a
  745  valid commercial driver license with a passenger endorsement.
  746         (3) Each district school board shall require that school
  747  bus drivers and school bus attendants complete a certified
  748  cardiopulmonary resuscitation course and first aid training
  749  before being employed as a school bus driver or a school bus
  750  attendant. The school district shall maintain documentation of
  751  the completion of the cardiopulmonary resuscitation course and
  752  first aid training. Each district school board must also provide
  753  training to school bus drivers and school bus attendants for
  754  students with disabilities under s. 1003.57. Each district
  755  school board may adopt additional The State Board of Education
  756  shall adopt rules outlining requirements that school bus drivers
  757  must meet to be before they are employed by district school
  758  boards.
  759         Section 13. Subsection (2) and paragraph (a) of subsection
  760  (3) of section 1012.555, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  761         1012.555 Teacher Apprenticeship Program.—
  762         (2)(a) An individual must meet the following minimum
  763  eligibility requirements to participate in the apprenticeship
  764  program:
  765         1. Be enrolled in or have completed Have received an
  766  associate degree program at from an accredited postsecondary
  767  institution.
  768         2. Have earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 3.0
  769  in that degree program.
  770         3. Have successfully passed a background screening as
  771  provided in s. 1012.32.
  772         4. Have received a temporary apprenticeship certificate as
  773  provided in s. 1012.56(7)(d).
  774         (b) As a condition of participating in the program, an
  775  apprentice teacher must commit to spending at least the first 2
  776  years in the classroom of a mentor teacher using team teaching
  777  strategies identified in s. 1003.03(5)(b) and fulfilling the on
  778  the-job training component of the registered apprenticeship and
  779  its associated standards.
  780         (c) An apprentice teacher must do both of the following:
  781         1. Complete at least 2 years in an apprenticeship before
  782  being eligible to apply for a professional certificate
  783  established in s. 1012.56(7)(a). Completion of the Teacher
  784  Apprenticeship Program does not exempt an apprentice teacher
  785  from the requirements of s. 1012.56(2)(c).
  786         2. Receive related instruction as provided in s. 446.051.
  787         (d) An apprentice teacher must be appointed by the district
  788  school board as an education paraprofessional and must be paid
  789  in accordance with s. 446.032 and rules adopted by the State
  790  Board of Education.
  791         (e) An apprentice teacher may change schools or districts
  792  after the first year of his or her apprenticeship if the hiring
  793  school or district has agreed to fund the remaining year of the
  794  apprenticeship.
  795         (3) A teacher who serves as a mentor in the apprenticeship
  796  program shall mentor his or her apprentice teacher using team
  797  teaching strategies and must, at a minimum, meet all of the
  798  following requirements:
  799         (a) Have at least 5 7 years of teaching experience in this
  800  state.
  801         Section 14. Subsections (3) and (7) and paragraph (a) of
  802  subsection (8) of section 1012.56, Florida Statutes, are amended
  803  to read:
  804         1012.56 Educator certification requirements.—
  805         (3) MASTERY OF GENERAL KNOWLEDGE.—Acceptable means of
  806  demonstrating mastery of general knowledge are:
  807         (a) Achievement of passing scores on the general knowledge
  808  examination required by state board rule;
  809         (b) Documentation of a valid professional standard teaching
  810  certificate issued by another state;
  811         (c) Documentation of a valid certificate issued by the
  812  National Board for Professional Teaching Standards or a national
  813  educator credentialing board approved by the State Board of
  814  Education;
  815         (d) Documentation of two semesters of successful, full-time
  816  or part-time teaching in a Florida College System institution,
  817  state university, or private college or university that awards
  818  an associate or higher degree and is an accredited institution
  819  or an institution of higher education identified by the
  820  Department of Education as having a quality program;
  821         (e) Achievement of passing scores, identified in state
  822  board rule, on national or international examinations that test
  823  comparable content and relevant standards in verbal, analytical
  824  writing, and quantitative reasoning skills, including, but not
  825  limited to, the verbal, analytical writing, and quantitative
  826  reasoning portions of the Graduate Record Examination. Passing
  827  scores identified in state board rule must be at approximately
  828  the same level of rigor as is required to pass the general
  829  knowledge examinations; or
  830         (f) Documentation of receipt of a master’s or higher degree
  831  from an accredited postsecondary educational institution that
  832  the Department of Education has identified as having a quality
  833  program resulting in a baccalaureate degree or higher; or
  834         (g)Documentation of a rating of effective or highly
  835  effective under s. 1012.34 in each year of the validity period
  836  of the temporary certificate.
  838  A school district that employs an individual who does not
  839  achieve passing scores on any subtest of the general knowledge
  840  examination must provide information regarding the availability
  841  of state-level and district-level supports and instruction to
  842  assist him or her in achieving a passing score. Such information
  843  must include, but need not be limited to, state-level test
  844  information guides, school district test preparation resources,
  845  and preparation courses offered by state universities and
  846  Florida College System institutions. The requirement of mastery
  847  of general knowledge shall be waived for an individual who has
  848  been provided 3 years of supports and instruction and who has
  849  been rated effective or highly effective under s. 1012.34 for
  850  each of the last 3 years.
  852         (a) The Department of Education shall issue a professional
  853  certificate for a period not to exceed 5 years to any applicant
  854  who fulfills one of the following:
  855         1. Meets all the applicable requirements outlined in
  856  subsection (2).
  857         2. For a professional certificate covering grades 6 through
  858  12:
  859         a. Meets the applicable requirements of paragraphs (2)(a)
  860  (h).
  861         b. Holds a master’s or higher degree in the area of
  862  science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
  863         c. Teaches a high school course in the subject of the
  864  advanced degree.
  865         d. Is rated highly effective as determined by the teacher’s
  866  performance evaluation under s. 1012.34, based in part on
  867  student performance as measured by a statewide, standardized
  868  assessment or an Advanced Placement, Advanced International
  869  Certificate of Education, or International Baccalaureate
  870  examination.
  871         e. Achieves a passing score on the Florida professional
  872  education competency examination required by state board rule.
  873         3. Meets the applicable requirements of paragraphs (2)(a)
  874  (h) and completes a professional learning certification program
  875  approved by the department pursuant to paragraph (8)(b) or an
  876  educator preparation institute approved by the department
  877  pursuant to s. 1004.85. An applicant who completes one of these
  878  programs and is rated highly effective as determined by his or
  879  her performance evaluation under s. 1012.34 is not required to
  880  take or achieve a passing score on the professional education
  881  competency examination in order to be awarded a professional
  882  certificate.
  883         (b) The department shall issue a temporary certificate to
  884  any applicant who:
  885         1. Completes the requirements outlined in paragraphs
  886  (2)(a)-(f) and completes the subject area content requirements
  887  specified in state board rule or demonstrates mastery of subject
  888  area knowledge pursuant to subsection (5) and holds an
  889  accredited degree or a degree approved by the Department of
  890  Education at the level required for the subject area
  891  specialization in state board rule;
  892         2. For a subject area specialization for which the state
  893  board otherwise requires a bachelor’s degree, documents 48
  894  months of active-duty military service with an honorable
  895  discharge or a medical separation; completes the requirements
  896  outlined in paragraphs (2)(a), (b), and (d)-(f); completes the
  897  subject area content requirements specified in state board rule
  898  or demonstrates mastery of subject area knowledge pursuant to
  899  subsection (5); and documents completion of 60 college credits
  900  with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0
  901  scale, as provided by one or more accredited institutions of
  902  higher learning or a nonaccredited institution of higher
  903  learning identified by the Department of Education as having a
  904  quality program resulting in a bachelor’s degree or higher; or
  905         3. Is enrolled in a state-approved teacher preparation
  906  program under s. 1004.04; is actively completing the required
  907  program field experience or internship at a public school;
  908  completes the requirements outlined in paragraphs (2)(a), (b),
  909  and (d)-(f); completes the subject area content requirements
  910  specified in state board rule or demonstrates mastery of subject
  911  area knowledge pursuant to subsection (5); and documents
  912  completion of 60 college credits with a minimum cumulative grade
  913  point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, as provided by one or more
  914  accredited institutions of higher learning or a nonaccredited
  915  institution of higher learning identified by the Department of
  916  Education as having a quality program resulting in a bachelor’s
  917  degree or higher.
  918         (c) The department shall issue one nonrenewable 2-year
  919  temporary certificate and one nonrenewable 5-year professional
  920  certificate to a qualified applicant who holds a bachelor’s
  921  degree in the area of speech-language impairment to allow for
  922  completion of a master’s degree program in speech-language
  923  impairment.
  924         (d) The department shall issue a temporary apprenticeship
  925  certificate to any applicant who:
  926         1. Meets the requirements of paragraphs (2)(a), (b), and
  927  (d)-(f).
  928         2. Completes the subject area content requirements
  929  specified in state board rule or demonstrates mastery of subject
  930  area knowledge as provided in subsection (5).
  931         (e) A person who is issued a temporary certificate under
  932  paragraph (b) must be assigned a teacher mentor for a minimum of
  933  2 school years after commencing employment. Each teacher mentor
  934  selected by the school district, charter school, or charter
  935  management organization must:
  936         1. Hold a valid professional certificate issued pursuant to
  937  this section;
  938         2. Have earned at least 3 years of teaching experience in
  939  prekindergarten through grade 12; and
  940         3. Have earned an effective or highly effective rating on
  941  the prior year’s performance evaluation under s. 1012.34.
  942         (f)1. A temporary certificate is valid for 5 school fiscal
  943  years, is limited to a one-time issuance, and is nonrenewable.
  944         2. A temporary apprenticeship certificate issued under
  945  paragraph (d) is valid for 5 school years, may be issued only
  946  once, and is nonrenewable.
  947         (g) A school district or a consortium of school districts
  948  may issue temporary certificates based on the requirements in
  949  paragraph (b). School districts or a consortium of school
  950  districts must report the number of such certificates issued,
  951  and any additional information to the department, based on
  952  reporting requirements adopted by the State Board of Education.
  954  At least 1 year before an individual’s department-issued
  955  temporary certificate is set to expire, the department shall
  956  electronically notify the individual of the date on which his or
  957  her certificate will expire and provide a list of each method by
  958  which the qualifications for a professional certificate can be
  959  completed.
  961         (a) The Department of Education shall develop and each
  962  school district, charter school, and charter management
  963  organization may provide a cohesive competency-based
  964  professional learning certification program by which
  965  instructional staff may satisfy the mastery of professional
  966  preparation and education competence requirements specified in
  967  subsection (6) and rules of the State Board of Education.
  968  Participants must hold a state-issued temporary certificate. A
  969  school district, charter school, or charter management
  970  organization that implements the program shall provide a
  971  competency-based certification program developed by the
  972  Department of Education or developed by the district, charter
  973  school, or charter management organization and approved by the
  974  Department of Education. These entities may collaborate with
  975  other supporting agencies or educational entities for
  976  implementation. The program shall include the following:
  977         1. A teacher mentorship and induction component.
  978         a. Each individual selected by the district, charter
  979  school, or charter management organization as a mentor:
  980         (I) Must hold a valid professional certificate issued
  981  pursuant to this section;
  982         (II) Must have earned at least 3 years of teaching
  983  experience in prekindergarten through grade 12;
  984         (III) Must have completed training in clinical supervision
  985  and participate in ongoing mentor training provided through the
  986  coordinated system of professional learning under s. 1012.98(4);
  987         (IV) Must have earned an effective or highly effective
  988  rating on the prior year’s performance evaluation; and
  989         (V) May be a peer evaluator under the district’s evaluation
  990  system approved under s. 1012.34.
  991         b. The teacher mentorship and induction component must, at
  992  a minimum, provide routine opportunities for mentoring and
  993  induction activities, including ongoing professional learning as
  994  described in s. 1012.98 targeted to a teacher’s needs,
  995  opportunities for a teacher to observe other teachers, co
  996  teaching experiences, and reflection and follow-up followup
  997  discussions. Professional learning must meet the criteria
  998  established in s. 1012.98(3). Mentorship and induction
  999  activities must be provided for an applicant’s first year in the
 1000  program and may be provided until the applicant attains his or
 1001  her professional certificate in accordance with this section.
 1002         2. An assessment of teaching performance aligned to the
 1003  district’s, charter school’s, or charter management
 1004  organization’s system for personnel evaluation under s. 1012.34
 1005  which provides for:
 1006         a. An initial evaluation of each educator’s competencies to
 1007  determine an appropriate individualized professional learning
 1008  plan.
 1009         b. A summative evaluation to assure successful completion
 1010  of the program.
 1011         3. Professional education preparation content knowledge,
 1012  which must be included in the mentoring and induction activities
 1013  under subparagraph 1., that includes, but is not limited to, the
 1014  following:
 1015         a. The state academic standards provided under s. 1003.41,
 1016  including scientifically researched and evidence-based reading
 1017  instructional strategies grounded in the science of reading,
 1018  content literacy, and mathematical practices, for each subject
 1019  identified on the temporary certificate. Reading instructional
 1020  strategies for foundational skills shall include phonics
 1021  instruction for decoding and encoding as the primary
 1022  instructional strategy for word reading. Instructional
 1023  strategies may not employ the three-cueing system model of
 1024  reading or visual memory as a basis for teaching word reading.
 1025  Instructional strategies may include visual information and
 1026  strategies which improve background and experiential knowledge,
 1027  add context, and increase oral language and vocabulary to
 1028  support comprehension, but may not be used to teach word
 1029  reading.
 1030         b. The educator-accomplished practices approved by the
 1031  state board.
 1032         4. Required achievement of passing scores on the subject
 1033  area and professional education competency examination required
 1034  by State Board of Education rule. Mastery of general knowledge
 1035  must be demonstrated as described in subsection (3).
 1036         5. Beginning with candidates entering a program in the
 1037  2022-2023 school year, a candidate for certification in a
 1038  coverage area identified pursuant to s. 1012.585(3)(g) s.
 1039  1012.585(3)(f) must successfully complete all competencies for a
 1040  reading endorsement, including completion of the endorsement
 1041  practicum.
 1042         Section 15. Subsection (4) of section 1012.57, Florida
 1043  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1044         1012.57 Certification of adjunct educators.—
 1045         (4) Each adjunct teaching certificate is valid through the
 1046  term of the annual contract between the educator and the school
 1047  district or charter school. An additional annual certification
 1048  and an additional annual contract may be awarded by the district
 1049  or charter school at the district’s or charter school’s
 1050  discretion but only if the applicant is rated effective or
 1051  highly effective under s. 1012.34 during each year of teaching
 1052  under adjunct teaching certification. A school district and
 1053  charter school may issue an adjunct teaching certificate for a
 1054  part-time or full-time teaching position; however, an adjunct
 1055  teaching certificate issued for a full-time teaching position is
 1056  valid for no more than 5 years and is nonrenewable.
 1057         Section 16. Section 1012.575, Florida Statutes, is amended
 1058  to read:
 1059         1012.575 Alternative preparation programs for certified
 1060  teachers to add additional coverage.—A district school board, or
 1061  an organization of private schools, or a consortium of charter
 1062  schools with an approved professional learning system as
 1063  described in s. 1012.98(7), or the Florida Institute for Charter
 1064  School Innovation may design alternative teacher preparation
 1065  programs to enable persons already certificated to add an
 1066  additional coverage to their certificates. Each alternative
 1067  teacher preparation program shall be reviewed and approved by
 1068  the Department of Education to ensure assure that persons who
 1069  complete the program are competent in the necessary areas of
 1070  subject matter specialization. Two or more school districts may
 1071  jointly participate in an alternative preparation program for
 1072  teachers.
 1073         Section 17. Subsections (2), (3), and (4) and paragraph (b)
 1074  of subsection (5) of section 1012.585, Florida Statutes, are
 1075  amended to read:
 1076         1012.585 Process for renewal of professional certificates.—
 1077         (2)(a) All professional certificates, except a nonrenewable
 1078  professional certificate, are shall be renewable for successive
 1079  periods not to exceed 10 5 years after the date of submission of
 1080  documentation of completion of the requirements for renewal
 1081  provided in subsection (3). Only one renewal may be granted
 1082  during each 5-year or 10-year validity period of a professional
 1083  certificate.
 1084         1.An applicant who is rated highly effective, pursuant to
 1085  s. 1012.34, in at least 4 years of the 5-year validity period of
 1086  his or her professional certificate is eligible for a
 1087  professional certificate valid for 10 years. An applicant must
 1088  be issued at least one 5-year professional certificate to be
 1089  eligible for a 10-year professional certificate. An applicant
 1090  who does not meet the requirement of this subparagraph is
 1091  eligible only to renew his or her 5-year professional
 1092  certificate.
 1093         2. An applicant who is rated effective or highly effective,
 1094  pursuant to s. 1012.34, for the entirety of the 10-year validity
 1095  period of his or her professional certificate is eligible to
 1096  renew a professional certificate valid for 10 years. An
 1097  applicant issued a 10-year professional certificate who does not
 1098  meet the requirement of this subparagraph is eligible only for
 1099  renewal of a professional certificate valid for 5 years.
 1100         (b) A teacher with national certification from the National
 1101  Board for Professional Teaching Standards is deemed to meet
 1102  state renewal requirements for the life of the teacher’s
 1103  national certificate in the subject shown on the national
 1104  certificate. A complete renewal application and fee shall be
 1105  submitted. The Commissioner of Education shall notify teachers
 1106  of the renewal application and fee requirements.
 1107         (c) If the renewal application form is not received by the
 1108  department or by the employing school district before the
 1109  expiration of the professional certificate, the application
 1110  form, application fee, and a late fee must be submitted before
 1111  July 1 of the year following expiration of the certificate in
 1112  order to renew the professional certificate.
 1113         (d) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to allow
 1114  a 1-year extension of the validity period of a professional
 1115  certificate in the event of serious illness, injury, or other
 1116  extraordinary extenuating circumstances of the applicant. The
 1117  department shall grant such 1-year extension upon written
 1118  request by the applicant or by the district school
 1119  superintendent or the governing authority of a university lab
 1120  school, state-supported school, or private school that employs
 1121  the applicant.
 1122         (e)The State Board of Education must adopt rules that
 1123  provide a process for transition from a 5-year to a 10-year
 1124  professional certificate or for renewal of a 10-year
 1125  professional certificate if student performance results are not
 1126  available to complete a performance evaluation in time to apply
 1127  for or renew the 10-year professional certificate. Such rules
 1128  must authorize a school district or the department, as
 1129  applicable, to provide an extension to the validity period of
 1130  the professional certificate or to convert a 5-year to a 10-year
 1131  professional certificate once an evaluation is completed.
 1132         (3) For the renewal of a professional certificate, the
 1133  following requirements must be met:
 1134         (a) The applicant must:
 1135         1. Earn a minimum of 6 college credits or 120 inservice
 1136  points or a combination thereof for a certificate valid for 5
 1137  years. The district school board may reduce the requirements by
 1138  1 college credit or 20 inservice points for an applicant rated
 1139  highly effective, pursuant to s. 1012.34, in at least 3 of the 5
 1140  years of the 5-year validity period of his or her initial
 1141  professional certificate.
 1142         2. Earn a minimum of 9 college credits or 180 inservice
 1143  points or a combination thereof for a professional certificate
 1144  valid for 10 years. A minimum of 6 college credits or 90
 1145  inservice points or a combination thereof must be earned within
 1146  the first 5 years of a professional certificate valid for 10
 1147  years.
 1148         (b) For each area of specialization to be retained on a
 1149  certificate, the applicant must earn at least 3 of the required
 1150  credit hours or equivalent inservice points in the
 1151  specialization area. Education in “clinical educator” training
 1152  pursuant to s. 1004.04(5)(b); participation in mentorship and
 1153  induction activities, including as a mentor, pursuant to s.
 1154  1012.56(8)(a); and credits or points that provide training in
 1155  the area of scientifically researched, knowledge-based reading
 1156  literacy grounded in the science of reading, including explicit,
 1157  systematic, and sequential approaches to reading instruction,
 1158  developing phonemic awareness, and implementing multisensory
 1159  intervention strategies, and computational skills acquisition,
 1160  exceptional student education, normal child development, and the
 1161  disorders of development may be applied toward any
 1162  specialization area. Credits or points that provide training in
 1163  the areas of drug abuse, child abuse and neglect, strategies in
 1164  teaching students having limited proficiency in English, or
 1165  dropout prevention, or training in areas identified in the
 1166  educational goals and performance standards adopted pursuant to
 1167  ss. 1000.03(5) and 1008.345 may be applied toward any
 1168  specialization area, except specialization areas identified by
 1169  State Board of Education rule that include reading instruction
 1170  or intervention for any students in kindergarten through grade
 1171  6. Each district school board shall include in its inservice
 1172  master plan the ability for teachers to receive inservice points
 1173  for supporting students in extracurricular career and technical
 1174  education activities, such as career and technical student
 1175  organization activities outside of regular school hours and
 1176  training related to supervising students participating in a
 1177  career and technical student organization. Credits or points
 1178  earned through approved summer institutes may be applied toward
 1179  the fulfillment of these requirements. Inservice points may also
 1180  be earned by participation in professional growth components
 1181  approved by the State Board of Education and specified pursuant
 1182  to s. 1012.98 in the district’s approved master plan for
 1183  inservice educational training; however, such points may not be
 1184  used to satisfy the specialization requirements of this
 1185  paragraph.
 1186         (c)(b) In lieu of college course credit or inservice
 1187  points, the applicant may renew a subject area specialization by
 1188  passage of a state board approved Florida-developed subject area
 1189  examination or, if a Florida subject area examination has not
 1190  been developed, a standardized examination specified in state
 1191  board rule.
 1192         (d)(c) If an applicant wishes to retain more than two
 1193  specialization areas on the certificate, the applicant must
 1194  shall be permitted two successive validity periods for renewal
 1195  of all specialization areas, but must earn no fewer than 6
 1196  college course credit hours or the equivalent inservice points
 1197  in any one validity period. If an applicant with an initial
 1198  professional certificate qualifies for reduced requirements
 1199  under paragraph (a), he or she must earn no fewer than 5 college
 1200  course credit hours or 100 inservice points in any one validity
 1201  period.
 1202         (e)(d) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules for
 1203  the expanded use of training for renewal of the professional
 1204  certificate for educators who are required to complete training
 1205  in teaching students of limited English proficiency or students
 1206  with disabilities and training in the teaching of reading as
 1207  follows:
 1208         1. A teacher who holds a professional certificate may use
 1209  college credits or inservice points earned through training in
 1210  teaching students of limited English proficiency or students
 1211  with disabilities and training in the teaching of reading in
 1212  excess of 6 semester hours during one certificate-validity
 1213  period toward renewal of the professional certificate during the
 1214  subsequent validity periods.
 1215         2. A teacher who holds a temporary certificate may use
 1216  college credits or inservice points earned through training in
 1217  teaching students of limited English proficiency or students
 1218  with disabilities and training in the teaching of reading toward
 1219  renewal of the teacher’s first professional certificate. Such
 1220  training must not have been included within the degree program,
 1221  and the teacher’s temporary and professional certificates must
 1222  be issued for consecutive school years.
 1223         (f)(e) Beginning July 1, 2014, an applicant for renewal of
 1224  a professional certificate must earn a minimum of one college
 1225  credit or the equivalent inservice points in the area of
 1226  instruction for teaching students with disabilities. The
 1227  requirement in this paragraph may not add to the total hours
 1228  required by the department for continuing education or inservice
 1229  training.
 1230         (g)(f) An applicant for renewal of a professional
 1231  certificate in any area of certification identified by State
 1232  Board of Education rule that includes reading instruction or
 1233  intervention for any students in kindergarten through grade 6,
 1234  with a beginning validity date of July 1, 2020, or thereafter,
 1235  must earn a minimum of 2 college credits or the equivalent
 1236  inservice points in evidence-based instruction and interventions
 1237  grounded in the science of reading specifically designed for
 1238  students with characteristics of dyslexia, including the use of
 1239  explicit, systematic, and sequential approaches to reading
 1240  instruction, developing phonological and phonemic awareness,
 1241  decoding, and implementing multisensory intervention strategies.
 1242  Such training must be provided by teacher preparation programs
 1243  under s. 1004.04 or s. 1004.85 or approved school district
 1244  professional development systems under s. 1012.98. The
 1245  requirements in this paragraph may not add to the total hours
 1246  required by the department for continuing education or inservice
 1247  training.
 1248         (h)(g) An applicant for renewal of a professional
 1249  certificate in educational leadership from a Level I program
 1250  under s. 1012.562(2) or Level II program under s. 1012.562(3),
 1251  with a beginning validity date of July 1, 2025, or thereafter,
 1252  must earn a minimum of 1 college credit or 20 inservice points
 1253  in Florida’s educational leadership standards, as established in
 1254  rule by the State Board of Education. The requirement in this
 1255  paragraph may not add to the total hours required by the
 1256  department for continuing education or inservice training.
 1257         (i)(h) A teacher may earn inservice points only once during
 1258  each 5-year validity period for any mandatory training topic
 1259  that is not linked to student learning or professional growth.
 1260         (4)(a) When any person who holds a valid temporary
 1261  certificate or professional certificate is called into or
 1262  volunteers for actual wartime service or required peacetime
 1263  military service training, the certificate shall be renewed for
 1264  a period of time equal to the time spent in military service if
 1265  the person makes proper application and presents substantiating
 1266  evidence to the department or the employing school district
 1267  regarding such military service.
 1268         (b)A teacher who has taught in a private school during the
 1269  5-year validity period of his or her professional certificate
 1270  and is subsequently reemployed to teach in a school district may
 1271  extend the expiration date of the certificate for a duration
 1272  equivalent to the number of years taught at a private school, up
 1273  to a maximum of 3 years. This extension is granted in order for
 1274  the teacher to submit documentation for his or her completion of
 1275  the requirements outlined in subsection (3). The teacher must
 1276  submit documentation of employment in a school district or in a
 1277  private school in a format determined by the department.
 1278         (5) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to allow
 1279  the reinstatement of expired professional certificates. The
 1280  department may reinstate an expired professional certificate if
 1281  the certificateholder:
 1282         (b) Documents completion of 6 college credits during the 5
 1283  years immediately preceding reinstatement of the expired
 1284  certificate, completion of 120 inservice points, or a
 1285  combination thereof, in an area specified in paragraph (3)(b)
 1286  (3)(a) to include the credit required under paragraph (3)(f)
 1287  (3)(e).
 1289  The requirements of this subsection may not be satisfied by
 1290  subject area examinations or college credits completed for
 1291  issuance of the certificate that has expired.
 1292         Section 18. Subsection (4) is added to section 1012.59,
 1293  Florida Statutes, to read:
 1294         1012.59 Certification fees.—
 1295         (4) The State Board of Education shall waive initial
 1296  subject area examination fees and certification fees for a
 1297  teacher who holds a temporary or professional certificate in:
 1298         (a) Exceptional Student Education K–12 and who applies to
 1299  add a subject coverage in Elementary Education K–6.
 1300         (b) Elementary Education K–6 and who applies to add a
 1301  subject coverage in Exceptional Student Education K–12.
 1302         Section 19. No later than December 1, 2024, the
 1303  Commissioner of Education shall make recommendations to the
 1304  Governor and Legislature on policy and funding changes to
 1305  enhance the development and retention of exceptional student
 1306  education instructional personnel. In developing the
 1307  recommendations, the commissioner shall consider, but is not
 1308  limited to, all of the following:
 1309         (1) Alternative certification in place of the Elementary
 1310  Education K-6 certificate as an add-on for personnel certified
 1311  in exceptional student education.
 1312         (2) Financial incentives, including stipends for teacher
 1313  education students, loan forgiveness, and instructional
 1314  personnel salary adjustments and supplements.
 1315         (3) Strategies to encourage high school students to
 1316  consider exceptional student education, including through
 1317  preapprenticeships and dual enrollment.
 1318         (4) Funding under the Florida Education Finance Program to
 1319  support school district exceptional student education personnel
 1320  and programs.
 1321         (5) Innovative staffing, including teacher mentoring and
 1322  supports for certified personnel responsibilities for case
 1323  management and for instruction.
 1324         Section 20. Section 1012.72, Florida Statutes, is repealed.
 1325         Section 21. Paragraph (b) of subsection (5) and subsection
 1326  (7) of section 1012.98, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
 1327         1012.98 School Community Professional Learning Act.—
 1328         (5) The Department of Education, school districts, schools,
 1329  Florida College System institutions, and state universities
 1330  share the responsibilities described in this section. These
 1331  responsibilities include the following:
 1332         (b) Each school district shall develop a professional
 1333  learning system as specified in subsection (4). The system shall
 1334  be developed in consultation with teachers, teacher-educators of
 1335  Florida College System institutions and state universities,
 1336  business and community representatives, and local education
 1337  foundations, consortia, and professional organizations. The
 1338  professional learning system must:
 1339         1. Be reviewed and approved by the department for
 1340  compliance with s. 1003.42(3) and this section. Effective March
 1341  1, 2024, the department shall establish a calendar for the
 1342  review and approval of all professional learning systems. A
 1343  professional learning system must be reviewed and approved every
 1344  5 years. Any substantial revisions to the system must shall be
 1345  submitted to the department for review and approval. The
 1346  department shall establish a format for the review and approval
 1347  of a professional learning system.
 1348         2. Be based on analyses of student achievement data and
 1349  instructional strategies and methods that support rigorous,
 1350  relevant, and challenging curricula for all students. Schools
 1351  and districts, in developing and refining the professional
 1352  learning system, shall also review and monitor school discipline
 1353  data; school environment surveys; assessments of parental
 1354  satisfaction; performance appraisal data of teachers, managers,
 1355  and administrative personnel; and other performance indicators
 1356  to identify school and student needs that can be met by improved
 1357  professional performance.
 1358         3. Provide inservice activities coupled with follow-up
 1359  followup support appropriate to accomplish district-level and
 1360  school-level improvement goals and standards. The inservice
 1361  activities for instructional and school administrative personnel
 1362  shall focus on analysis of student achievement data, ongoing
 1363  formal and informal assessments of student achievement,
 1364  identification and use of enhanced and differentiated
 1365  instructional strategies that emphasize rigor, relevance, and
 1366  reading in the content areas, enhancement of subject content
 1367  expertise, integrated use of classroom technology that enhances
 1368  teaching and learning, classroom management, parent involvement,
 1369  and school safety.
 1370         4. Provide inservice activities and support targeted to the
 1371  individual needs of new teachers participating in the
 1372  professional learning certification and education competency
 1373  program under s. 1012.56(8)(a).
 1374         5. Include a professional learning catalog for inservice
 1375  activities, pursuant to rules of the State Board of Education,
 1376  for all district employees from all fund sources. The catalog
 1377  must shall be updated annually by September 1, must be based on
 1378  input from teachers and district and school instructional
 1379  leaders, and must use the latest available student achievement
 1380  data and research to enhance rigor and relevance in the
 1381  classroom. Each district inservice catalog must be aligned to
 1382  and support the school-based inservice catalog and school
 1383  improvement plans pursuant to s. 1001.42(18). Each district
 1384  inservice catalog must provide a description of the training
 1385  that middle grades instructional personnel and school
 1386  administrators receive on the district’s code of student conduct
 1387  adopted pursuant to s. 1006.07; integrated digital instruction
 1388  and competency-based instruction and CAPE Digital Tool
 1389  certificates and CAPE industry certifications; classroom
 1390  management; student behavior and interaction; extended learning
 1391  opportunities for students; and instructional leadership.
 1392  District plans must be approved by the district school board
 1393  annually in order to ensure compliance with subsection (1) and
 1394  to allow for dissemination of research-based best practices to
 1395  other districts. District school boards shall must submit
 1396  verification of their approval to the Commissioner of Education
 1397  no later than October 1, annually. Each school principal may
 1398  establish and maintain an individual professional learning plan
 1399  for each instructional employee assigned to the school as a
 1400  seamless component to the school improvement plans developed
 1401  pursuant to s. 1001.42(18). An individual professional learning
 1402  plan must be related to specific performance data for the
 1403  students to whom the teacher is assigned, define the inservice
 1404  objectives and specific measurable improvements expected in
 1405  student performance as a result of the inservice activity, and
 1406  include an evaluation component that determines the
 1407  effectiveness of the professional learning plan.
 1408         6. Include inservice activities for school administrative
 1409  personnel, aligned to the state’s educational leadership
 1410  standards, which that address updated skills necessary for
 1411  instructional leadership and effective school management
 1412  pursuant to s. 1012.986.
 1413         7. Provide for systematic consultation with regional and
 1414  state personnel designated to provide technical assistance and
 1415  evaluation of local professional learning programs.
 1416         8. Provide for delivery of professional learning by
 1417  distance learning and other technology-based delivery systems to
 1418  reach more educators at lower costs.
 1419         9. Provide for the continuous evaluation of the quality and
 1420  effectiveness of professional learning programs in order to
 1421  eliminate ineffective programs and strategies and to expand
 1422  effective ones. Evaluations must consider the impact of such
 1423  activities on the performance of participating educators and
 1424  their students’ achievement and behavior.
 1425         10. For all grades, emphasize:
 1426         a. Interdisciplinary planning, collaboration, and
 1427  instruction.
 1428         b. Alignment of curriculum and instructional materials to
 1429  the state academic standards adopted pursuant to s. 1003.41.
 1430         c. Use of small learning communities; problem-solving,
 1431  inquiry-driven research and analytical approaches for students;
 1432  strategies and tools based on student needs; competency-based
 1433  instruction; integrated digital instruction; and project-based
 1434  instruction.
 1436  Each school that includes any of grades 6, 7, or 8 shall must
 1437  include in its school improvement plan, required under s.
 1438  1001.42(18), a description of the specific strategies used by
 1439  the school to implement each item listed in this subparagraph.
 1440         11. Provide training to reading coaches, classroom
 1441  teachers, and school administrators in effective methods of
 1442  identifying characteristics of conditions such as dyslexia and
 1443  other causes of diminished phonological processing skills;
 1444  incorporating instructional techniques into the general
 1445  education setting which are proven to improve reading
 1446  performance for all students; and using predictive and other
 1447  data to make instructional decisions based on individual student
 1448  needs. The training must help teachers integrate phonemic
 1449  awareness; phonics, word study, and spelling; reading fluency;
 1450  vocabulary, including academic vocabulary; and text
 1451  comprehension strategies into an explicit, systematic, and
 1452  sequential approach to reading instruction, including
 1453  multisensory intervention strategies. Such training for teaching
 1454  foundational skills must shall be based on the science of
 1455  reading and include phonics instruction for decoding and
 1456  encoding as the primary instructional strategy for word reading.
 1457  Instructional strategies included in the training may not employ
 1458  the three-cueing system model of reading or visual memory as a
 1459  basis for teaching word reading. Such instructional strategies
 1460  may include visual information and strategies which improve
 1461  background and experiential knowledge, add context, and increase
 1462  oral language and vocabulary to support comprehension, but may
 1463  not be used to teach word reading. Each district must provide
 1464  all elementary grades instructional personnel access to training
 1465  sufficient to meet the requirements of s. 1012.585(3)(g) s.
 1466  1012.585(3)(f).
 1467         (7) An organization of private schools or consortium of
 1468  charter schools which has no fewer than 10 member schools in
 1469  this state, which publishes and files with the Department of
 1470  Education copies of its standards, and the member schools of
 1471  which comply with the provisions of part II of chapter 1003,
 1472  relating to compulsory school attendance;, or a public or
 1473  private college or university with a teacher preparation program
 1474  approved pursuant to s. 1004.04; or the Florida Institute for
 1475  Charter School Innovation, may also develop a professional
 1476  learning system that includes a professional learning catalog
 1477  for inservice activities. The system and inservice catalog must
 1478  be submitted to the commissioner for approval pursuant to state
 1479  board rules.
 1480         Section 22. Paragraph (c) of subsection (2) and paragraph
 1481  (b) of subsection (5) of section 1004.04, Florida Statutes, are
 1482  amended to read:
 1483         1004.04 Public accountability and state approval for
 1484  teacher preparation programs.—
 1486         (c) Each candidate must receive instruction and be assessed
 1487  on the uniform core curricula in the candidate’s area or areas
 1488  of program concentration during course work and field
 1489  experiences. Beginning with candidates entering a teacher
 1490  preparation program in the 2022-2023 school year, a candidate
 1491  for certification in a coverage area identified pursuant to s.
 1492  1012.585(3)(g) s. 1012.585(3)(f) must successfully complete all
 1493  competencies for a reading endorsement, including completion of
 1494  the endorsement practicum through the candidate’s field
 1495  experience under subsection (5), in order to graduate from the
 1496  program.
 1497         (5) PRESERVICE FIELD EXPERIENCE.—All postsecondary
 1498  instructors, school district personnel and instructional
 1499  personnel, and school sites preparing instructional personnel
 1500  through preservice field experience courses and internships
 1501  shall meet special requirements. District school boards may pay
 1502  student teachers during their internships.
 1503         (b)1. All school district personnel and instructional
 1504  personnel who supervise or direct teacher preparation students
 1505  during field experience courses or internships taking place in
 1506  this state in which candidates demonstrate an impact on student
 1507  learning growth must have:
 1508         a. Evidence of “clinical educator” training;
 1509         b. A valid professional certificate issued pursuant to s.
 1510  1012.56;
 1511         c. At least 3 years of teaching experience in
 1512  prekindergarten through grade 12;
 1513         d. Earned an effective or highly effective rating on the
 1514  prior year’s performance evaluation under s. 1012.34 or be a
 1515  peer evaluator under the district’s evaluation system approved
 1516  under s. 1012.34; and
 1517         e. Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, for all such
 1518  personnel who supervise or direct teacher preparation students
 1519  during internships in kindergarten through grade 3 or who are
 1520  enrolled in a teacher preparation program for a certificate area
 1521  identified pursuant to s. 1012.585(3)(g) s. 1012.585(3)(f), a
 1522  certificate or endorsement in reading.
 1524  The State Board of Education shall approve the training
 1525  requirements.
 1526         2. All instructional personnel who supervise or direct
 1527  teacher preparation students during field experience courses or
 1528  internships in another state, in which a candidate demonstrates
 1529  his or her impact on student learning growth, through a Florida
 1530  online or distance program must have received “clinical
 1531  educator” training or its equivalent in that state, hold a valid
 1532  professional certificate issued by the state in which the field
 1533  experience takes place, and have at least 3 years of teaching
 1534  experience in prekindergarten through grade 12.
 1535         3. All instructional personnel who supervise or direct
 1536  teacher preparation students during field experience courses or
 1537  internships, in which a candidate demonstrates his or her impact
 1538  on student learning growth, on a United States military base in
 1539  another country through a Florida online or distance program
 1540  must have received “clinical educator” training or its
 1541  equivalent, hold a valid professional certificate issued by the
 1542  United States Department of Defense or a state or territory of
 1543  the United States, and have at least 3 years teaching experience
 1544  in prekindergarten through grade 12.
 1545         Section 23. Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of section
 1546  1004.85, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 1547         1004.85 Postsecondary educator preparation institutes.—
 1548         (3) Educator preparation institutes approved pursuant to
 1549  this section may offer competency-based certification programs
 1550  specifically designed for noneducation major baccalaureate
 1551  degree holders to enable program participants to meet the
 1552  educator certification requirements of s. 1012.56. An educator
 1553  preparation institute choosing to offer a competency-based
 1554  certification program pursuant to the provisions of this section
 1555  must implement a program developed by the institute and approved
 1556  by the department for this purpose. Approved programs shall be
 1557  available for use by other approved educator preparation
 1558  institutes.
 1559         (b) Each program participant must:
 1560         1. Meet certification requirements pursuant to s.
 1561  1012.56(1) by obtaining a statement of status of eligibility in
 1562  the certification subject area of the educational plan and meet
 1563  the requirements of s. 1012.56(2)(a)-(f).
 1564         2. Demonstrate competency and participate in field
 1565  experiences that are appropriate to his or her educational plan
 1566  prepared under paragraph (a). Beginning with candidates entering
 1567  an educator preparation institute in the 2022-2023 school year,
 1568  a candidate for certification in a coverage area identified
 1569  pursuant to s. 1012.585(3)(g) s. 1012.585(3)(f) must
 1570  successfully complete all competencies for a reading
 1571  endorsement, including completion of the endorsement practicum
 1572  through the candidate’s field experience, in order to graduate
 1573  from the program.
 1574         3. Before completion of the program, fully demonstrate his
 1575  or her ability to teach the subject area for which he or she is
 1576  seeking certification by documenting a positive impact on
 1577  student learning growth in a prekindergarten through grade 12
 1578  setting and, except as provided in s. 1012.56(7)(a)3., achieving
 1579  a passing score on the professional education competency
 1580  examination, the basic skills examination, and the subject area
 1581  examination for the subject area certification which is required
 1582  by state board rule.
 1583         Section 24. Paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of section
 1584  1012.586, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 1585         1012.586 Additions or changes to certificates; duplicate
 1586  certificates; reading endorsement pathways.—
 1587         (2)
 1588         (b) As part of adopting a pathway pursuant to paragraph
 1589  (a), the department shall review the competencies for the
 1590  reading endorsement and subject area examinations for educator
 1591  certificates identified pursuant to s. 1012.585(3)(g) s.
 1592  1012.585(3)(f) for alignment with evidence-based instructional
 1593  and intervention strategies rooted in the science of reading and
 1594  identified pursuant to s. 1001.215(7) and recommend changes to
 1595  the State Board of Education. Recommended changes must address
 1596  identification of the characteristics of conditions such as
 1597  dyslexia, implementation of evidence-based classroom instruction
 1598  and interventions, including evidence-based reading instruction
 1599  and interventions specifically for students with characteristics
 1600  of dyslexia, and effective progress monitoring. By July 1, 2023,
 1601  each school district reading endorsement add-on program must be
 1602  resubmitted for approval by the department consistent with this
 1603  paragraph.
 1604         Section 25. This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.