(1) The Legislature recognizes that the most effective school principals establish a safe and supportive school environment for students and faculty. Research shows that these principals increase student learning by providing opportunities for the professional growth, collaboration, and autonomy that classroom teachers need to become and remain highly effective educational professionals. Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature to designate school principals whose schools make noticeable academic improvement as Florida’s best and brightest principals.
(2) The Florida Best and Brightest Principal Program is created to provide awards to school principals, as defined in s. 1012.01(3)(c)1., to be funded as provided in s. 1011.62(18).
(3) A school principal is eligible to receive an award, as specified in the General Appropriations Act, under this section if he or she has served as school principal at his or her school for at least 4 consecutive school years, including the current school year, and the school has improved an average of 3 percentage points or more in the percentage of total possible points achieved for determining school grades over the prior 3 years.
1Note.—Section 24, ch. 2019-23, provides that:
“(1) The Department of Revenue is authorized, and all conditions are deemed to be met, to adopt emergency rules pursuant to s. 120.54(4), Florida Statutes, for the purpose of administering the provisions of this act relating to the Hope Scholarship Program and Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program.
“(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, emergency rules adopted pursuant to subsection (1) are effective for 6 months after adoption and may be renewed during the pendency of procedures to adopt permanent rules addressing the subject of the emergency rules.
“(3) This section shall take effect upon this act becoming a law and shall expire January 1, 2022.”