Education Reform Bills

Sorted by Bill Number SB 0736 Relating to Education Personnel Wise Education Personnel; Cites this act as the "Student Success Act." Revises provisions relating to the evaluation of instructional personnel and school administrators. Requires the Department of Education to approve each school district's instructional personnel and school administrator evaluation systems. Requires the Commissioner of Education to approve or select and the State Board of Education to adopt formulas for school districts to use in measuring student learning growth. Requires school districts to administer assessments for each course offered in the district, etc. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 24, 2011 except as otherwise provided Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee 3/24/2011 Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2011-1 Compare HB 4179 Relating to Public School Personnel Contracts (Brodeur) Similar Relating to Education Personnel (K-20 Competitiveness HB 7019 Subcommittee) Bills relating to Education Priority/Importance/Position Reform Top Priority. / Importance not specified. / Position not specified. HB 1225 Relating to Education Savings Account Program Brandes Education Savings Account Program: Creates Education Savings Account Program to allow payment to participating student's account equal to percentage of amount student would have generated under FEFP, which would be deposited in financial institution to be used for child's education; provides eligibility requirements for students, schools & programs, & financial institutions to participate in program; provides qualified uses of funds in education savings account; provides responsibilities of parents, students, financial institutions, DOE, & Chief Financial Officer. Effective Date: upon becoming a law Current Committee of Reference: Education Committee 3/14/2011 HOUSE Now in Education Committee Identical SB 1550 Relating to Education Savings Account Program (Negron) Bills relating to Education Priority/Importance/Position Reform Top Priority. / Importance not specified. / HB 1329 Support.

Relating to John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Bileca Program John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program: Makes scholarships available to students with disabilities who have 504 accommodation plan issued under federal law; allows parent to request & receive scholarship for student to enroll in & attend private school if student has 504 accommodation plan; provides that students with certain temporary 504 accommodation plans are ineligible for scholarship; provides that parent may choose to enroll student in public school in adjacent district under certain conditions; provides for scholarship amounts. Effective Date: July 1, 2011 Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee 5/5/2011 HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed Identical Relating to McKay Scholarships/Students With Disabilities SB 1656 (Wise) Bills relating to Education Priority/Importance/Position Reform Top Priority. / Importance not specified. / Position not specified.

HB 1331

Relating to School Choice Bileca School Choice: Revises requirements for eligibility to participate in Opportunity Scholarship Program; deletes provisions that authorize opportunity scholarship for attendance at private school; revises school district obligations & deletes provisions to conform; deletes obsolete provision relating to John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program. Effective Date: July 1, 2011 Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee 5/6/2011 HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed

Identical SB 1822

Relating to School Choice (Benacquisto)

Bills relating to Education Priority/Importance/Position Reform Top Priority. / Importance not specified. / SB 1546 Oppose.

Relating to School Choice Thrasher School Choice; Establishes criteria for high-performing charter schools. Authorizes a high-performing charter school to increase enrollment, expand grade levels served, submit a quarterly financial statement, consolidate the charters of certain charter schools, and receive certain modification or renewal of its charter. Establishes criteria for high-performing charter school systems. Provides that student capacity of a high-performing charter school shall be determined annually by the governing board. Deletes provisions relating to the Charter School Review Panel, etc. EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2011 Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee 5/5/2011 SENATE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed Compare HB 0631 Relating to Charter Schools (Clarke-Reed) SB 1596 Relating to Charter Schools (Sobel) SB 1620 Relating to Digital Learning (Flores) SB 2120 Relating to K-12 Education Funding (Budget) Relating to Prekindergarten through Grade 12 Education HB 5101 Funding (PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee) HB 7195 Relating to School Choice (K-20 Innovation Subcommittee) HB 7197 Relating to Digital Learning (K-20 Innovation Subcommittee) Bills relating to Education Priority/Importance/Position Reform Top Priority. / Importance not specified. / Support.

SB 1550

Relating to Education Savings Account Program Negron Education Savings Account Program; Specifies criteria for students who are eligible to participate in the program. Identifies certain students who may not participate in the program. Provides that a parent may direct a financial institution trustee of his or her child's account to use the funds for specified costs of attending a private school or participating in a dual enrollment program or to make a contribution to the child's college savings plan or a payment to a contract under the Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Program, etc. EFFECTIVE DATE: upon becoming a law Current Committee of Reference: Higher Education 4/14/2011 SENATE Now in Higher Education Identical HB 1225 Relating to Education Savings Account Program (Brandes) Bills relating to Education Priority/Importance/Position Reform Top Priority. / Importance not specified. / Support.

SB 1620

Relating to Digital Learning Flores Digital Learning; Creates the Digital Learning Now Act. Provides digital preparation requirements. Provides for customized and accelerated learning. Authorizes the establishment of virtual charter schools. Authorizes a charter school to implement blended learning courses. Redefines the term "fulltime equivalent student" as it applies to the Florida Virtual School. Provides instruction, eligibility, funding, assessment, and accountability requirements. Requires all statewide end-of-course assessments to be administrated online beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, etc. EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2011 Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee 5/3/2011 SENATE Read Second Time; Substituted for HB 7197; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 7197 Compare SB 1546 Relating to School Choice (Thrasher) Relating to Prekindergarten through Grade 12 Education HB 5101 Funding (PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee) HB 7195 Relating to School Choice (K-20 Innovation Subcommittee) Identical HB 7197 Relating to Digital Learning (K-20 Innovation Subcommittee)

Bills relating to Education Priority/Importance/Position Reform Top Priority. / Importance not specified. / SB 1822 Support.

Relating to School Choice Benacquisto School Choice; Revises legislative intent and eligibility requirements for participation in the Opportunity Scholarship Program. Deletes provisions that authorize an opportunity scholarship for attendance at a private school. Requires that an opportunity scholarship remain in force until the student graduates from high school. Revises school district obligations and deletes provisions relating to private schools to conform to changes made by the act. Deletes an obsolete provision relating to the John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, etc. EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2011 Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee 5/5/2011 SENATE Read Second Time; Substituted for HB 1331; Laid on Table, Refer to HB 1331 Identical HB 1331 Relating to School Choice (Bileca) Bills relating to Education Priority/Importance/Position Reform Top Priority. / Importance not specified. / Oppose.

HB 7019

Relating to Education Personnel K-20 Competitiveness Subcommittee Education Personnel: Cites act as "Student Success Act"; revises provisions relating to evaluation of instructional personnel & school administrators; requires DOE to approve school district's evaluation systems; requires Commissioner of Education to approve or select formulas for use in measuring student learning growth; revises provisions relating to compensation & salary schedules; provides criteria for employment contracts for newly hired instructional personnel; authorizes certain exemption from requirements for performance evaluation systems & compensation & salary schedules; provides for repeal of certain special acts or general laws of local application relating to instructional personnel or school administrator contracts. Effective Date: July 1, 2011 Current Committee of Reference: No Current Committee 3/15/2011 HOUSE Read Second Time; Substituted for SB 0736; Laid on Table, Refer to SB 0736 Compare HB 4179 Relating to Public School Personnel Contracts (Brodeur) Similar SB 0736 Relating to Education Personnel (Wise) Bills relating to Education Priority/Importance/Position Reform Top Priority. / Importance not specified. / Position not specified.

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