Tracking Key Legislation

We welcome the new year with hope and ambition, but our diligence continues as we pay careful attention to key legislation that affects our schools and children. As legislation regarding the pandemic progresses, there are more of our youth's freedoms at risk than ever before.

We will track 50+ education-related bills in the House and Senate during the 2022 Florida legislative cycle. We will also track several other bills. Awareness is the first step in changing things (or preventing change), and here you will find a summary and our position on legislation pending.

If you have questions or comments about any of these bills, please contact us.

Supported

HB 6087 (Beltran) Distribution of Harmful Materials to Minors An act relating to distribution of harmful materials to minors; amending s. 847.012, F.S.; removing an exception for certain instructional materials; reenacting ss. 1006.28(2)(a), 1006.31(2), 1006.34(2), and 1006.40(3)(d), F.S., relating to the duties of the district school board, the district school superintendent, and the school principal regarding K- 12 instructional materials, the duties of the Department of Education and school district instructional materials reviewer, the powers and duties of the commissioner and the department in selecting and adopting instructional materials, and the use of instructional materials allocation, respectively, to incorporate amendments made by the act; providing an effective date. Strongly support Now in Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee
HB 609 (Borrero) Florida Institute for Charter School Innovation "An act relating to the Florida Institute for Charter School Innovation; amending s. 1002.33, F.S.; requiring the Department of Education to collaborate with the Florida Institute for Charter School Innovation in developing a sponsor evaluation framework for charter schools; creating s. 1004.88, F.S.; establishing the institute at Miami Dade College; providing the purpose of the institute; specifying the duties of the institute; authorizing the institute to apply for and receive certain grants; requiring the District Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College to establish policies regarding the institute; providing an appropriation; providing an effective date. " Strongly support Now in Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee
SB 622 (Diaz) Florida Institute for Charter School Innovation "An act relating to the Florida Institute for Charter School Innovation; amending s. 1002.33, F.S.; requiring the Department of Education to collaborate with the Florida Institute for Charter School Innovation in developing a sponsor evaluation framework for charter schools; creating s. 1004.88, F.S.; establishing the institute at Miami Dade College; providing the purpose of the institute; specifying the duties of the institute; authorizing the institute to apply for and receive certain grants; requiring the District Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College to establish policies regarding the institute; providing an appropriation; providing an effective date. " Strongly support Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
SB 506 (Diaz) Hope Scholarship Program "An act relating to the Hope Scholarship Program; amending s. 1002.40, F.S.; revising the purpose of the Hope Scholarship Program; defining terms and revising definitions; deleting obsolete language; revising program eligibility; providing for the use of funds under the program; revising the term of a program scholarship; revising school district, Department of Education, parent, and nonprofit scholarship-funding organization obligations under the program; authorizing payment of scholarship funds by organizations to be made by deposit into the student’s account instead of by individual warrant made payable to the student’s parent; providing that accrued interest in the student’s account is in addition to, and not part of, awarded funds; providing that program funds include both the awarded funds and accrued interest; prohibiting a student’s scholarship award from being reduced for debit card or electronic payment fees; conforming provisions to changes made by the act; amending ss. 213.053, 1002.394, and 1002.395, F.S.; conforming cross-references; providing an effective date. " Strongly support Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
SJR 244 (Gruters, Harrell) Partisan Elections for Members of District School Boards A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 4 of Article IX and the creation of a new section in Article XII of the State Constitution to require members of a district school board to be elected in a partisan election. Strongly support Now in Education
HJR 35 (Roach, Sirois, Fine; Giallombardo; Morales; Persons-Mulicka; Sabatini) Partisan Elections for Members of District School Boards A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 4 of Article IX and the creation of a new section in Article XII of the State Constitution to require members of a district school board to be elected in a partisan election. Strongly support Now in Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee
SB 242 (Gruters, Perry) Racial and Sexual Discrimination "An act relating to racial and sexual discrimination; creating s. 110.1222, F.S.; defining terms; requiring each agency head to take certain measures to prevent the use of training for agency employees which espouses certain concepts; providing duties of agency heads; requiring agency heads to request agency inspectors general to review agency compliance with the act and to submit a report to the agency head; requiring the Department of Management Services, in consultation with the Florida Commission on Human Relations, to review diversity and inclusion training to ensure compliance with the act; requiring each agency to submit a report detailing spending on diversity or inclusion training to the Office of Policy and Budget by a specified date; providing an exception; providing for construction; amending s. 125.01, F.S.; defining terms; authorizing governing bodies of counties to provide certain training, workshops, or programming; prohibiting counties from providing mandatory employee training that espouses certain concepts; providing an exception; requiring counties to ensure certain diversity and inclusion efforts and to prohibit certain discrimination; providing for construction; amending s. 166.021, F.S.; defining terms; authorizing municipalities to provide certain training, workshops, or programming; prohibiting municipalities from providing mandatory employee training that espouses certain concepts; an exception; requiring municipalities to ensure certain diversity and inclusion efforts and to prohibit certain discrimination; providing for construction; creating s. 287.0741, F.S.; defining terms; requiring contracts with an agency which are entered into or renewed on or after a specified date to include the option to terminate if the contractor provides workforce training that espouses certain concepts; requiring a contractor to submit a certification before entering into or renewing a contract; requiring each agency to report violations to the department for investigation; authorizing a contractor’s placement on the discriminatory vendor list under certain conditions; providing for construction; amending s. 1000.05, F.S.; defining terms; authorizing public K-20 educational institutions to provide certain training; prohibiting public K-20 educational institutions from providing mandatory employee or student training that espouses certain concepts; providing an exception; requiring public K-20 educational institutions to ensure certain diversity and inclusion efforts and to prohibit certain discrimination; providing for construction; providing an effective date. " Strongly support Referred to Judiciary; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Rules
HB 57 Fine, Fischer, Borrero; Morales; Roach) Racial and Sexual Discrimination "An act relating to racial and sexual discrimination; creating s. 110.1222, F.S.; providing definitions; requiring each agency head to take certain measures to prevent the use of training for agency employees which espouses certain concepts; providing duties of agency heads; requiring agency inspectors general to review agency compliance with the act and to submit a report to the agency head; requiring the Department of Management Services, in consultation with the Florida Commission on Human Relations, to review diversity and inclusion training to ensure compliance with the act; requiring each agency to submit a report detailing spending on diversity or inclusion training to the Office of Policy and Budget by a specified date; providing an exception; providing for construction; amending s. 125.01, F.S.; providing definitions; authorizing counties to provide certain training, workshops, or programming; prohibiting counties from providing mandatory employee training which espouses certain concepts; providing an exception; requiring counties to ensure certain diversity and inclusion efforts and to prohibit certain discrimination; providing for construction; amending s. 166.021, F.S.; providing definitions; authorizing municipalities to provide certain training, workshops, or programming; prohibiting municipalities from providing mandatory employee training which espouses certain concepts; providing an exception; requiring municipalities to ensure certain diversity and inclusion efforts and to prohibit certain discrimination; providing for construction; creating s. 287.0741, F.S.; providing definitions; requiring contracts with an agency which are entered into or renewed on or after a specified date to include the option to terminate if the contractor provides workforce training that espouses certain concepts; requiring a contractor to submit a certification before entering into or renewing a contract; requiring each agency to report violations to the department for investigation; authorizing a contractor's placement on the discriminatory vendor list under certain conditions; providing for construction; amending s. 1000.05, F.S.; providing definitions; authorizing public K-20 educational institutions to provide certain training, workshops, or programming; prohibiting public K-20 educational institutions from providing mandatory employee or student training which espouses certain concepts; providing an exception; requiring public K-20 educational institutions to ensure certain diversity and inclusion efforts and to prohibit certain discrimination; providing for construction; providing an effective date. " Strongly support Now in Education & Employment Committee
SB 1300 (Gruters) District School Board Meetings "An act relating to district school board meetings; amending s. 1001.372, F.S.; requiring all meetings of district school boards which are not exempt from certain public meeting requirements to be recorded by video and streamed live on a publicly accessible website; specifying requirements for district school board rules and policies governing the public’s opportunity to be heard; providing applicability; providing construction; amending s. 1014.04, F.S.; providing that parents have the right to be heard at district school board meetings, including the right to criticize individual district school board members; providing an effective date. " Strongly support Filed on 12/17/2021
SB 758 (Diaz) Education "An act relating to education; creating s. 1002.3301, F.S.; establishing the Charter School Review Commission within the Department of Education; providing the purpose of the commission; specifying membership of the commission and the duration of members’ terms; requiring the Commissioner of Education to appoint members; providing that a majority of the commission members constitutes a quorum; providing that the commission has the same powers and duties as sponsors do in reviewing and approving charter schools; designating the district school board where a proposed charter school will be located as the school’s sponsor and supervisor; requiring a district school board to take specified actions within a certain timeframe regarding the commission’s granting of a charter school application; providing for the appeal of commission decisions; amending s. 1002.33, F.S.; providing legislative intent; authorizing the commission to solicit and review charter school applications; requiring that the district school board that oversees the school district where a charter school approved by the commission will be located shall serve as the charter school’s sponsor; prohibiting sponsors from imposing additional reporting requirements on a charter school so long as the charter school meets specified requirements; revising the terms and conditions for charter renewal; revising the procedure and causes for nonrenewal or termination of a charter; providing that any facility may provide space to charter schools under its existing zoning and land use designations without obtaining a special exception, rezoning, or a land use change; requiring that educational impact fees required to be paid in connection with new residential dwelling units be designated instead for the construction of charter school facilities; amending s. 1011.71, F.S.; providing that certain additional tax millage is part of school districts’ operating discretionary millage levy; providing an effective date. " Stongly Support Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
SB 896 (Burgess) Educator Certification Pathways for Veterans An act relating to educator certification pathways for veterans; amending s. 1012.56, F.S.; expanding eligibility to seek educator certification to specified military servicemembers who have completed a specified education requirement; authorizing the Department of Education to issue a temporary certificate to specified military servicemembers who have completed a specified education requirement; specifying the duration of a temporary certificate for specified military servicemembers; amending s 1012.59, F.S.; making a technical change; providing an effective date. Support Referred to Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security
HB 573 (Snyder) Educator Certification Pathways for Veterans An act relating to educator certification pathways for veterans; amending s. 1012.56, F.S.; expanding eligibility to seek educator certification to specified military servicemembers who have completed a specified education requirement; authorizing the Department of Education to issue a temporary certificate to specified military servicemembers who have completed a specified education requirement; specifying the duration of a temporary certificate for specified military servicemembers; amending s 1012.59, F.S.; making a technical change; providing an effective date. Support Now in Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee
SB 892 (Burgess) Charter School Charters An act relating to charter school charters; amending s. 1002.33, F.S.; requiring a request for a consolidation of multiple charters to be approved or denied within a specified timeframe; requiring a charter school sponsor to provide to the charter school specified information relating to a denial of a request for a consolidation within a certain timeframe; revising the time period for notification of specified actions relating to a charter school charter; providing for the automatic renewal of a charter under certain circumstances; providing an effective date. Support Referred to Education; Community Affairs; Rules
CS/HB 225 (Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee, Hawkins, Beltran) Charter School Charters "An act relating to charter school charters; amending s. 1002.33, F.S.; requiring a request for a consolidation of multiple charters to be approved or denied within a specified timeframe; requiring a charter school sponsor to provide specified information relating to a denial of a request for a consolidation to the charter school within a specified timeframe; revising the time period for notification of specified actions relating to a charter school charter; providing for the automatic renewal of a charter under certain circumstances; providing an effective date. " Support Now in Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee
SB 1054 (Hutson) Financial Literacy Instruction in Public Schools "An act relating to financial literacy instruction public schools; providing a short title; amending 1003.41, F.S.; revising the requirements regarding financial literacy for the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards; amending s. 1003.4282, F.S.; revising the required credits for a standard high school diploma to include one-half credit of instruction in personal financial literacy and money management and seven and one-half, rather than eight, credits in electives; specifying the requirements of the one-half credit of instruction in personal financial literacy and money management; providing an effective date. " Support Referred to Education; Rules
SB 616 (Jones) Compulsory School Attendance "An act relating to compulsory school attendance; amending s. 1003.21, F.S.; revising the required age for compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18 years of age; deleting a requirement that a student’s parent sign a declaration of intent to terminate school enrollment; deleting a requirement that the school district notify a student’s parent upon receipt of such declaration; amending ss. 1002.20 and 1003.51, F.S.; conforming provisions to changes made by the act; providing an effective date. " Support Referred to Education; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations
HB 125 (Chambliss; Valdés; Hart; Maney) Compulsory School Attendance An act relating to compulsory school attendance; amending s. 1003.21, F.S.; revising the required age for compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18 years of age; deleting a requirement that a student's parent sign a declaration of intent to terminate school enrollment; deleting a requirement that the school district notify a student's parent upon receipt of such declaration; amending ss. 1002.20 and 1003.51, F.S.; conforming provisions to changes made by the act; providing an effective date. Support Now in Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee
SB 400 (Bracy) Guidance Services for Academic and Career Planning An act relating to guidance services for academic and career planning; amending s. 1003.02, F.S.; requiring district school boards to inform students and parents of certain acceleration, academic, and career planning options; requiring certain information to be included in such notification; amending s. 1003.4156, F.S.; requiring a personalized academic and career plan be developed in consultation with a certified school counselor for certain students; requiring certain information to be included in such plans; providing an effective date. Support Referred to Education; Commerce and Tourism; Rules
HB 229 (Arrington; Benjamin; Chambliss; Daley; Goff-Marcil; Morales; Nixon; Omphroy; Rayner; Thompson) Guidance Services for Academic and Career Planning An act relating to guidance services on academic and career planning; amending s. 1003.02, F.S.; requiring school boards to inform students and parents of certain acceleration, academic, and career planning options; requiring certain information to be included in such notification; amending s. 1003.4156, F.S.; requiring a personalized academic and career plan be developed in consultation with a certified school counselor for certain students; requiring certain information to be included in such plan; providing an effective date. Support Now in Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee
HB 75 (Sabatini) Limiting COVID-19 Restrictions An act relating to limiting COVID-19 restrictions; prohibiting the state or any political subdivision from enacting a mask mandate; providing that any such mandate is void and of no effect; prohibiting state and local governments from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations, issuing vaccine passports or other standardized documentation to third parties, or otherwise publishing or sharing COVID-19 vaccination records or similar health information; providing construction; prohibiting businesses from requiring patrons or customers to provide documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or COVID-19 post- transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business; prohibiting businesses from discriminating against patrons or customers on the basis of, or the failure to provide information concerning, their COVID-19 vaccination status or COVID-19 post-transmission recovery status; creating s. 760.101, F.S.; declaring that certain actions based on vaccination status or having an immunity passport are unlawful discriminatory practices; providing an effective date. Support Now in Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committee
HB 1115 (Busatta Cabrera) High School Graduation Requirements in Personal Finance "An act relating to high school graduation requirements in personal finance; providing a short title; amending s. 1003.41, F.S.; revising the requirements for the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards to include financial literacy; amending s. 1003.4282, F.S.; revising the required credits for a standard high school diploma to include one-half credit of instruction in personal financial literacy and money management and seven and one-half, rather than eight, credits in electives; authorizing certain students to earn one-half credit in personal financial literacy and money management as an elective; providing requirements for such instruction; conforming provisions to changes made by the act; providing an effective date. " Support Filed on 01/03/2022
SB 1294 (Gruters) Individual Education Plan Meetings "An act relating to individual education plan meetings; amending s. 1002.20, F.S.; authorizing a parent of a public school student to audio or video record any meeting with his or her child’s individual education plan (IEP) team; requiring the parent to notify the school district in writing a specified time in advance of his or her intent to record the meeting; amending s. 1014.04, F.S.; providing that parents have the right to audio or video record meetings with their child’s IEP team; providing an effective date. " Support Filed on 12/16/2021
HB 961 (DiCeglie) Schools of Innovation "An act relating to schools of innovation; creating s. 1003.65, F.S.; establishing the Schools of Innovation Program within the Department of Education; providing the purpose of the program; defining terms; authorizing the State Board of Education to authorize the Commissioner of Education to waive certain rules; authorizing public school districts to apply for identified schools to receive the designation of school of innovation; requiring school districts participating in the Competency-Based Education Pilot Program to transition to the School of Innovation Program before a specified school year; authorizing school districts to submit innovation plans to the department; requiring the department to approve or reject innovation plans submitted by school districts within a specified timeframe; requiring that a school maintains its designation as a school of innovation for a 5-year period upon approval of an innovation plan; authorizing the department to revoke the designation if specified metrics are not met; specifying requirements for innovation plans; authorizing innovation plans to include a request for waivers from certain rules; specifying duties of the department; prohibiting a student attending a school of innovation who transfers to another school from being subject to specified penalties; providing for funding; requiring the state board to adopt rules; amending s. 1003.436, F.S.; revising the definition of the term ""credit""; amending s. 1003.437, F.S.; authorizing schools designated as schools of innovation to use an alternative definition of letter grades; requiring such schools to calculate grade point averages according to a certain scale; amending s. 1007.23, F.S.; requiring the statewide articulation agreement to ensure fair and equitable access for high school graduates with mastery-based, nontraditional diplomas and transcripts; providing an effective date. " Support Filed on 12/17/2021

OPPOSED

SJR 192 (Cruz, Polsky)) Commissioner of Education A joint resolution proposing amendments to Sections 3 and 4 of Article IV and Section 2 of Article IX and the creation of a new section in Article XII of the State Constitution to provide for the election of the Commissioner of Education and his or her inclusion as a member of the Cabinet and the State Board of Education. Strongly oppose Referred to Ethics and Elections; Education; Rules
HUR 77 (Driskell; Arrington; Benjamin; Daley; Eskamani; Hart; McCurdy; Nixon; Smith, C.; Thompson; Woodson) Commissioner of Education "A joint resolution proposing amendments to Sections 3 and 4 of Article IV and Section 2 of Article IX and the creation of a new section in Article XII of the State Constitution to provide for the election of the Commissioner of Education and his or her inclusion as a member of the Cabinet and the State Board of Education. " Strongly oppose Now in Education & Employment Committee
HB 51 (Thompson, Eskamani) Required Instruction in the History of the Holocaust and the History of African Americans "An act relating to required instruction in the history of the Holocaust and the history of African Americans; amending s. 1003.42, F.S.; requiring the Department of Education to prepare and offer standards and curriculum related to the history of African Americans; authorizing the department to seek input from certain entities for specified purposes; authorizing the department to seek input from or contract with specified entities to develop specified training and resources; creating s. 1003.4551, F.S.; requiring the department to annually verify that school districts, charter schools, and specified private schools implement certain instruction relating to the history of the Holocaust and the history of African Americans and providing requirements therefor; requiring district school superintendents, charter school principals, and private school directors or similar administrators to annually provide specified evidence to the department by a certain date; providing penalties for failure to provide such evidence; authorizing the State Board of Education to adopt rules; amending s. 1008.22, F.S.; requiring certain statewide, standardized assessments to include curricula content from the history of the Holocaust and the history of African Americans; providing an effective date. " Strongly oppose Now in Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee
SB 1398 (Berman) Required Instruction in the History of the Holocaust and the History of African Americans "An act of the amending s. 1003.42, F.S.; requiring the Department of Education to prepare and offer standards and curriculum related to the history of African Americans; authorizing the department to seek input from certain entities for specified purposes; authorizing the department to seek input from or contract with specified entities to develop specified training and resources; creating s. 1003.4551, F.S.; requiring the department to annually verify that school districts, charter schools, and specified private schools implement certain instruction relating to the history of the Holocaust and the history of African Americans and providing requirements therefor; requiring district school superintendents, charter school principals, and private school directors or similar administrators to annually provide specified evidence to the department by a certain date; providing penalties for failure to provide such evidence; authorizing the State Board of Education to adopt rules; amending s. 1008.22, F.S.; requiring certain statewide, standardized assessments to include curricula content from the history of the Holocaust and the history effective date. " Strongly oppose Filed on 01/03/2022
SB 188 (Brandes) Civic Literacy Education "An act relating to civic literacy education; amending s. 1003.44, F.S.; requiring the Commissioner of Education to develop criteria for a civic literacy practicum that meets certain goals; authorizing the practicum to be incorporated into a school’s curriculum beginning in a specified school year; providing purposes and requirements for the practicum; authorizing time spent on specified civic engagement activities to count toward requirements for certain scholarships and academic awards; creating s. 1004.342, F.S.; establishing the Citizen Scholar Program within the University of South Florida; providing that the program will be headquartered at a specified location; requiring the program to contract with a specified entity to serve certain students, subject to appropriation; providing program requirements; providing undergraduate credit for program completion; prohibiting engaging in protest civics from counting toward credit under the Citizen Scholar Program; providing an effective date. " Strongly oppose Referred to Education; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations
HB 415 (Plasencia) Native Language Assessments in Public Schools "An act relating to native language assessments in public schools; amending s. 1003.435, F.S.; requiring that a high school equivalency examination administered in any language other than English be given the same weight as a high school equivalency examination administered in English; amending s. 1008.2125, F.S.; requiring written portions of the coordinated screening and progress monitoring program for students in the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program through grade 3 to be in specified native languages; requiring school districts to administer the screenings and monitoring in a native language to certain students; providing for the determination of when it is appropriate to administer native language versions of the screenings and monitoring; amending s. 1008.22, F.S.; revising requirements of the statewide, standardized assessment program to include native language versions of related assessments; requiring school districts to administer native language versions of such assessments to certain English language learners and other students for whom it is appropriate; providing for the determination of when it is appropriate to administer native language versions of such assessments; requiring the department to create a timetable and action plan for the development and adoption of native language versions of the assessments; requiring the state to accept results on the high school equivalency examination from any language version of the examination; providing for the administration of standardized assessments; requiring the department to develop or identify content assessments in target languages; providing for the administration of content assessments in target languages in certain education programs; requiring the department to create a timetable and an action plan for the development and adoption of native language examinations; requiring the Commissioner of Education to identify alternative assessments and passing scores for a specified purpose; requiring the State Board of Education to approve by rule passing scores on alternative assessments; providing an effective date. " Strongly oppose Now in Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee
HB 979 (Daley) High School Graduation Requirements An act relating to high school graduation requirements; amending s. 1002.3105, F.S.; adding a requirement for the award of a standard high school diploma to a student through the Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning options; amending s. 1003.4282, F.S.; requiring students to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid to be awarded a standard high school diploma; providing an exception; requiring high schools to enforce and monitor compliance with such requirements; amending s 1003.5716, F.S.; conforming cross-references; providing an effective date. Strongly oppose Filed on 12/20/2021
SB 698 (Cruz) Standard High School Diploma Award Requirements An act relating to standard high school diploma award requirements; amending s. 1002.3105, F.S.; adding a new requirement for the award of a standard high school diploma to Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning students; amending s. 1003.4282, F.S.; requiring students, beginning with those entering grade 9 in a specified school year, to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid in order to be awarded a standard high school diploma; providing an exemption; amending s. 1003.5716, F.S.; conforming cross-references; reenacting s. 1003.03(3)(c), F.S., relating to maximum class size, to incorporate the amendment made to s. 1002.3105, F.S., in a reference thereto; reenacting ss. 1002.20(8), 1003.4281(1) 1003.4285(1), 1003.5716(1), and 1011.62(1)(n), F.S., relating to K-12 student and parent rights, early high school graduation, standard high school diploma designations, transition to postsecondary education and career opportunities, and funds for operation of schools, respectively, to incorporate the amendment made to s. 1003.4282, F.S., in references thereto; reenacting ss. 409.1451(2)(a), 1002.33(7)(a),1002.34(4)(g), 1002.45(4)(b), 1003.49(1), 1004.935(1),1006.15(3)(a), 1009.531(1)(b), and 1009.893(4), F.S., relating to the Road-to-Independence Program, charter schools, charter technical career centers, virtual instruction programs, graduation and promotion requirements for publicly operated schools, the Adults with Disabilities Workforce Education Program, standards for participation in extracurricular student activities, the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, and the Benacquisto Scholarship Program, respectively, to incorporate the amendments made to ss. 1002.3105 and 1003.4282, F.S., in references thereto; providing an effective date. Oppose Referred to Education; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations
HB 361 (Yarborough; Driskell; Benjamin; Slosberg-King)) Required Instruction in Social Media Literacy "An act relating to required instruction in social media literacy; amending s. 1003.42, F.S.; requiring members of the instructional staff of public schools to provide instruction on social media literacy; defining the term ""social media""; requiring district school boards to make social media literacy instructional material available online; providing an effective date. " Oppose Now in Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee
HB 919 (McCurdy) Florida Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance Program An act relating to the Florida Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance Program; amending s. 1012.71, F.S.; authorizing Florida Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance Program funds to be used to purchase certain classroom equipment and personal protection equipment; conforming provisions to changes made by the act; providing an effective date. Oppose Now in PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee
SB 1376 (Rodriguez) Florida Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance Program "An act relating to the Florida Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance Program; amending s. 1012.71, F.S.; authorizing Florida Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance Program funds to be used to purchase certain classroom equipment and personal protective equipment; conforming provisions to changes made by the act; providing an effective date. " Oppose Filed on 12/28/2021

NO POSITION

SB 1148 (Bean) Early Learning "An act relating to early learning; requiring the Division of Early Learning of the Department of Education to conduct an analysis of solutions to help close early learning opportunity gaps for children in the child welfare system; providing requirements for the analysis; requiring the division to submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor and Legislature by a specified date; providing an effective date. " No position Filed on 12/02/2021
HB 825 (Daley) School Nutrition Program Requirements "An act relating to school nutrition program requirements; amending s. 595.405, F.S.; requiring district school boards to provide specified information to parents and guardians of students eligible for certain school nutrition programs; providing an effective date. " No position Now in Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee
SB 1086 (Gruters) Exceptional Student Due Process Hearings "An act relating to exceptional student due process hearings; amending s. 1003.57, F.S.; providing that district school boards have the burden to prove by a preponderance of the evidence in all exceptional student due process hearings that any challenged identification, evaluation, and eligibility determination, or lack thereof, was appropriate; amending s. 1003.5715, F.S.; providing that district school boards have the burden to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that any challenged individual education plan is appropriate; providing an effective date. " No position Referred to Education; Judiciary; Rules
HB 155 (Valdés; Benjamin; Hart) Certificates of Completion "An act relating to certificates of completion; amending s. 1001.44, F.S.; providing that students awarded a certificate of completion are eligible to enroll in workforce education programs; amending s. 1002.34, F.S.; providing that students awarded a certificate of completion are eligible to enroll in workforce education programs; requiring the identification of such programs by charter technical career centers; amending s. 1003.4282, F.S.; requiring that students be advised of specified educational options before awarded a certificate of completion; providing an effective date. " No position Now in Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee
SB 1068 (Jones) Certificates of Completion "An act relating to certificates of completion; amending s. 1001.44, F.S.; providing that students awarded a certificate of completion are eligible to enroll in workforce education programs; amending s. 1002.34, F.S.; providing that students awarded a certificate of completion are eligible to enroll in workforce education programs; requiring charter technical career centers to identify such programs; amending s. 1003.4282, F.S.; requiring that students be advised of specified educational options before being awarded a certificate of completion; providing an effective date. " No position Referred to Education; Commerce and Tourism; Rules
SB 638 (Perry) Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program "An act relating to the Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program; amending s. 1003.481, F.S.; extending the expiration date of the Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program; providing an effective date. " No position Now in Appropriations
HB 277 (Clemons) Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program "An act relating to the Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program; amending s. 1003.481, F.S.; extending the expiration date of the Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program; providing an effective date. " No position Now in Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee
SB 592 (Perry, Wright) Face Covering Mandates "An act relating to face covering mandates; amending s. 381.0016, F.S.; prohibiting counties and municipalities from requiring that a citizen of the United States wear a face covering; defining the term “face covering”; providing that any such requirement is void; creating s. 1001.4201, F.S.; prohibiting district school boards from adopting, implementing, or enforcing a policy, a rule, a code of conduct, or an order requiring the wearing of a face covering; defining the term “face covering”; providing that any such policy, rule, code of conduct, or order is void; creating s. 1001.5101, F.S.; prohibiting a district school superintendent from implementing or enforcing a policy, a rule, a code of conduct, or an order requiring the wearing of a face covering; defining the term “face covering”; providing that any such policy, rule, code of conduct, or order is void; creating s. 1001.55, F.S.; prohibiting a school principal from implementing or enforcing a policy, a rule, a code of conduct, or an order requiring the wearing of a face covering; defining the term “face covering”; providing that any such policy, rule, code of conduct, or order is void; providing an effective date. " Resolved by Special Session* Referred to Judiciary; Education; Rules
SB 538 (Hooper) Private Instructional Personnel Providing Applied Behavior Analysis Services "An act relating to private instructional personnel providing applied behavior analysis services; amending s. 1003.572, F.S.; revising the definition of the term “private instructional personnel” to include certain registered behavior technicians; providing an effective date. " No position Now in Health Policy
HB 255 (Plasencia) Private Instructional Personnel Providing Applied Behavior Analysis Services An act relating to private instructional personnel providing applied behavior analysis services; amending s. 1003.572, F.S.; revising the definition of the term "private instructional personnel" to include certain registered behavior technicians; providing an effective date. No position Now in Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee
SB 490 (Stewart; Bracy; Berman; Jones) Required Instruction in the History of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders "An act relating to required instruction in the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; amending s. 1003.42, F.S.; requiring the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to be included in specified instruction; amending ss. 1006.148 and 1014.05, F.S.; conforming cross-references; providing an effective date. " No position Referred to Education; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations
HB 281 (Valdés, Hart) Required Instruction in the History of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders An act relating to required instruction in the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; amending s. 1003.42, F.S.; requiring the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to be included in specified instruction; amending ss. 1006.148 and 1014.05, F.S.; conforming cross-references to changes made by the act; providing an effective date. No position Now in Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee
HB 281 (Valdés, Hart) Required Instruction in the History of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders An act relating to required instruction in the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; amending s. 1003.42, F.S.; requiring the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to be included in specified instruction; amending ss. 1006.148 and 1014.05, F.S.; conforming cross-references to changes made by the act; providing an effective date. No position Now in Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee
SB 480 (Burgess, Book) Required Instruction in Public Schools "An act relating to required instruction in public schools; amending s. 1003.42, F.S.; requiring members of the instructional staff of public schools to provide instruction on social media literacy; defining the term “social media”; requiring district school boards to make social media literacy instructional material available online; providing an effective date. " No position Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
SB 452 (Perry) Public Health An act relating to public health; amending s. 381.0016, F.S.; prohibiting counties and municipalities from requiring citizens of the United States to submit to any medical procedure or receive any medical treatment; prohibiting counties and municipalities from conditioning access to public property or services on whether a citizen has submitted to any medical procedure or received any medical treatment; providing construction; prohibiting counties and municipalities from requiring the wearing of a face covering; defining the term “face covering”; providing that any such requirement is void; creating s. 1001.4201, F.S.; prohibiting district school boards from adopting, implementing, or enforcing a policy, a rule, a code of conduct, or an order requiring the wearing of a face covering; defining the term “face covering”; providing that any such policy, rule, code of conduct, or order is void; creating s. 1001.5101, F.S.; prohibiting a district school superintendent from implementing or enforcing a policy, a rule, a code of conduct, or an order requiring the wearing of a face covering; defining the term “face covering”; providing that any such policy, rule, code of conduct, or order is void; creating s. 1001.55, F.S.; prohibiting a school principal from implementing or enforcing a policy, a rule, a code of conduct, or an order requiring the wearing of a face covering; defining the term “face covering”; providing that any such policy, rule, code, or order is void; providing an effective date. Dealt with in special session Withdrawn prior to introduction
SB 396 (Polsky) Fee Waivers for Students Living in a Recovery Residence An act relating to fee waivers for students living in a recovery residence; amending s. 1009.26, F.S.; authorizing each Florida College System institution, career center operated by a school district, and charter technical career center to waive out-of-state fees for students living in a recovery residence; providing eligibility criteria for such students; prohibiting tuition and fees charged to a student granted the waiver from exceeding the tuition and fees charged to a resident student; requiring a student to provide written or electronic verification of his or her residence; providing requirements for such verification; providing an eligibility period for students who provide the required verification; providing for the renewal of the out-of-state fee waiver; providing a statewide limit on such waivers; requiring each Florida College System institution, career center operated by a school district, and charter technical career center to report to the State Board of Education the number and value of all such waivers granted annually; requiring the board to adopt rules; providing an effective date. No position Referred to Education; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations
HB 191 (Skidmore, Arrington) Fee Waivers for Students Living in a Recovery Residence An act relating to fee waivers for students living in a recovery residence; amending s. 1009.26, F.S.; authorizing each Florida College System institution, career center operated by a school district, and charter technical career center to waive out-of-state fees for students living in a recovery residence; providing eligibility criteria for such students; prohibiting tuition and fees charged to a student who is granted the waiver from exceeding the tuition and fees charged to a resident student; requiring students to provide written or electronic verification of his or her residence; providing requirements for such verification; providing for an eligibility period for students who provide the required verification; providing for the renewal of the out-of-state fee waiver; providing a statewide limit on such waivers; requiring each Florida College System institution, career center operated by a school district, and charter technical career center to report to the State Board of Education the number and value of all such waivers granted annually; requiring the board to adopt rules; providing an effective date. No position Now in Post- Secondary Education & Lifelong Learning Subcommittee
SB 390 (Book) Restraint of Students with Disabilities in Public Schools An act relating to restraint of students with disabilities in public schools; amending s. 1003.573, F.S.; prohibiting school personnel from using mechanical restraint on students with disabilities; providing exceptions; conforming provisions to changes made by the act; providing an effective date. No position Referred to Education; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations
HB 235 (Plasencia) Restraint of Students with Disabilities in Public Schools "An act relating to restraint of students with disabilities in public schools; amending s. 1003.573, F.S.; prohibiting school personnel from using mechanical restraint on students with disabilities; providing exceptions; conforming provisions to changes made by the act; providing an effective date. " No position Now in Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee
HB 235 (Plasencia) Restraint of Students with Disabilities in Public Schools "An act relating to restraint of students with disabilities in public schools; amending s. 1003.573, F.S.; prohibiting school personnel from using mechanical restraint on students with disabilities; providing exceptions; conforming provisions to changes made by the act; providing an effective date. " No position Now in Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee
SB 304 (Garcia) Student Fee Exemptions An act relating to student fee exemptions; amending s. 1009.25, F.S.; revising fee waiver eligibility for students who are or were placed in the custody of a relative or nonrelative to include students placed prior to a specified date; providing an effective date. No position Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations
HB 203 (Duran, Arrington) Student Fee Exemptions An act relating to student fee exemptions; amending s. 1009.25, F.S.; revising fee waiver eligibility for students who are or were placed in the custody of a relative or nonrelative to include students placed prior to a specified date; providing an effective date. No position Now in Post- Secondary Education & Lifelong Learning Subcommittee
HB 203 (Duran, Arrington) Student Fee Exemptions "An act relating to student fee exemptions; amending s. 1009.25, F.S.; revising fee waiver eligibility for students who are or were placed in the custody of a relative or nonrelative to include students placed prior to a specified date; providing an effective date. " No position Now in Post- Secondary Education & Lifelong Learning Subcommittee
HB 289 (Valdés, Hart) School Absence Due to Sickness or Injury An act relating to school absence due to sickness or injury; amending s. 1003.24, F.S.; authorizing district school boards to determine licensed professionals that may attest to sickness or injury for a certain exemption to attendance policy; providing an effective date. No position Now in Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee
HB 243 (Roth) Exemption from Taxation for Educational Properties An act relating to exemption from taxation for educational properties; amending s. 196.198, F.S.; exempting from taxation property used by an educational institution that holds a leasehold interest in certain leases exceeding a specified number of years; providing an effective date. No position Now in Ways & Means Committee
HB 1055 Rommel, Beltran) Video Cameras in Public School Classrooms "An act relating to video cameras in public school classrooms; creating s. 1001.424, F.S.; authorizing school districts to adopt a policy to install video cameras in public school classrooms; defining the term ""incident""; requiring certain classroom teachers to wear a microphone; providing requirements for such cameras; requiring a written explanation if the operation of such cameras is interrupted; requiring district school boards to retain such explanation for a specified time period; requiring school districts to provide written notice of the installation of such cameras to certain individuals; providing requirements for retaining and deleting video recordings; prohibiting schools and school districts from certain actions regarding such recordings; providing that school principals are the custodian of such cameras and recordings and access to such recordings; providing requirements relating to student privacy; providing requirements for the viewing of such recordings; providing for an appeal process; providing that incidental viewings of such recordings by specified individuals are not a violation of certain provisions; providing construction; requiring the Department of Education to collect specified information; authorizing the State Board of Education to adopt rules; repealing s. 1003.574, F.S., relating to Video Cameras in Public School Classrooms Pilot Program; requiring each school district to complete, and each district school board to vote on, a plan to install and maintain such cameras and microphones in each classroom in the school district by a specified date; providing requirements for such plan; providing an effective date. " No position Filed on 12/28/2021
SB 766 (Brodeur, Jones) Schools of Innovation An act relating to schools of innovation; creating s. 1003.65, F.S.; establishing the Schools of Innovation Program within the Department of Education; providing the purpose of the program; defining terms; authorizing the State Board of Education to authorize the Commissioner of Education to waive certain rules; authorizing public school districts to apply for identified schools to receive the designation of school of innovation; requiring school districts participating in the Competency-Based Education Pilot Program to transition to the School of Innovation Program before a specified school year; authorizing school districts to submit innovation plans to the department; requiring the department to approve or reject innovation plans submitted by school districts within a specified timeframe; requiring that a school maintains its designation as a school of innovation for a 5-year period upon approval of an innovation plan; authorizing the department to revoke the designation if specified metrics are not met; specifying requirements for innovation plans; authorizing innovation plans to include a request for waivers from certain rules; specifying duties of the department; prohibiting a student attending a school of innovation who transfers to another school from being subject to specified penalties; providing for funding; requiring the state board to adopt rules; amending s. 1003.436, F.S.; revising the definition of the term “credit”; amending s. 1003.437, F.S.;authorizing schools designated as schools of innovation to use an alternative definition of letter grades; requiring such schools to calculate grade point averages according to a certain scale; amending s. 1007.23, F.S.; requiring the statewide articulation agreement to ensure fair and equitable access for high school graduates with mastery-based, nontraditional diplomas and transcripts; providing an effective date. Further discussion required Referred to Education; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Appropriations
HB 851 (McClain) School Concurrency "An act relating to school concurrency; amending s. 163.3180, F.S.; requiring, instead of encouraging, local governments that adopt school concurrency to apply such concurrency to development on a districtwide basis; removing provisions addressing school concurrency on a less than districtwide basis; revising provisions specifying when school concurrency is satisfied; specifying that proportionate-share mitigation may be set aside and not spent if an improvement has not been identified; providing an effective date. " No position Now in Local Administration & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee
SB 706 (Perry) School Concurrency An act relating to school concurrency; amending s.163.3180, F.S.; requiring, instead of encouraging, local governments that adopt school concurrency to apply such concurrency to development on a districtwide basis; removing provisions addressing school concurrency on a less than districtwide basis; revising provisions specifying when school concurrency is satisfied; specifying that proportionate-share mitigation must improvement has effective date. No position Referred to Community Affairs; Rules
HB 859 (Williams) Reading Achievement Initiative for Scholastic Excellence Program "An act relating to Reading Achievement Initiative for Scholastic Excellence Program; amending s. 1008.365, F.S.; authorizing tutoring provided through the tutoring program within the Reading Achievement Initiative for Scholastic Excellence Program to be provided after the school day; conforming provisions to changes made by the act; authorizing school districts that participate in the tutoring program to provide a stipend to instructional personnel and high school students serving as tutors for after-school tutoring; providing an effective date. " No position Now in Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee
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