Education Related Bills Filed Dec 12-16 2016

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They're Baaaaaack.

No, not poltergeists, the legislators and "shovel ready" legislation are back in Tallahassee for their first Committee Week and we are seeing some return legislation. Most notably this week: (Bills and links below) 

  • Mandatory Recess
  • Students Leaving Campus
  • Coding as a Foreign Language
  • Reading Instruction- Massive Changes
  • Making permanent property tax policies set to expire in January 1, 2019

Committee Summaries available to FCSBM members HERE: 

BILLS FILED 12-12-12 through 12-16-16

Operations / Recess:

HB 0067: Relating to Public School Recess; Requires district school board to provide K-5 students with minimum number of minutes of free-play recess each week & minimum number of consecutive minutes of free-play recess per day. (Placencia)

SB 0078: Relating to Public School Recess; Requiring each district school board to provide students in certain grades with a minimum number of minutes of free-play recess per week and with a minimum number of consecutive minutes of free-play recess per day, etc (Flores)

SB 0148: Relating to Students Remaining on School Grounds During School Hours; Citing this act as the "Mayra Capote Act"; requiring schools in certain districts to obtain written parental consent before permitting students to leave school grounds during the lunch period, etc. (Garcia)

HB 0085: Relating to Students Remaining on School Grounds During School Hours; Provides short title; authorizes district school boards to adopt policies permitting students to leave school grounds during lunch period; prohibits schools in certain districts from permitting students to leave school grounds during lunch period without prior written parental consent. (Slosberg)

Curriculum-

Coding as a Language:

SB 0104: Relating to Computer Coding Instruction; Authorizing high schools to offer students opportunities to take specified computer coding courses beginning with a specified school year; providing that high schools will not be required to offer such courses; requiring the Commissioner of Education to identify the computer coding courses that satisfy two credits of sequential foreign language instruction under certain circumstances, etc. (Brandes)

Reading:

HB 0079: Relating to Education; Revises duties of Just Read, Florida! Office relating to reading instruction, training, & research; revises data & monitoring requirements for school improvement plans & early warning systems; revises parent notification requirements relating to students with reading deficiencies; revises requirements & standards for teacher training & professional certificates & endorsements; requires OEL to identify guidelines for reading instruction strategies; revises requirements & criteria for remediation & identification of students with reading deficiencies; revises reporting requirements relating to school improvement & accountability; revises requirements for instructional materials funds; revises duties of school districts relating to professional development. (Harrell)

Fiscal:

SJR 0076: Relating to Limitations on Property Tax Assessments; Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to remove a future repeal of provisions which limit annual assessment increases for specified nonhomestead real property, etc (Ballot language that would make 2008 changes permanent instead of expiring Jan 1, 2019)- (Lee)