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A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to career education; providing a popular
3name; creating ch. 1014, F.S., relating to career
4education; defining the term "career education"; providing
5elements of the rigorous career education system;
6providing guiding principles for career education;
7establishing the position of Deputy Commissioner of Career
8Education to direct the Office of Career Education in the
9Department of Education and specifying qualifications for
10the deputy commissioner; specifying responsibilities and
11duties; providing legislative expectations and funding
12criteria for the career education system; defining the
13term "career and professional academy"; providing elements
14and duties of a career and professional academy and for
15certification thereof; authorizing career and professional
16academy startup grants and providing qualification
17criteria; creating s. 1006.01, F.S.; requiring the
18department to provide a secondary and postsecondary
19academic and career education online student advising and
20guidance system; providing requirements for such system;
21amending s. 20.15, F.S.; providing for appointment of a
22Deputy Commissioner of Career Education; amending s.
231001.20, F.S.; creating the Office of Career Education and
24providing responsibilities of the office; amending s.
251002.23, F.S.; requiring guidelines for parents relating
26to the availability of the online student advising and
27guidance system; creating s. 1003.4157, F.S.; requiring
28credit in secondary and postsecondary career education
29opportunities for middle school promotion; requiring the
30adoption of rules; amending s. 1003.43, F.S., relating to
31general requirements for high school graduation; requiring
32use of the online student advising and guidance system and
33providing coursework for earning life management skills
34credit; amending s. 1003.492, F.S., relating to industry-
35certified career education programs; deleting obsolete
36provisions relating to studies; amending and renumbering
37s. 1004.85, F.S.; providing additional purposes for
38creation of educator preparation institutes; amending s.
391006.02, F.S.; requiring documentation that students have
40utilized the online student advising and guidance system;
41amending s. 1006.025, F.S.; requiring such documentation
42in guidance reports; amending s. 1009.21, F.S.; providing
43for determination of resident status for the purpose of
44assessing tuition for instruction in workforce education
45programs offered by school districts; amending s. 1009.25,
46F.S.; providing fee exemptions for students seeking
47postsecondary career education degrees, certificates, or
48diplomas; authorizing a position and providing an
49appropriation; providing an effective date.
50
51Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
52
53     Section 1.  This act may be cited as the "SUCCEED, FLORIDA!
54Initiative."
55     Section 2.  Chapter 1014, Florida Statutes, consisting of
56sections 1014.01, 1014.05, 1014.15, 1014.18, 1014.21, and
571014.25, is created to read:
581014.01  Career education.--
59     (1)  As used in this chapter, the term "career education"
60includes career certificate programs, applied technology diploma
61programs, degree career education programs, apprenticeship and
62preapprenticeship programs, career academy programs, and other
63rigorous career education programs offered by school districts,
64the Florida Virtual School, and postsecondary educational
65institutions to prepare students for rewarding careers.
66     (2)  The rigorous career education system shall:
67     (a)  Prepare students in career education programs,
68including career and professional academies, to:
69     1.  Succeed in postsecondary education.
70     2.  Attain and sustain employment and have the opportunity
71to realize economic self-sufficiency.
72     (b)  Prepare students to enter rewarding careers identified
73by the Workforce Estimating Conference, pursuant to s. 216.136,
74and other programs of critical state need as approved by
75Workforce Florida, Inc.
76     (c)  Produce skilled employees for employers in the state
77pursuant to s. 445.006(1).
78     (3)  A career education program that meets the requirements
79of s. 1014.21 and is offered in a career center established
80pursuant to s. 1001.44 may use the term "career college" in the
81name of the career center that offers the program.
82     1014.05  Guiding principles for career education.--
83     (1)  All students should have the opportunity to graduate
84from high school ready to embark on rewarding careers and
85prepared for postsecondary education.
86     (2)  Both secondary and postsecondary career education
87programs must include a rigorous and relevant academic program.
88     (3)  Instructional delivery systems for both secondary and
89postsecondary career education programs should include qualified
90teachers delivering a career education curriculum in a relevant
91context with student-centered, research-based instructional
92strategies and a rigorous standards-based academic curriculum.
93     1014.15  Deputy Commissioner of Career Education; Office of
94Career Education.--
95     (1)  The position of Deputy Commissioner of Career
96Education is established in the Department of Education to
97direct the department's Office of Career Education, pursuant to
98s. 1001.20(4)(f). The deputy commissioner shall be responsible
99for evaluating the role of public and private secondary and
100postsecondary educational programs in providing rigorous career
101education and reporting to the Commissioner of Education the
102effectiveness of such programs; developing in partnership with
103the business community and Workforce Florida, Inc., a statewide
104marketing plan for secondary career education to attract high
105school students into careers of critical state need; and
106promoting seamless articulation throughout the career education
107system. The deputy commissioner shall be a person with
108established business credentials or proven success in
109collaborating with the private sector in designing and
110implementing successful career education programs as described
111in s. 1014.21. The deputy commissioner shall be appointed by the
112Commissioner of Education and shall report to the commissioner.
113     (2)  The Office of Career Education shall promote a
114seamless secondary through postsecondary career education system
115that is flexible, able to respond in a timely manner to student
116and workforce needs, and not controlled by any one education
117sector.
118     1014.18  Legislative expectations and funding criteria for
119the career education system.--Legislative expectations and
120funding criteria for the rigorous career education system are as
121follows:
122     (1)  Seamless career education articulation both vertically
123and horizontally.
124     (2)  Creative career counseling strategies and enhanced
125guidance structures, including:
126     (a)  A secondary and postsecondary academic and career
127education online student advising and guidance system that is
128student and parent friendly, partners with the business and
129industry community as well as postsecondary educational
130institutions in this state and other states, and made part of
131the instruction in grades 8 through 12.
132     (b)  Promotion in middle school of secondary and
133postsecondary career education programs, including opportunities
134to participate in a career and professional academy. Such
135promotion shall take place through middle school exploratory
136courses and use of the secondary and postsecondary academic and
137career education online student advising and guidance system
138described in s. 1006.01.
139     (c)  Involvement of Workforce Florida, Inc., and regional
140workforce boards.
141     (d)  Partnerships with business and industry using tools,
142equipment, and systems used in the business setting, including
143internships, externships, and on-the-job training.
144     (e)  Opportunities and encouragement for parent
145participation in secondary and postsecondary career education
146planning.
147     (f)  Professional development programs to assist guidance
148counselors in using a mentor-teacher guidance model.
149     (3)  Development of career and professional academies,
150including:
151     (a)  Rigorous and relevant academic standards and curricula
152and increased academic performance of students and schools using
153school-level accountability data.
154     (b)  Best practices that include rigorous and relevant
155academic standards and curricula, are based on research and
156proven effective programs, and include preparation of high
157school graduates for rewarding careers and postsecondary
158education.
159     (c)  A plan for replicating successful academies that
160demonstrate high performance in preparing students for both
161rewarding careers and postsecondary education and that respond
162to workforce needs.
163     (4)  Significant improvements in coordination and quality
164of career education data collection, including comparison of
165diploma, certificate, and degree production to workforce needs;
166secondary and postsecondary career education program followup
167surveys to determine student outcomes; second-year postsecondary
168student resume postings on the Workforce Florida, Inc.,
169employment website; and submission of student enrollment and
170graduation information to the Florida Education and Training
171Placement Information Program.
172     (5)  Elimination of waiting lists for rigorous secondary
173and postsecondary career education programs.
174     (6)  Aggressive promotion of the Bright Futures Florida
175Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship as a career-enhancing
176scholarship applicable to all postsecondary career education
177programs.
178     (7)  Establishment of secondary and postsecondary career
179education best practices for relevant student-centered,
180research-based instructional strategies.
181     (8)  Regular review of all secondary career education
182courses to identify those courses equivalent to postsecondary
183career education courses based on course content for inclusion
184in dual enrollment programs.
185     (9)  A marketing plan for secondary career education to
186attract high school students into careers of critical state
187need, developed in partnership with the business community and
188Workforce Florida, Inc., that includes:
189     (a)  Direct statewide marketing to students and families in
190cooperation with Workforce Florida, Inc., and the Agency for
191Workforce Innovation.
192     (b)  Business participation in all career education
193programs through the use of incentives.
194     (c)  Professional recruiters to provide information and
195career opportunities.
196     (d)  Advertisements and public service announcement
197campaigns designed by business representatives to inform
198students and their parents about career education programs and
199career and employment opportunities.
200     (10)  Strong coordination with Workforce Florida, Inc., and
201the Agency for Workforce Innovation.
202     (11)  Workforce skills-based training that assesses
203workforce skills and matches these skills with specific careers.
204     (12)  Strong criteria and accountability measures for
205postsecondary career education programs, including increased
206participant completion rates, program accountability, and
207longitudinal program evaluation.
208     (13)  Identification and elimination of low-performing and
209geographically duplicative career education programs.
210     (14)  Guidelines for implementation of the fee exemptions
211pursuant to s. 1009.25(4).
212     (15)  A methodology for business experts to be able to
213teach career education subjects within their areas of expertise
214in postsecondary career education programs.
215     (16)  Provision of postsecondary career education programs
216in time segments needed by business.
217     (17)  Career education regional strategic plans coordinated
218with regional workforce boards, area chambers of commerce, local
219employers, school districts, career centers, and community
220colleges that address:
221     (a)  Articulation agreements between secondary and
222postsecondary career education and college programs for a
223seamless transition of students and maximum transferability of
224coursework through the career education system.
225     (b)  Career ladders for students from high school through
226higher levels of postsecondary training.
227     (c)  Access to career education programs through multiple
228site offerings, short-term accelerated training options, and
229distance learning.
230     (18)  A periodic articulation audit for secondary and
231postsecondary career education that:
232     (a)  Focuses on courses and programs designed to produce
233skilled employees for the current and emerging workforce.
234     (b)  Identifies specific improvements needed to maximize
235credit given to public and private secondary and postsecondary
236students.
237     (c)  Identifies successful local articulation agreements
238that could be replicated statewide.
239     (d)  Identifies courses in career centers that articulate
240to degree programs at postsecondary educational institutions.
241     (19)  Recommendations for changes to the current funding
242methodology leading to:
243     (a)  Heightened recognition of the critical role of
244rigorous career education to the state's workforce needs.
245     (b)  Flexibility of rigorous career education programs to
246fill critical need careers.
247     (c)  Leveraging of private resources to create public-
248private career education partnerships.
249     (d)  Distribution of secondary and postsecondary rigorous
250career education funds using a common set of criteria, with base
251funding distributed on a workload basis, that takes into
252consideration the equipment, materials, and instructors
253supplied.
254     (e)  SUCCEED, FLORIDA! Initiative competitive grants as
255provided in the General Appropriations Act.
256     (20)  Annual recommendations for statutory and funding
257revisions needed to enhance the rigorous career education
258system.
259     (21)  A clear and detailed annual report on the progress of
260full implementation of the rigorous career education system.
261     1014.21  Career and professional academies.--
262     (1)  Effective July 1, 2005, a "career and professional
263academy" means a research-based, rigorous career education
264community that combines academic and technical curricula around
265a career theme and is offered by a school district,
266collaborating school districts, or the Florida Virtual School
267for the purpose of providing an instructional delivery system
268that incorporates rigorous academic standards with industry and
269business relevancy.
270     (2)  Career and professional academies may be offered
271through career academies, career colleges, career institutes,
272industry-certified career education programs, preapprenticeship
273programs, or charter technical career centers. An academy may
274include diversified cooperative education, work experience, on-
275the-job training, and dual enrollment.
276     (3)  Each career and professional academy must:
277     (a)  Provide a rigorous and relevant standards-based
278academic curriculum through a career-based theme.
279     (b)  Include one or more partnerships with businesses,
280employers, industry economic development agencies, or
281postsecondary educational institutions.
282     (c)  Correlate directly with careers and industry
283certifications with high growth, high demand, and high pay.
284     (d)  Deliver academic subjects through career paths and
285deliver curricula and instruction in ways relevant to the
286career.
287     (e)  Establish strong eligibility criteria for student
288participation.
289     (f)  Provide necessary long-range recapitalization
290projections for replacement and updating of equipment of the
291academy.
292     (4)  A career and professional academy offered by the
293Florida Virtual School shall be offered on a first priority
294basis to public school students in school districts that do not
295have a career and professional academy.
296     (5)  Students in career and professional academies that
297have postsecondary educational institutions as partners shall
298receive postsecondary credits for career education courses.
299     (6)  A school district with a career and professional
300academy may apply to the department's Office of Career Education
301for certification of the academy. Upon certification:
302     (a)  If the academy is offered in a school district career
303center, the career center may use the term "career college" in
304the name of the career center that offers the program. The
305authorization for use of the term "career college" does not
306authorize school district career centers to award postsecondary
307degrees.
308     (b)  If the academy is offered in a high school, the career
309education courses that emphasize reading, writing, mathematics,
310and science offered in the academy may be considered core
311curricula courses upon approval of the Commissioner of
312Education.
313     1014.25  Career and professional academy startup grants.--
314     (1)  As provided in the General Appropriations Act, a
315district school board or the Florida Virtual School seeking to
316enter into a partnership with one or more businesses,
317industries, or postsecondary educational institutions to operate
318a career and professional academy pursuant to s. 1014.21 may
319apply to the Office of Career Education in the Department of
320Education for a startup grant to offset implementation costs.
321The Office of Career Education shall administer the startup
322grants.
323     (2)  A grant must be provided through a competitive process
324and may be used only for a career and professional academy.
325     (3)  A high school that currently has a career academy,
326career institute, industry-certified program, or
327preapprenticeship program as well as a charter technical career
328center shall be eligible to apply for a grant redesigning its
329programs to meet the rigorous and relevant academic standards of
330a career and professional academy.
331     (4)  Curriculum and content developed in a career and
332professional academy as a result of a startup grant shall be
333made available to all school districts.
334     Section 3.  Section 1006.01, Florida Statutes, is created
335to read:
336     1006.01  Enhanced secondary and postsecondary academic and
337career education online student advising and guidance
338system.--The Department of Education shall enhance the student
339advising system described in s. 1007.28 into a secondary and
340postsecondary academic and career education online student
341advising and guidance system. In addition to the requirements of
342s. 1007.28, the enhanced system must:
343     (1)  Be made available to students, parents, and counselors
344to:
345     (a)  Assist in understanding secondary and postsecondary
346career education options available through public and private
347institutions.
348     (b)  Explore various careers based on a student's interests
349and the specific education preparation, certification, or degree
350needed to pursue that career.
351     (2)  Provide secondary and postsecondary career education
352guidance that is meaningful, relevant, useful, student and
353parent friendly, and tailored to the needs and talents of
354individual students.
355     (3)  Provide access to resources available throughout the
356geographic region of the Southern Regional Education Board.
357     (4)  Provide access to information from regional workforce
358boards so that local career information may be obtained as well
359as information about careers that are state critical needs or
360identified as rewarding careers and the secondary and
361postsecondary career education necessary to enter these careers.
362     (5)  Provide continuous secondary and postsecondary career
363education guidance beginning in middle school, and store student
364information until completion of the student's education.
365     Section 4.  Subsections (3), (4), (5), (6), and (7) of
366section 20.15, Florida Statutes, are renumbered as subsections
367(4), (5), (6), (7), and (8), respectively, and a new subsection
368(3) is added to said section to read:
369     20.15  Department of Education.--There is created a
370Department of Education.
371     (3)  DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF CAREER EDUCATION.--The
372Commissioner of Education shall appoint a Deputy Commissioner of
373Career Education pursuant to s. 1014.15 to direct the Office of
374Career Education established in s. 1001.20(4)(f).
375     Section 5.  Paragraph (f) is added to subsection (4) of
376section 1001.20, Florida Statutes, to read:
377     1001.20  Department under direction of state board.--
378     (4)  The Department of Education shall establish the
379following offices within the Office of the Commissioner of
380Education which shall coordinate their activities with all other
381divisions and offices:
382     (f)  Office of Career Education.--Responsible for
383evaluating the effectiveness of public and private secondary and
384postsecondary education programs in providing rigorous career
385education; developing in partnership with the business community
386and Workforce Florida, Inc., a marketing plan for secondary and
387postsecondary career education, including career and
388professional academies, to attract secondary and postsecondary
389students into careers of critical state need; promoting seamless
390articulation throughout the career education system; and
391administering career and professional academy startup grants.
392     Section 6.  Paragraphs (a) and (d) of subsection (2) of
393section 1002.23, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
394     1002.23  Family and School Partnership for Student
395Achievement Act.--
396     (2)  To facilitate meaningful parent and family
397involvement, the Department of Education shall develop
398guidelines for a parent guide to successful student achievement
399which describes what parents need to know about their child's
400educational progress and how they can help their child to
401succeed in school. The guidelines shall include, but need not be
402limited to:
403     (a)  Parental information regarding:
404     1.  Requirements for their child to be promoted to the next
405grade, as provided for in s. 1008.25;
406     2.  Progress of their child toward achieving state and
407district expectations for academic proficiency;
408     3.  Assessment results, including report cards and progress
409reports; and
410     4.  Qualifications of their child's teachers; and
411     5.  Availability of the secondary and postsecondary
412academic and career education online student advising and
413guidance system described in s. 1006.01;
414     (d)  Opportunities for parents to learn about rigorous
415academic programs that may be available for their child, such as
416honors programs, dual enrollment, advanced placement,
417International Baccalaureate, Florida Virtual High School
418courses, career and professional academies, and accelerated
419access to postsecondary education;
420     Section 7.  Section 1003.4157, Florida Statutes, is created
421to read:
422     1003.4157  Middle school promotion requirement.--Beginning
423with students entering grade 8 in the 2005-2006 school year,
424promotion from a middle school requires one-half credit in grade
4258 in secondary and postsecondary career education opportunities,
426including hands-on use of the secondary and postsecondary
427academic and career education online student advising and
428guidance system described in s. 1006.01, high school course
429selection, potential career options and the educational path
430necessary to pursue those options, and potential opportunities
431to participate in a career and professional academy. The State
432Board of Education shall adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1)
433and 120.54 to provide for alternative middle school promotion
434standards for credit in secondary and postsecondary career
435education opportunities for students in grades 6, 7, or 8 who
436are not enrolled in schools with a grade 6 through 8 middle
437school configuration.
438     Section 8.  Paragraph (i) of subsection (1) of section
4391003.43, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
440     1003.43  General requirements for high school graduation.--
441     (1)  Graduation requires successful completion of either a
442minimum of 24 academic credits in grades 9 through 12 or an
443International Baccalaureate curriculum. The 24 credits shall be
444distributed as follows:
445     (i)  One-half credit in life management skills to include
446consumer education, positive emotional development, marriage and
447relationship skill-based education, nutrition, parenting skills,
448prevention of human immunodeficiency virus infection and
449acquired immune deficiency syndrome and other sexually
450transmissible diseases, benefits of sexual abstinence and
451consequences of teenage pregnancy, information and instruction
452on breast cancer detection and breast self-examination,
453cardiopulmonary resuscitation, drug education, and the hazards
454of smoking. The one-half credit required under this paragraph
455must include hands-on use of the secondary and postsecondary
456academic and career education online student advising and
457guidance system described in s. 1006.01. For students enrolled
458in a department-certified career and professional academy, the
459one-half credit in life management skills may be earned in a
460career preparation related course that applies various life
461management skills, including work habits, work ethics, and
462instruction in financial literacy focused on the importance of
463financial management, savings, investments, credit scores, and
464additional material as suggested by the Florida Council on
465Economic Education and the Florida Bankers Association.
466
467District school boards may award a maximum of one-half credit in
468social studies and one-half elective credit for student
469completion of nonpaid voluntary community or school service
470work. Students choosing this option must complete a minimum of
47175 hours of service in order to earn the one-half credit in
472either category of instruction. Credit may not be earned for
473service provided as a result of court action. District school
474boards that approve the award of credit for student volunteer
475service shall develop guidelines regarding the award of the
476credit, and school principals are responsible for approving
477specific volunteer activities. A course designated in the Course
478Code Directory as grade 9 through grade 12 that is taken below
479the 9th grade may be used to satisfy high school graduation
480requirements or Florida Academic Scholars award requirements as
481specified in a district school board's student progression plan.
482A student shall be granted credit toward meeting the
483requirements of this subsection for equivalent courses, as
484identified pursuant to s. 1007.271(6), taken through dual
485enrollment.
486     Section 9.  Section 1003.492, Florida Statutes, is amended
487to read:
488     1003.492  Industry-certified career education programs.--
489     (1)  A career education program within a comprehensive high
490school program of study shall be coordinated with the
491appropriate industry indicating that all components of the
492program are relevant and appropriate to prepare the student for
493further education or for employment in that industry.
494     (2)  The State Board of Education shall adopt rules
495pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 for implementing an
496industry certification process, which rules must establish any
497necessary procedures for obtaining appropriate business partners
498and requirements for business and industry involvement in
499curriculum oversight and equipment procurement.
500     (3)  The Department of Education shall study student
501performance in industry-certified career education programs. The
502department shall identify districts that currently operate
503industry-certified career education programs. The study shall
504examine the performance of participating students over time.
505Performance factors shall include, but not be limited to,
506graduation rates, retention rates, additional educational
507attainment, employment records, earnings, and industry
508satisfaction. The results of this study shall be submitted to
509the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of
510Representatives by December 31, 2004.
511     (4)  The Department of Education shall conduct a study to
512determine if a cost factor should be applied to industry-
513certified career education programs and review the need for
514startup funding for the programs. The study shall be completed
515by December 31, 2004, and shall be submitted to the President of
516the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
517     Section 10.  Section 1004.85, Florida Statutes, is
518renumbered as section 1004.045, Florida Statutes, and paragraphs
519(e), (f), and (g) are added to subsection (2) of said section to
520read:
521     1004.045 1004.85  Postsecondary educator preparation
522institutes.--
523     (2)  Postsecondary institutions that are accredited or
524approved as described in state board rule may seek approval from
525the Department of Education to create educator preparation
526institutes for the purpose of providing any or all of the
527following:
528     (e)  Instruction to assist associate degree holders who
529have business experience in demonstrating teaching competencies
530for career education courses in the specific area relating to
531their business experience.
532     (f)  Professional development instruction to assist career
533education teachers in delivering a career education curriculum
534in a relevant context with student-centered, research-based
535instructional strategies and a rigorous standards-based academic
536curriculum.
537     (g)  Professional development instruction to assist
538guidance counselors in using a mentor-teacher guidance model.
539     Section 11.  Subsection (1) of section 1006.02, Florida
540Statutes, is amended to read:
541     1006.02  Provision of information to students and parents
542regarding school-to-work transition.--
543     (1)  To facilitate each student's ability to easily and
544seamlessly combine academic and rigorous career education
545courses throughout the educational experience, all public K-12
546schools shall document as part of the guidance report required
547pursuant to s. 1006.025 that each middle school and high school
548student has used the secondary and postsecondary academic and
549career education online student advising and guidance system
550described in s. 1006.01 as part of the student's career
551exploration and planning process. The report must include the
552manner in which they have prepared students to enter the
553workforce, including information regarding the provision of
554accurate, timely career and curricular counseling to middle
555school and high school students. This information shall include
556a delineation of available career opportunities, educational
557requirements associated with each career, educational
558institutions that prepare students to enter each career, and
559student financial aid available to enable students to pursue any
560postsecondary instruction required to enter that career. This
561information shall also delineate school procedures for
562identifying individual student interests and aptitudes which
563enable students to make informed decisions about the curriculum
564that best addresses their individual interests and aptitudes
565while preparing them to enroll in postsecondary education and
566enter the workforce. This information shall include recommended
567high school coursework that prepares students for success in
568college-level work. The information shall be made known to
569parents and students annually through inclusion in the school's
570handbook, manual, or similar documents or other communications
571regularly provided to parents and students.
572     Section 12.  Paragraph (f) of subsection (2) of section
5731006.025, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
574     1006.025  Guidance services.--
575     (2)  The guidance report shall include, but not be limited
576to, the following:
577     (f)  Actions taken to provide information to students for
578the school-to-work transition and documentation that each middle
579school and high school student has used the secondary and
580postsecondary academic and career education online student
581advising and guidance system described in s. 1006.01 for the
582student's career exploration and planning process pursuant to s.
5831006.02.
584     Section 13.  The introductory paragraph, paragraph (a) of
585subsection (2), and subsections (3), (4), (8), and (9) of
586section 1009.21, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
587     1009.21  Determination of resident status for tuition
588purposes.--Students shall be classified as residents or
589nonresidents for the purpose of assessing tuition in community
590colleges and state universities and for the purpose of assessing
591tuition for instruction in workforce education programs offered
592by school districts.
593     (2)(a)  To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes:
594     1.  A person or, if that person is a dependent child, his
595or her parent or parents must have established legal residence
596in this state and must have maintained legal residence in this
597state for at least 12 months immediately prior to his or her
598qualification.
599     2.  Every applicant for admission to an institution of
600higher education or a workforce education program offered by a
601school district shall be required to make a statement as to his
602or her length of residence in the state and, further, shall
603establish that his or her presence or, if the applicant is a
604dependent child, the presence of his or her parent or parents in
605the state currently is, and during the requisite 12-month
606qualifying period was, for the purpose of maintaining a bona
607fide domicile, rather than for the purpose of maintaining a mere
608temporary residence or abode incident to enrollment in an
609institution of higher education or a workforce education program
610offered by a school district.
611     (3)  An individual shall not be classified as a resident
612for tuition purposes and, thus, shall not be eligible to receive
613the in-state tuition rate until he or she has provided such
614evidence related to legal residence and its duration as may be
615required by officials of the institution of higher education or
616officials of the school district offering the workforce
617education program from which he or she seeks the in-state
618tuition rate.
619     (4)  With respect to a dependent child, the legal residence
620of such individual's parent or parents is prima facie evidence
621of the individual's legal residence, which evidence may be
622reinforced or rebutted, relative to the age and general
623circumstances of the individual, by the other evidence of legal
624residence required of or presented by the individual. However,
625the legal residence of an individual whose parent or parents are
626domiciled outside this state is not prima facie evidence of the
627individual's legal residence if that individual has lived in
628this state for 5 consecutive years prior to enrolling or
629reregistering at the institution of higher education or
630enrolling or reregistering in a workforce education program
631offered by a school district at which resident status for
632tuition purposes is sought.
633     (8)  A person who has been properly classified as a
634resident for tuition purposes but who, while enrolled in an
635institution of higher education or a workforce education program
636offered by a school district in this state, loses his or her
637resident tuition status because the person or, if he or she is a
638dependent child, the person's parent or parents establish
639domicile or legal residence elsewhere shall continue to enjoy
640the in-state tuition rate for a statutory grace period, which
641period shall be measured from the date on which the
642circumstances arose that culminated in the loss of resident
643tuition status and shall continue for 12 months. However, if the
64412-month grace period ends during a semester or academic term
645for which such former resident is enrolled, such grace period
646shall be extended to the end of that semester or academic term.
647     (9)  Any person who ceases to be enrolled in at or who
648graduates from an institution of higher education or a workforce
649education program offered by a school district while classified
650as a resident for tuition purposes and who subsequently abandons
651his or her domicile in this state shall be permitted to reenroll
652in at an institution of higher education or a workforce
653education program offered by a school district in this state as
654a resident for tuition purposes without the necessity of meeting
655the 12-month durational requirement of this section if that
656person has reestablished his or her domicile in this state
657within 12 months of such abandonment and continuously maintains
658the reestablished domicile during the period of enrollment. The
659benefit of this subsection shall not be accorded more than once
660to any one person.
661     Section 14.  Subsection (4) is added to section 1009.25,
662Florida Statutes, to read:
663     1009.25  Fee exemptions.--
664     (4)  Students seeking postsecondary career education
665degrees, certificates, or diplomas from a school district that
666provides postsecondary career education programs or from a
667community college are exempt from a proportionate share of the
668payment of tuition and fees, including lab fees, as specified
669below:
670     (a)  One-half of tuition and fees after the student has
671completed one-half of a career education program.
672     (b)  Three-fourths of tuition and fees after the student
673has completed three-fourths of a career education program.
674     Section 15.  One full-time equivalent position is
675authorized and the sum of $ _________is appropriated from the
676General Revenue Fund to the Department of Education for the
677position of Deputy Commissioner of Career Education.
678     Section 16.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2005.


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