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       Florida Senate - 2010                                     SB 976
       By Senator Wilson
       33-00949-10                                            2010976__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to teaching students in grades 1
    3         through 3 in public elementary schools; creating s.
    4         1008.26, F.S.; requiring that certain students who are
    5         enrolled in a public elementary school and reading
    6         below grade level be placed into an intensive reading
    7         lab; specifying criteria for an intensive reading lab;
    8         providing for oversight of the progress of students
    9         assigned to a reading lab; encouraging the principal
   10         of a school where reading labs are required to solicit
   11         donations to secure instructional materials; requiring
   12         that the principal of a public school where students
   13         in grades 1 through 3 are enrolled in a reading lab to
   14         create, by hiring or training, a team of teachers
   15         having expertise in specified areas; specifying
   16         requirements for training teachers to teach reading;
   17         requiring that the principal assign teachers on the
   18         team for a specified time to classes of students in
   19         grades 1 through 3; providing an effective date.
   21  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   23         Section 1. Section 1008.26, Florida Statutes, is created to
   24  read:
   25         1008.26 Reading at grade level by grade 4.—
   26         (1) Each student who is entering kindergarten, first grade,
   27  second grade, or third grade must be assessed as to his or her
   28  proficiency in the subject of reading as defined by the Sunshine
   29  State Standards. Each student who is reading below grade level
   30  must be placed into an intensive reading lab that:
   31         (a) Has a student-teacher ratio of not more than five
   32  students per one full-time equivalent teacher.
   33         (b) Is staffed at all times by a teacher who is certified
   34  under s. 1012.56 and has expertise in the area of teaching
   35  reading skills to students in kindergarten through grade 3.
   36         (c) Provides the student, for 2 hours each school day, with
   37  tutoring and remediation so that the student learns to read at
   38  grade level.
   39         (2) Each student who is assigned to an intensive reading
   40  lab must be reassessed in the middle and at the end of each
   41  school year and, if the student is reading at or above his or
   42  her grade level, the student’s assignment to the intensive
   43  reading lab shall be terminated.
   44         (3) The principal of each public school where an intensive
   45  reading lab is required under subsection (1) is encouraged to
   46  solicit, particularly from persons who qualify for an income tax
   47  deduction or credit under federal tax law, the donation of funds
   48  for purchasing instructional materials for use by students
   49  assigned to the lab, including books or computer technology or
   50  software, or the donation of such materials.
   51         (4)(a) The principal of each public school in which
   52  students in grades 1 through 3 are enrolled shall, by hiring
   53  teachers or securing training for teachers already hired, create
   54  a team of teachers for grades 1 through 3 which includes a
   55  nearly equal distribution of teachers having expertise in each
   56  of the following areas:
   57         1. Teaching reading to students in grades 1 through 3. At
   58  least one-third of the team must have this expertise.
   59         2. Teaching science and math to students in grades 1
   60  through 3.
   61         3. Teaching social science to students in grades 1 through
   62  3.
   64  If training is necessary for a teacher to develop expertise in
   65  the area of teaching reading to students in grades 1 through 3,
   66  the training must be provided outside the regular school day.
   67         (b) After July 1, 2012, the principal shall assign teachers
   68  so that during each school day at least one teacher in each of
   69  the areas of expertise described in paragraph (a) teaches for a
   70  minimum of 2 hours in the classroom of each student enrolled in
   71  grades 1 through 3. Before July 1, 2012, the principal is
   72  encouraged to make such assignments.
   73         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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