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Senate Bill 1514

Senate Bill sb1514

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    Florida Senate - 2004                                  SB 1514

    By Senator Cowin





    20-1049-04

  1                      A bill to be entitled

  2         An act relating to extracurricular student

  3         activities; amending s. 1006.15, F.S.;

  4         providing, as an additional requirement for

  5         eligibility to participate in such activities,

  6         that a student must receive a passing grade in

  7         each core course required for graduation;

  8         defining the term "core course"; applying the

  9         eligibility requirements to all extracurricular

10         activities, rather than to interscholastic

11         activities only; providing an exception;

12         providing an effective date.

13  

14  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:

15  

16         Section 1.  Section 1006.15, Florida Statutes, is

17  amended to read:

18         1006.15  Student standards for participation in

19  interscholastic extracurricular student activities;

20  regulation.--

21         (1)  This section may be cited as the "Craig Dickinson

22  Act."

23         (2)  Interscholastic Extracurricular student activities

24  are an important complement to the academic curriculum.

25  Participation in a comprehensive extracurricular and academic

26  program contributes to student development of the social and

27  intellectual skills necessary to become a well-rounded adult.

28  As used in this section, the term "extracurricular" means any

29  school-authorized or education-related activity, including,

30  but not limited to, interscholastic activities, occurring

31  during or outside the regular instructional school day.

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 1         (3)(a)  To be eligible to participate in

 2  interscholastic extracurricular student activities, a student

 3  must:

 4         1.  Maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or above on a

 5  4.0 scale, or its equivalent, in the previous semester or a

 6  cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale,

 7  or its equivalent, in the courses required by s. 1003.43(1).

 8         2.  Beginning with the 2004-2005 school year, receive a

 9  passing grade in each core course required for graduation

10  which the student takes. As used in this section, the term

11  "core course" includes a course taken in the area of math,

12  science, social studies, or language arts. This requirement

13  shall be applied at the end of each grading period. This

14  subparagraph does not prohibit a student from participating in

15  an extracurricular activity to the extent that such

16  participation directly relates to the student's receiving the

17  credit or one-half credit in physical education satisfied by

18  participation in the extracurricular activity under s.

19  1003.43(1)(j).

20         3.2.  Execute and fulfill the requirements of an

21  academic performance contract between the student, the

22  district school board, the appropriate governing association,

23  and the student's parents, if the student's cumulative grade

24  point average falls below 2.0, or its equivalent, on a 4.0

25  scale in the courses required by s. 1003.43(1) or, for

26  students who entered the 9th grade prior to the 1997-1998

27  school year, if the student's cumulative grade point average

28  falls below 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent, in the

29  courses required by s. 1003.43(1) that are taken after July 1,

30  1997. At a minimum, the contract must require that the student

31  

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 1  attend summer school, or its graded equivalent, between grades

 2  9 and 10 or grades 10 and 11, as necessary.

 3         4.3.  Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or

 4  above on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent, in the courses

 5  required by s. 1003.43(1) during his or her junior or senior

 6  year.

 7         5.4.  Maintain satisfactory conduct and, if a student

 8  is convicted of, or is found to have committed, a felony or a

 9  delinquent act which would have been a felony if committed by

10  an adult, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld, the

11  student's participation in interscholastic extracurricular

12  activities is contingent upon established and published

13  district school board policy.

14         (b)  Any student who is exempt from attending a full

15  school day based on rules adopted by the district school board

16  for double session schools or programs, experimental schools,

17  or schools operating under emergency conditions must maintain

18  the grade point average required by this section and pass each

19  class for which he or she is enrolled.

20         (c)  An individual home education student is eligible

21  to participate at the public school to which the student would

22  be assigned according to district school board attendance area

23  policies or which the student could choose to attend pursuant

24  to district or interdistrict controlled open enrollment

25  provisions, or may develop an agreement to participate at a

26  private school, in the interscholastic extracurricular

27  activities of that school, provided the following conditions

28  are met:

29         1.  The home education student must meet the

30  requirements of the home education program pursuant to s.

31  1002.41.

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 1         2.  During the period of participation at a school, the

 2  home education student must demonstrate educational progress

 3  as required in paragraph (b) in all subjects taken in the home

 4  education program by a method of evaluation agreed upon by the

 5  parent and the school principal which may include: review of

 6  the student's work by a certified teacher chosen by the

 7  parent; grades earned through correspondence; grades earned in

 8  courses taken at a community college, university, or trade

 9  school; standardized test scores above the 35th percentile; or

10  any other method designated in s. 1002.41.

11         3.  The home education student must meet the same

12  residency requirements as other students in the school at

13  which he or she participates.

14         4.  The home education student must meet the same

15  standards of acceptance, behavior, and performance as required

16  of other students in extracurricular activities.

17         5.  The student must register with the school his or

18  her intent to participate in interscholastic extracurricular

19  activities as a representative of the school before the

20  beginning date of the season for the activity in which he or

21  she wishes to participate. A home education student must be

22  able to participate in curricular activities if that is a

23  requirement for an extracurricular activity.

24         6.  A student who transfers from a home education

25  program to a public school before or during the first grading

26  period of the school year is academically eligible to

27  participate in interscholastic extracurricular activities

28  during the first grading period provided the student has a

29  successful evaluation from the previous school year, pursuant

30  to subparagraph 2.

31  

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 1         7.  Any public school or private school student who has

 2  been unable to maintain academic eligibility for participation

 3  in interscholastic extracurricular activities is ineligible to

 4  participate in such activities as a home education student

 5  until the student has successfully completed one grading

 6  period in home education pursuant to subparagraph 2. to become

 7  eligible to participate as a home education student.

 8         (d)  An individual charter school student pursuant to

 9  s. 1002.33 is eligible to participate at the public school to

10  which the student would be assigned according to district

11  school board attendance area policies or which the student

12  could choose to attend, pursuant to district or interdistrict

13  controlled open-enrollment provisions, in any interscholastic

14  extracurricular activity of that school, unless such activity

15  is provided by the student's charter school, if the following

16  conditions are met:

17         1.  The charter school student must meet the

18  requirements of the charter school education program as

19  determined by the charter school governing board.

20         2.  During the period of participation at a school, the

21  charter school student must demonstrate educational progress

22  as required in paragraph (b).

23         3.  The charter school student must meet the same

24  residency requirements as other students in the school at

25  which he or she participates.

26         4.  The charter school student must meet the same

27  standards of acceptance, behavior, and performance that are

28  required of other students in extracurricular activities.

29         5.  The charter school student must register with the

30  school his or her intent to participate in interscholastic

31  extracurricular activities as a representative of the school

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 1  before the beginning date of the season for the activity in

 2  which he or she wishes to participate. A charter school

 3  student must be able to participate in curricular activities

 4  if that is a requirement for an extracurricular activity.

 5         6.  A student who transfers from a charter school

 6  program to a traditional public school before or during the

 7  first grading period of the school year is academically

 8  eligible to participate in interscholastic extracurricular

 9  activities during the first grading period if the student has

10  a successful evaluation from the previous school year,

11  pursuant to subparagraph 2.

12         7.  Any public school or private school student who has

13  been unable to maintain academic eligibility for participation

14  in interscholastic extracurricular activities is ineligible to

15  participate in such activities as a charter school student

16  until the student has successfully completed one grading

17  period in a charter school pursuant to subparagraph 2. to

18  become eligible to participate as a charter school student.

19         (4)  The student standards for participation in

20  interscholastic extracurricular activities must be applied

21  beginning with the student's first semester of the 9th grade.

22  Each student must meet such other requirements for

23  participation as may be established by the district school

24  board; however, a district school board may not establish

25  requirements for participation in interscholastic

26  extracurricular activities which make participation in such

27  activities less accessible to home education students than to

28  other students. Except as set forth in paragraph (3)(c),

29  evaluation processes or requirements that are placed on home

30  education student participants may not go beyond those that

31  apply under s. 1002.41 to home education students generally.

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 1         (5)  Any organization or entity that regulates or

 2  governs interscholastic extracurricular activities of public

 3  schools:

 4         (a)  Shall permit home education associations to join

 5  as member schools.

 6         (b)  Shall not discriminate against any eligible

 7  student based on an educational choice of public, private, or

 8  home education.

 9         (6)  Public schools are prohibited from membership in

10  any organization or entity which regulates or governs

11  interscholastic extracurricular activities and discriminates

12  against eligible students in public, private, or home

13  education.

14         (7)  Any insurance provided by district school boards

15  for participants in extracurricular activities shall cover the

16  participating home education student. If there is an

17  additional premium for such coverage, the participating home

18  education student shall pay the premium.

19         Section 2.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2004.

20  

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22                          SENATE SUMMARY

23    Provides, as an additional requirement for eligibility to
      participate in student extracurricular activities, that a
24    student must receive a passing grade in each core course
      required for graduation which the student takes. Defines
25    the term "core course." Applies the eligibility
      requirements to all extracurricular activities, rather
26    than to interscholastic activities only. Provides an
      exception for activities applicable to earning physical
27    education credits under s. 1003.43(1)(j), F.S.

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