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                                                  SENATE AMENDMENT
    Bill No. CS for SB 3000
    Amendment No. ___   Barcode 730710
                            CHAMBER ACTION
              Senate                               House
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       04/28/2004 05:01 PM         .                    
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11  Senator Constantine moved the following amendment:
13         Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 
14         On page 2, line 3, through
15            page 5, line 4, delete those lines
17  and insert:  
18         Section 1.  Paragraph (c) of subsection (2), paragraph
19  (e) of subsection (6), paragraph (a) of subsection (7),
20  paragraph (e) of subsection (8), paragraph (l) of subsection
21  (9), paragraph (c) of subsection (15), subsection (18), and
22  paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (20) of section 1002.33,
23  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
24         1002.33  Charter schools.--
26         (c)  Charter schools may fulfill the following
27  purposes:
28         1.  Create innovative measurement tools.
29         2.  Provide rigorous competition within the public
30  school district to stimulate continual improvement in all
31  public schools.
    2:03 PM   04/27/04                               s3000.ed22.02

SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3000 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 730710 1 3. Expand the capacity of the public school system. 2 4. Mitigate the educational impact created by the 3 development of new residential dwelling units. 4 (6) APPLICATION PROCESS AND REVIEW.--Beginning 5 September 1, 2003, applications are subject to the following 6 requirements: 7 (e)1. A Charter School Appeal Commission is 8 established to assist the commissioner and the State Board of 9 Education with a fair and impartial review of appeals by 10 applicants whose charter applications charters have been 11 denied, or whose charter contracts have not been renewed or 12 have been terminated by their sponsors, or whose disputes over 13 contract negotiations have not been resolved through 14 mediation. 15 2. The Charter School Appeal Commission may receive 16 copies of the appeal documents forwarded to the State Board of 17 Education, review the documents, gather other applicable 18 information regarding the appeal, and make a written 19 recommendation to the commissioner. The recommendation must 20 state whether the appeal should be upheld or denied and 21 include the reasons for the recommendation being offered. The 22 commissioner shall forward the recommendation to the State 23 Board of Education no later than 7 calendar days prior to the 24 date on which the appeal is to be heard. The state board must 25 consider the commission's recommendation in making its 26 decision, but is not bound by the recommendation. The decision 27 of the Charter School Appeal Commission is not subject to the 28 provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 120. 29 3. The commissioner shall appoint the members of the 30 Charter School Appeal Commission. Members shall serve without 31 compensation but may be reimbursed for travel and per diem 2 2:03 PM 04/27/04 s3000.ed22.02
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3000 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 730710 1 expenses in conjunction with their service. One-half of the 2 members must represent currently operating charter schools, 3 and one-half of the members must represent school districts. 4 The commissioner or a named designee shall chair the Charter 5 School Appeal Commission. 6 4. The chair shall convene meetings of the commission 7 and shall ensure that the written recommendations are 8 completed and forwarded in a timely manner. In cases where the 9 commission cannot reach a decision, the chair shall make the 10 written recommendation with justification, noting that the 11 decision was rendered by the chair. 12 5. Commission members shall thoroughly review the 13 materials presented to them from the appellant and the 14 sponsor. The commission may request information to clarify the 15 documentation presented to it. In the course of its review, 16 the commission may facilitate the postponement of an appeal in 17 those cases where additional time and communication may negate 18 the need for a formal appeal and both parties agree, in 19 writing, to postpone the appeal to the State Board of 20 Education. A new date certain for the appeal shall then be set 21 based upon the rules and procedures of the State Board of 22 Education. Commission members shall provide a written 23 recommendation to the state board as to whether the appeal 24 should be upheld or denied. A fact-based justification for the 25 recommendation must be included. The chair must ensure that 26 the written recommendation is submitted to the State Board of 27 Education members no later than 7 calendar days prior to the 28 date on which the appeal is to be heard. Both parties in the 29 case shall also be provided a copy of the recommendation. 30 (7) CHARTER.--The major issues involving the operation 31 of a charter school shall be considered in advance and written 3 2:03 PM 04/27/04 s3000.ed22.02
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3000 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 730710 1 into the charter. The charter shall be signed by the governing 2 body of the charter school and the sponsor, following a public 3 hearing to ensure community input. 4 (a) The charter shall address, and criteria for 5 approval of the charter shall be based on: 6 1. The school's mission, the students to be served, 7 and the ages and grades to be included. 8 2. The focus of the curriculum, the instructional 9 methods to be used, any distinctive instructional techniques 10 to be employed, and identification and acquisition of 11 appropriate technologies needed to improve educational and 12 administrative performance which include a means for promoting 13 safe, ethical, and appropriate uses of technology which comply 14 with legal and professional standards. The charter shall 15 ensure that reading is a primary focus of the curriculum and 16 that resources are provided to identify and provide 17 specialized instruction for students who are reading below 18 grade level. The curriculum and instructional strategies for 19 reading must be consistent with the Sunshine State Standards 20 and grounded in scientifically based reading research. 21 3. The current incoming baseline standard of student 22 academic achievement, the outcomes to be achieved, and the 23 method of measurement that will be used. The criteria listed 24 in this subparagraph shall include a detailed description for 25 each of the following: 26 a. How the baseline student academic achievement 27 levels and prior rates of academic progress will be 28 established. 29 b. How these baseline rates will be compared to rates 30 of academic progress achieved by these same students while 31 attending the charter school. 4 2:03 PM 04/27/04 s3000.ed22.02
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3000 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 730710 1 c. To the extent possible, how these rates of progress 2 will be evaluated and compared with rates of progress of other 3 closely comparable student populations. 4 5 The district school board is required to provide academic 6 student performance data to charter schools for each of their 7 students coming from the district school system, as well as 8 rates of academic progress of comparable student populations 9 in the district school system. 10 4. The methods used to identify the educational 11 strengths and needs of students and how well educational goals 12 and performance standards are met by students attending the 13 charter school. Included in the methods is a means for the 14 charter school to ensure accountability to its constituents by 15 analyzing student performance data and by evaluating the 16 effectiveness and efficiency of its major educational 17 programs. Students in charter schools shall, at a minimum, 18 participate in the statewide assessment program created under 19 s. 1008.22. 20 5. In secondary charter schools, a method for 21 determining that a student has satisfied the requirements for 22 graduation in s. 1003.43. 23 6. A method for resolving conflicts between the 24 governing body of the charter school and the sponsor. 25 7. The admissions procedures and dismissal procedures, 26 including the school's code of student conduct. 27 8. The ways by which the school will achieve a 28 racial/ethnic balance reflective of the community it serves or 29 within the racial/ethnic range of other public schools in the 30 same school district. 31 9. The financial and administrative management of the 5 2:03 PM 04/27/04 s3000.ed22.02
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3000 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 730710 1 school, including a reasonable demonstration of the 2 professional experience or competence of those individuals or 3 organizations applying to operate the charter school or those 4 hired or retained to perform such professional services and 5 the description of clearly delineated responsibilities and the 6 policies and practices needed to effectively manage the 7 charter school. A description of internal audit procedures and 8 establishment of controls to ensure that financial resources 9 are properly managed must be included. Both public sector and 10 private sector professional experience shall be equally valid 11 in such a consideration. 12 10. The asset and liability projections required in 13 the application which are incorporated into the charter and 14 which shall be compared with information provided in the 15 annual report of the charter school. The charter shall ensure 16 that, if a charter school internal audit reveals a deficit 17 financial position, the auditors are required to notify the 18 charter school governing board, the sponsor, and the 19 Department of Education. The internal auditor shall report 20 such findings in the form of an exit interview to the 21 principal or the principal administrator of the charter school 22 and the chair of the governing board within 7 working days 23 after finding the deficit position. A final report shall be 24 provided to the entire governing board, the sponsor, and the 25 Department of Education within 14 working days after the exit 26 interview. 27 11. A description of procedures that identify various 28 risks and provide for a comprehensive approach to reduce the 29 impact of losses; plans to ensure the safety and security of 30 students and staff; plans to identify, minimize, and protect 31 others from violent or disruptive student behavior; and the 6 2:03 PM 04/27/04 s3000.ed22.02
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3000 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 730710 1 manner in which the school will be insured, including whether 2 or not the school will be required to have liability 3 insurance, and, if so, the terms and conditions thereof and 4 the amounts of coverage. 5 12. The term of the charter which shall provide for 6 cancellation of the charter if insufficient progress has been 7 made in attaining the student achievement objectives of the 8 charter and if it is not likely that such objectives can be 9 achieved before expiration of the charter. The initial term of 10 a charter shall be for 3, 4, or 5 years. In order to 11 facilitate access to long-term financial resources for charter 12 school construction, charter schools that are operated by a 13 municipality or other public entity as provided by law are 14 eligible for up to a 15-year charter, subject to approval by 15 the district school board. A charter lab school is eligible 16 for a charter for a term of up to 15 years. In addition, to 17 facilitate access to long-term financial resources for charter 18 school construction, charter schools that are operated by a 19 private, not-for-profit, s. 501(c)(3) status corporation are 20 eligible for up to a 10-year charter, subject to approval by 21 the district school board. Such long-term charters remain 22 subject to annual review and may be terminated during the term 23 of the charter, but only for specific good cause according to 24 the provisions set forth in subsection (8). 25 13. The facilities to be used and their location. 26 14. The qualifications to be required of the teachers 27 and the potential strategies used to recruit, hire, train, and 28 retain qualified staff to achieve best value. 29 15. The governance structure of the school, including 30 the status of the charter school as a public or private 31 employer as required in paragraph (12)(i). 7 2:03 PM 04/27/04 s3000.ed22.02
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3000 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 730710 1 16. A timetable for implementing the charter which 2 addresses the implementation of each element thereof and the 3 date by which the charter shall be awarded in order to meet 4 this timetable. 5 17. In the case of an existing public school being 6 converted to charter status, alternative arrangements for 7 current students who choose not to attend the charter school 8 and for current teachers who choose not to teach in the 9 charter school after conversion in accordance with the 10 existing collective bargaining agreement or district school 11 board rule in the absence of a collective bargaining 12 agreement. However, alternative arrangements shall not be 13 required for current teachers who choose not to teach in a 14 charter lab school, except as authorized by the employment 15 policies of the state university which grants the charter to 16 the lab school. 17 18. The salary or salary range for each position in 18 the charter school and an explanation of the method by which 19 the salaries or salary ranges are determined. 20 19. The identity of all relatives employed by the 21 charter school who are related to the charter school owner, 22 president, chairperson of the board of directors, 23 superintendent, board member, principal, assistant principal, 24 or any other person employed by the charter school with 25 equivalent decision-making authority. For purposes of this 26 subparagraph, the term "relative" means father, mother, son, 27 daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, 28 niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, 29 son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, 30 stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, 31 stepsister, half brother, or half sister. 8 2:03 PM 04/27/04 s3000.ed22.02
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3000 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 730710 1 (8) CAUSES FOR NONRENEWAL OR TERMINATION OF CHARTER.-- 2 (e) When a charter is not renewed or is terminated, 3 the school shall be dissolved under the provisions of law 4 under which the school was organized, and any unencumbered 5 public funds, except for capital outlay funds, from the 6 charter school shall revert to the district school board. 7 Capital outlay funds provided pursuant to s. 1013.62 that are 8 unencumbered shall revert to the department to be 9 redistributed among eligible charter schools. In the event a 10 charter school is dissolved or is otherwise terminated, all 11 district school board property and improvements, furnishings, 12 and equipment purchased with public funds shall automatically 13 revert to full ownership by the district school board, subject 14 to complete satisfaction of any lawful liens or encumbrances. 15 Any unencumbered public funds from the charter school, 16 district school board property and improvements, furnishings, 17 and equipment purchased with public funds, or financial or 18 other records pertaining to the charter school, in the 19 possession of any person, entity, or holding company, other 20 than the charter school, shall be held in trust upon the 21 district school board's request, until any appeal status is 22 resolved. 23 (9) CHARTER SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS.-- 24 (l) The governing body of the charter school shall 25 report its progress annually to its sponsor, which shall 26 forward the report to the Commissioner of Education at the 27 same time as other annual school accountability reports. The 28 Department of Education shall include in its compilation a 29 notation if a school failed to file its report by the deadline 30 established by the department. The report shall include at 31 least the following components: 9 2:03 PM 04/27/04 s3000.ed22.02
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3000 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 730710 1 1. Student achievement performance data, including the 2 information required for the annual school report and the 3 education accountability system governed by ss. 1008.31 and 4 1008.345. Charter schools are subject to the same 5 accountability requirements as other public schools, including 6 reports of student achievement information that links baseline 7 student data to the school's performance projections 8 identified in the charter. The charter school shall identify 9 reasons for any difference between projected and actual 10 student performance. 11 2. Financial status of the charter school which must 12 include revenues and expenditures at a level of detail that 13 allows for analysis of the ability to meet financial 14 obligations and timely repayment of debt. 15 3. Documentation of the facilities in current use and 16 any planned facilities for use by the charter school for 17 instruction of students, administrative functions, or 18 investment purposes. 19 4. Descriptive information about the charter school's 20 personnel, including salary and benefit levels of each charter 21 school employee employees, the proportion of instructional 22 personnel who hold professional or temporary certificates, and 23 the proportion of instructional personnel teaching in-field or 24 out-of-field. 25 26 27 ================ T I T L E A M E N D M E N T =============== 28 And the title is amended as follows: 29 On page 1, line 5, after the semicolon, 30 31 insert: 10 2:03 PM 04/27/04 s3000.ed22.02
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3000 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 730710 1 requiring the charter of a charter school to 2 contain information concerning the salary or 3 salary range of each position in the charter 4 school and an explanation of the method used in 5 determining the salaries or salary ranges; 6 requiring the charter of a charter school to 7 contain information concerning the employment 8 of certain relatives at the charter school; 9 defining relative; requiring the charter school 10 to report salary and benefit levels of each 11 charter school employee; 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 11 2:03 PM 04/27/04 s3000.ed22.02
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