Bill Text: FL S1552 | 2015 | Regular Session | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Student Choice

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (? 2-1)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2015-05-01 - Died on Calendar [S1552 Detail]

Download: Florida-2015-S1552-Comm_Sub.html
       Florida Senate - 2015                      CS for CS for SB 1552
       
       
        
       By the Committees on Appropriations; and Education Pre-K - 12;
       and Senator Benacquisto
       
       
       
       
       576-04525-15                                          20151552c2
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to student choice; amending s.
    3         1002.20, F.S.; conforming a provision to changes made
    4         by the act; authorizing parents of public school
    5         students to seek private educational choice options
    6         through the Florida Personal Learning Scholarship
    7         Accounts Program under certain circumstances;
    8         providing that a parent has the right to know certain
    9         financial information; requiring the information to be
   10         published in a parent guide; amending s. 1002.31,
   11         F.S.; requiring each district school board to allow a
   12         parent to enroll his or her child in and transport his
   13         or her child to any public school that has not reached
   14         capacity in the district; authorizing a school
   15         district to provide transportation to such students at
   16         the district’s discretion; requiring the student to
   17         remain at such school for a specified timeframe;
   18         revising requirements for the controlled open
   19         enrollment process; authorizing a parent to enroll his
   20         or her child in and transport his or her child to any
   21         public school that has not reached capacity in the
   22         state; requiring each district school board to
   23         establish a transfer process to another classroom
   24         teacher; providing that a parent is not given the
   25         right to choose a specific classroom teacher;
   26         providing requirements for the transfer process;
   27         amending s. 1002.33, F.S.; revising the required
   28         contents of charter school applications; requiring a
   29         charter school to submit quarterly financial
   30         statements for the first year of operation with
   31         specified information included; requiring a charter
   32         school to submit a plan to become financially viable
   33         under certain circumstances; conforming provisions
   34         regarding the appeal process for denial of a high
   35         performing charter school application; specifying that
   36         the reading curriculum and instructional strategies in
   37         a charter school’s charter satisfy the research-based
   38         reading plan requirement and that charter schools are
   39         eligible for the research-based reading allocation;
   40         requiring a person or officer of an entity who submits
   41         a charter school application to undergo background
   42         screening; prohibiting a sponsor from approving a
   43         charter school application until completion, receipt,
   44         and review of the results of such screening; requiring
   45         a charter to document that the governing board is
   46         independent of a management company or cooperative;
   47         revising charter provisions relating to long-term
   48         charters and charter terminations; revising the
   49         deadline by which a charter school must have a
   50         certificate of occupancy or temporary certificate of
   51         occupancy; revising conditions for nonrenewal or
   52         termination of a charter; requiring the sponsor to
   53         review monthly financial statements; requiring the
   54         sponsor to notify specified parties of a charter’s
   55         termination under certain circumstances; requiring a
   56         charter school’s governing board to appoint a
   57         representative to provide information and assistance
   58         to parents; requiring the governing board to hold a
   59         certain number of meetings that are noticed, open, and
   60         accessible to the public per school year; authorizing
   61         a charter school that has not reached capacity to be
   62         open to any student in the state; revising
   63         requirements for the funding of charter schools;
   64         prohibiting the district school board from delaying
   65         payment to a charter school under specified
   66         circumstances; requiring the Department of Education
   67         to include a standard application form when providing
   68         information to the public on how to form, operate, and
   69         enroll in a charter school; prohibiting an employee of
   70         a management company or cooperative from being a
   71         member of a charter school governing board;
   72         prohibiting specified conflicts of interests on the
   73         part of members of the governing board of a charter
   74         school or charter school cooperative organization;
   75         amending s. 1002.331, F.S.; providing an exception to
   76         the prohibition on a high-performing charter school
   77         establishing more than one charter school in this
   78         state under specified circumstances; conforming
   79         provisions and a cross-reference to changes made by
   80         the act; deleting obsolete provisions; creating s.
   81         1003.3101, F.S.; requiring each district school board
   82         to establish a classroom teacher transfer process for
   83         parents, approve or deny a request within a certain
   84         timeframe, and post an explanation of the transfer
   85         process in the student handbook or a similar
   86         publication; amending s. 1003.57, F.S.; revising
   87         program requirements for exceptional students
   88         instruction; requiring each school district to enter
   89         into an agreement with a hospital by a specified date;
   90         creating s. 1004.6491, F.S.; establishing the Florida
   91         Institute for Charter School Innovation; specifying
   92         requirements for the institute; requiring an annual
   93         report to the Governor and the Legislature; requiring
   94         a report on the institute’s annual financial audit to
   95         the Auditor General, the Board of Governors of the
   96         State University System, and the State Board of
   97         Education; creating s. 1011.6202, F.S.; creating the
   98         Principal Autonomy Pilot Program Initiative; providing
   99         a procedure for a school district to participate in
  100         the program; providing requirements for participating
  101         school districts and schools; exempting participating
  102         school districts from certain laws and rules;
  103         requiring principals of participating schools to
  104         complete a specific professional development program;
  105         providing for the term of participation in the
  106         program; providing for renewal or revocation of
  107         authorization to participate in the program; providing
  108         for reporting and rulemaking; amending s. 1011.64,
  109         F.S.; providing that certain training may be included
  110         in school district minimum classroom expenditure
  111         requirements; amending s. 1011.69, F.S.; requiring
  112         participating district school boards to allocate a
  113         specified percentage of certain funds to participating
  114         schools; amending s. 1012.28, F.S.; providing
  115         additional authority and responsibilities of the
  116         principal of a participating school in a charter
  117         school district; amending s. 1012.42, F.S.;
  118         authorizing a parent who receives notification that a
  119         teacher is teaching outside his or her field to
  120         request that his or her child be transferred to
  121         another classroom teacher within the school and grade
  122         in which the child is currently enrolled; amending s.
  123         1012.986, F.S.; specifying the contents of a specific
  124         professional development program for certain school
  125         principals; amending s. 1013.62, F.S.; revising
  126         eligibility requirements for charter school capital
  127         outlay funding; specifying the applicability of
  128         certain reporting requirements to charter schools and
  129         public schools; providing an effective date.
  130          
  131  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
  132  
  133         Section 1. Paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (6) and
  134  subsection (16) of section 1002.20, Florida Statutes, are
  135  amended to read:
  136         1002.20 K-12 student and parent rights.—Parents of public
  137  school students must receive accurate and timely information
  138  regarding their child’s academic progress and must be informed
  139  of ways they can help their child to succeed in school. K-12
  140  students and their parents are afforded numerous statutory
  141  rights including, but not limited to, the following:
  142         (6) EDUCATIONAL CHOICE.—
  143         (a) Public school choices.—Parents of public school
  144  students may seek whatever public school choice options that are
  145  applicable and available to students in their school districts.
  146  These options may include controlled open enrollment, single
  147  gender programs, lab schools, virtual instruction programs,
  148  charter schools, charter technical career centers, magnet
  149  schools, alternative schools, special programs, auditory-oral
  150  education programs, advanced placement, dual enrollment,
  151  International Baccalaureate, International General Certificate
  152  of Secondary Education (pre-AICE), Advanced International
  153  Certificate of Education, CAPE digital tools, CAPE industry
  154  certifications, collegiate high school programs, early
  155  admissions, credit by examination or demonstration of
  156  competency, the New World School of the Arts, the Florida School
  157  for the Deaf and the Blind, and the Florida Virtual School.
  158  These options may also include the public educational school
  159  choice options of the Opportunity Scholarship Program and the
  160  McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program.
  161         (b) Private educational school choices.—Parents of public
  162  school students may seek private educational school choice
  163  options under certain programs.
  164         1. Under the McKay Scholarships for Students with
  165  Disabilities Program, the parent of a public school student with
  166  a disability may request and receive a McKay Scholarship for the
  167  student to attend a private school in accordance with s.
  168  1002.39.
  169         2. Under the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, the
  170  parent of a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price
  171  school lunch or who is currently placed, or during the previous
  172  state fiscal year was placed, in foster care as defined in s.
  173  39.01 may seek a scholarship from an eligible nonprofit
  174  scholarship-funding organization in accordance with s. 1002.395.
  175         3. Under the Florida Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts
  176  Program, the parent of a student with a qualifying disability
  177  may apply for a personal learning scholarship to be used for
  178  educational purposes pursuant to s. 1002.385.
  179         (16) SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT RATING
  180  REPORTS; FISCAL TRANSPARENCY.—Parents of public school students
  181  have the right are entitled to an easy-to-read report card about
  182  the school’s grade designation or, if applicable under s.
  183  1008.341, the school’s improvement rating, and the school’s
  184  accountability report, including the school financial report as
  185  required under s. 1010.215 and the school district’s annual
  186  financial report, including the expenditures on a per FTE basis
  187  for the following fund types: general funds, special revenue
  188  funds, debt service funds, and capital project fund. Fiduciary
  189  funds, enterprise funds, and internal service funds may not be
  190  included. At minimum, the total expenditures on a per FTE basis,
  191  as reported in the school district’s annual financial report,
  192  must be included in the parent guide.
  193         Section 2. Section 1002.31, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  194  read:
  195         1002.31 Controlled open enrollment; Public school parental
  196  choice.—
  197         (1) As used in this section, “controlled open enrollment”
  198  means a public education delivery system that allows school
  199  districts to make student school assignments using parents’
  200  indicated preferential school choice as a significant factor.
  201         (2) As part of a district’s controlled open enrollment, and
  202  in addition to the existing choice programs provided in s.
  203  1002.20(6)(a), each district school board shall allow a parent
  204  to enroll his or her child in and transport his or her child to
  205  any public school that has not reached capacity in the district.
  206  However, a district may provide transportation to students at
  207  the district’s discretion. For purposes of continuity of
  208  educational choice, the student may remain at the school chosen
  209  by the parent until the student completes the highest grade
  210  level at the school may offer controlled open enrollment within
  211  the public schools which is in addition to the existing choice
  212  programs such as virtual instruction programs, magnet schools,
  213  alternative schools, special programs, advanced placement, and
  214  dual enrollment.
  215         (3) Each district school board offering controlled open
  216  enrollment shall adopt by rule and post on its website the
  217  process required to participate in controlled open enrollment.
  218  The process a controlled open enrollment plan which must:
  219         (a) Adhere to federal desegregation requirements.
  220         (b) Allow Include an application process required to
  221  participate in controlled open enrollment that allows parents to
  222  declare school preferences, including placement of siblings
  223  within the same school.
  224         (c) Provide a lottery procedure to determine student
  225  assignment and establish an appeals process for hardship cases.
  226         (d) Afford parents of students in multiple session schools
  227  preferred access to controlled open enrollment.
  228         (e) Maintain socioeconomic, demographic, and racial
  229  balance.
  230         (f) Address the availability of transportation.
  231         (g) Maintain existing academic eligibility criteria for
  232  schools of choice, pursuant to s. 1002.20(6)(a).
  233         (h) Identify schools that have not reached capacity, as
  234  determined by the school district. When determining capacity of
  235  each school in the district, the school district shall
  236  incorporate the specifications, plans, elements, and commitments
  237  contained in the school district educational facilities plan and
  238  the long-term work programs required under s. 1013.35 in its
  239  determination.
  240         (i) Create a preference process for dependent children of
  241  active duty military personnel for every county.
  242         (j) Provide a preference for placement of students residing
  243  in the school district.
  244         (4) In accordance with the reporting requirements of s.
  245  1011.62, each district school board shall annually report the
  246  number of students exercising public school choice, by type of
  247  choice attending the various types of public schools of choice
  248  in the district, in accordance with including schools such as
  249  virtual instruction programs, magnet schools, and public charter
  250  schools, according to rules adopted by the State Board of
  251  Education.
  252         (5)(a)Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, a parent may
  253  enroll his or her child in and transport his or her child to any
  254  public school that has not reached capacity in any school
  255  district in the state. The school district shall accept the
  256  student, pursuant to that district’s controlled open enrollment
  257  participation process, and report the student for purposes of
  258  the school district’s funding pursuant to the Florida Education
  259  Finance Program.
  260         (b) If a parent chooses to enroll his or her child in a
  261  school in another school district pursuant to paragraph (a), the
  262  parent shall notify the district of residence and the district
  263  of choice within 60 days beginning no earlier than March 1. For
  264  purposes of continuity of educational choice, the student shall
  265  remain at the school chosen by the parent until the student
  266  completes the highest grade level at the school.
  267         (6) For a school or program that is a public school of
  268  choice under this section, the calculation for compliance with
  269  maximum class size pursuant to s. 1003.03 is the average number
  270  of students at the school level.
  271         (7) Each district school board shall establish a transfer
  272  process for a parent to request that his or her child be
  273  transferred to another classroom teacher. This subsection does
  274  not give a parent the right to choose a specific classroom
  275  teacher. A school must grant or deny the transfer within 2 weeks
  276  after receiving the request. If a request for transfer is
  277  denied, the school shall notify the parent and specify the
  278  reasons for the denial. An explanation of the transfer process
  279  must be made available in the parent guide or a similar
  280  publication.
  281         Section 3. Paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) of subsection (6),
  282  paragraphs (a), (b), and (d) of subsection (7), paragraphs (e),
  283  (f), and (g) of subsection (8), paragraphs (g), (n), and (p) of
  284  subsection (9), paragraph (a) of subsection (10), subsection
  285  (13), paragraphs (b) and (e) of subsection (17), paragraph (a)
  286  of subsection (21), and paragraph (c) of subsection (26) of
  287  section 1002.33, Florida Statutes, are amended, paragraphs (h)
  288  and (i) are added to subsection (8) of that section, a new
  289  subsection (27) is added to that section, and present
  290  subsections (27) and (28) are redesignated as subsections (28)
  291  and (29), respectively, to read:
  292         1002.33 Charter schools.—
  293         (6) APPLICATION PROCESS AND REVIEW.—Charter school
  294  applications are subject to the following requirements:
  295         (a) A person or entity wishing to open a charter school
  296  shall prepare and submit an application on a model application
  297  form prepared by the Department of Education which:
  298         1. Demonstrates how the school will use the guiding
  299  principles and meet the statutorily defined purpose of a charter
  300  school.
  301         2. Provides a detailed curriculum plan that illustrates how
  302  students will be provided services to attain the Sunshine State
  303  Standards.
  304         3. Contains goals and objectives for improving student
  305  learning and measuring that improvement. These goals and
  306  objectives must indicate how much academic improvement students
  307  are expected to show each year, how success will be evaluated,
  308  and the specific results to be attained through instruction.
  309         4. Describes the reading curriculum and differentiated
  310  strategies that will be used for students reading at grade level
  311  or higher and a separate curriculum and strategies for students
  312  who are reading below grade level. A sponsor shall deny an
  313  application a charter if the school does not propose a reading
  314  curriculum that is consistent with effective teaching strategies
  315  that are grounded in scientifically based reading research, but
  316  the sponsor may not require the school to implement any
  317  curriculum adopted by the school district.
  318         5. Contains an annual financial plan for each year
  319  requested by the charter for operation of the school for up to 5
  320  years. This plan must contain anticipated fund balances based on
  321  revenue projections, a spending plan based on projected revenues
  322  and expenses, and a description of controls that will safeguard
  323  finances and projected enrollment trends.
  324         6. Discloses the name of each applicant, governing board
  325  member, and proposed management company or cooperative, if any;
  326  the name and sponsor of any charter school currently operated or
  327  previously operated by such parties; and the academic and
  328  financial history of such charter schools, which the sponsor
  329  shall consider in deciding to approve or deny the application.
  330         7. Documents that the governing board is independent of any
  331  management company or cooperative and may, at its sole
  332  discretion, terminate a contract with the management company or
  333  cooperative at any time.
  334         8.6. Contains additional information a sponsor may require,
  335  which shall be attached as an addendum to the charter school
  336  application described in this paragraph.
  337         9.7. For the establishment of a virtual charter school,
  338  documents that the applicant has contracted with a provider of
  339  virtual instruction services pursuant to s. 1002.45(1)(d).
  340         (b) A sponsor shall receive and review all applications for
  341  a charter school using an evaluation instrument developed by the
  342  Department of Education. A sponsor shall receive and consider
  343  charter school applications received on or before August 1 of
  344  each calendar year for charter schools to be opened at the
  345  beginning of the school district’s next school year, or to be
  346  opened at a time agreed to by the applicant and the sponsor. A
  347  sponsor may not refuse to receive a charter school application
  348  submitted before August 1 and may receive an application
  349  submitted later than August 1 if it chooses. In order to
  350  facilitate greater collaboration in the application process, an
  351  applicant may submit a draft charter school application on or
  352  before May 1 with an application fee of $500. If a draft
  353  application is timely submitted, the sponsor shall review and
  354  provide feedback as to material deficiencies in the application
  355  by July 1. The applicant shall then have until August 1 to
  356  resubmit a revised and final application. The sponsor may
  357  approve the draft application. Except as provided for a draft
  358  application, a sponsor may not charge an applicant for a charter
  359  any fee for the processing or consideration of an application,
  360  and a sponsor may not base its consideration or approval of a
  361  final application upon the promise of future payment of any
  362  kind. Before approving or denying any final application, the
  363  sponsor shall allow the applicant, upon receipt of written
  364  notification, at least 7 calendar days to make technical or
  365  nonsubstantive corrections and clarifications, including, but
  366  not limited to, corrections of grammatical, typographical, and
  367  like errors or missing signatures, if such errors are identified
  368  by the sponsor as cause to deny the final application.
  369         1. In order to facilitate an accurate budget projection
  370  process, a sponsor shall be held harmless for FTE students who
  371  are not included in the FTE projection due to approval of
  372  charter school applications after the FTE projection deadline.
  373  In a further effort to facilitate an accurate budget projection,
  374  within 15 calendar days after receipt of a charter school
  375  application, a sponsor shall report to the Department of
  376  Education the name of the applicant entity, the proposed charter
  377  school location, and its projected FTE.
  378         2. In order to ensure fiscal responsibility, an application
  379  for a charter school shall include a full accounting of expected
  380  assets, a projection of expected sources and amounts of income,
  381  including income derived from projected student enrollments and
  382  from community support, and an expense projection that includes
  383  full accounting of the costs of operation, including start-up
  384  costs.
  385         3.a. A sponsor shall by a majority vote approve or deny an
  386  application no later than 60 calendar days after the application
  387  is received, unless the sponsor and the applicant mutually agree
  388  in writing to temporarily postpone the vote to a specific date,
  389  at which time the sponsor shall by a majority vote approve or
  390  deny the application. If the sponsor fails to act on the
  391  application, an applicant may appeal to the State Board of
  392  Education as provided in paragraph (c). If an application is
  393  denied, the sponsor shall, within 10 calendar days after such
  394  denial, articulate in writing the specific reasons, based upon
  395  good cause, supporting its denial of the charter application and
  396  shall provide the letter of denial and supporting documentation
  397  to the applicant and to the Department of Education.
  398         b. An application submitted by a high-performing charter
  399  school identified pursuant to s. 1002.331 may be denied by the
  400  sponsor only if the sponsor demonstrates by clear and convincing
  401  evidence that:
  402         (I) The application does not materially comply with the
  403  requirements in paragraph (a);
  404         (II) The charter school proposed in the application does
  405  not materially comply with the requirements in paragraphs
  406  (9)(a)-(f);
  407         (III) The proposed charter school’s educational program
  408  does not substantially replicate that of the applicant or one of
  409  the applicant’s high-performing charter schools;
  410         (IV) The applicant has made a material misrepresentation or
  411  false statement or concealed an essential or material fact
  412  during the application process; or
  413         (V) The proposed charter school’s educational program and
  414  financial management practices do not materially comply with the
  415  requirements of this section.
  416  
  417  Material noncompliance is a failure to follow requirements or a
  418  violation of prohibitions applicable to charter school
  419  applications, which failure is quantitatively or qualitatively
  420  significant either individually or when aggregated with other
  421  noncompliance. An applicant is considered to be replicating a
  422  high-performing charter school if the proposed school is
  423  substantially similar to at least one of the applicant’s high
  424  performing charter schools and the organization or individuals
  425  involved in the establishment and operation of the proposed
  426  school are significantly involved in the operation of replicated
  427  schools.
  428         c. If the sponsor denies an application submitted by a
  429  high-performing charter school, the sponsor must, within 10
  430  calendar days after such denial, state in writing the specific
  431  reasons, based upon the criteria in sub-subparagraph b.,
  432  supporting its denial of the application and must provide the
  433  letter of denial and supporting documentation to the applicant
  434  and to the Department of Education. The applicant may appeal the
  435  sponsor’s denial of the application directly to the State Board
  436  of Education pursuant to paragraph (c) and must provide the
  437  sponsor with a copy of the appeal sub-subparagraph (c)3.b.
  438         4. For budget projection purposes, the sponsor shall report
  439  to the Department of Education the approval or denial of a
  440  charter application within 10 calendar days after such approval
  441  or denial. In the event of approval, the report to the
  442  Department of Education shall include the final projected FTE
  443  for the approved charter school.
  444         5. Upon approval of a charter application, the initial
  445  startup shall commence with the beginning of the public school
  446  calendar for the district in which the charter is granted unless
  447  the sponsor allows a waiver of this subparagraph for good cause.
  448         6. A person, or an officer of an entity, who submits an
  449  application pursuant to this subsection must undergo background
  450  screening in the same manner as instructional and
  451  noninstructional personnel hired or contracted to fill positions
  452  in a charter school or as members of the governing board of a
  453  charter school undergo background screening under s. 1012.32.
  454  Notwithstanding any other provision of this subsection, a person
  455  may not receive approval of a charter application until the
  456  person’s screening is completed and the results have been
  457  submitted to, and reviewed by, the sponsor.
  458         (c)1. An applicant may appeal any denial of that
  459  applicant’s application or failure to act on an application to
  460  the State Board of Education within no later than 30 calendar
  461  days after receipt of the sponsor’s decision or failure to act
  462  and shall notify the sponsor of its appeal. Any response of the
  463  sponsor shall be submitted to the State Board of Education
  464  within 30 calendar days after notification of the appeal. Upon
  465  receipt of notification from the State Board of Education that a
  466  charter school applicant is filing an appeal, the Commissioner
  467  of Education shall convene a meeting of the Charter School
  468  Appeal Commission to study and make recommendations to the State
  469  Board of Education regarding its pending decision about the
  470  appeal. The commission shall forward its recommendation to the
  471  state board at least 7 calendar days before the date on which
  472  the appeal is to be heard. An appeal regarding the denial of an
  473  application submitted by a high-performing charter school
  474  pursuant to s. 1002.331 shall be conducted by the State Board of
  475  Education in accordance with this paragraph, except that the
  476  commission shall not convene to make recommendations regarding
  477  the appeal. However, the Commissioner of Education shall review
  478  the appeal and make a recommendation to the state board.
  479         2. The Charter School Appeal Commission or, in the case of
  480  an appeal regarding an application submitted by a high
  481  performing charter school, the State Board of Education may
  482  reject an appeal submission for failure to comply with
  483  procedural rules governing the appeals process. The rejection
  484  shall describe the submission errors. The appellant shall have
  485  15 calendar days after notice of rejection in which to resubmit
  486  an appeal that meets the requirements set forth in State Board
  487  of Education rule. An appeal submitted subsequent to such
  488  rejection is considered timely if the original appeal was filed
  489  within 30 calendar days after receipt of notice of the specific
  490  reasons for the sponsor’s denial of the charter application.
  491         3.a. The State Board of Education shall by majority vote
  492  accept or reject the decision of the sponsor no later than 90
  493  calendar days after an appeal is filed in accordance with State
  494  Board of Education rule. The State Board of Education shall
  495  remand the application to the sponsor with its written decision
  496  that the sponsor approve or deny the application. The sponsor
  497  shall implement the decision of the State Board of Education.
  498  The decision of the State Board of Education is not subject to
  499  the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 120.
  500         b. If an appeal concerns an application submitted by a
  501  high-performing charter school identified pursuant to s.
  502  1002.331, the State Board of Education shall determine whether
  503  the sponsor’s denial of the application complies with the
  504  requirements in sub-subparagraph (b)3.b. sponsor has shown, by
  505  clear and convincing evidence, that:
  506         (I) The application does not materially comply with the
  507  requirements in paragraph (a);
  508         (II) The charter school proposed in the application does
  509  not materially comply with the requirements in paragraphs
  510  (9)(a)-(f);
  511         (III) The proposed charter school’s educational program
  512  does not substantially replicate that of the applicant or one of
  513  the applicant’s high-performing charter schools;
  514         (IV) The applicant has made a material misrepresentation or
  515  false statement or concealed an essential or material fact
  516  during the application process; or
  517         (V) The proposed charter school’s educational program and
  518  financial management practices do not materially comply with the
  519  requirements of this section.
  520  
  521  The State Board of Education shall approve or reject the
  522  sponsor’s denial of an application no later than 90 calendar
  523  days after an appeal is filed in accordance with State Board of
  524  Education rule. The State Board of Education shall remand the
  525  application to the sponsor with its written decision that the
  526  sponsor approve or deny the application. The sponsor shall
  527  implement the decision of the State Board of Education. The
  528  decision of the State Board of Education is not subject to the
  529  Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 120.
  530         (7) CHARTER.—The major issues involving the operation of a
  531  charter school shall be considered in advance and written into
  532  the charter. The charter shall be signed by the governing board
  533  of the charter school and the sponsor, following a public
  534  hearing to ensure community input.
  535         (a) The charter shall address and criteria for approval of
  536  the charter shall be based on:
  537         1. The school’s mission, the students to be served, and the
  538  ages and grades to be included.
  539         2. The focus of the curriculum, the instructional methods
  540  to be used, any distinctive instructional techniques to be
  541  employed, and identification and acquisition of appropriate
  542  technologies needed to improve educational and administrative
  543  performance which include a means for promoting safe, ethical,
  544  and appropriate uses of technology which comply with legal and
  545  professional standards.
  546         a. The charter shall ensure that reading is a primary focus
  547  of the curriculum and that resources are provided to identify
  548  and provide specialized instruction for students who are reading
  549  below grade level. The curriculum and instructional strategies
  550  for reading must be consistent with the Next Generation Sunshine
  551  State Standards and grounded in scientifically based reading
  552  research. For purposes of determining eligibility for the
  553  research-based reading instruction allocation, the reading
  554  curriculum and instructional strategies specified in the charter
  555  satisfy the research-based reading plan requirement under s.
  556  1011.62(9).
  557         b. In order to provide students with access to diverse
  558  instructional delivery models, to facilitate the integration of
  559  technology within traditional classroom instruction, and to
  560  provide students with the skills they need to compete in the
  561  21st century economy, the Legislature encourages instructional
  562  methods for blended learning courses consisting of both
  563  traditional classroom and online instructional techniques.
  564  Charter schools may implement blended learning courses which
  565  combine traditional classroom instruction and virtual
  566  instruction. Students in a blended learning course must be full
  567  time students of the charter school and receive the online
  568  instruction in a classroom setting at the charter school.
  569  Instructional personnel certified pursuant to s. 1012.55 who
  570  provide virtual instruction for blended learning courses may be
  571  employees of the charter school or may be under contract to
  572  provide instructional services to charter school students. At a
  573  minimum, such instructional personnel must hold an active state
  574  or school district adjunct certification under s. 1012.57 for
  575  the subject area of the blended learning course. The funding and
  576  performance accountability requirements for blended learning
  577  courses are the same as those for traditional courses.
  578         3. The current incoming baseline standard of student
  579  academic achievement, the outcomes to be achieved, and the
  580  method of measurement that will be used. The criteria listed in
  581  this subparagraph shall include a detailed description of:
  582         a. How the baseline student academic achievement levels and
  583  prior rates of academic progress will be established.
  584         b. How these baseline rates will be compared to rates of
  585  academic progress achieved by these same students while
  586  attending the charter school.
  587         c. To the extent possible, how these rates of progress will
  588  be evaluated and compared with rates of progress of other
  589  closely comparable student populations.
  590  
  591  The district school board is required to provide academic
  592  student performance data to charter schools for each of their
  593  students coming from the district school system, as well as
  594  rates of academic progress of comparable student populations in
  595  the district school system.
  596         4. The methods used to identify the educational strengths
  597  and needs of students and how well educational goals and
  598  performance standards are met by students attending the charter
  599  school. The methods shall provide a means for the charter school
  600  to ensure accountability to its constituents by analyzing
  601  student performance data and by evaluating the effectiveness and
  602  efficiency of its major educational programs. Students in
  603  charter schools shall, at a minimum, participate in the
  604  statewide assessment program created under s. 1008.22.
  605         5. In secondary charter schools, a method for determining
  606  that a student has satisfied the requirements for graduation in
  607  s. 1002.3105(5), s. 1003.4281, or s. 1003.4282.
  608         6. A method for resolving conflicts between the governing
  609  board of the charter school and the sponsor.
  610         7. The admissions procedures and dismissal procedures,
  611  including the school’s code of student conduct.
  612         8. The ways by which the school will achieve a
  613  racial/ethnic balance reflective of the community it serves or
  614  within the racial/ethnic range of other public schools in the
  615  same school district.
  616         9. The financial and administrative management of the
  617  school, including a reasonable demonstration of the professional
  618  experience or competence of those individuals or organizations
  619  applying to operate the charter school or those hired or
  620  retained to perform such professional services and the
  621  description of clearly delineated responsibilities and the
  622  policies and practices needed to effectively manage the charter
  623  school. A description of internal audit procedures and
  624  establishment of controls to ensure that financial resources are
  625  properly managed must be included. Both public sector and
  626  private sector professional experience shall be equally valid in
  627  such a consideration. The charter must document that the
  628  governing board is independent of any management company or
  629  cooperative and may, at its sole discretion, terminate the
  630  contract with the management company or cooperative at any time.
  631         10. The asset and liability projections required in the
  632  application which are incorporated into the charter and shall be
  633  compared with information provided in the annual report of the
  634  charter school.
  635         11. A description of procedures that identify various risks
  636  and provide for a comprehensive approach to reduce the impact of
  637  losses; plans to ensure the safety and security of students and
  638  staff; plans to identify, minimize, and protect others from
  639  violent or disruptive student behavior; and the manner in which
  640  the school will be insured, including whether or not the school
  641  will be required to have liability insurance, and, if so, the
  642  terms and conditions thereof and the amounts of coverage.
  643         12. The term of the charter which shall provide for
  644  cancellation of the charter if insufficient progress has been
  645  made in attaining the student achievement objectives of the
  646  charter and if it is not likely that such objectives can be
  647  achieved before expiration of the charter. The initial term of
  648  the a charter is either shall be for 4 years or 5 years. In
  649  order to facilitate access to long-term financial resources for
  650  charter school construction, Charter schools that are operated
  651  by a municipality or other public entity, as provided by law, or
  652  a private, not-for-profit corporation granted 501(c)(3) status
  653  by the Internal Revenue Service are eligible for up to a 15-year
  654  charter, subject to approval by the district school board. A
  655  charter lab school is also eligible for a charter for a term of
  656  up to 15 years. In addition, to facilitate access to long-term
  657  financial resources for charter school construction, charter
  658  schools that are operated by a private, not-for-profit, s.
  659  501(c)(3) status corporation are eligible for up to a 15-year
  660  charter, subject to approval by the district school board. Such
  661  long-term charters remain subject to annual review and may be
  662  terminated during the term of the charter, but only according to
  663  the provisions set forth in subsection (8) or paragraph (9)(n).
  664         13. Termination or nonrenewal of the charter pursuant to
  665  subsection (8) or paragraph (9)(n).
  666         14.13. The facilities to be used and their location. The
  667  sponsor shall may not require a charter school to have a
  668  certificate of occupancy or a temporary certificate of occupancy
  669  for such a facility no later than 30 earlier than 15 calendar
  670  days before the first day of school.
  671         15.14. The qualifications to be required of the teachers
  672  and the potential strategies used to recruit, hire, train, and
  673  retain qualified staff to achieve best value.
  674         16.15. The governance structure of the school, including
  675  the status of the charter school as a public or private employer
  676  as required in paragraph (12)(i).
  677         17.16. A timetable for implementing the charter which
  678  addresses the implementation of each element thereof and the
  679  date by which the charter shall be awarded in order to meet this
  680  timetable.
  681         18.17. In the case of an existing public school that is
  682  being converted to charter status, alternative arrangements for
  683  current students who choose not to attend the charter school and
  684  for current teachers who choose not to teach in the charter
  685  school after conversion in accordance with the existing
  686  collective bargaining agreement or district school board rule in
  687  the absence of a collective bargaining agreement. However,
  688  alternative arrangements shall not be required for current
  689  teachers who choose not to teach in a charter lab school, except
  690  as authorized by the employment policies of the state university
  691  which grants the charter to the lab school.
  692         19.18. Full disclosure of the identity of all relatives
  693  employed by the charter school who are related to the charter
  694  school owner, president, chairperson of the governing board of
  695  directors, superintendent, governing board member, principal,
  696  assistant principal, or any other person employed by the charter
  697  school who has equivalent decisionmaking authority. For the
  698  purpose of this subparagraph, the term “relative” means father,
  699  mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first
  700  cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in
  701  law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law,
  702  stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother,
  703  stepsister, half brother, or half sister.
  704         20.19. Implementation of the activities authorized under s.
  705  1002.331 by the charter school when it satisfies the eligibility
  706  requirements for a high-performing charter school. A high
  707  performing charter school shall notify its sponsor in writing by
  708  March 1 if it intends to increase enrollment or expand grade
  709  levels the following school year. The written notice shall
  710  specify the amount of the enrollment increase and the grade
  711  levels that will be added, as applicable.
  712         (b)1. A charter may be renewed provided that a program
  713  review demonstrates that the criteria in paragraph (a) have been
  714  successfully accomplished and that none of the grounds for
  715  nonrenewal established by paragraph (8)(a) has been documented.
  716  In order to facilitate long-term financing for charter school
  717  construction, Charter schools operating for a minimum of 3 years
  718  and demonstrating exemplary academic programming and fiscal
  719  management are eligible for a 15-year charter renewal. Such
  720  long-term charter is subject to annual review and may be
  721  terminated during the term of the charter.
  722         2. The 15-year charter renewal that may be granted pursuant
  723  to subparagraph 1. shall be granted to a charter school that has
  724  received a school grade of “A” or “B” pursuant to s. 1008.34 in
  725  3 of the past 4 years and is not in a state of financial
  726  emergency or deficit position as defined by this section. Such
  727  long-term charter is subject to annual review and may be
  728  terminated during the term of the charter pursuant to subsection
  729  (8).
  730         (d)1. Each charter school’s governing board must appoint a
  731  representative to facilitate parental involvement, provide
  732  access to information, assist parents and others with questions
  733  and concerns, and resolve disputes. The representative must
  734  reside in the school district in which the charter school is
  735  located and may be a governing board member, charter school
  736  employee, or individual contracted to represent the governing
  737  board. If the governing board oversees multiple charter schools
  738  in the same school district, the governing board must appoint a
  739  separate individual representative for each charter school in
  740  the district. The representative’s contact information must be
  741  provided annually in writing to parents and posted prominently
  742  on the charter school’s website if a website is maintained by
  743  the school. The sponsor may not require that governing board
  744  members reside in the school district in which the charter
  745  school is located if the charter school complies with this
  746  paragraph.
  747         2. Each charter school’s governing board must hold at least
  748  two public meetings per school year in the school district. The
  749  meetings must be noticed, open, and accessible to the public,
  750  and attendees must be provided an opportunity to receive
  751  information and provide input regarding the charter school’s
  752  operations. The appointed representative and charter school
  753  principal or director, or his or her equivalent, must be
  754  physically present at each meeting.
  755         (8) CAUSES FOR NONRENEWAL OR TERMINATION OF CHARTER.—
  756         (e) When a charter is not renewed or is terminated or when
  757  a charter school is closed voluntarily by the operator, the
  758  school shall be dissolved under the provisions of law under
  759  which the school was organized, and any unencumbered public
  760  funds, except for capital outlay funds and federal charter
  761  school program grant funds, from the charter school shall revert
  762  to the sponsor. Capital outlay funds provided pursuant to s.
  763  1013.62 and federal charter school program grant funds that are
  764  unencumbered shall revert to the department to be redistributed
  765  among eligible charter schools. In the event a charter school is
  766  dissolved or is otherwise terminated, all district school board
  767  property and improvements, furnishings, and equipment purchased
  768  with public funds shall automatically revert to full ownership
  769  by the district school board, subject to complete satisfaction
  770  of any lawful liens or encumbrances. Any unencumbered public
  771  funds from the charter school, district school board property
  772  and improvements, furnishings, and equipment purchased with
  773  public funds, or financial or other records pertaining to the
  774  charter school, in the possession of any person, entity, or
  775  holding company, other than the charter school, shall be held in
  776  trust upon the district school board’s request, until any appeal
  777  status is resolved.
  778         (f) If a charter is not renewed or is terminated or a
  779  charter school is closed voluntarily by the operator, the
  780  charter school is responsible for all debts of the charter
  781  school. The district may not assume the debt from any contract
  782  made between the governing body of the school and a third party,
  783  except for a debt that is previously detailed and agreed upon in
  784  writing by both the district and the governing body of the
  785  school and that may not reasonably be assumed to have been
  786  satisfied by the district.
  787         (g) If a charter is not renewed or is terminated, a student
  788  who attended the school may apply to, and shall be enrolled in,
  789  another public school. Normal application deadlines shall be
  790  disregarded under such circumstances.
  791         (h) The governing board of a charter school that closes
  792  voluntarily shall notify the sponsor and the department in
  793  writing within 7 calendar days of its decision to cease
  794  operations. The notice must state the reasons for the closure
  795  and acknowledge that the governing board agrees to follow the
  796  procedures for dissolution and reversion of public funds
  797  specified in this subsection and paragraph (9)(o).
  798         (i) For a high-performing charter school that is having the
  799  charter agreement renewed, the charter contract, as that
  800  contract exists on the day the term of the contract is to
  801  terminate, must be automatically renewed for the length of the
  802  current term if the charter school governing board and sponsor
  803  have not executed the renewal before the term of the charter
  804  agreement is scheduled to expire.
  805         (9) CHARTER SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS.—
  806         (g)1. In order to provide financial information that is
  807  comparable to that reported for other public schools, charter
  808  schools are to maintain all financial records that constitute
  809  their accounting system:
  810         a. In accordance with the accounts and codes prescribed in
  811  the most recent issuance of the publication titled “Financial
  812  and Program Cost Accounting and Reporting for Florida Schools”;
  813  or
  814         b. At the discretion of the charter school’s governing
  815  board, a charter school may elect to follow generally accepted
  816  accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations, but must
  817  reformat this information for reporting according to this
  818  paragraph.
  819         2. Charter schools shall provide annual financial report
  820  and program cost report information in the state-required
  821  formats for inclusion in district reporting in compliance with
  822  s. 1011.60(1). Charter schools that are operated by a
  823  municipality or are a component unit of a parent nonprofit
  824  organization may use the accounting system of the municipality
  825  or the parent but must reformat this information for reporting
  826  according to this paragraph.
  827         3. A charter school shall, upon execution of the contract,
  828  provide the sponsor with a concise, uniform, monthly financial
  829  statement summary sheet that contains a balance sheet and a
  830  statement of revenue, expenditures, and changes in fund balance.
  831  The balance sheet and the statement of revenue, expenditures,
  832  and changes in fund balance shall be in the governmental funds
  833  format prescribed by the Governmental Accounting Standards
  834  Board. A high-performing charter school pursuant to s. 1002.331
  835  may provide a quarterly financial statement in the same format
  836  and requirements as the uniform monthly financial statement
  837  summary sheet. The sponsor shall review each monthly financial
  838  statement, to identify the existence of any conditions
  839  identified in s. 1002.345(1)(a).
  840         4. A charter school shall maintain and provide financial
  841  information as required in this paragraph. The financial
  842  statement required in subparagraph 3. must be in a form
  843  prescribed by the Department of Education.
  844         (n)1. The director and a representative of the governing
  845  board of a charter school that has earned a grade of “D” or “F”
  846  pursuant to s. 1008.34 shall appear before the sponsor to
  847  present information concerning each contract component having
  848  noted deficiencies. The director and a representative of the
  849  governing board shall submit to the sponsor for approval a
  850  school improvement plan to raise student performance. Upon
  851  approval by the sponsor, the charter school shall begin
  852  implementation of the school improvement plan. The department
  853  shall offer technical assistance and training to the charter
  854  school and its governing board and establish guidelines for
  855  developing, submitting, and approving such plans.
  856         2.a. If a charter school earns three consecutive grades of
  857  “D,” two consecutive grades of “D” followed by a grade of “F,”
  858  or two nonconsecutive grades of “F” within a 3-year period, the
  859  charter school governing board shall choose one of the following
  860  corrective actions:
  861         (I) Contract for educational services to be provided
  862  directly to students, instructional personnel, and school
  863  administrators, as prescribed in state board rule;
  864         (II) Contract with an outside entity that has a
  865  demonstrated record of effectiveness to operate the school;
  866         (III) Reorganize the school under a new director or
  867  principal who is authorized to hire new staff; or
  868         (IV) Voluntarily close the charter school.
  869         b. The charter school must implement the corrective action
  870  in the school year following receipt of a third consecutive
  871  grade of “D,” a grade of “F” following two consecutive grades of
  872  “D,” or a second nonconsecutive grade of “F” within a 3-year
  873  period.
  874         c. The sponsor may annually waive a corrective action if it
  875  determines that the charter school is likely to improve a letter
  876  grade if additional time is provided to implement the
  877  intervention and support strategies prescribed by the school
  878  improvement plan. Notwithstanding this sub-subparagraph, a
  879  charter school that earns a second consecutive grade of “F” is
  880  subject to subparagraph 4.
  881         d. A charter school is no longer required to implement a
  882  corrective action if it improves by at least one letter grade.
  883  However, the charter school must continue to implement
  884  strategies identified in the school improvement plan. The
  885  sponsor must annually review implementation of the school
  886  improvement plan to monitor the school’s continued improvement
  887  pursuant to subparagraph 5.
  888         e. A charter school implementing a corrective action that
  889  does not improve by at least one letter grade after 2 full
  890  school years of implementing the corrective action must select a
  891  different corrective action. Implementation of the new
  892  corrective action must begin in the school year following the
  893  implementation period of the existing corrective action, unless
  894  the sponsor determines that the charter school is likely to
  895  improve a letter grade if additional time is provided to
  896  implement the existing corrective action. Notwithstanding this
  897  sub-subparagraph, a charter school that earns a second
  898  consecutive grade of “F” while implementing a corrective action
  899  is subject to subparagraph 4.
  900         3. A charter school with a grade of “D” or “F” that
  901  improves by at least one letter grade must continue to implement
  902  the strategies identified in the school improvement plan. The
  903  sponsor must annually review implementation of the school
  904  improvement plan to monitor the school’s continued improvement
  905  pursuant to subparagraph 5.
  906         4. A charter school’s charter is automatically terminated
  907  if the school earns two consecutive grades of “F” after all
  908  school grade appeals are final The sponsor shall terminate a
  909  charter if the charter school earns two consecutive grades of
  910  “F” unless:
  911         a. The charter school is established to turn around the
  912  performance of a district public school pursuant to s.
  913  1008.33(4)(b)3. Such charter schools shall be governed by s.
  914  1008.33;
  915         b. The charter school serves a student population the
  916  majority of which resides in a school zone served by a district
  917  public school that earned a grade of “F” in the year before the
  918  charter school opened and the charter school earns at least a
  919  grade of “D” in its third year of operation. The exception
  920  provided under this sub-subparagraph does not apply to a charter
  921  school in its fourth year of operation and thereafter; or
  922         c. The state board grants the charter school a waiver of
  923  termination. The charter school must request the waiver within
  924  15 days after the department’s official release of school
  925  grades. The state board may waive termination if the charter
  926  school demonstrates that the Learning Gains of its students on
  927  statewide assessments are comparable to or better than the
  928  Learning Gains of similarly situated students enrolled in nearby
  929  district public schools. The waiver is valid for 1 year and may
  930  only be granted once. Charter schools that have been in
  931  operation for more than 5 years are not eligible for a waiver
  932  under this sub-subparagraph.
  933  
  934  The sponsor shall notify in writing the charter school’s
  935  governing board, the charter school principal, and the
  936  department when a charter is terminated under this subparagraph.
  937  A charter terminated under this subparagraph is governed by the
  938  requirements of paragraphs (8)(e)-(g) and paragraph (o) of this
  939  subsection.
  940         5. The director and a representative of the governing board
  941  of a graded charter school that has implemented a school
  942  improvement plan under this paragraph shall appear before the
  943  sponsor at least once a year to present information regarding
  944  the progress of intervention and support strategies implemented
  945  by the school pursuant to the school improvement plan and
  946  corrective actions, if applicable. The sponsor shall communicate
  947  at the meeting, and in writing to the director, the services
  948  provided to the school to help the school address its
  949  deficiencies.
  950         6. Notwithstanding any provision of this paragraph except
  951  sub-subparagraphs 4.a.-c., the sponsor may terminate the charter
  952  at any time pursuant to subsection (8).
  953         (p)1. Each charter school shall maintain a website that
  954  enables the public to obtain information regarding the school;
  955  the school’s academic performance; the names of the governing
  956  board members; the programs at the school; any management
  957  companies, cooperatives, service providers, or education
  958  management corporations associated with the school; the school’s
  959  annual budget and its annual independent fiscal audit; the
  960  school’s grade pursuant to s. 1008.34; and, on a quarterly
  961  basis, the minutes of governing board meetings.
  962         2. Each charter school’s governing board shall appoint a
  963  representative to facilitate parental involvement, provide
  964  access to information, assist parents and others with questions
  965  and concerns, and resolve disputes. The representative must
  966  reside in the school district in which the charter school is
  967  located and may be a governing board member, charter school
  968  employee, or individual contracted to represent the governing
  969  board. If the governing board oversees multiple charter schools
  970  in the same school district, the governing board must appoint a
  971  separate individual representative for each charter school in
  972  the district. The representative’s contact information must be
  973  provided annually, in writing, to parents and posted prominently
  974  on the charter school’s website. The sponsor may not require
  975  that governing board members reside in the school district in
  976  which the charter school is located if the charter school
  977  complies with this paragraph.
  978         3. Each charter school’s governing board must hold at least
  979  two public meetings per school year in the school district where
  980  the charter school is located. The meetings must be noticed,
  981  open, and accessible to the public, and attendees must be
  982  provided an opportunity to receive information and provide input
  983  regarding the charter school’s operations. The appointed
  984  representative and charter school principal or director, or his
  985  or her equivalent, must be physically present at each meeting.
  986         (10) ELIGIBLE STUDENTS.—
  987         (a) A charter school shall be open to any student covered
  988  in an interdistrict agreement or residing in the school district
  989  in which the charter school is located; however, in the case of
  990  a charter lab school, the charter lab school shall be open to
  991  any student eligible to attend the lab school as provided in s.
  992  1002.32 or who resides in the school district in which the
  993  charter lab school is located. Any eligible student shall be
  994  allowed interdistrict transfer to attend a charter school when
  995  based on good cause. Good cause shall include, but is not
  996  limited to, geographic proximity to a charter school in a
  997  neighboring school district. A charter school that has not
  998  reached capacity, as provided in s. 1002.31(3)(h), may be open
  999  to any student in the state.
 1000         (13) CHARTER SCHOOL COOPERATIVES.—Charter schools may enter
 1001  into cooperative agreements to form charter school cooperative
 1002  organizations that may provide the following services to further
 1003  educational, operational, and administrative initiatives in
 1004  which the participating charter schools share common interests:
 1005  charter school planning and development, direct instructional
 1006  services, and contracts with charter school governing boards to
 1007  provide personnel administrative services, payroll services,
 1008  human resource management, evaluation and assessment services,
 1009  teacher preparation, and professional development.
 1010         (17) FUNDING.—Students enrolled in a charter school,
 1011  regardless of the sponsorship, shall be funded as if they are in
 1012  a basic program or a special program, the same as students
 1013  enrolled in other public schools in the school district. Funding
 1014  for a charter lab school shall be as provided in s. 1002.32.
 1015         (b) The basis for the agreement for funding students
 1016  enrolled in a charter school shall be the sum of the school
 1017  district’s operating funds from the Florida Education Finance
 1018  Program as provided in s. 1011.62 and the General Appropriations
 1019  Act, including gross state and local funds, discretionary
 1020  lottery funds, and funds from the school district’s current
 1021  operating discretionary millage levy; divided by total funded
 1022  weighted full-time equivalent students in the school district;
 1023  multiplied by the weighted full-time equivalent students for the
 1024  charter school. Charter schools whose students or programs meet
 1025  the eligibility criteria in law are entitled to their
 1026  proportionate share of categorical program funds included in the
 1027  total funds available in the Florida Education Finance Program
 1028  by the Legislature, including transportation, the research-based
 1029  reading allocation, and the Florida digital classrooms
 1030  allocation. Total funding for each charter school shall be
 1031  recalculated during the year to reflect the revised calculations
 1032  under the Florida Education Finance Program by the state and the
 1033  actual weighted full-time equivalent students reported by the
 1034  charter school during the full-time equivalent student survey
 1035  periods designated by the Commissioner of Education.
 1036         (e) District school boards shall make timely and efficient
 1037  payment and reimbursement to charter schools, including
 1038  processing paperwork required to access special state and
 1039  federal funding for which they may be eligible. The district
 1040  school board may distribute funds to a charter school for up to
 1041  3 months based on the projected full-time equivalent student
 1042  membership of the charter school. Thereafter, the results of
 1043  full-time equivalent student membership surveys shall be used in
 1044  adjusting the amount of funds distributed monthly to the charter
 1045  school for the remainder of the fiscal year. The payment shall
 1046  be issued no later than 10 working days after the district
 1047  school board receives a distribution of state or federal funds.
 1048  If a warrant for payment is not issued within 10 working days
 1049  after receipt of funding by the district school board, the
 1050  school district shall pay to the charter school, in addition to
 1051  the amount of the scheduled disbursement, interest at a rate of
 1052  1 percent per month calculated on a daily basis on the unpaid
 1053  balance from the expiration of the 10 working days until such
 1054  time as the warrant is issued. The district school board may not
 1055  delay payment to a charter school of any portion of the funds
 1056  provided in paragraph (b) based on the timing of receipt of
 1057  local funds by the district school board.
 1058         (21) PUBLIC INFORMATION ON CHARTER SCHOOLS.—
 1059         (a) The Department of Education shall provide information
 1060  to the public, directly and through sponsors, on how to form and
 1061  operate a charter school and how to enroll in a charter school
 1062  once it is created. This information shall include a standard
 1063  model application form, standard charter contract, standard
 1064  application evaluation instrument, and standard charter renewal
 1065  contract, which shall include the information specified in
 1066  subsection (7) and shall be developed by consulting and
 1067  negotiating with both school districts and charter schools
 1068  before implementation. The charter and charter renewal contracts
 1069  shall be used by charter school sponsors.
 1070         (26) STANDARDS OF CONDUCT AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE.—
 1071         (c) An employee of the charter school, or his or her
 1072  spouse, or an employee of a management company, cooperative, or
 1073  charter management organization, or his or her spouse, may not
 1074  be a member of the governing board of the charter school.
 1075         (27) CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND ETHICS.—An individual may
 1076  not serve as a member of a governing board of a charter school,
 1077  an education management corporation, or charter school
 1078  cooperative organization if he or she or an immediate family
 1079  member receives a pension or any compensation from the charter
 1080  school, or if the individual’s partner is an owner or principal
 1081  with an entity or independent contractor with whom the charter
 1082  school does business or contracts, directly or indirectly, for
 1083  professional services, goods, or facilities. An individual may
 1084  not serve as a governing board member if an immediate family
 1085  member is an employee of the school. Members of the governing
 1086  board of a charter school may not be appointed, removed, or
 1087  replaced by an entity or component unit of an entity with which
 1088  the charter school has entered into any contract.
 1089         Section 4. Paragraph (e) of subsection (2), paragraph (b)
 1090  of subsection (3), and subsections (4) through (6) of section
 1091  1002.331, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
 1092         1002.331 High-performing charter schools.—
 1093         (2) A high-performing charter school is authorized to:
 1094         (e) Receive a modification of its charter to a term of 15
 1095  years or a 15-year charter renewal. The charter may be modified
 1096  or renewed for a shorter term at the option of the high
 1097  performing charter school. The charter must be consistent with
 1098  s. 1002.33(7)(a)20. s. 1002.33(7)(a)19. and (10)(h) and (i), is
 1099  subject to annual review by the sponsor, and may be terminated
 1100  during its term pursuant to s. 1002.33(8).
 1101  
 1102  A high-performing charter school shall notify its sponsor in
 1103  writing by May 1 March 1 if it intends to increase enrollment or
 1104  expand grade levels the following school year. The written
 1105  notice shall specify the amount of the enrollment increase and
 1106  the grade levels that will be added, as applicable. If a charter
 1107  school notifies the sponsor of its intent to expand, the sponsor
 1108  shall modify the charter within 90 days to include the new
 1109  enrollment maximum and may not make any other changes. The
 1110  sponsor may deny a request to increase the enrollment of a high
 1111  performing charter school if the commissioner has declassified
 1112  the charter school as high-performing. If a high-performing
 1113  charter school requests to consolidate multiple charters, the
 1114  sponsor shall have 40 days after receipt of that request to
 1115  provide an initial draft charter to the charter school. The
 1116  sponsor and charter school shall have 50 days thereafter to
 1117  negotiate and notice the charter contract for final approval by
 1118  the sponsor.
 1119         (3)
 1120         (b) A high-performing charter school may not establish more
 1121  than one charter school within the state under paragraph (a) in
 1122  any year. A subsequent application to establish a charter school
 1123  under paragraph (a) may not be submitted unless each charter
 1124  school established in this manner achieves high-performing
 1125  charter school status. The limits set forth in this paragraph do
 1126  not apply to charter schools established by a high-performing
 1127  charter school in the attendance zone of a school identified as
 1128  in need of intervention and support pursuant to s. 1008.33(3)(b)
 1129  or to meet needs for innovative choice options identified by the
 1130  district school board.
 1131         (4) A high-performing charter school may not increase
 1132  enrollment or expand grade levels following any school year in
 1133  which it receives a school grade of “C” or below. If the charter
 1134  school receives a school grade of “C” or below in any 2 years
 1135  during the term of the charter awarded under subsection (2), the
 1136  term of the charter may be modified by the sponsor and the
 1137  charter school loses its high-performing charter school status
 1138  until it regains that status under subsection (1).
 1139         (4)(5) The Commissioner of Education, upon request by a
 1140  charter school, shall verify that the charter school meets the
 1141  criteria in subsection (1) and provide a letter to the charter
 1142  school and the sponsor stating that the charter school is a
 1143  high-performing charter school pursuant to this section. The
 1144  commissioner shall annually determine whether a high-performing
 1145  charter school under subsection (1) continues to meet the
 1146  criteria in that subsection. Such high-performing charter school
 1147  shall maintain its high-performing status unless the
 1148  commissioner determines that the charter school no longer meets
 1149  the criteria in subsection (1), at which time the commissioner
 1150  shall send a letter to the charter school and its sponsor
 1151  providing notification that the charter school has been
 1152  declassified of its declassification as a high-performing
 1153  charter school.
 1154         (5)(6) A high-performing charter school replicated under
 1155  this section may not be replicated as a virtual charter school.
 1156         Section 5. Section 1003.3101, Florida Statutes, is created
 1157  to read:
 1158         1003.3101Additional school choice options.—Each district
 1159  school board shall establish a transfer process for a parent to
 1160  request his or her child be transferred to another classroom
 1161  teacher. A school must grant or deny the transfer within 2 weeks
 1162  after receiving a request. If a request for transfer is denied,
 1163  the school shall notify the parent and specify the reasons for a
 1164  denial. An explanation of the transfer process must be made
 1165  available in the student handbook or a similar publication.
 1166         Section 6. Paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of section
 1167  1003.57, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 1168         1003.57 Exceptional students instruction.—
 1169         (1)
 1170         (b) Each district school board shall provide for an
 1171  appropriate program of special instruction, facilities, and
 1172  services for exceptional students as prescribed by the State
 1173  Board of Education as acceptable. Each district program must,
 1174  including provisions that:
 1175         1. The district school board Provide the necessary
 1176  professional services for diagnosis and evaluation of
 1177  exceptional students. At least once every 3 years, the district
 1178  school board must submit to the department its proposed
 1179  procedures for the provision of special instruction and services
 1180  for exceptional students.
 1181         2. The district school board Provide the special
 1182  instruction, classes, and services, either within the district
 1183  school system, in cooperation with other district school
 1184  systems, or through contractual arrangements with approved
 1185  private schools or community facilities that meet standards
 1186  established by the commissioner.
 1187         3. The district school board Annually provide information
 1188  describing the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and all
 1189  other programs and methods of instruction available to the
 1190  parent of a sensory-impaired student.
 1191         4. Provide instruction to homebound or hospitalized
 1192  students in accordance with this section and rules adopted by
 1193  the state board, which must establish, at a minimum, the
 1194  following:
 1195         a. Criteria for the eligibility of K-12 homebound or
 1196  hospitalized students for specially designed instruction.
 1197         b. Procedures for determining student eligibility.
 1198         c. A list of appropriate methods for providing instruction
 1199  to homebound or hospitalized students.
 1200         d. Requirements for initiating instructional services for a
 1201  homebound or hospitalized student once the student is determined
 1202  to be eligible. An eligible student receiving treatment in a
 1203  children’s specialty hospital licensed under part I of chapter
 1204  395 must be provided educational instruction from the school
 1205  district in which the hospital is located until the school
 1206  district enters into an agreement with the school district in
 1207  which the student resides. The department shall develop a
 1208  standard agreement for use by school districts to provide
 1209  seamless educational instruction to students who transition
 1210  between school districts while receiving treatment in specialty
 1211  hospitals for children.
 1212  
 1213  No later than August 15, 2015, each school district in which a
 1214  children’s specialty hospital licensed under part I of chapter
 1215  395 is located shall enter into an agreement with the hospital
 1216  to establish a process by which the hospital must notify the
 1217  school district of any student who may be eligible for
 1218  educational instruction consistent with this subparagraph and
 1219  the timelines for determining such eligibility and providing
 1220  such instruction The district school board, once every 3 years,
 1221  submit to the department its proposed procedures for the
 1222  provision of special instruction and services for exceptional
 1223  students.
 1224         Section 7. Section 1004.6491, Florida Statutes, is created
 1225  to read:
 1226         1004.6491Florida Institute for Charter School Innovation.—
 1227         (1) There is established the Florida Institute for Charter
 1228  School Innovation within the Florida State University. The
 1229  purpose of the institute is to advance charter school
 1230  accountability, quality, and innovation; provide support and
 1231  technical assistance to charter school applicants; connect
 1232  aspiring teachers to opportunities to experience teaching in
 1233  schools of choice; and conduct research and develop and promote
 1234  best practices for charter school authorization, financing,
 1235  management, operations, and instructional practices.
 1236         (2) The institute shall:
 1237         (a) Conduct research to inform both policy and practice
 1238  related to charter school accountability, financing, management,
 1239  operations, and instructional practices.
 1240         (b) Partner with state-approved teacher preparation
 1241  programs in this state to provide opportunities for aspiring
 1242  teachers to experience teaching in schools of choice.
 1243         (c) Provide technical assistance and support to charter
 1244  school applicants with innovative charter school concepts.
 1245         (3) The President of the Florida State University shall
 1246  appoint a director of the institute. The director is responsible
 1247  for overall management of the institute and for developing and
 1248  executing the work of the institute consistent with this
 1249  section. The director may engage individuals in other state
 1250  universities with accredited colleges of education to
 1251  participate in the institute.
 1252         (4) By each October 1, the institute shall provide a
 1253  written report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and
 1254  the Speaker of the House of Representatives which outlines its
 1255  activities in the preceding year, reports significant research
 1256  findings, details expenditures of state funds, and provides
 1257  specific recommendations for improving the institute’s ability
 1258  to fulfil its mission and for changes to statewide charter
 1259  school policy.
 1260         (5) Within 180 days after completion of the institute’s
 1261  fiscal year, the institute shall provide to the Auditor General,
 1262  the Board of Governors of the State University System, and the
 1263  State Board of Education a report on the results of an annual
 1264  financial audit conducted by an independent certified public
 1265  accountant in accordance with s. 11.45.
 1266         Section 8. Section 1011.6202, Florida Statutes, is created
 1267  to read:
 1268         1011.6202 Principal Autonomy Pilot Program Initiative.—The
 1269  Principal Autonomy Pilot Program Initiative is created within
 1270  the Department of Education. The purpose of the pilot program is
 1271  to provide the principal of a participating school with
 1272  increased autonomy and authority to operate his or her school in
 1273  a way that produces significant improvements in student
 1274  achievement and school management while complying with
 1275  constitutional requirements. The State Board of Education may,
 1276  upon approval of a principal autonomy proposal, enter into a
 1277  performance contract with up to six district school boards for
 1278  participation in the program.
 1279         (1) PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS.—A Florida district
 1280  school board may submit to the state board for approval a
 1281  principal autonomy proposal that exchanges statutory and rule
 1282  exemptions for an agreement to meet performance goals
 1283  established in the proposal. If approved by the state board, the
 1284  school district shall be eligible to participate in the program
 1285  for 3 years. At the end of the 3 years, the performance of all
 1286  participating schools in the school district shall be evaluated.
 1287         (2) PRINCIPAL AUTONOMY PROPOSAL.—
 1288         (a) To participate in the program, a school district must:
 1289         1. Identify three middle or high schools whose principals
 1290  will have fiscal and administrative autonomy.
 1291         2. Describe the current financial and administrative
 1292  management of each participating school; identify the areas in
 1293  which each school principal will have increased fiscal and
 1294  administrative autonomy, including the authority and
 1295  responsibilities provided in s. 1012.28(8); and identify the
 1296  areas in which each participating school will continue to follow
 1297  district school board fiscal and administrative policies.
 1298         3. Explain the methods used to identify the educational
 1299  strengths and needs of the participating school’s students and
 1300  identify how student achievement can be improved.
 1301         4. Establish performance goals for student achievement, as
 1302  defined in s. 1008.34(1), and explain how the increased autonomy
 1303  of principals will help participating schools improve student
 1304  achievement and school management.
 1305         5. Provide each participating school’s mission and a
 1306  description of its student population.
 1307         (b) The state board shall establish criteria, which must
 1308  include the criteria listed in paragraph (a), for the approval
 1309  of a principal autonomy proposal.
 1310         (c) A district school board must submit its principal
 1311  autonomy proposal to the state board for approval by December 1
 1312  in order to begin participation in the subsequent school year.
 1313  By February 28 of the school year in which the proposal is
 1314  submitted, the state board shall notify the district school
 1315  board in writing whether the proposal is approved.
 1316         (3) EXEMPTION FROM LAWS.—
 1317         (a) With the exception of those laws listed in paragraph
 1318  (b), a participating school district is exempt from the
 1319  provisions of chapters 1000-1013 and rules of the state board
 1320  which implement those exempt provisions.
 1321         (b) A participating school district shall comply with the
 1322  provisions of chapters 1000-1013, and rules of the state board
 1323  which implement those provisions, pertaining to the following:
 1324         1. Those laws relating to the election and compensation of
 1325  district school board members, the election or appointment and
 1326  compensation of district school superintendents, public meetings
 1327  and public records requirements, financial disclosure, and
 1328  conflicts of interest.
 1329         2. Those laws relating to the student assessment program
 1330  and school grading system, including chapter 1008.
 1331         3. Those laws relating to the provision of services to
 1332  students with disabilities.
 1333         4. Those laws relating to civil rights, including s.
 1334  1000.05, relating to discrimination.
 1335         5. Those laws relating to student health, safety, and
 1336  welfare.
 1337         6. Section 1001.42(4)(f), relating to the uniform opening
 1338  and closing date for public schools.
 1339         7. Section 1003.03, governing maximum class size, except
 1340  that the calculation for compliance pursuant to s. 1003.03 is
 1341  the average at the school level for a participating school.
 1342         8. Sections 1012.22(1)(c) and 1012.27(2), relating to
 1343  compensation and salary schedules.
 1344         9. Section 1012.33(5), relating to workforce reductions for
 1345  annual contracts for instructional personnel. This subparagraph
 1346  does not apply to at-will employees.
 1347         10. Section 1012.335, relating to annual contracts for
 1348  instructional personnel hired on or after July 1, 2011. This
 1349  subparagraph does not apply to at-will employees.
 1350         11. Section 1012.34, relating to personnel evaluation
 1351  procedures and criteria.
 1352         12. Those laws pertaining to educational facilities,
 1353  including chapter 1013, except that s. 1013.20, relating to
 1354  covered walkways for relocatables, and s. 1013.21, relating to
 1355  the use of relocatable facilities exceeding 20 years of age, are
 1356  eligible for exemption.
 1357         13. Those laws pertaining to participating school
 1358  districts, including this section and ss. 1011.64(2)(b),
 1359  1011.69(2), 1012.28(8), and 1012.986(1)(e).
 1360         (4) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.—Each participating school
 1361  district shall require that the principal of each participating
 1362  school complete professional development provided through the
 1363  William Cecil Golden Professional Development Program for School
 1364  Leaders under s. 1012.986. The professional development must be
 1365  completed before a school may participate in the Principal
 1366  Autonomy Pilot Program Initiative.
 1367         (5) TERM OF PARTICIPATION.—The state board shall authorize
 1368  a school district to participate in the program for a period of
 1369  3 years commencing with approval of the principal autonomy
 1370  proposal. Authorization to participate in the program may be
 1371  renewed upon action of the state board. The state board may
 1372  revoke authorization to participate in the program if the school
 1373  district fails to meet the requirements of this section during
 1374  the 3-year period.
 1375         (6) REPORTING.—Each participating school district shall
 1376  submit an annual report to the state board. The state board
 1377  shall annually report on the implementation of the Principal
 1378  Autonomy Pilot Program Initiative. Upon completion of the
 1379  program’s first 3-year term, the Commissioner of Education shall
 1380  submit to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the
 1381  House of Representatives by December 1 a full evaluation of the
 1382  effectiveness of the program.
 1383         (7) RULEMAKING.—The State Board of Education shall adopt
 1384  rules to administer this section.
 1385         Section 9. Paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of section
 1386  1011.64, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 1387         1011.64 School district minimum classroom expenditure
 1388  requirements.—
 1389         (2) For the purpose of implementing the provisions of this
 1390  section, the Legislature shall prescribe minimum academic
 1391  performance standards and minimum classroom expenditure
 1392  requirements for districts not meeting such minimum academic
 1393  performance standards in the General Appropriations Act.
 1394         (b) School district minimum classroom expenditure
 1395  requirements shall be calculated pursuant to subsection (3) and
 1396  may include training pursuant to s. 1012.986(1)(e).
 1397         Section 10. Subsection (2) of section 1011.69, Florida
 1398  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1399         1011.69 Equity in School-Level Funding Act.—
 1400         (2) Beginning in the 2003-2004 fiscal year, district school
 1401  boards shall allocate to schools within the district an average
 1402  of 90 percent of the funds generated by all schools and
 1403  guarantee that each school receives at least 80 percent, except
 1404  that a school participating in the Principal Autonomy Pilot
 1405  Program Initiative under s. 1011.6202 is guaranteed to receive
 1406  at least 90 percent, of the funds generated by that school based
 1407  upon the Florida Education Finance Program as provided in s.
 1408  1011.62 and the General Appropriations Act, including gross
 1409  state and local funds, discretionary lottery funds, and funds
 1410  from the school district’s current operating discretionary
 1411  millage levy. Total funding for each school shall be
 1412  recalculated during the year to reflect the revised calculations
 1413  under the Florida Education Finance Program by the state and the
 1414  actual weighted full-time equivalent students reported by the
 1415  school during the full-time equivalent student survey periods
 1416  designated by the Commissioner of Education. If the district
 1417  school board is providing programs or services to students
 1418  funded by federal funds, any eligible students enrolled in the
 1419  schools in the district shall be provided federal funds.
 1420         Section 11. Subsection (8) is added to section 1012.28,
 1421  Florida Statutes, to read:
 1422         1012.28 Public school personnel; duties of school
 1423  principals.—
 1424         (8) The principal of a participating school in a
 1425  participating school district approved under s. 1011.6202 has
 1426  the following additional authority and responsibilities:
 1427         (a) In addition to the authority provided in subsection
 1428  (6), the authority to select qualified instructional personnel
 1429  for placement or to refuse to accept the placement or transfer
 1430  of instructional personnel by the district school
 1431  superintendent. Placement of instructional personnel at a
 1432  participating school in a participating school district does not
 1433  affect the employee’s status as a school district employee.
 1434         (b) The authority to deploy financial resources to school
 1435  programs at the principal’s discretion to help improve student
 1436  achievement, as defined in s. 1008.34(1), and meet performance
 1437  goals identified in the principal autonomy proposal submitted
 1438  pursuant to s. 1011.6202.
 1439         (c) The responsibility to annually provide to the district
 1440  school superintendent and the district school board a budget for
 1441  the operation of the participating school which identifies how
 1442  funds provided pursuant to s. 1011.69(2) are allocated. The
 1443  school district shall include the budget in the annual report
 1444  provided to the State Board of Education pursuant to s.
 1445  1011.6202(6).
 1446         Section 12. Subsection (2) of section 1012.42, Florida
 1447  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1448         1012.42 Teacher teaching out-of-field.—
 1449         (2) NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS.—When a teacher in a district
 1450  school system is assigned teaching duties in a class dealing
 1451  with subject matter that is outside the field in which the
 1452  teacher is certified, outside the field that was the applicant’s
 1453  minor field of study, or outside the field in which the
 1454  applicant has demonstrated sufficient subject area expertise, as
 1455  determined by district school board policy in the subject area
 1456  to be taught, the parents of all students in the class shall be
 1457  notified in writing of such assignment. A parent who receives
 1458  this notification may, after the October student membership
 1459  survey, request that his or her child be transferred to another
 1460  classroom teacher within the school and grade in which the child
 1461  is currently enrolled. If space is available in a classroom
 1462  taught by an in-field teacher, the school district shall grant
 1463  the parent’s request and transfer the student to the in-field
 1464  classroom teacher within a reasonable period, not to exceed 2
 1465  weeks. An explanation of the transfer process must be made
 1466  available in the student handbook or a similar publication. This
 1467  does not provide a parent the right to choose a specific
 1468  teacher.
 1469         Section 13. Paragraph (e) is added to subsection (1) of
 1470  section 1012.986, Florida Statutes, to read:
 1471         1012.986 William Cecil Golden Professional Development
 1472  Program for School Leaders.—
 1473         (1) There is established the William Cecil Golden
 1474  Professional Development Program for School Leaders to provide
 1475  high standards and sustained support for principals as
 1476  instructional leaders. The program shall consist of a
 1477  collaborative network of state and national professional
 1478  leadership organizations to respond to instructional leadership
 1479  needs throughout the state. The network shall support the human
 1480  resource development needs of principals, principal leadership
 1481  teams, and candidates for principal leadership positions using
 1482  the framework of leadership standards adopted by the State Board
 1483  of Education, the Southern Regional Education Board, and the
 1484  National Staff Development Council. The goal of the network
 1485  leadership program is to:
 1486         (e) For principals of schools participating in the
 1487  Principal Autonomy Pilot Program Initiative under s. 1011.6202,
 1488  provide training on the following:
 1489         1. Managing instructional personnel, including developing a
 1490  high-performing instructional leadership team.
 1491         2. Public school budgeting, financial management, and human
 1492  resources policies and procedures.
 1493         3. Best practices for the effective exercise of increased
 1494  budgetary and staffing flexibility to improve student
 1495  achievement and operational efficiency.
 1496         Section 14. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
 1497  1013.62, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 1498         1013.62 Charter schools capital outlay funding.—
 1499         (1) In each year in which funds are appropriated for
 1500  charter school capital outlay purposes, the Commissioner of
 1501  Education shall allocate the funds among eligible charter
 1502  schools.
 1503         (a) To be eligible for a funding allocation, a charter
 1504  school must:
 1505         1.a. Have been in operation for 3 or more years;
 1506         b. Be governed by a governing board established in the
 1507  state for 3 or more years which operates both charter schools
 1508  and conversion charter schools within the state;
 1509         c. Be an expanded feeder chain of a charter school within
 1510  the same school district that is currently receiving charter
 1511  school capital outlay funds;
 1512         d. Have been accredited by the Commission on Schools of the
 1513  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; or
 1514         e. Serve students in facilities that are provided by a
 1515  business partner for a charter school-in-the-workplace pursuant
 1516  to s. 1002.33(15)(b).
 1517         2. Have an annual audit that does not reveal any of the
 1518  financial emergency conditions provided in s. 218.503(1) for the
 1519  most recent fiscal year for which such audit results are
 1520  available stability for future operation as a charter school.
 1521         3. Have satisfactory student achievement based on state
 1522  accountability standards applicable to the charter school.
 1523         4. Have received final approval from its sponsor pursuant
 1524  to s. 1002.33 for operation during that fiscal year.
 1525         5. Serve students in facilities that are not provided by
 1526  the charter school’s sponsor.
 1527         Section 15. Notwithstanding any other provision of law,
 1528  student reporting requirements related to withdrawals,
 1529  suspensions, expulsions, and other related instances where
 1530  students are no longer enrolled in a school must be the same for
 1531  public schools, including charter schools. Thus, charter school
 1532  reporting requirements for these instances apply to all public
 1533  schools, and public school reporting requirements apply to all
 1534  charter schools.
 1535         Section 16. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.

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