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HB 7069 - Establishes New Eligibility Criteria for Teacher Scholarships - Florida Key Vote

Sharon Pritchett voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Issues Related to HB 7069

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Establishes New Eligibility Criteria for Teacher Scholarships

Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) (20-18) - (Key vote)
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Title: Specifies Florida Education Policies and Funding

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that specifies certain education policies and funding.

Highlights:
  • Appropriates $413.95 million for the 2017-2018 fiscal year to enact the provisions of this bill, which takes effect July 1, 2017 (Secs. 71 & 72).

  • Establishes the Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program that will be awarded to school teachers that meet certain requirements, including (Sec. 46):

    • Achieving a composite score at or above the 80th percentile on the SAT or ACT, and beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, a composite score at or above the 71st percentile on the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, or MCAT;

    • Graduating cum laude or higher with a baccalaureate degree; and

    • Beginning the 2019-2020 school year, being evaluated as highly effective based on a commissioner-approved student learning grow formula.

  • Requires scholarships to be awarded to eligible school principals who have recruited and retained a ratio of Best and Brightest teachers at or above the 80th percentile of schools (Sec. 47).

  • Authorizes the Auditor General to conduct annual audits of all district school boards (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies that the 300 lowest-performing schools, per state assessments, may be allocated additional funds for the purpose of addressing academic deficiencies (Sec. 4).

  • Amends eligibility requirements for charter schools (Sec. 20).

  • Amends the term “eligible student” for the College-Preparatory Boarding Academy Pilot Program to encompass grades 5 through 12 (Sec. 22).

  • Authorizes high-performing charter schools to replicate its programs in any school district, provided the applicant specifies objectives for student improvement and annual financial plans (Sec. 24).

  • Appropriates funds to certain traditional public schools through the Schools of Hope Program, at a rate of up to $2,000 per full-time student (Sec. 43).

  • Authorizes public school students to be absent from school for autism treatment provided by a licensed health care practitioner or behavior analyst (Sec. 53).

  • Establishes the Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program, and specifies music curriculum requirements and program eligibility criteria  (Sec. 69).

Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (73-36) -

Title: Establishes New Eligibility Criteria for Teacher Scholarships

Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (35-0) -

Title: Establishes New Eligibility Criteria for Teacher Scholarships

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (79-38) - (Key vote)
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Title: Establishes New Eligibility Criteria for Teacher Scholarships

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that creates scholarships for teachers and principles and establishes new eligibility criteria.

Highlights:
  • Establishes scholarships that will be awarded to eligible school teachers (Sec. 1).
  • Requires either of the following for a classroom teacher to be eligible for a scholarship (Sec. 1)
    • A composite score of or above the 77th percentile on the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, or MCAT; or
    • Have been evaluated as highly effective based on a commissioner-approved student learning grow formula in the school year immediately preceding the year in which the scholarship will be rewarded.
  • Creates the Florida Best and Brightest Principle Scholarship Program, which is to be administered by the Department of Education (Sec. 2).
  • Requires scholarships to be awarded to eligible school principals who have recruited and retained a high percentage of “best and brightest” teachers (Sec. 2).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Establishes New Eligibility Criteria for Teacher Scholarships

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