Florida Law (Study Guide)

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Florida Equity Act
cover issues concerning discrimination against students and employees is spelled out
High Qualified Teacher Requirements
a teacher leading any K-12 core academic section must have an acceptable bachelor's degree, valid Florida Temporary or Professional Certificate, and have passed the appropriate subject area test in the subject area assigned OR have documented the 100 points for the High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) plan for the core academic subject area assigned (transferable from out of state using the out of state SAE verification form).
The Office of Educational Facilities shall and SMART Schools Clearinghouse
The law establishes a five-year facilities planning process. Develop and adopt measures for evaluating the performance and productivity of school district educational facilities plans. The measures may be both quantitative and qualitative and must, to the maximum extent practical, assess those factors that are within the districts' control. The measures must, at a minimum, assess performance in the following areas:
(a) Frugal production of high-quality projects.
(b) Efficient finance and administration.
(c) Optimal school and classroom size and utilization rate.
(d) Safety.
(e) Core facility space needs and cost-effective capacity improvements that consider demographic projections.
(f) Level of district local effort.
(2) The office shall establish annual performance objectives and standards that can be used to evaluate district performance and productivity.
(3) The office shall conduct ongoing evaluations of district educational facilities program performance and productivity, using the measures adopted under this section. If, using these measures, the office finds that a district failed to perform satisfactorily, the office must recommend to the district school board actions to be taken to improve the district's performance.
Administration of medication
In order to supervise the self-administration of medication or to administer medications as provided in subsection (1), an unlicensed direct service provider must satisfactorily complete an initial training course conducted by an agency-approved trainer of not less than 6 hours in medication administration and be found competent to supervise the self-administration of medication by a client and to administer medication to a client in a safe and sanitary manner.
Truancy
If the school determines that a student subject to compulsory school attendance has had at least five unexcused absences, or absences for which the reasons are unknown, within a calendar month or 10 unexcused absences, or absences for which the reasons are unknown, within a 90-calendar-day period pursuant to s. 1003.26(1)(b), or has had more than 15 unexcused absences in a 90-calendar-day period, the superintendent of schools or his or her designee may file a truancy petition.
Home Schooling
is not a school district program and is registered with the district school superintendent only for the purpose of complying with the state's attendance. The parent, as defined in s. 1000.21, who establishes and maintains a home education program shall notify the district school superintendent of the county in which the parent resides of her or his intent to establish and maintain a home education program.The notice must be filed in the district school superintendent's office within 30 days of the establishment of the home education program. The parent shall maintain a portfolio of records and materials. Preserve it for 2 years, and make it available for inspection, if requested, by the district school superintendent, or the district school superintendent's agent, upon 15 days' written notice.
School attendance
All children who have attained the age of 6 years or who will have attained the age of 6 years by February 1 of any school year or who are older than 6 years of age but who have not attained the age of 16 years, except as otherwise provided, are required to attend school regularly during the entire school term.
Educational Choice
As used in this section, "controlled open enrollment" means a public education delivery system that allows school districts to make student school assignments using parents' indicated preferential educational choice as a significant factor.
Immunization
Each district school board and the governing authority of each private school shall require that each child who is entitled to admittance to kindergarten, or is entitled to any other initial entrance into a public or private school in this state, present a certification of a school-entry health examination performed within 1 year before enrollment in school. Each district school board, and the governing authority of each private school, may establish a policy that permits a student up to 30 school days to present a certification of a school-entry health examination. Children and youths who are experiencing homelessness and children who are known to the department, as defined in s. 39.0016, shall be given a temporary exemption for 30 school days. Any district school board that establishes such a policy shall include provisions in its local school health services plan to assist students in obtaining the health examinations. However, a child shall be exempted from the requirement of a health examination upon written request of the parent of the child stating objections to the examination on religious grounds.
Authority of teacher
In accordance with this section and within the framework of the district school board's code of student conduct, teachers and other instructional personnel shall have the authority to undertake any of the following actions in managing student behavior and ensuring the safety of all students in their classes and school and their opportunity to learn in an orderly and disciplined classroom:
(a) Establish classroom rules of conduct.
(b) Establish and implement consequences, designed to change behavior, for infractions of classroom rules.
(c) Have disobedient, disrespectful, violent, abusive, uncontrollable, or disruptive students removed from the classroom for behavior management intervention.
(d) Have violent, abusive, uncontrollable, or disruptive students directed for information or assistance from appropriate school or district school board personnel.
(e) Assist in enforcing school rules on school property, during school-sponsored transportation, and during school-sponsored activities.
(f) Request and receive information as to the disposition of any referrals to the administration for violation of classroom or school rules.
(g) Request and receive immediate assistance in classroom management if a student becomes uncontrollable or in case of emergency.
(h) Request and receive training and other assistance to improve skills in classroom management, violence prevention, conflict resolution, and related areas.
(i) Press charges if there is a reason to believe that a crime has been committed on school property, during school-sponsored transportation, or during school-sponsored activities.
(j) Use reasonable force, according to standards adopted by the State Board of Education, to protect himself or herself or others from injury.
(k) Use corporal punishment according to school board policy
What is the SMART
Schools Act?
was the Legislature's
long-term solution to school overcrowding. This act was based
on four basic principles:
1) provide immediate assistance to the school districts;
2) maintain functional, frugalschool construction standards;
3) be a balancedplan with respect to all 67 school districts;
and
4) raise no new taxes.
To accomplish a long-term solution and obey the principles
established, the Legislature included seven components to the
SMART Schools Plan:
1) Classrooms First Funding
2) SIT Program
3) Effort Index Grant Fund
4) SMART Schools Clearinghouse
5) Small County Assistance
6) 5-year Capital Plans
7) Frugal Schools Program
Revenues from local taxes can be used for
maintenance projects
DOE's Division of Accountability Research and Measurement
provides education information to inform policy and support high standards that will continually improve student achievement and opportunities throughout Florida's PK-20 education system. Their mission of increasing the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient system, by providing them with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills through learning opportunities and research valued by students, parents, and communities.
School Advisory Council (SAC)
composed of the principal and an appropriately balanced number of teachers, education support employees, students, parents, and other business and community citizens who are representative of the ethnic, racial, and economic community served by the school.
Oversees accountability and school improvement efforts
The Missing Children Program
District reports possible matches using the ESE 092 from, both to local law enforcement agency which originated the case and to the DOE.
Progress Monitoring Plan (PMP)
the school district develops this when a students does not meet specified levels of proficiency in reading, writing, mathematics, or science. Includes diagnostic assessments, individualized or school-wide Academic Improvement Plans (AIPs)...frequent monitoring , academic progress updates to the students and parents, and closing of PMP annual contract by the last day of school.
FERPA
parents/guardians be notified on annual basis about their rights to have access to or review their student's record.