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Title XLVIII
K-20 EDUCATION CODE
Chapter 1011
PLANNING AND BUDGETING
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CHAPTER 1011
CHAPTER 1011
PLANNING AND BUDGETING
PART I
PREPARATION, ADOPTION, AND IMPLEMENTATION OF BUDGETS
(ss. 1011.01-1011.57)
PART II
FUNDING FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS
(ss. 1011.60-1011.77)
PART III
FUNDING FOR WORKFORCE EDUCATION
(ss. 1011.80, 1011.801)
PART IV
FUNDING FOR FLORIDA COLLEGE SYSTEM INSTITUTIONS
(ss. 1011.81-1011.86)
PART V
FUNDING FOR UNIVERSITIES
(ss. 1011.90-1011.94)
PART I
PREPARATION, ADOPTION, AND
IMPLEMENTATION OF BUDGETS
1011.01 Budget system established.
1011.011 Legislative capital outlay budget request.
1011.012 Annual capital outlay budget.
1011.01 Budget system established.
(1) The State Board of Education shall prepare and submit a coordinated K-20 education annual legislative budget request to the Governor and the Legislature on or before the date provided by the Governor and the Legislature. The board’s legislative budget request must clearly define the needs of school districts, Florida College System institutions, universities, other institutions, organizations, programs, and activities under the supervision of the board and that are assigned by law or the General Appropriations Act to the Department of Education.
(2)(a) There shall be established in each school district and Florida College System institution a budget system as prescribed by law and rules of the State Board of Education.
(b) There shall be established in each state university a budget system as prescribed by law and rules of the Board of Governors.
(3)(a) Each district school board and each Florida College System institution board of trustees shall prepare, adopt, and submit to the Commissioner of Education an annual operating budget. Operating budgets shall be prepared and submitted in accordance with the provisions of law, rules of the State Board of Education, the General Appropriations Act, and for district school boards in accordance with the provisions of ss. 200.065 and 1011.64.
(b) Each state university board of trustees shall prepare, adopt, and submit to the Chancellor of the State University System for review an annual operating budget in accordance with provisions of law, rules of the Board of Governors, and the General Appropriations Act.
(4) The State Board of Education shall coordinate with the Board of Governors to facilitate the budget system requirements of this section. The Board of Governors exclusively retains the review and approval powers of this section for state universities.
History.s. 601, ch. 2002-387; s. 149, ch. 2007-217; s. 164, ch. 2011-5; s. 30, ch. 2011-175.
1011.011 Legislative capital outlay budget request.The State Board of Education shall submit an integrated, comprehensive budget request for educational facilities construction and fixed capital outlay needs for school districts, Florida College System institutions, and, in conjunction with the Board of Governors, universities pursuant to this section and s. 1013.46 and applicable provisions of chapter 216.
History.s. 602, ch. 2002-387; s. 150, ch. 2007-217; s. 165, ch. 2011-5.
1011.012 Annual capital outlay budget.
(1) Each district school board, Florida College System institution board of trustees, and university board of trustees shall, each year, adopt a capital outlay budget for the ensuing year in order that the capital outlay needs of the board for the entire year may be well understood by the public. This capital outlay budget shall be a part of the annual budget and shall be based upon and in harmony with the educational plant and ancillary facilities plan. This budget shall designate the proposed capital outlay expenditures by project for the year from all fund sources. The board may not expend any funds on any project not included in the budget, as amended.
(2) Each district school board must prepare its tentative district facilities work program as required by s. 1013.35 before adopting the capital outlay budget.
History.s. 603, ch. 2002-387; s. 166, ch. 2011-5.
A. District School Boards:
Preparation, Adoption, and
Implementation of Budgets
B. Florida College System institutions:
Preparation, Adoption, and
Implementation of Budgets
C. Universities: Preparation,
Adoption, and Implementation of Budgets
D. Florida School for the Deaf and
the Blind: Preparation, Adoption, and
Implementation of Budgets
A. District School Boards:
Preparation, Adoption, and
Implementation of Budgets
1011.02 District school boards to adopt tentative budget.
1011.03 Public hearings; budget to be submitted to Department of Education.
1011.035 School district budget transparency.
1011.04 Levying of taxes.
1011.05 Implementation of the official budget.
1011.051 Guidelines for general funds.
1011.06 Expenditures.
1011.07 Internal funds.
1011.08 Expenditures between July 1 and date budget becomes official.
1011.09 Expenditure of funds by district school board.
1011.10 Penalty.
1011.11 Certain provisions to be directory.
1011.12 Purposes of and procedures in incurring school indebtedness.
1011.13 Current loans authorized under certain conditions.
1011.14 Obligations for a period of 1 year.
1011.15 Obligations to eliminate major emergency conditions.
1011.16 Provisions for retirement of existing indebtedness which is unfunded or in default.
1011.17 School funds to be paid to Chief Financial Officer or into depository.
1011.18 School depositories; payments into and withdrawals from depositories.
1011.19 Sources of district school fund.
1011.20 Apportionment and use of district school fund.
1011.21 Source and use of district interest and sinking fund.
1011.22 Interest and sinking funds may be invested in certain bonds, warrants, and notes.
1011.23 Disposition of balance in interest and sinking fund.
1011.24 Special district units.
1011.02 District school boards to adopt tentative budget.
(1) On or before the date prescribed in rules of the State Board of Education, each district school board shall receive and examine the tentative budget submitted by the district school superintendent, and shall require such changes to be made, in keeping with the purposes of the school code, as may be to the best interest of the school program in the district.
(2) The district school board shall determine, within prescribed limits, the reserves to be allotted for contingencies, and the cash balance to be carried forward at the end of the year. If the district school board shall require any changes to be made in receipts, in the reserves for contingencies, or in the cash balance to be carried forward at the end of the year, it shall also require necessary changes to be made in the appropriations for expenditures so that the budget, as changed, will not contain appropriations for expenditures and reserves in excess of, or less than, estimated receipts and balances.
(3) The proposed budget shall include an amount for local required effort for current operation, in accordance with the requirements of s. 1011.62(4).
(4) When a tentative budget has been prepared in accordance with rules of the State Board of Education, the proposed expenditures, plus transfers, and balances shall not exceed the estimated income, transfers, and balances. The budget and each of the parts thereof shall balance.
(5) The district school board shall adopt a tentative budget.
History.s. 605, ch. 2002-387.
1011.03 Public hearings; budget to be submitted to Department of Education.
(1) Each district school board shall cause a summary of its tentative budget, including the proposed millage levies as provided for by law, to be posted on the district’s official website and advertised once in a newspaper of general circulation published in the district or to be posted at the courthouse if there be no such newspaper.
(2) The advertisement of a district that has been required by the Legislature to increase classroom expenditures pursuant to s. 1011.64 must include the following statement:

“This proposed budget reflects an increase in classroom expenditures as a percent of total current operating expenditures of XX percent over the (previous fiscal year) fiscal year. This increase in classroom expenditures is required by the Legislature because the district has performed below the required performance standard on XX of XX student performance standards for the (previous school year) school year. In order to achieve the legislatively required level of classroom expenditures as a percentage of total operating expenditures, the proposed budget includes an increase in overall classroom expenditures of $XX,XXX,XXX above the amount spent for this same purpose during the (previous fiscal year) fiscal year. In order to achieve improved student academic performance, this proposed increase is being budgeted for the following activities:   (list activities and amount budgeted)  .”

(3) The advertisement shall appear adjacent to the advertisement required pursuant to s. 200.065. The State Board of Education may adopt rules necessary to provide specific requirements for the format of the advertisement.
(4) The board shall hold public hearings to adopt tentative and final budgets pursuant to s. 200.065. The hearings shall be primarily for the purpose of hearing requests and complaints from the public regarding the budgets and the proposed tax levies and for explaining the budget and proposed or adopted amendments thereto, if any. The tentative budget must be posted on the district’s official website at least 2 days before the budget hearing held pursuant to s. 200.065 or other law. The final adopted budget must be posted on the district’s official website within 30 days after adoption. The board shall require the superintendent to transmit two copies of the adopted budget to the Department of Education as prescribed by law and rules of the State Board of Education.
(5) If the governing body of a district amends the budget, the adopted amendment must be posted on the official website of the district within 5 days after adoption.
History.s. 606, ch. 2002-387; s. 24, ch. 2010-154; s. 23, ch. 2011-144; s. 31, ch. 2011-175.
1011.035 School district budget transparency.
(1) It is important for school districts to provide budgetary transparency to enable taxpayers, parents, and education advocates to obtain school district budget and related information in a manner that is simply explained and easily understandable. Budgetary transparency leads to more responsible spending, more citizen involvement, and improved accountability. A budget that is not transparent, accessible, and accurate cannot be properly analyzed, its implementation thoroughly monitored, or its outcomes evaluated.
(2) Each district school board shall post on its website a plain language version of each proposed, tentative, and official budget which describes each budget item in terms that are easily understandable to the public. This information must be prominently posted on the school district’s website in a manner that is readily accessible to the public.
(3) Each district school board is encouraged to post the following information on its website:
(a) Timely information as to when a budget hearing will be conducted.
(b) Each contract between the district school board and the teachers’ union.
(c) Each contract between the district school board and noninstructional staff.
(d) Each contract exceeding $35,000 between the school board and a vendor of services, supplies, or programs or for the purchase or lease of lands, facilities, or properties.
(e) Each contract exceeding $35,000 that is an emergency procurement or is with a single source as authorized under s. 287.057(3).
(f) Recommendations of the citizens’ budget advisory committee.
(g) Current and archived video recordings of each district school board meeting and workshop.
(4) The website should contain links to:
(a) Help explain or provide background information on various budget items that are required by state or federal law.
(b) Allow users to navigate to related sites to view supporting details.
(c) Enable taxpayers, parents, and education advocates to send e-mails asking questions about the budget and enable others to view the questions and responses.
History.s. 32, ch. 2011-175.
1011.04 Levying of taxes.
(1) Upon receipt of the certificate of the property appraiser giving the assessed valuation of the county and of each of the special tax school districts pursuant to s. 200.065, the district school board shall determine by resolution the amounts necessary to be raised for current operating purposes and for each district bond interest and sinking fund and the millage necessary to be levied for each such fund, including the voted millage. A certified copy of the resolution shall thereupon be filed with the county property appraiser, and the district school board shall also order the property appraiser to assess the several millages certified by the school board against the appropriate taxable property in the school district.
(2) The property appraiser shall then assess the taxes as ordered by the district school board. Tax millages so assessed shall be clearly designated and separately identified as to source on the tax bill for other county taxes.
(3) The collector shall collect said taxes and pay over the same promptly as collected to the district school depository or depositories to be used as provided by law; provided, that all taxes authorized herein shall be assessed and collected on railroad, street railroad, sleeping car, parlor car, and telegraph company property in the manner now provided by law.
History.s. 607, ch. 2002-387.
1011.05 Implementation of the official budget.The official budget shall give the appropriations and reserves therein the force and effect of fixed appropriations and reserves, and the same shall not be altered, amended, or exceeded except as authorized. However, if the actual receipts during any year are less than budgeted receipts, and any obligations are thereby incurred which cannot be met before the close of the year, such obligations shall be paid and accounted for in the ensuing fiscal year in the manner prescribed by rules of the State Board of Education and shall be payable out of the first funds available for that purpose.
History.s. 608, ch. 2002-387.
1011.051 Guidelines for general funds.The district school board shall maintain a general fund ending fund balance that is sufficient to address normal contingencies.
(1) If at any time the portion of the general fund’s ending fund balance not classified as restricted, committed, or nonspendable in the district’s approved operating budget is projected to fall below 3 percent of projected general fund revenues during the current fiscal year, the superintendent shall provide written notification to the district school board and the Commissioner of Education.
(2) If at any time the portion of the general fund’s ending fund balance not classified as restricted, committed, or nonspendable in the district’s approved operating budget is projected to fall below 2 percent of projected general fund revenues during the current fiscal year, the superintendent shall provide written notification to the district school board and the Commissioner of Education. Within 14 days after receiving such notification, if the commissioner determines that the district does not have a plan that is reasonably anticipated to avoid a financial emergency as determined pursuant to s. 218.503, the commissioner shall appoint a financial emergency board that shall operate under the requirements, powers, and duties specified in s. 218.503(3)(g).
History.s. 11, ch. 2009-3; s. 24, ch. 2011-144.
1011.06 Expenditures.
(1) Expenditures shall be limited to the amount budgeted under the classification of accounts provided for each fund and to the total amount of the budget after the same have been amended as prescribed by law and rules of the State Board of Education. The school board shall endeavor to obtain maximum value for all expenditures.
(2) EXPENDITURES FROM DISTRICT AND OTHER FUNDS.Expenditures from district and all other funds available for the public school program of any district shall be authorized by law and must be in accordance with procedures prescribed by the district school board. A district school board may establish policies that allow expenditures to exceed the amount budgeted by function and object, provided that the district school board approves the expenditure and amends the budget within timelines established by school board policies.
History.s. 609, ch. 2002-387.
1011.07 Internal funds.
(1) The district school board shall be responsible for the administration and control of all local school funds derived by any public school from all activities or sources, and shall prescribe the principles and procedures to be followed in administering these funds consistent with regulations adopted by the State Board of Education.
(2) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules governing the procedures for the recording of the receipts, expenditures, deposits, and disbursements of internal funds.
History.s. 610, ch. 2002-387.
1011.08 Expenditures between July 1 and date budget becomes official.During the period from July 1 to the date the tentative budget becomes official, district school boards are authorized to approve ordinary expenditures, including salary payments, which are necessary for the approved school program.
History.s. 611, ch. 2002-387.
1011.09 Expenditure of funds by district school board.All state funds apportioned to the credit of any district constitute a part of the district school fund of that district and must be budgeted and expended under authority of the district school board subject to the provisions of law and rules of the State Board of Education.
(1) A district school board shall credit interest or profits on investments to the specific budgeted fund, as defined by the accounting system required by s. 1010.01, that produced the earnings unless otherwise authorized by law or rules of the State Board of Education.
(2) A district school board may temporarily advance moneys from one fund, as defined by the accounting system required by s. 1010.01, to another fund when insufficient moneys are available to meet current obligations if the temporary advancement is repaid within 13 months, appropriate accounting records are maintained, and the temporary advancement does not restrict, impede, or limit implementation or fulfillment of the original purposes for which the moneys were received in the fund providing the advancement.
(3) Funds expended from school nonrecurring incentives or bonus type state or federal funded programs based on performance outcomes may not be used for measuring compliance with state or federal maintenance of effort, supplanting, or comparability standards.
(4) During the 2009-2010 fiscal year, unless otherwise specifically approved by the district school board, public funds may not be expended for out-of-state travel or cellular phones, cellular phone service, personal digital assistants, or any other mobile wireless communication device or service, including text messaging, whether through purchasing, leasing, contracting, or any other method. The expenditure of public funds for art programs, music programs, sports programs, and extracurricular programs for students is a higher priority than expending funds for employee travel and cellular phones.
History.s. 612, ch. 2002-387; s. 25, ch. 2009-59.
1011.10 Penalty.
(1) Any member of a district school board or any district school superintendent who violates the provisions of this section commits malfeasance and misfeasance in office and shall be subject to removal from office by the Governor, and any contract or attempted contract entered into by any school officer or subordinate school officer that is not within the purview or in violation of the provisions of this section shall be void, and no such contract or attempted contract shall be enforceable in any court.
(2) Each member of any district school board voting to incur an indebtedness against the district school funds in excess of the expenditure allowed by law, or in excess of any appropriation as adopted in the original official budget or amendments thereto, or to approve or pay any illegal charge against the funds, and any chair of a district school board or district school superintendent who signs a warrant for payment of any such claim or bill of indebtedness against any of the funds shall be personally liable for the amount, and shall be guilty of malfeasance in office and subject to removal by the Governor. It shall be the duty of the Auditor General, other state officials, or independent certified public accountants charged by law with the responsibility for auditing school accounts, upon discovering any such illegal expenditure or expenditures in excess of the appropriations in the budget as officially amended, to certify such fact to the Department of Financial Services, which thereupon shall verify such fact and it shall be the duty of the Department of Financial Services to advise the Department of Legal Affairs thereof, and it shall be the duty of the Department of Legal Affairs to cause to be instituted and prosecuted, either through its office or through any state attorney, proceedings at law or in equity against such member or members of a district school board or district school superintendent. If either of the officers does not institute proceedings within 90 days after the audit has been certified to them by the Department of Financial Services, any taxpayer may institute suit in his or her own name on behalf of the district.
History.s. 613, ch. 2002-387; s. 1969, ch. 2003-261.
1011.11 Certain provisions to be directory.No irregularities of form or manner in the preparation or adoption of any budget under the provisions of this chapter shall invalidate either the budget adopted or the taxes levied therefor. However, the budget and the taxes levied must conform substantially to the principles and provisions of law and rules of the State Board of Education.
History.s. 614, ch. 2002-387.
1011.12 Purposes of and procedures in incurring school indebtedness.Indebtedness for school purposes may be incurred only as follows:
(1) School districts may issue bonds creating a long-term indebtedness as prescribed by law.
(2) Notes may be issued for money borrowed in anticipation of the receipt of current school funds, included in the budget from the state, county, or districts, as authorized under s. 1011.13.
(3) Indebtedness may be incurred for certain purposes as authorized under s. 1011.14, s. 1011.15, or s. 1011.16.
(4) Bonds or revenue certificates issued on behalf of the district by the State Board of Education as authorized by s. 18, Art. XII of the State Constitution of 1885 as adopted by s. 9(d), Art. XII, 1968 revised constitution, and the additional provisions of s. 9(d), Art. XII of said revision.
History.s. 615, ch. 2002-387.
1011.13 Current loans authorized under certain conditions.Except as provided in subsection (2), for any fiscal year in which school funds are estimated to be insufficient at any time during that fiscal year to pay obligations created by the district school board in accordance with the official budget of the district, or a budget approved by the district school board which is prepared preliminarily to the tentative budget required by this chapter, the school board is authorized to negotiate a current loan to pay these obligations, providing for the repayment of that loan from the proceeds of revenues reasonably to be anticipated during the fiscal year in which the loan is made as prescribed below. However, the district school board shall, whenever possible, so arrange its expenditures as to make the incurring of current loans unnecessary. When it is deemed necessary for the benefit of the schools of the district for a current loan to be negotiated, the school board shall arrange for a loan in an amount not violative of federal arbitrage regulations and for the repayment of the loan, in accord with the other provisions of this section.
(1) CURRENT LOANS AGAINST DISTRICT FUND, DISTRICT CAPITAL PROJECTS FUNDS, AND DISTRICT INTEREST AND SINKING FUNDS.
(a) District school boards are authorized and empowered to borrow money, to be retired from the district tax receipts anticipated in the operating budget, the district capital projects budget, and the debt service budget, at a rate of interest not to exceed the rate authorized under the provisions of s. 215.84, for the purpose of paying all outstanding obligations and for the further purpose of paying any and all lawful expenses incurred in operating the schools of the district. However, it is unlawful for any district school board to borrow any sum of money in any one year in excess of 80 percent of the amount as estimated by it in the official budget for the current fiscal year for the district to be available from the district tax. The sum so borrowed shall be paid in full before the school board is authorized to borrow money in any succeeding year.
(b) Nothing in paragraph (a) shall be construed to invalidate any outstanding debt of any district as now existing and now due, or to become due, or as requiring any school board to pay the same in full before being permitted to borrow 80 percent on the estimate for the next ensuing year.
(c) In the event that the county tax roll is subjected to litigation and the tax collector is prevented from collecting taxes on that roll, the following provisions shall apply:
1. The restriction of 80 percent in paragraph (b) shall not apply if the collection of taxes is delayed beyond May 1.
2. District school boards are authorized and empowered to borrow money, to be repaid from the district school fund for operating purposes, the district capital projects funds, and the district interest and sinking funds, at a rate not to exceed the rate authorized under the provisions of s. 215.84, for the purposes of paying any and all lawful operating expense, capital expense, and required debt service necessary for the outstanding bond issues of such districts at the times that the funds are needed to prevent the bonds or interest payments from being in default. However, the amount of money so borrowed shall be limited to the amount of the district school fund and district interest and sinking fund tax receipts included in the official school budget for that year or the amount necessary to be borrowed to meet such obligations, whichever amount is the lesser. Any funds borrowed pursuant to the authority of this subsection shall, insofar as possible, be repaid during the fiscal year in which the loan was made. However, any such loan unpaid at the end of the fiscal year shall be repaid from the first available revenue in the next succeeding year.
(2) CURRENT LOANS PAYABLE FROM REVENUE PROCEEDS.
(a) A district school board is also authorized to negotiate a current loan before the end of the fiscal year, the note or notes from which loan shall be issued no earlier than 60 days before the beginning of the subsequent fiscal year, to be repaid during the subsequent fiscal year from the proceeds of revenue reasonably anticipated to be received during that year. The proceeds of any loan obtained pursuant to this subsection shall be limited, and the district school board shall take any and all action necessary, to assure that the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder are not violated.
(b) Loans arranged pursuant to this subsection shall be negotiated in accordance with a budget approved by the district school board which is prepared preliminarily to the tentative budget required by this chapter. Such loans shall be at a rate of interest not to exceed the rate of interest authorized under the provisions of s. 215.84 and shall not be in excess of amounts authorized under the Internal Revenue Code for arbitrage.
(c) The proceeds of any loan obtained pursuant to this subsection, or any interest earnings thereon, shall not be used to pay any expenses incurred in the fiscal year in which the loan is made; nor shall the proceeds of the loan or interest earnings thereon be in any way encumbered to pay expenses incurred in the fiscal year in which the loan is made, but shall be held in escrow until the subsequent fiscal year. Any outstanding loan issued pursuant to subsection (1) must be defeased not less than 5 business days prior to the issuance of any obligation pursuant to this subsection. All proceeds of any loan obtained pursuant to this subsection, and any interest earnings thereon, shall be placed at closing in an irrevocable escrow account and held until the beginning of the subsequent fiscal year. The district school board shall maintain the integrity of such loan proceeds and related interest in its accounting records so as to be able to validate compliance with the provisions of this paragraph.
History.s. 616, ch. 2002-387.
1011.14 Obligations for a period of 1 year.District school boards are authorized only under the following conditions to create obligations by way of anticipation of budgeted revenues accruing on a current basis without pledging the credit of the district or requiring future levy of taxes for certain purposes for a period of 1 year; however, such obligations may be extended from year to year with the consent of the lender for a period not to exceed 4 years, or for a total of 5 years including the initial year of the loan:
(1) PURPOSES.The purposes for which such obligations may be incurred within the intent of this section shall include only the purchase of school buses, land, and equipment for educational purposes; the erection of, alteration to, or addition to educational facilities; and the adjustment of insurance on educational property on a 5-year plan, as provided by rules of the State Board of Education.
(2) OBLIGATIONS MAY NOT EXCEED ONE-FOURTH OF DISTRICT AD VALOREM TAX REVENUE FOR OPERATIONS FOR THE PRECEDING YEAR.No obligation of the nature prescribed herein may be incurred by any district school board when such proposed obligations exceed one-fourth of the revenue received during the preceding year for the district school fund for operating expense of the district.
(3) DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD TO ADOPT PROPOSAL.When the district school board proposes to incur obligations of the nature authorized in this section, it shall adopt and spread upon its minutes a resolution giving the nature of the obligations to be incurred, stating the plan of payment, and providing that such funds will be budgeted during the period of the loan from the current revenue to retire the obligations maturing during the year. This plan of payment shall not extend over a period longer than 1 year.
(4) INTEREST-BEARING NOTES AUTHORIZED.Each district school board which has authorized the incurring of the obligations as provided in this section shall issue interest-bearing notes for the obligations. The notes shall provide the terms of payment and shall not bear interest in excess of the rate authorized under the provisions of s. 215.84. No additional obligations of a similar nature may be incurred against the funds of any school district when notes authorized under this subsection are still outstanding and unpaid when such proposed obligations together with the unpaid notes outstanding exceed one-fourth of the revenue of the preceding year, as defined in subsection (2).
History.s. 617, ch. 2002-387.
1011.15 Obligations to eliminate major emergency conditions.The district school board of any district experiencing a major emergency condition in an existing school plant that demands immediate correction in order to prevent further damage to the building or equipment or to eliminate a safety hazard that constitutes an immediate danger to the students and other occupants is authorized to create an obligation for a period of 1 year by way of anticipation of revenues for capital outlay purposes accruing on a current basis without pledging the credit of the district. Such obligation may be extended from year to year with the consent of the lender for a period not to exceed 4 years, or for a total of 5 years including the initial year of the loan. Obligations occurring under this section may be repaid from funds to be received from taxes authorized by s. 1011.71(2) and from any other funds available to the district school board for the purpose under the following conditions:
(1) DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD TO ADOPT PROPOSAL.When the district school board proposes to incur obligations of the nature authorized in this section, it shall adopt and spread upon its minutes a resolution fully describing the emergency condition outlined above, giving the nature of the obligations to be incurred, stating the plan of payment, and providing that such funds will be budgeted during the period of the loan from the current revenue to retire the obligations maturing during the year. This plan of payment shall not extend over a period longer than 1 year.
(2) INTEREST-BEARING NOTES AUTHORIZED.Each district school board which has authorized the incurring of the obligations as provided in this section shall issue interest-bearing notes for the obligations. The notes shall provide the terms of payment and shall not bear interest in excess of the rate authorized in s. 1010.59.
History.s. 618, ch. 2002-387.
1011.16 Provisions for retirement of existing indebtedness which is unfunded or in default.In any district in which there is any indebtedness outstanding against the district school fund which has not yet been funded, or at any time any such indebtedness is in default as to principal or interest, the district school board shall proceed as follows:
(1) PLAN FOR RETIRING INDEBTEDNESS TO BE PROPOSED.The district school board shall prepare and propose a plan for retiring any unfunded indebtedness or any such indebtedness which is in default so that no creditor having a valid claim will be given a preferred status. This plan shall be so prepared as to show the funds needed for operating the schools on the most economical basis practicable, the amount of any other obligations which must be met each year, the total funds available each year for the entire school program, and the funds that can reasonably be spared for retirement of indebtedness without needlessly handicapping the school program and which can be budgeted each year for the retirement of such indebtedness.
(2) PROPOSAL TO BE SUBMITTED TO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.The proposal for funding and retiring all such indebtedness, when approved by the district school board, shall be submitted to the Department of Education for consideration. The district school board shall not attempt to retire any such indebtedness until this procedure has been followed and until it has had the benefit of the recommendations of the department. Upon receiving the proposal, the department shall determine the minimum funds which are, in its opinion, necessary for the operation of the school program in the district; shall determine what funds remain for retirement of indebtedness each year; shall determine whether the proposed plan is in accordance with these facts, and, if it is not, shall propose modifications in the plan in accordance with the facts. The recommendations of the department shall then be submitted to the district school board for consideration.
(3) WHEN PLAN TO BE EFFECTIVE.The plan for retiring indebtedness, herein prescribed, shall become effective when the district school board and the Department of Education jointly agree upon the amount of funds necessary for operating the schools and the amount which can be budgeted each year for retiring indebtedness. When this plan has been agreed upon, it shall become the duty of the district school board to see that the amount approved for retiring indebtedness is incorporated in the budget each year, and the department shall see that this amount has been incorporated before the budget is approved, or, if such an amount can not reasonably be incorporated in the budget, as shown by evidence submitted by the district school board, determine the respects in which the plan should be modified, and to see that the budget includes the amount for retiring indebtedness which can reasonably be included.
(4) FUNDING OUTSTANDING INDEBTEDNESS.
(a) Each district school board having an outstanding indebtedness legally incurred and constituting an obligation or obligations payable from the district school fund is authorized to issue and sell interest-bearing coupon warrants in a sum or sums not to exceed the total amount of such indebtedness. Such coupon warrants shall bear interest at a rate not to exceed the rates authorized under the provisions of s. 215.84, shall be payable either annually or semiannually, and shall be in such form and denomination as the district school board issuing the same shall prescribe. None of such warrants shall be issued to run for a longer period of time than 10 years from the date of issue. Such warrants shall be numbered consecutively, beginning with number one, and each warrant shall have attached thereto interest coupons, each coupon bearing the number of its warrant and representing or calling for an annual or semiannual, as the case may be, payment of interest on its warrant.
(b) Each such warrant shall be signed by the chair and attested by the secretary of the district school board issuing the same, and shall have the seal of the district school board affixed thereto, and the interest coupons attached thereto shall be signed by, or bear the printed or lithographed facsimile signature of the chair and secretary. Each warrant and interest coupon shall be dated and shall bear the due date. Such warrants and interest coupons shall be issued upon, and payable from, the fund designated on the face thereof. The fund so designated shall be the district school fund. All funds derived from the sale of interest-bearing coupon warrants, as herein provided, shall be used for the purpose of retiring the indebtedness for payment of which the warrants were issued, and for no other purpose, and any funds remaining from the sale of such warrants shall be applied to retiring the interest-bearing coupon warrants from which such funds were derived.
(5) FUNDING OR REFUNDING OTHER TYPES OF INDEBTEDNESS.Any proposed plan for refunding any type of outstanding and legally incurred school indebtedness, not covered by this section, shall be submitted to the Department of Education for approval under rules of the State Board of Education. No such indebtedness may be refunded and no plan for refunding such indebtedness may be approved, unless the plan provides for retiring the indebtedness in reasonably equal annual installments over the period of years covered, unless other obligations to be retired during any of these years make adjustments necessary. No indebtedness of any type may be refunded on a sinking fund basis. The district school board shall provide that all refunding warrants, notes, or bonds shall be callable, upon proper notice, beginning not more than 10 years following the date of refunding. If any indebtedness outstanding against the county or district current school funds cannot be retired over a period of 10 years as prescribed in this section, or cannot be funded or refunded by issuing interest-bearing coupon warrants, the Department of Education is authorized to cooperate with the school officials of the district in developing a practicable plan for refunding such indebtedness and, when such a plan has been developed, may approve an agreement with the district school officials for refunding such indebtedness to be retired over a period of time which shall not exceed a maximum of 20 years; and, if necessary, for refunding the indebtedness by issuing interest-bearing notes. Any funding or refunding obligations issued, as prescribed herein, are not and shall not be deemed to be additional bonds within the meaning of the Constitution and laws of Florida, and it shall not be necessary for such obligations to be submitted to, or approved by, a vote of the people of the district. In preparing and carrying out such a plan for funding or refunding the school indebtedness, the district school board and the district school superintendent shall follow the procedures prescribed in this section, supplemented by rules of the State Board of Education, except for the modifications which are herein authorized.
History.s. 619, ch. 2002-387.
1011.17 School funds to be paid to Chief Financial Officer or into depository.
(1) Every tax collector or other person having moneys which by law go to any district school fund shall at least once each month pay the same over to the depository or depositories designated by the district school board for such purpose, and shall provide said board with confirmation of the deposit. Every officer having moneys which by law go to any state school fund shall pay the same to the Chief Financial Officer of the state, and the Chief Financial Officer shall see that these moneys are deposited to the credit of the proper state school fund.
(2) The district school board shall have the authority to designate that funds due it be placed for investment for its account with the State Board of Administration rather than be deposited, and said board may direct those persons having moneys due it or due any state school fund to pay out such funds to the State Board of Administration to make authorized investments for its account.
History.s. 620, ch. 2002-387; s. 1970, ch. 2003-261.
1011.18 School depositories; payments into and withdrawals from depositories.
(1) SCHOOL FUNDS TO BE PAID INTO DEPOSITORIES.The tax collector, the clerk of the circuit court, the superintendent, and all other persons having, receiving, or collecting any money payable to the school district shall promptly pay the same to the bank or banks selected by the district school board to receive funds for that purpose. No bank shall be so selected unless it is qualified as an approved depository as provided by law. Each bank receiving any school money as provided herein shall make a receipt for same.
(2) INVESTMENT OF FUNDS DUE.The district school board shall have the authority to designate that funds due it be placed for investment for its account with the State Board of Administration rather than be deposited, and the district school board may direct those persons having moneys due it or due any state school fund to pay out such funds to the State Board of Administration to make authorized investments for its account.
(3) FUNDS ON DEPOSIT WITH EACH DEPOSITORY; OVERDRAWING ACCOUNTS PROHIBITED.The district school board shall require an accurate and complete set of accounts to be maintained in the books and records for each fund on deposit in each district school depository. Each such account shall show the amount subject to withdrawal, the amount deposited, the amount expended, and the balance of the account. In compliance with the provisions of this subsection, a district school board may maintain a separate checking account for each such fund or may utilize a single checking account for the deposit and withdrawal of moneys from all funds and segregate the various funds on the books and records only. No check or warrant shall be drawn in excess of the balance to the credit of the appropriate fund. The funds awaiting clearing may be invested in an approved county depository in instruments earning interest, such as repurchase agreements, savings accounts, etc. If repurchase agreements are involved, United States Treasury securities or GNMA’s must be pledged as collateral for an amount to exceed the principal, interest, and a reasonable safety margin for protection against date-to-date price fluctuation.
(4) HOW FUNDS DRAWN FROM DEPOSITORIES.All money drawn from any district school depository holding same as prescribed herein shall be upon a check or warrant drawn on authority of the district school board as prescribed by law. Each check or warrant shall be signed by the chair or, in his or her absence, the vice chair of the district school board and countersigned by the district school superintendent, with corporate seal of the school board affixed. However, as a matter of convenience, the corporate seal of the district school board may be printed upon the warrant and a proper record of such warrant shall be maintained. The district school board may by resolution, a copy of which must be delivered to the depository, provide for internal funds to be withdrawn from any district depository by a check duly signed by at least two bonded school employees designated by the board to be responsible for administering such funds. However, the district school superintendent or his or her designee, after having been by resolution specifically authorized by the district school board, may transfer funds from one depository to another, within a depository, to another institution, or from another institution to a depository for investment purposes and may transfer funds to pay expenses, expenditures, or other disbursements that must be evidenced by an invoice or other appropriate documentation in a similar manner. Such transfer may be made by electronic, telephonic, or other medium; and each transfer shall be confirmed in writing and signed by the district school superintendent or his or her designee.
(5) FORM OF WARRANTS; DIRECT DEPOSIT OF FUNDS.The district school board is authorized to establish the form or forms of warrants, which are to be signed by the chair or, in his or her absence, the vice chair of the district school board and countersigned by the district school superintendent, for payment or disbursement of moneys out of the school depository and to change the form thereof from time to time as the district school board deems appropriate. If authorized in writing by the payee, such district school board warrants may provide for the direct deposit of funds to the account of the payee in any financial institution that is designated in writing by the payee and that has lawful authority to accept such deposits. The written authorization of the payee must be filed with the district school board. Direct deposit of funds may be by any electronic or other medium approved by the district school board for such purpose. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules prescribing minimum security measures that must be implemented by any district school board before establishing the system authorized in this subsection.
(6) EXEMPTION FOR SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAMS AND THIRD-PARTY ADMINISTERED EMPLOYEES’ FRINGE BENEFIT PROGRAMS.
(a) Each district school board is authorized to contract with an approved service organization to provide self-insurance services, including, but not limited to, the evaluation, settlement, and payment of self-insurance claims on behalf of the district school board. Pursuant to such contract, the district school board may advance money to the service organization to be deposited in a special checking account for paying claims against the district school board under its self-insurance program. The special checking account shall be maintained in a designated district school depository. The district school board may replenish such account as often as necessary upon the presentation by the service organization of documentation for claims paid equal to the amount of the requested reimbursement. Such replenishment shall be made by a warrant signed by the chair of the district school board and countersigned by the district school superintendent. Such replenishment may be made by electronic, telephonic, or other medium, and each transfer shall be confirmed in writing and signed by the superintendent or his or her designee.
(b) The district school board may contract with an insurance company or professional administrator who holds a valid certificate of authority issued by the Office of Insurance Regulation of the Financial Services Commission to provide any services that a third-party administrator is authorized by law to perform. Pursuant to such contract, the district school board may advance or remit money to the administrator to be deposited in a designated special checking account for paying claims against the district school board under its self-insurance programs, and remitting premiums to the providers of insured benefits on behalf of the district school board and the participants in such programs, and otherwise fulfilling the obligations imposed upon the administrator by law and the contractual agreements between the district school board and the administrator. The special checking account shall be maintained in a designated district school depository. The district school board may replenish such account as often as necessary upon the presentation by the service organization of documentation for claims or premiums due paid equal to the amount of the requested reimbursement. Such replenishment shall be made by a warrant signed by the chair of the district school board and countersigned by the district school superintendent. Such replenishment may be made by electronic, telephonic, or other medium, and each transfer shall be confirmed in writing and signed by the district school superintendent or his or her designee. The provisions of strict accountability of all funds and an annual audit by an independent certified public accountant as provided in s. 1001.42(12)(k) apply to this subsection.
History.s. 621, ch. 2002-387; s. 1971, ch. 2003-261; s. 24, ch. 2008-108; s. 26, ch. 2009-59.
1011.19 Sources of district school fund.The district school fund shall consist of funds derived from the district school tax levy; state appropriations; appropriations by county commissioners; local, state, and federal school food service funds; any and all other sources for school purposes; national forest trust funds and other federal sources; and gifts and other sources.
History.s. 622, ch. 2002-387.
1011.20 Apportionment and use of district school fund.The district school fund shall be apportioned, expended and disbursed in the district solely for the support of the public schools of the district as prescribed by law; provided, however, that the district school fund shall also be used to pay the principal and interest on bonds legally issued and payable from said fund, together with other proper items of debt service against such fund, including any necessary refunding expense as prescribed by rules of the State Board of Education. The district school board shall, before the maturity of such bonds or other indebtedness and before interest due dates, deposit with the paying agent or make available, as designated in the resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds or other legal evidences of indebtedness, sufficient funds with which to pay all principal and interest when due; provided, that when such funds have been so deposited with the paying agent or made available, all interest on the indebtedness represented by the maturing bonds, coupons or other evidences of indebtedness shall cease as of their maturity dates; and provided, further, that if any such bonds, coupons or other evidences of indebtedness are not presented for payment within 6 months after the date on which they mature, the funds shall be returned to the district school board and shall be placed by said board in the district school fund and the district school board shall pay said bonds, coupons or other evidences of indebtedness from said fund when presented for payment. Any holder of bonds, coupons or other indebtedness claiming interest after maturity on account of the fact that funds were not deposited with the paying agent or made available to pay such bonds, coupons or other indebtedness at maturity, shall be required to produce evidence in the form of a letter from the paying agent or the district school board, respectively, acknowledging that the bonds, coupons and other evidences of indebtedness upon which interest is claimed were presented for payment, that no funds were available for the payment thereof, that such bonds, coupons and other evidences of indebtedness were presented for payment at least annually thereafter and that no funds were available to pay such indebtedness. The paying agent or the district school board, whichever has the duty of holding the funds, shall, upon request of the holder of defaulted bonds, coupons or other evidences of indebtedness, furnish to such holder the letter required herein. When such evidence is presented, the district school fund shall be liable for the payment of principal and interest on the bonds, coupons or other evidences of indebtedness from maturity until paid at the rate prescribed on the face thereof. If at any time any bonds, coupons or other evidences of indebtedness are reduced to judgment, the district school fund shall be responsible for past due interest only at the rate prescribed by the bonds or other evidences of indebtedness and any rate of interest in excess of that amount shall be illegal and invalid. Such judgments shall bear interest at the rate of 5 percent per annum until paid. When any proposal for refunding the indebtedness against said district school fund has been prepared and approved by the State Board of Education, as required by law, and when the holders of at least 80 percent of the outstanding indebtedness against said fund have agreed in writing to the refunding plan, the district school board shall be authorized to pay, out of the district school fund, from and after that date, on the original and refunding bonds or other evidences of indebtedness only the rate of interest which has been agreed upon for the refunding bonds or other evidences of indebtedness and no owner or holder of a bond, coupon or other evidence of indebtedness shall be entitled to a higher rate of interest after that date; provided, that such owner or holder shall be given the option by the district school board of receiving payment in cash for all principal and interest due on the bonds and coupons or other evidence of indebtedness he or she holds at the same rate at which the remaining indebtedness has been refunded.
History.s. 623, ch. 2002-387.
1011.21 Source and use of district interest and sinking fund.The district interest and sinking fund of any school district shall comprise the proceeds of the tax levied for the purpose of paying the principal and interest of bonds outstanding against the district as provided in this chapter and in addition such funds as may accrue to the credit of the district interest and sinking fund from interest on deposits, investments or other sources. The district interest and sinking fund in each district shall be used to pay the principal and interest on bonds legally issued against the district and other proper items of debt service against such district, including any necessary refunding expense as prescribed by rules of the State Board of Education. The district school board shall, before the maturity of bonds and before interest due dates, deposit with the paying agent or make available, as designated in the resolution authorizing the issuance of bonds, sufficient money of the district interest and sinking fund with which to pay all principal and interest when due; provided, that when such money has been so deposited with the paying agent or made available, all interest on the indebtedness represented by the maturing bonds or coupons shall cease as of their maturity dates; and provided, further, that if any such bonds or coupons are not presented for payment within 6 months after the date on which they mature, the money shall be returned to the district school board and shall be held by the board as a reserve fund in the account of the district interest and sinking fund until the bonds and coupons are presented for payment. Any holder of bonds or coupons claiming interest after maturity shall be required to produce evidence in the form of a letter from the paying agent or the district school board of the district, respectively, acknowledging that the bonds or coupons upon which interest is claimed were presented for payment upon maturity, that no funds were available for the payment thereof, that such bonds or coupons were presented for payment at least annually thereafter and that no funds were available to pay such bonds or coupons. The paying agent or the district school board, whichever has the duty of holding the money, shall, upon request of the holder of defaulted bonds or coupons, furnish to such holder the letter required herein. When such evidence is presented, the district interest and sinking fund shall be liable for the payment of principal and interest on the bonds and coupons from maturity until paid at the rate prescribed on the face of the bonds. If at any time any bonds or coupons are reduced to judgment, the district interest and sinking fund shall be responsible for past due interest only at the rate prescribed by the bonds and any rate of interest in excess of that amount shall be illegal and invalid. Such judgments shall bear interest at the rate of 5 percent per annum until paid. When any proposal for refunding the indebtedness against any district has been prepared and approved by the Department of Education, as required by law, and when the holders of at least 80 percent of the outstanding indebtedness represented by the bond issue have agreed in writing to the refunding plan, the district school board shall be authorized to pay, from and after that date on the original and refunding bonds from the district interest and sinking fund, only the rate of interest which has been agreed upon for the refunding bonds and no owner or holder of a bond or coupon shall be entitled to a higher rate of interest after that date; provided, that such owner or holder shall be given the option by the school board of receiving payment in cash for all principal and interest due on the bonds and coupons he or she holds at the same rate at which the remaining bonds and coupons have been refunded.
History.s. 624, ch. 2002-387.
1011.22 Interest and sinking funds may be invested in certain bonds, warrants, and notes.Each district school board shall have the power at all times to invest the interest and sinking funds collected for the retirement of any bonds of the school district in any investment as authorized in s. 1010.53(2). The district school board shall have authority at any time to use the interest and sinking fund of any district for purchasing, for the purpose of canceling and retiring, bonds outstanding against the interest and sinking fund of said district at any price which will result in a net saving to the taxpayers of the district; provided, always, that the district school board shall have the right to keep the interest and sinking fund on deposit earning the rate of interest agreed upon until such time as within its judgment it may be able to invest it in bonds, warrants, or notes to better advantage as provided herein.
History.s. 625, ch. 2002-387.
1011.23 Disposition of balance in interest and sinking fund.If all principal and interest outstanding against any school district shall have been paid, and there shall still remain a balance in the interest and sinking fund to the credit of that district, the district school board shall, by resolution, authorize this balance to be transferred to the credit of the district school fund.
History.s. 626, ch. 2002-387.
1011.24 Special district units.For the purposes of funding through this chapter and chapter 1013, lab schools shall be designated as special school districts. Such districts shall be accountable to the Department of Education for budget requests and reports on expenditures.
History.s. 627, ch. 2002-387; s. 65, ch. 2004-41.
B. Florida College System institutions:
Preparation, Adoption, and
Implementation of Budgets
1011.30 Budgets for Florida College System institutions.
1011.31 Current loans to Florida College System institution boards of trustees.
1011.32 Florida College System Institution Facility Enhancement Challenge Grant Program.
1011.30 Budgets for Florida College System institutions.Each Florida College System institution president shall recommend to the Florida College System institution board of trustees a budget of income and expenditures at such time and in such form as the State Board of Education may prescribe. Upon approval of a budget by the Florida College System institution board of trustees, such budget shall be transmitted to the Department of Education for review. Rules of the State Board of Education shall prescribe procedures for effecting budget amendments subsequent to the final approval of a budget for a given year.
History.s. 629, ch. 2002-387; s. 167, ch. 2011-5; s. 13, ch. 2011-177.
1011.31 Current loans to Florida College System institution boards of trustees.
(1) At any time the current funds on hand are insufficient to pay obligations created by a Florida College System institution board of trustees in accordance with the approved budget of the Florida College System institution, the Florida College System institution board of trustees may request approval by the Commissioner of Education of a proposal to negotiate a current loan, with provisions for the repayment of such loan during the fiscal year in which the loan is made, in order to meet these obligations.
(2) The Commissioner of Education shall approve such proposal when, in his or her opinion, the proposal is reasonable and just, the expenditure is necessary, and revenues sufficient to meet the requirements of the loan can reasonably be anticipated.
History.s. 630, ch. 2002-387; s. 2, ch. 2003-3; s. 168, ch. 2011-5.
1011.32 Florida College System Institution Facility Enhancement Challenge Grant Program.
(1) The Legislature recognizes that the Florida College System institutions do not have sufficient physical facilities to meet the current demands of their instructional and community programs. It further recognizes that, to strengthen and enhance Florida College System institutions, it is necessary to provide facilities in addition to those currently available from existing revenue sources. It further recognizes that there are sources of private support that, if matched with state support, can assist in constructing much needed facilities and strengthen the commitment of citizens and organizations in promoting excellence at each Florida College System institution. Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature to establish a program to provide the opportunity for each Florida College System institution through its direct-support organization to receive and match challenge grants for instructional and community-related capital facilities within the Florida College System institution.
(2) There is established the Florida College System Institution Facility Enhancement Challenge Grant Program for the purpose of assisting the Florida College System institutions in building high priority instructional and community-related capital facilities consistent with s. 1004.65, including common areas connecting such facilities. The direct-support organizations that serve the Florida College System institutions shall solicit gifts from private sources to provide matching funds for capital facilities. For the purposes of this section, private sources of funds shall not include any federal or state government funds that a Florida College System institution may receive.
(3) The Florida College System Institution Capital Facilities Matching Program shall provide funds to match private contributions for the development of high priority instructional and community-related capital facilities, including common areas connecting such facilities, within the Florida College System institutions.
(4) Within the direct-support organization of each Florida College System institution there must be established a separate capital facilities matching account for the purpose of providing matching funds from the direct-support organization’s unrestricted donations or other private contributions for the development of high priority instructional and community-related capital facilities, including common areas connecting such facilities. The Legislature shall appropriate funds for distribution to a Florida College System institution after matching funds are certified by the direct-support organization and Florida College System institution. The Public Education Capital Outlay and Debt Service Trust Fund shall not be used as the source of the state match for private contributions.
(5) A project may not be initiated unless all private funds for planning, construction, and equipping the facility have been received and deposited in the direct-support organization’s matching account for this purpose. However, this requirement does not preclude the Florida College System institution or direct-support organization from expending available funds from private sources to develop a prospectus, including preliminary architectural schematics or models, for use in its efforts to raise private funds for a facility and for site preparation, planning, and construction. The Legislature may appropriate the state’s matching funds in one or more fiscal years for the planning, construction, and equipping of an eligible facility. Each Florida College System institution shall notify all donors of private funds of a substantial delay in the availability of state matching funds for this program.
(6) To be eligible to participate in the Florida College System Institution Facility Enhancement Challenge Grant Program, a Florida College System institution, through its direct-support organization, shall raise a contribution equal to one-half of the total cost of a facilities construction project from private sources which shall be matched by a state appropriation equal to the amount raised for a facilities construction project, subject to the General Appropriations Act.
(7) If the state’s share of the required match is insufficient to meet the requirements of subsection (6), the Florida College System institution shall renegotiate the terms of the contribution with the donors. If the project is terminated, each private donation, plus accrued interest, reverts to the direct-support organization for remittance to the donor.
(8) By October 15 of each year, the State Board of Education shall transmit to the Governor and the Legislature a list of projects that meet all eligibility requirements to participate in the Florida College System Institution Facility Enhancement Challenge Grant Program and a budget request that includes the recommended schedule necessary to complete each project.
(9) In order for a project to be eligible under this program, it must be survey recommended under the provisions of s. 1013.31 and included in the Florida College System institution’s 5-year capital improvement plan, and it must receive approval from the State Board of Education or the Legislature.
(10) A Florida College System institution project may not be removed from the approved 3-year PECO priority list because of its successful participation in this program until approved by the Legislature and provided for in the General Appropriations Act. When such a project is completed and removed from the list, all other projects shall move up on the 3-year PECO priority list.
(11) Any private matching funds for a project which are unexpended after the project is completed shall revert to the Florida College System institution’s direct-support organization capital facilities matching account. The balance of any unexpended state matching funds shall be returned to the fund from which those funds were appropriated.
(12) The surveys, architectural plans, facility, and equipment shall be the property of the participating Florida College System institution. A facility constructed under this section may be named in honor of a donor at the option of the Florida College System institution district board of trustees. A facility may not be named after a living person without prior approval by the State Board of Education.
(13) Effective July 1, 2011, state matching funds are temporarily suspended for donations received for the program on or after June 30, 2011. Existing eligible donations remain eligible for future matching funds. The program may be restarted after $200 million of the backlog for programs under this section and ss. 1011.85, 1011.94, and 1013.79 have been matched.
History.s. 631, ch. 2002-387; s. 1, ch. 2007-61; s. 29, ch. 2009-60; s. 179, ch. 2010-102; s. 23, ch. 2010-155; s. 169, ch. 2011-5; s. 33, ch. 2011-63.
C. Universities: Preparation,
Adoption, and Implementation of Budgets
1011.40 Budgets for universities.
1011.41 University appropriations.
1011.4106 Trust fund dissolution and local account appropriations.
1011.411 Budgets for sponsored research at universities.
1011.42 University depositories; deposits into and withdrawals from depositories.
1011.43 Investment of university agency and activity funds; earnings used for scholarships.
1011.45 End of year balance of funds.
1011.47 Auxiliary enterprises; contracts, grants, and donations.
1011.48 Establishment of educational research centers for child development.
1011.49 Assent to Smith-Lever Act; university board of trustees authorized to receive grants.
1011.50 Agricultural experiment stations; assent to Act of Congress; federal appropriation.
1011.501 Assent to ss. 1444 and 1445 of the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977; board of trustees authorized to receive grants, etc.
1011.51 Independent postsecondary endowment grants.
1011.52 Appropriation to first accredited medical school.
1011.521 Appropriation to private colleges and universities.
1011.40 Budgets for universities.
(1) LEGISLATIVE BUDGET REQUEST.The Board of Governors shall provide instructions, guidelines, and standard formats to be used by each university that will provide to the Board of Governors and the Legislature adequate information to support and justify the legislative budget requests submitted pursuant to ss. 216.023, 1011.90, and 1013.60 for each university.
(2) OPERATING BUDGET.Each university board of trustees shall adopt an operating budget for the operation of the university as prescribed by law and rules of the Board of Governors. Each university president shall prepare and implement the operating budget of the university as prescribed by law, rules of the Board of Governors, policies of the university board of trustees, and provisions of the General Appropriations Act. The proposed expenditures, plus transfers, and balances shall not exceed the estimated income, transfers, and balances. The budget and each part thereof shall balance. If at any time the unencumbered balance in the education and general fund of the university board of trustees approved operating budget goes below 5 percent, the president shall provide written notification to the Board of Governors.
(3) EXPENDITURES.Expenditures from any source of funds by any university shall not exceed the funds available. Expenditures shall not exceed the amount budgeted under each classification of accounts for each fund and the total amount of the budget, as amended as prescribed by rules of the Board of Governors. No expenditure of funds, contract, or agreement of any nature shall be made that requires additional appropriation of funds by the Legislature unless specifically authorized in advance by law or the General Appropriations Act.
(4) DISTRIBUTION OF APPROPRIATION.Funds appropriated in the General Appropriations Act for the operation of state universities shall be distributed to the universities twice monthly. The Executive Office of the Governor may modify this schedule if required to meet specific needs of a university.
History.s. 633, ch. 2002-387; s. 151, ch. 2007-217.
1011.41 University appropriations.Funds for the general operations of universities shall be requested and appropriated as Aid to Local Governments Grants and Aids, subject to provisions of the General Appropriations Act. Funds provided to state universities in the General Appropriations Act are contingent upon each university complying with the tuition and fee policies established in the proviso language and with the tuition and fee policies for state universities included in part II of chapter 1009. However, the funds appropriated to a specific university shall not be affected by the failure of another university to comply with this provision.
History.s. 634, ch. 2002-387; s. 152, ch. 2007-217.
1011.4106 Trust fund dissolution and local account appropriations.
(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of ss. 215.3206(2) and 215.3208(2), and pursuant to s. 216.351, all unexpended balances as of June 30, 2002, in the following State University System trust funds are hereby appropriated to the appropriate accounts of each university based upon the original source of the trust fund revenue and any accrued interest: the Education/General Student and Other Fees Trust Fund, the Experiment Station Federal Grant Trust Fund, the Experiment Station Incidental Trust Fund, the Extension Service Federal Grant Trust Fund, the Extension Service Incidental Trust Fund, the Incidental Trust Fund, the UF Health Center Operations and Maintenance Trust Fund, the Operations and Maintenance Trust Fund, and all other trust funds in the State Treasury for universities. Expenditure of these funds by each university must be based on the laws, rules, grant agreements, or other legal controlling factors associated with all trust fund balances which are appropriated to local accounts pursuant to this section, and included in each university board of trustees approved operating budget. Each university shall be responsible for the payment of outstanding debts or obligations associated with these funds.
(2) Any appropriations provided in the General Appropriations Act from the Education/General Student and Other Fees Trust Fund are the only budget authority for the fiscal year to the named universities to expend tuition and out-of-state fees that are collected during the fiscal year and carried forward from the prior fiscal year. The expenditure of tuition and fee revenues from local accounts by each university shall not exceed the authority provided in the General Appropriations Act unless approved pursuant to the provisions of chapter 216. If a court of competent jurisdiction finds that the restriction in this subsection is invalid, the moneys described in this section shall be deposited in the State Treasury.
History.s. 636, ch. 2002-387; s. 153, ch. 2007-217.
1011.411 Budgets for sponsored research at universities.Funds for sponsored research at each university shall be budgeted and expended pursuant to ss. 1004.22 and 1011.42.
History.s. 637, ch. 2002-387; s. 154, ch. 2007-217.
1011.42 University depositories; deposits into and withdrawals from depositories.
(1) The board of trustees of each university shall designate the depositories in which any university funds may be deposited. No bank shall be designated unless it is a qualified depository as provided by Florida Statutes.
(2) All funds received by a university, from whatever source and for whatever purpose, shall promptly be deposited in a board of trustees approved qualified depository.
(3) The board of trustees shall require an accurate and complete set of accounts to be maintained in the books and records for each fund on deposit in each university depository. Each account shall show the amount subject to withdrawal, the amount deposited, the amount expended, and the balance of the account.
(4) The university may maintain a separate checking account for each fund or may utilize a single checking account for the deposit and withdrawal of moneys from all funds and segregate the various funds on the books and records only. No check or withdrawal shall be drawn in excess of the balance to the credit of the appropriate fund.
(5) Funds awaiting clearing may be invested in investments earning interest in a qualified depository, in the State Treasury, and in the State Board of Administration. Investments of university funds shall comply with the requirements of Florida Statutes for the investment of public funds by local government. Due diligence shall be exercised to assure that the highest available amount of earnings is obtained on investments.
(6) The university president or his or her designee, after having been specifically authorized by the university board of trustees, may transfer funds from one depository to another, within a depository, to another institution, or from another institution to a depository for investment purposes and may transfer funds to pay expenses, expenditures, or other disbursements, evidenced by an invoice or other appropriate documentation.
(7) The university board of trustees shall specifically designate and spread upon the minutes of the board the legal name and position title of any university employee authorized to sign checks to pay legal obligations of the university.
History.s. 638, ch. 2002-387; s. 3, ch. 2003-3; s. 155, ch. 2007-217.
1011.43 Investment of university agency and activity funds; earnings used for scholarships.Each university is authorized to invest available agency and activity funds and to use the earnings from such investments for student scholarships and loans. The university board of trustees shall provide procedures for the administration of these scholarships and loans by regulations.
History.s. 639, ch. 2002-387; s. 25, ch. 2010-78.
1011.45 End of year balance of funds.Unexpended amounts in any fund in a university current year operating budget shall be carried forward and included as the balance forward for that fund in the approved operating budget for the following year.
History.s. 640, ch. 2002-387.
1011.47 Auxiliary enterprises; contracts, grants, and donations.As used in s. 19(f)(3), Art. III of the State Constitution, the term:
(1) “Auxiliary enterprises” includes activities that directly or indirectly provide a product or a service, or both, to a university or its students, faculty, or staff and for which a charge is made. These auxiliary enterprises are business activities of a university which require no support from the General Revenue Fund, and include activities such as housing, bookstores, student health services, continuing education programs, food services, college stores, operation of vending machines, specialty shops, day care centers, golf courses, student activities programs, data center operations, and intercollegiate athletics programs.
(2) “Contracts, grants, and donations” includes noneducational and general funding sources in support of research, public services, and training. The term includes grants and donations, sponsored-research contracts, and Department of Education funding for lab schools and other activities for which the funds are deposited outside the State Treasury.
History.s. 641, ch. 2002-387; s. 66, ch. 2004-41.
1011.48 Establishment of educational research centers for child development.
(1) Upon approval of the university president, the student government association of any state university may establish an educational research center for child development in accordance with the provisions of this section. Each such center shall be a child day care center established to provide care for the children of students, both graduate and undergraduate, faculty, and other staff and employees of the university and to provide an opportunity for interested schools or departments of the university to conduct educational research programs and establish internship programs within such centers. Whenever possible, such center shall be located on the campus of the university. There shall be a director of each center, selected by the board of directors of the center.
(2) There shall be a board of directors for each educational research center for child development, consisting of the president of the university or his or her designee, the student government president or his or her designee, the chair of each department participating in the center or his or her designee, and one parent for each 50 children enrolled in the center, elected by the parents of children enrolled in the center. The director of the center shall be an ex officio, nonvoting member of the board. The board shall establish local policies and perform local oversight and operational guidance for the center.
(3) Each center is authorized to charge fees for the care and services it provides. Such fees must be approved by the Board of Governors and may be imposed on a sliding scale based on ability to pay or any other factors deemed relevant by the board.
(4) Each educational research center for child development shall be funded by a portion of the Capital Improvement Trust Fund fee established by the Board of Governors pursuant to s. 1009.24(8). Each university that establishes a center shall receive a portion of such fees collected from the students enrolled at that university, usable only at that university, equal to 22.5 cents per student per credit hour taken per term, based on the summer term and fall and spring semesters. This allocation shall be used by the university only for the establishment and operation of a center as provided by this section. Said allocation may be made only after all bond obligations required to be paid from such fees have been met.
History.s. 642, ch. 2002-387; s. 156, ch. 2007-217; s. 191, ch. 2008-4; s. 119, ch. 2013-18.
1011.49 Assent to Smith-Lever Act; university board of trustees authorized to receive grants.The Legislature, in behalf of and for the state, assents to, and gives its assent to, the provisions and requirements of the Act of Congress commonly known as the “Smith-Lever Act,” and all acts supplemental thereto, and the University of Florida Board of Trustees, having supervision over and control of the University of Florida, located at Gainesville, may receive the grants of money appropriated under said Act of Congress and organize and conduct agricultural and home economics extension work, which shall be carried on in connection with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, in accordance with the terms and conditions expressed in said Act of Congress.
History.s. 643, ch. 2002-387.
1011.50 Agricultural experiment stations; assent to Act of Congress; federal appropriation.The objects and purposes contained in the Act of Congress entitled “An Act to provide for an increased annual appropriation for agricultural experiment stations and regulating the expenditure thereof” are assented to; and the Board of Trustees of the University of Florida is authorized to accept and receive the annual appropriations for the use and benefit of the agricultural experiment station fund of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences of the University of Florida, located at Gainesville, upon the terms and conditions contained in said Act of Congress.
History.s. 644, ch. 2002-387.
1011.501 Assent to ss. 1444 and 1445 of the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977; board of trustees authorized to receive grants, etc.The assent of Legislature is given to the provisions and requirements of ss. 1444 and 1445 of the Act of Congress commonly known as the “Food and Agriculture Act of 1977” and all acts supplemental thereto. The Board of Trustees of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University may receive grants of money appropriated under said sections of said act and may organize and conduct agricultural extension work and conduct agricultural research, which shall be carried on in connection with the College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture of said Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, in accordance with the terms and conditions expressed in the Act of Congress aforesaid.
History.s. 645, ch. 2002-387.
1011.51 Independent postsecondary endowment grants.
(1) The Legislature finds and declares that accredited baccalaureate-degree-granting independent nonprofit colleges and universities are an integral part of the higher education system in this state; that significant numbers of persons choose to utilize these institutions for obtaining higher education; that the burdens on public colleges and universities are lessened because of the students that choose to utilize these institutions for their higher education; that having a strong system of baccalaureate-degree-granting independent nonprofit colleges and universities will improve the educational, economic, and social well-being of the state; and that creation of a state program to provide matching endowment grants will improve the academic excellence of these institutions and enhance educational opportunities for Florida citizens, furthering the improvement of the overall educational system in the state.
(2) There is established the Florida Postsecondary Endowment Grants Program to be administered by the Department of Education. The program shall provide matching endowment grants to independent nonprofit colleges and universities in Florida that meet the requirements of this section. The Legislature shall designate funds for the program to be transferred to the Grants and Donations Trust Fund from available sources. All funds transferred to the trust fund, or retained in the trust fund, shall be invested in accordance with the provisions of chapter 215. Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 216.301 and pursuant to s. 216.351, any undisbursed balance remaining in the trust fund for the program and income from investments and interest related thereto shall remain in the trust fund and shall increase the total funds available for such matching endowment grants.
(3) The matching endowment grants made available under this section shall be made available to any independent nonprofit college or university which:
(a) Is located in and chartered by the state.
(b) Is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
(c) Grants baccalaureate degrees.
(d) Is not a state university or Florida College System institution.
(e) Has a secular purpose, so long as the receipt of state aid by students at the institution would not have the primary effect of advancing or impeding religion or result in an excessive entanglement between the state and any religious sect.
(4)(a) The amounts appropriated for the program shall be allocated by the Department of Education to each independent nonprofit college or university that meets the criteria of subsection (3) in the following manner:
1. Each such college or university that raises an endowment contribution of at least $50,000, but no more than $75,000, from private sources shall receive a matching endowment grant equal to 70 percent of the private contribution.
2. Each such college or university that raises an endowment contribution in excess of $75,000, but no more than $100,000, from private sources shall receive a matching endowment grant equal to 75 percent of the private contribution.
3. Each such college or university that raises an endowment contribution in excess of $100,000, but no more than $125,000, from private sources shall receive a matching endowment grant equal to 80 percent of the private contribution.
4. Each such college or university that raises an endowment contribution in excess of $125,000 from private sources shall receive a matching endowment grant equal to 100 percent of the private contribution.
(b) The private sources may include combined contributions for a common purpose, but shall not include separate unrelated contributions. The state endowment matching grant shall be disbursed to the independent nonprofit college or university upon certification by the college or university that it has received and deposited the proportionate amount specified in this subsection.
(c) Contributions may also be eligible for matching if there is a commitment to make a donation of $125,000, and an initial payment of $25,000 is accompanied by a written pledge to provide the balance within 4 years after the date of such initial payment. Payments on the balance must be at least $25,000 per year and shall be made on or before the anniversary date of the initial payment. No matching endowment grant shall be disbursed prior to collection of the total pledged contribution from the private source, but a pledged contribution shall encumber the matching endowment grant for that independent nonprofit college or university.
(5)(a) By July 1 of each year, each independent nonprofit college or university that desires to participate in the program shall certify to the department its eligibility. The department, upon receipt and acceptance of such certifications, shall reserve an equal amount of the additional funds for the program transferred to the Grants and Donations Trust Fund for that fiscal year for each independent nonprofit college or university that is eligible to participate. An eligible independent nonprofit college or university shall have 3 fiscal years within which to encumber its share of trust funds reserved during the first 3 fiscal years. After the third fiscal year, if any independent nonprofit college or university does not fully utilize or encumber its share of reserved trust funds for any single fiscal year, such reserved funds shall be available in subsequent fiscal years for the purposes of this program.
(b) Each eligible institution shall certify to the department its contributions for the year ending June 30, 1989. Only the qualified new contributions above the certified base shall be calculated for the purpose of allocating grants during the first 3 years of the program. In subsequent years, only the qualified new contributions above the certified prior year base shall be calculated for the purpose of allocating such grants.
(6) Matching endowment grants made pursuant to this section to a qualified independent nonprofit college or university shall be placed in a separate restricted endowment by such institution. The interest or other income accruing from the endowment shall be expended exclusively for professorships, library resources, scientific and technical equipment, and nonathletic scholarships. Moreover, the funds in the endowment shall not be used for pervasively sectarian instruction, religious worship, or theology or divinity programs or resources. The records of the endowment shall be subject to review by the department and audit or examination by the Auditor General and the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability. If any institution receiving a matching endowment grant pursuant to this section ceases operations and undergoes dissolution proceedings, then all funds received pursuant to this section from the state shall be returned.
(7) This section shall be implemented to the extent specifically funded and authorized by law.
History.s. 646, ch. 2002-387; s. 170, ch. 2011-5; s. 120, ch. 2013-18.
1011.52 Appropriation to first accredited medical school.
(1) Subject to the provisions hereinafter set forth, the Legislature shall provide an annual appropriation to the first accredited medical school. Payments of moneys from such appropriation shall be made semiannually at the beginning of the first and third quarters.
(2) In order for a medical school to qualify under the provisions of this section and to be entitled to the benefits herein, such medical school:
(a) Must be primarily operated and established to offer, afford, and render a medical education to residents of the state qualifying for admission to such institution;
(b) Must be operated by a municipality or county of this state, or by a nonprofit organization heretofore or hereafter established exclusively for educational purposes;
(c) Must, upon the formation and establishment of an accredited medical school, transmit and file with the Department of Education documentary proof evidencing the facts that such institution has been certified and approved by the council on medical education and hospitals of the American Medical Association and has adequately met the requirements of that council in regard to its administrative facilities, administrative plant, clinical facilities, curriculum, and all other such requirements as may be necessary to qualify with the council as a recognized, approved, and accredited medical school;
(d) Must certify to the Department of Education the name, address, and educational history of each student approved and accepted for enrollment in such institution for the ensuing school year; and
(e) Must have in place an operating agreement with a government-owned hospital that is located in the same county as the medical school and that is a statutory teaching hospital as defined in s. 408.07(45). The operating agreement shall provide for the medical school to maintain the same level of affiliation with the hospital, including the level of services to indigent and charity care patients served by the hospital, which was in place in the prior fiscal year. Each year, documentation demonstrating that an operating agreement is in effect shall be submitted jointly to the Department of Education by the hospital and the medical school prior to the payment of moneys from the annual appropriation.
(3) The Department of Education shall, within 60 days of the receipt of the student enrollment of the medical school, pay to the school, each year, the amount appropriated for students accepted and approved for enrollment in such medical institution, provided each medical student is a legal resident of the state or, if the student is not of legal age, his or her parents or legal guardian are residents of the state at the time of the student’s acceptance and approval as a medical student. In the event a student resigns or is dismissed from such medical institution for any reason whatsoever before the end of a school year, then the medical institution shall, within 30 days from such dismissal or resignation, remit to the state, through the Department of Education, a pro rata amount of the sum before paid by the state to the medical institution, which amount is to be computed by dividing the total number of days in the school year into the sum paid for that student and multiplying the result by the total number of days remaining in such school year after such resignation or dismissal.
(4) Such institution is prohibited from expending any of the sums received under the terms of this section for any purposes whatsoever, except for the operation and maintenance of a medical school and for medical research. The institution is further prohibited from expending any sums received under the terms of this section for the construction or erection of any buildings of any kind, nature, or description or for the maintenance and operation of a hospital in any form or manner whatsoever.
History.s. 647, ch. 2002-387; s. 5, ch. 2008-109; s. 24, ch. 2010-155.
1011.521 Appropriation to private colleges and universities.
(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, the Legislature may provide an annual appropriation to support Florida private colleges and universities. Such appropriations may be used to provide access to Florida residents seeking a postsecondary education, to fulfill the state’s need for graduates in specific disciplines, and to support medical research.
(2) Each institution receiving an appropriation under this section shall submit a proposed expenditure plan to the Department of Education by the date and in the format established by the department.
(3) By September 1 of each fiscal year, each institution receiving an appropriation under this section shall submit a report to the Department of Education detailing expenditures of the funds received under this section in the preceding fiscal year. Any funds used to provide financial assistance to students shall be reported to the department in accordance with s. 1009.94.
(4) An institution may not expend any of the funds received under this section for the construction of any buildings.
History.s. 30, ch. 2009-60.
D. Florida School for the Deaf and
the Blind: Preparation, Adoption, and
Implementation of Budgets
1011.55 Procedure for legislative budget requests for the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind.
1011.56 Operating budget for the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind.
1011.57 Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind; board of trustees; management flexibility.
1011.55 Procedure for legislative budget requests for the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind.
(1) The legislative budget request of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind shall be prepared using the same format, procedures, and timelines required for the submission of the legislative budget of the Department of Education. The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind shall submit its legislative budget request to the Department of Education for review and approval. Subsequent to the Department of Education’s approval, the Commissioner of Education shall include the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in the department’s legislative budget request to the State Board of Education, the Governor, and the Legislature. The legislative budget request and the appropriation for the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind shall be a separate identifiable sum in the public schools budget entity of the Department of Education. The annual appropriation for the school shall be distributed monthly in payments as nearly equal as possible. Appropriations for textbooks, instructional technology, and school buses may be released and distributed as necessary to serve the instructional program for the students.
(2) The school shall submit its fixed capital outlay request to the Department of Education for review and approval in accordance with s. 1002.36(4)(f)1. Subsequent to the department’s approval, the school’s request shall be included within the department’s public education capital outlay legislative budget request.
History.s. 649, ch. 2002-387; s. 4, ch. 2004-331.
1011.56 Operating budget for the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind.The president of the school shall recommend to the board of trustees a budget of income and expenditures at such time and in such form as the board of trustees may prescribe. The board of trustees shall adopt procedures for the approval of budget amendments. If at any time the unencumbered balance of approved operating budget goes below 5 percent, the president shall provide written notification to the State Board of Education.
History.s. 650, ch. 2002-387.
1011.57 Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind; board of trustees; management flexibility.
(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of ss. 216.031, 216.181, and 216.262 to the contrary and pursuant to the provisions of s. 216.351, but subject to any guidelines imposed in the General Appropriations Act, funds for the operation of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind shall be requested and appropriated within budget entities, program components, program categories, lump sums, or special categories. Funds appropriated to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind for each program category, lump sum, or special category may be transferred to traditional categories for expenditure by the board of trustees of the school. The board of trustees shall develop an annual operating budget that allocates funds by program component and traditional expenditure category.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 216.181 and pursuant to the provisions of s. 216.351, but subject to any requirements imposed in the General Appropriations Act, no lump-sum plan is required to implement the special categories, program categories, or lump-sum appropriations. Upon release of the special categories, program categories, or lump-sum appropriations to the board of trustees, the Chief Financial Officer, upon the request of the board of trustees, shall transfer or reallocate funds to or among accounts established for disbursement purposes. The board of trustees shall maintain records to account for the original appropriation.
(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of ss. 216.031, 216.181, 216.251, and 216.262 to the contrary and pursuant to the provisions of s. 216.351, but subject to any requirements imposed in the General Appropriations Act, the board of trustees shall establish the authorized positions and may amend such positions, within the total funds authorized annually in the appropriations act.
(4) Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 216.301 to the contrary, all unexpended funds appropriated for the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind shall be carried forward and included as the balance forward for that fund in the approved operating budget for the following year.
(5) The board of trustees and administration of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind shall not authorize fee waivers for out-of-state students.
History.s. 651, ch. 2002-387; s. 1973, ch. 2003-261; s. 7, ch. 2004-271; s. 43, ch. 2006-122.
PART II
FUNDING FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS
1011.60 Minimum requirements of the Florida Education Finance Program.
1011.61 Definitions.
1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.
1011.621 Adjustments for interdistrict transfers of students in Department of Juvenile Justice detention facilities within a survey period.
1011.622 Adjustments for students without a Florida student identification number.
1011.63 Reporting for state funding; prohibition.
1011.64 School district minimum classroom expenditure requirements.
1011.65 Florida Education Finance Program Appropriation Allocation Conference.
1011.66 Distribution of FEFP funds.
1011.67 Funds for instructional materials.
1011.68 Funds for student transportation.
1011.685 Class size reduction; operating categorical fund.
1011.69 Equity in School-Level Funding Act.
1011.70 Medicaid certified school funding maximization.
1011.71 District school tax.
1011.715 Resolution regarding school capital outlay surcharge.
1011.72 Levy based on interim assessment roll; reimbursement to state for additional taxes collected upon reconciliation of roll.
1011.73 District millage elections.
1011.74 Source and use of district capital improvement fund.
1011.75 Gifted education exemplary program grants.
1011.76 Small School District Stabilization Program.
1011.765 Florida Academic Improvement Trust Fund matching grants.
1011.77 Special laws and general laws of local application prohibited.
1011.60 Minimum requirements of the Florida Education Finance Program.Each district which participates in the state appropriations for the Florida Education Finance Program shall provide evidence of its effort to maintain an adequate school program throughout the district and shall meet at least the following requirements:
(1) ACCOUNTS AND REPORTS.Maintain adequate and accurate records, including a system of internal accounts for individual schools, and file with the Department of Education, in correct and proper form on or before the date due as fixed by law or rule, each annual or periodic report that is required by rules of the State Board of Education.
(2) MINIMUM TERM.Operate all schools for a term of 180 actual teaching days or the equivalent on an hourly basis as specified by rules of the State Board of Education each school year. The State Board of Education may prescribe procedures for altering, and, upon written application, may alter, this requirement during a national, state, or local emergency as it may apply to an individual school or schools in any district or districts if, in the opinion of the board, it is not feasible to make up lost days or hours, and the apportionment may, at the discretion of the Commissioner of Education and if the board determines that the reduction of school days or hours is caused by the existence of a bona fide emergency, be reduced for such district or districts in proportion to the decrease in the length of term in any such school or schools. A strike, as defined in s. 447.203(6), by employees of the school district may not be considered an emergency.
(3) EMPLOYMENT POLICIES.Adopt rules relating to the appointment, promotion, transfer, suspension, and dismissal of personnel.
(a) Such rules must conform to applicable law and rules of the State Board of Education and must include the duties and responsibilities of the district school superintendent and school board pertaining to these and other personnel matters.
(b) All personnel shall be paid in accordance with payroll period schedules adopted by the school board and included in the official salary schedule.
(c) No salary payment shall be paid to any employee in advance of service being rendered.
(d) District school boards may authorize a maximum of six paid legal holidays which shall apply to the total annual number of required days of service adopted by the board.
(e) Such rules may include reasonable time for vacation and absences for further professional studies for personnel employed on a 12-month basis.
(f) Such rules must not require more than 10 calendar months of service for principals, other school site administrators, and instructional staff, as prescribed by rules of the State Board of Education, excluding Sundays and other holidays. Principals, other school site administrators, and instructional staff may serve more than 10 calendar months of service if specifically approved by the district school board. Contracts for 12 months of service may include reasonable allowance for vacation or further study as prescribed by the school board in accordance with rules of the State Board of Education.
(4) SALARY SCHEDULES.Expend funds for salaries in accordance with a salary schedule or schedules adopted by the school board in accordance with the provisions of law and rules of the State Board of Education. Expenditures for salaries of instructional personnel must include compensation based on employee performance demonstrated under s. 1012.34.
(5) BUDGETS.Observe fully at all times all requirements of law and rules of the State Board of Education relating to the preparation, adoption, and execution of budgets for district school boards.
(6) MINIMUM FINANCIAL EFFORT REQUIRED.Make the minimum financial effort required for the support of the Florida Education Finance Program as prescribed in the current year’s General Appropriations Act.
(7) DISTRICT EDUCATIONAL PLANNING.Maintain a system of planning and evaluation as required by law.
(8) MINIMUM CLASSROOM EXPENDITURE REQUIREMENTS.Comply with the minimum classroom expenditure requirements and associated reporting pursuant to s. 1011.64.
History.s. 653, ch. 2002-387; s. 169, ch. 2004-5; s. 67, ch. 2004-41; s. 27, ch. 2009-59.
1011.61 Definitions.Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 1000.21, the following terms are defined as follows for the purposes of the Florida Education Finance Program:
(1) A “full-time equivalent student” in each program of the district is defined in terms of full-time students and part-time students as follows:
(a) A “full-time student” is one student on the membership roll of one school program or a combination of school programs listed in s. 1011.62(1)(c) for the school year or the equivalent for:
1. Instruction in a standard school, comprising not less than 900 net hours for a student in or at the grade level of 4 through 12, or not less than 720 net hours for a student in or at the grade level of kindergarten through grade 3 or in an authorized prekindergarten exceptional program;
2. Instruction in a double-session school or a school utilizing an experimental school calendar approved by the Department of Education, comprising not less than the equivalent of 810 net hours in grades 4 through 12 or not less than 630 net hours in kindergarten through grade 3; or
3. Instruction comprising the appropriate number of net hours set forth in subparagraph 1. or subparagraph 2. for students who, within the past year, have moved with their parents for the purpose of engaging in the farm labor or fish industries, if a plan furnishing such an extended school day or week, or a combination thereof, has been approved by the commissioner. Such plan may be approved to accommodate the needs of migrant students only or may serve all students in schools having a high percentage of migrant students. The plan described in this subparagraph is optional for any school district and is not mandated by the state.
(b) A “part-time student” is a student on the active membership roll of a school program or combination of school programs listed in s. 1011.62(1)(c) who is less than a full-time student.
(c)1. A “full-time equivalent student” is:
a. A full-time student in any one of the programs listed in s. 1011.62(1)(c); or
b. A combination of full-time or part-time students in any one of the programs listed in s. 1011.62(1)(c) which is the equivalent of one full-time student based on the following calculations:
(I) A full-time student in a combination of programs listed in s. 1011.62(1)(c) shall be a fraction of a full-time equivalent membership in each special program equal to the number of net hours per school year for which he or she is a member, divided by the appropriate number of hours set forth in subparagraph (a)1. or subparagraph (a)2. The difference between that fraction or sum of fractions and the maximum value as set forth in subsection (4) for each full-time student is presumed to be the balance of the student’s time not spent in a special program and shall be recorded as time in the appropriate basic program.
(II) A prekindergarten student with a disability shall meet the requirements specified for kindergarten students.
(III) A full-time equivalent student for students in kindergarten through grade 12 in a full-time virtual instruction program under s. 1002.45 or a virtual charter school under s. 1002.33 shall consist of six full-credit completions or the prescribed level of content that counts toward promotion to the next grade in programs listed in s. 1011.62(1)(c). Credit completions may be a combination of full-credit courses or half-credit courses. Beginning in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the reported full-time equivalent students and associated funding of students enrolled in courses requiring passage of an end-of-course assessment under s. 1003.4282 to earn a standard high school diploma shall be adjusted if the student does not pass the end-of-course assessment. However, no adjustment shall be made for a student who enrolls in a segmented remedial course delivered online.
(IV) A full-time equivalent student for students in kindergarten through grade 12 in a part-time virtual instruction program under s. 1002.45 shall consist of six full-credit completions in programs listed in s. 1011.62(1)(c)1. and 3. Credit completions may be a combination of full-credit courses or half-credit courses. Beginning in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the reported full-time equivalent students and associated funding of students enrolled in courses requiring passage of an end-of-course assessment under s. 1003.4282 to earn a standard high school diploma shall be adjusted if the student does not pass the end-of-course assessment. However, no adjustment shall be made for a student who enrolls in a segmented remedial course delivered online.
(V) A Florida Virtual School full-time equivalent student shall consist of six full-credit completions or the prescribed level of content that counts toward promotion to the next grade in the programs listed in s. 1011.62(1)(c)1. and 3. for students participating in kindergarten through grade 12 part-time virtual instruction and the programs listed in s. 1011.62(1)(c) for students participating in kindergarten through grade 12 full-time virtual instruction. Credit completions may be a combination of full-credit courses or half-credit courses. Beginning in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the reported full-time equivalent students and associated funding of students enrolled in courses requiring passage of an end-of-course assessment under s. 1003.4282 to earn a standard high school diploma shall be adjusted if the student does not pass the end-of-course assessment. However, no adjustment shall be made for a student who enrolls in a segmented remedial course delivered online.
(VI) Each successfully completed full-credit course earned through an online course delivered by a district other than the one in which the student resides shall be calculated as 1/6 FTE.
(VII) A full-time equivalent student for courses requiring passage of a statewide, standardized end-of-course assessment under s. 1003.4282 to earn a standard high school diploma shall be defined and reported based on the number of instructional hours as provided in this subsection until the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Beginning in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the FTE for the course shall be assessment-based and shall be equal to 1/6 FTE. The reported FTE shall be adjusted if the student does not pass the end-of-course assessment. However, no adjustment shall be made for a student who enrolls in a segmented remedial course delivered online.
(VIII) For students enrolled in a school district as a full-time student, the district may report 1/6 FTE for each student who passes a statewide, standardized end-of-course assessment without being enrolled in the corresponding course.
2. A student in membership in a program scheduled for more or less than 180 school days or the equivalent on an hourly basis as specified by rules of the State Board of Education is a fraction of a full-time equivalent membership equal to the number of instructional hours in membership divided by the appropriate number of hours set forth in subparagraph (a)1.; however, for the purposes of this subparagraph, membership in programs scheduled for more than 180 days is limited to students enrolled in:
a. Juvenile justice education programs.
b. The Florida Virtual School.
c. Virtual instruction programs and virtual charter schools for the purpose of course completion and credit recovery pursuant to ss. 1002.45 and 1003.498. Course completion applies only to a student who is reported during the second or third membership surveys and who does not complete a virtual education course by the end of the regular school year. The course must be completed no later than the deadline for amending the final student enrollment survey for that year. Credit recovery applies only to a student who has unsuccessfully completed a traditional or virtual education course during the regular school year and must re-take the course in order to be eligible to graduate with the student’s class.

The full-time equivalent student enrollment calculated under this subsection is subject to the requirements in subsection (4).

The department shall determine and implement an equitable method of equivalent funding for experimental schools and for schools operating under emergency conditions, which schools have been approved by the department to operate for less than the minimum school day.

(2) A “full-time equivalent student” is a student in grades 4 through 8 who is participating in a student-teacher adviser program conducted during homeroom period, who is a fraction of a full-time equivalent membership based on net hours in the program, with a maximum of 36 net hours in any fiscal year. Each district program shall be approved by the Department of Education.
(3) For the purpose of calculating the “current operation program,” a student is in membership until he or she withdraws or until the close of the 11th consecutive school day of his or her absence, whichever comes first.
(4) The maximum value for funding a student in kindergarten through grade 12 or in a prekindergarten program for exceptional children as provided in s. 1003.21(1)(e) shall be the sum of the calculations in paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) as calculated by the department.
(a) The sum of the student’s full-time equivalent student membership value for the school year or the equivalent derived from paragraphs (1)(a) and (b), subparagraph (1)(c)1., sub-subparagraphs (1)(c)2.b. and c., subparagraph (1)(c)3., and subsection (2). If the sum is greater than 1.0, the full-time equivalent student membership value for each program or course shall be reduced by an equal proportion so that the student’s total full-time equivalent student membership value is equal to 1.0.
(b) If the result in paragraph (a) is less than 1.0 full-time equivalent student and the student has full-time equivalent student enrollment pursuant to sub-sub-subparagraph (1)(c)1.b.(VIII), calculate an amount that is the lesser of the value in sub-sub-subparagraph (1)(c)1.b.(VIII) or the value of 1.0 less the value in paragraph (a).
(c) The full-time equivalent student enrollment value in sub-subparagraph (1)(c)2.a.
(5) The “Florida Education Finance Program” includes all programs and costs as provided in s. 1011.62.
(6) “Basic programs” include, but are not limited to, language arts, mathematics, art, music, physical education, science, and social studies.
History.s. 654, ch. 2002-387; s. 20, ch. 2003-391; s. 6, ch. 2008-147; s. 2, ch. 2008-174; s. 28, ch. 2009-59; s. 34, ch. 2011-63; s. 9, ch. 2011-137; s. 15, ch. 2012-133; s. 27, ch. 2012-191; s. 10, ch. 2012-192; s. 38, ch. 2013-27; s. 60, ch. 2013-35; s. 18, ch. 2013-45; s. 187, ch. 2014-17.
1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.If the annual allocation from the Florida Education Finance Program to each district for operation of schools is not determined in the annual appropriations act or the substantive bill implementing the annual appropriations act, it shall be determined as follows:
(1) COMPUTATION OF THE BASIC AMOUNT TO BE INCLUDED FOR OPERATION.The following procedure shall be followed in determining the annual allocation to each district for operation:
(a) Determination of full-time equivalent membership.During each of several school weeks, including scheduled intersessions of a year-round school program during the fiscal year, a program membership survey of each school shall be made by each district by aggregating the full-time equivalent student membership of each program by school and by district. The department shall establish the number and interval of membership calculations, except that for basic and special programs such calculations shall not exceed nine for any fiscal year. The district’s full-time equivalent membership shall be computed and currently maintained in accordance with regulations of the commissioner.
(b) Determination of base student allocation.The base student allocation for the Florida Education Finance Program for kindergarten through grade 12 shall be determined annually by the Legislature and shall be that amount prescribed in the current year’s General Appropriations Act.
(c) Determination of programs.Cost factors based on desired relative cost differences between the following programs shall be established in the annual General Appropriations Act. The cost factor for secondary career education programs and basic programs grade 9 through 12 shall be equal. The Commissioner of Education shall specify a matrix of services and intensity levels to be used by districts in the determination of the two weighted cost factors for exceptional students with the highest levels of need. For these students, the funding support level shall fund the exceptional students’ education program, with the exception of extended school year services for students with disabilities.
1. Basic programs.
a. Kindergarten and grades 1, 2, and 3.
b. Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.
c. Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12.
2. Programs for exceptional students.
a. Support Level IV.
b. Support Level V.
3. Secondary career education programs.
4. English for Speakers of Other Languages.
(d) Annual allocation calculation.
1. The Department of Education is authorized and directed to review all district programs and enrollment projections and calculate a maximum total weighted full-time equivalent student enrollment for each district for the K-12 FEFP.
2. Maximum enrollments calculated by the department shall be derived from enrollment estimates used by the Legislature to calculate the FEFP. If two or more districts enter into an agreement under the provisions of s. 1001.42(4)(d), after the final enrollment estimate is agreed upon, the amount of FTE specified in the agreement, not to exceed the estimate for the specific program as identified in paragraph (c), may be transferred from the participating districts to the district providing the program.
3. As part of its calculation of each district’s maximum total weighted full-time equivalent student enrollment, the department shall establish separate enrollment ceilings for each of two program groups. Group 1 shall be composed of basic programs for grades K-3, grades 4-8, and grades 9-12. Group 2 shall be composed of students in exceptional student education programs support levels IV and V, English for Speakers of Other Languages programs, and all career programs in grades 9-12.
a. For any calculation of the FEFP, the enrollment ceiling for group 1 shall be calculated by multiplying the actual enrollment for each program in the program group by its appropriate program weight.
b. The weighted enrollment ceiling for group 2 programs shall be calculated by multiplying the enrollment for each program by the appropriate program weight as provided in the General Appropriations Act. The weighted enrollment ceiling for program group 2 shall be the sum of the weighted enrollment ceilings for each program in the program group, plus the increase in weighted full-time equivalent student membership from the prior year for clients of the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
c. If, for any calculation of the FEFP, the weighted enrollment for program group 2, derived by multiplying actual enrollments by appropriate program weights, exceeds the enrollment ceiling for that group, the following procedure shall be followed to reduce the weighted enrollment for that group to equal the enrollment ceiling:
(I) The weighted enrollment ceiling for each program in the program group shall be subtracted from the weighted enrollment for that program derived from actual enrollments.
(II) If the difference calculated under sub-sub-subparagraph (I) is greater than zero for any program, a reduction proportion shall be computed for the program by dividing the absolute value of the difference by the total amount by which the weighted enrollment for the program group exceeds the weighted enrollment ceiling for the program group.
(III) The reduction proportion calculated under sub-sub-subparagraph (II) shall be multiplied by the total amount of the program group’s enrollment over the ceiling as calculated under sub-sub-subparagraph (I).
(IV) The prorated reduction amount calculated under sub-sub-subparagraph (III) shall be subtracted from the program’s weighted enrollment to produce a revised program weighted enrollment.
(V) The prorated reduction amount calculated under sub-sub-subparagraph (III) shall be divided by the appropriate program weight, and the result shall be added to the revised program weighted enrollment computed in sub-sub-subparagraph (IV).
(e) Funding model for exceptional student education programs.
1.a. The funding model uses basic, at-risk, support levels IV and V for exceptional students and career Florida Education Finance Program cost factors, and a guaranteed allocation for exceptional student education programs. Exceptional education cost factors are determined by using a matrix of services to document the services that each exceptional student will receive. The nature and intensity of the services indicated on the matrix shall be consistent with the services described in each exceptional student’s individual educational plan. The Department of Education shall review and revise the descriptions of the services and supports included in the matrix of services for exceptional students and shall implement those revisions before the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.
b. In order to generate funds using one of the two weighted cost factors, a matrix of services must be completed at the time of the student’s initial placement into an exceptional student education program and at least once every 3 years by personnel who have received approved training. Nothing listed in the matrix shall be construed as limiting the services a school district must provide in order to ensure that exceptional students are provided a free, appropriate public education.
c. Students identified as exceptional, in accordance with chapter 6A-6, Florida Administrative Code, who do not have a matrix of services as specified in sub-subparagraph b. shall generate funds on the basis of full-time-equivalent student membership in the Florida Education Finance Program at the same funding level per student as provided for basic students. Additional funds for these exceptional students will be provided through the guaranteed allocation designated in subparagraph 2.
2. For students identified as exceptional who do not have a matrix of services and students who are gifted in grades K through 8, there is created a guaranteed allocation to provide these students with a free appropriate public education, in accordance with s. 1001.42(4)(l) and rules of the State Board of Education, which shall be allocated annually to each school district in the amount provided in the General Appropriations Act. These funds shall be in addition to the funds appropriated on the basis of FTE student membership in the Florida Education Finance Program, and the amount allocated for each school district shall not be recalculated during the year. These funds shall be used to provide special education and related services for exceptional students and students who are gifted in grades K through 8. Beginning with the 2007-2008 fiscal year, a district’s expenditure of funds from the guaranteed allocation for students in grades 9 through 12 who are gifted may not be greater than the amount expended during the 2006-2007 fiscal year for gifted students in grades 9 through 12.
(f) Supplemental academic instruction; categorical fund.
1. There is created a categorical fund to provide supplemental academic instruction to students in kindergarten through grade 12. This paragraph may be cited as the “Supplemental Academic Instruction Categorical Fund.”
2. Categorical funds for supplemental academic instruction shall be allocated annually to each school district in the amount provided in the General Appropriations Act. These funds shall be in addition to the funds appropriated on the basis of FTE student membership in the Florida Education Finance Program and shall be included in the total potential funds of each district. These funds shall be used to provide supplemental academic instruction to students enrolled in the K-12 program. For the 2014-2015 fiscal year, each school district that has one or more of the 300 lowest-performing elementary schools based on the state reading assessment shall use these funds, together with the funds provided in the district’s research-based reading instruction allocation and other available funds, to provide an additional hour of instruction beyond the normal school day for each day of the entire school year for intensive reading instruction for the students in each of these schools. This additional hour of instruction must be provided by teachers or reading specialists who are effective in teaching reading or by a K-5 mentoring reading program that is supervised by a teacher who is effective at teaching reading. Students enrolled in these schools who have level 5 assessment scores may participate in the additional hour of instruction on an optional basis. Exceptional student education centers shall not be included in the 300 schools. After this requirement has been met, supplemental instruction strategies may include, but are not limited to: modified curriculum, reading instruction, after-school instruction, tutoring, mentoring, class size reduction, extended school year, intensive skills development in summer school, and other methods for improving student achievement. Supplemental instruction may be provided to a student in any manner and at any time during or beyond the regular 180-day term identified by the school as being the most effective and efficient way to best help that student progress from grade to grade and to graduate.
3. Effective with the 1999-2000 fiscal year, funding on the basis of FTE membership beyond the 180-day regular term shall be provided in the FEFP only for students enrolled in juvenile justice education programs or in education programs for juveniles placed in secure facilities or programs under s. 985.19. Funding for instruction beyond the regular 180-day school year for all other K-12 students shall be provided through the supplemental academic instruction categorical fund and other state, federal, and local fund sources with ample flexibility for schools to provide supplemental instruction to assist students in progressing from grade to grade and graduating.
4. The Florida State University School, as a lab school, is authorized to expend from its FEFP or Lottery Enhancement Trust Fund allocation the cost to the student of remediation in reading, writing, or mathematics for any graduate who requires remediation at a postsecondary educational institution.
5. Beginning in the 1999-2000 school year, dropout prevention programs as defined in ss. 1003.52, 1003.53(1)(a), (b), and (c), and 1003.54 shall be included in group 1 programs under subparagraph (d)3.
(g) Education for speakers of other languages.A school district or a full-time virtual instruction program is eligible to report full-time equivalent student membership in the ESOL program in the Florida Education Finance Program provided the following conditions are met:
1. The school district or the full-time virtual instruction program has a plan approved by the Department of Education.
2. The eligible student is identified and assessed as limited English proficient based on assessment criteria.
3.a. An eligible student may be reported for funding in the ESOL program for a base period of 3 years. However, a student whose English competency does not meet the criteria for proficiency after 3 years in the ESOL program may be reported for a fourth, fifth, and sixth year of funding, provided his or her limited English proficiency is assessed and properly documented prior to his or her enrollment in each additional year beyond the 3-year base period.
b. If a student exits the program and is later reclassified as limited English proficient, the student may be reported in the ESOL program for funding for an additional year, or extended annually for a period not to exceed a total of 6 years pursuant to this paragraph, based on an annual evaluation of the student’s status.
4. An eligible student may be reported for funding in the ESOL program for membership in ESOL instruction in English and ESOL instruction or home language instruction in the basic subject areas of mathematics, science, social studies, and computer literacy.
(h) Small, isolated high schools.Districts which levy the maximum nonvoted discretionary millage, exclusive of millage for capital outlay purposes levied pursuant to s. 1011.71(2), may calculate full-time equivalent students for small, isolated high schools by multiplying the number of unweighted full-time equivalent students times 2.75; provided the school has attained a grade of “C” or better, pursuant to s. 1008.34, for the previous school year. For the purpose of this section, the term “small, isolated high school” means any high school which is located no less than 28 miles by the shortest route from another high school; which has been serving students primarily in basic studies provided by sub-subparagraphs (c)1.b. and c. and may include subparagraph (c)4.; and which has a membership of no more than 100 students, but no fewer than 28 students, in grades 9 through 12.
(i) Calculation of full-time equivalent membership with respect to dual enrollment instruction.Students enrolled in dual enrollment instruction pursuant to s. 1007.271 may be included in calculations of full-time equivalent student memberships for basic programs for grades 9 through 12 by a district school board. Instructional time for dual enrollment may vary from 900 hours; however, the full-time equivalent student membership value shall be subject to the provisions in s. 1011.61(4). Dual enrollment full-time equivalent student membership shall be calculated in an amount equal to the hours of instruction that would be necessary to earn the full-time equivalent student membership for an equivalent course if it were taught in the school district. Students in dual enrollment courses may also be calculated as the proportional shares of full-time equivalent enrollments they generate for a Florida College System institution or university conducting the dual enrollment instruction. Early admission students shall be considered dual enrollments for funding purposes. Students may be enrolled in dual enrollment instruction provided by an eligible independent college or university and may be included in calculations of full-time equivalent student memberships for basic programs for grades 9 through 12 by a district school board. However, those provisions of law which exempt dual enrolled and early admission students from payment of instructional materials and tuition and fees, including laboratory fees, shall not apply to students who select the option of enrolling in an eligible independent institution. An independent college or university which is located and chartered in Florida, is not for profit, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, and confers degrees as defined in s. 1005.02 shall be eligible for inclusion in the dual enrollment or early admission program. Students enrolled in dual enrollment instruction shall be exempt from the payment of tuition and fees, including laboratory fees. No student enrolled in college credit mathematics or English dual enrollment instruction shall be funded as a dual enrollment unless the student has successfully completed the relevant section of the entry-level examination required pursuant to s. 1008.30.
(j) Instruction in exploratory career education.Students in grades 7 through 12 who are enrolled for more than four semesters in exploratory career education may not be counted as full-time equivalent students for this instruction.
(k) Study hall.A student who is enrolled in study hall may not be included in the calculation of full-time equivalent student membership for funding under this section.
(l) Calculation of additional full-time equivalent membership based on International Baccalaureate examination scores of students.A value of 0.16 full-time equivalent student membership shall be calculated for each student enrolled in an International Baccalaureate course who receives a score of 4 or higher on a subject examination. A value of 0.3 full-time equivalent student membership shall be calculated for each student who receives an International Baccalaureate diploma. Such value shall be added to the total full-time equivalent student membership in basic programs for grades 9 through 12 in the subsequent fiscal year. Each school district shall allocate 80 percent of the funds received from International Baccalaureate bonus FTE funding to the school program whose students generate the funds and to school programs that prepare prospective students to enroll in International Baccalaureate courses. Funds shall be expended solely for the payment of allowable costs associated with the International Baccalaureate program. Allowable costs include International Baccalaureate annual school fees; International Baccalaureate examination fees; salary, benefits, and bonuses for teachers and program coordinators for the International Baccalaureate program and teachers and coordinators who prepare prospective students for the International Baccalaureate program; supplemental books; instructional supplies; instructional equipment or instructional materials for International Baccalaureate courses; other activities that identify prospective International Baccalaureate students or prepare prospective students to enroll in International Baccalaureate courses; and training or professional development for International Baccalaureate teachers. School districts shall allocate the remaining 20 percent of the funds received from International Baccalaureate bonus FTE funding for programs that assist academically disadvantaged students to prepare for more rigorous courses. The school district shall distribute to each classroom teacher who provided International Baccalaureate instruction:
1. A bonus in the amount of $50 for each student taught by the International Baccalaureate teacher in each International Baccalaureate course who receives a score of 4 or higher on the International Baccalaureate examination.
2. An additional bonus of $500 to each International Baccalaureate teacher in a school designated with a grade of “D” or “F” who has at least one student scoring 4 or higher on the International Baccalaureate examination, regardless of the number of classes taught or of the number of students scoring a 4 or higher on the International Baccalaureate examination.

Bonuses awarded to a teacher according to this paragraph may not exceed $2,000 in any given school year. However, the maximum bonus shall be $3,000 if at least 50 percent of the students enrolled in a teacher’s course earn a score of 4 or higher on the examination in a school designated with a grade of “A,” “B,” or “C”; or if at least 25 percent of the students enrolled in a teacher’s course earn a score of 4 or higher on the examination in a school designated with a grade of “D” or “F.” Bonuses awarded under this paragraph shall be in addition to any regular wage or other bonus the teacher received or is scheduled to receive. For such courses, the teacher shall earn an additional bonus of $50 for each student who has a qualifying score up to the maximum of $3,000 in any given school year.

(m) Calculation of additional full-time equivalent membership based on Advanced International Certificate of Education examination scores of students.A value of 0.16 full-time equivalent student membership shall be calculated for each student enrolled in a full-credit Advanced International Certificate of Education course who receives a score of E or higher on a subject examination. A value of 0.08 full-time equivalent student membership shall be calculated for each student enrolled in a half-credit Advanced International Certificate of Education course who receives a score of E or higher on a subject examination. A value of 0.3 full-time equivalent student membership shall be calculated for each student who receives an Advanced International Certificate of Education diploma. Such value shall be added to the total full-time equivalent student membership in basic programs for grades 9 through 12 in the subsequent fiscal year. The school district shall distribute to each classroom teacher who provided Advanced International Certificate of Education instruction:
1. A bonus in the amount of $50 for each student taught by the Advanced International Certificate of Education teacher in each full-credit Advanced International Certificate of Education course who receives a score of E or higher on the Advanced International Certificate of Education examination. A bonus in the amount of $25 for each student taught by the Advanced International Certificate of Education teacher in each half-credit Advanced International Certificate of Education course who receives a score of E or higher on the Advanced International Certificate of Education examination.
2. An additional bonus of $500 to each Advanced International Certificate of Education teacher in a school designated with a grade of “D” or “F” who has at least one student scoring E or higher on the full-credit Advanced International Certificate of Education examination, regardless of the number of classes taught or of the number of students scoring an E or higher on the full-credit Advanced International Certificate of Education examination.
3. Additional bonuses of $250 each to teachers of half-credit Advanced International Certificate of Education classes in a school designated with a grade of “D” or “F” which has at least one student scoring an E or higher on the half-credit Advanced International Certificate of Education examination in that class. The maximum additional bonus for a teacher awarded in accordance with this subparagraph shall not exceed $500 in any given school year. Teachers receiving an award under subparagraph 2. are not eligible for a bonus under this subparagraph.

Bonuses awarded to a teacher according to this paragraph shall not exceed $2,000 in any given school year and shall be in addition to any regular wage or other bonus the teacher received or is scheduled to receive.

(n) Calculation of additional full-time equivalent membership based on college board advanced placement scores of students.A value of 0.16 full-time equivalent student membership shall be calculated for each student in each advanced placement course who receives a score of 3 or higher on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination for the prior year and added to the total full-time equivalent student membership in basic programs for grades 9 through 12 in the subsequent fiscal year. Each district must allocate at least 80 percent of the funds provided to the district for advanced placement instruction, in accordance with this paragraph, to the high school that generates the funds. The school district shall distribute to each classroom teacher who provided advanced placement instruction:
1. A bonus in the amount of $50 for each student taught by the Advanced Placement teacher in each advanced placement course who receives a score of 3 or higher on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination.
2. An additional bonus of $500 to each Advanced Placement teacher in a school designated with a grade of “D” or “F” who has at least one student scoring 3 or higher on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination, regardless of the number of classes taught or of the number of students scoring a 3 or higher on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination.

Bonuses awarded to a teacher according to this paragraph shall not exceed $2,000 in any given school year. However, the maximum bonus shall be $3,000 if at least 50 percent of the students enrolled in a teacher’s course earn a score of 3 or higher on the examination in a school with a grade of “A,” “B,” or “C” or if at least 25 percent of the students enrolled in a teacher’s course earn a score of 3 or higher on the examination in a school with a grade of “D” or “F.” Bonuses awarded under this paragraph shall be in addition to any regular wage or other bonus the teacher received or is scheduled to receive. For such courses, the teacher shall earn an additional bonus of $50 for each student who has a qualifying score up to the maximum of $3,000 in any given school year.

(o) Calculation of additional full-time equivalent membership based on successful completion of a career-themed course pursuant to ss. 1003.491, 1003.492, and 1003.493, or courses with embedded CAPE industry certifications or CAPE Digital Tool certificates, and issuance of industry certification identified on the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of Education or CAPE Digital Tool certificates pursuant to s. 1003.4203.
1.a. A value of 0.025 full-time equivalent student membership shall be calculated for CAPE Digital Tool certificates earned by students in elementary and middle school grades.
b. A value of 0.1 or 0.2 full-time equivalent student membership shall be calculated for each student who completes a course as defined in s. 1003.493(1)(b) or courses with embedded CAPE industry certifications and who is issued an industry certification identified annually on the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List approved under rules adopted by the State Board of Education. A value of 0.2 full-time equivalent membership shall be calculated for each student who is issued a CAPE industry certification that has a statewide articulation agreement for college credit approved by the State Board of Education. For CAPE industry certifications that do not articulate for college credit, the Department of Education shall assign a full-time equivalent value of 0.1 for each certification. Middle grades students who earn additional FTE membership for a CAPE Digital Tool certificate pursuant to sub-subparagraph a. may not use the previously funded examination to satisfy the requirements for earning an industry certification under this sub-subparagraph. Additional FTE membership for an elementary or middle grades student shall not exceed 0.1 for certificates or certifications earned within the same fiscal year. The State Board of Education shall include the assigned values on the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List under rules adopted by the state board. Such value shall be added to the total full-time equivalent student membership for grades 6 through 12 in the subsequent year for courses that were not provided through dual enrollment. CAPE industry certifications earned through dual enrollment must be reported and funded pursuant to s. 1011.80.
c. A value of 0.3 full-time equivalent student membership shall be calculated for student completion of the courses and the embedded certifications identified on the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List and approved by the commissioner pursuant to ss. 1003.4203(5)(a) and 1008.44.
d. A value of 0.5 full-time equivalent student membership shall be calculated for CAPE Acceleration Industry Certifications that articulate for 15 to 29 college credit hours, and 1.0 full-time equivalent student membership shall be calculated for CAPE Acceleration Industry Certifications that articulate for 30 or more college credit hours pursuant to CAPE Acceleration Industry Certifications approved by the commissioner pursuant to ss. 1003.4203(5)(b) and 1008.44.
2. Each district must allocate at least 80 percent of the funds provided for CAPE industry certification, in accordance with this paragraph, to the program that generated the funds. This allocation may not be used to supplant funds provided for basic operation of the program.
3. For CAPE industry certifications earned in the 2013-2014 school year and in subsequent years, the school district shall distribute to each classroom teacher who provided direct instruction toward the attainment of a CAPE industry certification that qualified for additional full-time equivalent membership under subparagraph 1.:
a. A bonus in the amount of $25 for each student taught by a teacher who provided instruction in a course that led to the attainment of a CAPE industry certification on the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List with a weight of 0.1.
b. A bonus in the amount of $50 for each student taught by a teacher who provided instruction in a course that led to the attainment of a CAPE industry certification on the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List with a weight of 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, and 1.0.

Bonuses awarded pursuant to this paragraph shall be provided to teachers who are employed by the district in the year in which the additional FTE membership calculation is included in the calculation. Bonuses shall be calculated based upon the associated weight of a CAPE industry certification on the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List for the year in which the certification is earned by the student. Any bonus awarded to a teacher under this paragraph may not exceed $2,000 in any given school year and is in addition to any regular wage or other bonus the teacher received or is scheduled to receive.

(p) Calculation of additional full-time equivalent membership based upon early high school graduation. Each school district may receive funding for each student who graduates early pursuant to s. 1003.4281. A district may earn 0.25 additional FTE for a student who graduates one semester in advance of the student’s cohort and 0.5 additional FTE for a student who graduates 1 year or more in advance of the student’s cohort. If the student was enrolled in the district as a full-time high school student for at least 2 years, the district shall report the additional FTE for payment in the subsequent fiscal year. If the student was enrolled in the district for less than 2 years, the district of enrollment shall report the additional FTE and shall transfer a proportionate share of the funds earned for early graduation to the district in which the student was previously enrolled. Additional FTE included in the 2014-2015 Florida Education Finance Program for early graduation shall be reported and funded pursuant to this paragraph.
(q) Year-round-school programs.The Commissioner of Education is authorized to adjust student eligibility definitions, funding criteria, and reporting requirements of statutes and rules in order that year-round-school programs may achieve equivalent application of funding requirements with non-year-round-school programs.
(r) Extended-school-year program.It is the intent of the Legislature that students be provided additional instruction by extending the school year to 210 days or more. Districts may apply to the Commissioner of Education for funds to be used in planning and implementing an extended-school-year program.
(s) Determination of the basic amount for current operation.The basic amount for current operation to be included in the Florida Education Finance Program for kindergarten through grade 12 for each district shall be the product of the following:
1. The full-time equivalent student membership in each program, multiplied by
2. The cost factor for each program, adjusted for the maximum as provided by paragraph (c), multiplied by
3. The base student allocation.
(t) Computation for funding through the Florida Education Finance Program.The State Board of Education may adopt rules establishing programs, industry certifications, and courses for which the student may earn credit toward high school graduation.
(2) DETERMINATION OF DISTRICT COST DIFFERENTIALS.The Commissioner of Education shall annually compute for each district the current year’s district cost differential. The district cost differential shall be calculated by adding each district’s price level index as published in the Florida Price Level Index for the most recent 3 years and dividing the resulting sum by 3. The result for each district shall be multiplied by 0.008 and to the resulting product shall be added 0.200; the sum thus obtained shall be the cost differential for that district for that year.
(3) INSERVICE EDUCATIONAL PERSONNEL TRAINING EXPENDITURE.Of the amount computed in subsections (1) and (2), a percentage of the base student allocation per full-time equivalent student or other funds shall be expended for educational training programs as determined by the district school board as provided in s. 1012.98.
(4) COMPUTATION OF DISTRICT REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT.The Legislature shall prescribe the aggregate required local effort for all school districts collectively as an item in the General Appropriations Act for each fiscal year. The amount that each district shall provide annually toward the cost of the Florida Education Finance Program for kindergarten through grade 12 programs shall be calculated as follows:
(a) Estimated taxable value calculations.
1.a. Not later than 2 working days prior to July 19, the Department of Revenue shall certify to the Commissioner of Education its most recent estimate of the taxable value for school purposes in each school district and the total for all school districts in the state for the current calendar year based on the latest available data obtained from the local property appraisers. The value certified shall be the taxable value for school purposes for that year, and no further adjustments shall be made, except those made pursuant to paragraphs (c) and (d), or an assessment roll change required by final judicial decisions as specified in paragraph (14)(b). Not later than July 19, the Commissioner of Education shall compute a millage rate, rounded to the next highest one one-thousandth of a mill, which, when applied to 96 percent of the estimated state total taxable value for school purposes, would generate the prescribed aggregate required local effort for that year for all districts. The Commissioner of Education shall certify to each district school board the millage rate, computed as prescribed in this subparagraph, as the minimum millage rate necessary to provide the district required local effort for that year.
b. The General Appropriations Act shall direct the computation of the statewide adjusted aggregate amount for required local effort for all school districts collectively from ad valorem taxes to ensure that no school district’s revenue from required local effort millage will produce more than 90 percent of the district’s total Florida Education Finance Program calculation as calculated and adopted by the Legislature, and the adjustment of the required local effort millage rate of each district that produces more than 90 percent of its total Florida Education Finance Program entitlement to a level that will produce only 90 percent of its total Florida Education Finance Program entitlement in the July calculation.
2. On the same date as the certification in sub-subparagraph 1.a., the Department of Revenue shall certify to the Commissioner of Education for each district:
a. Each year for which the property appraiser has certified the taxable value pursuant to s. 193.122(2) or (3), if applicable, since the prior certification under sub-subparagraph 1.a.
b. For each year identified in sub-subparagraph a., the taxable value certified by the appraiser pursuant to s. 193.122(2) or (3), if applicable, since the prior certification under sub-subparagraph 1.a. This is the certification that reflects all final administrative actions of the value adjustment board.
(b) Equalization of required local effort.
1. The Department of Revenue shall include with its certifications provided pursuant to paragraph (a) its most recent determination of the assessment level of the prior year’s assessment roll for each county and for the state as a whole.
2. The Commissioner of Education shall adjust the required local effort millage of each district for the current year, computed pursuant to paragraph (a), as follows:
a. The equalization factor for the prior year’s assessment roll of each district shall be multiplied by 96 percent of the taxable value for school purposes shown on that roll and by the prior year’s required local-effort millage, exclusive of any equalization adjustment made pursuant to this paragraph. The dollar amount so computed shall be the additional required local effort for equalization for the current year.
b. Such equalization factor shall be computed as the quotient of the prior year’s assessment level of the state as a whole divided by the prior year’s assessment level of the county, from which quotient shall be subtracted 1.
c. The dollar amount of additional required local effort for equalization for each district shall be converted to a millage rate, based on 96 percent of the current year’s taxable value for that district, and added to the required local effort millage determined pursuant to paragraph (a).
3. Notwithstanding the limitations imposed pursuant to s. 1011.71(1), the total required local-effort millage, including additional required local effort for equalization, shall be an amount not to exceed 10 minus the maximum millage allowed as nonvoted discretionary millage, exclusive of millage authorized pursuant to s. 1011.71(2). Nothing herein shall be construed to allow a millage in excess of that authorized in s. 9, Art. VII of the State Constitution.
4. For the purposes of this chapter, the term “assessment level” means the value-weighted mean assessment ratio for the county or state as a whole, as determined pursuant to s. 195.096, or as subsequently adjusted. However, for those parcels studied pursuant to s. 195.096(3)(a)1. which are receiving the assessment limitation set forth in s. 193.155, and for which the assessed value is less than the just value, the department shall use the assessed value in the numerator and the denominator of such assessment ratio. In the event a court has adjudicated that the department failed to establish an accurate estimate of an assessment level of a county and recomputation resulting in an accurate estimate based upon the evidence before the court was not possible, that county shall be presumed to have an assessment level equal to that of the state as a whole.
5. If, in the prior year, taxes were levied against an interim assessment roll pursuant to s. 193.1145, the assessment level and prior year’s nonexempt assessed valuation used for the purposes of this paragraph shall be those of the interim assessment roll.
(c) Exclusion.
1. In those instances in which:
a. There is litigation either attacking the authority of the property appraiser to include certain property on the tax assessment roll as taxable property or contesting the assessed value of certain property on the tax assessment roll, and
b. The assessed value of the property in contest involves more than 6 percent of the total nonexempt assessment roll, the plaintiff shall provide to the district school board of the county in which the property is located and to the Department of Education a certified copy of the petition and receipt for the good faith payment at the time they are filed with the court.
2. For purposes of computing the required local effort for each district affected by such petition, the Department of Education shall exclude from the district’s total nonexempt assessment roll the assessed value of the property in contest and shall add the amount of the good faith payment to the district’s required local effort.
(d) Recomputation.Following final adjudication of any litigation on the basis of which an adjustment in taxable value was made pursuant to paragraph (c), the department shall recompute the required local effort for each district for each year affected by such adjustments, utilizing taxable values approved by the court, and shall adjust subsequent allocations to such districts accordingly.
1(e) Prior period funding adjustment millage.
1. There shall be an additional millage to be known as the Prior Period Funding Adjustment Millage levied by a school district if the prior period unrealized required local effort funds are greater than zero. The Commissioner of Education shall calculate the amount of the prior period unrealized required local effort funds as specified in subparagraph 2. and the millage required to generate that amount as specified in this subparagraph. The Prior Period Funding Adjustment Millage shall be the quotient of the prior period unrealized required local effort funds divided by the current year taxable value certified to the Commissioner of Education pursuant to sub-subparagraph (a)1.a. This levy shall be in addition to the required local effort millage certified pursuant to this subsection. Such millage shall not affect the calculation of the current year’s required local effort, and the funds generated by such levy shall not be included in the district’s Florida Education Finance Program allocation for that fiscal year. For purposes of the millage to be included on the Notice of Proposed Taxes, the Commissioner of Education shall adjust the required local effort millage computed pursuant to paragraph (a) as adjusted by paragraph (b) for the current year for any district that levies a Prior Period Funding Adjustment Millage to include all Prior Period Funding Adjustment Millage. For the purpose of this paragraph, there shall be a Prior Period Funding Adjustment Millage levied for each year certified by the Department of Revenue pursuant to sub-subparagraph (a)2.a. since the previous year certification and for which the calculation in sub-subparagraph 2.b. is greater than zero.
2.a. As used in this subparagraph, the term:
(I) “Prior year” means a year certified under sub-subparagraph (a)2.a.
(II) “Preliminary taxable value” means:
(A) If the prior year is the 2009-2010 fiscal year or later, the taxable value certified to the Commissioner of Education pursuant to sub-subparagraph (a)1.a.
(B) If the prior year is the 2008-2009 fiscal year or earlier, the taxable value certified pursuant to the final calculation as specified in former paragraph (b) as that paragraph existed in the prior year.
(III) “Final taxable value” means the district’s taxable value as certified by the property appraiser pursuant to s. 193.122(2) or (3), if applicable. This is the certification that reflects all final administrative actions of the value adjustment board.
b. For purposes of this subsection and with respect to each year certified pursuant to sub-subparagraph (a)2.a., if the district’s prior year preliminary taxable value is greater than the district’s prior year final taxable value, the prior period unrealized required local effort funds are the difference between the district’s prior year preliminary taxable value and the district’s prior year final taxable value, multiplied by the prior year district required local effort millage. If the district’s prior year preliminary taxable value is less than the district’s prior year final taxable value, the prior period unrealized required local effort funds are zero.
c. For the 2014-2015 fiscal year only, if a district’s prior period unrealized required local effort funds and prior period district required local effort millage cannot be determined because such district’s final taxable value has not yet been certified pursuant to s. 193.122(2) or (3), for the 2014 tax levy, the Prior Period Funding Adjustment Millage for such fiscal year shall be levied in 2014 in an amount equal to 75 percent of such district’s most recent unrealized required local effort for which a Prior Period Funding Adjustment Millage was determined as provided in this section. Upon certification of the final taxable value for the 2013 tax roll in accordance with s. 193.122(2) or (3), the Prior Period Funding Adjustment Millage levied in 2015 shall be adjusted to include any shortfall or surplus in the prior period unrealized required local effort funds that would have been levied in 2014, had the district’s final taxable value been certified pursuant to s. 193.122(2) or (3) for the 2014 tax levy. This provision shall be implemented by a district only if the millage calculated pursuant to this paragraph when added to the millage levied by the district for all purposes for the 2014-2015 fiscal year is less than or equal to the total millage levied for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. This sub-subparagraph expires July 1, 2015.
(5) DISCRETIONARY MILLAGE COMPRESSION SUPPLEMENT.The Legislature shall prescribe in the General Appropriations Act, pursuant to s. 1011.71(1), the rate of nonvoted current operating discretionary millage that shall be used to calculate a discretionary millage compression supplement. If the prescribed millage generates an amount of funds per unweighted FTE for the district that is less than the state average, the district shall receive an amount per FTE that, when added to the funds per FTE generated by the designated levy, shall equal the state average.
(6) CATEGORICAL FUNDS.
(a) In addition to the basic amount for current operations for the FEFP as determined in subsection (1), the Legislature may appropriate categorical funding for specified programs, activities, or purposes.
(b) If a district school board finds and declares in a resolution adopted at a regular meeting of the school board that the funds received for any of the following categorical appropriations are urgently needed to maintain school board specified academic classroom instruction, the school board may consider and approve an amendment to the school district operating budget transferring the identified amount of the categorical funds to the appropriate account for expenditure:
1. Funds for student transportation.
2. Funds for safe schools.
3. Funds for supplemental academic instruction if the required additional hour of instruction beyond the normal school day for each day of the entire school year has been provided for the students in each low-performing elementary school in the district pursuant to paragraph (1)(f).
4. Funds for research-based reading instruction if the required additional hour of instruction beyond the normal school day for each day of the entire school year has been provided for the students in each low-performing elementary school in the district pursuant to paragraph (9)(a).
5. Funds for instructional materials if all instructional material purchases necessary to provide updated materials that are aligned with applicable state standards and course descriptions and that meet statutory requirements of content and learning have been completed for that fiscal year, but no sooner than March 1. Funds available after March 1 may be used to purchase hardware for student instruction.
(c) Each district school board shall include in its annual financial report to the Department of Education the amount of funds the school board transferred from each of the categorical funds identified in this subsection and the specific academic classroom instruction for which the transferred funds were expended. The Department of Education shall provide instructions and specify the format to be used in submitting this required information as a part of the district annual financial report. The Department of Education shall submit a report to the Legislature that identifies by district and by categorical fund the amount transferred and the specific academic classroom activity for which the funds were expended.
(d) If a district school board transfers funds from its research-based reading instruction allocation, the board must also submit to the Department of Education an amendment describing the changes that the district is making to its reading plan approved pursuant to paragraph (9)(d).
(7) DETERMINATION OF SPARSITY SUPPLEMENT.
(a) Annually, in an amount to be determined by the Legislature through the General Appropriations Act, there shall be added to the basic amount for current operation of the FEFP qualified districts a sparsity supplement which shall be computed as follows:
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except that districts with a sparsity index of 1,000 or less shall be computed as having a sparsity index of 1,000, and districts having a sparsity index of 7,308 and above shall be computed as having a sparsity factor of zero. A qualified district’s full-time equivalent student membership shall equal or be less than that prescribed annually by the Legislature in the appropriations act. The amount prescribed annually by the Legislature shall be no less than 17,000, but no more than 24,000.

(b) The district sparsity index shall be computed by dividing the total number of full-time equivalent students in all programs in the district by the number of senior high school centers in the district, not in excess of three, which centers are approved as permanent centers by a survey made by the Department of Education.
(c) If the sparsity supplement calculated in paragraphs (a) and (b) for an eligible district is less than $100 per full-time equivalent student, the district’s supplement shall be increased to $100 per FTE or to the minimum amount per FTE designated in the General Appropriations Act.
(d) Each district’s allocation of sparsity supplement funds shall be adjusted in the following manner:
1. A maximum discretionary levy per FTE value for each district shall be calculated by dividing the value of each district’s maximum discretionary levy by its FTE student count.
2. A state average discretionary levy value per FTE shall be calculated by dividing the total maximum discretionary levy value for all districts by the state total FTE student count.
3. A total potential funds per FTE for each district shall be calculated by dividing the total potential funds, not including Florida School Recognition Program funds and the minimum guarantee funds, for each district by its FTE student count.
4. A state average total potential funds per FTE shall be calculated by dividing the total potential funds, not including Florida School Recognition Program funds and the minimum guarantee funds, for all districts by the state total FTE student count.
5. For districts that have a levy value per FTE as calculated in subparagraph 1. higher than the state average calculated in subparagraph 2., a sparsity wealth adjustment shall be calculated as the product of the difference between the state average levy value per FTE calculated in subparagraph 2. and the district’s levy value per FTE calculated in subparagraph 1. and the district’s FTE student count and -1. However, no district shall have a sparsity wealth adjustment that, when applied to the total potential funds calculated in subparagraph 3., would cause the district’s total potential funds per FTE to be less than the state average calculated in subparagraph 4.
6. Each district’s sparsity supplement allocation shall be calculated by adding the amount calculated as specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) and the wealth adjustment amount calculated in this paragraph.
(8) DECLINE IN FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT STUDENTS.In those districts where there is a decline between prior year and current year unweighted FTE students, a percentage of the decline in the unweighted FTE students as determined by the Legislature shall be multiplied by the prior year calculated FEFP per unweighted FTE student and shall be added to the allocation for that district. For this purpose, the calculated FEFP shall be computed by multiplying the weighted FTE students by the base student allocation and then by the district cost differential. If a district transfers a program to another institution not under the authority of the district’s school board, including a charter technical career center, the decline is to be multiplied by a factor of 0.15. However, if the funds provided for the Florida Education Finance Program in the General Appropriations Act for any fiscal year are reduced by a subsequent appropriation for that fiscal year, the percent of the decline in the unweighted FTE students to be funded shall be determined by the Legislature and designated in the subsequent appropriation.
(9) RESEARCH-BASED READING INSTRUCTION ALLOCATION.
(a) The research-based reading instruction allocation is created to provide comprehensive reading instruction to students in kindergarten through grade 12. For the 2014-2015 fiscal year, in each school district that has one or more of the 300 lowest-performing elementary schools based on the state reading assessment, priority shall be given to providing an additional hour per day of intensive reading instruction beyond the normal school day for each day of the entire school year for the students in each school. Students enrolled in these schools who have level 5 assessment scores may participate in the additional hour of instruction on an optional basis. Exceptional student education centers shall not be included in the 300 schools. The intensive reading instruction delivered in this additional hour and for other students shall include: research-based reading instruction that has been proven to accelerate progress of students exhibiting a reading deficiency; differentiated instruction based on student assessment data to meet students’ specific reading needs; explicit and systematic reading development in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, with more extensive opportunities for guided practice, error correction, and feedback; and the integration of social studies, science, and mathematics-text reading, text discussion, and writing in response to reading. For the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 fiscal years, a school district may not hire more reading coaches than were hired during the 2011-2012 fiscal year unless all students in kindergarten through grade 5 who demonstrate a reading deficiency, as determined by district and state assessments, including students scoring Level 1 or Level 2 on the statewide, standardized reading assessment or, upon implementation, the English Language Arts assessment, are provided an additional hour per day of intensive reading instruction beyond the normal school day for each day of the entire school year.
(b) Funds for comprehensive, research-based reading instruction shall be allocated annually to each school district in the amount provided in the General Appropriations Act. Each eligible school district shall receive the same minimum amount as specified in the General Appropriations Act, and any remaining funds shall be distributed to eligible school districts based on each school district’s proportionate share of K-12 base funding.
(c) Funds allocated under this subsection must be used to provide a system of comprehensive reading instruction to students enrolled in the K-12 programs, which may include the following:
1. The provision of an additional hour per day of intensive reading instruction to students in the 300 lowest-performing elementary schools by teachers and reading specialists who are effective in teaching reading.
2. Kindergarten through grade 5 reading intervention teachers to provide intensive intervention during the school day and in the required extra hour for students identified as having a reading deficiency.
3. The provision of highly qualified reading coaches to specifically support teachers in making instructional decisions based on student data, and improve teacher delivery of effective reading instruction, intervention, and reading in the content areas based on student need.
4. Professional development for school district teachers in scientifically based reading instruction, including strategies to teach reading in content areas and with an emphasis on technical and informational text.
5. The provision of summer reading camps for all students in kindergarten through grade 2 who demonstrate a reading deficiency as determined by district and state assessments, and students in grades 3 through 5 who score at Level 1 on the statewide, standardized reading assessment or, upon implementation, the English Language Arts assessment.
6. The provision of supplemental instructional materials that are grounded in scientifically based reading research.
7. The provision of intensive interventions for students in kindergarten through grade 12 who have been identified as having a reading deficiency or who are reading below grade level as determined by the statewide, standardized assessment.
(d) Annually, by a date determined by the Department of Education but before May 1, school districts shall submit a K-12 comprehensive reading plan for the specific use of the research-based reading instruction allocation in the format prescribed by the department for review and approval by the Just Read, Florida! Office created pursuant to s. 1001.215. The plan annually submitted by school districts shall be deemed approved unless the department rejects the plan on or before June 1. If a school district and the Just Read, Florida! Office cannot reach agreement on the contents of the plan, the school district may appeal to the State Board of Education for resolution. School districts shall be allowed reasonable flexibility in designing their plans and shall be encouraged to offer reading intervention through innovative methods, including career academies. The plan format shall be developed with input from school district personnel, including teachers and principals, and shall allow courses in core, career, and alternative programs that deliver intensive reading remediation through integrated curricula, provided that the teacher is deemed highly qualified to teach reading or working toward that status. No later than July 1 annually, the department shall release the school district’s allocation of appropriated funds to those districts having approved plans. A school district that spends 100 percent of this allocation on its approved plan shall be deemed to have been in compliance with the plan. The department may withhold funds upon a determination that reading instruction allocation funds are not being used to implement the approved plan. The department shall monitor and track the implementation of each district plan, including conducting site visits and collecting specific data on expenditures and reading improvement results. By February 1 of each year, the department shall report its findings to the Legislature.
(10) CALCULATION OF SUPPLEMENTAL ALLOCATION FOR JUVENILE JUSTICE EDUCATION PROGRAMS.The total K-12 weighted full-time equivalent student membership in juvenile justice education programs in each school district shall be multiplied by the amount of the state average class-size-reduction factor multiplied by the district’s cost differential. An amount equal to the sum of this calculation shall be allocated in the FEFP to each school district to supplement other sources of funding for students in juvenile justice education programs.
(11) VIRTUAL EDUCATION CONTRIBUTION.The Legislature may annually provide in the Florida Education Finance Program a virtual education contribution. The amount of the virtual education contribution shall be the difference between the amount per FTE established in the General Appropriations Act for virtual education and the amount per FTE for each district and the Florida Virtual School, which may be calculated by taking the sum of the base FEFP allocation, the discretionary local effort, the state-funded discretionary contribution, the discretionary millage compression supplement, the research-based reading instruction allocation, and the instructional materials allocation, and then dividing by the total unweighted FTE. This difference shall be multiplied by the virtual education unweighted FTE for programs and options identified in s. 1002.455(3) and the Florida Virtual School and its franchises to equal the virtual education contribution and shall be included as a separate allocation in the funding formula.
(12) FLORIDA DIGITAL CLASSROOMS ALLOCATION.
(a) The Florida digital classrooms allocation is created to support school district and school efforts and strategies to improve outcomes related to student performance by integrating technology in classroom teaching and learning. The outcomes must be measurable and may also be unique to the needs of individual schools and school districts within the general parameters established by the Department of Education.
(b) Each district school board shall adopt a district digital classrooms plan that meets the unique needs of students, schools, and personnel and submit the plan for approval to the Department of Education. In addition, each district school board must, at a minimum, seek input from the district’s instructional, curriculum, and information technology staff to develop the district digital classrooms plan. The district’s plan must be within the general parameters established in the Florida digital classrooms plan pursuant to s. 1001.20. In addition, if the district participates in federal technology initiatives and grant programs, the district digital classrooms plan must include a plan for meeting requirements of such initiatives and grant programs. Funds allocated under this subsection must be used to support implementation of district digital classrooms plans. By October 1, 2014, and by March 1 of each year thereafter, on a date determined by the department, each district school board shall submit to the department, in a format prescribed by the department, a digital classrooms plan. At a minimum, such plan must include, and be annually updated to reflect, the following:
1. Measurable student performance outcomes. Outcomes related to student performance, including outcomes for students with disabilities, must be tied to the efforts and strategies to improve outcomes related to student performance by integrating technology in classroom teaching and learning. Results of the outcomes shall be reported at least annually for the current school year and subsequent 3 years and be accompanied by an independent evaluation and validation of the reported results.
2. Digital learning and technology infrastructure purchases and operational activities. Such purchases and activities must be tied to the measurable outcomes under subparagraph 1., including, but not limited to, connectivity, broadband access, wireless capacity, Internet speed, and data security, all of which must meet or exceed minimum requirements and protocols established by the department. For each year that the district uses funds for infrastructure, a third-party, independent evaluation of the district’s technology inventory and infrastructure needs must accompany the district’s plan.
3. Professional development purchases and operational activities. Such purchases and activities must be tied to the measurable outcomes under subparagraph 1., including, but not limited to, using technology in the classroom and improving digital literacy and competency.
4. Digital tool purchases and operational activities. Such purchases and activities must be tied to the measurable outcomes under subparagraph 1., including, but not limited to, competency-based credentials that measure and demonstrate digital competency and certifications; third-party assessments that demonstrate acquired knowledge and use of digital applications; and devices that meet or exceed minimum requirements and protocols established by the department.
5. Online assessment-related purchases and operational activities. Such purchases and activities must be tied to the measurable outcomes under subparagraph 1., including, but not limited to, expanding the capacity to administer assessments and compatibility with minimum assessment protocols and requirements established by the department.
(c) The Legislature shall annually provide in the General Appropriations Act the FEFP allocation for implementation of the Florida digital classrooms plan to be calculated in an amount up to 1 percent of the base student allocation multiplied by the total K-12 full-time equivalent student enrollment included in the FEFP calculations for the legislative appropriation or as provided in the General Appropriations Act. Each school district shall be provided a minimum of $250,000, with the remaining balance of the allocation to be distributed based on each district’s proportion of the total K-12 full-time equivalent student enrollment. Distribution of funds for the Florida digital classrooms allocation shall begin following submittal of each district’s digital classrooms plan, which must include formal verification of the superintendent’s approval of the digital classrooms plan of each charter school in the district, and approval of the plan by the department. Prior to the distribution of the Florida digital classrooms allocation funds, each district school superintendent shall certify to the Commissioner of Education that the district school board has approved a comprehensive district digital classrooms plan that supports the fidelity of implementation of the Florida digital classrooms allocation. District allocations shall be recalculated during the fiscal year consistent with the periodic recalculation of the FEFP. School districts shall provide a proportionate share of the digital classrooms allocation to each charter school in the district, as required for categorical programs in s. 1002.33(17)(b). A school district may use a competitive process to distribute funds for the Florida digital classrooms allocation to the schools within the school district.
(d) To facilitate the implementation of the district digital classrooms plans and charter school digital classrooms plans, the commissioner shall support statewide, coordinated partnerships and efforts of this state’s education practitioners in the field, including, but not limited to, superintendents, principals, and teachers, to identify and share best practices, corrective actions, and other identified needs.
(e) Beginning in the 2015-2016 fiscal year and each year thereafter, each district school board shall report to the department its use of funds provided through the Florida digital classrooms allocation and student performance outcomes in accordance with the district’s digital classrooms plan. The department may contract with an independent third-party entity to conduct an annual independent verification of the district’s use of Florida digital classrooms allocation funds in accordance with the district’s digital classrooms plan. In the event an independent third-party verification is not conducted, the Auditor General shall, during scheduled operational audits of the school districts, verify compliance of the use of Florida digital classrooms allocation funds in accordance with the district’s digital classrooms plan. No later than October 1 of each year, beginning in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the commissioner shall provide to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a summary of each district’s use of funds, student performance outcomes, and progress toward meeting statutory requirements and timelines.
(f) Each school district shall provide teachers, administrators, students, and parents with access to:
1. Instructional materials in digital or electronic format, as defined in s. 1006.29.
2. Digital materials, including those digital materials that enable students to earn certificates and industry certifications pursuant to ss. 1003.4203 and 1008.44.
3. Teaching and learning tools and resources, including the ability for teachers and administrators to manage, assess, and monitor student performance data.
(13) QUALITY ASSURANCE GUARANTEE.The Legislature may annually in the General Appropriations Act determine a percentage increase in funds per K-12 unweighted FTE as a minimum guarantee to each school district. The guarantee shall be calculated from prior year base funding per unweighted FTE student which shall include the adjusted FTE dollars as provided in subsection (14), quality guarantee funds, and actual nonvoted discretionary local effort from taxes. From the base funding per unweighted FTE, the increase shall be calculated for the current year. The current year funds from which the guarantee shall be determined shall include the adjusted FTE dollars as provided in subsection (14) and potential nonvoted discretionary local effort from taxes. A comparison of current year funds per unweighted FTE to prior year funds per unweighted FTE shall be computed. For those school districts which have less than the legislatively assigned percentage increase, funds shall be provided to guarantee the assigned percentage increase in funds per unweighted FTE student. Should appropriated funds be less than the sum of this calculated amount for all districts, the commissioner shall prorate each district’s allocation. This provision shall be implemented to the extent specifically funded.
(14) TOTAL ALLOCATION OF STATE FUNDS TO EACH DISTRICT FOR CURRENT OPERATION.The total annual state allocation to each district for current operation for the FEFP shall be distributed periodically in the manner prescribed in the General Appropriations Act.
(a) If the funds appropriated for current operation of the FEFP are not sufficient to pay the state requirement in full, the department shall prorate the available state funds to each district in the following manner:
1. Determine the percentage of proration by dividing the sum of the total amount for current operation, as provided in this paragraph for all districts collectively, and the total district required local effort into the sum of the state funds available for current operation and the total district required local effort.
2. Multiply the percentage so determined by the sum of the total amount for current operation as provided in this paragraph and the required local effort for each individual district.
3. From the product of such multiplication, subtract the required local effort of each district; and the remainder shall be the amount of state funds allocated to the district for current operation. However, no calculation subsequent to the appropriation shall result in negative state funds for any district.
(b) The amount thus obtained shall be the net annual allocation to each school district. However, if it is determined that any school district received an underallocation or overallocation for any prior year because of an arithmetical error, assessment roll change required by final judicial decision, full-time equivalent student membership error, or any allocation error revealed in an audit report, the allocation to that district shall be appropriately adjusted. Beginning with the 2011-2012 fiscal year, if a special program cost factor is less than the basic program cost factor, an audit adjustment may not result in the reclassification of the special program FTE to the basic program FTE. If the Department of Education audit adjustment recommendation is based upon controverted findings of fact, the Commissioner of Education is authorized to establish the amount of the adjustment based on the best interests of the state.
(c) The amount thus obtained shall represent the net annual state allocation to each district; however, notwithstanding any of the provisions herein, each district shall be guaranteed a minimum level of funding in the amount and manner prescribed in the General Appropriations Act.
(15) COMPUTATION OF PRIOR YEAR DISTRICT REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT.Calculations required in this section shall be based on 95 percent of the taxable value for school purposes for fiscal years prior to the 2010-2011 fiscal year.
History.s. 655, ch. 2002-387; s. 124, ch. 2003-1; s. 15, ch. 2003-391; s. 68, ch. 2004-41; s. 8, ch. 2004-271; s. 10, ch. 2004-349; s. 129, ch. 2004-357; s. 10, ch. 2005-56; s. 10, ch. 2005-196; s. 6, ch. 2006-27; s. 50, ch. 2006-74; s. 177, ch. 2007-5; s. 3, ch. 2007-59; s. 5, ch. 2007-216; ss. 2, 3, ch. 2007-328; ss. 8, 9, ch. 2008-142; s. 7, ch. 2009-40; ss. 29, 41, ch. 2009-59; s. 180, ch. 2010-102; s. 25, ch. 2010-154; s. 171, ch. 2011-5; s. 17, ch. 2011-37; s. 33, ch. 2011-55; s. 33, ch. 2011-175; s. 16, ch. 2012-133; s. 28, ch. 2012-191; s. 11, ch. 2012-192; s. 39, ch. 2013-27; s. 19, ch. 2013-45; s. 8, ch. 2013-237; s. 379, ch. 2014-19; s. 87, ch. 2014-39; s. 5, ch. 2014-53; s. 27, ch. 2014-56; s. 13, ch. 2014-184.
1Note.Section 5, ch. 2014-53, amended paragraph (4)(e) “[i]n order to implement Specific Appropriations 9 and 96 of the 2014-2015 General Appropriations Act.”
1011.621 Adjustments for interdistrict transfers of students in Department of Juvenile Justice detention facilities within a survey period.The Department of Education, upon request by a school district and verification by the Department of Juvenile Justice, shall direct a school district that receives Florida Education Finance Program funds attributed to a membership survey for children in secure detention care pursuant to chapter 985 to transfer a pro rata share of the funds to another district that served the same students during the same survey period but was unable to report the students for funding. The amount of the funds transfer shall be based on the percentage of the survey period in which the students were served by each district.
History.s. 34, ch. 2011-55.
1011.622 Adjustments for students without a Florida student identification number.The Florida Education Finance Program funding calculations, including the calculations authorized in ss. 1011.62, 1011.67, 1011.68, and 1011.685, shall include funding for a student only when all of the student’s records are reported to the Department of Education under a Florida student identification number. The State Board of Education may adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement this section.
History.s. 20, ch. 2013-45; s. 4, ch. 2014-41.
1011.63 Reporting for state funding; prohibition.When a public educational institution has been fully funded by an external agency for direct instructional costs of any course or program, the FTE generated shall not be reported for state funding for purposes of the Florida Education Finance Program.
History.s. 9, ch. 2004-271.
1011.64 School district minimum classroom expenditure requirements.
(1) The Legislature may require any school district that fails to meet minimum academic performance standards to increase emphasis on classroom instruction activities from operating funds, including, but not limited to, those provided for the operation of schools pursuant to s. 1011.62.
(2) For the purpose of implementing the provisions of this section, the Legislature shall prescribe minimum academic performance standards and minimum classroom expenditure requirements for districts not meeting such minimum academic performance standards in the General Appropriations Act.
(a) Minimum academic performance standards may be based on, but are not limited to, district grades determined pursuant to s. 1008.34.
(b) School district minimum classroom expenditure requirements shall be calculated pursuant to subsection (3).
(3)(a) Annually the Department of Education shall calculate for each school district:
1. Total K-12 operating expenditures, which are defined as the amount of total general fund expenditures for K-12 programs reported in accordance with the accounts and codes prescribed in the most recent issuance of the Department of Education publication entitled “Financial and Program Cost Accounting and Reporting for Florida Schools” and included in the most recent annual financial report submitted to the Commissioner of Education, less the student transportation revenue allocation from the state appropriation for that purpose, amounts transferred to other funds, and increases to the amount of the general fund’s ending fund balance not classified as restricted, committed, or nonspendable if the total ending fund balance not classified as restricted, committed, or nonspendable is in excess of 5 percent of the total general fund revenues.
2. Expenditures for classroom instruction, which equal the sum of the general fund expenditures for K-12 instruction and instructional staff training.
(b) The department shall annually calculate for each district, and for the entire state, the percentage of classroom expenditures to total operating expenditures as calculated pursuant to subparagraphs (a)1. and 2.
(4) In order for the Department of Education to monitor the implementation of this section, each school district which is required to increase emphasis on classroom activities from operating funds pursuant to subsection (1) shall submit to the department the following two reports in a format determined by the department:
(a) An initial report, which shall include the proposed budget actions identified for increased classroom expenditures, a description of how such actions are designed to improve student achievement, and a copy of the published statement required by s. 1011.03(2). This report shall be submitted within 30 days after final budget approval as provided in s. 200.065.
(b) A final report, prepared at the end of each fiscal year, which shall include, but is not limited to, information that clearly indicates the degree of each district’s compliance or noncompliance with the requirements of this section. If not fully compliant, the district shall include a statement which has been adopted at a public hearing and signed by the district school superintendent and district school board members, which explains why the requirements of this section have not been met.
(c) The department shall provide annual summaries of these two reports to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
History.s. 656, ch. 2002-387; s. 51, ch. 2006-74; s. 26, ch. 2010-154; s. 25, ch. 2011-144; s. 11, ch. 2014-23.
1011.65 Florida Education Finance Program Appropriation Allocation Conference.Prior to the distribution of any funds appropriated in the General Appropriations Act for the K-12 Florida Education Finance Program formula and for the formula-funded categorical programs, the Commissioner of Education shall conduct an allocation conference. Conference principals shall include representatives of the Department of Education, the Executive Office of the Governor, and the appropriations committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Conference principals shall discuss and agree to all conventions, including rounding conventions, and methods of computation to be used to calculate Florida Education Finance Program and categorical entitlements of the districts for the fiscal year for which the appropriations are made. These conventions and calculation methods shall remain in effect until further agreements are reached in subsequent allocation conferences called by the commissioner for that purpose. The commissioner shall also, prior to each recalculation of Florida Education Finance Program and categorical allocations of the districts, provide conference principals with all data necessary to replicate those allocations precisely. This data shall include a matrix by district by program of all full-time equivalent changes made by the department as part of its administration of state full-time equivalent caps.
History.s. 657, ch. 2002-387.
1011.66 Distribution of FEFP funds.The distribution of FEFP funds shall be made in payments on or about the 10th and 26th of each month.
History.s. 658, ch. 2002-387; s. 10, ch. 2004-271; s. 27, ch. 2010-154.
1011.67 Funds for instructional materials.
(1) The department is authorized to allocate and distribute to each district an amount as prescribed annually by the Legislature for instructional materials for student membership in basic and special programs in grades K-12, which will provide for growth and maintenance needs. For purposes of this subsection, unweighted full-time equivalent students enrolled in the lab schools in state universities are to be included as school district students and reported as such to the department. The annual allocation shall be determined as follows:
(a) The growth allocation for each school district shall be calculated as follows:
1. Subtract from that district’s projected full-time equivalent membership of students in basic and special programs in grades K-12 used in determining the initial allocation of the Florida Education Finance Program, the prior year’s full-time equivalent membership of students in basic and special programs in grades K-12 for that district.
2. Multiply any such increase in full-time equivalent student membership by the allocation for a set of instructional materials, as determined by the department, or as provided for in the General Appropriations Act.
3. The amount thus determined shall be that district’s initial allocation for growth for the school year. However, the department shall recompute and adjust the initial allocation based on actual full-time equivalent student membership data for that year.
(b) The maintenance of the instructional materials allocation for each school district shall be calculated by multiplying each district’s prior year full-time equivalent membership of students in basic and special programs in grades K-12 by the allocation for maintenance of a set of instructional materials as provided for in the General Appropriations Act. The amount thus determined shall be that district’s initial allocation for maintenance for the school year; however, the department shall recompute and adjust the initial allocation based on such actual full-time equivalent student membership data for that year.
(c) In the event the funds appropriated are not sufficient for the purpose of implementing this subsection in full, the department shall prorate the funds available for instructional materials after first funding in full each district’s growth allocation.
(2) Annually by July 1 and prior to the release of instructional materials funds, each district school superintendent shall certify to the Commissioner of Education that the district school board has approved a comprehensive staff development plan that supports fidelity of implementation of instructional materials programs. The report shall include verification that training was provided and that the materials are being implemented as designed.
History.s. 659, ch. 2002-387; s. 11, ch. 2004-271; s. 52, ch. 2006-74; s. 28, ch. 2010-154.
1011.68 Funds for student transportation.The annual allocation to each district for transportation to public school programs, including charter schools as provided in s. 1002.33(17)(b), of students in membership in kindergarten through grade 12 and in migrant and exceptional student programs below kindergarten shall be determined as follows:
(1) Subject to the rules of the State Board of Education, each district shall determine the membership of students who are transported:
(a) By reason of living 2 miles or more from school.
(b) By reason of being students with disabilities or enrolled in a teenage parent program, regardless of distance to school.
(c) By reason of being in a state prekindergarten program, regardless of distance from school.
(d) By reason of being career, dual enrollment, or students with disabilities transported from one school center to another to participate in an instructional program or service; or students with disabilities, transported from one designation to another in the state, provided one designation is a school center and provided the student’s individual educational plan (IEP) identifies the need for the instructional program or service and transportation to be provided by the school district. A “school center” is defined as a public school center, Florida College System institution, state university, or other facility rented, leased, or owned and operated by the school district or another public agency. A “dual enrollment student” is defined as a public school student in membership in both a public secondary school program and a Florida College System institution or a state university program under a written agreement to partially fulfill ss. 1003.435 and 1007.23 and earning full-time equivalent membership under s. 1011.62(1)(i).
(e) With respect to elementary school students whose grade level does not exceed grade 6, by reason of being subjected to hazardous walking conditions en route to or from school as provided in s. 1006.23. Such rules shall, when appropriate, provide for the determination of membership under this paragraph for less than 1 year to accommodate the needs of students who require transportation only until such hazardous conditions are corrected.
(f) By reason of being a pregnant student or student parent, and the child of a student parent as provided in s. 1003.54, regardless of distance from school.
(2) The allocation for each district shall be calculated annually in accordance with the following formula:

T = B + EX. The elements of this formula are defined as follows: T is the total dollar allocation for transportation. B is the base transportation dollar allocation prorated by an adjusted student membership count. The adjusted membership count shall be derived from a multiplicative index function in which the base student membership is adjusted by multiplying it by index numbers that individually account for the impact of the price level index, average bus occupancy, and the extent of rural population in the district. EX is the base transportation dollar allocation for disabled students prorated by an adjusted disabled student membership count. The base transportation dollar allocation for disabled students is the total state base disabled student membership count weighted for increased costs associated with transporting disabled students and multiplying it by an average per student cost for transportation as determined by the Legislature. The adjusted disabled student membership count shall be derived from a multiplicative index function in which the weighted base disabled student membership is adjusted by multiplying it by index numbers that individually account for the impact of the price level index, average bus occupancy, and the extent of rural population in the district. Each adjustment factor shall be designed to affect the base allocation by no more or less than 10 percent.

(3) The total allocation to each district for transportation of students shall be the sum of the amounts determined in subsection (2). If the funds appropriated for the purpose of implementing this section are not sufficient to pay the base transportation allocation and the base transportation allocation for disabled students, the Department of Education shall prorate the available funds on a percentage basis. If the funds appropriated for the purpose of implementing this section exceed the sum of the base transportation allocation and the base transportation allocation for disabled students, the base transportation allocation for disabled students shall be limited to the amount calculated in subsection (2), and the remaining balance shall be added to the base transportation allocation.
(4) No district shall use funds to purchase transportation equipment and supplies at prices which exceed those determined by the department to be the lowest which can be obtained, as prescribed in s. 1006.27(1).
(5) Funds allocated or apportioned for the payment of student transportation services may be used to pay for transportation of students to and from school on local general purpose transportation systems. Student transportation funds may also be used to pay for transportation of students to and from school in private passenger cars and boats when the transportation is for isolated students, or students with disabilities as defined by rule. Subject to the rules of the State Board of Education, each school district shall determine and report the number of assigned students using general purpose transportation private passenger cars and boats. The allocation per student must be equal to the allocation per student riding a school bus.
(6) Notwithstanding other provisions of this section, in no case shall any student or students be counted for transportation funding more than once per day. This provision includes counting students for funding pursuant to trips in school buses, passenger cars, or boats or general purpose transportation.
History.s. 660, ch. 2002-387; s. 3, ch. 2003-393; s. 130, ch. 2004-357; s. 30, ch. 2009-59; s. 29, ch. 2010-154; s. 172, ch. 2011-5.
1011.685 Class size reduction; operating categorical fund.
(1) There is created an operating categorical fund for implementing the class size reduction provisions of s. 1, Art. IX of the State Constitution. These funds shall be allocated to each school district in the amount prescribed by the Legislature in the General Appropriations Act.
(2) Class size reduction operating categorical funds shall be used by school districts to reduce class size as required in s. 1003.03. A school district that meets the maximum class size requirement may use the funds for any lawful operating expenditure; however, priority shall be given to increasing salaries of classroom teachers.
History.s. 3, ch. 2003-391; s. 26, ch. 2004-295; s. 53, ch. 2006-74; s. 31, ch. 2009-59; s. 35, ch. 2011-55.
1011.69 Equity in School-Level Funding Act.
(1) This section may be cited as the “Equity in School-Level Funding Act.”
(2) Beginning in the 2003-2004 fiscal year, district school boards shall allocate to schools within the district an average of 90 percent of the funds generated by all schools and guarantee that each school receives at least 80 percent of the funds generated by that school based upon the Florida Education Finance Program as provided in s. 1011.62 and the General Appropriations Act, including gross state and local funds, discretionary lottery funds, and funds from the school district’s current operating discretionary millage levy. Total funding for each school shall be recalculated during the year to reflect the revised calculations under the Florida Education Finance Program by the state and the actual weighted full-time equivalent students reported by the school during the full-time equivalent student survey periods designated by the Commissioner of Education. If the district school board is providing programs or services to students funded by federal funds, any eligible students enrolled in the schools in the district shall be provided federal funds.
(3) Funds allocated to a school pursuant to this section that are unused at the end of the fiscal year shall not revert to the district, but shall remain with the school. These carryforward funds may be used for any purpose provided by law at the discretion of the principal of the school.
(4) The following funds are excluded from the school-level allocation under this section: Funds appropriated in the General Appropriations Act for supplemental academic instruction to be used for the purposes described in s. 1011.62(1)(f).
History.s. 661, ch. 2002-387; s. 16, ch. 2003-391; s. 32, ch. 2009-59; s. 27, ch. 2010-70.
1011.70 Medicaid certified school funding maximization.
(1) Each school district, subject to the provisions of ss. 409.9071 and 409.908(21) and this section, is authorized to certify funds provided for a category of required Medicaid services termed “school-based services,” which are reimbursable under the federal Medicaid program. Such services shall include, but not be limited to, physical, occupational, and speech therapy services, behavioral health services, mental health services, transportation services, Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) administrative outreach for the purpose of determining eligibility for exceptional student education, and any other such services, for the purpose of receiving federal Medicaid financial participation. Certified school funding shall not be available for the following services:
(a) Family planning.
(b) Immunizations.
(c) Prenatal care.
(2) The Agency for Health Care Administration shall monitor compliance of each participating school district with the Medicaid provider agreements. In addition, the Agency for Health Care Administration shall develop standardized recordkeeping procedures for the school districts that meet Medicaid requirements for audit purposes.
(3) Each school district’s continued participation in certifying funds to be reimbursed for Medicaid expenditures is contingent upon the district providing to the department an annual accounting of how the federal Medicaid reimbursements are utilized.
(4) Funds generated pursuant to this section may be used for autism therapy services allowed by federal law.
(5) Lab schools, as authorized under s. 1002.32, shall be authorized to participate in the Medicaid certified school match program on the same basis as school districts subject to the provisions of subsections (1)-(4) and ss. 409.9071 and 409.908(21).
History.s. 662, ch. 2002-387; s. 69, ch. 2004-41.
1011.71 District school tax.
(1) If the district school tax is not provided in the General Appropriations Act or the substantive bill implementing the General Appropriations Act, each district school board desiring to participate in the state allocation of funds for current operation as prescribed by s. 1011.62(14) shall levy on the taxable value for school purposes of the district, exclusive of millage voted under the provisions of s. 9(b) or s. 12, Art. VII of the State Constitution, a millage rate not to exceed the amount certified by the commissioner as the minimum millage rate necessary to provide the district required local effort for the current year, pursuant to s. 1011.62(4)(a)1. In addition to the required local effort millage levy, each district school board may levy a nonvoted current operating discretionary millage. The Legislature shall prescribe annually in the appropriations act the maximum amount of millage a district may levy.
(2) In addition to the maximum millage levy as provided in subsection (1), each school board may levy not more than 1.5 mills against the taxable value for school purposes for district schools, including charter schools at the discretion of the school board, to fund:
(a) New construction and remodeling projects, as set forth in s. 1013.64(3)(b) and (6)(b) and included in the district’s educational plant survey pursuant to s. 1013.31, without regard to prioritization, sites and site improvement or expansion to new sites, existing sites, auxiliary facilities, athletic facilities, or ancillary facilities.
(b) Maintenance, renovation, and repair of existing school plants or of leased facilities to correct deficiencies pursuant to s. 1013.15(2).
(c) The purchase, lease-purchase, or lease of school buses.
(d) The purchase, lease-purchase, or lease of new and replacement equipment; computer hardware, including electronic hardware and other hardware devices necessary for gaining access to or enhancing the use of electronic content and resources or to facilitate the access to and the use of a school district’s digital classrooms plan pursuant to s. 1011.62, excluding software other than the operating system necessary to operate the hardware or device; and enterprise resource software applications that are classified as capital assets in accordance with definitions of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, have a useful life of at least 5 years, and are used to support districtwide administration or state-mandated reporting requirements.
(e) Payments for educational facilities and sites due under a lease-purchase agreement entered into by a district school board pursuant to s. 1003.02(1)(f) or s. 1013.15(2), not exceeding, in the aggregate, an amount equal to three-fourths of the proceeds from the millage levied by a district school board pursuant to this subsection. The three-fourths limit is waived for lease-purchase agreements entered into before June 30, 2009, by a district school board pursuant to this paragraph.
(f) Payment of loans approved pursuant to ss. 1011.14 and 1011.15.
(g) Payment of costs directly related to complying with state and federal environmental statutes, rules, and regulations governing school facilities.
(h) Payment of costs of leasing relocatable educational facilities, of renting or leasing educational facilities and sites pursuant to s. 1013.15(2), or of renting or leasing buildings or space within existing buildings pursuant to s. 1013.15(4).
(i) Payment of the cost of school buses when a school district contracts with a private entity to provide student transportation services if the district meets the requirements of this paragraph.
1. The district’s contract must require that the private entity purchase, lease-purchase, or lease, and operate and maintain, one or more school buses of a specific type and size that meet the requirements of s. 1006.25.
2. Each such school bus must be used for the daily transportation of public school students in the manner required by the school district.
3. Annual payment for each such school bus may not exceed 10 percent of the purchase price of the state pool bid.
4. The proposed expenditure of the funds for this purpose must have been included in the district school board’s notice of proposed tax for school capital outlay as provided in s. 200.065(10).
(j) Payment of the cost of the opening day collection for the library media center of a new school.
(3) Notwithstanding subsection (2), if the revenue from 1.5 mills is insufficient to meet the payments due under a lease-purchase agreement entered into before June 30, 2009, by a district school board pursuant to paragraph (2)(e), or to meet other critical district fixed capital outlay needs, the board, in addition to the 1.5 mills, may levy up to 0.25 mills for fixed capital outlay in lieu of levying an equivalent amount of the discretionary mills for operations as provided in the General Appropriations Act. Millage levied pursuant to this subsection is subject to the provisions of s. 200.065 and, combined with the 1.5 mills authorized in subsection (2), may not exceed 1.75 mills. If the district chooses to use up to 0.25 mills for fixed capital outlay, the compression adjustment pursuant to s. 1011.62(5) shall be calculated for the standard discretionary millage that is not eligible for transfer to capital outlay.
(4) If the revenue from the millage authorized in subsection (2) is insufficient to make payments due under a lease-purchase agreement entered into prior to June 30, 2008, by a district school board pursuant to paragraph (2)(e), an amount up to 0.5 mills of the taxable value for school purposes within the school district shall be legally available for such payments, notwithstanding other restrictions on the use of such revenues imposed by law.
(5) Effective July 1, 2008, a school district may expend, subject to the provisions of s. 200.065, up to $100 per unweighted full-time equivalent student from the revenue generated by the millage levy authorized by subsection (2) to fund, in addition to expenditures authorized in paragraphs (2)(a)-(j), expenses for the following:
(a) The purchase, lease-purchase, or lease of driver’s education vehicles; motor vehicles used for the maintenance or operation of plants and equipment; security vehicles; or vehicles used in storing or distributing materials and equipment.
(b) Payment of the cost of premiums, as defined in s. 627.403, for property and casualty insurance necessary to insure school district educational and ancillary plants. As used in this paragraph, casualty insurance has the same meaning as in s. 624.605(1)(d), (f), (g), (h), and (m). Operating revenues that are made available through the payment of property and casualty insurance premiums from revenues generated under this subsection may be expended only for nonrecurring operational expenditures of the school district.
(6) Violations of the expenditure provisions in subsection (2) or subsection (5) shall result in an equal dollar reduction in the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) funds for the violating district in the fiscal year following the audit citation.
(7) These taxes shall be certified, assessed, and collected as prescribed in s. 1011.04 and shall be expended as provided by law.
(8) Nothing in s. 1011.62(4)(a)1. shall in any way be construed to increase the maximum school millage levies as provided for in subsection (1).
(9) In addition to the maximum millage levied under this section and the General Appropriations Act, a school district may levy, by local referendum or in a general election, additional millage for school operational purposes up to an amount that, when combined with nonvoted millage levied under this section, does not exceed the 10-mill limit established in s. 9(b), Art. VII of the State Constitution. Any such levy shall be for a maximum of 4 years and shall be counted as part of the 10-mill limit established in s. 9(b), Art. VII of the State Constitution. Millage elections conducted under the authority granted pursuant to this section are subject to s. 1011.73. Funds generated by such additional millage do not become a part of the calculation of the Florida Education Finance Program total potential funds in 2001-2002 or any subsequent year and must not be incorporated in the calculation of any hold-harmless or other component of the Florida Education Finance Program formula in any year. If an increase in required local effort, when added to existing millage levied under the 10-mill limit, would result in a combined millage in excess of the 10-mill limit, any millage levied pursuant to this subsection shall be considered to be required local effort to the extent that the district millage would otherwise exceed the 10-mill limit.
History.s. 28, ch. 2002-296; s. 663, ch. 2002-387; ss. 17, 18, ch. 2003-399; s. 1, ch. 2004-346; s. 7, ch. 2006-27; s. 54, ch. 2006-74; s. 9, ch. 2006-190; s. 178, ch. 2007-5; s. 4, ch. 2007-59; s. 4, ch. 2007-194; ss. 7, 33, ch. 2007-321; ss. 4, 5, ch. 2007-328; ss. 6, 7, ch. 2008-2; ss. 10, 11, ch. 2008-142; ss. 1, 2, ch. 2008-213; ss. 12, 13, ch. 2009-3; s. 33, ch. 2009-59; s. 129, ch. 2010-5; s. 30, ch. 2010-154; s. 36, ch. 2011-55; s. 98, ch. 2012-5; s. 17, ch. 2012-133; s. 88, ch. 2014-39; s. 28, ch. 2014-56.
1011.715 Resolution regarding school capital outlay surcharge.The resolution of a district school board providing for the imposition of the school capital outlay surtax authorized in s. 212.055(6) may include a covenant by the district school board to decrease the capital local school property tax levied pursuant to s. 1011.71(2) and to maintain that tax at the reduced millage as long as the surtax is in effect. The resolution may also provide that the surtax shall sunset on December 31 of any year in which the district school board levies the capital property tax under s. 1011.71(2) at a millage rate in excess of the reduced millage rate promised in the resolution. Finally, if the surtax revenues are pledged to service bonded indebtedness, the district school board may covenant not to levy the capital property tax under s. 1011.71(2) at a millage rate in excess of the reduced millage rate promised in the resolution.
History.s. 664, ch. 2002-387.
1011.72 Levy based on interim assessment roll; reimbursement to state for additional taxes collected upon reconciliation of roll.In any year in which the base student allocation has been guaranteed to school districts through the use of state funds, a school district which levied taxes based on an interim assessment roll shall be required to reimburse the state in an amount equal to the additional taxes collected upon reconciliation of that roll. Beginning with the distribution following the delinquency date of the supplemental bills, the state shall withhold all funds otherwise available to that school district from the appropriation to the Florida Education Finance Program until such time as the state is completely reimbursed.
History.s. 665, ch. 2002-387.
1011.73 District millage elections.
(1) MILLAGE AUTHORIZED NOT TO EXCEED 2 YEARS.The district school board, pursuant to resolution adopted at a regular meeting, shall direct the county commissioners to call an election at which the electors within the school districts may approve an ad valorem tax millage as authorized in s. 9, Art. VII of the State Constitution. Such election may be held at any time, except that not more than one such election shall be held during any 12-month period. Any millage so authorized shall be levied for a period not in excess of 2 years or until changed by another millage election, whichever is the earlier. In the event any such election is invalidated by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidated election shall be considered not to have been held.
(2) MILLAGE AUTHORIZED NOT TO EXCEED 4 YEARS.The district school board, pursuant to resolution adopted at a regular meeting, shall direct the county commissioners to call an election at which the electors within the school district may approve an ad valorem tax millage as authorized under s. 1011.71(9). Such election may be held at any time, except that not more than one such election shall be held during any 12-month period. Any millage so authorized shall be levied for a period not in excess of 4 years or until changed by another millage election, whichever is earlier. If any such election is invalidated by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidated election shall be considered not to have been held.
(3) HOLDING ELECTIONS.All school district millage elections shall be held and conducted in the manner prescribed by law for holding general elections, except as provided in this chapter.
(4) FORM OF BALLOT.
(a) The district school board may propose a single millage or two millages, with one for operating expenses and another for a local capital improvement reserve fund. When two millage figures are proposed, each millage must be voted on separately.
(b) The district school board shall provide the wording of the substance of the measure and the ballot title in the resolution calling for the election. The wording of the ballot must conform to the provisions of s. 101.161.
(5) QUALIFICATION OF ELECTORS.All qualified electors of the school district are entitled to vote in the election to set the school tax district millage levy.
(6) RESULTS OF ELECTION.When the district school board proposes one tax levy for operating expenses and another for the local capital improvement reserve fund, the results shall be considered separately. The tax levy shall be levied only in case a majority of the electors participating in the election vote in favor of the proposed special millage.
(7) EXPENSES OF ELECTION.The cost of the publication of the notice of the election and all expenses of the election in the school district shall be paid by the district school board.
History.s. 666, ch. 2002-387; s. 5, ch. 2007-194; s. 12, ch. 2008-142; s. 130, ch. 2010-5; s. 31, ch. 2010-154.
1011.74 Source and use of district capital improvement fund.The district capital improvement fund shall consist of funds derived from the sale of school district bonds authorized in s. 17, Art. XII of the State Constitution of 1885 as amended, together with any other funds directed to be placed therein by rules of the State Board of Education, and other similar funds which are to be used for capital outlay purposes within the district.
History.s. 667, ch. 2002-387.
1011.75 Gifted education exemplary program grants.
(1) This section shall be known and may be cited as the “Challenge Grant Program for the Gifted.”
(2) There is hereby created a grant program for education for the gifted which shall be administered by the Commissioner of Education in cooperation and consultation with appropriate organizations and associations concerned with education for the gifted and pursuant to rules adopted by the State Board of Education. The program may be implemented in any public school.
(3) Pursuant to policies and rules to be adopted by the State Board of Education, each district school board, two or more district school boards in cooperation, or a public school principal through the district school board may submit to the commissioner a proposed program designed to effectuate an exemplary program for education for the gifted in a school, district, or group of districts. Consideration for funding shall be given to proposed programs of district school boards that are developed with the cooperation of a Florida College System institution or public or private college or university for the purpose of providing advanced accelerated instruction for public school students pursuant to s. 1003.435. In order to be approved, a program proposal must include:
(a) Clearly stated goals and objectives expressed, to the maximum extent possible, in measurable terms.
(b) Information concerning the number of students, teachers, and other personnel to be involved in the program.
(c) The estimated cost of the program and the number of years for which it is to be funded.
(d) Provisions for evaluation of the program and for its integration into the general curriculum and financial program of the school district or districts at the end of the funded period.
(e) Such other information and provisions as the commissioner requires.
(4) The commissioner shall review and approve, disapprove, or resubmit for modification all proposed programs for education for the gifted submitted. For those programs approved, the commissioner shall authorize distribution of funds equal to the cost of the program from funds appropriated to the Department of Education for exemplary program grants for education for the gifted as provided for by this section. These funds shall be in addition to any funds for education for the gifted provided pursuant to s. 1011.62.
History.s. 668, ch. 2002-387; s. 173, ch. 2011-5.
1011.76 Small School District Stabilization Program.
(1) There is created the Small School District Stabilization Program to assist school districts in rural communities that document economic conditions or other significant community influences that negatively impact the school district. The purpose of the program is to provide technical assistance and financial support to maintain the stability of the educational program in the school district. A rural community means a county with a population of 75,000 or less; or a county with a population of 100,000 or less that is contiguous to a county with a population of 75,000 or less.
1(2) In order to participate in this program, a school district must be located in a rural area of opportunity designated by the Executive Office of the Governor, and the district school board must submit a resolution to the Department of Economic Opportunity requesting participation in the program. A rural area of opportunity must be a rural community, or a region composed of such, that has been adversely affected by an extraordinary economic event or a natural disaster or that presents a unique economic development concern or opportunity of regional impact. The resolution must be accompanied by documentation of the economic conditions in the community and provide information indicating the negative impact of these conditions on the school district’s financial stability, and the school district must participate in a best financial management practices review to determine potential efficiencies that could be implemented to reduce program costs in the district.
(3) The Department of Economic Opportunity, in consultation with the Department of Education, shall review the resolution and other information required by subsection (2) and determine whether the school district is eligible to participate in the program. Factors influencing the determination of the Department of Economic Opportunity may include, but are not limited to, reductions in the county tax roll resulting from business closures or other causes, or a reduction in student enrollment due to business closures or impacts in the local economy.
(4) The Department of Education may award the school district a stabilization grant intended to protect the district from continued financial reductions. The amount of the grant will be determined by the Department of Education and may be equivalent to the amount of the decline in revenues projected for the next fiscal year. In addition, the Department of Economic Opportunity may implement a rural economic development initiative to identify the economic factors that are negatively impacting the community and may consult with Enterprise Florida, Inc., in developing a plan to assist the county with its economic transition. The grant will be available to the school district for a period of up to 5 years to the extent that funding is provided for such purpose in the General Appropriations Act.
(5) Based on the availability of funds, the Department of Economic Opportunity or the Department of Education may enter into contracts or issue grants necessary to implement the program.
History.s. 669, ch. 2002-387; s. 470, ch. 2011-142; s. 89, ch. 2014-39; s. 43, ch. 2014-218.
1Note.Section 56, ch. 2014-218, provides that:

“(1) The executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity is authorized, and all conditions are deemed to be met, to adopt emergency rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54(4), Florida Statutes, for the purpose of implementing this act.

“(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the emergency rules adopted pursuant to subsection (1) remain in effect for 6 months after adoption and may be renewed during the pendency of procedures to adopt permanent rules addressing the subject of the emergency rules.

“(3) This section shall expire October 1, 2015.”

1011.765 Florida Academic Improvement Trust Fund matching grants.
(1) MATCHING GRANTS.The Florida Academic Improvement Trust Fund shall be utilized to provide matching grants to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Endowment Fund and to any public school district education foundation that meets the requirements of this section and is recognized by the local school district as its designated K-12 education foundation. Donations, state matching funds, or proceeds from endowments established pursuant to this section shall be used at the discretion of the public school district education foundation or the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind for academic achievement within the school district or school, and shall not be expended for the construction of facilities or for the support of interscholastic athletics. No public school district education foundation or the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind shall accept or purchase facilities for which the state will be asked for operating funds unless the Legislature has granted prior approval for such acquisition.
(2) ALLOCATION OF THE TRUST FUND.Funds appropriated to the Florida Academic Improvement Trust Fund shall be allocated by the Department of Education in the following manner:
(a) For every year in which there is a legislative appropriation to the trust fund, an equal amount of the annual appropriation, to be determined by dividing the total legislative appropriation by the number of local education foundations as well as the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, must be reserved for each public school district education foundation and the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Endowment Fund to provide each foundation and the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind with an opportunity to receive and match appropriated funds. Trust funds that remain unmatched by contribution on April 1 of any year shall be made available for matching by any public school district education foundation and by the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind which shall have an opportunity to apply for excess trust funds prior to the award of such funds.
(b) Matching grants shall be proportionately allocated from the trust fund on the basis of matching each $4 of state funds with $6 of private funds. To be eligible for matching, a minimum of $4,500 must be raised from private sources.
(c) Funds sufficient to provide the match shall be transferred from the state trust fund to the public school education foundation or to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Endowment Fund upon notification that a proportionate amount has been received and deposited by the foundation or school into its own trust fund.
(d) If the total of the amounts to be distributed in any quarter pursuant to this subsection exceeds the amount of funds remaining from specific appropriations made for the implementation of this section, all grants shall be proportionately reduced so that the total of matching grants distributed does not exceed available appropriations.
(3) GRANT ADMINISTRATION.
(a) Each public school district education foundation and the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind participating in the Florida Academic Improvement Trust Fund shall separately account for all funds received pursuant to this section, and may establish its own academic improvement trust fund as a depository for the private contributions, state matching funds, and earnings on investments of such funds. State matching funds shall be transferred to the public school district education foundation or to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Endowment Fund upon notification that the foundation or school has received and deposited private contributions that meet the criteria for matching as provided in this section. The public school district education foundations and the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind are responsible for the maintenance, investment, and administration of their academic improvement trust funds.
(b) The public school district education foundations and the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind shall be responsible for soliciting and receiving contributions to be deposited and matched with grants for academic achievement within the school district or school.
(c) Each public school district education foundation and the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind shall be responsible for proper expenditure of the funds received pursuant to this section.
History.s. 670, ch. 2002-387; s. 121, ch. 2013-18.
1011.77 Special laws and general laws of local application prohibited.
(1) Pursuant to s. 11(a)(21), Art. III of the State Constitution, the Legislature hereby prohibits special laws and general laws of local application pertaining to:
(a) The assessment or collection of taxes for school purposes insofar as it may affect the distribution of state funds, including the determination of millages therefor, the extension of time therefor, relief of tax officers from due performance of their duties, and relief of their sureties from liability.
(b) The Florida Education Finance Program as enacted in 1973 or as subsequently amended.
(2) The department shall determine whether any district has received additional funds subsequent to June 30, 1973, as a result of any special law or general law of local application described in subsection (1) and shall deduct an amount equal to any such additional funds from allocations to that district.
History.s. 671, ch. 2002-387.
PART III
FUNDING FOR WORKFORCE EDUCATION
1011.80 Funds for operation of workforce education programs.
1011.801 Workforce Development Capitalization Incentive Grant Program.
1011.80 Funds for operation of workforce education programs.
(1) As used in this section, the terms “workforce education” and “workforce education program” include:
(a) Adult general education programs designed to improve the employability skills of the state’s workforce as defined in s. 1004.02(3).
(b) Career certificate programs, as defined in s. 1004.02(20).
(c) Applied technology diploma programs.
(d) Continuing workforce education courses.
(e) Degree career education programs.
(f) Apprenticeship and preapprenticeship programs as defined in s. 446.021.
(2) Any workforce education program may be conducted by a Florida College System institution or a school district, except that college credit in an associate in applied science or an associate in science degree may be awarded only by a Florida College System institution. However, if an associate in applied science or an associate in science degree program contains within it an occupational completion point that confers a certificate or an applied technology diploma, that portion of the program may be conducted by a school district career center. Any instruction designed to articulate to a degree program is subject to guidelines and standards adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to s. 1007.25.
(3) If a program for disabled adults pursuant to s. 1004.93 is a workforce program as defined in law, it must be funded as provided in this section.
(4) Funding for all workforce education programs must be based on cost categories, performance output measures, and performance outcome measures.
(a) The cost categories must be calculated to identify high-cost programs, medium-cost programs, and low-cost programs. The cost analysis used to calculate and assign a program of study to a cost category must include at least both direct and indirect instructional costs, consumable supplies, equipment, and standard program length.
(b) The performance output measure for an adult general education course of study is measurable improvement in student skills. This measure shall include improvement in literacy skills, grade level improvement as measured by an approved test, or attainment of a State of Florida diploma or an adult high school diploma.
(c) The performance outcome measures for adult general education programs are associated with placement and retention of students after reaching a completion point or completing a program of study. These measures include placement or retention in employment. Continuing postsecondary education at a level that will further enhance employment is a performance outcome for adult general education programs.
(5) State funding and student fees for workforce education instruction shall be established as follows:
(a) Expenditures for the continuing workforce education programs provided by the Florida College System institutions or school districts must be fully supported by fees. Enrollments in continuing workforce education courses shall not be counted for purposes of funding full-time equivalent enrollment.
(b) For all other workforce education programs, state funding shall equal 75 percent of the average cost of instruction with the remaining 25 percent made up from student fees. Fees for courses within a program shall not vary according to the cost of the individual program, but instead shall be based on a uniform fee calculated and set at the state level, as adopted by the State Board of Education, unless otherwise specified in the General Appropriations Act.
(c) For fee-exempt students pursuant to s. 1009.25, unless otherwise provided for in law, state funding shall equal 100 percent of the average cost of instruction.
(d) For a public educational institution that has been fully funded by an external agency for direct instructional costs of any course or program, the FTE generated shall not be reported for state funding.
(6)(a) A school district or a Florida College System institution that provides workforce education programs shall receive funds in accordance with distributions for base and performance funding established by the Legislature in the General Appropriations Act. To ensure equitable funding for all school district workforce education programs and to recognize enrollment growth, the Department of Education shall use the funding model developed by the District Workforce Education Funding Steering Committee to determine each district’s workforce education funding needs. To assist the Legislature in allocating workforce education funds in the General Appropriations Act, the funding model shall annually be provided to the legislative appropriations committees no later than March 1.
(b) Performance funding for industry certifications for school district workforce education programs is contingent upon specific appropriation in the General Appropriations Act and shall be determined as follows:
1. Occupational areas for which industry certifications may be earned, as established in the General Appropriations Act, are eligible for performance funding. Priority shall be given to the occupational areas emphasized in state, national, or corporate grants provided to Florida educational institutions.
2. The Chancellor of Career and Adult Education shall identify the industry certifications eligible for funding on the Postsecondary Industry Certification Funding List approved by the State Board of Education pursuant to s. 1008.44, based on the occupational areas specified in the General Appropriations Act.
3. Each school district shall be provided $1,000 for each industry certification earned by a workforce education student. The maximum amount of funding appropriated for performance funding pursuant to this paragraph shall be limited to $15 million annually. If funds are insufficient to fully fund the calculated total award, such funds shall be prorated.
(c) A program is established to assist school districts and Florida College System institutions in responding to the needs of new and expanding businesses and thereby strengthening the state’s workforce and economy. The program may be funded in the General Appropriations Act. The district or Florida College System institution shall use the program to provide customized training for businesses which satisfies the requirements of s. 288.047. Business firms whose employees receive the customized training must provide 50 percent of the cost of the training. Balances remaining in the program at the end of the fiscal year shall not revert to the general fund, but shall be carried over for 1 additional year and used for the purpose of serving incumbent worker training needs of area businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Priority shall be given to businesses that must increase or upgrade their use of technology to remain competitive.
(7)(a) A school district or Florida College System institution that receives workforce education funds must use the money to benefit the workforce education programs it provides. The money may be used for equipment upgrades, program expansions, or any other use that would result in workforce education program improvement. The district school board or Florida College System institution board of trustees may not withhold any portion of the performance funding for indirect costs.
(b) State funds provided for the operation of postsecondary workforce programs may not be expended for the education of state or federal inmates.
(8) The State Board of Education and Workforce Florida, Inc., shall provide the Legislature with recommended formulas, criteria, timeframes, and mechanisms for distributing performance funds. The commissioner shall consolidate the recommendations and develop a consensus proposal for funding. The Legislature shall adopt a formula and distribute the performance funds to the State Board of Education for Florida College System institutions and school districts through the General Appropriations Act. These recommendations shall be based on formulas that would discourage low-performing or low-demand programs and encourage through performance-funding awards:
(a) Programs that prepare people to enter high-wage occupations identified by the Workforce Estimating Conference created by s. 216.136 and other programs as approved by Workforce Florida, Inc. At a minimum, performance incentives shall be calculated for adults who reach completion points or complete programs that lead to specified high-wage employment and to their placement in that employment.
(b) Programs that successfully prepare adults who are eligible for public assistance, economically disadvantaged, disabled, not proficient in English, or dislocated workers for high-wage occupations. At a minimum, performance incentives shall be calculated at an enhanced value for the completion of adults identified in this paragraph and job placement of such adults upon completion. In addition, adjustments may be made in payments for job placements for areas of high unemployment.
(c) Programs that are specifically designed to be consistent with the workforce needs of private enterprise and regional economic development strategies, as defined in guidelines set by Workforce Florida, Inc. Workforce Florida, Inc., shall develop guidelines to identify such needs and strategies based on localized research of private employers and economic development practitioners.
(d) Programs identified by Workforce Florida, Inc., as increasing the effectiveness and cost efficiency of education.
(9) School districts shall report full-time equivalent students by discipline category for the programs specified in subsection (1). There shall be an annual cost analysis for the school district workforce education programs that reports cost by discipline category consistent with the reporting for full-time equivalent students. The annual financial reports submitted by the school districts must accurately report on the student fee revenues by fee type according to the programs specified in subsection (1). The Department of Education shall develop a plan for comparable reporting of program, student, facility, personnel, and financial data between the Florida College System institutions and the school district workforce education programs.
(10) A high school student dually enrolled under s. 1007.271 in a workforce education program operated by a Florida College System institution or school district career center generates the amount calculated for workforce education funding, including any payment of performance funding, and the proportional share of full-time equivalent enrollment generated through the Florida Education Finance Program for the student’s enrollment in a high school. If a high school student is dually enrolled in a Florida College System institution program, including a program conducted at a high school, the Florida College System institution earns the funds generated for workforce education funding, and the school district earns the proportional share of full-time equivalent funding from the Florida Education Finance Program. If a student is dually enrolled in a career center operated by the same district as the district in which the student attends high school, that district earns the funds generated for workforce education funding and also earns the proportional share of full-time equivalent funding from the Florida Education Finance Program. If a student is dually enrolled in a workforce education program provided by a career center operated by a different school district, the funds must be divided between the two school districts proportionally from the two funding sources. A student may not be reported for funding in a dual enrollment workforce education program unless the student has completed the basic skills assessment pursuant to s. 1004.91. A student who is coenrolled in a K-12 education program and an adult education program may be reported for purposes of funding in an adult education program. If a student is coenrolled in core curricula courses for credit recovery or dropout prevention purposes and does not have a pattern of excessive absenteeism or habitual truancy or a history of disruptive behavior in school, the student may be reported for funding for up to two courses per year. Such a student is exempt from the payment of the block tuition for adult general education programs provided in s. 1009.22(3)(c). The Department of Education shall develop a list of courses to be designated as core curricula courses for the purposes of coenrollment.
(11) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to administer this section.
History.s. 673, ch. 2002-387; s. 12, ch. 2004-271; s. 7, ch. 2004-357; s. 25, ch. 2010-155; s. 174, ch. 2011-5; s. 35, ch. 2011-63; s. 36, ch. 2012-134; s. 58, ch. 2013-27; s. 188, ch. 2014-17; s. 90, ch. 2014-39.
1011.801 Workforce Development Capitalization Incentive Grant Program.The Legislature recognizes that the need for school districts and Florida College System institutions to be able to respond to emerging local or statewide economic development needs is critical to the workforce development system. The Workforce Development Capitalization Incentive Grant Program is created to provide grants to school districts and Florida College System institutions on a competitive basis to fund some or all of the costs associated with the creation or expansion of workforce development programs that serve specific employment workforce needs.
(1) Funds awarded for a workforce development capitalization incentive grant may be used for instructional equipment, laboratory equipment, supplies, personnel, student services, or other expenses associated with the creation or expansion of a workforce development program. Expansion of a program may include either the expansion of enrollments in a program or expansion into new areas of specialization within a program. No grant funds may be used for recurring instructional costs or for institutions’ indirect costs.
(2) The State Board of Education shall accept applications from school districts or Florida College System institutions for workforce development capitalization incentive grants. Applications from school districts or Florida College System institutions shall contain projected enrollments and projected costs for the new or expanded workforce development program. The State Board of Education, in consultation with the Workforce Florida, Inc., shall review and rank each application for a grant according to subsection (3) and shall submit to the Legislature a list in priority order of applications recommended for a grant award.
(3) The State Board of Education shall give highest priority to programs that train people to enter high-skill, high-wage occupations identified by the Workforce Estimating Conference and other programs approved by Workforce Florida, Inc.; programs that train people to enter occupations under the welfare transition program; or programs that train for the workforce adults who are eligible for public assistance, economically disadvantaged, disabled, not proficient in English, or dislocated workers. The State Board of Education shall consider the statewide geographic dispersion of grant funds in ranking the applications and shall give priority to applications from education agencies that are making maximum use of their workforce development funding by offering high-performing, high-demand programs.
History.s. 674, ch. 2002-387; s. 175, ch. 2011-5.
PART IV
FUNDING FOR FLORIDA COLLEGE SYSTEM
INSTITUTIONS
1011.81 Florida College System Program Fund.
1011.82 Requirements for participation in Florida College System Program Fund.
1011.83 Financial support of Florida College System institutions.
1011.84 Procedure for determining state financial support and annual apportionment of state funds to each Florida College System institution district.
1011.85 Dr. Philip Benjamin Matching Grant Program for Florida College System Institutions.
1011.86 Educational leadership enhancement grants.
1011.81 Florida College System Program Fund.
(1) There is established a Florida College System Program Fund. This fund shall comprise all appropriations made by the Legislature for the support of the current operating program and shall be apportioned and distributed to the Florida College System institution districts of the state on the basis of procedures established by law and rules of the State Board of Education. The annual apportionment for each Florida College System institution district shall be distributed monthly in payments as nearly equal as possible.
(2) Performance funding for industry certifications for Florida College System institutions is contingent upon specific appropriation in the General Appropriations Act and shall be determined as follows:
(a) Occupational areas for which industry certifications may be earned, as established in the General Appropriations Act, are eligible for performance funding. Priority shall be given to the occupational areas emphasized in state, national, or corporate grants provided to Florida educational institutions.
(b) The Chancellor of the Florida College System shall identify the industry certifications eligible for funding on the Postsecondary Industry Certification Funding List approved by the State Board of Education pursuant to s. 1008.44, based on the occupational areas specified in the General Appropriations Act.
(c) Each Florida College System institution shall be provided $1,000 for each industry certification earned by a student. The maximum amount of funding appropriated for performance funding pursuant to this subsection shall be limited to $15 million annually. If funds are insufficient to fully fund the calculated total award, such funds shall be prorated.
(3) None of the funds made available in the Florida College System Program Fund, or funds made available to Florida College System institutions outside the Florida College System Program Fund, may be used to implement, organize, direct, coordinate, or administer, or to support the implementation, organization, direction, coordination, or administration of, activities related to, or involving, travel to a terrorist state. For purposes of this section, “terrorist state” is defined as any state, country, or nation designated by the United States Department of State as a state sponsor of terrorism.
(4) State funds provided for the Florida College System Program Fund may not be expended for the education of state or federal inmates.
History.s. 676, ch. 2002-387; s. 1, ch. 2006-54; s. 176, ch. 2011-5; s. 36, ch. 2011-63; s. 99, ch. 2012-5; s. 59, ch. 2013-27.
1011.82 Requirements for participation in Florida College System Program Fund.Each Florida College System institution district which participates in the state appropriations for the Florida College System Program Fund shall provide evidence of its effort to maintain an adequate Florida College System institution program which shall:
(1) Meet the minimum standards prescribed by the State Board of Education in accordance with s. 1001.02(6).
(2) Effectively fulfill the mission of the Florida College System institutions in accordance with s. 1004.65.
History.s. 677, ch. 2002-387; s. 157, ch. 2007-217; s. 177, ch. 2011-5.
1011.83 Financial support of Florida College System institutions.
(1) Each Florida College System institution that has been approved by the Department of Education and meets the requirements of law and rules of the State Board of Education shall participate in the Florida College System Program Fund. However, funds to support workforce education programs conducted by Florida College System institutions shall be provided pursuant to s. 1011.80.
(2) A student in a baccalaureate degree program approved pursuant to s. 1007.33 who is not classified as a resident for tuition purposes pursuant to s. 1009.21 may not be included in calculations of full-time equivalent enrollments for state funding purposes.
History.s. 678, ch. 2002-387; s. 9, ch. 2004-357; s. 9, ch. 2007-246; s. 31, ch. 2009-60; s. 26, ch. 2010-155; s. 178, ch. 2011-5.
1011.84 Procedure for determining state financial support and annual apportionment of state funds to each Florida College System institution district.The procedure for determining state financial support and the annual apportionment to each Florida College System institution district authorized to operate a Florida College System institution under the provisions of s. 1001.61 shall be as follows:
(1) DETERMINING THE AMOUNT TO BE INCLUDED IN THE FLORIDA COLLEGE SYSTEM PROGRAM FUND FOR THE CURRENT OPERATING PROGRAM.
(a) The Department of Education shall determine annually from an analysis of operating costs, prepared in the manner prescribed by rules of the State Board of Education, the costs per full-time equivalent student served in courses and fields of study offered in Florida College System institutions. This information and current college operating budgets shall be submitted to the Executive Office of the Governor with the legislative budget request prior to each regular session of the Legislature.
(b) The allocation of funds for Florida College System institutions shall be based on advanced and professional disciplines, developmental education, and other programs for adults funded pursuant to s. 1011.80.
(c) The category of lifelong learning is for students enrolled pursuant to s. 1004.93. A student shall also be reported as a lifelong learning student for his or her enrollment in any course that he or she has previously taken, unless it is a credit course in which the student earned a grade of D or F.
(d) If an adult student has been determined to be a disabled student eligible for an approved educational program for disabled adults provided pursuant to s. 1004.93 and rules of the State Board of Education and is enrolled in a class with curriculum frameworks developed for the program, state funding for that student shall be provided at a level double that of a student enrolled in a special adult general education program provided by a Florida College System institution.
(e) All state inmate education provided by Florida College System institutions shall be reported by program, FTE expenditure, and revenue source. These enrollments, expenditures, and revenues shall be reported and projected separately. Instruction of state inmates shall not be included in the full-time equivalent student enrollment for funding through the Florida College System Program Fund.
(f) When a public educational institution has been fully funded by an external agency for direct instructional costs of any course or program, the FTE generated shall not be reported for state funding.
(g) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to implement s. 9(d)(8)f., Art. XII of the State Constitution. These rules shall provide for the use of the funds available under s. 9(d)(8)f., Art. XII by an individual Florida College System institution for operating expense in any fiscal year during which the State Board of Education has determined that all major capital outlay needs have been met. Highest priority for the use of these funds for purposes other than financing approved capital outlay projects shall be for the proper maintenance and repair of existing facilities for projects approved by the State Board of Education. However, in any fiscal year in which funds from this source are authorized for operating expense other than approved maintenance and repair projects, the allocation of Florida College System institution program funds shall be reduced by an amount equal to the sum used for such operating expense for that Florida College System institution that year, and that amount shall not be released or allocated among the other Florida College System institutions that year.
(2) DETERMINING THE AMOUNT TO BE INCLUDED FOR CAPITAL OUTLAY AND DEBT SERVICE.The amount included for capital outlay and debt service shall be as determined and provided in s. 18, Art. XII of the State Constitution of 1885, as adopted by s. 9(d), Art. XII of the 1968 revised State Constitution and State Board of Education rules.
(3) DETERMINING THE APPORTIONMENT FROM STATE FUNDS.
(a) By December 15 of each year, the Department of Education shall estimate the annual enrollment of each Florida College System institution for the current fiscal year and for the 3 subsequent fiscal years. These estimates shall be based upon prior years’ enrollments, upon the initial fall term enrollments for the current fiscal year for each college, and upon each college’s estimated current enrollment and demographic changes in the respective Florida College System institution districts. Upper-division enrollment shall be estimated separately from lower-division enrollment.
(b) The apportionment to each Florida College System institution from the Florida College System Program Fund shall be determined annually in the General Appropriations Act. In determining each college’s apportionment, the Legislature shall consider the following components:
1. Base budget, which includes the state appropriation to the Florida College System Program Fund in the current year plus the related student tuition and out-of-state fees assigned in the current General Appropriations Act.
2. The cost-to-continue allocation, which consists of incremental changes to the base budget, including salaries, price levels, and other related costs allocated through a funding model approved by the Legislature which may recognize differing economic factors arising from the individual educational approaches of the various Florida College System institutions, including, but not limited to:
a. Direct Instructional Funding, including class size, faculty productivity factors, average faculty salary, ratio of full-time to part-time faculty, costs of programs, and enrollment factors.
b. Academic Support, including small colleges factor, multicampus factor, and enrollment factor.
c. Student Services Support, including headcount of students as well as FTE count and enrollment factors.
d. Library Support, including volume and other materials/audiovisual requirements.
e. Special Projects.
f. Operations and Maintenance of Plant, including square footage and utilization factors.
g. District Cost Differential.
3. Students enrolled in a recreation and leisure program and students enrolled in a lifelong learning program who may not be counted as full-time equivalent enrollments for purposes of enrollment workload adjustments.
4. Operating costs of new facilities adjustments, which shall be provided, from funds available, for each new facility that is owned by the college and is recommended in accordance with s. 1013.31.
5. New and improved program enhancements, which shall be determined by the Legislature.

Student fees in the base budget plus student fee revenues generated by increases in fee rates shall be deducted from the sum of the components determined in subparagraphs 1.-5. The amount remaining shall be the net annual state apportionment to each college.

(c) No Florida College System institution shall commit funds for the employment of personnel or resources in excess of those required to continue the same level of support for either the previously approved enrollment or the revised enrollment, whichever is lower.
(d) The apportionment to each Florida College System institution district for capital outlay and debt service shall be the amount determined in accordance with subsection (2). This amount, less any amount determined as necessary for administrative expense by the State Board of Education and any amount necessary for debt service on bonds issued by the State Board of Education, shall be transmitted to the Florida College System institution board of trustees to be expended in a manner prescribed by rules of the State Board of Education.
(e) If at any time the unencumbered balance in the general fund of the Florida College System institution board of trustees approved operating budget goes below 5 percent, the president shall provide written notification to the State Board of Education.
(f) Expenditures for apprenticeship programs shall be reported separately.
(g) Expenditures for upper-division enrollment in a Florida College System institution that grants baccalaureate degrees shall be reported separately from expenditures for lower-division enrollment, in accordance with law and State Board of Education rule.
(4) EXPENDITURE OF ALLOCATED FUNDS.Any funds allocated herein to any Florida College System institution shall be expended only for the purpose of supporting that Florida College System institution.
(5) REPORT OF DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION.Each Florida College System institution board of trustees shall report, as a separate item in its annual cost accounting system, the volume and cost of developmental education options provided to help students attain the communication and computation skills that are essential for college-level work pursuant to s. 1008.30.
History.s. 679, ch. 2002-387; s. 13, ch. 2004-271; s. 27, ch. 2010-155; s. 179, ch. 2011-5; s. 37, ch. 2013-51.
1011.85 Dr. Philip Benjamin Matching Grant Program for Florida College System Institutions.
(1) There is created the Dr. Philip Benjamin Matching Grant Program for Florida College System Institutions as a single matching gifts program that encompasses the goals originally set out in the Academic Improvement Program, the Scholarship Matching Program, and the Health Care Education Quality Enhancement Challenge Grant. The program shall be administered according to rules of the State Board of Education and used to encourage private support in enhancing Florida College System institutions by providing the Florida College System with the opportunity to receive and match challenge grants. Funds received prior to the effective date of this act for each of the three programs shall be retained in the separate account for which it was designated.
(2) Each Florida College System institution board of trustees receiving state appropriations under this program shall approve each gift to ensure alignment with the unique mission of the Florida College System institution. The board of trustees must link all requests for a state match to the goals and mission statement. The Florida College System Institution Foundation Board receiving state appropriations under this program shall approve each gift to ensure alignment with its goals and mission statement. Funds received from community events and festivals are not eligible for state matching funds under this program.
(3) Upon approval by the Florida College System institution board of trustees and the State Board of Education, the ordering of donations for priority listing of unmatched gifts should be determined by the submitting Florida College System institution.
(4) Each year, eligible contributions received by a Florida College System institution’s foundation or the State Board of Education by February 1 shall be eligible for state matching funds.
(a) Each Florida College System institution board of trustees and, when applicable, the Florida College System Institution Foundation Board, receiving state appropriations under this program shall also certify in an annual report to the State Board of Education the receipt of eligible cash contributions that were previously unmatched by the state. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules providing all Florida College System institutions with an opportunity to apply for excess funds before the awarding of such funds.
(b) Florida College System institutions must submit to the State Board of Education an annual expenditure report tracking the use of all matching funds.
(c) The audit of each foundation receiving state funds from this program must include a certification of accuracy in the amount reported for matching funds.
(5) The matching ratio for donations that are specifically designated to support scholarships, including scholarships for first-generation-in-college students, student loans, or need-based grants shall be $1 of state funds to $1 of local private funds.
(6) Otherwise, funds shall be proportionately allocated to the Florida College System institutions on the basis of matching each $6 of local or private funds with $4 of state funds. To be eligible, a minimum of $4,500 must be raised from private sources.
(7) The Florida College System institution board of trustees, in conjunction with the donor, shall make the determination of whether scholarships established pursuant to this program are endowed.
(8)(a) Funds sufficient to provide the match shall be transferred from the state appropriations to the local Florida College System institution foundation or the statewide Florida College System institution foundation upon notification that a proportionate amount has been received and deposited by a Florida College System institution in its own trust fund.
(b) If state funds appropriated for the program are insufficient to match contributions, the amount allocated shall be reduced in proportion to its share of the total eligible contributions. However, in making proportional reductions, every Florida College System institution shall receive a minimum of $75,000 in state matching funds if its eligible contributions would have generated an amount at least equal to $75,000. All unmet contributions shall be eligible for state matching funds in subsequent fiscal years.
(9) Each Florida College System institution entity shall establish its own matching grant program fund as a depository for the private contributions and matching state funds provided under this section. Florida College System institution foundations are responsible for the maintenance, investment, and administration of their matching grant program funds.
(10) The State Board of Education may receive submissions of requests for matching funds and documentation relating to those requests, may approve requests for matching funds, and may allocate such funds to the Florida College System institutions.
(11) The board of trustees of the Florida College System institution and the State Board of Education are responsible for determining the uses for the proceeds of their respective trust funds. Such use of the proceeds shall include, but not be limited to, expenditure of the funds for:
(a) Scientific and technical equipment.
(b) Scholarships, loans, or need-based grants.
(c) Other activities that will benefit future students as well as students currently enrolled at the Florida College System institution, will improve the quality of education at the Florida College System institution, or will enhance economic development in the community.
(12) Each Florida College System institution shall notify all donors of private funds of a substantial delay in the availability of state matching funds for this program.
(13) Effective July 1, 2011, state matching funds are temporarily suspended for donations received for this program on or after June 30, 2011. Existing eligible donations remain eligible for future matching funds. The program may be restarted after $200 million of the backlog for programs under this section and ss. 1011.32, 1011.94, and 1013.79 have been matched.
History.s. 680, ch. 2002-387; s. 4, ch. 2006-73; s. 32, ch. 2009-60; s. 180, ch. 2011-5; s. 37, ch. 2011-63.
1011.86 Educational leadership enhancement grants.
(1) State universities and Florida College System institutions may submit proposals for educational leadership enhancement grants to the Commissioner of Education. Proposals shall be funded competitively.
(2) To be eligible for funding, proposals must create programs designed to strengthen the academic and professional coursework or executive management preparation of women and minorities.
(3) Each proposal must include specific measurable goals and objectives.
(4) The State Board of Education may adopt any rules necessary to implement the provisions of this grant program.
(5) The grant program shall be implemented to the extent funded in the General Appropriations Act.
History.s. 681, ch. 2002-387; s. 181, ch. 2011-5.
PART V
FUNDING FOR UNIVERSITIES
1011.90 State university funding.
1011.905 Performance funding for state universities.
1011.91 Additional appropriation.
1011.94 University Major Gifts Program.
1011.90 State university funding.
(1) Planned enrollments for each university as accepted or modified by the Legislature and program cost categories shall be the basis for the allocation of appropriated funds to the universities.
(2) In addition to enrollment-based appropriations, categorical programs shall be established in universities which are not directly related to planned student enrollment. Such programs shall be based upon the assigned missions of the institutions and shall include, but not be limited to, research and public service programs and authority to spend fee revenues collected pursuant to subsection (5) and s. 1009.24. Appropriations by the Legislature and allocations to universities shall be based upon full costs, as determined pursuant to subsection (1), and priorities established by the Legislature.
(3) The Legislature by line item in an appropriations act may identify programs of extraordinary quality for the utilization of state funds to be matched by nonstate and nonfederal sources.
(4) The Board of Governors shall establish and validate a cost-estimating system consistent with the requirements of subsection (1) and shall report as part of its legislative budget request the actual expenditures for the fiscal year ending the previous June 30. Expenditure analysis, operating budgets, and annual financial statements of each university must be prepared using the standard financial reporting procedures and formats prescribed by the Board of Governors. These formats shall be the same as used for the 2000-2001 fiscal year reports. Any revisions to these financial and reporting procedures and formats must be approved by the Executive Office of the Governor and the appropriations committees of the Legislature jointly under the provisions of s. 216.023(3). The Board of Governors shall continue to collect and maintain at a minimum management information existing on June 30, 2002. The expenditure analysis report shall include total expenditures from all sources for the general operation of the university and shall be in such detail as needed to support the legislative budget request.
(5) If the actual enrollment for any university is less than planned enrollment by more than 5 percent for any 2 consecutive fiscal years, the university enrollment plan for the next year shall be reduced. If actual enrollment exceeds planned enrollment by more than 5 percent, an explanation of the excess shall be provided with the next year’s enrollment plan. The analysis of enrollment conducted for implementing this subsection shall be based on the categories of enrollment used in the education and general appropriation.
(6) None of the state or nonstate funds made available to state universities may be used to implement, organize, direct, coordinate, or administer, or to support the implementation, organization, direction, coordination, or administration of, activities related to or involving travel to a terrorist state. For purposes of this section, “terrorist state” is defined as any state, country, or nation designated by the United States Department of State as a state sponsor of terrorism.
History.s. 683, ch. 2002-387; s. 2, ch. 2006-54; s. 158, ch. 2007-217; s. 26, ch. 2010-78.
1011.905 Performance funding for state universities.
(1) State performance funds for the State University System shall be based on indicators of system and institutional attainment of performance expectations. For the 2012-2013 through at least the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the Board of Governors shall review and rank each state university that applies for performance funding, as provided in the General Appropriations Act, based on the following formula:
(a) Twenty-five percent of a state university’s score shall be based on the percentage of employed graduates who have earned degrees which have a primary focus in the following programs:
1. For the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 fiscal years:
a. Computer and information science;
b. Computer engineering;
c. Information systems technology;
d. Information technology; and
e. Management information systems.

The 2012-2013 award recipients shall receive the same award for 2013-2014.

2. For the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 fiscal years, high-demand programs of emphasis determined by the Board of Governors using the gap-analysis data required by s. 1001.706(5).
3. For the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 fiscal years, a master’s degree in cloud virtualization technology and related large data management.
(b) Twenty-five percent of a state university’s score shall be based on the percentage of graduates who have earned baccalaureate degrees in the programs in paragraph (a) and who have earned industry certifications identified on the Postsecondary Industry Certification Funding List approved by the State Board of Education pursuant to s. 1008.44 in a related field from a Florida College System institution or state university prior to graduation.
(c) Fifty percent of a state university’s score shall be based on factors determined by the Board of Governors which relate to increasing the probability that graduates who have earned degrees in the programs described in paragraph (a) will be employed in high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand employment.
(2) The submission from a state university that has the highest score shall be ranked first, with each remaining submission from a state university ranked sequentially by score.
(3)(a) Each year, the Board of Governors shall award up to $15 million to the highest-ranked state universities in support of each program identified in paragraph (1)(a) from funds appropriated for the purposes in this section and as specified in the General Appropriations Act. The award per state university shall be a minimum of 25 percent of the total amount appropriated pursuant to this section.
(b) The funds shall be awarded to the department of the state university which offers the degrees described in paragraph (1)(a).
(c) The funds may not be used to supplant funding for the degree programs described in paragraph (1)(a).
(4) By December 31 of each year funds are appropriated for performance funding, the Board of Governors shall submit a report containing the rankings and award distributions to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
History.s. 14, ch. 2012-195; s. 60, ch. 2013-27.
1011.91 Additional appropriation.
(1) Except as otherwise provided in the General Appropriations Act, all moneys received by universities, from student fees authorized in s. 1009.24, from federal sources, from private sources, and from vending machine collections, are hereby appropriated to the use of the respective universities collecting same, to be expended as the university board of trustees may direct; however, the funds shall not be expended except in pursuance of detailed budgets filed with the Board of Governors and shall not be expended for the construction or reconstruction of buildings except as provided under s. 1013.74.
(2) All moneys received from vending machine collections by a state university shall be expended only as set forth in detailed budgets approved by the university’s board of trustees.
(3)(a) All moneys received by universities for the Auxiliary Enterprises and Contracts, Grants and Donations budget entities, and the self-insurance program authorized in s. 1004.24, shall be exempt from the requirements of s. 216.023.
(b) No new state appropriation shall be obligated as a source of matching funds for potential federal or private contracts or grants. Upon the termination of any federal or private contracts or grants, the state shall not be obligated to provide continued funding for personnel or project costs related to such contracts or grants.
History.s. 684, ch. 2002-387; s. 159, ch. 2007-217.
1011.94 University Major Gifts Program.
(1) There is established a University Major Gifts Program. The purpose of the program is to enable each university to provide donors with an incentive in the form of matching grants for donations for the establishment of permanent endowments and sales tax exemption matching funds received pursuant to s. 212.08(5)(j), which must be invested, with the proceeds of the investment used to support libraries and instruction and research programs, as defined by the Board of Governors.
(2) The Board of Governors shall specify the process for submission, documentation, and approval of requests for matching funds, accountability for endowments and proceeds of endowments, allocations to universities, restrictions on the use of the proceeds from endowments, and criteria used in determining the value of donations.
(3)(a) The Board of Governors shall allocate the amount appropriated to each university based on the amount of the donation and the restrictions applied to the donation.
(b) Donations for a specific purpose must be matched in the following manner:
1. Each university that raises at least $100,000 but no more than $599,999 from a private source must receive a matching grant equal to 50 percent of the private contribution.
2. Each university that raises a contribution of at least $600,000 but no more than $1 million from a private source must receive a matching grant equal to 70 percent of the private contribution.
3. Each university that raises a contribution in excess of $1 million but no more than $1.5 million from a private source must receive a matching grant equal to 75 percent of the private contribution.
4. Each university that raises a contribution in excess of $1.5 million but no more than $2 million from a private source must receive a matching grant equal to 80 percent of the private contribution.
5. Each university that raises a contribution in excess of $2 million from a private source must receive a matching grant equal to 100 percent of the private contribution.
(c) The Board of Governors shall encumber state matching funds for any pledged contributions, pro rata, based on the requirements for state matching funds as specified for the particular challenge grant and the amount of the private donations actually received by the university for the respective challenge grant.
(4) Matching funds may be provided for contributions encumbered or pledged under the Eminent Scholars Act prior to July 1, 1994, and for donations or pledges of any amount equal to or in excess of the prescribed minimums which are pledged for the purpose of this section.
(5)(a) Each university foundation shall establish a challenge grant account for each challenge grant as a depository for private contributions and state matching funds to be administered on behalf of the Board of Governors or the university. State matching funds must be transferred to a university foundation upon notification that the university has received and deposited the amount specified in this section in a foundation challenge grant account.
(b) The foundation serving a university has the responsibility for the maintenance and investment of its challenge grant account and for the administration of the program on behalf of the university, pursuant to procedures specified by the Board of Governors. Each foundation shall include in its annual report to the Board of Governors information concerning collection and investment of matching gifts and donations and investment of the account.
(c) A donation of at least $600,000 and associated state matching funds may be used to designate an Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair pursuant to procedures specified by the Board of Governors.
(6) The donations, state matching funds, or proceeds from endowments established under this section may not be expended for the construction, renovation, or maintenance of facilities or for the support of intercollegiate athletics.
(7) Each university shall notify all donors of private funds of a substantial delay in the availability of state matching funds for this program.
(8) Effective July 1, 2011, state matching funds are temporarily suspended for donations received for this program on or after June 30, 2011. Existing eligible donations remain eligible for future matching funds. The program may be restarted after $200 million of the backlog for programs under this section and ss. 1011.32, 1011.85, and 1013.79 have been matched.
History.s. 11, ch. 2002-265; s. 686, ch. 2002-387; s. 125, ch. 2003-1; s. 1974, ch. 2003-261; s. 11, ch. 2005-56; s. 2, ch. 2007-18; s. 160, ch. 2007-217; s. 33, ch. 2009-60; s. 38, ch. 2011-63.