Legislative Publications & Updates


2020 Education Legislation

House Bill 37 – School Bus Safety

Representative Zika, Representative Slosberg, and State Affairs Committee
Signed June 20, 2020 | Effective January 1, 2021

Increases the minimum penalties for violations related to the illegal passing of stopped school buses.

View the Full Bill Summary of House Bill 37 (PDF)

Senate Bill 70 – Alert Systems in Public Schools

Appropriations and Senator Book
Signed June 30, 2020 | Effective July 1, 2020

Requires each public school in Florida to implement a mobile panic alert system capable of connecting diverse emergency services technologies to ensure real-time coordination between multiple first responders.

View the Full Bill Summary of Senate Bill 70 (PDF)

Senate Bill 72 – Higher Education

Appropriations and Senator Stargel
Signed June 29, 2020 | Effective July 1, 2020

The bill modifies requirements for higher education institutions as they relate to building projects, grant programs, academic/research standards and establishes the Florida Institute of Politics and the Adam Smith Center for the Study of Economic Freedom.

View the Full Bill Summary of Senate Bill 72 (PDF)

FDOE Memo 2020-07: Higher Education (PDF)

House Bill 81 – Health Care for Children

Representative Andrade, and Health and Human Services
Signed June 23, 2020 | Effective July 1, 2020

The bill requires the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) to release a pamphlet with information on screening for preventable childhood eye and vision disorders. In addition, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is directed to make Medicaid reimbursements to school districts for eligible school-based health services provided to any student, not just students with disabilities. The bill revises the definition of “Auditory-oral education program,” and requires a student’s individual educational plan team to include a certified listening and spoken language specialist from the student’s family’s chosen auditory-oral education program.

View the Full Bill Summary of House Bill 81 (PDF)

FDOE Memo 2020-45: Health Care for Children (PDF)

House Bill 115 – Keep Our Graduates Working Act

Representative Duran, Commerce Committee, Health Quality Subcommittee and Business and Professions Subcommittee
Signed June 29, 2020 | Effective July 1, 2020

Creates the Keep Our Graduates Working Act of 2020 and establishes that state authorities cannot deny, refuse to renew, suspend or revoke professional licenses, certificates or registrations solely because a student loan borrower is in default or is delinquent on federal or state student loans.

View the Full Bill Summary of House Bill 115 (PDF)

Senate Bill 156 – Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program

Education Committee & Senator Perry
Signed June 23, 2020 | Effective July 1, 2020

Enhances student access to early childhood music education by extending the Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program to June 30, 2022, and revises eligibility and evaluation requirements to encourage greater participation in districts and wider dissemination of findings.

View the Full Bill Summary of Senate Bill 156 (PDF)

House Bill 171 – Postsecondary Education for Certain Military Personnel

Representative Ponder, Representative Hattersley, Higher Education and Career Readiness Subcommittee
Signed June 23, 2020 | Effective upon becoming law

Requires the Board of Governors (BOG) and the State Board of Education (SBOE), in consultation with the Department of Veterans' Affairs, to create a process for the uniform award of postsecondary credit or career education clock hours to certain servicemembers and veterans of the United States Armed Forces. This includes the establishment of a workgroup of the Articulation Coordination Committee (ACC).

Requires certain military personnel transcript fees to be waived by specified postsecondary institutions.

View the Full Bill Summary of House Bill 171 (PDF)

FDOE Memo 2020-08: Postsecondary Education for Certain Military Personnel (PDF)

Senate Bill 434 – Designation of School Grades

Senator Montford
Signed June 23, 2020 | Effective July 1, 2020

Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, schools will receive credit in the College and Career Acceleration component of the school grading calculation for students who complete 300 or more clock hours of approved career dual enrollment courses.

View the Full Bill Summary of Senate Bill 434 (PDF)

House Bill 641 – Funds for the Operation of Schools

Representative Plasencia and Representative Overdorf
Signed June 23, 2020 | Effective July 1, 2020, unless otherwise provided

The bill removes the limit on the number of postsecondary credit hours that a secondary student may earn through International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) programs. The bill amends the calculation of the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP), as outlined in s. 1011.62, F.S., to provide additional funding for students who earn Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diplomas, repeals the Florida Best and Brightest Teacher and Principal Programs. The bill creates the Teacher Salary Increase Allocation, with $500 million provided in Specific Appropriation 92 in House Bill 5001 General Appropriations Act (GAA), making this the single largest teacher compensation package in the history of Florida. Additionally, ranking Florida number five in the nation for average minimum salary. The Florida Department of Education (department) may establish timeframes for the advertisement and submission of instructional materials bids for the 2020 adoption cycle.

View the Full Bill Summary of House Bill 641 (PDF)

FDOE Memo 2020-69: Teacher Salary Increase Allocation (PDF)

FDOE Memo 2020-68: Repeal of The Florida Best and Brightest Teacher/Principal Program  (PDF)

Senate Bill 646 – Intercollegiate Athlete Compensation and Rights

Senator Mayfield
Signed June 12, 2020 | Effective July 1, 2020

Allows certain college athletes in the state of Florida to be paid for their name, image, and likeness and also establishes certain regulations for their payment.

View the Full Bill Summary of Senate Bill 646 (PDF)

FDOE Memo 2020-04: Intercollegiate Athlete Compensation and Rights (PDF)

Senate Bill 662 – Education and the Military

Senator Wright
Signed June 23, 2020 | Effective July 1, 2020

Provides greater flexibility to transitioning students of military families for enrollment and certain preferential treatment. Adds to the school grading calculation Armed Services Qualification Test (ASQT) scores and Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) course participation.

View the Full Bill Summary of Senate Bill 662 (PDF)

FDOE Memo 2020-75: Education and the Military (PDF)

Senate Bill 828 – Florida ABLE Program

Senator Benacquisto
Signed April 8, 2020 | Effective upon becoming law

This bill removes the sunset provision to repeal the program.

View the Full Bill Summary of Senate Bill 828 (PDF)

House Bill 901 – Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Representative Ponder, and Higher Education and Career Readiness Subcommittee
Signed June 23, 2020 | Effective July 1, 2020

Revises the duties of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) to describe the provision of Pre-Employment Transition Services to students with disabilities within specific timelines. Modifies annual reporting requirements. Amends The Able Trust statute (s. 413.615, F.S.) regarding The Able Trust’s board membership and adds changes recommended by the Florida Department of Education’s (department) Office of Inspector General (OIG) on calculating administrative costs.

Revises requirements for individual educational plans (IEP) for students with disabilities to include a statement of measurable postsecondary education and career goals concerning Pre-Employment Transition Services.

View the Full Bill Summary of House Bill 901 (PDF)

House Bill 945 – Children's Mental Health

Representative Silvers, Representative Webb, Health and Human Services Subcommittee and the Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee
Signed June 27, 2020 | Effective July 1, 2020

 The bill requires a coordinated system of mental health care for children, the development of which is facilitated by each behavioral health managing entity. The system must integrate services provided through providers funded by the state’s child-serving systems, as well as other systems for which children and adolescents would qualify, and facilitate access by children and adolescents to needed mental health treatment and services at any point of entry.

View the Full Bill Summary of House Bill 945 (PDF)

House Bill 1213 – Educational Instruction of Historical Events

Representative Fine, Representative Caruso, Education Committee and PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee
Signed June 23, 2020 | Effective July 1, 2020

Requires the Commissioner of Education’s African American History Task Force to examine ways to include the 1920 Ocoee Election Day Riots in the required instruction on African American history. The legislation also encourages district school boards to seek opportunities to name school facilities in recognition of victims of the 1920 Ocoee Election Day Riots.

Revises the requirement to teach Holocaust education to include instruction concerning anti-Semitism; requires school districts to report Holocaust education instruction annually to the Florida Department of Education (department); requires the department to prepare and offer Holocaust education standards and curriculum; allows the department to contract to develop instructional personnel training and classroom resources; and designates the second week in November as “Holocaust Education Week.”

View the Full Bill Summary of House Bill 1213 (PDF)

House Bill 7011 – Student Athletes

Representative Massullo, Education Committee and PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee
Signed June 23, 2020 | Effective July 1, 2020

This “Zachary Martin Act” protects the well-being of students participating in extracurricular activities from exertional heat stroke by revising provisions related to automated external defibrillators (AED) on school grounds, training related to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and AEDs, Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) student athlete safety policies and specified medical evaluations.

View the Full Bill Summary of House Bill 7011 (PDF)

House Bill 7067 – K-12 Scholarship Programs

Representative Sullivan and Education Committee
Signed June 25, 2020 | Effective July 1, 2020

Revises scholarship eligibility for both the Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) program and the Florida Tax Credit (FTC) scholarship program. The bill also increases the maximum student participation in the FES and provides additional requirements for Scholarship Funding Organizations (SFO). The bill provides more educational opportunities for children from low income families to get a great education, by putting more parents in the driver’s seat to determine the best education environments for their children.

View the Full Bill Summary of House Bill 7067 (PDF)

House Bill 5001 - General Appropriations Act

Representative Cummings and Appropriations Committee
Signed June 29, 2020 | Effective July 1, 2020

HB 5003 - Implementing the 2020-2021 General Appropriations Act

Representative Cummings and Appropriations Committee
Signed June 29, 2020 | Effective July 1, 2020

Other FDOE Memos

FDOE Required Reports

Legislative Implementation Overview

  • School District Actions as a Result of Legislation Enacted in 2020 (PDF)
    The department has compiled the attached chart outlining district actions as a result of legislation enacted in 2020.
  • School District Actions as a Result of Legislation Enacted in 2019 (Excel)
    The department has compiled the attached chart outlining district actions as a result of legislation enacted in 2019.
  • 2018 Legislative Implementation Overview Chart (PDF)
    This chart represents the legislative bills that have passed during the 2018 regular legislative session that affect and/or have an impact on Education or the Agency. Included in this chart is a link to the final bill text/Chapter law and the DOE bill summary (if available). Located under the Additional Information section is DOE contact information and other DOE notifications/documents related to that legislation. This document represents bills passed by the Florida Legislature during the 2018 regular legislative session, and the action taken by the Governor.

Florida Department of Education Model Policy on Religious Expression in Public Schools

2019 Economic Security Report

Miscellaneous