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June 3, 2014 Senate Bill 1036 Summary (Nursing Education Programs)
(PDF, 35KB)
The 2014 Florida Legislature passed legislation affecting nursing education programs. The attached document provides a summary of this legislation. (NOTE: As of June 3, 2014 this bill has not been signed by the Governor.)
June 3, 2014 OPPAGA Report on Nursing Education Programs
(PDF, 681KB)
The 2009 Legislature directed OPPAGA to conduct a series of five annual reviews of the Board of Nursing’s administration of the program approval and accountability processes for nursing programs. This is the fourth report that addresses how nursing programs’ capacity, enrollment, and student outcomes have changed since the 2009 law took effect. OPPAGA will issue one more report on the program approval process and outcomes in 2015.
December 10, 2013 Use of Collected SSNs
(PDF, 100KB)
In accordance with the requirements of Florida law, Section 119.071, Florida Statutes, the Commission for Independent Education collects social security numbers only if specifically authorized by law or if imperative for the performance of the Commission’s duties and responsibilities.

The attached memorandum identifies the purposes for which social security numbers may be collected, used or released, the pertinent authority that allows the Commission to do so, and whether the use is authorized or mandated under federal or state law.
March 15, 2013 Commission Position on LBMA
(PDF, 141KB)
The Commission for Independent Education has received information indicating the position of the United States Department of Education (US DOE) on Florida's licensure requirements as they relate to federal State Authorization regulations.

It is the Commission's position that institutions licensed by means of accreditation (LBMA) in Florida are not exempt from approval or the licensure requirements of the Commission based upon accreditation or any other exemption. Therefore, LBMA is a license and not an exemption.

Page one is the Commission's letter to US DOE regarding the Commission's position. Pages two to four (also sent to US DOE) contain the official response from CIE legal counsel.
March 21, 2011 States that Comply with New Federal Regulations
(PDF, 72KB)
Kessenick, Gamma & Free, L.L.P., evaluated the 50 states’ legislative schemes to determine which ones would currently meet the new federal regulations, CFR 34 §600.9(c) (Federal Register, page 66946). The memo provides that, after a cursory review of states’ legislative schemes, only 12 of the states will comply with the new federal regulations. Florida is listed as one of those 12 states. The reference to Florida is contained on page four.