Four Education Related Constitutional Amendment Filed Ahead of Deadline

The pace at the Capitol picked up this week as we rounded out week 5 of the 2017 legislative session. Legislative sessions must last a minimum of 60 days but are typically extended.  This week, Governor Asa Hutchinson expressed his desire for an early end to this legislative session. 

Wednesday marked the deadline for legislators to file amendments to the state constitution. Under the concurrent rules for the House and Senate, each chamber may refer one constitutional amendment each to the voters and an additional amendment if both chambers support a 3rd amendment with a 2/3rds majority. Any constitutional amendment referred by the legislature would appear on the 2018 general election ballot for consideration by Arkansas voters. 

Two of the proposed amendments come from the Senate and two come from the House.  

Don’t miss this article detailing the education-related constitutional amendments. 

Here’s a quick summary:

HJR 1010 AN AMENDMENT TO THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION CONCERNING THE FUNDING OF PUBLIC EDUCATION OFFERED TO THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS

Proposes an amendment to the Constitution concerning the funding of public education.  This is a shell bill meaning that the bill sponsor will likely add the full text of a bill at a later date.  

SJR5 AN AMENDMENT TO THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION PROVIDING THAT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SHALL BE THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE EVALUATOR OF WHETHER THE SYSTEM OF FREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS SATISFIES THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION

Designates the General Assembly as the sole and exclusive evaluator of whether the state’s public school system satisfied the requirements of the state constitution. 

SJR3 and HJR 1005  are both titled THE PUBLIC EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP AMENDMENT OF 2018 and contain the same language. These resolutions would amend the Constitution to specify that the actions of the General Assembly with regard to the supervision of public schools do not violate the Constitution’s requirement for the state to maintain a public school system. 

The Senate State Agencies Committee began hearing these amendments this week and we expect the nearly 30 amendments to continue to be heard next week. We will continue to monitor the progress of all education-related amendments. 

 

Don’t forget to spend some time familiarizing yourself with AEA’s Educator's Guide to the Capitol:  Creating the Schools Our Students DeserveIt includes information on how to contact legislators, tips on how to be an effective advocate, education committee membership and a guide to the Capitol.

Remember, you may call and leave a message by calling:  

501-682-6211 for your House Representative, or

501-682-2902 for your Senator. 

These notes are a very effective form of advocacy. Legislators receive a stack of phone messages on their desk about various bills. 

The Senate recessed on Thursday and the House gaveled out on Friday.  Both chambers are set to reconvene on Monday.

See below for a summary of other education bills that AEA is tracking including new bills filed this week: 

HB1208

TO ALLOW A STUDENT WHO ATTENDS A PRIVATE SCHOOL OR A HOME SCHOOL TO ENROLL IN AN ACADEMIC COURSE WITHIN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

Summary: Allows public school districts to adopt policies authorizing private-schooled or home-schooled children in the public school's district to enroll in limited numbers of classes at the public school

Bill Sponsor: Rep. Mark Lowery (R) Maumelle

Status: This bill passed the Senate Education this week and has been sent to the full Senate for consideration. 

HB1044

TO ALLOW A STUDENT TO CHOOSE WHICH GRADE IN WHICH TO TAKE THE COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS ASSESSMENT.

Summary: This bill allows a student to decide to take a college and career readiness assessment in either the tenth or eleventh grade. Currently, the law states that any school serving students 10-12th grade must administer this exam before a student graduates from high school.

Bill sponsor: RepFred Allen,(D) Little Rock

Status: This bill has been placed on the active agenda for House Education Committee.

SB27

TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF TEACHERS IN A CRITICAL TEACHER SHORTAGE AREA; AND TO ESTABLISH THE TEACHER CANDIDATE LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM.

Summary: This bill offers $5,000 a year for up to 3 years for students in a degree program that leads to becoming eligible for licensure in a high-needs subject area as identified by ADE.  Program participants must teach in a geographic area identified by ADE as a critical teacher shortage area beginning immediately upon obtaining licensure.  Participants must repay the loans if they fail to meet these obligations. 
Bill sponsor: Sen. Alan Clark (R) Lonsdale

Status: This bill remains on the Senate Education Committee's agenda.

 HB1014

TO CREATE THE TEACHER'S CLASSROOM INVESTMENT DEDUCTION.

Summary: This bill creates a tax deduction for certain items purchased by a teacher for classroom use.

Bill sponsor:  Rep. Greg Leding (D) Fayetteville

Status:  This bill remains on the House Committee on Revenue and Tax’s agenda.

 SB21

TO REQUIRE SPECIFIC ASSESSMENTS TO BE SUCCESSFULLY PASSED IN ORDER TO OBTAIN AN ELEMENTARY-LEVEL GENERAL TEACHING LICENSE OR ELEMENTARY-LEVEL SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHING LICENSE.

Summary:  This bill would require that people seeking elementary-level general teaching license or elementary level special education licensure take the Foundations of Reading Test and the General Curriculum Test of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, including the mathematics subtest, and submit the scores to ADE.

Bill sponsor: Bill sponsor:  Sen. Alan Clark (R) Lonsdale

Status:  This bill remains on the Senate Education Committee's agenda.

 HB1029

TO EXCLUDE PRINCIPALS, ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS, AND CENTRAL OFFICE EMPLOYEES WITH A MULTIYEAR EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT FROM THE DEFINITION OF "TEACHER" UNDER THE TEACHER FAIR DISMISSAL ACT OF 1983.

Summary: This bill seeks to exclude central office staff, principals and assistant principals with a multiyear contract from the definition of teacher under the Teacher Fair Dismissal Act.

Bill sponsor:  Rep. Mark Lowrey (R) Maumelle. 

Status:  This bill remains on the House Education Committee's deferred agenda.

SB26

TO INCREASE TEACHERS IN HIGH NEEDS SUBJECT AREAS; AND TO PROVIDE ENHANCED ARKANSAS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR TEACHERSWHO AGREE TO TEACH IN THE HIGH NEEDS SUBJECT AREAS.

Summary: This bill seeks to allow for a student who has already received the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship to receive an enhanced award of $5,000 if the recipient is classified as a junior, another enhanced award of $5,000 if the recipient is classified as a senior, maintains a GPA of 3.25, is enrolled in a teacher education program and agrees to teach in a high-needs subject area as determined by ADE for a minimum of 5 years.  The total amount cannot exceed $10,000.  The recipient must repay the amount if they do not seek licensure in a high-needs subject area and begin employment in the high needs subject area in the recipient's first year after licensure.

Bill sponsor: Sen. Alan Clark (R) Lonsdale. 

Status:  This bill remains on the Senate Education Committee's agenda.

 HB1002

TO REGULATE EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR SCHOOL BUSES; TO REQUIRE THAT CERTAIN SCHOOL BUSES BE EQUIPPED WITH SEAT BELTS; AND TO ENFORCE THE USE OF SEAT BELTS ON SCHOOL BUSES EQUIPPED WITH SEAT BELTS.

Summary: This bill seeks to require new school buses purchased on or after Jan.1 2018 to be equipped with seat belts or restraint systems. Exceptions include physical disability, medical reasons, or emergency situations. The bill would also allow a school district to implement a disciplinary policy to enforce seatbelt use.  It also allows for the school district to seek a local property tax increase to purchase, install or maintain seatbelts if 10% of the school district's qualified electors sign a petition to do so.

Bill Sponsor: Rep. Mark McElroy (D) Tillar

Status: This bill passed the House Education Committee on Tuesday and was also advanced by the full House on Thursday.  It has now been referred to the Senate Education Committee for consideration.

 HB1017

TO ALLOW THE TEACHER FAIR DISMISSAL ACT OF 1983 TO BE WAIVED IF A PUBLIC SCHOOL OR PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT IS UNDER STATE AUTHORITY AFTER BEING CLASSIFIED AS BEING IN DISTRESS.

Summary:  This bill seeks to waive the Teacher Fair Dismissal Act for school districts that have been taken over by the State for academic or fiscal distress.

Bill Sponsor:  Bruce Cozart (R) Hot Springs.

Status:  This bill remains on the House Education Committee's deferred agenda.

 HB1019

TO AMEND THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP COORDINATING COUNCIL.

Summary:  This bill adds 2 members to the School Leadership Coordinating Council.  The two additional members proposed are the Chair of the House Education Committee and the Chair of the Senate Education Committee.  It also allows these 2 legislative members to be paid per diem and mileage as members of the General Assembly.

Bill sponsor:  Rep Bruce Cozart (R) Hot Springs

Status:  This bill has passed the House and is on the Senate Education Committee’s agenda.

 HB1022

TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING SCHOOL DISTRICT WAIVERS.

Summary: This is only a shell bill, but it seeks to amend Act 1240 of 2015 to allow school districts that have lost one or more students to a charter school to petition the State Board of Education to grant any or all of the waivers granted to the charter school receiving those students.

Bill Sponsor: Rep. Regionald Murdock (D) Marianna

Status:  This bill is on the House Journal Committee as it remains a shell bill.

 HB1027

TO PROHIBIT A SCHOOL DISTRICT FROM USING PUBLIC FUNDS TO PAY A TEACHER'S OR CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE'S MEMBERSHIP DUES IN A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION.

Summary:  This bill seeks to ensure that public school funds are not used to pay any teacher, classified employee or superintendent's dues for their professional association.

 Bill sponsor: Rep. Jon Eubanks, (R) Paris

Status: This bill remains on the deferred agenda in the House Education Committee

 SB12

TO ESTABLISH THAT EMERGENCY OR SECURITY RECORDS OR OTHER INFORMATION FOR A PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT, PUBLIC SCHOOL, OR STATE-SUPPORTED INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION IS EXEMPT FROM THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT OF 1967 

Summary:  This bill seeks to exempt public school and state institutions of higher ed security plans and related documents from FOIA .

Bill sponsor: Gary Stubblefield (R) Branch

Status: This bill passed quickly through the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday and through the Senate on Thursday. It now heads to the House Education Committee. 

HB1154

AN ACT TO REQUIRE THAT ANY INCREASES IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDING EACH SCHOOL YEAR BE USED FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITIES; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

Summary: Requires the Department of Education to use any additional funding that is over the required amount for teacher professional development for the development and administration of professional learning communities.

Bill sponsor: Rep. Bruce Cozart (R) Hot Springs

Status: This bill passed the House Education Committee this week and now heads to the full House for consideration. 

 HB1155

AN ACT TO AMEND THE MINIMUM TEACHER COMPENSATION SCHEDULE; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

Summary: Raises the salaries included in all categories of the Teacher Minimum Compensation Schedule by $400.

Bill sponsor: Rep. Bruce Cozart (R) Hot Springs

Status:  This bill passed the House this week and will likely be taken up by the Senate Education Committee next week. 

SB112

TO ALLOW AN INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR QUALIFYING EDUCATION EXPENSES.

Summary:  Creates an income tax deduction for homeschool expenses, private school tuition and expenses and required public school expenses for items such as uniforms, textbooks, instructional materials and supplies.

Bill sponsor: Sen. Jane English (R) North Little Rock

Status:  This bill remains on the Senate Revenue and Tax Committee agenda

 HB1144

AN ACT TO ALLOW THE INSTALLATION AND OPERATION OF AN AUTOMATED SCHOOL BUS SAFETY CAMERA; TO USE A PHOTOGRAPH OR VIDEO AS EVIDENCE OF CERTAIN TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Summary:  Allows public school districts or open enrollment charter schools to install automated school bus safety cameras to automatically record vehicles illegally passing a school bus.

Bill sponsor: Rep. McElroy (D) Tillar

Status: This bill passed the this week and has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

 HB1222

THE ARKANSAS PARENTAL EMPOWERMENT FOR EDUCATION CHOICE ACT OF 2017; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY

Summary: Creates and income tax credit for donations to nonprofits that distribute education savings accounts to parents for use against the cost of tuition, tutoring, services and related costs of attending nonpublic schools, and higher education institutions.  This is effectively a voucher bill.

Bill sponsor: Rep. Jim Dotson (R) Bentonville

Status: This bill is listed as pending fiscal impact on the House Education Committee agenda.

 HB1303

AN ACT TO AMEND PROVISIONS IN THE ARKANSAS CODE REGARDING THE TEACHER OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM; TO PRIORITIZE THE AWARDING OF FUNDS TO TEACHERS FOR ADDITIONAL EDUCATION IN CERTAIN FIELDS; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Summary: Prioritizes funding from the Teacher Opportunity Program to go to teachers seeking additional education in STEM fields, computer science, literacy, pre-K, or special education.

Bill sponsor: Rep. Charlotte Douglas (R) Alma

Status:  This bill passed the Senate this week and has been sent to the Governor for his signature. 

HB1307 CONCERNING THE PAYMENT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OF HEALTH INSURANCE CONTRIBUTIONS FOR PARTICIPANTS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES' HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM

Summary: Requires the health insurance contributions made by the Department of Education to take place in equal monthly installments rather than 11; increases the Department’s transfer from $35 million to $55 million. 

Bill sponsor: Rep. Jim Sorvillo (R) Little Rock

Status:  This bill passed the House this week and has been sent to the Senate Education Committee for consideration. 

HB1408

 AN ACT CONCERNING WHO MAY SERVE AS A PROCTOR OF A TEST OR ASESSMENT ADMINISTERED UNDER THE ARKANSAS COMPREHENSIVE TESTING, ASSESSMENT, AND ACCOUNTABILITY PROGRAM 

Summary: Prohibits a relative or guardian of a student taking a comprehensive assessment from proctoring that examination. 

Bill sponsor: Rep. Charlotte Douglas (R) Alma

Status: This bill has been assigned to the House Education Committee. 

HB1415 AN ACT TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO TITLE 6 OF THE ARKANSAS CODE CONCERNING EDUCATION

Summary: This bill makes technical corrections to the education code.

Bill sponsor: Rep. Matthew Shepard (R) El Dorado

Status: This bill has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee

HB1417 CONCERNING THE OFFENSE OF SEXUAL SOLICITATION; PROVIDING FOR IMPOUNDMENT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE; AND PROVIDING FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS EDUCATION FOR EDUCATORS

Summary: Allows a police department to impound the motor vehicle of a person arrested for sexual solicitation; requires a $500 fee to release the vehicle from impoundment, requires school districts to make 30 mins of professional development available to recognize warning signs of human trafficking and identify victims of human trafficking. 

Bill sponsor: Rep. James Sturch (R) Batesville

Status: This bill has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee 

HB1424 TO AMEND THE ARKANSAS CODE CONCERNING THE TEACHER EXCELLENCE AND SUPPORT SYSTEM; AND TO AMEND PROVISIONS OF THE ARKANSAS CODE CONCERNING ADMINISTRATOR EVALUATION

Summary: Amends various provisions of TESS. 

Bill sponsor: DeAnn Vaught (R) Horatio

Status: This bill passed the House Education Committee this week and will be considered by the full House next week. 

HB1425 CONCERNING THE LICENSURE OF TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS AND LICENSURE EXCEPTIONS; TO AUTHORIZE A TIERED LICENSURE SYSTEM; AND TO ALLOW DISTRICTS TO BASE COMPENSATION ON LICENSURE LEVELS

Bill Sponsor: DeAnn Vaught (R) Horatio

Summary: Establishes expanded criteria for teacher licensure, creates additional available licenses and provides for a tiered teacher licensure system

Status: This bill passed the House Education Committee this week and will be considered by the full House next week. 

HB1435 TO REQUIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND OPEN-ENROLLMENT CHARTER SCHOOLS TO POST THE CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE TELEPHONE NUMBER.

Summary: Requires schools to post the Child Abuse Hotline number in a clearly visible location on their premises as well as in all bathrooms in a manner that allows a student to privately access the information.

Bill sponsor: Rep. Clarke Tucker (D) Little Rock 

Status: This bill has been referred to the House Education Committee.

SB156

AN ACT TO MAKE AN APPROPRIATION FOR PERSONAL SERVICES AND OPERATING EXPENSES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2018; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

Summary: Appropriates funds to the Department of Education for operations.

Bill sponsor: Joint Budget Committee

Status: This bill has been referred to the Joint Budget Committee.

 SB168

AN ACT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - GRANTS AND AID TO LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS APPROPRIATION FOR THE 2017-2018 FISCAL YEAR.

Summary: Appropriates funds to the Department of Education for grants and aid to local school districts and special programs

Bill sponsor: Joint Budget Committee

Status: This bill remains on the Joint Budget Committee’s agenda. 

HB1442

TO CREATE THE PERSONAL FINANCE AND JOB READINESS ACT

Summary: Amends personal finance curriculum standards to include job seeking skills, soft job skills, and employment benefits; requires high school students to earn a course credit under this curriculum for graduation.

Bill sponsor: Andy Davis (R) Little Rock 

Status: This bill has been referred to the House Education Committee 

HB1456

TO ALLOW A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO WAIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A STUDENT WHO PROVIDES PROOF OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY; AND TO EXEMPT A STUDENT WITH A PHYSICAL EDUCATION WAIVER FROM PHYSICAL EDUCATION GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Summary: Creates a waiver that exempts a student from a school district’s physical education requirements with a written form from the student’s legal guardians that the student participates in physical activity equal to the district’s requirements outside of school.

 Bill sponsor: Rep. Charlotte Douglas (R) Alma

Status: This bill has been referred to the House Education Committee

HB1457 TO ALLOW A PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT AND AN OPEN-ENROLLMENT PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL TO DEVELOP A PLAN FOR THE USE OF AN ALTERNATIVE METHOD OF INSTRUCTION TO BE USED ON DAYS WHEN SCHOOL IS CANCELLED

Summary: Authorizes school districts or charter schools to develop and implement pilot programs for alternate instruction methods to be used on days when school is closed due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

Bill sponsor: Rep. Charlotte Douglas (R) Alma

Status: This bill has been referred to the House Education Committee

HB1458 TO REQUIRE A STUDENT TO PARTICIPATE IN VISUAL ARTS OR PERFORMING ARTS IN EITHER GRADE SEVEN OR GRADE EIGHT

Summary:  Changes the arts class credit requirements for students in grades 7 and 8, requiring students to take one performing arts or visual arts class over the two grade years rather than participating during both grade years. 

Bill sponsor: Rep. Charlotte Douglas (R) Alma

Status: This bill has been referred to the House Education Committee

HB1459 TO PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY IN THE AWARDING OF COURSE CREDITS; AND TO ALLOW A PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN THAT ENABLES A STUDENT TO EARN COURSE CREDITS BY DEMONSTRATING SUBJECT MATTER COMPETENCY

Summary: Allows a school district to develop plans for the issue of high school course credit based on demonstration of competency in a subject without completing hours of classroom instruction. 

Bill sponsor: Rep. Charlotte Douglas (R) Alma

Status: This bill has been referred to the House Education Committee

HB1461 TO EXPAND THE NUMBER OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SUCCEED SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Summary: Expands eligibility for private schools that have not earned accreditation to receive a voucher for students on an IEP. 

Bill sponsor: Rep. Carlton Wing (R) North Little Rock 

Status: This bill has been referred to the House Education Committee 

HB1474

Summary: Authorizes home-school students to receive approval to participate in interscholastic activities of public schools of a district in which the student does not reside.

Bill sponsor: Rep. Mark Lowrey (R) Maumelle 

Status: This bill has been referred to the House Education Committee

HB1509

Summary: Requires school districts to develop procedures for training staff in first aid technique related to sudden cardiac arrest, in conjunction with the Dept. of Health; requires coaches to receive professional development. 

Bill sponsor: Rep. Greg Leding (D) Fayetteville 

Status: This bill has been referred to the House Education Committee 

HB1516 CONCERNING SCHOOL NURSING; TO ESTABLISH SCHOOL NURSE-TO-STUDENT RATIOS; AND TO REQUIRE AN ANNUAL SCHOOL NURSE SURVEY.

Summary: Requires at least one school nurse at each public school campus, encourages higher nurse-to-student ratio for school districts, and authorizes use of national school lunch categorical funds to maintain those ratios. 

Bill sponsor: Rep. Andy Mayberry (R) Hensley 

Status: This is newly filed and has not yet been referred to a committee. 

SB274 TO REVISE THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH A PUBLIC SCHOOL OR PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT HAS BEEN TAKEN OVER BY THE STATE FOR BEING IN ACADEMIC DISTRESS CAN BE RETURNED TO LOCAL CONTROL; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY

Summary: Provides the State Board of Education with the authority to return a district to local control, or deny return to local control, based on the best interest of the school or the district.  Deletes requirement that “all” issues be resolved. 

Bill sponsor: Sen. Joyce Elliott (D) Little Rock 

Status: This bill has been referred to the Senate Education Committee

SB287 TO AMEND PROVISIONS OF THE ARKANSAS CODE CONCERNING SCHOOL ELECTIONS

Summary: This is a shell bill.  The content will likely be amended into the bill at a later date.

Bill sponsor: Sen. Bart Hester (R) Cave Springs

Status: Referred to Senate Education Committee 

SB303 TO ESTABLISH ENHANCED TRANSPORTATION FUNDING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY

Summary: Distributes enhanced transportation funding to certain school districts for the 2016-17 school year, in various amounts of up to $76,273

Bill Sponsor: Sen. Eddie Cheatham (D) Crossett

Status: Referred to the Senate Education Committee

SB319 AN ACT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - DIVISION OF PUBLIC SCHOOL ACADEMIC FACILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION - FOR FUND TRANSFER FOR USE IN PROGRAMS GENERAL IMPROVEMENT APPROPRIATION

Summary: Appropriates $100million to the Dept. of Education-Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation from General Improvement Funds for grants.

Bill sponsor: Joint Budget Committee

Status: This bill has been referred to the Joint Budget Committee

SB321 AN ACT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - VARIOUS CAPITAL PROJECTS APPROPRIATION

Summary: Appropriates $10 million to the Dept. of Education from the General Improvement Fund for various capital projects. 

Bill sponsor: Joint Budget Committee

Status: This bill has been referred to the Joint Budget Committee

SB 328 TO REQUIRE A PERSON TO APPLY FOR A K-6 TEACHING LICENSE OR A SPECIAL EDUCATION K-12 TEACHING LICENSE TO SUCCESSFULLY PASS A STAND-ALONE READING TEST AND A MULTI-SUBJECT TEST AS A CONDITION OF LICENSURE

Summary: Requires the State Board of Education to test applicants for first-time licensure for elementary education K-6 and for special education K-12, in subject matter content, pedagogy, and knowledge of beginning reading instruction. 

Bill sponsor: Sen. Alan Clark (R) Lonsdale

Status: Just filed.  Not yet referred to a committee.