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Legislative Report (Vol. XXVI No. 11) March 23, 2007

March 23, 2007

Teacher Quality Stalls

The House Education Committee was forced to postpone discussion of the Teacher Quality Legislation this past week in an effort to resolve disagreement on several issues. Issues being discussed include the process for determining professional development needs of the teachers and the district and whether career ladders need to be implemented immediately or to provide for pilot programs initially.

We expect some type of resolution on these issues next week and the eventual passage of the bill by the committee. It is apparent that some changes in the bill will be passed thus it will eventually need to return to the Senate for them to accept or reject the changes made by the House.

To date there has been no discussion of changing the inclusion of AEA staff in the legislation. We will of course be lobbying to make sure they leave AEA staff in the bill as passed by the Senate.

Other

  • The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously passed SF 447 this past week. The bill provides incentives for LEA reorganization and sharing and also includes funding for AEA to AEA sharing opportunities.
  • AEAs will hold a legislative reception for members of the General Assembly from 7:30-9 on Tuesday. Last session more than half of the legislators attended.

LEGISLATIVE BILL STATUS

As of March 23, 2007

*Denotes bills having a direct impact on AEAs

Bold italics indicate a change in status or bill number from the previous report

Bill Explanation Status
SF 61 Antibullying Bill Signed By Governor
SF 62* Dep’t of Education Cleanup Bill Passed Senate – On House Debate Calendar
SF 109* FY ’09 Allowable Growth Signed By Governor
SF 128 Cigarette Tax Hike Signed by Governor
SF 228 Instructional Support Levy Change On Senate Debate Calendar
SF 277* Teacher Quality Legislation Passed Senate – In House Committee
SF 350* 4-year Old Preschool Programs On Senate Debate Calendar
SF 383 Banning of Parent-Teacher Conferences on Election Days On Senate Debate Calendar
SF 397 Counting of Foreign Exchange Students in Certified Enrollment Referred to Appropriations Committee
SF 398 DE Study of a Statewide Student Information System On Senate Debate Calendar
SF 413* Fair Share – Public Sector Passed Senate – On House Debate Calendar
SF 447* Sharing Incentives/Sharing Study Passed Approp-To full Senate
SF 455 Ban Sex Offenders From School Grounds On Senate Debate Calendar
SF 464 Changes in 9-12 PE Requirements Referred to Appropriations Committee
SF 468 Model Core Curriculum Standards On Senate Debate Calendar
     
HF 317 Fiscal Phase II Visits Passed House. On Senate Debate Calendar
HF 415 School Attendance Task Force On House Debate Calendar
HF 439 - Now HF 841 Task Force on pk-16 Articulation On House Debate Calendar
HF 459 Expanded Use of PPEL for Software On House Debate Calendar
HF 468 DE Study of a Statewide Student Information System Passed House. On Senate Debate Calendar
HF 469 Expanded Use of PPEL for Transportation Expenses On House Debate Calendar
HF 517 Dental Screen as a Condition of Enrollment On House Debate Calendar
HF 527 – Now HF 876 4-year Old Preschool Programs In Appropriations Committee
HF 534* Sharing Incentives/Sharing Study On House Debate Calendar
HF 555 Cigarette Tax Hike (Became SF 128) Signed By Governor
HF 611 Human Growth and Development Curriculum Changes On House Debate Calendar
HF 615 Changes to BOEE Membership Passed House
HF 670 Practitioner Teaching Assignments/Review of Accred. Standards On House Debate Calendar
HF 714 ICN Course Supplemental Weighting On House Debate Calendar
HF 754 Ban Tobacco at School Related Facilities On House Debate Calendar
HF 755 AP Exam Fee Funding On House Debate Calendar
HF 756 Ban Sex Offenders From School Grounds On House Debate Calendar
HF 779 Raises Compulsory School Attendance from 16-18 On House Debate Calendar
HF 804 Model Core Curriculum Standards On House Debate Calendar
HF 816 School Attendance Task Force and Appropriation In House Approp. Committee
HF 841 Task Force on pk-16 Articulation On House Debate Calendar
HF 854 Statewide One Cent Sales Tax – SILO On House Debate Calendar
HF 876* 4-year Old Preschool Programs On House Debate Calendar

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