Legislative Report (Vol. XXVI No. 13) April 6, 2007
Teacher Quality Passes House
Thursday, on a 90-7 vote, the House passed SF 277, the Teacher Quality legislation. The House accepted the various committee approved amendments to the Senate bill as reported in last weeks’ report. Again the most significant changes from the Senate version were:
- Administration and the Local Association can mutually agree to assign the responsibilities of the Teacher Quality Committee to an existing committee, appoint members from an existing committee to the Teacher Quality Committee, or to have an existing committee act as an advisory committee. During debate on Thursday an amendment was approved providing that the school board must approve the actions of the teacher quality committee.
- The goal of one additional professional development contract day or equivalent was added to the use of the professional development funds.
- The language stating a teacher must be given an opportunity to participate in an intensive assistance program before any adverse employment consequences was removed. It was replaced with language stating a teacher who is not meeting the standards and criteria must participate in an intensive assistance program.
- Creates two pay-for-performance pilots and eight career ladder pilots. After the pilots, the Department of Education is required to implement the successful components of the pilots statewide, if funding is sustainable.
The bill now returns to the Senate. The Senate is expected to accept many of the changes, but not all. This would necessitate the bill returning to the House once again before final passage.
No change was made, nor was there any discussion concerning the issue of AEA staff inclusion in the bill. Thus staff is still eligible for TQ funding. We do not expect any change in this prior to final passage and the approval by the Governor.
Appropriation Bills Will Become Focus
With the official adjournment date (April 27th) just three weeks away the major attention of the legislature will now turn to the discussion of and passage of the various appropriation bills that fund state government. Our attention will be specifically on monitoring two of these bills, Education and Standings.
The education appropriations bill will contain the final funding for the Teacher Quality Legislation, the Department of Education budget and also usually is one of the avenues remaining for bill language that did not pass or meet the funnel deadlines.
The Standings Appropriation bill has traditionally been the vehicle they have used to reduce AEA funding. During the last session the year to year reduction was lessened by $3.8 million to $8 million. The Governor has requested that this amount be reduced by another $2 million. We are working to increase the reduction beyond that amount. The Standings bill is usually one of the last actions of the session
Another Funnel Date Reached
Today marks another “funnel” date in the legislative calendar. With the exception of appropriation and tax bills, any legislation, to still be eligible, must have passed the house of origin and the appropriate committee of the opposite house.
I have attempted below to identify (DBF) the bills that died in the Funnel. However it is expected that some of the dead bills will be resurrected in the Education Appropriations bill later in the session.
LEGISLATIVE BILL STATUS
As of April 6, 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||
In Ways and Means Cmte
|SF 277*||Teacher Quality Legislation||Passed Senate – Passed House w.amend. Back to Senate.|
|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 DBF|
|SF 397||Counting of Foreign Exchange Students in Certified Enrollment||Referred to Appropriations Committee|
DE Study of a Statewide Student Information System
|Passed and sent to Governor as HF468|
|SF 413||Fair Share – Public Sector||Passed Senate – On House Debate Calendar|
|SF 447*||Sharing Incentives/Sharing Study||Passed Senate|
|SF 455||Ban Sex Offenders From School Grounds||On Senate Debate Calendar DBF|
|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||Signed By Governor|
|HF 415||School Attendance Task Force||On House Debate Calendar - DBF|
|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 - DBF|
|HF 468||DE Study of a Statewide Student Information System||
Signed By Governor
|HF 469||Expanded Use of PPEL for Transportation Expenses||On House Debate Calendar - DBF|
|HF 517||Dental Screen as a Condition of Enrollment||On House Debate Calendar|
|HF 527 – Now HF 877*||4-year Old Preschool Programs||See HF 877|
|HF 534*||Sharing Incentives/Sharing Study||Passed Approp. Cmte – To full House|
|HF 555||Cigarette Tax Hike (Became SF 128)||Signed By Governor|
|HF 611*||Human Growth and Development Curriculum Changes||Passed House. Passed Senate Human Resources Comte.|
|HF 615||Changes to BOEE Membership||Passed House - Passed Senate Ed. Cmte|
|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 - DBF|
|HF 755||AP Exam Fee Funding||On House Debate Calendar|
|HF 756||Ban Sex Offenders From School Grounds||On House Debate Calendar - DBF|
|HF 779||Raises Compulsory School Attendance from 16-18||On House Debate Calendar - DBF|
|HF 804||Model Core Curriculum Standards||On House Debate Calendar - DBF|
|HF 816||School Attendance Task Force and Appropriation||In House Approp. Committee|
|HF 841||Task Force on pk-16 Articulation||Passed House - Passed Senate Ed. Cmte.|
|HF 854||Statewide One Cent Sales Tax – SILO||
On House Debate Calendar
|HF 877*||4-year Old Preschool Programs||
Passed House – To Senate