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Legislative Report (Vol. XXVI No. 13) April 6, 2007

April 11, 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:

  1. 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.
  2. The goal of one additional professional development contract day or equivalent was added to the use of the professional development funds.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

 

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
SF 398

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

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