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90TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
03-27-2017 - 22:45:08

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HB 1002    McElroy, Mark (D) Creates a petition process whereby ten percent of a school district's electors can place a ballot question for funding, and requiring the use of, passenger restraint systems in any new school buses that the district purchases.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-01-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-01-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.1
03-06-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 375 )


HB 1005    Tucker, Clarke (D)
Ingram, Keith (D)
Makes coordinated electioneering communications, defined as broadcasts, cable or satellite communications, a reportable in-kind contribution to the party who is clearly identified in the communication; requires reporting of covered transfers.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-15-17 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
03-14-17 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-22-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HB 1014    Leding, Greg (D)
Elliott, Joyce (D)
To create the Teacher's Classroom Investment Deduction, an income tax deduction of up to $500 for classroom supplies, athletic equipment, and food and clothing for students purchased by full-time teachers, aides and principals.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-21-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-21-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-27-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 666 )


HB 1017    Cozart, Bruce (R) Authorizes the State Board of Education, the Commissioner of Education, or the Academic Facilities Division to waive the Teacher Fair Dismissal Act of 1983 with regard to a school district that is in academic, fiscal, or facilities distress.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-09-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
01-11-17 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-06-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1027    Eubanks, Jon (R) Prohibits superintendents and assistant superintendents from using any public funds to pay membership fees in any teacher's or employee's educational professional organization.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-06-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education
03-23-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-23-17 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1029    Lowery, Mark (R) Excludes superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals and other central office employees with multiyear contracts from the definition of “teacher” in the Teacher Fair Dismissal Act.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 12-01-16 H Filed
01-09-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-06-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1040    Farrer, Joe (R) Excludes spinal treatments such as cervical, thoracic, and lumbar treatments from the definition of “athletic training” and prohibits athletic trainers from administering rehabilitation treatment in a nonclinical setting.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 12-08-16 H Filed
01-09-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-02-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1044    Allen, Fred (D) Requires public schools to allow students to choose to take the college and career readiness assessment while they are in grade 10 or while they are in grade 11.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 12-09-16 H Filed
01-09-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-06-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1056    Lowery, Mark (R) Allows the superintendent of a student's district to waive the requirement that a student must have attended public school for 1 year before being eligible for a Succeed Scholarship.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-20-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-20-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 2)
03-24-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 637 )


HB 1144    McElroy, Mark (D) 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.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-27-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
02-28-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-07-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 398 )


HB 1151    Davis, Andy (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Requires county clerks to provide mail notice of any special elections to all registered voters eligible to vote in the election, with the exception of elections to fill a vacancy or, elections called by petition, and statewide elections.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 02-22-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
02-21-17 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-08-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HB 1154    Cozart, Bruce (R)
English, Jane (R)
Requires the Department of Education to use any additional funding that is over the required amount for for teacher professional development for the development and administration of professional learning communities.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-02-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-02-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 0)
03-08-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 427 )


HB 1155    Cozart, Bruce (R)
English, Jane (R)
Raises the salaries included in all categories of the Teacher Minimum Compensation Schedule.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-20-17 S On floor for consideration
02-20-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-21-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 246 )


HB 1208    Lowery, Mark (R)
English, Jane (R)
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.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-15-17 H Placed on the House calendar
02-15-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment
02-15-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 173 )


HB 1222    Dotson, Jim (R)
Johnson, Blake (R)
Creates an income tax credit pilot program for donations to nonprofits that distribute education savings accounts to parents for use against the cost of tuition, tutoring, and related cost of attending nonpublic schools, and higher education institutions.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 03-16-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-16-17 H On floor for consideration
03-16-17 H Failed (Vote: N: 47/Y: 37)


HB 1266    Richey, Chris (D) Prohibits a school board member or spouse from volunteering for the school district unless approved by the board of directors of the district.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-02-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-02-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 0)
03-08-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 428 )


HB 1303    Douglas, Charlotte (R)
Hickey, Jimmy (R)
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.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-09-17 S On floor for consideration
02-09-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-14-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 160 )


HB 1307    Sorvillo, Jim (R) Requires the health insurance contributions made by the Department of Education to take place in 12 equal monthly installments rather than 11; increases the Department's transfer from $35 million to $55 million.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-21-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-21-17 S Emergency clause adopted
02-28-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 298 )


HB 1308    Cozart, Bruce (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Repeals and replaces the Building Better Futures High School Program, a career placement program for students with intellectual disabilities. Creates a separate Building Better Futures Program alongside the High School Program.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-02-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-02-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 0)
03-08-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 432 )


HB 1364    Hendren, Kim (R) Places a restriction on the use of portable electronic devices in a public school classroom unless approved by the individual having authority over the classroom.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-09-17 H Placed on the House calendar
02-09-17 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-22-17 H Meeting set for 12:30 p.m. - Room 151 hnology ...H-Communications and Information Technology


HB 1407    Douglas, Charlotte (R) Allows school districts to submit signatures electronically for purposes of submitting reports or data to the Department of Education or Department of Career Education.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
03-27-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-28-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1408    Douglas, Charlotte (R) Prohibits a relative or guardian of a student taking a comprehensive assessment examination from proctoring that examination. Requires any non-licensed employee serving as test proctor be accompanied by licensed or waivered test administrator.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-06-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-07-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
03-06-17 H Amendment 1 adopted


HB 1417    Sturch, James (R) 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, to be deposited in the Human Trafficking Victim Support Fund.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-22-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
03-23-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-23-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 0)


HB 1424    Vaught, DeAnn (R) Amends various provision related to the Teacher Excellence and Support System.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-21-17 S On floor for consideration
02-21-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 1)
02-28-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 295 )


HB 1425    Vaught, DeAnn (R) Establishes expanded criteria for teacher licensure, creates additional available licenses, and provides for a tiered teacher licensure system.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-15-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
02-21-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-28-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 294 )


HB 1435    Tucker, Clarke (D)
Hendren, Jim (R)
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.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-27-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-27-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-06-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 379 )


HB 1442    Davis, Andy (R)
Chesterfield, Linda (D)
Amends personal finance curriculum standard 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.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-08-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-08-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.1
03-15-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 480 )


HB 1456    Douglas, Charlotte (R) 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 scho
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-06-17 H Filed
02-07-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1457    Douglas, Charlotte (R) 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.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
03-27-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-28-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1458    Douglas, Charlotte (R) 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.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-06-17 H Filed
02-07-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-06-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1459    Douglas, Charlotte (R)
Johnson, Blake (R)
Allows a school district to develop plans for the issue of high school course credit based on demonstration of competency at a subject without completing hours of classroom instruction.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
03-27-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-28-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1461    Wing, Carlton (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Expands the criteria that allows a private school to participate in the Succeed Scholarship program to include private schools accredited as providing services to severely disabled individuals.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-23-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 21/N: 6)
02-23-17 S Emergency clause adopted
03-02-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 327 )


HB 1474    Lowery, Mark (R) Authorizes home-schooled students to receive approval to participate in interscholastic activities of public schools of the student's district.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-08-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-16-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-23-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 592 )


HB 1516    Mayberry, Andy (R) Requires at least one school nurse at each public school campus in districts with minimum 500 students, encourages higher nurse-to-student ratios for districts, and authorizes use of school lunch categorical funds to maintain those ratios.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-08-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-08-17 H On floor for consideration
03-08-17 H Failed (Vote: N: 52/Y: 16)


HB 1517    Mayberry, Andy (R) Requires school districts to use a school nursing performance evaluation rubric developed by the Department of Education to when conducting annual evaluations of school nurses; encourages minimum standards for school nurse supervisors.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-10-17 H Filed
02-13-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-21-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1523    Sturch, James (R) Requires a vacancy to occur on a school district board if a board member fails to receive the mandatory six hours of training each year, unless the failure was due to military service or a serious medical condition.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-15-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-16-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-23-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 589 )


HB 1533    Douglas, Dan (R)
Eads, Lance (R)
Allows school districts to purchase a new motor vehicle from a motor vehicle dealer if the purchase price doesn't exceed the fleet price awarded by the Office of State Procurement at the time the district submits the purchase order for that make and model
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-02-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-02-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 0)
03-08-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 442 )


HB 1539    Cozart, Bruce (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Requires the passing with at least 60 out of 100 correct answers of a civics test identical to the civics portion of the naturalization test used by US Citizenship and Immigration Services in order to receive a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-08-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.1
03-08-17 H House concurred in Senate amendment No.2
03-15-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 478 )


HB 1552    McNair, Ron (R)
Clark, Alan (R)
Makes teachers who have undergone voluntary retirement, early voluntary retirement, or disability retirement eligible for a lifetime teacher's license; repeals professional development hours requirement of lifetime teaching license holders.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-15-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-16-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-23-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 588 )


HB 1567    Hammer, Kim (R) Allows children in foster care to be eligible for scholarships from the Succeed Scholarship Program.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 1)
03-27-17 S Emergency clause adopted
03-27-17 H Received from Senate as amended - referred to H-Education


HB 1574    Lowery, Mark (R) Specifies that if a parent intending to homeschool their child does not provide notice of their intent to enroll the child in public school interscholastic activities, it does not preclude the child from participation in interscholastic activities.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-20-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-20-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-24-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 635 )


HB 1575    Lowery, Mark (R) Establishes a maximum net legal balance for public schools of 20% of the public school district's current year net legal balance revenues, and requires schools exceeding that balance to transfer the excess funds to the school's building fund.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 H Motion to sound ballot carried
03-27-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 52/N: 29)
03-27-17 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education


HB 1576    Douglas, Charlotte (R) Regulates the priority ranking of new school construction projects when the district refuses the funding because the funding would not fully fund the project..
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-17-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 88/N: 0)
03-20-17 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education
03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


HB 1579    Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Johnson, Blake (R)
Authorizes the state, for purposes of educational licensing, to submit fingerprint records to the federal Next Generation Identification system and to participate in programs that provide notifications of arrest subsequent to checks.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-22-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-23-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-23-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 0)


HB 1583    Dotson, Jim (R) Creates a process for holding a recall election for school board members; establishes requirements for a petition to call such an election, including the signatures of 35% of the office's qualified electors.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 02-17-17 H Filed
02-17-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-21-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1589    Vaught, DeAnn (R) Includes school board members in the ethics law under the definition of public official. Prohibits legislators who are members of a school board from appearing for compensation on behalf of the board.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-06-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-06-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-13-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 449 )


HB 1591    Vaught, DeAnn (R) Expands the Professional Licensing Standards Board membership to include two public school teachers. Makes various changes to the Board's duties with regard to teacher education programs and teacher licensure.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-15-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-16-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-22-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 564 )


HB 1607    Della Rosa, Jana (R)
Lindsey, Uvalde (D)
Changes how state-mandated assessment scores for English language learner students are counted for growth or achievement purposes in school accountability ratings.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
03-27-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended No. 1 ...S-Education
03-28-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1608    Della Rosa, Jana (R)
Lindsey, Uvalde (D)
Revises requirements for the Department of Education's school ratings system and the required annual reports.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-22-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-23-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-23-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 0)


HB 1611    Tucker, Clarke (D)
Elliott, Joyce (D)
Repeals the $25 per day fine for violation of the rule requiring English to be the basic language of instruction in public schools.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-17-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 54/N: 16)
03-20-17 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education
03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


HB 1612    Rushing, Laurie (R)
Clark, Alan (R)
Authorizes school districts or adult education programs to notify the prosecuting authority when a student exceeds 50 percent of unexcused absences allowed, rather than a mandatory notification when the student exceeds 100 percent.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-28-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
02-27-17 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1621    Lowery, Mark (R)
English, Jane (R)
Allows the date of annual school elections to be the date of the preferential primary election.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
03-27-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-28-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1627    Sturch, James (R) Repeals the mandatory requirement that students in grades 9 through 12 physically attend a full school day consisting of 350 minutes of planned instructional time each day.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
03-27-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-28-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1632    Douglas, Charlotte (R)
Clark, Alan (R)
Requires that a candidate petitioning for write-in status as a candidate for school board of directors have their information verified by the county clerk before their petition is accepted.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-15-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-16-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-23-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 586 )


HB 1640    Allen, Fred (D)
English, Jane (R)
Authorizes the ACT Assessment Program to provide students with the opportunity to take the ACT Assessment in grade 12. Requires the district to continue to allow students to choose to take the ACT in grade 10 or 11.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-15-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-16-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-23-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 601 )


HB 1646    Cozart, Bruce (R) Makes various changes public education provisions, including repeal of sections that define the structure of the Department of Education and sections setting student progress tracking plan requirements; establishes an Unsafe School Choice Program.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-22-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-23-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-23-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 1)


HB 1648    Douglas, Charlotte (R) Repeals accreditation reviews for public schools every 4 years, instead requiring such reviews to happen for schools identified as being at high risk of failing to meet the standards; amends reporting requirements for findings of such reviews.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
03-27-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-28-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1671    Tucker, Clarke (D)
Elliott, Joyce (D)
Authorizes charter schools to weight admissions lotteries in favor of national school lunch students, English-language learners, students with disabilities, and students who are currently enrolled in schools classified as being in academic distress.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-23-17 H Filed
02-24-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-21-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1673    Tucker, Clarke (D)
Elliott, Joyce (D)
Prohibits an application for a new charter school or an amendment to an existing charter from being approved if the charter is to be located in a district that is currently under the authority of the State Board or Commissioner of Education.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-24-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-21-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
03-21-17 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed


HB 1674    Tucker, Clarke (D)
Elliott, Joyce (D)
Authorizes the creation of community public education boards when at least 10% of a district's eligible students are enrolled in public charter schools; authorizes boards to review and reverse any authorizing decisions of the charter school panel.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-23-17 H Filed
02-24-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-21-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1689    Cozart, Bruce (R) Makes changes to school funding and reporting provisions; authorizes an education cooperative to borrow from the revolving loan fund and other sources; includes minimum health insurance contributions in the definition of “local contribution rate.”
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-22-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-23-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-23-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 0)


HB 1707    Gray, Michelle (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Moves the general primary election to the fourth Tuesday in March, changes the filing period and adjusts other deadlines. Moves the fiscal legislative session to the second Wednesday in April.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-20-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 73/N: 10)
03-20-17 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-State Agencies
03-28-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


HB 1710    Meeks, Stephen (R) Requires that a student in grade 11 earn 1 unit of civics and 1/2 unit of world history for graduation; requires civics courses to include instruction in the Federalist Papers, the Constitution, the Northwest Ordinance, and the Declaration of Independence
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-15-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 53/N: 7)
03-16-17 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education
03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


HB 1729    Cozart, Bruce (R)
English, Jane (R)
Increases the school foundation funding amount by $67 to $6,713 per student for the 2017-18 school year. Increases the other per-student funding amounts. Creates a table of enhanced transportation funding showing amounts by district.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-23-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-23-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-23-17 S Emergency clause adopted


HB 1736    Hammer, Kim (R)
Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Restricts the required reporting of the loss of public funds to Legislative Audit to losses that amount to $1,000 or more in a calendar year.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-08-17 S On floor for consideration
03-08-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 27/N: 1)
03-15-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 498 )


HB 1738    Douglas, Charlotte (R) Establishes a School District Board of Directors Ethics Review Board to establish a code of ethics, procedures, and recommendations for enforcement for members of the boards of directors of public schools.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-28-17 H Filed
03-01-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-21-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1739    Douglas, Charlotte (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Amends the dates of the general primary election, the preferential primary election, and any special elections.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-27-17 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-State Agencies
03-28-17 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1740    Lowery, Mark (R) Requires public schools to afford home-schooled students attempting to enroll or re-enroll in a public school the same rights and privileges as other public school students; establishes information a re-enrolling student is required to provide.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
03-27-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-28-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1771    Meeks, Stephen (R) Establishes specific requirements that public light fixtures must meet in order to reduce light pollution during nighttime; criteria include shielding, lumens thresholds, wattage, maintenance, reflectivity, and others.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-23-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-23-17 H Withdrawn from further consideration
03-23-17 H Referred to interim committee or ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1781    Petty, Rebecca (R) Requires a school district to pay 1/2 of the remediation costs incurred by an institution of higher education providing a student with remedial education in a subject if the student received a B or better in the subject while in high school.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 03-15-17 H Reported from committee - w/o recommendation H-Journal Committee
03-15-17 H Read second time - Referred to H-Education
03-21-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1797    Leding, Greg (D)
Chesterfield, Linda (D)
Amends the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to protect individuals from discrimination for sexual orientation or gender identity.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-01-17 H Filed
03-02-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
03-16-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1801    Lundstrum, Robin (R) Requires applicants for licensure as a loan officer or mortgage banker to be fingerprinted for the purpose of state, federal, and international criminal background checks; amends disclosure requirements for mortgage servicers to borrowers.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-20-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-20-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 2)
03-27-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 669 )


HB 1811    Davis, Andy (R) Requires prekindergarten programs that receive state funds to be approved by the Department of Education and use its standards; directs the Department of Education to develop prekindergarten academic standards.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-09-17 H Reported from committee - w/o recommendation H-Journal Committee
03-09-17 H Read second time - Referred to H-Education
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1820    Dotson, Jim (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Creates additional statements and reporting requirements for school districts that are petitioning for, or have received, waivers based on the State Board of Education having granted waivers to charter schools that draw students from the districts.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-20-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-20-17 H Amendment No. 1 adopted
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1831    Leding, Greg (D) Allows open-enrollment charter schools to engage in a weighted enrollment lottery that gives preference to various disadvantaged students, including national school lunch students, English learners, disabled students, dependent-neglect students, etc.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-02-17 H Filed
03-02-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-14-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m.- Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1834    Hendren, Kim (R) Prohibits a public school district or charter school from including any material authored by or concerning Howard Zinn in its curriculum unless it is presented in a balanced manner that considers other opinions and points of view.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-22-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-22-17 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1845    Richey, Chris (D) Creates an income tax exemption for teachers employed in critical teacher shortage areas.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-02-17 H Filed
03-02-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
03-14-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1855    Davis, Andy (R) Allows the foster parents of children in foster care to request the transfer of the child in foster care to another public school district; establishes criteria for DHS to examine in determining if the transfer is in the child's best interest.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-22-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 81/N: 0)
03-22-17 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education
03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


HB 1856    Allen, Fred (D) Requires the creation of a list of up to 3 formative assessments for schools to use in evaluating the reading development of kindergarten through grade 2 students; requires schools to periodically administer an assessment from the list.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-02-17 H Filed
03-02-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-21-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1859    Davis, Andy (R) Repeals the existing reporting requirements regarding disciplinary actions taken by schools against students; requires annual reports and publishing of information on the number of suspensions and expulsions in various demographic groups.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education
03-27-17 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Education
03-28-17 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 1902    Bentley, Mary (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Allows the public charter authorizer to designate a public charter school as a School for Agricultural Studies; establishes requirements for a charter school's agricultural studies plan in order to be eligible for designation as an agricultural school.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-21-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Agriculture and Economic Development
03-23-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-23-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 29/N: 0)


HB 1905    Douglas, Charlotte (R)
Johnson, Blake (R)
Authorizes schools to delay school or release school early due to contagious disease outbreak or utility outage.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-22-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-23-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-23-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 0)


HB 1907    Douglas, Charlotte (R) Requires the allocation of at least $10,000,000 for new construction projects in the warm, safe, and dry systems category for purposes of the Academic Facilities Partnership Program.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-17-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 87/N: 0)
03-20-17 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education
03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


HB 1917    Walker, John (D) Prohibits the salary of a public school district administrator from being more than 250% higher than the salary of the lowest paid classroom teacher in the district.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 03-15-17 H On floor for consideration
03-15-17 H Re-referred to committee H-Education
03-21-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1925    Douglas, Charlotte (R) Increases from 60 to 120 days prior to the application deadline the period in which a district may request an academic review conference and have it scheduled within 90 days of the request. Makes changes to conference procedures.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
03-27-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-28-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 1929    Cozart, Bruce (R)
English, Jane (R)
Revises membership of the Advisory Committee on Public School Academic Facilities and provides all members of the committee be appointed by the Commission for Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-27-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-27-17 S Emergency clause adopted


HB 1934    Lowery, Mark (R) Prohibits disclosure of a student's personally identifiable information to any outsourced contractor to whom the school district, Dept. of Education or Dept. of Higher Education without written consent of the student or student's parent.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-06-17 H Filed
03-06-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-21-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1936    Lowery, Mark (R) Amends the formula for determining a school district's Academic Facilities Wealth Index.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-08-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-08-17 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-21-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education


HB 1937    Lowery, Mark (R) Changes the guideline for the opening of public school years to on or after the Tuesday of the week in which Labor Day is observed. Prohibits public school years from extending beyond the Friday before Memorial Day, except for make-up days.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 03-27-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-27-17 H On floor for consideration
03-27-17 H Failed (Vote: N: 48/Y: 29)


HB 1980    Dotson, Jim (R) Requires schools to display a poster stating “In God we Trust” beneath the United States and Arkansas flags, when voluntary contributions are sufficient to cover the costs.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-22-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 78/N: 1)
03-22-17 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-State Agencies
03-28-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-State Agencies


HB 1995    Della Rosa, Jana (R) Provides that the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. state holiday be celebrated on the third Monday in January along with Daisy Gatson Bates Day; that George Washington's birthday be celebrated on the third Monday in February along with Robert E. Lee Day.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-08-17 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-State Agencies
03-08-17 H Read second time - Referred to H-Education
03-28-17 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 2008    Sturch, James (R) Authorizes a constitutional officer be employed with a public school district or other educational entity if the officer is credentialed as a tutor, teacher, professor, or adjunct professor.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 H On floor for consideration
03-27-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 76/N: 3)
03-27-17 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-State Agencies


HB 2052    Cozart, Bruce (R) Requires schools seeking a 'school of innovation' designation to demonstrate implementation of research-based professional learning communities throughout the school.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
03-27-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-28-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar


HB 2089    Gates, Mickey (R)
Clark, Alan (R)
Repeals the provision that requires the Child Abuse Hotline to accept all calls regarding educational neglect, instead requiring it only to accept calls where the school has already complied with truancy discipline procedures.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-07-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Aging, Children, Legislative & Military
03-15-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 130 itary ...H-Aging, Children, Legislative & Military
03-17-17 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 2101    Lemons, Tim (R) Requires schools to include home-schooled children in graduation exercises upon request.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 03-21-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
03-23-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-23-17 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 2117    Sorvillo, Jim (R) Allows a school employee, parent, or board of directors member to request a school district provide a camera to use in a classroom that contains a nonverbal student; restricts the use of such cameras to student safety.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 03-23-17 H Amendment No. 2 adopted
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education
03-28-17 H Placed on the House calendar


HB 2162    Gonzales, Justin (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Requires the document calling for a special election to also set the election's date; requires a special election held in the same year as a preferential primary or a general election to be held with those elections.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 03-06-17 H Filed
03-07-17 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies


HB 2216    McCollum, Austin (R) Makes the restrictions on employers regarding their employees' social media accounts apply only to requirements to add the employer to a social media contact list and not to requests, suggestions, or otherwise.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-22-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-27-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-27-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)


HB 2232    Ballinger, Bob (R) Prohibits the state from taking any discriminatory action against a person on the basis of the person's belief that marriage is between a man and a woman and the terms 'man' and 'woman' refer to 'immutable biological sex' as determined at birth.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-06-17 H Filed
03-07-17 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
03-16-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HJR1005    Lowery, Mark (R)
Johnson, Blake (R)
Amends the Constitution to specify that 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.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 02-08-17 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
02-14-17 H Sent to subcommittee H-State Agencies - Constitutional Issues
02-21-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment of the House - Room 151 sues ...H-State Agencies - Constitutional Issues


HJR1010    Dotson, Jim (R) Proposes an amendment to the Constitution concerning the funding of public education. (Shell Bill)
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-08-17 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
02-14-17 H Sent to subcommittee H-State Agencies - Constitutional Issues
02-21-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment of the House - Room 151 sues ...H-State Agencies - Constitutional Issues


SB 12    Stubblefield, Gary (R) Exempts public school emergency and security records from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, including those of higher education institutions.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-14-17 S Senate concurred in House amendment no. 1
03-14-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 27/N: 2)
03-20-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 541 )


SB 21    Clark, Alan (R) Amends teacher licensure and reciprocal licensure requirements. Makes certain portions of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure the sole initial testing requirement for an elementary level general education teacher license.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-08-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
03-08-17 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-Education
03-08-17 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 23    Johnson, Blake (R)
Cozart, Bruce (R)
Changes the student population density ratio that is required for special needs isolated funding from 1.3 students per square mile to 1.5 students per square mile.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-02-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
02-02-17 H Emergency clause adopted
02-06-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 129 )


SB 26    Clark, Alan (R)
Gates, Mickey (R)
Allows for expanded scholarships to teaching students who sign agreements to enter into teaching service in high-needs subject areas once their teaching education is completed.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-22-17 H Amendment No.1 adopted
03-23-17 H Re-referred to committee H-Education
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


SB 27    Clark, Alan (R)
Gates, Mickey (R)
Creates a loan program for teachers-in-training intending to be licensed in high-needs areas; establishes a schedule of forgiveness for such loans at a rate of 20% per year the teacher is employed in a high-needs area.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-21-17 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Education
03-22-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-22-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 74/N: 0)


SB 31    Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Expands the definition of 'traditional student' for purposes of lottery scholarships to include students who spent the previous academic year as full-time freshmen at higher learning institutions.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-22-17 H On floor for consideration
02-22-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
03-01-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 315 )


SB 32    Hickey, Jimmy (R)
Dalby, Carol (R)
Requires registered sex offenders attending a ticketed event on a school campus to be the parent or legal guardian of a child attending the school and to be accompanied by a security guard of the same gender as the offender.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-17-17 H On floor for consideration
02-17-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 87/N: 1)
02-22-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 267 )


SB 34    Hickey, Jimmy (R) Creates the Public Officer and Employee Integrity Act of 2017, which allows the Attorney General to bring a civil case against a public employee found guilty of illegal conduct or malfeasance.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-25-17 S On floor for consideration
01-25-17 S Failed (Vote: N: 18/Y: 14)
01-25-17 S Motion to expunge vote carried


SB 59    Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Department of Education – Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation for operations.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-14-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 88/N: 0)
02-14-17 H Emergency clause adopted
02-16-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 184 )


SB 85    Teague, Larry (D)
Tucker, Clarke (D)
Creates enhanced penalties for the offense of abuse of public trust, creating Class B and C felonies for certain amounts over $5,000. Reducing to a misdemeanor amounts less than $500. Applies offense to persons elected but not yet occupying offices.
Companions:
HB 1006 Allen, Fred (Identical)
  3- 8-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 431)
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-09-17 S Filed
01-09-17 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
02-01-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 109    Hutchinson, Jeremy (R) Makes revisions to the Athletic Trainers Act, including that each day of a violation of rules governing athletic trainers constitutes a separate offense, amending licensing renewal criteria, amending rules on physician supervision, and other changes.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-22-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-21-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-21-17 S Amendment 2 adopted


SB 112    English, Jane (R)
House, Douglas (R)
Creates an income tax deduction for homeschooling expenses, private school tuition and expenses, and required public school expenses for items such as uniforms, textbooks, instructional materials and supplies.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 01-11-17 S Filed
01-11-17 S Introduced and referred to S-Revenue and Taxation
02-08-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - OSC ...S-Revenue and Taxation


SB 178    Files, Jake (R) Prohibits using student scores from the writing portion of the ACT Aspire assessment in determining a student's academic progress or proficiency or the performance of a public school district for academic years 2016-2019.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-27-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 2)
02-27-17 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


SB 179    Elliott, Joyce (D) Allows the holder of a voluntarily surrendered, suspended or revoked educational license to request a hearing before the State Board of Education and present evidence of fitness to hold a reinstated license.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-20-17 S Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. ...S-Education
03-20-17 S Amendments 4 and 5 adopted
03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


SB 243    English, Jane (R) Changes revenue allocations of the Medical Marijuana Amendment and transfers authority for administering the adult vocational training programs funded by medical marijuana tax revenue from the DFA to the Department of Career Education.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-08-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
02-09-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-09-17 S Passed over on calendar


SB 274    Elliott, Joyce (D)
Tucker, Clarke (D)
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 corrected.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-09-17 S Emergency clause adopted
03-09-17 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


SB 287    Hester, Bart (R) Amends provisions concerning school elections. (Shell Bill)
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-07-17 S Filed
02-07-17 S Introduced and referred to S-Education


SB 298    English, Jane (R)
Cozart, Bruce (R)
Repeals declining enrollment funding for public school districts.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 02-08-17 S Filed
02-08-17 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


SB 303    Cheatham, Eddie (D) Distributes enhanced transportation funding to certain school districts for the 2016-17 school year, in various amounts up to $76,273.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-07-17 H On floor for consideration
03-07-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 89/N: 0)
03-09-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 445 )


SB 304    Hendren, Jim (R)
Hodges, Grant (R)
Authorizes individuals from outside the Department of Education to serve on the public charter authorizing panel.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-07-17 H On floor for consideration
03-07-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 76/N: 5)
03-13-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 462 )


SB 308    Clark, Alan (R)
Lowery, Mark (R)
Grants public charter schools access to unused or underutilized facilities of public schools; creates a leasing process by which a charter school may lease such facilities.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-09-17 H Motion to sound ballot carried
03-09-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 53/N: 32)
03-20-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 542 )


SB 328    Clark, Alan (R)
Douglas, Charlotte (R)
Requires the State Board of Education to test applicants for first-time teacher licensure for elementary education K-6 and for special education K-12, in subject matter content, pedagogy, and knowledge of beginning reading instruction.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-06-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-06-17 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1
03-07-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 416 )


SB 329    Clark, Alan (R) Increases the threshold for school district commodity purchases that require solicitation of bids, from $10,000 to $20,000; requires the Education Commissioner to adjust the amount annually according to the change in Consumer Price Index.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-02-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 31/N: 0)
03-02-17 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


SB 337    Hester, Bart (R) Repeals the Academic Facilities Extraordinary Circumstances Program, which allowed state funds to be allocated to public school districts and facilities for facility repair and maintenance that might not otherwise be eligible to receive state funding.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-23-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 24/N: 4)
02-27-17 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


SB 371    Clark, Alan (R) Allows a child of a parent who relocates within the state due to the parent's mobilization as an Armed Forces member to attend school in either district; restricts prohibitions on student transfers to schools currently under desegregation orders.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-09-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-09-17 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


SB 372    Clark, Alan (R) Requires that in order for a school to exempt itself from transfers under the School Choice Act, the district submit proof that a desegregation order is still active and provide specific language the district believes limits its participation.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-09-17 S Emergency clause adopted
03-09-17 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


SB 416    Clark, Alan (R) Repeals references to “limited public charter schools” in the Charter School Act; creates a procedure for holding a charter school's funds for 1 year after a revocation of the school's charter; amends enrollment preferences and funding determinations.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-27-17 H Amendment No.1 adopted
03-28-17 H Placed on the House calendar


SB 437    Hutchinson, Jeremy (R) Makes any extracurricular activity organization subject to annual audit and review by Legislative Audit and the Legislative Council as a condition of the receipt of public school funds.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-24-17 S Filed
02-27-17 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


SB 442    Hendren, Jim (R) Specifies that all public school buildings, including those used by both public school districts and open-enrollment public charter schools, are exempt from taxation.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-27-17 H Amendment No.1 adopted
03-28-17 H Placed on the House calendar


SB 443    Garner, Trent (R) Awards two units of career focus graduation credits to a student who enlists in the military in an early entry program and completes basic training.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-16-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-17-17 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


SB 494    Clark, Alan (R) Requires public school districts to make annual reports to parents of students in grades K-12 on the student's achievement level in reading.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 H Placed on the House calendar
03-27-17 H Amendment No.1 adopted
03-28-17 H Placed on the House calendar


SB 502    Elliott, Joyce (D) Creates a proficiency requirement in scientific reading instruction for teacher licensure, beginning in the 2021-22 school year for elementary and 2022-23 for others, with related professional development beginning in the 2018-19 school year.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-21-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass H-Education
03-21-17 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


SB 503    Elliott, Joyce (D) Makes the Department of Education, a school district, or a public charter school liable for costs associated with placing a juvenile in a residential care facility that is located in a border state.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-28-17 S Filed
02-28-17 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


SB 506    English, Jane (R) Creates the Task Force on Quality Digital Learning Providers to make recommendations to improve the quality of digital learning for Arkansas students.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-27-17 S Emergency clause adopted
03-27-17 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education


SB 507    English, Jane (R) To amend laws relating to digital learning providers. (Shell bill)
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-28-17 S Filed
02-28-17 S Introduced and referred to S-Education


SB 509    Elliott, Joyce (D) Prohibits the State Board or Commissioner of Education from assuming authority over a district unless at least 40 percent of the students are below academic proficiency. Requires community impact statement and social indicators study.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-15-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
03-14-17 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


SB 518    Johnson, Blake (R)
Lemons, Tim (R)
Repeals provisions that governed the State Board of Education's responsibilities with regard to special needs students; requires all local educational agencies to ensure that all disabled children within their jurisdictions have educational access.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-09-17 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
03-21-17 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 138 ...H-Education
03-28-17 H Placed on the House calendar


SB 519    Wallace, David (R)
Hodges, Grant (R)
Replaces the state celebration of Robert E. Lee's birthday with a memorial day in October; amends history curriculum requirements to include instruction on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the pursuit of civil justice; amends Civil War curriculum.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-17-17 H On floor for consideration
03-17-17 H Passed (Vote: Y: 66/N: 11)
03-21-17 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 561 )


SB 531    Sample, Bill (R) Makes changes to provisions for the Ark. School for Math, Sciences and the Arts. Includes students in grades 9 and 10; requires out-of-state students to pay the cost of tuition, fees, and room and board; allows the board of visitors to meet quarterly.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-22-17 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Education
03-23-17 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-23-17 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1


SB 549    Stubblefield, Gary (R) Directs the Department of Education to select 4 schools to participate in a pilot program that provides various amounts of extra weekly physical activity including unstructured play to students in grades K-6.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-20-17 S Passed over on calendar
03-27-17 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-27-17 S Amendment 1 adopted


SB 555    Clark, Alan (R) Increases the annual incentive bonus to $5,000 for national teacher certification and limits the number of years it is paid to ten years. Ties the certification bonus for speech-language pathologists to their employment in high-poverty schools.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 H Amendment No.1 adopted
03-27-17 H Amendment No.2 adopted
03-28-17 H Placed on the House calendar


SB 562    English, Jane (R)
Cozart, Bruce (R)
Repeals various obsolete laws related to public education. Deletes all conditions for offering textbooks except the requirement the publishers maintain at least one book depository in the state.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-09-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-09-17 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


SB 570    Chesterfield, Linda (D)
Douglas, Charlotte (R)
Repeals the requirement that public schools provide a duty-free lunch period to all full-time nonexempt classified employees.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-09-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-09-17 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


SB 609    Elliott, Joyce (D) Prohibits school districts from use of out-of-school suspension or expulsion for students grade K-5, with exception for situations posing physical risk to the student or to others or for serious disruption that cannot be otherwise addressed.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-16-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-17-17 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


SB 610    Elliott, Joyce (D) Prohibits the use of corporal punishment by school personnel as a student disciplinary measure. Deletes the immunity from liability for teachers and school administrators for use of corporal punishment.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-15-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
03-15-17 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


SB 621    Standridge, Greg (R) Provides civil immunity for superintendents and Department of Education staff, including the Commissioner of Education, for official actions taken that comply with state and federal law.
Companions:
SB 628 Standridge, Greg (Same As)
  3-20-17 S Meeting set for 11:00 a.m., S-Education
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-21-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 1)
03-21-17 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


SB 628    Standridge, Greg (R) Provides civil immunity for superintendents and Department of Education staff, including the Commissioner of Education, for official actions taken that comply with state and federal law.
Companions:
SB 621 Standridge, Greg (Same As)
  3-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138, H-Education
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-06-17 S Filed
03-06-17 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
03-20-17 S Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. ...S-Education


SB 646    English, Jane (R)
Douglas, Charlotte (R)
Amends provisions of the Academic Facilities Funding Act; requires school districts to publish notice of a bond sale on two separate dates; expands definition of “building;” more.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-23-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-27-17 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


SB 660    Collins-Smith, Linda (R) Repeals various provisions regulating the carry of firearms, including possession on school property, in public buildings, on State Capitol grounds; carrying with unlawful intent; amends provisions related to possession on prison premises.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-06-17 S Filed
03-06-17 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
03-28-17 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment (Call of Chair) - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 691    Clark, Alan (R) Provides that teachers for grades 5-12 are eligible to receive additional compensation for volunteering to teach more than the maximum number of students permitted per day. (Was only teachers for grades 7-12)
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-27-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 1)
03-27-17 S Emergency clause adopted
03-27-17 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education


SB 710    Elliott, Joyce (D) Requires meetings of governing boards of schools that receive state funding to be open public meetings under the FOIA, including with regard to notice.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-22-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
03-22-17 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed (Vote: Y: 2/N: 0)
03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


SB 711    Elliott, Joyce (D) Requires schools which receive state funds to present evidence of necessity when requesting a waiver from state laws or State Board of Education rules and to continue presenting evidence of the necessity of a waiver every three years thereon.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-06-17 S Filed
03-06-17 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


SB 712    Elliott, Joyce (D) Requires schools that receive state funds to comply with FOIA, to disclose details of its admissions lottery and its associated demographics, the school's full budget, and its sources of private funding.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-22-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education
03-22-17 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed (Vote: Y: 2/N: 1)
03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


SB 713    Elliott, Joyce (D) Requires schools that receive state funds to disclose the waivers the school has been granted, including notice to student and parents, with signed acknowledgment of receipt. Requires notice to be posted on the school website.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-06-17 S Filed
03-06-17 S Introduced and referred to S-Education
03-27-17 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 207 ...S-Education


SB 746    Hester, Bart (R)
Dotson, Jim (R)
Establishes the Parental Choice Scholarship Program to provide tuition, or an equivalent of the foundation funding amount, to a student to attend a private school through an education savings account administered by a registered nonprofit.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 03-21-17 S Passed (Vote: Y: 22/N: 5)
03-21-17 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
03-27-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment - Room 138 ...H-Education


SJR 1    Hendren, Jim (R) Amends the constitution to repeal the fiscal legislative session provision and revert the state budget to a two-year appropriation cycle. Allows a vote of 2/3 majority to extend a regular session beyond 75 days (currently requires 3/4 majority)
Companions:
HJR1006 Hendren, Kim (Same As)
  2-21-17 H Meeting set for Upon Adjournment of the House - Room 151, H-State Agencies - Constitutional Issues
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 11-17-16 S Filed
01-09-17 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
02-14-17 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment- OSC ...S-State Agencies


SJR 3    Johnson, Blake (R) To amend Article 14 of the constitution, adding language that each public school district maintain free public schools for district residents and others, and that no legislative actions in supervising schools shall be held to violate the constitution.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 01-26-17 S Filed
01-26-17 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
02-14-17 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment- OSC ...S-State Agencies


SJR 5    Clark, Alan (R) Designates the General Assembly as the sole and exclusive evaluator of whether the state's public school system satisfies the requirements of the state constitution.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 01-30-17 S Filed
01-30-17 S Introduced and referred to S-State Agencies
02-14-17 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment- OSC ...S-State Agencies


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