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Capitol Issues



HB 76 Teachers without continuing contract status; contract renewal date change from April 15 to June 15.

HB 96 Accreditation; delayed implementation of statutes/regulations with exceptions: graduation and completion rate index and economics and financial literacy requirement.  Essentially delays requirement for Academic and Career plans until 2013.

HB 250 Instructional spending; requires each local school board to report expenditures to instructional and non-instructional costs consistent with the Standards of Quality (original language to require eventual 67% expenditure on instructional services)

HB 325 Autism; aides to receive training (9/2014) for aides within 60 days of assignment. Free online training to be made available.

HB 367 Discipline data; Department of Education to publish disciplinary offense and outcome data annually by race, ethnicity, gender, and disability for each public school.

HB 424 School records; expanded to include that certified records admissible in cases other than custody/termination only.

HB 508 Cannabinoids; expands definition to define “bath salts” to include newly identified chemical combinations.

HB 578 Licensure; teachers with Board-issued 5-year renewable license may teach online courses if properly endorsed.

HB 603 Open enrollment; allows school divisions to provide to students residing within school division upon request of parent.

HB 642 High school accreditation; CTE; formula to be adjusted to add points for each student obtaining a diploma and certain industry certifications, state licensure, or occupational credential. T

HB 1089 Immunization; extends current 90-day conditional enrollment period to 180-day for students needing more than two doses of the required hepatitis B vaccine.

HB 1092 PE; Board of Education to develop program guidelines for elementary and middle schools; effective 2015 – 2016 school year.

HB 1108 CTE; delays for one year the effective date of legislation providing that, where there is a national industry certification for CTE instructional personnel or programs for automotive technology, the Board of Education must make such certification a mandatory part of the career and technical education program.

HB 1152 Students. Authorizes threat assessment teams of private nonprofit institutions of higher education to receive health and criminal history records of students.

HB 1173 Charter schools, contracts to be reviewed by State Board of Education.

HB 1179 Public schools; may provide character education program during regular school year or summer.

HB 1184 Dual enrollment. Requires articulation agreements between school boards and community colleges with options for students to complete associate’s degree or one-year Uniform Certificate of General Studies concurrent with a high school diploma; must specify dual enrollment/AP credit available.

HB 1189 Student data requests. Allows school boards to develop single, standardized form to obtain parental consent for the release of student data.

HB 1295 State mandates; elimination to include: removing the requirement for establishing local advisory committees on gifted education; eliminating the requirement to establish a school health board; repealing the requirement for civics training for teachers for license renewal.

SB 131 Tax credits for non-profit organizations providing education scholarships for students with household income at or below 300% of poverty guidelines and certain students with disabilities to attend nonpublic elementary and secondary schools.

SB 190 Enrollment of military children; clarifies language to allow for students living with non-custodial parent as well as custodial parent.

SB 204 Foster care; clarifies that the school attendance agreement for child in foster care need not be made before placing the child in foster care.

SB 239 Child abuse and neglect; reduces the time limit for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect by mandated reporters from 72 hours to 24 hours.

SB 259 Human trafficking; awareness and training materials to be provided for school division staff, including strategies for the prevention of trafficking of children.

SB 489 Graduation requirements; modification of credits for standard/advanced studies diplomas. Standard diploma: to include concentration in career and technical education and CTE credential. Standard or advanced studies diploma:  to require the successful completion of one virtual course. (The advanced studies diploma shall be the recommended diploma for students pursuing baccalaureate study.) Modified standard diploma: eliminated (Board to promulgate accommodations for students with disabilities to earn standard diploma.) Regulations effective within 280 days of enactment.

SB 497 VRS; local government or school board employees required to pay the 5% employee contribution to the VRS. Employers may phase in the 5% over a maximum of five years, and would be required to provide employees with a raise to offset the employee contributions.

SB 498 Retirement; all new state and local employees commencing employment on or after January 1, 2014, would be required to participate in the hybrid plan (defined contribution and a defined benefit)

SB 656 Auto-injectable epinephrine. Requires local school boards to adopt policies for the possession and administration of epinephrine in every school. The school nurse or a school board employee may administer the epinephrine to any student believed to be having an anaphylactic reaction. Budget allocates $200,000 to stock EpiPens in 1,800 public schools.