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Upcoming Hearings and other important legislative events

Here is the hearing schedule for the next period.  Make your voice heard!

To see a list of events, click “Agenda” in the top right section. You can also click the event for more information.  Enter the bill number in “Search” for all the relevant posts.

All hearings and executive sessions here at the Legislative Office Building (LOB).

Executive session on HB 1598, changing the process for withdrawal from a cooperative school district, on February 13

The House education Committee will hold an executive session on HB 1598 on Tuesday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 207.

The bill changes the process for withdrawal from a cooperative school district.

Executive session on HB 1469, modifying the requirements for termination of a cooperative school district, on February 13

The House Education Committee will hold an executive session on HB 1469 on Tuesday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 207.

The bill modifies the requirements for the termination of a cooperative school district.

Executive session on HB 1253, making a school board member a non-voting member of a cooperative budget committee, on February 13

The House Education Committee will hold an executive session on HB 1253 on Tuesday, January 13 at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 207.

The bill makes the school board member of a cooperative school district budget committee a non-voting member.

Executive session on HB 1637, requiring districts to adopt policies relating to suspensions and expulsions, on February 13

The House Education Committee will hold an executive session on HB 1637 on Tuesday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 207.

The bill requires districts to establish a policy on school discipline that contains the specific basis for in-school suspensions, short term out-of-school suspensions, long term out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, and the maximum length of long term suspensions.

Executive session on HB 1497, modifying the definition of a “focus” and “priority” school, on February 13

The House Education Committee will hold an executive session on HB 1497 on Tuesday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 207. 

The bill would change the qualifications for a school to become a “focus” or “priority” school. It would add schools that have the largest career and college readiness indicator gaps for 2 consecutive years to the list of “focus schools.” Under the bill, if these schools remain on the list for 2 consecutive years, they would be qualified as a “priority school.” The bill would also make several changes to the qualifications of a “priority school.”

Executive session on HB 1496, establishing a performance-based accountability system, on February 13

The House Education Committee will hold an executive session on HB 1496 on Tuesday February 13 at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 207.

The bill would establish a performance-based accountability system as one of two required methods that a school uses to demonstrate that it is providing the opportunity for an adequate education.

Executive session on HB 1495, adding indicators to state reporting of district performance, on February 13

The House Education Committee will hold an executive session on HB 1495 on Tuesday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 207.

The bill adds indicators that school districts and colleges are required to report to the Department of Education and establishes a rating scale for school districts.

Executive session on HB 1494, clarifying the definition of “academic standards,” on February 13

The House Education Committee will hold an executive session on HB 1494 on Tuesday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 207.

The bill changes the definition of “academic standards” to include what a student should know and be able to do in a “course, program, or at each grade level.”  (Italics indicate addition to definition.)

Executive session on HB 1493, limiting statewide assessments to academic achievement and growth, on February 13

The House Education Committee will hold an executive session on HB 1493 on Tuesday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 207.

The bill specifies that the annual statewide assessment should measure only academic achievement and growth and will not measure non-objective data, including “work-study practices or student behaviors.”

Education bills on the House Calendar, February 7 & 8

The House will meet on Wednesday, February 7 and Thursday, February 8. There are 9 bills on the consent calendar and 1 bill on the regular calendar.  (more…)

Work session on HB 1674, which adds computer science & digital literacy as part of an adequate education, on February 6 at 10:30 a.m.

The House Education Committee will hold a work session on HB 1674 on Tuesday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m. in LOB 207.

The bill would add computer science and digital literacy to the components of an adequate education and replaces technology education with engineering and technologies.

Work session on HB 1497, modifying the definition of a “focus” and “priority” school, on February 6

The House Education Committee will hold a work session on HB 1497 on Tuesday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m. in LOB 207. 

The bill would change the qualifications for a school to become a “focus” or “priority” school. It would add schools that have the largest career and college readiness indicator gaps for 2 consecutive years to the list of “focus schools.” Under the bill, if these schools remain on the list for 2 consecutive years, they would be qualified as a “priority school.” The bill would also make several changes to the qualifications of a “priority school.”

Work session on HB 1496, establishing a performance-based accountability system, on February 6

The House Education Committee will hold a work session on HB 1496 on Tuesday February 6 at 10:30 a.m. in LOB 207.

The bill would establish a performance-based accountability system as one of two required methods that a school uses to demonstrate that it is providing the opportunity for an adequate education.

Work session on HB 1495, adding indicators to state reporting of district performance, on February 6 at 10:30 a.m.

The House Education Committee will hold a work session on HB 1495 on Tuesday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m. in LOB 207.

The bill adds indicators that school districts and colleges are required to report to the Department of Education and establishes a rating scale for school districts.

Work session on HB 1494, clarifying the definition of “academic standards,” on February 6

The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 1494 on Tuesday, January 6 at 10:30 a.m. in LOB 207.

The bill changes the definition of “academic standards” to include what a student should know and be able to do in a “course, program, or at each grade level.”  (Italics indicate addition to definition.)

Subcommittee work session on HB 1493, limiting statewide assessments to academic achievement and growth, on February 6

The House Education Committee will hold a work session on HB 1493 on Tuesday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m. in LOB 207.

The bill specifies that the annual statewide assessment should measure only academic achievement and growth and will not measure non-objective data, including “work-study practices or student behaviors.”

Hearing on SB 441, requiring policies on final grades, on February 6

The Senate Education Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 441 on Tuesday, February 6 at 9:45 a.m. in LOB 103.

The bill requires school districts to adopt a policy requiring that the grade awarded to a student by a teacher is final.

Hearing on SB 437, adding eligibility requirements to the Robotics Education Fund grant program, on February 6

The Senate Education Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 437 on Tuesday, February 6 at 9:15 a.m.

The bill requires grantee schools to implement Change the Equation curriculum. It also allows the Department of Education to administer additional grants if there are additional funds after all initial grant requests have been met.

Hearing on SB 435, requiring the State Board to adopt rules for granting credit for alternative programs, on February 6

The Senate Education Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 435 on Tuesday, February 6 at 9 a.m. in LOB 103.

The bill requires the State Board of Education to adopt rules for approving alternative programs for granting credits leading to graduation. It also gives some responsibility of decisions regarding curriculum, course offerings, and methods of instruction to the Department of Education (italics are additions to the bill):

It is the responsibility of local teachers, administrators, [and] school boards, and the department of education to identify and implement approaches best suited for the students in their communities to acquire the skills and knowledge included in the curriculum, to determine the scope, organization, and sequence of course offerings, and to choose the methods of instruction, the activities, and the materials to be used.

Hearing on HB 1637, requiring districts to adopt policies relating to suspensions and expulsions, on January 30 at 1:30 p.m.

The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 1637 on Tuesday, January 30 at 1:30 p.m. in LOB 207.

The bill requires districts to establish a policy on school discipline that contains the specific basis for in-school suspensions, short term out-of-school suspensions, long term out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, and the maximum length of long term suspensions.

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