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February05

Quick hits from committees

Scholarship program bill moves on   Senate Education committee members gave unanimous approval at this morning’s committee meeting to a bill resurrecting a piece of last year’s controversial education reform, House Bill 1234.   Senate Bill 233 would establish the critical needs teaching scholarship program for student’s looking to enter the teaching profession in a
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February04

Hearings held for three funding bills

A bill to change the state aid funding formula and two special project funding bills had hearings this morning as the fifth week of legislative session began.   House Bill 1202 was deferred to the 41st Legislative Day on an 8-4 vote by House State Affairs committee members. The bill called for the change of
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February01

Week ends on high note for K-12

Four bills with ties to K-12 education received passing votes on Thursday.   Senate Bill 96 passed on 25-9 vote through the Senate. The bill would allow school districts with an enrollment under 100 to remain open, if they are exercising joint powers or intergovernmental cooperation in education.   “The bill presents a really positive
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February01

ASBSD Weekly Legislative Roundup

The fourth week of legislative session proved busy for legislation related to K-12 education.   House Bill 1087, which would allow school boards to “create, establish and supervise” a “sentinel” program that would arm staff, security or volunteers on school grounds, passed the House of Representatives on a 42-27 vote. The bill now heads to
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January31

Two bills take two different steps

House and Senate members took action on two bills with ties to K-12 education on Wednesday afternoon and yielded two different results. Senators unanimously passed Senate Bill 158 on to their legislative counterparts. The bill would provide state funding for students in treatment centers and clarifies the discrepancy that funding for the student in the
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January30

Two positive bills for K-12 pass committee

Senate Education committee members passed two bills supported by ASBSD on Tuesday.   Senate Bill 96 passed on a 6-0 vote with no opponent testimony. The bill would permit school districts with an enrollment under 100 to avoid consolidation if they are exercising joint powers or intergovernmental cooperation in education.   Joint powers agreements allow any number of school districts in the
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January30

Three bills deferred to 41st

Increased funding bill blocked   House Bill 1201, which called for an increase to the per-student allocation dollar amount for the next three years, was deferred to the 41st Legislative Day on 9-4 by the House State Affairs committee.   “The bill was in for a battle,” Pogany said. “Although it’s disappointing it was defeated, the committee acknowledged something needs to
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January30

No changes to executive session

Members of the Senate Local Government committee voted down a bill that would have required executive and closed sessions of government bodies be recorded and records maintained for one year.   Senate Bill 167 was deferred to the 41st Legislative day on 4-3 vote this morning (Wednesday). ASBSD opposed the bill.   Executive Director Wade Pogany testified the bill was unnecessary and
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January29

Bills pass to start week

Three bills passed their original house to start week number three of legislative session.   Representatives passed House Bill 1108 by 63-5 vote on Monday. The open meeting’s related bill initially placed sub- and advisory committees under the open meetings umbrella, but was amended by the House State Affairs committee removing the requirement. The bill’s main function now is to exclude advisory bodies from
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January29

K-12 gets committee focus tomorrow

Wednesday’s committee schedule marks a big day for legislation related to K-12 education.   House State Affairs committee members will hear two bills that would improve upon the current K-12 education funding situation.   House Bill 1201 calls for an increase to the per-student allocation dollar amount for the next three years to balance the “funding shortfalls” school
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