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February12

Tax Credit Tabled

In an unexpectedly welcome way, a bill that would have essentially subsidized private or home schooled education went down in committee, by its proverbial “own hand” nonetheless.   House Bill 1173 sponsor Rep. Don Kopp (35) requested the House Taxation committee table the bill citing plans to reintroduce a different version of the proposed legislation
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February12

Extension and Innovation

Capital Outlay sunset date extended   Senate Education committee members stretched the provision allowing school districts to use capital outlay funds for certain insurance, energy, utilities and motor fuel costs at Tuesday’s meeting.   The committee voted 7-0 to extend the sunset date to 2018 as part of Senate Bill 194. The provision, introduced in
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February08

News and Notes from Thursday

Action on TFA bill deferred   Action on Senate Bill 188, which would provide $500,000 in funding, taken from the general fund, for the Teach for America grant program, was deferred at Thursday’s Senate Appropriations meeting.   The TFA grant program would recruit teachers to and place them in school districts with high numbers of
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February08

Senate Ed. acts on three bills

Continuing contract bill discontinued   By a single vote (4-3), the Senate Education committee deferred to the 41st day a bill that allowed school districts to opt out of continuing contract requirements for teachers and establish contract provisions for the teachers the district employs that are in the best interest of the school district.  
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February08

ASBSD Weekly Legislative Roundup

The fifth week of legislative session was littered with a variety bills for K-12 education (check past week’s posts) with a hearing on a bill that would adjust special education funding concluding the week.   Senate Bill 15 calls for the adjustment of the tax levy for special education to be raised to $1.53 per
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February07

News and notes from Wednesday

Remediation bill reconsidered   In a surprise move that opened up this morning’s (Wednesday) House Education committee meeting, Rep. Scott Ecklund asked for reconsideration of an amended version of House Bill 1166 and members obliged.   At Monday’s (Feb. 4) committee meeting, members deferred HB 1166, which would reward teachers in school districts with bonuses based
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February06

Two bills tackled on Tuesday by Reps

Onward for innovation   Members of the House of Representatives passed House Bill 1164 with a 60-9 vote on Tuesday.   The bill would provide one-time dollars in the form of classroom innovation grants to utilize technology in creative and innovative ways to enhance learning and achievement of their students. Bill sponsor Rep. David Lust
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February06

Information to remain offline

For the foreseeable future school districts, and other government bodies, will continue to pay to have meeting minutes, public notices, school documents, bids and other information in the newspaper.   House Local Government committee members deferred House Bill 1224 to the 41st Legislative day at Tuesday’s bill hearing on a 10-3 vote. HB 1224 would
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February06

Funding change for “Under 100” deferred

House Education committee members voted to defer action on House Bill 1213, which would reduce the amount of state aid and eliminate the small school adjustment after school district drops under 100 total students for two consecutive years.   Executive Director Wade Pogany testified that the bill would “slowly erode” districts with under 100 students if
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February05

News and notes

Critical needs scholarship returns   Senate Bill 233 brings back a familiar piece of legislation from last year. The bill is looking to establish the critical needs teaching scholarship program, which was one of the lone bright spots from last year’s controversial education reform plan, House Bill 1234.   Senate Education committee members will have
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