These are the Education Bills Mommy Lobby AZ are (sic) tracking for the 2018 Legislative Session. Here are the bills in the Senate and the House and their current status.

Senate Legislation:

SB1008- Average Daily Membership (ADM). This bill is tied to SB1083 (Recess Bill). ADM calculation will include "all the time a student is in school" which includes recess time. This bill passed the Senate Education Committee 7-0, passed Senate Appropriations 9-0-1, passed Senate Rules, and passed full Senate with a vote of 29-0-1. Now in the House and passed House Education 9-0-1 and now in House Rules. VOTE YES!

SB1057- County School Superintendent Report. This bill allows the school budget report, from local Local Education Agencies (LEA's), to no longer being required to be sent from the 15 State County Superintendents but to be sent directly to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).This bill passed the Senate Education Committee 7-0, passed Senate Rules, and passed full Senate with a vote of 30-0. Now in the House and passed House Education 8-0-2 and now in House Rules. VOTE NO- State Superintendents should be doing their job and tracking their budgets in their counties!

SB1082- Full-Day Kindergarten. The bill proliferates Full-Day Kindergarten in local LEA's but it does not have a clear "opt out" clause. Any achievement gains from Full-day Kindergarten are lost by 2nd grade. This bill passed the Senate Education Committee 7-0, passed Senate Appropriation 10-0, passed Senate Rules, and passed full Senate with a vote of 28-1. Now in the House and passed House Education 9-0-1 and now in House Rules.VOTE NO as written- no optional clause!

SB1083- Recess Periods. This bill would mandate school recess periods. We support this bill because the LEA's won't listen to parents about the benefit of having recess. We don't support another mandate or more governmental control over schools, however. Example of recess no longer being offered in Chandler Unified School District after 2nd grade. Parents fought this and also in a Phoenix District (Christine Davis) through petitions and their voices were ignored. This bill passed the Senate Education Committee 7-0 with an amendment, passed Senate Rules with an amendment, and passed full Senate with a vote of 26-3-1. Now in the House and passed House Education 9-0-1 and now in House Rules. VOTE YES!

SB1289- National motto and state motto display. This bill would require schools to display: 1) the national motto; 2) the national anthem; 3) the pledge of allegiance; 4) the preamble to the Arizona Constitution; 5) the Declaration of Independence; 6) the Mayflower Compact; 7) writings, speeches, documents and proclamations of the founding fathers and U.S. Presidents; 8) published decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court; and 9) acts of the U.S. Congress. This bill passed the Senate Education Committee 6-0-1, passed Senate Rules, and passed full Senate with a vote of 17-13. Now in the House...VOTE YES!

SB1378- Bond overrides, funding sources. This bill requires the informational report or publicity pamphlet for a school district budget override or bond election to include a statement of the total amount of revenues the school district received per pupil from federal, state and local funding sources for the fiscal year and any additional per pupil revenue or expenditure information the governing board chooses to provide. This bill passed the Senate Education Committee 4-2-1, passed Senate Appropriations 5-3-2 and now in Senate Rules...VOTE YES!

SB1389- Student/teacher data collection, prohibition (AzMERIT bill). This bill ensures that LEA's must keep student information private unless they have written permission from the parent or eligible student to release any information from a student's education record. This bill passed the Senate Education Committee 4-3, passed Senate Rules, and full Senate with a vote of 27-3. Now in the House...VOTE YES!

SB1411- Annual Achievement Profiles. The dashboard assigns A-F letter grades on multiple academic and educational performance indicators, which then go towards providing an overall letter grade. This bill passed the Senate Education Committee 7-0 with an amendment, passed Senate Rules with an amendment, and "Retained" in Senate COW...VOTE YES!

SB1444- American civics education. This bill requires that the SBE include American civics education in social studies, and requires the ADE to develop a 5-yr pilot program for 9th-12th graders that enhances the focus on American civics education in participating schools. This program will begin in the 2019 school year in both district and charter schools, and these LEA's can volunteer to participate for 5 consecutive years. This bill passed the Senate Education Committee 6-0-1, passed Senate Appropriations 9-1 and now in Senate Rules...VOTE YES!

House Legislation:

HB2037- Statewide College Readiness Exam- 11th grade testing. This bill would have the general fund pay for local LEA's to offer the ACT/SAT as an alternative assessment to AzMERIT. Prevents the SBE from administering the statewide assessment in science to high schools, and instead requires the board to administer to all high schoolers a statewide college readiness exam with a science portion- ACT, SAT, etc. This bill passed the House Education Committee 9-0-2, passed House Rules and full House with a vote of 60-0. Now in the Senate...VOTE- Neutral unless modifications are made in the Senate with an amendment!

HB2158- Additional Tax Rate- Prop 301 renewal. This bill extends the Prop 301 tax rate, which expires June 30, 2021. Beginning July 1, 2021 this bill established an additional 0.6% Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT). This tax would not be considered local revenues for the purpose of expenditure limits for school district. This bill passed the House Education Committee 9-1-1 and now in House Rules... VOTE YES!

HB2373- Classroom Teacher Supply Assistance. This bill requires school district and charter schools to create a classroom teacher supply assistance account in their Maintenance and Operation (M&O) budget. It appropriates $8.7M in 2018, $11.6M in 2019, and $14.5M in 2020 to the ADE to distribute to each district based on the total number of teachers employed. This bill passed the House Education Committee 6-3-2 and now in House Appropriations...VOTE YES!

HB2435- English Language Learners (ELL)- Instruction and Budgeting. This bill alters the English Language Learner (ELL) program, lowering the minimum amount of time ELL students are required to be in English language development each day. The State Board of Education (SBE) must adopt research-based models for structured English immersion that include a minimum amount of English language development. For K-6: 120 min/day or 360 hr/yr; and 7-12: 100 min/day or 300 hr/yr. Allows districts and charters to submit SEI and alternative English instruction models for SBE approval. Requires Auditor General to conduct an analysis of the effectiveness of all models adopted by SBE and identify the most effective. This bill passed the House Education Committee 10-0 with an amendment, passed House Rules, and full House with a vote of 56-1. Now in the Senate...VOTE YES!

HB2377- Teacher's School Supplies Tax Credit. This bill establishes a tax credit, capped at $400, for educational supplies and materials purchased by a K-12 schoolteacher and use in the teacher's classroom. Married teachers, filing jointly, may claim tax credit separately. Contains a retroactive effective date of January 1, 2018. This bill passed the House Education Committee 6-3-2, passed House Rules, and bill died in full House 23-31. Pushing for a "reconsideration" vote as of 2/23/18. VOTE YES if "reconsideration" vote occurs in the House!

HB2520- K-3 Reading Requirements. This bill makes various changes to the K-3 reading program administered by the ADE. It modifies Move-on-when-reading (MOWR) retention requirements: 3rd grade can be retained if a student doesn't demonstrate sufficient reading skills, rather than skills that "fall far below" the 3rd grade level. Prohibits a student from being retained if the assessment data isn't available before the end of the current school year, rather than the beginning of the next school year. Allows ELL, or student with limited English proficiency, to be promoted regardless of the amount of English language instruction the student has received. Allows a student to be promoted if the student demonstrates sufficient reading skills or adequate progress through a collection of SBE-approved assessments. It also required reporting from LEA's. This bill passed the House Education Committee 9-0-2, passed House Rules, and passed full House with a 59-0 vote. Now in the Senate...VOTE YES!

HB2561- Civics literacy state seal. This bill requires the SPI to establish a State Seal of Civics Literacy Program, which will recognize students who graduate with a high level of proficiency in Civics. It has the same requirements for the Superintendent and schools that exist with the State Seal of Bi-literacy Program. State Board of Education to work with "ASU's School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership," along with other experts on fundamental civic knowledge, on adopting a list of assessments through research-based methodology to determine a student's proficient in civics. This bill passed the House Education Committee 9-0-2, passed House Rules, and passed full House with a 34-25-1 vote. Now in the Senate... VOTE- Neutral since we want assessments controlled by local LEA's not the state- "local control!"

-Jennifer Reynolds
@MommyLobbyAZ
http://www.reynoldsnet.org/commoncore/activism.html

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A fantastic clarification of the bills in our state house for education.  Thanks a bunch Jennifer.  Your work will come to fruition soon. 

Our chance to comment and affect the votes is during committee hearings.  Yes we can encourage all the senators/representatives after committee hearings, but looks to me like most of these have 'flown' through with virtually no objections...and in most cases looks like 'we' wanted Yes Votes.  1057, 1082 look like they will sail the rest of the way.  Jennifer you have done a fantastic job!

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