Things you need to know:
• House and Senate Education Action
• Back to Session Webinar tomorrow at 11:30
• Facebook Live Advocacy Update tomorrow at 3:00
SB 1008 common schools; average daily membership (Petersen) passed 7-0
This bill enables schools to utilize all the hours that a student is scheduled to attend when calculating a student’s average daily membership, including lunch and recess periods. ASBA is neutral.
SB 1057 county school superintendent; report; approval (Burges) passed 7-0
This bill removes the requirement for county school superintendents to approve school districts’ annual financial reports. ASBA is neutral.
SB 1082 full-day kindergarten; instruction requirements (S Allen) passed 7-0
This bill outlines requirements for school districts and charter schools that offer more than 2.5 hours of voluntary kindergarten instruction per day to children younger than six years old. These programs must align with academic standards for teaching kindergarten as prescribed by the State Board of Education, be academically meaningful, emphasize literacy, provide an active learning environment, and incorporate play as an instructional strategy. ASBA is neutral.
SB 1083 schools; recess periods (S Allen) passed 7-0
This bill requires school districts and charter schools to provide recess periods as follows:
• At least two recess periods during the school day for students in kindergarten through 5th grade
• At least one recess period during the school day for students in half-day kindergarten programs
• Participation in a physical education course and time during a scheduled lunch period may count as recess periods
School districts and charter schools are not required to extend the school day to meet these requirements.
Middle schools, high schools, online schools, and schools where the lowest grade taught is fifth grade are exempt from these requirements. ASBA is opposed.
HB 2026 county school superintendent; services; entities (Boyer) passed 10-0-0-1
This bill grants County School Superintendents the ability to accept and expend public funds on behalf of private libraries, tribal libraries, private schools, and tribal schools. Currently, County School Superintendents are allowed to spend public funds and assist with things like staff development and curriculum alignment at school districts, charter schools, county free library districts, and municipal libraries. The bill also expands the ability of school district governing boards to enter into intergovernmental agreements with these groups. ASBA is neutral.
HB 2036 substitute teachers; experience; certification (Carter) passed 8-2-0-1
This bill enables substitute teachers who have demonstrated primary teaching responsibility in a classroom to use that time toward any classroom teaching requirement for standard teaching certification. ASBA is neutral.
HB 2085 schools; epinephrine administration (Carter) passed 9-0-0-2
This bill eliminates the requirement for the Department of Education to include funding for epinephrine auto-injectors in its budget request each year, and removes the requirement that schools to stock two or more doses of juvenile and adult epinephrine auto-injectors if the state appropriates sufficient funds Districts retain immunity from liability if they choose to stock epinephrine and provide the required training. It also allows schools to accept monetary donations, apply for grants, or participate in third-party programs to obtain the medication. ASBA is neutral.
HB 2086 schools; diabetes management policies; pharmacists (Carter) passed 10-0-0-1
This bill adds pharmacists licensed in Arizona to the list of individuals who may participate in developing a diabetes management plan for a student. District responsibilities are unchanged. ASBA is neutral.
HB 2088 pupils; concussions; parental notification (Carter) passed 10-0-0-1
This bill requires that a student’s parents be notified immediately if it is suspected that they have sustained a concussion during an interscholastic athletic activity. ASBA is neutral.
HB 2089 interscholastic activities; health dangers; information (Carter) passed 10-0-0-1
Requires district school governing boards to develop guidelines, information, and forms on the dangers of heat-related illnesses, sudden cardiac death, and prescription opioid use. Each year, the student athlete and their parent must sign this information. ASBA is neutral.
HB 2112 funding; gifted pupils (Carter) passed 10-0-0-1
Appropriates $5,000,000 from the general fund in FY 2018-2019 to the Department of Education. $4,500,000 is for additional assistance for gifted programs and $500,000 is to be distributed as grants for school districts and charter schools that apply to the Department for assessments to identify gifted pupils. ASBA supports.
Back to Session Webinar
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Advocacy Updates: LIVE tomorrow at 3pm!
Please check out our Facebook page for a live discussion about this week’s action at the legislature. You can ineract with the GR team in real time as we answer your questions.