Things you need to know:
• 15 Bills Passed in House Education
• 7 Bills Passed COW
• 3 Bills Passed Third Read
Passed House Education
HB 2037 schools; statewide college readiness examination (Carter) passed 9-0-2. This bill prevents the State Board of Education from administering statewide assessments of student achievements of the state’s academic standards to 11th graders. Prevents the board from administering the statewide assessment in science to high schoolers, and instead requires the board to administer to all high schoolers a statewide college readiness examination with a science portion. ASBA is neutral.
HB 2158 TPT; additional rate; education (Coleman) passed as amended 9-1-1. This bill extends the Proposition 301 tax rate, which expires June 30, 2021. Beginning July 1, 2021, this bill establishes an additional 0.6% Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT). This tax would not be considered local revenues for the purpose of expenditure limits for school districts. The revenue would be distributed in largely the same manner as Proposition 301 expenditures. ASBA supports.
HB 2216 schools; dropout recovery programs; report (Leach) passed 9-0-2. This bill requires the State Board of Education to submit an annual report on the outcomes of dropout recovery programs. ASBA is neutral.
HB 2373 classroom teacher supply assistance (Engel) passed as amended 6-3-2. This bill requires school districts and charter schools to create a classroom teacher supply assistance account in their Maintenance and Operations (M&O) budget. It appropriates money from the general fund in the amount of $8.7M in 2018, $11.6M in 2019, and $14.5M in 2020 to ADE to distribute to each district based on the total number of teachers employed. Districts must give each teacher their share of the funds by August 1 based on the estimate of the total number of teachers that will be employed on September 1. Districts have until September 30 to distribute funds to teachers hired after July 1. The funds may be given to teachers via direct deposit, check, debit card, or purchasing card. Teachers must keep receipts of purchases for three years and return unspent money to this district at the end of the school year to be deposited back into the fund. ASBA supports.
HB 2377 teachers’ school supplies; tax credit (Clodfelter) passed 6-3-2. This bill establishes a tax credit, capped at $400, for educational supplies and materials purchased by a K-12 schoolteacher and used in the teacher’s classroom. A husband and wife who are both teachers and filing jointly may claim the tax credit separately. The bill also allows teachers to apply the remainder of their claim to future taxes for up to five tax years if the credit exceeds what is owed. Qualified expenses applied to this credit are to be accounted for when calculating Arizona’s adjusted gross income. Contains a retroactive effective date of January 1, 2018. ASBA is opposed.
HB 2435 English language learners; instruction; budgeting (Boyer) passed as amended 10-0. 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 as follows:
• For students in grades K-6
–120 minutes per day OR
–600 minutes per week OR
–360 hours per school year
• For students in grades 7-12
–100 minutes per day OR
–500 minutes per week OR
–300 hours per school year.
• Allows districts and charters to submit SEI and alternative English instruction models to SBE for approval.
• Requires SBE, after soliciting input from experienced educators, to adopt rules to establish a framework for evaluating research-based models submitted for approval.
• Directs SBE to ensure adopted models meet the following criteria:
–Provide coherent instruction aligned with English language proficiency standards;
–Include oral and written language instruction including structured opportunities to develop these skills;
–Include access to complex language content through grade-level textbooks with appropriate supports; and
–Include parental engagement strategies.
• Specifies a pupil who is designated as an ELL student is not prohibited from being concurrently enrolled in an SEI model and an alternative English instruction model.
• Requires the Office of the Auditor General to conduct an analysis on the effectiveness of all models adopted by SBE and identify the most effective.
HB 2489 schools; anonymous reporting; dangerous activity (Boyer) passed 9-2. This bill establishes the Safe-To-Tell Program within ADE for anonymous reporting of violent or unlawful activity being conducted or threatened on school property, a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity. ADE must manage and promote the program and provide training to law enforcement and school employees. Appropriates $400,000 from the general fund to establish the program. ASBA is neutral.
HB 2502 child abuse prevention education; schools (Boyer) passed 9-1-1. This bill requires school districts and charter school to establish education and training on child abuse prevention for employees and students beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. The program must meet certain content requirements, and can be developed by a district or in conjunction with a community advocacy organization. Students must attend the training each year and schools must provide at least two opportunities per year for students to attend. All new employees must receive training as part of their orientation and existing employees on a schedule as adopted by the district. Every school must post a sign with information on reporting child abuse and child neglect. ASBA has no position. We are working with the sponsor to amend this bill from its current form.
HB 2520 schools; reading requirements (Coleman) passed 9-0-2. This bill makes various changes to the K-3 reading program administered by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). Most notably, it modifies the Move On When Reading retention requirements as follows:
• A third-grade student can be retained if the student doesn’t demonstrate sufficient reading skills, rather than skills that fall far below the third grade level.
• Prohibits a student from being retained if assessment data isn’t available before the end of the current school year, rather than the beginning of the next school year.
• Allows an ELL student, 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 requires additional reporting from LEAs. LEAs that promote students through a MOWR exemption must submit an annual report to ADE of the number of students promoted because of an exemption, the number retained and the interventions administered. LEAs must identify each student who is at risk of reading below grade level in grade K-3 and provide a notice to the student’s parent that include a description of the student’s specific individual needs, and the most appropriate intervention strategies for that specific student. ASBA is neutral.
HB 2524 school facilities board; underutilized schools (Clodfelter) passed 6-5. This bill requires the School Facilities Board (SFB) to take ownership of a district school where current enrollment is below 25% of capacity. SFB must reimburse the district for 10% of the value or either the building or the land, whichever is greater. Allows SFB to transfer ownership of the building to an adjacent school district if that district received an A, B, or C letter grade, has experienced enrollment growth in 3 of the previous 5 years, and the district’s governing board votes to assume ownership of the building. ASBA is opposed.
HB 2526 career technical education districts (Clodfelter) passed 9-0-2. This bill renames JTEDs to Career Technical Education Districts. ASBA is neutral.
HB 2534 teachers; certification requirements (Carter) passed as amended 9-1-1. This bill makes substantial changes to teaching certificates. It requires the State Board of Education to issue the following teacher certificates:
• Standard Teaching Certificate
• Postbaccalaureate Teaching Certificate
• Subject-Matter Expert Teaching Certificate
• Classroom-Based Teaching Certificate
• CTE Teaching Certificate
It requires all certified teachers except for CTE teachers to have a bachelor’s degree. Standard teaching certificates must be renewed every 12 years and all others between 2 and 10 years. Removes the authorization for a GED to be substituted for a high school diploma for Emergency Substitute Teacher Certification. ASBA is neutral with concerns. We are hesitant about such substantial changes to the teacher certification requirements without considerable stakeholder input.
HB 2536 dual enrollment; homeschooled children (Bowers) passed 9-1-1. This bill allows homeschooled students to fully participate in dual enrollment programs and exempts them from the requirement that enrollees be full-time students in a full-time instructional program in a school district. ASBA is neutral.
HB 2561 schools; civic literacy state seal (Boyer) passed as amended 9-0-2. This bill requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish a State Seal of Civics Literacy Program, which will recognize students who graduate from an Arizona district or charter school 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 Biliteracy Program with one significant difference. The State Board of Education is required to work with ASU’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, along with other experts on fundamental civic knowledge and civic literacy at universities within AZ, on adopting a list of assessments through research-based methodology to determine a student’s proficiency in civics. This program ends on July 1, 2028. ASBA is neutral.
HB 2578 damaged school facilities; replacement; grants (John) passed 10-0. This bill allows the School Facilities Board (SFB) to award funds from the SFB Building Renewal Grant Fund to a school district to replace a damaged building or facility if the district submits information on the damaged building to the SFB, an estimation of the cost to replace the building is obtained, and the cost to repair the building is shown to exceed the cost to replace it. SFB must receive the approval of the Joint Committee on Capital Review to distribute the funds. ASBA supports.
HB 2619 JTEDs; maintenance of effort (Thorpe) failed 5-6. This bill requires ADE to determine the statewide average per pupil maintenance of effort (MOE) amount during FY 2017 for school districts that are part of a joint district. For every fiscal year thereafter, these school districts do not have to exceed the statewide average per pupil MOE from FY 2017. ASBA supports.
Passed COW or Consent COW
SB 1008 common schools; average daily membership (Petersen) passed. ASBA is neutral.
SB 1212 ADE; appropriation; geographic literacy (Kavanagh) passed. ASBA is neutral.
SB 1411 schools; annual achievement profiles (S. Allen) passed. ASBA supports.
HB 2022 appropriation; ASDB; education program (Boyer) passed. ASBA is neutral.
HB 2319 JTED satellite campuses; letter grades (Bowers) passed. ASBA is neutral.
HB 2343 schools; child abuse hotline (John) passed. ASBA is neutral.
HB 2460 charter schools; vacant buildings; equipment (Leach) passed. ASBA is opposed.
Passed Third Read
SB 1082 full-day kindergarten; instruction requirements (S. Allen) passed 28-1. ASBA is neutral.
SB 1083 schools; recess periods (S. Allen) passed 26-3. ASBA is opposed.
HB 2281 ELL instruction; dual language programs (Norgaard) passed 58-0. ASBA supports.