Friday, April 12, 2019

Day 89

This Week’s Recap

This week, SB 1256 (school districts; procurement practices; auditors) passed the House with the votes needed for emergency enactment and was signed by the Governor. This is a huge victory so that districts’ business practices won’t be interrupted over the summer. HB 2693 (misconduct involving weapons; school grounds) failed by a vote of 15-14 in the Senate.

The biggest news is the passage of SB 1346. It was introduced as a bill to delay the implementation of the Menu of Assessments for grades 3-8, but it became the repeal of a decades-old prohibition on discussing homosexuality during HIV/AIDS instruction. Check out AZEdNews’ video and article on this historic day!

Speaking of the Menu of Assessments…

The State Board of Education is having a special meeting on Monday, April 15 to discuss next steps after the U.S. Dept of Education didn’t approve Arizona’s Menu of Assessments plans for school years 2019-2020 and beyond. Click here to view the agenda. 

No News is Good News

Over the coming weeks, as business at the Legislature slows down and we’re just waiting for a budget, we will only send a Daily Update on days when there are indeed things to update you on. Don’t be alarmed by their absence! We’ll keep you posted as bills move and issues arise. As always, feel free to reach out to check in on the status of any bill or issue you’re curious about.