UPDATE: Status on education bills

As promised, here is an update on some of the larger education bills. If you need more information on these bills or any others go here.

These passed out of chamber during crossover day:
HB 243: This stops the bonus paid to teachers with national board certification, but grandfathers in teachers who have it or are in the process of getting it. It also takes away the supplement if a teacher moves into administration.
HB 193: Establishes the school year as 180 days or the “equivalent.” The State Board of Education would define “equivalent” but it could let schools set four-day school weeks or stretch the school year so kids attend classes during the summer.
SB 160: Requires schools to close for Veterans Day. (As a side note, a similar bill in the House, HB 3, never made it out of committee.)

These didn’t pass out or never got on the calendar for a vote:
SB 90: Provides taxpayer-funded vouchers for parents to send their child to any public school or private school willing to accept the student.
SB 167: Exempts school systems from paying excise fees on fuel for school buses, with a projected statewide savings of about $5 million.
HB 215: Sets up different high school diplomas, each with their own requirements. This would replace the state’s one diploma.
HB 208: Requires a bilingual endorsement on high school transcripts, effective July 2011. The state education department would develop the rules to determine if students have bilingual skills.
HB 281: Allows students who attend a virtual charter school approved by the state to participate in extracurricular activities at the public school they were zoned to attend.
HB 547: The state would pay for students to take the ACT PLAN or the PSAT, both practice tests for college admissions exams. Students would pick which one to take.

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March 13th, 2009
5:58 pm


March 13th, 2009
7:10 pm

I was hoping HB 215 would make it to the Senate.


March 14th, 2009
10:45 am

HB 243: A good first step. Eventually, this bonus needs to be phased out. 75% of the NBCT inour county’s system are librarians. How in the hell does that help student achievement?

HB 193: I like it. Actually give more control to the local school systems to implement their school calendar as they see fit.

SB 160: I’ve got mixed emotions on this one. I agree that we should honor our veterans. I also see the benefit of having veterans come to the school and give presentations to the students.


March 14th, 2009
11:41 am

HB 243 – there is still the stipulation “if funding is available.” I understand the frustration of some in regard to NBCTs increasing student achievement – although there is much research to support the value of NBCTs in the classroom – however, I contend that the pay increase is a contractural issue. The State entered into a contract with me. I have fulfilled my obligations. I paid the fee, did the work, earned the certification, and continue to do my job – with great results, I might add. So, how can the State just up and decide that the contract is no longer binding? AND…if the State can decide at any point that the contract is no longer binding, who in their right mind would work to prove themselves worthy of the Master Teacher designation knowing that the next legistature can, on a whim, repeal that contract, too?


March 28th, 2009
6:35 am

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