Legislative Update 1/21

So far, all of the action is in the Senate Education Committee. There are currently twelve new bills in committee since the start of the 2014 legislative session.

None of the following have been assigned to subcommittees yet:

  • SF 2006 by Sodders (D-Marshall) authorizing the establishment of a philanthropy account within a student activity fund.
  • SF 2016 by Johnson (R-Osceola) requiring schools to post annual reports on bullying and harassment data online.
  • SF 2018 by Dvorsky (D-Johnson) defining the minimum school day as six hours of instructional time for districts choosing to measure instructional time in days rather than hours (making the 180 days equivalent to 1080 hours requirement) and providing rules for counting days for late starts, early outs, professional development, and parent-teacher conferences.
  • SF 2022 by Zaun (R-Polk) relating to instruction of students with reading disabilities.

The DE has six proposed bills in the committee, all of which have been assigned subcommittees:

  • SSB 3019 to make technical corrections, including corrections to the assessment task force charge which seem to be limited to clarifying that the assessments will be limited to the core academic indicators listed in paragraph “b” and will not include the other indicators listed (graduation rates etc.).
  • SSB 3021 providing for the establishment of an Iowa middle school extended learning time pilot project grant program.
  • SSB 3028 defining a school day as six hours of instructional time for schools choosing to measure instructional time in days rather than hours, rules for counting days for late starts, early outs, professional development, or parent-teacher conferences, and allowing accredited nonpublic schools to request early start dates for the school year.
  • SSB 3029 relating to the administrator quality program, making it subject to appropriations, and removing the exclusion of assistant principals and assistant superintendents from the definition of administrator.
  • SSB 3030 relating to standards for educational and instructional models, programs and supplementary weighting for students identified as limited English proficient.
  • SSB 3031 relating to professional development services for elementary teachers to improve students’ literacy skills.

There are two other study bills in the committee, which also have been assigned to subcommittees:

  • SSB 3020 proposed by the Department of Public Defense relating to the national guard educational assistance program removing the requirement that Iowa National Guard members also be residents of the state of Iowa to receive assistance.
  • SSB 3032 proposed by the Board of Educational Examiners relating to the issuance of transitional coaching authorizations.
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