2012 State Department of Education Legislative Review


Bill No.

Author(s)

Description

Gov. Approval

Effective Date

HB 2790

Ortega/

Ford

- Allows persons who have completed a Master's Degree in Education Administration or similar coursework between July 1, 2005 and July 1, 2012 to be eligible for a superintendent certification;

-Extends NBC bonuses through June 2013.

    6/8/12

    8/24/12

HB 2285

Virgin/

Stanislawski

-Extends the deadlines for teacher certification in certain areas from July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2014.

    4/9/12

    7/1/12

HB 2244

Denney/

Halligan

-Changes the grade point average requirement for alternative placement teaching certificates from cumulative to retention.

    4/17/12

    11/1/12

HB 2727

 

Inman/

Paddack

-Removes requirement that certain substitute teachers not be employed for same assignment for certain time periods.

-Requires each school district to adopt policy setting forth maximum number of days certain substitute teachers may be employed for same assignment.

   4/17/12

    11/1/12

HB 2970

Thomsen/

Brecheen

-Requires the State Board of Education to establish rules establishing an appeal process for students who are denied a standard diploma for failing to meet ACE Graduation requirements.

    4/18/12

    4/18/12

HB 2516

Kern/

Ford

-Modifies the Reading Sufficiency Act: 1) Adds kindergartners to students assessed beginning of year; 2) Removes medical referral language; 3)Clarifies good cause exemptions and processes for obtaining;

-Amends RSA Funding allocations formula;

-Removes certain criteria for RSA Summer Reading Academies.

-Students promoted on the basis of a good cause exemption receive intensive remediation/tutoring.

    5/1/12

    7/1/12

HB 2511

Coody/

Justice

-Removes the limit on screening instruments for use at the beginning of the school year for monitoring progress and measuring reading skills.

- Requires the State Board to approve screening instruments, one of which must meet the following criteria:

1. Assess for phonological awareness, phonics, reading fluency, and comprehension.

2. Document the validity and reliability of each assessment;

4. Can be used to assess special education and limited-English-proficient students;

5. Accompanied by a data management system that provides profiles for students, class, grade level and school building.  The profiles shall identify each student’s instructional point of need and reading achievement level.

    5/15/12

    8/24/12

HB 2494

Denney/

Halligan

-Amends criteria used to calculate A-F grading system for schools and school districts.

-AP courses taught at high schools, tech centers, or regional sites of OSSM; includes cooperative college alliance credit courses.

-Concurrent courses taught at technology centers will be factored into grade.

-Courses that lead to national industry certification taught at Career Tech and OSSM will be considered.

    5/30/12

    8/24/12

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HB 2676

Shumate/

Eason McIntyre

-The State Board of Education shall establish the Bridge to Literacy Reading Program to improve reading skills of children up to the 4th grade by training and assisting private entities.

-SBE shall award grants, subject to funding availability.

    5/30/12

    7/1/12

HB 3090

Nelson/

Anderson

-Requires the amount of the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship to be prorated to reflect the number of days remaining in the current school year the scholarship is received.

-Extends sunset on Special Education Statewide Cooperative Task Force.

-Redefines duties and membership of the Task Force.

    5/30/12

    8/24/12

SB 1228

Stanislawski/ Coody

-Amends statutory requirements relating to the offering of online supplemental courses and transfer students.

-Eliminates requirement that the State Board of Education establish an electronic student transfer system of students desiring to transfer to another school district for enrollment in an online course.

    4/9/12

    7/1/12

SB 1816

Stanislawski/

Quinn

- Creates the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board; appoints the Board and assigns duties.

-Designates the State Board of Education to be the sponsor of charter schools created by the Charter School Board.

-Redirects $33 million in appropriated funds to textbooks/instructional materials.

    6/8/12

    7/1/12

SB 1119

Garrison/

Faught

-School districts will provide families with students with visual or auditory impairments, information on the Oklahoma School for the Blind or the Oklahoma School for the Deaf.

    4/24/12

    7/1/12

SB 1443

Ford/

Casey

-Extends the time that certain mandates shall not apply to schools to fiscal years ending in June 2013 and June 2014.

1. Accreditation shall not be withdrawn from or denied nor shall a penalty be assessed against a school or school district for failing to meet the media materials and equipment standards and media program expenditure standards as set forth in the accreditation standards adopted by the Board.

2. The State Board shall not assess a financial penalty against any school district which is given a deficiency in accreditation status.  Accreditation shall not be withdrawn from or denied, nor shall a penalty be assessed against, a school district for complying with this section.

3. The State Board of Education shall exempt all school districts from or waive any policy, rule or law which requires school districts to form, convene, or participate in any advisory council or committee, including but not limited to the requirement to convene an advisory council when preparing the school improvement plan. School districts shall not be exempted from forming, convening or participating in an advisory council or committee if required by federal law or regulation.

4. A school district shall not be required to appoint a local textbook committee, adopt textbooks, submit a textbook plan, or expend money on the purchase of textbooks during the fiscal year if the school district makes the election as provided for in subsection B of Section 16-114a of this title.

5. A school district may elect to expend any monies allocated pursuant to this section for textbooks, including any monies carried over as authorized pursuant to subsection A of this section, for any purpose related to the support and maintenance of the school district as determined by the board of education of the school district.

    5/10/12

    7/1/12

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SB 1565

Paddack/

Coody

- Establishes a comprehensive dyslexia teacher training pilot program.

- State Regents will enter into a contract with a non-profit education center, which is certified as a multisensory structured language training institute.

-Contingent on grant funding.

    5/10/12

    7/1/12

HB 2306

Coody/

Halligan

-Removes authority of State Board of Education to review preliminary plans for new construction and major alterations of public school buildings.

-Deletes Comprehensive Local Education Plan requirement. Modifies requirement to only apply to schools identified for school improvement under NCLB. Allows those schools to electronically submit CLEP.

-Places into effect penalties for school board members who fail to meet  continuing education requirements. 

-A school board member required to vacate a seat shall be ineligible to be reappointed or to run for school board for a period of time as set forth by statute. The period of time a school board member is required to wait until being eligible to run/or be appointed is determined by the type of seat the member is elected to or holds.

-Reporting requirements for schools identified as persistently low achieving pursuant to ESEA/NCLB. For these schools, alternative education plans shall be included in the school improvement plan.

-Amends substitute teacher requirements. Any person employed as a full time teacher for 10 or more years immediately preceding an application for employment as a substitute teacher may not be required to have a criminal check performed as long as the person remains employed for consecutive years at the same school district for which an application has been submitted.

-School districts shall not be required to annually submit RSA plans, unless certain modifications to the plan are made.

    6/8/12

    8/24/12

HB 2750

Kirby/

Johnson, Rob

-Extends the authority of a superintendent or principal to order any person off of school property.

-Authority includes the removal of a person attending an official school activity or field trip where student are present.

- Extends removal authority even if not on school property when the superintendent determines that a threat to the peaceful conduct of students exists.

    4/25/12

     11/1/12

HB 2967

Thomsen/

Bingman

-Application for Uniform Athlete Agents’ Surety Bond is reduced from $250,000 to $50,000.

-Bill modifies one of the bond application criteria.  The application must contain the names and addresses of three individuals not related to or residing with the applicant who are willing to serve as references.

    5/1/12

    11/1/1

SB 1797

Jolley/

Denney

-Establishes the Commission for Educational Quality and Accountability.

-Appoints Commissioners to oversee Commission;

-Consolidates Education Oversight Board, Office of Accountability, and OCTP into new Commission;

-Consolidates duties of existing agencies into the new Commission and establishes new duties.

    5/8/12

    1/1/13 
 (Sections 1-4; 8-12)

    7/1/13
 (Sections 5-7; 13-16)

    7/1/14
 (Section 17)

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HB 3000

Newell/

Brecheen

-Failure of school board members to meet continuing education requirements will result in the inability to run for reelection or to be reappointed for a period of time.

    5/7/12

    5/7/12

HB 2641

Denney/

Halligan

- Creates 21st Century Successful Living Act.

-The Legislature finds that it is desirable that school districts have access to individual and group counseling that offers evidence-based curriculum.

-Subject to the availability of funds, the Office of Juvenile Affairs and Oklahoma Assoc. for Youth shall identify evidence- based counseling curriculum and shall make programs available to students in school districts.

    5/14/12  

    8/24/12

HB 2684

Banz/

Ford

-Known as the Larry Dickerson Education Flexible Benefits Allowance Act.

-Amends the definition of “support personnel” of school districts to include persons working a minimum of six hours per day for a minimum of 1,032 hours per year.

    5/30/12

    7/1/12

HB 3056

Steele/

Bingman

-Amends statute governing flexible heath benefit allowances (FBA).

-Clarifies payments occur by fiscal year.

-Legislature may appropriate funding specifically for payment of FBA. If legislature does not, State Board. Of Education shall allocate funds from School Activity Account first—prior to allocating funds for other purposes.

-Allows school districts to send premium payment to Board before payment is due.

    5/30/12

   7/1/12

SB 1796

Jolley/

Sears

-Relates to investments made by treasurers of school districts.

-Amends statute to include “Investment programs administered by the State Treasurer” as programs in which school districts invest.

 

    5/8/12

    8/24/12

HB 2647

Brumbaugh/

Jolley

An Act relating to state vehicles; amending 47 O.S. 2011, Sections 151, 153 and 156.1, which relate to automobiles owned by the state; providing for vehicles leased by the state; amending 68 O.S. 2011, Sections 2103 and 2110, which relate to taxes on vehicles; providing exceptions; amending 74 O.S. 2011, Sections 85.45l and 110.3, which relate to fleet management; exempting certain state employees from Trip Optimizer system; requiring Office of State Finance to publish certain rate schedule; modifying applicability of inventory records; and providing an effective date

    5/30/12

    11/1/12

HB 2623

McDaniel, Randy/

Anderson

Providing that members of the Teacher’s Retirement System who have final felony convictions forfeit retirement benefits; excluding deferred sentences; delaying benefits until completion of deferred sentence; excluding certain member contributions; providing that members of the System who have left active contributory service and who have certain final felony convictions forfeit retirement benefits; providing for rejection of claims; providing that suspension or forfeiture continues codification.

    4/16/12

    11/1/12

HB 2321

McDaniel, Randy/

Anderson

Modifies the number of unused sick days that can be used for creditable service in the Teachers' Retirement System and the OK Public Employees Retirement System

    4/27/12

    4/27/12

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