Text Released for Two Former Education “Boxcars,” Two Substitute Bills

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What is a “Boxcar”?

Boxcars are bills that are numbered and titled, but have no text. Each year, legislators introduce dozens of education boxcar bills. Some will have text released later in the session and will move through the regular legislative process. However, some of these may pop up unexpectedly in the last few days of the session.

Bill Text Released

HB147 Online Education Amendments — Rep. Bradley Last (R-Hurricaine)

  • This bill specifies the purpose of the Electronic High School; provides that the Electronic High School may only offer courses required for high school graduation or that fulfill core curriculum course requirements; requires a school district or charter school to offer online courses at the grades 9 through 12 level and online concurrent enrollment courses to students enrolled in the school district or charter school in grades 11 and 12; allows a school district or charter school to develop and teach online courses, and to ensure a wide selection of high quality online courses are offered; requires a school district or charter school to contract with an entity for online course content or online course instruction; allows a school district or charter school to form a consortium with other school districts or charter schools for the purpose of contracting with an entity for online course content or online course instruction; allows a student the option to enroll in online courses for a certain number of course credits each year; provides that online course credit hours are included in daily membership, except a student may not count as more than one FTE, unless the student intends to complete high school graduation requirements and exit high school early; provides that a student enrolled in an online course may not take more than a full course load unless: the student intends to complete high school graduation requirements and exit high school early; or if allowed by local school board or charter school governing board policy; provides for the administration of statewide assessments to students enrolled in online courses; repeals provisions relating to the Statewide Online Education Program; and makes technical amendments. This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.

SB223 Pledge of Allegiance Reinforcement Act — Sen. Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan)

  • This bill modifies requirements for reciting the pledge of allegiance in public schools.

New Substitute Bills

HB206S1 Curriculum Options for Secondary School Students — Rep. John Dougall (R-American Fork)

  • This bill allows a secondary student and, if the secondary student is a minor, the secondary student’s parent or guardian, to determine whether the secondary student’s technical education goals would be better achieved at a campus of the Utah College of Applied Technology for purposes of allowing the secondary student to attend that institution. This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.

SB151S1 Student Opportunity Scholarships — Sen. Howard Stephenson (R-Draper)

  • USOE has not produced a summary on this bill yet.

Find all the education bills we’re tracking this session and the positions the Utah State Board of Education has taken on them under the 2012 Education Bills tab on the menu at the top-right of the page.

* Utah State Board of Education Position

* Green = Support

* Light Green = Support the Concept

* Yellow = Hold for further Study

* Orange = Recommend for Interim Study

* Red = Oppose

* Purple = Unnecessary

* Light Blue = Watch

* Blue = No Position

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