Bills in Committee: Wednesday Feb. 22

Stack of Bills

Bills in Committee

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Senate Education Committee — 8 a.m.

HB213 School Community Council Member Qualifications — Rep. Lee Perry (R-Perry)

  • WHAT: This bill modifies the qualifications for a parent or guardian member of a school community council; requires the membership of a school community council to include two or more parent or guardian members than the number of school employee members; and makes technical amendments.
  • WHEN: HB213 is on the Senate Education Committee agenda, scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. in Room 415 of the State Capitol Building.

SB54S1 Amendments Related to Education Funding — Sen. Ben McAdams (D-Salt Lake City)

  • WHAT: This is the substitute version of SB54 adopted by the Senate Education Committee when the committee first considered the bill. It failed to pass out with a favorable recommendation, but is being reconsidered today. The original version of the bill had the Utah State Board of Educaiton’s support. It made changes to tax and education provisions to provide for education funding and required certain advertisement related to education funding. This bill provided effective dates and provided for retrospective operation.
  • WHEN: S54S1 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee, which begins at 8 a.m. in Room 415 of the State Capitol Building.

SB81 Para-educator Funding — Sen. Karen Mayne (D-West Valley City)

  • WHAT: This bill provides funding for Title 1 school improvement schools to hire paraeducators to assist in teaching; and requires the State Board of Education to report on funding expenditures. This bill appropriates to the Related to Basic Program, as an ongoing appropriation from the Education Fund, $500,000.
  • WHEN: SB81 is on the Senate Education Committee agenda, scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. in Room 415 of the State Capitol Building.

SB82 Equal Access for Teacher Association Amendments — Sen. Mark Madsen (R-Lehi)

  • WHAT: This bill amends provisions related to education employee associations; and makes technical changes.
  • WHEN: SB82 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee, which begins at 8 a.m. in Room 415 of the State Capitol Building.

SB178 Statewide Online Education Program Amendments — Sen. Howard Stephenson (R-Draper)

  • WHAT: This bill requires the program name, “Statewide Online Education Program,” to be used in the dissemination of information on the program; provides that the State Board of Education, including an employee of the State Board of Education, may not give preference to an online course or online course provider; modifies the fees paid to an online course provider for an online course; provides for a bonus to an online course provider for a student attaining a certain score on an advanced placement test, International Baccalaureate test, or end-of-course achievement test administered pursuant to the Utah Performance Assessment System for Students (U-PASS); modifies the date when an online course provider receives payment for an online course; prescribes when a student may withdraw from an online course; prescribes procedures for the completion of a course credit acknowledgement; prohibits a student who enrolls in an online course from being counted in membership for a released-time class, if counting the student in membership for a released-time class would result in the student being counted as more than one FTE; permits a student taking an online course to take more than a full course load if allowed under local school board or charter school governing board policy; modifies requirements for reports on the performance of an online course provider; provides for a declaration of intent to enroll in an online course and changes to a high school course schedule; provides for reporting of noncompliance, and enforcement of compliance, with requirements of the Statewide Online Education Program; and makes technical changes.
  • WHEN: SB178 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Education Committee, slated to begin at 8 a.m. in Room 415 of the State Capitol Building.

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

  • WHAT: This bill modifies requirements for reciting the pledge of allegiance in public schools.
  • WHEN: SB223 is on the Senate Education Committee agenda, scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. in Room 415 of the State Capitol Building.

House Education Committee — 4 p.m.

HB135S1 Focus on Front-line Teachers Program — Rep. Jim Nielson (R-Bountiful)

  • WHAT: This bill defines terms; and creates the Focus on Front-Line Teachers Program, which provides for the distribution of additional WPUs to a qualifying district or charter school, depending on how relatively high the district or charter school is in comparison to the state average in its allocation of resources for front-line teachers. This bill appropriates to the Basic School Program, as an ongoing appropriation from the Education Fund, $5,000,000. This bill provides an effective date. This bill coordinates with S.B. 2, Public Education Budget Amendments.
  • WHEN: HB135S1 is slated for a hearing in the House Education Committee, scheduled for 4 p.m. in Room 445 of the State Capitol Building.

HB149 Online Education Survey — Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy)

  • WHAT: This bill provides for the establishment of a pilot online school survey system in which students, parents, and teachers evaluate schools. This bill provides an effective date.
  • WHEN: HB149 is on the agenda for the House Education Committee, which begins at 4 p.m. in Room 445 of the State Capitol Building.

HB501 Youth Suicide Prevention — Rep. Eric Hutchings (R-Kearns)

  • WHAT: This bill requires the State Board of Education to develop sample materials to be used by a school district or charter school regarding student suicide prevention; and requires school districts and charter schools to provide in-service training on youth suicide prevention every five years.
  • WHEN: HB501 is scheduled to be heard in the House Education Committee Agenda, which begins at 4 p.m. in Room 445 of the State Capitol Building.

*SB48 Mission of Public Education — Sen. Pat Jones (D-Salt Lake City)

  • WHAT: This bill adds a vision statement for the public education system; adds language to broaden and update the mission statement of public education; and makes technical changes. The Utah State Board of Education supports this bill.
  • WHEN: SB48 is scheduled for a House Education Committee hearing this afternoon. The meeting begins 4 p.m. in Room 445 of the State Capitol Building.

*SB152 Charter School Financing — Sen. John Valentine (R-Orem)

  • WHAT: This bill amends provisions regarding the financing of charter schools, establishes the Charter School Credit Enhancement Program, and establishes the Charter School Reserve Account. This bill appropriates to the State Board of Education – Charter School Reserve Account, as a one-time appropriation for fiscal year 2012-13; from the Education Fund, $3,000,000. This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012. The Utah State Board of Education considered but took no official position on SB152.
  • WHEN: SB152 is scheduled to be heard in the House Education Committee Agenda, which begins at 4 p.m. in Room 445 of the State Capitol Building.

*SCR5 Concurrent Resolution Encouraging Parental Engagement in the Education of Children — Sen. Pat Jones (D-Salt Lake City)

  • WHAT: This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor recognizes and supports parental engagement in the education of their children and efforts to increase parent engagement. The Utah State Board of Education supports this resolution.
  • WHEN: SCR5 is on the House Education Committee Agenda, scheduled to start at 4 p.m. in Room 445 of the State Capitol Building.

House Business and Labor Committee — 4 p.m.

HB350S1 Payroll Deduction Amendments — Rep. Bradley Daw (R-Orem)

  • WHAT: This is the substitute version of the original HB350, which modified a provision requiring an employer to deduct an employee’s wages for union dues if directed to do so by an employee, giving the employer instead the ability to choose whether to deduct employee’s wages if requested to do so; required an employer that chooses to deduct an employee’s wages for union dues to deduct also for membership dues in any bona fide organization, if an employee requests the deduction; modified a provision concerning the termination of the deductions; and made technical changes.
  • WHEN: HB350S1 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Business and Labor Committee at 4 p.m. in Room 450 of the State Capitol Building.

House Health and Human Services Committee — 4 p.m.

HB492 Training of School Nurses — Rep. Paul Ray (R-Clearfield)

  • WHAT: This bill modifies Title 26, Chapter 53, Protection of Athletes with Head Injuries Act, and Title 53A, Chapter 6, Educator Licensing and Professional Practices Act, by clarifying the requirements of a school nurse engaged in treating a student who sustains a concussion or traumatic head injury.
  • WHEN: HB492 is on the House Health and Human Services Committee agenda, scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Room 25 of the House Building in the Utah State Capitol Complex.

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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