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Assembly to hold session on Feb. 15 and 20, Senate Education Committee will vote on proposals today

by | Feb 14, 2024 | Legislative Update Blog, State Issue

Capitol Rotunda ImageThe business before the end of session continues this week with the announcement of two Assembly floor sessions and a Senate Education Committee executive session. Education focused proposals will take up a large portion of the Assembly agenda in the coming days. The chamber is set to take up the legislative packages for the Task Forces on Human Trafficking, Childhood Obesity, and Truancy in K-12 Education. Also on the docket are several curricular mandates, teacher licensing pathway changes, a grant program for threat detection software, private choice/independent charter school funding and regulation, and school accountability issues including introducing bidding thresholds for schools.

Today in anticipation of the final Senate sessions, the Senate Education Committee will be voting on the proposals it heard testimony on last week in its public hearing. Read below to find more information on the bills receiving action this week.

Assembly Floor: February 15th

AB-977 — Relating to: Required human trafficking prevention instruction in certain grades and teacher training related to identifying victims of child trafficking.

Assembly Floor: February 20th

AB-232 — Relating to: Directing school boards to provide instruction on Hmong Americans and Asian Americans.

AB-342 Relating to: Allowing school boards to employ a school district administrator who is not licensed by the department of public instruction.

AB-450 Relating to: Ready-to-use glucagon rescue therapies in schools.

AB-542 — Relating to: Grants to schools to acquire proactive firearm detection software and making an appropriation.

AB-592 — Relating to: Allowing representatives of certain federally chartered youth membership organizations to provide information to pupils on public school property.

  • If passed, the bill will move to the governor’s office.

AB-638 — Relating to: Requiring school boards to make textbooks, curricula, and instructional materials available for inspection by school district residents.

AB-644 — Relating to: Applications for full-time open enrollment.

AB-723 — Relating to: Local government competitive bidding thresholds and requiring school districts to utilize competitive bidding.

AB-900 — Relating to: Reductions to state aid paid to school districts for payments made under parental choice programs and the Special Needs Scholarship Program.

AB-937 — Relating to: Incorporating cursive writing into the state model English language arts standards and requiring cursive writing in elementary grades.

AB-968 — Relating to: Appropriating money for grants to schools to acquire proactive threat detection equipment and software and making an appropriation.

AB-1014 — Relating to: Childhood obesity prevention and management grants.

AB-1015 — Relating to: Childhood obesity prevention and management grants and making an appropriation.

AB-1016 — Relating to: Requiring public and private schools to offer a minimum amount of physical activity each week.

AB-1017 — Relating to: Early literacy programs administered by the Department of Public Instruction.

AB-1024 — Relating to: Notice to the parent or guardian of a habitually truant child.

AB-1025 — Relating to: Definitions related to truancy.

AB-1026 — Relating to: Prohibiting grade promotion on the basis of absences from school.

AB-1027 — Relating to: Funding a truancy reduction grant program and making an appropriation.

AB-1028 — Relating to: A truancy reduction grant program.

AB-1029 — Relating to: Including truancy information in the school district and school accountability report.

AB-1042 — Relating to: Combining the choice programs and granting rule-making authority.

Senate Education Committee Executive Session

See the WASB’s previous blog post for more information on these bills.

Senate Bill 990 — Relating to: mandatory early literacy professional development.
Senate Bill 989 — Relating to: combining the choice programs and granting rule-making authority.
Senate Bill 854 — Relating to: the supply and use of short-acting bronchodilators on school premises or at a school-sponsored event.
Assembly Bill 914 — Relating to: the supply and use of short-acting bronchodilators on school premises or at a school-sponsored event.
Senate Bill 608 — Relating to: a license to teach based on working as a paraprofessional in a school district.

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