Starting today, lawmakers have kicked off a busy week in the Capitol that will see over 30 bills affecting K-12 education see committee action. In the Senate, the Committee on Education voted this morning on 9 bills and will also hold a public hearing tomorrow (Feb. 6). Also this week, the Committee on Health will hold a public hearing on two bills that would establish a childhood obesity prevention grant program, the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety will hold a hearing on a bill that would fund positions at the Office of School Safety, and the Committee on Transportation and Local Government will hold a hearing on SB 916, requiring school boards to designate an individual for a committee to consult on locally resettled refugees.
On the Assembly side, the Committee on Education will hold an executive session and a public hearing Wednesday morning (Feb. 7). Topics to be covered in the hearing include bills sponsored by the Task Force on Truancy in K-12 Education, bills decoupling private choice and independent charter schools from the public school funding formula, a bill that aims to impose public record law on the WIAA, and one that funds positions at the OSS. Additionally, the Assembly Committee on Children and Families will be holding a public hearing on AB 1035, which would require schools to use a community approach to 4K. More information on this bill can be found in the WASB’s previous blog post. Read below for a full run down of the week’s activities.
Monday, Feb 5th
Senate Education Committee: Executive Session
Senate Bill 489 — Relating to: rights reserved to a parent or guardian of a child.
Senate Bill 206 — Relating to: maintaining a supply of usable opioid antagonist at a school.
Senate Bill 335 — Relating to: allowing school boards to employ a school district administrator who is not licensed by the department of public instruction.
Senate Bill 742 — Relating to: an alternative teacher certification program for an initial license to teach.
Senate Bill 653 — Relating to: state aid adjustments under the full-time open enrollment program.
Senate Bill 917 — Relating to: student teaching requirement for teacher preparatory programs and granting rule-making authority.
Senate Bill 549 — Relating to: allowing representatives of certain federally chartered youth membership organizations to provide information to pupils on public school property.
Tuesday, Feb 6th
Senate Education Committee: Public Hearing
Senate Bill 973 — Relating to: requiring the community approach to four-year-old kindergarten.
Senate Bill 971 — Relating to: early literacy programs administered by the Department of Public Instruction.
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.
Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee: Public Hearing
Senate Bill 955 — Relating to: position authorizations in the Office of School Safety and making an appropriation.
Senate Health Committee: Public Hearing
Senate Bill 952 — Relating to: childhood obesity prevention and management grants and making an appropriation.
Senate Bill 953 — Relating to: childhood obesity prevention and management grants.
Senate Transportation and Local Government Committee: Public Hearing
Senate Bill 916 — Relating to: requiring local governments to designate an individual for consultation required under a federal program regarding refugee resettlement and assistance.
Wednesday, Feb 7th
Assembly Education Committee: Executive Session
Assembly Bill 450 — Relating to: ready-to-use glucagon rescue therapies in schools.
Assembly Bill 640 — Relating to: a license to teach based on working as a paraprofessional in a school district.
Assembly Bill 977 — Relating to: required human trafficking prevention instruction in certain grades and teacher training related to identifying victims of child trafficking.
Assembly Bill 1005 — Relating to: student teaching requirement for teacher preparatory programs and granting rule-making authority.
Assembly Bill 1017 — Relating to: early literacy programs administered by the Department of Public Instruction.
Assembly Education Committee: Public Hearing
Assembly Bill 688 — Relating to: reductions to state aid paid to school districts for payments to certain independent charter schools.
Assembly Bill 900 — Relating to: reductions to state aid paid to school districts for payments made under parental choice programs and the Special Needs Scholarship Program.
Assembly Bill 1024 — Relating to: notice to the parent or guardian of a habitually truant child.
Assembly Bill 1025 — Relating to: definitions related to truancy.
Assembly Bill 1026 — Relating to: prohibiting grade promotion on the basis of absences from school.
Assembly Bill 1027 — Relating to: funding a truancy reduction grant program and making an appropriation.
Assembly Bill 1028 — Relating to: a truancy reduction grant program.
Assembly Bill 1029 — Relating to: including truancy information in the school district and school accountability report.
Assembly Bill 1034 — Relating to: participation in interscholastic athletics and application of the public records and open meetings laws to interscholastic athletic associations.
Assembly Bill 1042 — Relating to: combining the choice programs and granting rule-making authority.
Assembly Bill 1050 — Relating to: position authorizations in the Office of School Safety and making an appropriation.
Assembly Children and Families Committee: Public Hearing
Assembly Bill 1035 — Relating to: requiring the community approach to four-year-old kindergarten.