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HB 101

Position Oppose

Status Pending House Education Committee Pending House Education Committee

HB 116

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HB 124

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Pending House Education Committee

HB 125

Oppose

Pending House Education Committee

Summary This bill requires charter school teachers to meet same certification requirements as other public school teachers. It states that all charter school employees will be subject to all provisions of state law relative to background checks that currently apply to employees of other public schools. This bill provides relative to student eligibility criteria for participation in a voucher program for students with exceptionalities and for continuation of the program. Students are eligible for the program if they meet the requirements outlined in the present law, and affords the option to the student to have a plan with the nonpublic school the child will attend, which outlines what services are provided and how said services will address the student's needs. This bill provides relative to employment eligibility requirements for teachers in charter schools. It requires charter schools to only hire teachers who have a teaching certificate from the Louisiana Department of Education, but if no applicant meets this requirement, then the chosen applicant must have at least a bachelor's degree. This constitutional amendment provides for the statewide election of the state superintendent of education, beginning in 2015, and provides that the elected officer will be installed at noon on January 11, 2016. The following proposition would appear on the November 14, 2014 statewide election ballot: Do you support an amendment to provide that the state superintendent of education shall be elected by the voters of the state? (Amends Article IV, Section 20 and Article VIII, Section 2), the options being YES or NO. This bill makes the office of state superintendent of education an elective rather than an appointed office. Provides for election of the superintendent beginning with the 2015 election of statewide elected officials. Requires that the superintendent have the qualifications and salary of statewide elected officials.

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HB 127

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Pending House Education Committee

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HB 129 HB 163

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HB 170

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Pending House Ways and Means Committee

See bill for more details. This bill prohibits a charter school from contracting with a for-profit organization to operate the charter school. This bill prohibits administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers See bill for more details. (PARCC) assessments and any other similar assessments and provides for continued administration of La. Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) tests based on rigorous standards comparable to student achievement levels nationally. It also provides for implementation of the standards-based assessments by the department instead of BESE and requires the department to periodically review and revise the rigor of such assessments as necessary. This bill authorizes an income tax rebate equal to 75% of a taxpayer's donation to a public school. It requires See bill for more details. that donations be used by the public school for purchasing instructional materials and supplies, for costs and expenses in establishing and maintaining tutorial programs, for costs and expenses in establishing and maintaining in-school childcare programs for student parents, school-based health clinics, or for meeting any of the requirements prescribed in current rules and regulations for academically unacceptable schools.

HB 179 HB 180 HB 184

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This bill provides relative to employment contracts for school employees being promoted or employed in a position of higher salary. This bill authorizes Montessori programs to extend through high school.

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This bill relative to assets acquired or used by charter schools, provides that assets used to manage or See bill for more details. operate a school by an entity engaged for such purpose shall be deemed to be assets acquired by the school and subject to disposition in the manner of other school assets and prohibits the school from leasing property from such an entity or any subsidiary thereof. This bill provides more power to the local school superintendent in areas such as personnel decisions. It See bill for more details. requires the superintendent to delegate decisions regarding placement and hiring to principals, and requires that all school personnel employment decisions be based upon performance, effectiveness, and qualification, among other things. Instead of allowing for the option of removing a superintendent for various issues, it requires that the superintendent be removed for the following: being found incompetent, unworthy, or inefficient or to have failed to fulfill the terms and performance objectives of his contract or to comply with school board policy. This bill would retain all of the current qualifications of the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence See bill for more details. Program. However, it would stipulate that for kindergarteners, the eligibility would apply if the school they would have attended received a letter grade of "C", "D", or "F". The bill would repeal the section of the present law that requires a kindergartener to enroll in the school system in which they would otherwise be attending school. This bill requires the department to develop and implement an accountability system for participating See bill for more details. nonpublic schools that is comparable to and contains the same components, requirements, and criteria as the school and district accountability system for public schools, including but not limited to requirements for high stakes testing, assignment of letter grades to schools, and publishing and reporting of accountability results. Requires participating nonpublic schools to comply with the accountability system.

HB 191

Support

Pending House Education Committee

HB 192

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Pending House Education Committee

HB 268

Support

Pending House Education Committee

HB 273

Oppose

Pending House Education Committee

This constitutional amendment abolishes the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), transfers its functions to the state superintendent of education, requires the statewide election of the superintendent and removes legislative authority to make this position appointive, provides for proposal of MFP formula by the superintendent and adoption of the minimum foundation program (MFP) formula by the legislature, and authorizes the legislature to amend the MFP formula.

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HB 276

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Pending House Education Committee

This constitutional amendment makes the office of state superintendent of education an elective rather than an appointed office. Provides for election of the superintendent beginning with the 2015 election of statewide elected officials. Requires that the superintendent have the qualifications and salary of statewide elected officials.

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HB 277

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Pending House Governmental Affairs Committee

This bill provides for additional ethical standards for members and former members of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the state superintendent of education and the former state superintendent of education, and immediate family members of such persons and specified related legal entities. This bill provides that teachers and administrators who were rated "ineffective" based only on the valueadded portion of the evaluation program conducted during the 2012-2013 school year may be eligible to receive a salary increase, as determined by the principal or immediate supervisor, for the 2013-2014 school year. This bill provides for a temporary cessation of the letter grade component of the school and district accountability system. This bill requires public school governing authorities, including those of charter schools, to provide instruction in sex education each year to students. Specifies that such instruction be medically accurate and developmentally and age appropriate. This constitutional amendment removes the authority of the governor to appoint three members to BESE and provides instead for the statewide election of such members. This bill lowers the requirement that 50% of a teacher's evaluation be based on growth in student achievement using a value-added assessment model to instead require that 25% of the evaluation be based on such growth. This bill provides for the La. Competency-Based Education Program, including the development and implementation of statewide standards for required subjects and the La. Educational Assessment Program (LEAP). Requires the state Dept. of Education to develop, with the approval of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, statewide content standards for required subjects for public elementary and secondary schools. The bill adds to this that the department promulgate the standards in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). This bill requires the state Dept. of Education to develop, with the approval of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), statewide content standards for required subjects for public elementary and secondary schools. This bill retains present law except makes implementation of the standards subject to legislative approval of the standards. Provides that if approved prior to July 1, 2015, implementation shall begin with the 2015-2016 school year. This bill relative to student information collected, prohibits local public school boards and schools, the state Dept. of Education, and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) from transmitting or sharing such information with any person, entity, or agency without full disclosure and written consent from the student's parent or legal guardian. Requires BESE to promulgate rules to provide a process for such full disclosure and requires certain minimum components to be included in such rules.

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HB 306

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Pending House Education Committee

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HB 359

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Pending House Education Committee Pending House Education Committee Pending House Governmental Affairs Pending House Education Committee Pending House Education Committee

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HB 369

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HB 374 HB 375

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HB 376

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HB 377

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Pending House Education Committee

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HB 378

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Pending House Education Committee

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HB 379

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Pending House Education Committee

This bill provides for the La. Competency-Based Education Program, including the development and See bill for more details. implementation of statewide standards for required subjects and the La. Educational Assessment Program (LEAP). Requires the state Dept. of Education to develop, with the approval of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, statewide content standards for required subjects for public elementary and secondary schools. In addition to the present law the bill provides that local public school boards are not required to implement the state standards if they develop and implement curriculum standards for required subjects that meet or exceed the rigor of the state standards. This bill creates the Students Standards Commission in the Dept. of Education to develop state standards for See bill for more details. required subjects. Provides for commission membership, vacancies, meetings, voting, and compensation. Provides that the commission shall be subject to the Public Records Law and the Open Meetings Law. Provides that in developing the standards, the commission shall also consider and may recommend the appropriate assessments to be used to effectively measure student achievement.

HB 381

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Pending House Education Committee

HB 384

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Pending House Education Committee

This bill relative to student information collected, prohibits local public school boards and schools, the state See bill for more details. Dept. of Education, and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) from transmitting or sharing such information with any person, entity, or agency without full disclosure and written consent from the student's parent or legal guardian. Requires BESE to promulgate rules to provide a process for such full disclosure and requires certain minimum components to be included in such rules. This bill provides that any public elementary or secondary school in La. may offer instruction in subject matter designated as "sex education", provided that such instruction and subject matter is integrated into an existing course of study such as biology, science, physical hygiene, or physical education, and in addition authorizes the La. Dept. of Education to survey students about their risk behavior associated with chronic health conditions, including those related to sexual health. See bill for more details.

HB 393

Support

Pending House Education Committee

HB 407

Support

Pending House Education Committee

HB 415

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Pending House Education Committee

This bill provides eligibility criteria for admission or readmission to a public school and prohibits a school See bill for more details. board from denying admission or readmission based on certain characteristics. Among other things, it prohibits school boards from denying admission or readmission to a person if he: (1) Withdrew from school. (2) Is pregnant. (3) Is a parent. (4) Is married. This bill requires the state superintendent of education to reappoint and reconvene the Educator Evaluation See bill for more details. Advisory Committee to report and make recommendations relative to the evaluation of teachers and administrators. It revises the recommendation requirements to require the committee to report on and make recommendations regarding the overall effectiveness of the evaluation program, including but not limited to any recommendations for changes to BESE policy or state law relative to VAM, such growth measures, elements of evaluation, and such standards for effectiveness.

HB 423

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Pending House Education Committee Pending House Education Committee

This bill provides for a temporary cessation of the letter grade component of the school and district accountability system.

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HB 453

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HB 481

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Pending House Education Committee

This bill relative to employees of the Monroe City School System, provides that school lunch supervisors and See bill for more details. school bus operators are eligible to earn tenure; provides relative to the process for removing a tenured teacher. It With respect to such teachers in that system, proposed law authorizes removal of a tenured teacher upon written charges of willful neglect of duty, incompetency, dishonesty, immorality, or of being a member of an entity prohibited from operating in the state. This bill provides for phased-in implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and requires See bill for more details. the state Dept. of Education to develop and distribute curriculum guides to all public schools (including charter schools) and nonpublic schools participating in the voucher program prior to such implementation. Requires such nonpublic schools to comply with requirements relative to use of such curriculum guides and implementation of CCSS for scholarship recipients. Requires the department to provide funding to each local public school that does not have the necessary technology equipment or infrastructure in place for the implementation and administration of any online assessments. This constitutional amendment replaces requirement that the legislature create parish school boards with a See bill for more details. requirement that the legislature create local public school boards and specify their geographic jurisdiction; requires voter approval of new school boards; provides that any local public school district is to be included in the minimum foundation program and has constitutionally granted authority to levy ad valorem taxes.

HB 491

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Pending House Education Committee

HB 492

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Pending House Education Committee

HB 522

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Pending House Education Committee Pending House Education Committee Pending House Education Committee

This constitutional amendment removes the prohibition against any school systems other than those See bill for more details. specifically named in present constitution from being treated like other school systems. Instead grants any public school system established by the legislature the same treatment as other school systems for purposes of the minimum foundation program and local taxing authority. Provides for submission of the proposed amendment to the voters at the statewide election o be held Nov. 4, 2014. This bill provides that the use of a school's buildings, facilities, and property by the Recovery School District See bill for more details. terminates if the school is closed. This bill prohibits the inclusion of the test scores of a student who is habitually absent or tardy (five See bill for more details. unexcused occurrences in a semester if all reasonable efforts to correct the problem have failed) in the valueadded assessment model used in the teacher evaluation program. This bill provides that the legislature may recommend changes to the standards. Provides that if the See bill for more details. legislature fails to approve the initial standards the department shall implement the state standards used immediately prior to BESE's adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Further provides that the legislature shall approve any subsequent changes to the standards before they can be implemented.

HB 533

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HB 554

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HB 555

Oppose

Pending House Education Committee

This bill relative to student information collected, prohibits local public school boards and schools, the state See bill for more details. Dept. of Education, and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) from transmitting or sharing such information with any person, entity, or agency without full disclosure and written consent from the student's parent or legal guardian. Requires BESE to promulgate rules to provide a process for such full disclosure and requires certain minimum components to be included in such rules. This bill eliminates the present law requirement that the standards-based assessments in English language arts and math be based on nationally recognized content standards. Provides for implementation of the standards-based assessments by the department instead of BESE. See bill for more details.

HB 556

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Pending House Education Committee

HB 557

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Pending House Education Committee

This bill prohibits implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Creates the Student See bill for more details. Standards Task Force to study all aspects of the CCSS. Provides for task force membership, vacancies, meetings, voting, and compensation. Provides that the commission shall be subject to the Public Records Law and the Open Meetings Law. Provides that the task force study all costs associated with the implementation of CCSS at both the state and local levels. Provides that the task force determine the effectiveness and appropriateness of implementing the CCSS as compared to the state standards in place prior to implementation of CCSS. Requires the task force to report to the House and Senate education committees prior to the 2015 Regular Session. Provides that the task force will terminate on June 30, 2015.

HB 558

Oppose

Pending House Education Committee

This bill prohibits administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments and any other similar assessments and provides for continued administration of La. Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) tests based on rigorous standards comparable to student achievement levels nationally. It provides for implementation of the standards-based assessments by the department instead of BESE and requires the department to periodically review and revise the rigor of such assessments as necessary.

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HB 559

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Pending House Education Committee

This bill specifically prohibits the state Dept. of Education and BESE from implementing Common Core State See bill for more details. Standards for any subject and requires the department to revert to prior standards and make improvements on such standards as may be necessary to ensure rigorous standards. This bill relative to student information collected, prohibits local public school boards and schools, the state See bill for more details. Dept. of Education, and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) from transmitting or sharing such information with any person, entity, or agency without full disclosure and written consent from the student's parent or legal guardian. Requires BESE to promulgate rules to provide a process for such full disclosure and requires certain minimum components to be included in such rules. See bill for more details. This bill requires certain public school governing authorities and charter schools to adopt policies and procedures prohibiting the loading and unloading of children from school busses while the bus is in a traffic lane.

HB 560

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Pending House Education Committee

HB 600

Oppose

Pending House Appropriations Committee

HB 651

Support

Pending House Education Committee

This bill requires that all school personnel employment decisions be based upon performance, effectiveness, See bill for more details. and qualifications. Provides for effectiveness as the primary criterion when making personnel decisions and prohibits the use of seniority or tenure as such. Proposed law eliminates present law and instead provides the following relative to reduction in force policies: (1) Policies for teachers and administrators shall be based solely on demand, performance, and effectiveness. The least effective teachers within each targeted subject area or area of certification shall be dismissed first according to effectiveness ratings. (2) Policies for noncertified school personnel shall be based on performance and effectiveness as determined by local board policy and certification or academic preparation if applicable. (3) No reduction in force policy shall include seniority or tenure as the primary criterion.

HB 652 HB 653

Support Support

Pending House Education Committee Pending House Education Committee

HB 701

Support

Pending House Education Committee

This bill provides relative to teachers and other public school employees, including compensation and work See bill for more details. requirements. This bill provides that: See bill for more details. (1) A teacher who receives a performance rating of "highly effective" for five years within a six-year period shall be granted tenure. (2) A teacher who is not awarded tenure remains an at-will employee but shall acquire tenure upon meeting this rating requirement. (3) Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, a tenured teacher who receives a performance rating of "ineffective" shall immediately lose tenure. (4) A teacher who loses tenure for receiving an "ineffective" performance rating shall reacquire tenure if any one of the following conditions applies: (a) The "ineffective" rating is reversed pursuant to the grievance procedure established in present law. (b) The teacher receives a "highly effective" performance rating for five years within a six-year period. (5) Provides that a teacher who has acquired tenure before September 1, 2014, retains tenure and is subject to proposed law. (6) Consolidates the tenure provisions for all certified school employees. It also provides that a school lunch supervisor shall not be eligible for tenure on or after June 1, 2014. The present bill established a voucher program known as the Student Scholarships for Educational See bill for more details. Excellence Program. The proposed bill removes students who were enrolled in public schools that received a letter grade of "C" from eligibility for the voucher program. This bill provides that an entering kindergarten student is eligible for the voucher program only if the public school he would have attended received a letter grade of "D" or "F" or any variation thereof, for the most recent year pursuant to the school and district accountability system. See bill for more details.

HB 702

Support

Pending House Education Committee

HB 703 HB 733

Oppose

Pending House Education Committee Rep. Katrina Pending House Education Jackson Committee

This bill prohibits the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) from authorizing certain See bill for more details. charter schools that the local school board previously denied or placed conditions on. This bill requires the governing authority of each public elementary and secondary school to provide age and See bill for more details. grade appropriate classroom instruction relative to sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention. Requires the integration of such instruction into the curriculum of an existing required course, such as health education, physical education, or another required course deemed appropriate by the school governing authority. Requires school governing authorities to adopt rules and regulations necessary for proposed law implementation. Proposed law is applicable to all public schools, including charter schools.

HB 735

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Pending House Education Committee

This bill amends petition procedures for removal of schools from the jurisdiction of the Recovery School See bill for more details. District (RSD) and expands application of present law relative to such removal. The bill authorizes any parent with a student enrolled in the school to sign the petition, regardless of the length of time the student has been enrolled in the school. This bill provides relative to the Course Choice Program including student eligibility and enrollment, course See bill for more details. approval, course amounts, and funding. The bill defines "eligible funded student" as a student who resides in La., attends a public school, and has obtained permission from the local school superintendent or other designated person to enroll in a course offered by a course provider. It provides that the state shall reimburse the governing authority of the public school a student attends for 90% of the cost established for each course the student enrolls in pursuant to the course choice program out of funds appropriated or otherwise made available for this purpose. Further requires the Dept. of Education to provide forms and guidelines whereby the governing authority of a public school may request such reimbursement and ensure that reimbursement is made within 60 days of receipt of the application.

HB 774

Rep. Rob Shadoin

Pending House Education Committee

HB 777

Oppose

Pending House Education Committee

This bill provides relative to student discipline, including removal from class, suspension, and expulsion and student codes of conduct, including bullying policies. The bill requires each public school board that maintains a website to publish on it certain information relative to disciplinary policies, state laws on suspension and expulsion, and certain other matters.

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HB 817

Oppose

Pending House Education Committee

This bill requires that a local school system be removed from the jurisdiction of the local public school board See bill for more details. and transferred by BESE to the jurisdiction of an alternative governing authority if the transfer is approved by BESE and both of the following conditions are met: (a) Parents or legal guardians representing at least a majority of the students attending the schools in the local school system sign a petition requesting that the school be transferred to the alternative governing authority specified in the petition. (b) The school board is not in compliance with present law as determined by the attorney general or by the legislative auditor based upon an audit of the school board and system filed with his office as required by law, or a majority of the school board members has been guilty of malfeasance in office as certified to BESE by the district attorney.

HB 836

Rep. Joe Harrison

Pending House Education Committee

This bill requires that in order for a nonpublic school to be eligible to participate in the program, it must be determined by the department to be effective pursuant to an accountability system developed and implemented by the department for nonpublic schools that is comparable to and contains the same components, requirements, and criteria as the school and district accountability system for public schools, including but not limited to requirements for high stakes testing, assignment of letter grades to schools, and publishing and reporting of accountability results.

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HB 845

Oppose

Pending House Education Committee

This bill retains present law and additionally requires the department, with BESE approval, to develop See bill for more details. statewide curriculum guides for required subjects for use by all local public schools beginning with the 20142015 school year. Requires that the curriculum guides contain, at a minimum, grade appropriate skills and competencies, suggested activities, suggested materials of instruction, unit plans, and scope and sequences. This bill authorizes a school board to education students about the history of traditional celebrations in See bill for more details. winter and to allow students and district staff to offer traditional greetings regarding the celebrations, including Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy holidays. Authorizes a school board to display on school property scenes or symbols associated with traditional celebrations in winter, including a menorah or a Christmas image such as a nativity scene or Christmas tree, if the display includes a scene or symbol of more than one religion or one religion and at least one secular scene or symbol. Prohibits a display relating to a traditional celebration form including a message that encourages adherence to a particular religious belief. This bill deletes the requirement about periodic review and revision and further requires BESE to present the See bill for more details. following to the House and Senate education committees, meeting jointly, at least 60 days before the beginning of each regular legislative session: (1) Any proposed changes to measures of effectiveness. (Also requires BESE to report to such committees prior to any BESE vote on the proposed changes.) (2) A report of the number of adjustments, amendments, or invalidations of effectiveness ratings and their corresponding reasons. This bill relative to student information collected, prohibits local public schools from collecting, transmitting, See bill for more details. or sharing such information with any person, entity, or agency. Provides that student information collected by a local public school be limited to information required for providing educational services to students that is contained in a student's cumulative record and prohibits the collection of additional personally identifiable information. Defines "personally identifiable information" for purposes of proposed law. Provides for parental access to a student's cumulative record. Prohibits a person (with certain exceptions) and public or private entities from being granted access to a public school computer system where any student information is stored except if authorized by the student's parent or legal guardian. This bill lowers the requirement that 50% of a teacher's or administrator's evaluation be based on growth in student achievement using a value-added assessment model to instead require that 25% of the evaluation be based on such growth. Further provides for weighted application of elements in calculation of evaluation results. This bill removes provisions that except schools identified for conversion to charter schools from being removed from the jurisdiction of the Recovery School District and returned to the administration and management of the school system from which they were transferred. The bill provides as one of the conditions that the school has received a letter grade of "D" or "F" pursuant to the La. School and District Accountability System, for three consecutive years while under the jurisdiction of the Recovery School District This bill requires BESE, working with the Dept. of Education and the Accountability Commission established by BESE, to assess Louisiana's teacher and school administrator evaluation programs and the school and district accountability system and take action to align such programs and systems, including promulgation of rules and identification of statutory changes necessary to achieve greater alignment and consistency among school, district, administrator, and educator levels. Requires BESE to take steps, including rulemaking and identification of necessary statutory changes, to provide for school administrators to utilize a consistent method of evaluating teachers, regardless of grade or subject taught, considering all available information on student achievement and to provide that all teachers are equally accountable and all administrators on comparable levels are equally accountable. This bill provides relative to the definition and establishment of statewide content standards for required subjects and prohibits such standards from requiring the use of federally or state-endorsed curricula, textbooks, or other instructional materials and from requiring the collection or reporting of student data. See bill for more details.

HB 876

Oppose

Pending House Education Committee

HB 890

Oppose

Pending House Education Committee

HB 946

Oppose

Pending House Education Committee

HB 947

Oppose

Pending House Education Committee

HB 948

Oppose

Pending House Education Committee

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HB 949

Oppose

Pending House Education Committee

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HB 953

Support

Pending House Education Committee

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HB 954

Support

Pending House Education Committee

This bill deletes present law and instead requires DOE to allocate public funds available for early childhood See bill for more details. programs for four-year-olds to eligible early learning centers that apply for such funding and use it solely for the purpose of providing early childhood programs (LA 4 programs). The proposed law provides for the following, beginning with LA 4 program applications for the 2015-16 school year: (1) Requires DOE to annually determine the demand for LA 4 programs. (2) Requires BESE to consider such demand, the availability of public funds to support such programs, and the eligibility of early learning centers to receive public funds for early childhood programs and to annually determine the following: (a) The cost of funding all eligible LA 4 program applicants who are considered "at-risk" as defined by BESE. (b) The method for equitably distributing available funds to eligible early learning centers, including those operated as part of public elementary school programs. This bill provides that each school district and charter school that provides instruction to high school pupils See bill for more details. may offer a dropout recovery program for eligible pupils. Further provides that the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) shall prescribe standards and achievement testing requirements for dropout recovery programs that attempt to ensure that the programs are compatible with public school education goals and requirements. This bill provides that a teacher in the employ of a city, parish, or other local public school board who holds a See bill for more details. proper certificate and who has served satisfactorily as a teacher for more than three consecutive years in the city, parish, or other locality is declared to be a permanent teacher in the school board's employ. The bill provides that a permanent teacher shall not be discharged, demoted, or otherwise disciplined except upon the superintendent's written and signed recommendation alleging willful neglect of duty, incompetency, dishonesty, immorality, or being a member of or contributing to a group, organization, movement, or corporation prohibited from operating in La., and then only if the recommendation is accepted by the school board. Requires that such recommendation include specifics relating to the reason and be provided to the teacher at least seven days prior to the school board meeting at which the allegations and proposed discipline are considered This bill provides relative teacher tenure and the removal of teachers.
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HB 968

Rep. Walt Leger, III

Pending House Education Committee

HB 982

Oppose

Pending House Education Committee

HB 987 HB 988

Support Oppose

Pending House Education Committee Pending House Education Committee

This bill retains present law but permits local public school boards to develop and implement curriculum See bill for more details. content and methodology for required subjects for the schools under its jurisdiction in lieu of the curriculum content and methodology recommended by the state Dept. of Education or BESE. The present law relative to Individual Graduation Plans, requires students by the end of the 8th grade, to See bill for more details. develop a plan to help explore educational and career possibilities and to make appropriate decisions as part of an overall career plan. Permits students to choose the high school curriculum framework and related graduation requirements that best meet their postsecondary goals. Provides that each student's plan shall include the recommended sequence of courses needed for successful completion of his chosen career major and shall be reviewed annually and updated as needed. Requires that a student's plan be signed by the student and his parent or other legal guardian. The proposed law provides for applicability of present law to students with exceptionalities as defined in present law (R.S. 17:1942(B)). Provides for determinations relative to pupil progression and graduation requirements to be made by the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Provides for involvement by the IEP team in the development and review of an Individual Graduation Plan. Provides that a student with an exceptionality who successfully completes his IEP requirements shall be issued a high school diploma. This bill provides for the Teacher Effectiveness and Measurement (TEAM) system to measure the See bill for more details. effectiveness of teachers and administrators; eliminates the use of a value-added assessment model. The bill deletes the requirement for use of a value-added assessment model and provides instead that, beginning with 2015-2016 school year, the school and district accountability system be based upon multiple indicators of student growth and achievement from multiple data sources as provided in the Teacher Effectiveness and Measurement (TEAM) system as provided in proposed law. The bill further provides that: (1) No teacher or administrator shall be evaluated based primarily upon the results of a single test. (2) The TEAM system shall require each school board to provide in-service training regarding team building, collaboration, fostering parent-teacher relationships, laws governing teacher and administrator professional behavior. (3) Every teacher and administrator shall be provided with a professional electronic teacher portfolio to support and facilitate the evaluation process. (4) The TEAM system shall provide for peer assistance teams which support teachers and administrators in key professional areas, including but not limited to curriculum development, development of critical thinking skills, and effective student assessment.

HB 993

Rep. John Pending House Education M. Schroder Committee

HB 995

Oppose

Pending House Education Committee

HB 996

Oppose

Pending House Education Committee

This bill retains present law except deletes present law requirement that the standards-based assessments in English language arts and math be based on nationally recognized content standards. Prohibits implementation of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced assessments and any other similar assessments. Specifies that this prohibition shall not apply to a college entrance examination, a high school equivalency examination, or an industry-based certification examination. Relative to the administration of alternate assessments to a student with disabilities, proposed law provides that such administration be upon the parent's or guardian's approval.

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HB 1015

Rep. John Pending House Education M. Schroder Committee

This bill requires BESE to adopt a rule to provide that such student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) See bill for more details. team shall determine promotion of the student to the next grade level if the student meets certain criteria established by the IEP team relative to performance on IEP goals and objectives. Requires that if an IEP team determines that the student is not required to meet established state or local performance standards on any assessment for purposes of promotion, the team shall take certain actions including but not limited to identifying rigorous educational goals for the student and a course of study that promotes college or workforce readiness.

HB 1022

Support

Pending House Education Committee

HCR 2

Support

Pending House Education Committee Pending Senate Education Committee Pending Senate Education Committee

SB 36 SB 50

Oppose Sen. Ben Nevers

SB 61

Sen. Ben Nevers

Pending Senate Education Committee

SB 70 SB 78

Sen Dan Claitor Sen. Bob Kostelka

Pending Senate Education Committee Pending Senate Governmental Affairs Committee

This bill prohibits a school board from taking or threatening any action intended to interfere with, compel, or coerce any personnel decision by the superintendent or a school principal, including the hiring, promotion, discipline, demotion, transfer, discharge, or assignment of work to any school employee. Provides that the following actions and threats of actions are specifically prohibited when intended to have such effect: (1) Modification of budgets including capital budgets. (2) Shifting of funds or any other resource. (3) Modification of tables of organization or assignment of positions. (4) Modification of or failure to approve job descriptions. (5) Modification of salaries or salary schedules This bill repeals the portion of the present law which says that any educator receiving a rating of ineffective in either the student growth or the qualitative performance component of the evaluation shall receive a final rating of ineffective. This bill requires notification to certain elected officials regarding submission and status of certain charter school applications. This bill deletes provisions in present PreK law relative to income requirements and that provide for phasedin universal access over time, subject to availability of funding, and instead provides that beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, LA 4 (Prek for 4 year-olds) classes shall be provided at no cost, except for the applicable lunch cost, to every eligible child, without regard to income level. This bill provides for public school choice as follows: (1) Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, the parent or other legal guardian of any student may enroll their child in the public school of their choice, without regard to residence, school system geographic boundaries, or attendance zones, provided both of the following apply: (a) The public school in which the student was most recently enrolled, or would otherwise attend, received a school performance letter grade of "D" or "F" for the most recent school year. (b) The school in which the student seeks to enroll received a school performance letter grade of "A", "B", or "C" for the most recent school year, and has sufficient capacity at the appropriate grade level. This bill repeals the Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act.

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This bill adds to the list of those required to file a financial disclosure statement annually with the Board of See bill for more details. Ethics. The persons are each member of the board of any entity awarded a charter in accordance with present law, each member of the governing or management board of any charter school, and each member of the board of any entity serving as an educational management organization for a charter school.

SB 83

Sen. Ben Nevers

Pending Senate Education Committee

This bill requires the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) to create and issue a single, See bill for more details. standard high school diploma, but also different endorsements to be put on the face of the diploma to recognize each diploma pathway. The bill also requires BESE to allow a student to pursue multiple pathways and earn multiple endorsements in accordance with his talents, interests, and postsecondary goals as contained in his individual graduation plan. This bill repeals the present law dealing with the High School Career Options Program. This bill provides relative to acquisition and loss of teacher tenure.
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SB 94 SB 162

Sen. Rick Gallot Sen. Edwin R. Murray

Pending Senate Education Committee Pending Senate Education Committee

SB 171

Sen. Conrad Pending Senate Education Appel Committee

SB 172

Sen. Patrick Pending Senate Education Page Cortez Committee Sen. Karen Carter Peterson Sen. Edwin R. Murray Pending Senate Education Committee Pending Senate Education Committee

See bill for more details. This bill retains the present law relative to assets of charter schools (Type 1, 1B, 2, 3, 3B, and 5), and additionally provides that if a charter school contracts with or otherwise engages a legal entity to manage or operate the school, all assets used in the management or operation of the school shall be deemed to be assets acquired by the charter school and shall be subject to the provisions of present law. Proposed law also prohibits a charter school from leasing property from a legal entity with which it has contracted for the management or operation of the school or from any affiliate or subsidiary of such entity. (Note: SB 225 does the same for Type 4 charter schools.) This bill provides with regard to implementation of LEAP tests and further specifies that state content See bill for more details. standards shall represent the knowledge and skills needed for students to successfully transition to postsecondary education and the workplace. The bill provides for implementation of the standards-based assessments by the Dept. of Education instead of BESE See bill for more details. This bill provides relative to sick leave for teachers and other school employees.

SB 175

This bill repeals the Louisiana Science Education Act.

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SB 219

SB 225

Sen. Edwin Pending Senate Education R. Murray Committee

This bill requires the superintendent of the Recovery School District (RSD) to submit a report on the current See bill for more details. status of all school facilities that were transferred to the RSD's jurisdiction to BESE, the parish, city, or local school board that originally transferred the facility to the RSD, and to the House and Senate committees on education no later than August 1, 2014, and annually thereafter by August 1st of each year. It also provides for what is to be in the content of the report. This bill retains the present law relative to assets of charter schools and applies it to Type 4 charter schools, See bill for more details. and additionally provides that if a charter school contracts with or otherwise engages a legal entity to manage or operate the school, all assets used in the management or operation of the school shall be deemed to be assets acquired by the charter school and shall be subject to the provisions of present law. Proposed law also prohibits a charter school from leasing property from a legal entity with which it has contracted for the management or operation of the school or from any affiliate or subsidiary of such entity.

SB 308

Oppose

Pending Senate Judiciary Committee

SB 312 SB 354

Oppose Oppose

Pending Senate Education Committee Pending Senate Education Committee

This constitutional amendment provides that the people of Louisiana recognize the fundamental rights of See bill for more details. parents to direct the upbringing of their children and that parents have the right to direct and to make decisions regarding where and with whom the child shall reside, the educational, moral, ethical and religious training of the child, the medical, psychiatric, surgical, and preventive health care of the child, and the discipline of the child. As stipulated in the amendment, this shall not be interpreted to require a child to be returned to a parent if the child has been removed by a court of competent jurisdiction for reasons of abuse or neglect committed by the parent. This bill establishes the "Parents' Bill of Rights for Public Schools". The bill outlines what rights parents shall See bill for more details. have in regard to their child's schooling. See bill for more details. This constitutional amendment provides that in addition to the Central community school system and the Zachary community school system in East Baton Rouge Parish, and the municipalities of Baker in East Baton Rouge Parish, Monroe in Ouachita Parish, and Bogalusa in Washington Parish, any other public school system established by the legislature shall be regarded and treated as parishes and shall have the authority granted parishes. This bill eliminates the requirement for use of a value-added assessment model in the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's statewide school and district accountability system, and provides instead that, beginning with 2015-2016 school year, the school and district accountability system be based upon multiple indicators of student growth and achievement from multiple data sources as provided in the Teacher Effectiveness and Measurement (TEAM) system as provided in proposed law. See bill for more details.

SB 364

Oppose

Pending Senate Education Committee

SB 379 SB 385

Oppose Sen. Eric LaFleur

Pending Senate Education Committee Pending Senate Education Committee

SB 405

Oppose

Pending Senate Education Committee

This bill provides that on or after August 1, 2014, the number of students in any core curriculum class in a See bill for more details. secondary school in any public city or parish school system or in a charter school shall not exceed 25. This bill provides for the "Empowered Community Schools Act". It provides that beginning with the 2014See bill for more details. 2015 fiscal year, any public elementary or secondary school principal who is rated "highly effective" pursuant to the performance evaluation program established by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), may declare his school an empowered community school for the following school year, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, and receive school-level decision-making authority to meet the unique needs of the school and its students. Designation as an empowered community school shall confer upon the school principal the authority to manage instructional, personnel, and financial decisions as provided for in proposed law. This bill retains the present law which requires the Department of Education (DOE) to begin implementation See bill for more details. of a Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) with the approval of BESE, and further requires BESE to ensure that any new assessments used in LEAP are aligned with approved state content standards and have been reviewed by education stakeholders in Louisiana, including but not limited to educators, principals, and superintendents. This bill requires the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) to create a commission to See bill for more details. review the performance of the schools under the jurisdiction of the Recovery School District (RSD) in any city, parish, or other local public school district where schools have been transferred to and remained under the jurisdiction of the RSD for five or more years. The bill further requires each commission to submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the local public school board, the state superintendent of education, and BESE and that each commission cease to exist two years from the date of its creation.

SB 437

Oppose

Pending Senate Education Committee

SB 449

Sen. Conrad Pending Senate Education Appel Committee

This bill provides for the "Student Data Privacy and Protection Act". requires BESE and each postsecondary management board to develop and oversee implementation of a comprehensive policy which provides administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to ensure the privacy and protection of student data. It further requires BESE and the postsecondary management boards to develop, publish, and make publicly available policies and procedures to comply with the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and any other applicable state and federal laws and policies.

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SB 455

Sen. Gary L. Pending Senate Education Smith, Jr. Committee

This bill relative to student information collected, prohibits local public school boards and schools, the state See bill for more details. Dept. of Education, and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) from transmitting or sharing such information with any person, entity, or agency without full disclosure and written consent from the student's parent or legal guardian. Requires BESE to promulgate rules to provide a process for such full disclosure and requires certain minimum components to be included in such rules. This bill requires the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board to develop and implement a plan to divide the See bill for more details. East Baton Rouge Parish School System into four subdistricts to be designated as the "North Subdistrict", the "Mid-City Subdistrict", the "Southeast Subdistrict" and the "South Subdistrict". Further requires the board to provide for an equitable allocation of school facilities and student population to each subdistrict. Provides that each subdistrict shall have at least one magnet program at the elementary, middle school, and high school level. This bill which establishes Louisiana Early Learning Enrollment Coordination procedures, requires BESE to See bill for more details. authorize local early learning enrollment coordinators that conduct a process for informing families about early childhood care and education programs in a coverage area, collect family preferences, develop and use a common application process, determine demand, and make recommendations to the Department of Education (DOE). The bill further requires the local early learning enrollment coordinator to annually submit to DOE an independent financial audit conducted by a certified public accountant who has been approved by the legislative auditor, along with the auditor's statement that the report is free of material misstatements. The audit shall be limited in scope to those records necessary to ensure that the coordinator has used funds to perform required services, and it shall be submitted to the legislative auditor for review and investigation of any irregularities or audit findings. This bill enacts the Student Data Accessibility, Transparency, and Accountability Act. The bill provides for See bill for more details. legislative findings relating to the availability of student data while maintaining some privacy for the individual student and seeks to provide transparency and accessibility while ensuring compliance with all privacy laws and regulations.

SB 484

Oppose

Pending Senate Education Committee

SB 533

Sen. Eric LaFleur

Pending Senate Education Committee

SB 536

Sen. Eric LaFleur

Pending Senate Education Committee

SB 1

Sen. Dan Claitor

Assigned to Senate Government al Affairs 1/06/14

This bill See bill for enacts the more "Legislative details. Scholarship Fairness Act" regarding scholarships to Tulane University. It would set the following caveats to the awarding of the scholarship: -eliminate the scholarship for relatives and donors of any legislator, -give special

SB 17

Sen. Gerald Assigned to Long Senate Retirement 1/22/14

This bill See bill for provides for more a details. supplement al benefit increase for retirees, survivors, and beneficiaries eligible for a permanent benefit increase pursuant to present experience account law. Provides that this increase shall be an additional amount to be determined

SB 20

Sen. Elbert L. Guillory

Assigned to Senate Retirement 1/22/14

SB 29

Sen. Mike Walsworth

This bill amends present law to keep the provisions governing the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana in conformity with the provisions of present federal law requirement s for taxqualified defined benefit plans. Assigned to This bill Senate allows Retirement retired 1/24/14 educational diagnosticia ns and reading specialists to avoid benefit suspension during reemployment .

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See bill for more details.

SB 31

Sen. Troy E. Assigned to Brown Senate Education 1/24/14

SB 36

This bill requires the Department of Education to report to state legislators annually on the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Program (vouchers). The DOE must report to each state senator and representati ve about the schools in his/her respective district Sen. Troy E. Assigned to This bill Brown Senate requires Education notification 2/4/14 to certain elected officials regarding submission and status of certain charter school applications.

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See bill for more details.

SB 43

Sen. Sharon Assigned to Weston Senate Broome Education 2/10/14

This bill See bill for provides more that the details. Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) shall consist of 21 youth members appointed by the La. Commission on Civic Education as follows: Two youth members shall be appointed from each congression al district and the remaining

SB 50

Sen. Ben Nevers

Assigned to Senate Education 2/11/14

SB 54

Sen Sharon Weston Broome

This bill deletes provisions in present PreK law relative to income requirement s and that provide for phased-in universal access over time, subject to availability of funding, and instead provides that beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, LA 4 (Prek for 4 yearolds) classes Assigned to This bill Senate provides for Education an early 2/12/14 intervention program in East Baton Rouge Parish.

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SB 56

Sen. Ben Nevers

Assigned to Senate Education 2/12/14

This bill See bill for requires the more Board of details. Regents, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the postseconda ry education managemen t boards to establish a process by which representati ves of each respective board shall meet at least once monthly, upon the

SB 61

Sen. Ben Nevers

Assigned to Senate Education 2/14/14

This bill See bill for provides for more public details. school choice as follows: (1) Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, the parent or other legal guardian of any student may enroll their child in the public school of their choice, without regard to residence, school system

SB 62

Sen. Conrad Assigned to Appel Senate Education 2/17/14

SB 70

Sen Dan Claitor

This bill provides for a Louisiana common application for public colleges and universities. The bill provides for the developmen t and implementat ion of the common application for resident and nonresidents to use when applying to public colleges and universities in the state. Assigned to This bill Senate repeals the Education Balanced 2/17/14 Treatment for CreationScience and EvolutionScience Act.

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See bill for more details.

SB 78

Sen. Bob Kostelka

Assigned to Senate Government al Affairs 2/19/14

This bill adds See bill for to the list of more those details. required to file a financial disclosure statement annually with the Board of Ethics. The persons are each member of the board of any entity awarded a charter in accordance with present law, each member of the governing or managemen

SB 81

Sen. Sherri Smith Buffington

Assigned to Senate Education 2/19/14

See bill for This bill requires the more details. boards of supervisors for the Louisiana State University, Southern University, University of Louisiana and Louisiana Community and Technical College systems to broadcast the live audio and video of all board and committee meetings

SB 83

Sen. Ben Nevers

Assigned to Senate Education 2/19/14

SB 94

Sen. Rick Gallot

This bill requires the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) to create and issue a single, standard high school diploma, but also different endorsemen ts to be put on the face of the diploma to recognize each diploma pathway. Assigned to This bill Senate provides Education relative to 2/21/14 acquisition and loss of teacher tenure.

See bill for more details.

See bill for more details.

SB 98

Sen. Ben Nevers

Assigned to Senate Education 2/21/14

This bill See bill for provides more that, details. beginning with students graduating in the 201718 school year, TOPS GPA calculation shall utilize a five-point scale for grades earned in certain Advanced Placement (AP), Internationa l Baccalaureat e (IB), gifted courses, and

SB 108

Sen. Conrad Assigned to Appel Senate Government al Affairs 2/21/14

This bill See bill for provides more that the details. Board of Regents shall appoint a commission er of higher education to administer and implement board programs and policies. Further provides that the commission er shall possess such qualification s and have such other powers,

SB 124

Sen. Ben Nevers

Assigned to Senate Education 2/25/14

This See bill for constitution more al details. amendment provides that , the constitution ally created postseconda ry education managemen t boards have the authority to establish the tuition and fee amounts charged by the institutions under their supervision and managemen t, without legislative

SB 125

Sen. Ben Nevers

Assigned to Senate Education 2/25/14

This bill See bill for establishes more the details. Agricultural Education Commission in the Department of Education for the purpose of providing guidance and advice to the state superintend ent of education and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education regarding

SB 126

Sen. Ben Nevers

Assigned to Senate Education 2/25/14

This bill See bill for expands the more use of the details. TOPS-Tech Early Start Award so that it may be used to fund any technical or applied course leading to an Industry Based Certification, a Certificate of Applied Sciences, and a Certificate of Technical Sciences at a Louisiana public postseconda

SB 144

Sen. A.G. Crowe

SB 149

This bill allows the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish a transparent, digital process by which the Department of Education shall review textbooks and other instructional materials to be presented to the board for adoption for use in public Sen. Conrad Assigned to This bill Appel Senate repeals the Education current law 2/25/14 which provides for the Louisiana Systematic Initiatives Program.

Assigned to Senate Education 2/25/14

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SB 150

Sen. Conrad Assigned to Appel Senate Education 2/25/14

This bill See bill for requires the more Board of details. Regents to consider whether the merger of two or more existing postseconda ry institutions within a region would increase the efficiency and effectivenes s of the delivery of public postseconda ry educational services and

SB 162

Sen. Edwin R. Murray

Assigned to Senate Education 2/25/14

See bill for This bill retains the more details. present law relative to assets of charter schools (Type 1, 1B, 2, 3, 3B, and 5), and additionally provides that if a charter school contracts with or otherwise engages a legal entity to manage or operate the school, all assets used in the managemen

SB 163

Sen. Edwin R. Murray

Assigned to Senate Education 2/25/14

See bill for This bill more details. changes provisions regarding expiration of exclusions as related to Orleans Parish School Board Special Community Disaster Loans.

SB 171

Sen. Conrad Assigned to Appel Senate Education 2/25/14

SB 172

SB 175

This bill provides with regard to implementat ion of LEAP tests and further specifies that state content standards shall represent the knowledge and skills needed for students to successfully transition to postseconda ry education and the workplace. The bill Sen. Patrick Assigned to This bill Page Cortez Senate provides Education relative to 2/25/14 sick leave for teachers and other school employees. Sen. Karen Assigned to This bill Carter Senate repeals the Peterson Education Louisiana 2/25/14 Science Education Act.

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See bill for more details.

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SB 177

Sen. Conrad Assigned to Appel Senate Education 2/25/14

This bill See bill for retains the more present law details. which allows for certain powers in regard to spending and allocating money for postseconda ry education managemen t boards.

SB 179

Sen. Dan W. Assigned to Morrish Senate Education 2/25/14

This bill See bill for provides for more the Course details. Choice Program and requires the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) to create a process for authorizing course providers, including online or virtual providers, postseconda ry education institutions, and

SB 190

Sen. Dan W. Assigned to Morrish Senate Education 2/25/14

This bill See bill for provides more that, details. beginning with the 2014-2015 award year: (1) The amount awarded by the state to a student who is the recipient of any TOPS award shall not exceed an amount equal to the award amount paid for the 20132014 award year, plus an amount equal to ten

SB 191

Sen. Dan W. Assigned to Morrish Senate Education 2/25/14

SB 195

This bill provides that the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education give equal status and recognition to Internationa l Baccalaureat e, Advanced Placement, and dual enrollment courses for purposes of determining school performanc e scores and Sen. Fred H. Assigned to This bill Mills, Jr. Senate provides for Education the 2/25/14 administrati on of medication at schools by a school nurse.

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See bill for more details.

SB 219

Sen. Edwin R. Murray

Assigned to Senate Education 2/25/14

This bill See bill for requires the more superintend details. ent of the Recovery School District (RSD) to submit a report on the current status of all school facilities that were transferred to the RSD's jurisdiction to BESE, the parish, city, or local school board that originally transferred the facility

SB 225

Sen. Edwin R. Murray

Assigned to Senate Education 2/25/14

This bill See bill for retains the more present law details. relative to assets of charter schools and applies it to Type 4 charter schools, and additionally provides that if a charter school contracts with or otherwise engages a legal entity to manage or operate the school, all assets used in the

SB 308

Sen. A.G. Crowe

Assigned to Senate Judiciary A 2/27/14

This See bill for constitution more al details. amendment provides that the people of Louisiana recognize the fundamental rights of parents to direct the upbringing of their children and that parents have the right to direct and to make decisions regarding where and with whom

SB 312

Sen. A.G. Crowe

Assigned to Senate Education 2/27/14

This bill See bill for establishes more the details. "Parents' Bill of Rights for Public Schools". The bill outlines what rights parents shall have in regard to their child's schooling.

SB 336

Sen. Conrad Assigned to Appel Senate Education 2/27/14

This bill See bill for significantly more revises the details. procedures established in present law for the adoption, procuremen t, and distribution of textbooks and other instructional materials for use in elementary and secondary schools. The bill alters, among other things, the roles of the State Board of

SB 337

Sen. Conrad Assigned to Appel Senate Education 2/27/14

This bill See bill for provides for more the creation details. and implementat ion of an outcomesbased funding formula for postseconda ry education. Among other things, the bill establishes roles for the commission er of higher education and the presidents of each postseconda ry education

SB 340

Sen. Jack Donahue

Assigned to Senate Education 2/27/14

This bill See bill for provides more that, details. beginning with the 2015-2016 award year: (1) The amount awarded by the state to a student who is the recipient of any TOPS award shall not exceed the award amount established for each respective award for the 20142015 award year.

SB 343

Sen. Jack Donahue

Assigned to Senate Education 2/27/14

This See bill for constitution more al details. amendment gives each constitution ally created postseconda ry education managemen t board the authority to establish the tuition and fee amounts charged by institutions under their supervision and managemen t without legislative approval.

SB 354

Sen. Mack Assigned to Bodi White, Senate Jr. Education 2/27/14

See bill for This constitution more details. al amendment provides that in addition to the Central community school system and the Zachary community school system in East Baton Rouge Parish, and the municipalitie s of Baker in East Baton Rouge Parish, Monroe in Ouachita

SB 358

Sen. Jack Donahue

Assigned to Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for retains the more present law details. allowing for the Board of Regents and postseconda ry institutions to enter into performanc e agreements in order to be granted limited autonomy. The bill also retains the present law which describe the levels of autonomy. The bill provides

SB 364

Sen. Ben Nevers

SB 365

This bill eliminates the requirement for use of a value-added assessment model in the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's statewide school and district accountabilit y system, and provides instead that, beginning with 20152016 school year, the school and Sen. Conrad Assigned to This bill Appel Senate updates and Education clarifies Act 2/28/14 1 (Teacher Tenure) of the 2012 legislative session.

Assigned to Senate Education 2/28/14

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See bill for more details.

SB 366

Sen. A.G. Crowe

Assigned to Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for authorizes more the State details. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) to formulate and make timely revisions of a master plan for elementary and secondary education. Among other things, it also provides that, at a minimum, the plan

SB 367

Sen. A.G. Crowe

Assigned to Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for establishes more in addition details. to the current TOPS merit scholarships, an additional award, the TOPS-Tech Plus Award, for TOPSTech Award recipients who have been awarded an associate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale and who enroll in an eligible

SB 370

Sen. J.P. Morrell

Assigned to Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for requires the more governing details. authority of each public elementary and secondary school to collect, if applicable, information about reported incidents of bullying and requires such information to be recorded by the school personnel submitting written reports of

SB 379

Sen. Eric LaFleur

Assigned to Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for provides more that on or details. after August 1, 2014, the number of students in any core curriculum class in a secondary school in any public city or parish school system or in a charter school shall not exceed 25.

SB 385

Sen. Eric LaFleur

Assigned to Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for provides for more the details. "Empowere d Community Schools Act". It provides that beginning with the 2014-2015 fiscal year, any public elementary or secondary school principal who is rated "highly effective" pursuant to the performanc e evaluation

SB 405

Sen. Mike Walsworth

Assigned to Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for retains the more present law details. which requires the Department of Education (DOE) to begin implementat ion of a Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) with the approval of BESE, and further requires BESE to ensure that any new assessments used in LEAP are aligned

SB 420

Sen. Dan Claitor

Assigned to Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for provides more that Tulane details. University shall not grant free tuition pursuant to present law for all or part of the 2015-2016 academic year or thereafter for any student nominated for such free tuition by a legislator. Provides for granting free tuition to students who receive

SB 431

Sen. Sherri Smith Buffington

Assigned to Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for extends more board details. authority to colleges and universities, branches, centers of learning, or extensions which are transferred into the system; otherwise retains present law. The bill for the most part, only makes technical changes to the present laws regarding

SB 437

Sen. J.P. Morrell

Assigned to Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for requires the more State Board details. of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) to create a commission to review the performanc e of the schools under the jurisdiction of the Recovery School District (RSD) in any city, parish, or other local public

SB 438

Sen. Rick Gallot

Assigned to Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for requires more each details. postseconda ry education managemen t board to establish criteria for waiving any nonresident tuition or mandatory fee increase in cases of financial hardship. Further requires information relative to such waivers, and the criteria and procedures

SB 449

Sen. Conrad Assigned to Appel Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for provides for more the "Student details. Data Privacy and Protection Act". requires BESE and each postseconda ry managemen t board to develop and oversee implementat ion of a comprehens ive policy which provides administrati ve, technical, and physical

SB 455

Sen. Gary L. Assigned to Smith, Jr. Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for relative to more student details. information collected, prohibits local public school boards and schools, the state Dept. of Education, and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) from transmitting or sharing such information with any

SB 458

Sen. Francis Assigned to C. Senate Thompson Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for authorizes more the state details. Department of Education and any governing authority of a nutrition program provider to use the simplified acquisition procedures for small purchases up to the Federal Small Purchase Threshold set by federal law, in order to support

SB 460

Sen. Robert Assigned to Adley Senate Government al Affairs 2/28/14

This bill See bill for retains the more present law details. which provides that schools participating in the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Program must submit to the Department of Education an independent financial audit of the school, but additionally requires that schools

SB 463

Sen. Robert Assigned to Adley Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for requires the more secretary of details. the Department of Revenue and the Louisiana Legislative Auditor to agree on a reasonable estimate of the amount of the total state sales tax proceeds collected each fiscal year which are remitted by vendors located outof-state as a "direct or indirect"

SB 484

Sen. Mack Assigned to Bodi White, Senate Jr. Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for requires the more East Baton details. Rouge Parish School Board to develop and implement a plan to divide the East Baton Rouge Parish School System into four subdistricts to be designated as the "North Subdistrict", the "MidCity Subdistrict",

SB 514

Sen. David Heitmeier

Assigned to Senate Health and Welfare 2/28/14

This bill See bill for prohibits more smoking, as details. provided in present law, within 200 feet of the entrances, exits, or outdoor areas of any public or private elementary or secondary school. The proposed law shall not apply to smoking by a person of the legal age within private property that is

SB 520

Sen. Jack Donahue

Assigned to Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for retains the more present law details. relative to the minimum academic standards required for initial eligibility for TOPS awards through the 2016-2017 school year. It further provides that for students graduating after the 2016-2017 school year the minimum

SB 524

Sen. Mike Walsworth

Assigned to Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for authorizes more the state details. Department of Education (DOE) to accept and direct the disbursemen t of funds appropriate d by any act of Congress and apportioned to the state for use in connection with any Child Care and Developmen t Fund programs. The bill requires

SB 533

Sen. Eric LaFleur

Assigned to Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for which more establishes details. Louisiana Early Learning Enrollment Coordinatio n procedures, requires BESE to authorize local early learning enrollment coordinators that conduct a process for informing families about early childhood care and education programs in

SB 536

Sen. Eric LaFleur

Assigned to Senate Education 2/28/14

This bill See bill for enacts the more Student details. Data Accessibility, Transparenc y, and Accountabili ty Act. The bill provides for legislative findings relating to the availability of student data while maintaining some privacy for the individual student and seeks to provide

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