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Bill #SponsorTitleBrief Description of BillSpecial Relevance toAction required by LEAFinancial ImpactMoney AppropriatedEffective Date
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HB0002Sanpei, D.Public Education Budget AmendmentsExtends , for an additional year, a provision that allows the number of weighted pupil units assigned to a charter shcool to be based on the higher of Oct. 1 enrollment or ADM + growth; provides budget increases and decreases for the use and support of certain state educatin agencies; provides budget increases and decreases for programs that support LEAs; provides intent language; and establishes the value of the WPU for FY 2015-16 at $2,837 for special education and CTE add-on programs and $3,092 for all other programs.LEAs NoneThe availablity of funds for all LEAs is different when charters are funded on October 1 or if they are funded based on ADM+growth. Additionally, the Oct. 1 funding for charters allows for the reality or perception that charter schools receive funds for students recruited specifically for the Oct. 1 count. $635,000 from General Fund; $7,000,000 from Uniform School Fund; $246,430,500 from Education Fund; $24,983,100 from various sourcesJuly 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016
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HB0012Powell, K.Utah Retirement SystemModifies the Utah State Retirement and Insurance Benefit Act.

See "More Information" Tab below for detailed summary.
HR personnelShould revise and review retirement policies.At least 2 provisions will have some financial impact on LEAs: one requires an LEA that reemploys retirees to make a designated amoritization payment to the system for the retiree; another provides a consistent definition of "benefits normally provided." None5/12/2015
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HB0030Edwards, R.Math Teacher Training Program AmendmentsAllows the State Board to provide grants to higher ed for programs that provide stipends, professional development, and leadership opportunities to math teachers to help the teacher to become a teacher leader. The law currently allows the board to award grants to higher ed programs that provide mentoring and training--but not stipends, etc.--only to non-licensed individuals seeking a secondary education license with a math endorsementMath teachers-in-trainingNoneNoNone5/12/2015
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HB0033Draxler, J.American Indian-Alaksan Native Education AmendmentsCreates an American Indian-Alaskan Native Education State Plan, which includes the creation of an American Indian-Alaska Native Public Education Liaison and an American Indian-Alaskan Education Commission and requires the adoption of a state plan to address educational achievement gaps of American Indian-Alaskan Native students.

Five amendments were proposed, 4 adopted, 2 dealt with replacing USOE and "Superintendent" with "USBE". For more information on this bill and the amendments, see "More Information" Tab below.
LEAs w/ large # of Native American-Alaskan Native studentsNoneNoNoneUpon signature of the Governor
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HB0039, Sub. 2Anderson, J.Second Substitute Emergency Placement of ChildrenAllows DCFS to place a child in an emergency placement with a friend designated by the parent or guardian who is not a licensed foster parent or with an adult who is an adoptive parent of the child's sibling.
Personnel dealing with student services and parent-custody timeNoneNoNone5/12/2015
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HB0068, Sub. 4Anderegg, J.Fourth Substitute Student Privacy StudyRequires the State Board to develop a funding proposal and make recommendations to the Legislature on how the State Board of Education and the Legislature can update student privacy laws in statute and in board rule; appropriates an ongoing $180,000 and a one-time $5,000 from education fund; requires the Board to designate a chief privacy officer to oversee the administation of privacy laws and work with the board to develop funding proposals and recommendationsLEAs in general, but not this yearNoneNoOngoing appropriation from the Education Fund, $180,000 and one-time appropriation from the Education Fund, $5000.May 12, 2015 with Appropriation taking effect on July 1,2015
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HB0070, Sub. 1Daw, B.Substitute Posting Political SignsProvides that government entities which allow the posting of political signs on public property must do so on a politically neutral basis. Also prohibits governmental entities from imposing requirements on the posting of signs that are not politically and content neutral. Makes an exception to the definition of public property for property being rented out by a government entity to a private party for a meeting, convention, or similar event.Anyone responsible for the posting of signs on school or district groundsNoneNoNone5/12/2015
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HB0073, Sub 2Cutler, B.R.Nepotism AmendmentsAmends the definition in current nepotism law to include "grandchild" and "grandparent"Personnel responsible for hiringShould review and revise nepotism policiesNominal cost to review employment policiesNone5/12/2015
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HB0074Romero, A.Consent Definition of Sexual OffenseAmends the definition of "without consent of the victim" in cases of sexual offenses. Specifically, when the defendant knows the victim is unconscious or unaware, the provision in current law requiring proof that the victim has not consented is removed; and when the defendant knows the victim in incapable of understanding or resisting, the requirement that the defendant know the victim has a mental disease is removedEducators accused of sexual misconductNoneNoNone5/12/2015
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HB0081, Sub. 2Hall, C.Second Substitute Local School Board Meetings RequirementsRequires a school board to hold local school board meetings within the geographic boundaries of the district, except in times of a declared disaster or local emergency. Excludes charter schools from the requirements of this bill; also allows a board to hold a meeting outside the boundaries to conduct a site visit if the visit is related to the board's responsibilities, there is not a similar site within the boundaries, and the board does not take a voteApplies only to school boards, and not charter governing boardsEnsure compliance with law.  Likely require policy or procedure change by school districts.  Not applicable to charter schools.NoNone5/12/2015
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HB105, Sub. 1Miller, J.Substitute Andiscrimination ModificationsModifies the Utah Antidiscrimination Act making it a violation of the law to discriminate on the basis of breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to breastfeeding, and attempts to minimize or eliminate discrimination in employment because of pregnancy, childbirth, pregnancy-related conditions, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to breastfeeding.HR PersonnelShould review and revise employment discrimination policies to include definitions consistent wtih law.  Nominal administrative costs to evaluate facilities and provide training to supervisors.None5/12/2015
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HB0118, Sub. 1Last, B.Substitute Public Education Human Resource Management Act RevisionsModifies the definition of educator unsatisfactory performance to eliminate "poor attitude and insufficient effort" and addresses dismissal procedures for a career employee who exhibits both unsatisfactory performance and conduct that is a cause for dismissal; allows such employees to be dismissed without plans of assistanceHR personnelShould review and if necessary revise negotiated agreement and/or policies re: educator evaluations. Should also review and revise policies and procedures for addressing misconduct that is considered "cause" and determine what cause constitutes termination.Nominal administrative costs to provide appropriate training to HR directors and review employment/evaluation policies.None5/12/2015
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HB0119Last, B.Charter School Finance AmendmentsChanges current law which requires a school district to allocate "the lesser of" 25% of district's per pupil revenues OR 25% of the charter schools' students average local revenuet for each resident student enrolled in a charter school so that all districts pay 25% of the district's per pupil.School districts that are not currently paying 25% of the district's per pupil revenue--some districts could receive a windfall, others will pay more for charter school students.NoneRequires each school district to allocate 25% of district per pupil revenues for each student of the school district who is enrolled in a charter school regardless of the charter school students' average local revenues.None.5/12/2015
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HB0124, Sub. 1Handy, S.Substitute Education Background Check AmendmentsRepeals the two different sections in the code requiring USOE to obtain background checks for licensing and employers to obtain background checks for licencsing and combines them into one new section of the Code. The new section identifies what types of offenses may be considered for initial licensing, initial employment, or initial appointment, and provides an opportunity to respond to any criminal history information. The bill would also allow "authorized entities"--which includes USOE and LEAs--to register fingerprints of employees/licensees which will be kept during the duration of the person's employment and/or licensure. This eliminates the need for employees to get background checks every few years because anytime an employee (classified or non) is arrested, the LEA will be notified. This will save money for employees and for districts who adminster live fingerprint scanning sites. Defines RAP Back System; changed a provision allowing an authorizing entity to consider certain offenses that are job-related to REQUIRING the authorizing entity to consider the offenses regardless of whether they are job-related.Personnel responsible for monitoring background checks of employeesShould review and revise hiring/background check policiesLEAs and individual employees will have nominal savings due to this bill. Employees will not be required to have periodic background checks under this bill; LEAs will not have associated administrative costs.None7/1/2015
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HB0128Froerer, G.Maintenance of Student RecordsAmends provisions related to a record a school maintains to verify that a parent was notified of incidents of bullying or threats of suicide, consistent with existing provisions of State law and FERPA.

See "More Information" Tab below for a detailed summary.
All LEAs generallyShould review and possibly revise parental notification policies under 53A-11a-203Nominal savings to LEAs, as the record mainenance is streamlined.None5/12/2015
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HB0163Knotwell, J.Student Data Breach RequirementsRequires LEAs to notify parents/guardians of release of personally identifiable student information due to a security breach.All public schools & IT departmentsYes. New requirement for parent notification in cases of student data breach. Nominal costs to notify parents in the event of a security breach.None5/12/2015
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HB0197, Sub. 1Coleman, K.Substitute Education Licensing AmendmentsProvides that the Board shall make rules regarding the issuance of an administrative license that allow the board to license individuals from a variety of backgrounds including individuals who do not hold a teaching license or have a graduate degree in an education field.Local traditional and charter boards.NoneUnknown/probably notNoneGovernor VETO on 4/1/15
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HB0198Arent, P.Strenthening College and Career ReadinessCreates the Strengthening College and Career Readiness Program at the USOE, a grant program for LEAs, to improve students' college and career readiness by enhancing the skill level of school counselors to provide college and career counseling. USOE would develop a certificate indicating a counselor's training and expertise, award grants, make rules and report to Ed. Interim Committee.
School counselors
Apply for competitive grants.LEAs may receive grants--but grants must be used for courses and training.One-time appropriation of $400,000.May 12, 2015 with Appropriation taking effect on July 1,2015
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HB203, Sub. 2Last, B.Second Substitute Teacher Salary Supplement ProgramAmends the definition of an eligible teacher (adds computer science); changes the amount of the salary supplement for eligible teachers from the previous amounts dating back to 2008; and changes the entity that distributes money for the Teacher Salary Supplement Program (from the State Div. of Finance to the State Board of Education).LEAs generally and specifically computer science teachersNone aby LEAs, though specifically designated teachers (which now includes computer science teachers) must annually apply to the Board for salary supplements. An appeals process is provided for educators who are initially denied the supplement.Specific educators--now including computer science teachers--will receive salary supplements.None7/1/2015
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HB0207, Sub. 3Eliason, S.Third Substitute Educator Tax Credit and StudyProvides that the Board will conduct a study related to an educator tax credit (for using personal money to purchase materials for the classroom); recommendations shall include recommendations on provisions that could be included in legislation to enact a tax credit for the purchase of certain classroom itemsEducators who use personal money for classroom expensesNoneMay benefit educators by providing tax credits in future yearsNoneStudy required during the 2015 interim.  This section is repealed on November 30, 2015.
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HB0208Eliason, S.School District Postemployment Health Insurance BenefitsProhibits a school district or a charter school from offering postemployment health insurance benefits to new employees after July 1, 2015, with some exceptions. (See "More Information" Tab for exception.); prohibits an LEA that fails to fully fund annual required postretirement health insurance contributions from offering or providing a postemployment health insurance benefit for new employees HR or those dealing with benefitsReview postemployment employee plans for compliance and/or the exceptions for required compliance.None5/12/2015
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HB0213 Sub. 2Stratton, K.Second Substitute Safe Technology Utilization and Digital Citizenship in Public SchoolsRequires a school district or charter school that purchases educational technology to ensure that adequate on and off campus Internet filtering is in place; provides that the school community council will educate students and parents on safe technology utilization and "digital citizenship" and partner with school administration to ensure that on and off-campus filtering is installed. Allows for community councils to create a subcommittee and partner with a non-profit oragnization (presumably for the purpose of training students and parents on safe technology use). Requires a charter school governing board, or a certain council established by a charter school governing board, to fulfill duties related to safe technology utilization and digital citizenship; also defines a charter school as an "educational procurement unit" under the Procurement Code.LEAS, traditional school community councils and charter school parent councilsWork with community and parent councils to review LEA technology filtering and provide for education and awareness on safe technology utilization and digital citizenship among students and school personnel.Some cost to LEAs to educate students and parents on safe Internet use and to ensure that adequate filtering is in place.None5/12/2015
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HB0237, Sub. 1Brown, M.Substitute Vision Screening AmendmentsRequires the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired to issue a certificate to a volunteer vision screener who successfully completes training provided by the division; requires a school district or charter school to ensure that a volunteer vision screener holds a certificate issued by the division as a condition of providing vision screening services. Requires that a school district/charter will ensure that a vision screener volunteer is: (a) a school nurse; holds a certificate issued by the Divison of SErvices for the Blind and Visually Impaired or is directly supervised by someone who's a nurse or holds a certificate. Also provides that a person is not liable for damages for damages resulting from acts or omissions related to vision screening unless the acts/omissions are willfulAny LEA that may provide voluntary vision screening.LEAs must ensure that volunteer visions screeners are nurses, have a certificate, or are supervised by someone who's a nurse or has a certificate. NoNone5/12/2015
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HB0242Miller, J.State and Local Government Employee PoliciesRequires a public employer to provide reasonable breaks for a public employee who is breastfeeding and access to a room with privacy and a refrigerator for breastfeeding purposes; and to adopt policies to support breastfeeding. Also, prohibits a public employer from discriminating against an employee who is breastfeeding in the workplace.

Amendments 1 and 3 provides that an employer does not have to comply with the requirements to provide a room or other location to breastfeed if so doing would impose an undue hardship on the employer and defines undue hardship as a hardship that would cause significant difficulty or expense in relation to size, financial resources, structure, or nature of employer's operations
All those in supervisory positionsReview policies regarding breast feeding employees, their access to refrigeration and privacy.Nominal administrative costs to review space available and provide minimal training to administrative staff.None5/12/2015
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HB0251, Sub. 1Anderson, J.Substitute Amendments to Interlocal ActAuthorizes a Utah public agency to exercise, with certain limitations, a power, privilege, or authority with any other Utah public agency; authorizes an interlocal entity to create a local disaster recovery fund; require agreements for a joint or cooperative undertaking; clarifies applicable law to a bond issued by an interlocal entity;provides that an interlocal entity may pledge certain revenues for a bond; requires that an interlocal entity establish a personnel system; requires a governing board to adopt rules or policies for public procurement; enacts language related to the governance of an interlocal entity or joint or cooperative undertaking, including: ompensation of a member of the governing authority; and quorum and meeting requirements; enacts language related to fiscal procedures for interlocal entities, including uniform accounting requirements, budgetary procedures, appropriations, emergency expenditures, interfund loans, operating and capital budgets, audit requirements, and fees.Any school district with an interlocal agreement or contemplating an interlocal agreementOnly if the LEA is part of an interlocal agreementNominal administrative costs to review and satisfy requirements of participating in interlocal entities. None5/12/2015
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HB0282, Sub. 1Daw, B.Substitute Online Education Program AmendmentsAllows a program of a higher education institution that offers secondary school level courses exclusively online to offer the online courses through the Statewide Online Education Program; and authorizes an institution within the state system of higher education, including a college campus of the Utah College of Applied Technology, to offer secondary school level courses or concurrent enrollment courses through the Statewide Online Education Program.

In essence, this bill provides that higher ed, in addition to the others already listed in law, can offer courses through SOEP.
N/A (The sub eliminates any relevance to public ed institutions; only provides that SOEP courses may be offered by higher ed)NoneHigher education entities are authorized to offer courses through SOEP. Parents/students will have more options for courses; LEAs subsidize the SOEP with payments to the providers.None5/12/2015
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HB0291, Sub. 3Stratton, K.Third Substitute Procurement ChangesModifies definitions relating to grants and procurements in which the source of the funds imposes requirements on the procurementDefines "direct procurement" defines "grant" and "procurement", specifically exclusing a grant from the definition of procurement; states "Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter, a procurement unit may administer a direct procurement in accordance with the requirements imposed by the source of the funds used to procure the procurement item."LEAs that use procurement to purchase good and services.None required, but LEAs (both school districts and charter schools are "procurement units") may benefit from understanding exceptions to general procurement requirementsExceptions such as "grants" from procurement requirements may financially benefit LEAsNone5/12/2015
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HB0312, Sub. 1DiCario, S.Substitute Reporting and Expenditure of Public Funds AmendmentsRequires the Governor's Office of Management and Budget to provide certain reporting not applicable to LEAs; the part of this bill that is applicable provides that a state agency may not provide a recipient entity state money through a grant unless: the state agency enters into a written agreement with the recipient entity, which requires the recipient entity to provide the state agency: (i) a written description and an itemized report at least annually detailing the expenditure of the state money, or the intended expenditure of any state money that has not been spent; and (ii) a final written itemized report when all the state money is spent. LEAs which receive state money in the form of grantsConsiderable reporting and accounting to the state agency from which grant money is received.Nominal costs for documentation of grant funds.None5/12/2015
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HB0333Sanpei, D.Budget Reserve Account AmendmentsAddresses the transfer limit for the General Fund Budget Reserve Account and the Education Fund Budget Reserve AccountVery generally to LEAs, as the bill provides for a transfer from the Education Fund Revenue surplus to the Education Fund Budget Reserve Account when certain percentages are reached (raised from 9 to 11%); similar provision for the General Fund Reserve Account (from 8 to 9%) NoneRaises percentage amounts that are retained in General Fund and Education Fund "rainy day" accountsNone5/12/2015
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HB0337, Sub. 2Cunningham, R.Second Substitute Career and Techical Education Comprehensive StudyCreates the CTE Board within the Department of Workforce Services to do a comprehensive study on the CTE programs in Utah; describes the membership of the CTE Board;requires the CTE Board to conduct a comprehensive study; and requires the CTE Board to make recommendations. Provides that in conducting the study, the CTE Board will coordinate with the Office of the Legislative Auditor General and, to the extent possible, use data collected by the Office of the Legislative Auditor General to complete the study; and the CTE board will repo rt and make recommendations to the Legislative Interim Committee, Executive Appropriations Committee, governor's office, State Board, Board of Regents, UCAT Also sets a date of November 1, 2017 for the CTE Board to report on the recommendations

LEAs and CTE programsNone. This is a comprehensive study and may have significant impact on CTE programs and funding. To the extent that the bill allows, an LEA may want to follow the study and provide input if allowed.Potentially significant impact on continuing CTE funding depending on the study's findings and conclusions.NoneCreates a CTE Board to conduct study with reports due on 11/1/15, 11/1/16 and final recommendations on 11/1/17. 
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HB0345, Sub. 2McCay, D.Second Subsitute Abuse Policy for EducatorsRequires an LEA to obtain references and the disciplinary file from prior employers of potential employees prior to hiring. Prohibits the State Board from issuing a license to anyone convicted of a felony of a sexual nature, or who engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a student or minor. Requires the Board to write rules regarding the UPPAC process. HR personnelRevise policies to maintain and provide a prospective employer a disciplinay record on every employeeNominal costs to acquire disciplinary files on employees prior to hiring and for training of HR personnel.None7/1/2015
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HB0346Knotwell, J. School Building Costs Reporting AmendmentsClarifies that provisions related to requirements for reporting school building costs on the Utah Public Finance Website apply to: the lease or purchase of an existing building to be used as a school; and the addition of a school facility to a school. Amends previous legislation to include secondary facilities and leased facilities in this reporting.LEAs with building projectsLEAs must provide a reporting of all construction costs that have taken place between July 1, 2004 and May 13, 2014 no later than May 15, 2015Nominal costs for reporting.NoneEffective 5/12/15 but note that requirements of the bill must be met by 5/15/15.
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HB0347Cunningham, R.Reirement Window AmendmentsAdds a six-month window for employers of certain entities to elect to participate in the Public Employees' Noncontributory Retirement System and for eligible employees to elect to participate in that system.HR personnelReview retirement policiesNot directly. An employer has another 6-month window (beginning July 1, 2015) to choose to participate in the retirement system.NoneEffective 5/12/15. Creates a time period for conversion to this system beginning July 1, 2015.
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HB349Brown, M.School and Institutional Trust Lands BudgetAuthorizes SITLA to transfer money from one line item of appropriation to another upon request and approval by the Board and the Legislative Executive Appropriations CommitteeSITLA State BoardNoneNoneNone5/12/2015
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HB0360, Sub. 1Christensen, L.Substitute Utah Education AmendmentsCreates a policy statement regarding education in Utah and parents' right to control it. In sum, the bill requires the Board to generate a report regarding the history of the state public education system over the past 15 years, and create a 10-year plan going forward to repeal outdated programs and policies and correlate programs and policies; this information will be reported to the Education Interim Committee. Also provides that the Board may recommend but not require, an LEA to use a particular curriculum or model curriclum; replaces all the phrases "core curriculum" with "core standards".

The bill also removes nonvoting members from the Board and requires the Board to meet quarterly with nonvoting members.

Amendment: explains the definition of what a free public education is (elementary and secondary)
LEAs, in generalNoneNoneNone5/12/2015
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HB0363Cunningham, R.School LAND Trust Program AmendmentsCreates the "charter trust land council" which is the equivalent of a school community council specific to school districts and requires that a charter governing board shall provide training to the "charter trust land council" members; amends provisions related to the elements that a school community council is required to evaluate in developing a school improvement plan (not just U-Pass but statewide achievement test results, reading achievement plan, class size reduction needs, technology needs, and professional development plan); provides that the School LAND Trust Program may be funded at 3% instead of 2% of funds provided for the MSP.School Community CouncilsSome charter school trust land councils may revise meeting protocolsRaises the amount that School LAND Trust Program is funded from 2 to 3% of the MSP.None5/12/2015
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HB0364, Sub. 2Eliason, S.Second Substitute Suicide Prevention AmendmentsAppropriates money to USOE and the Department of Health in one-time funds for the bullying and cyberbullying programs and from the Firearm Safety Account, BCI, and the State Suicide Prevention Program run through DHS; expands the suicide prevention program to include components on bullying and cyber-bullying; expands the list of the report by USOE Suicide Prevention Coordinator to the Education Interim Committees; specifically identifies what the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health suicide coordinator's responsibilities are; provides that an LEA may not be required to offer more than 3 seminars.All LEAs generallyLEA previously initiated suicide prevention programs shall also include programs and training on bullying and cyberbullying; LEAs need never sponsor more than 3 parent seminars for suicide (and now bullying and cyberbullying) awareness and training.Nominal administrative costs for reviewing suicide prevention and bully/cyberbullying policies and revising, if necessary and for trainingIn 2015: $150,000 (one-time) from General Fund and $50,000 (ongoing) to State Board from from Education Fund; $210,00 from General Fund to DHS.  In 2016: $15,000 from Restricted-Fire Safety Account to DPS/BCI;$191,000 from General Fund to DHS.5/12/15 with Appropriations taking effect on July 1, 2015
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HB0379Eliason, S.Underground Storage Tank AmendmentsRequires the Division of Fleet Operations to ensure that certain underground storage tanks qualify for a risk-based environmental assurance fee rebate; identifies school districts (among other governmental entities) as required to qualify for a rebate by 2025 and provides reporting requirements.School districts that subscribe to the fuel dispensing services provided by the Division of Fleet OperationsSchool districts that subscribe to the fuel dispensing services provided by the Division of Fleet Operations must assure that their underground storage tanks meet the Division's requirements by 2025.None$150,000 one-time from the General Fund to Division of Fleet Operations7/1/2015
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HB0403Eliason, S.Online Education Survey Program AmendmentsExtends the pilot online school survey program for an additional year; amends the repeal date related to the pilot online school survey
Any involved in the pilot online school survey programLEAs and schools may participate in the pilot programNone$80,000 (one time) from the Education Fund to the State Board of Education5/12/15 with appropriations taking effect on July 1, 2015.
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HB0414, Sub. 1Handy, S.Substitute Utah Broadband Outreach CenterCreates the Utah Broadband Outreach Center within GOED; the Broadband Center coordinates broadband development policy and promotion among broadband providers, state/federal agencies and local goverrnment entities; the Boardband center makes recommendations to the governor and legislature about policies and initiatives that promote the devleopment of broadband-related infrastucture and coordinates efforts of stakeholders to voluntarily promote expansion of opportunities. Provides a sunset provision of July 1, 2018.LEAs generallyNoneNoneOne-time appropriation of $400,000.5/12/15 with appropriations taking effect on July 1, 2015.
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HB0444Gibson, F.Charter School Funding TaskforceCreates the charter school funding taskforce to review and make recommendations on charter school funding provisions, the content of a property tax notice, limits on charter school enrollment capacity, and funding for administrative costs.Charters schoolsNoneNone--unless and until recommendations are made that change traditional school/charter school funding formulas2016: to the Senate, one-time appropriation of $16,000; to the House, one-time appropriation of $16,000; to the Office of Leg Research and General Counsel, one-time appropriation of $40,000.5/12/15 with appropriations taking effect on July 1, 2015.  Final report to be presented to the Education Interim Committee before 11/30/2015
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HB0447, Sub. 2Dee, B.Second Substitute Protections on Parental Guidance in Public SchoolsRequires that a school obtain prior written parental consent before the school can provide human sexuality instruction to a student; parent can choose a reasonable alternative for the student or to have the requirement waived; student's academic/citizenship performance cannot be penalized if parent opts student out of human sexuality instruction and provides specific topics included in "human sexuality instruction." Provides that "human sexuality instruction" does not include instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation.
LEAs generallyReview and revise school policies on notifying parents of human sexuality instruction that will take place in the school and providing alternatives for student whose parent requests waiversNominal costs for parental notification; nominal compliance costs unless and until significant numbers of parents request opt-outs for students which could require additional supervision and/or alternative activities or instruction.None5/12/2015
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HR0005Eliason, S.House Resolution Regarding Mathematics Proficiency Among High School StudentsRecognizes the need for a highly educated workforce and the importance of attaining proficiency in mathematics while in high school; and urges the State Board of Education to consider a requirement that a high school student be enrolled in, and pass, a mathematics course all four years of high school unless the student demonstrates mathematics proficiency through completing certain high-level mathematics courses or through testing.
LEAs in generalReview and revise student math requirements.None--until and unless the Board changes graduation requirements.None5/12/2015
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HCR0007Poulson, M.Concurrent Resolution Urging Development of Methods to Minimize Excessive TestingExpresses support for educators throughout the state of Utah who strive to minimize excessive testing and its negative effects on Utah's public schoolchildren.
LEAs, UEA, PTA, USBELEAs, with other education groups, would study methods and protocols related to testing.NoneNone5/12/2015
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SB0001, Sub. 1Substitute Pulic Education Base Budget AmendmentsSets the budget for public education. See bill for breakdown.N/ANoneSome changes in program funding. Uncertain if those changes are made up in other legislation or funding bills.$7,297,700 from the General Fund;
$30,000,000 from the Uniform School Fund;
$2,657,837,300 from the Education Fund; and
$1,235,647,700 from various sources
7/1/2015
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SB004Hillyard, L.Current School Year Supplemental Public Education Budget AmendmentsAppropriates funding to school districts and charter schools for educator salary, adjustments and the teacher salary supplement; implements transfers to administration for central services at the State Office of Education; and balances appropriations among revenue sources and fundsLEAsNoneProvides funds into the Education Fund for teacher salary supplements and educator salary adjustments($18,000,000) from Uniform School Fund; $23,080,000 from the Education Fund; and $2,011,200 from various sources as detailed in the bill5/12/2015
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SB0011Weiler, T.Utah Retirement Systems RevisionsModifies the Utah State Retirement and Insurance Benefit Act.

See "More Information" Tab below for a more detailed summary.
HR personnelShould review and revise retirement policiesClarifies the number of employees that a political subdivision (school district) can exempt from the URS, which may affect the total number of employees that a school district can exempt from the URS. None5/12/2015
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SB0029Vickers, E.School Planning and Zoning ProcessRequires a school district or charter school to meet with a local governmental entity about a proposed acquisition of property; provide certain information regarding the acquisiton to the local governmental entity and submit a a rough proposed site plan to a design review committee. Also requires a design review committee to provide comments on a rough proposed site plan and allows a local governmental entity to require a traffic study, in certain circumstances. Anyone involved in acquiring property for constructions of schoolsMust meet with governmental entities about potential acquisitions and may be required to participate in studies as directed by governmental entities.Minimal additional costs for coordinating meetings.None5/12/2015
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SB0038Osmond, A.Behavioral Testing and Tracking RestrictionsEliminates references to behavior tracking and testing in public education programs and public education assessment statutes.Personnel responsible for assessmentsPossibly. Should review policies and delete languageNominal costs to review and revise, if necessary, assessment policies and training. None5/12/2015
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SB0058, Sub. 2Harper, W.Second Substitute Municipal and County Officials Attendance at School District Board Mtgs.Provides that the county executive may attend a local school board's executive sessions IF the board invites the person to attend. If the closed meeting is for the purposes of discussing the acquisition of property, the county executive may attend if invited AND if there is no conflict of interest. School district boardsMay invite a county executive to attend closed meeting sessions; if the meeting is for the purposes of discussing acquisition of property, ensure the county executive has no conflict of interestNoneNone5/12/2015
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SB0060, Sub. 2Stephenson, H.2d Substitute American Civics Education AmendmentRequires individuals who receive high school diplomas or adult education diplomas to pass a basic civics test with 50 or the 100 questions from the naturalization and immigration test, with at at a 70% level in order to receive the diploma. Begins on January 1, 2016. Provides that a student may pass an alternative assessment if the student qualifies and the alternative assessment will be determined by Board rule; changes the initial requirement for students to score 70/100 to 35/50; All students graduating from high school or in adult-ed programsMust administer basic civics test to graduating students. An LEA would also need to revise graduation requirements.None to LEAs; some minimal student tracking requirements.None7/1/2015
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SB0062Harper, W.Certified Tax Rate AmendmentsProvides for adjustments (increases or decreases of revenues) of the certified tax rates of school districts and exempts school district from certain notice and public hearing requirements with respect to the certified tax rate adjustments.School districts, in generalNoneMinimal savings to districts due to exemptions from certain notice and public hearing requirements for certified tax rate adjustments.None5/12/2015.  See bill language for dates of application to school districts based on various taxing scenarios.
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SB0075Bramble, C.Elementary Arts Learning Program AmendmentsIncreases an LEA's flexibility in the number and types of art specialist positions the agency may hire through the Beverley Taylor Arts Learning Program and increases matching funds that an LEA must provide to 20% of the grant amount. Would also allow an endowed university to provide professional development in elementary integrated arts education, conduct research on elementary integrated arts education, and provide the public with elementary integrated arts education resources.Art programsNoneIncreased costs to LEAs to provide additional matching funds to grant amounts.None5/12/2015
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SB0078Stephenson, H.School District Property Tax AmendmentsRemoves the time limit (previously 5 years) on the requirement that a new district and remaining district continue to impose property tax levies that were imposed by the divided school district in the taxable year prior to the calendar year in which a new district begins to provide educational services.Relevant to districts that split from other districtsNoneAll taxpayers in districts that split will have ongoing responsiiblity for the property tax levies that were in place in the taxable year prior to the calendar year in which a new district begins to provide educational services.None5/12/2015.  Establishes March 31st distribution of $ based on prior calendar year accounting of funds.
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SB0097, Sub. 3Osmond, A.Third Substitute Property Tax Equalization AmendmentsAdjusts the State’s Minimum Basic Property Tax Rate. Under this bill, this new money would be earmarked to fund the Capital Outlay Foundation and Capital Outlay Enrollment Growth programs. This would adjust funding to districts with high property tax rates but less than the State average in local property tax revenue per student to fund capital projects or needs in their district.
All districtsNoneDistricts with high property tax values will receive less funding which will go to districts with lower tax values but with more student growth.None7/1/2015
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SB0112Harper, W.Public Reporting RequirementsClarifies that public financial information of component units of state entities, local entities, and independent entities is required to be included on the Utah Public Finance Website.

This bill does not change anything substantively for LEAs
All who post on Utah Public Finance WebsiteOnly if the LEA posts on Utah Pubilc Finance WebsiteNoneNone5/12/2015
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SB0114, Sub. 1Osmond, A.Substitute Board of Education Compensation AmendmentsAuthorizes the Executive Compensation Committee to make recommendations to the Legislature to set compensation for elected members of the State Board of Education on the same schedule as other elected and appointed officials reviewed by this same Compensation Committee. Members to be paid $3,000/year until there is a change.N/A to LEAsNoneNoneNone5/12/2014
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SB116, Sub. 5Osmond, A.Fifth Substitute Public School Dropout RecoveryRequires an LEA with a drop-out rate lower than state average along with a few additional criteria, to provide drop-out recovery services through an outside provider (does not specify public or private) to track and re-enroll eligible students.  Enables LEA to count in ADM a student enrolled in a drop-out recovery program. Requires State Board of Education to create rules for accounting of ADM funding for drop-out recovery students.  A LEA is required to report annually on ar drop-out recovery program and progress and the State Board is required to review LEA reports and annually report to the Education Interim Committee.LEAs generallyRequires that LEAs provide dropout recovery services to specific students; requires that some LEAs may and some shall contract with providers to provide dropout recovery services; requires that certain LEAs report to the Education Interim CommitteeLEAs can/shall acquire and use WPU funding for drop outs, as determined by Board rules. None5/12/2015
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SB0117Osmond, A.Interventions for Reading Difficulties PilotEstablishes a grant program for LEAs to fund the implementation of proven interventions for dyslexia and other reading disorders and professional development for educators working with the identified students. Grants would provide funds to LEAs to serve specifically identified students with the goal of enabling them to eventually mainstream back to their regular programs.Educators working with students with reading disordersIf an LEA wants to apply for the grant, it must submit an application and plan to the State Board as part of a competitive bidding process. During fiscal year 2016, five LEAs will be selected to participate in the program.  Increasing numbers of LEAs in future years.LEAs could benefit from competive grant funding to be used for students w/dyslexia and reading disorders.One time appropriation of $350,000 to the State Board of Education from the Education Fund.5/12/2015.  Appropriation takes effect July 1, 2015
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SB0132, Sub. 3Bramble, C.Third Substitute Fiscal Requirements for Local Governments and Non-ProfitsCreates new definitions and a new section of the "accounting reports" chapter in Title 51, Public Funds and Accounts. The new definitions include a definition of "local money" as money that is owned, held or administered by a political subdivision of the state that is derived from fee or tax revenues; "state money" is money that is owned, held or adminstered by a state agency that is derived from state fee or tax revenues. Both "local money" and "state money" exclude from their definitions "money used to buy goods or services from a vendor" and "contributions or donations received by political subdivision/state agency." The reporting requirements established in the new section do not apply to charter schools.Business administrators in school districtsUnknown yetUnknown yetNone5/12/2015.  This bill has retrospective operation to January 1, 2014.
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SB0145, Sub. 1Stephenson, H.Physics Education ProposalRequires STEM to coordinate with USBE to provide a proposal to promote physics education and report to Education Interim Committee; the proposal will be designed to increase the number of secondary school students who take physics; encourages teachers to get endorsed in physics, improve outcomes for students who study physics, use technology to teach physics; and encourages schools to teach physics in grade 9.Physics teachers and studentsNoneNone, immediatelyNone5/12/2015.  Requires board to present the proposal, including proposed Education Interim Committee by November 1, 2015.
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SB0147Dayton, MEpinephrine Auto-Injector Use ExpansionPermits certain qualified entities to obtain a prescription for a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors for use by a trained, qualified adult; requires the qualified entity to store the supply of epinephrine auto-injectors in accordance with standards developed by the Department of Health; expands liability protection with respect to an anaphylactic reaction to: a medical professional prescribing a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors; a trainer and an entity that provides training.School nurses and othersA school may participate in this as a qualified entity by obtaining a prescription, seeking a qualified school volunteer, and requiring initial and refresher training.NoneNone5/12/2015
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SB0157, Sub. 3Bramble, C.Third Substitute Government Records and Management Act AmendmentsDesignates "consumer complaint" as a public record (defined as a complaint that alleges a loss to the consumer of $3,500 or more or that is one of at least 50 copmlaints). Allows an "interested party"(defined as a person who is not the requester who is aggreived by the access denial) to a GRAMA request to appeal a denial to the records committee OR the district court OR an appeals board if the agency is a political subdivision that has created an appeals board; requires the records committee to review and consider the written decision from the local appeals board; requires that an appeals board created by a political subdivision must be made up of 3 members: 1 employee of the political subdivision and 2 members of the public, one of whom must have professional experience in requesting and managing records. Also requires that a person filing an appeal to the records committee must file a petition with the district court; deletes the provision in law that allows courts to enjoin and impose attorneys fees against political subdivisions who violate thisALL LEAs (including charter schools)Review and revise GRAMA policiesNoneNone5/12/2015
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SB0168Bramble, C.Civic Center AmendmentsProvides for charter school buildings and grounds to be used as civic centers, as has been the case with school districts. An organizer must live within school district boundaries in order to use a school district grounds or facilities.ALL LEAs (including charter schools)Review and revise policies for use of schools and facilities as civic centersNominal costs to charter schools whose schools must now be available, similar to other LEAs for community use.None5/12/2015
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SB176, Sub. 2Bramble, C.Second Substitute Government Immunity Act AmendmentsModifies the language in current law to clarify that "Immunity is not waived" and makes technical changes. Essentially reinforces applicability of governmental immunity unless expressly waived for government entities and government employeesSchool districts, as "political subdivisions," unclear how/if it applies to charter schools.NoneShould provide greater financial protection for both from liaibility for negligent acts.None5/12/2015
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SB0175, Sub. 2
Substitute School Safety and Crisis LineRequires the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) to establish a statewide School Safety and Crisis Line to receive anonymous reports of unsafe, violent, or criminal activity, bullying,cyber-bullying, harassment, or hazing, as well as crisis intervention for those experiencing emotional and psychiatric distress, and requires UNI to report to school officials and/or law enforcement when necessary; amends the membership of the School Safety and Crisis Line Commission; directs the commission to work with USBE and Brd of Regents to provide awareness of the Crisis Line; LEAs must revise their conduct and dicipline policies to include procedures for responding to reports received through the Crisis Line and must inform parents, students, and school personnel about the Crisis Line.Student ServicesRevise conduct and discipline policies to include procedures for responding to reports received through the Crisis Line and must inform parents, students, and school personnel about the Crisis LineNominal costs to review and revise policies and provide certain information to students, parents and school personnel. $300,000 from Education Fund to UNI--$150,000 ongoing and $150,000 one-time.5/12/2015 effective date.  Appropriations take place July 1, 2015.   
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SB0196, Sub. 2Milner, A.Second Substitute Math Competency InitiativeEnacts provisions relating to public school mathematics competency standards. Provides that non college degree-seeking student must complete a CTE "pathway" including appropriate math competencies. Allows board to establish rules that will help a student meet needs if there are extenuating circumstances in a student's life; provides for special needs students; adds a reporting requirement of the state Board; provides that the State Board of Regents in conjunction with the USBE will determine what a qualifying score is that a student must meet on the tests a college-bound student must takeLEAs generallyNo specific action required by LEAs, though students pursuing specific post-secondary programs or goals, will be required to meet specific math competencies, presumably when the math graduation requirements are changed in the 2016-17 school year.There will be some costs to LEAs to increase graduation requirements by the 2016-17 school year and to prepare students for various post-secondary competencies.None5/12/2015
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SB204, Sub. 1Osmond, A.Substitute Parental Rights in Public Education AmendmentsClarifies last year's Parental Rights Act by specifically providing that an LEA must excuse an absence for a family event or a scheduled proactive doctor's visit if the the parent/guardian submits a written statement at least one day in advance of the absence AND the student agrees to make up course work for the days missed according to LEA policy; broadens parent's right to opt out of testing to include any "summative, interim, or fomative test that is not locally developed" or any test that is federally or state mandated; also LEAs cannot require a meeting to discuss the opt out otions, LEAs may not require a certain "opt-out' form to be filled out, and once a student has opted out, the opt out remains in effect until the student opts back in or until he is no longer enrolled at the LEA. Finally, amends the right of parents to request retention of a student to students in grades K-8 only.

With regard to special ed students, provides that an accommodation to certain rights of a parent or guardian may only be provided if the accommodation is consistent with federal law.

Reasserts that Board will write rules ensuring minimal impact on school grading and teacher evaluations when students opt out of testing
LEAs generallyLEAs should review and revise attendance policies and testing opt-out policies. Nominal costs to LEAs to review and revise policies as necessary and provide training to educators, particularly school counselors and administratorsNone5/12/2015
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SB0222, Sub. 2Stephenson, H.Second Substitute Digital Teaching and Learning Program Requires the State Board to establish a digital teaching and learning task force to develop a funding proposal for digital teaching and learning and to develop a master plan for a statewide digital teaching and learning program; requires the Utah Education and Telehealth Network to conduct an inventory of the public education system's current technology resources, to perform an engineering study to determine the technology infrastructure needs of the public education system to implement a digital teaching and learning program; and as funding allows, to provide infrastructure and technology support for LEAs; requires the State Board and the Utah Education and Telehealth Network to report to the Education Interim Committee and the Ex. Approp. CommitteeLEAs generallyNone specifically for LEAsNone immediatelyOne-time appropriation of $4,000,000 to the Utah Education and Telehealth Network from Education Fund; One-time appropriation of $1,000,000 to the State Board of Education Initiative Programs5/12/2015
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SB227, Sub. 2Henderson, D.Second Substitute Charter School RevisionsAllows a charter school authorizer, in response to a request of the governing board of a charter school, to terminate the school's charter and designate the charter school as a satellite school of a high performing charter school or transfer operation and control of the charter school to the school district where the charter school is located. A charter authorizer may approve or deny the proposal; and if it denies, the authorizer may terminate the charter, OR allow the governing board to submit a revised proposal, OR take no action. Charter schools and districts interested in taking over a charter schoolNoneLEAs (both school districts and charter schools) could benefit or suffer financially in taking over another, most likely, struggling charter school.None5/12/2015
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SB0235, Sub. 2
Neiderhauser, W.Education ModificationsDirects the State Board of Education to select independent school turnaround experts through an RFP; review and approve school turnaround plans submitted by a local school board or charter school governing board; and make rules imposing consequences on a school district or charter school that fails to improve the school grade of a low performing school within a certain amount of time. The bill also creates the School Recognition and Reward Program to provide incentives to schools and educators to improve the school grade of a low performing school and creates the School Leadership Development Program to increase the number of highly effective school leaders capable of initiating, achieving, and sustaining school improvement efforts; provides that the Board will annually report to the Education Interim Committee; also includes a section entitled Powers and duties of State Board of Education to adjust Minimum School Program allocations LEAs, especially those designated as "low performing"LEAs with low performing schools must take specific actions, including forming school committees, prioritizing funding and partnering with designated independent school turn around experts to implement a local board driven school turn around plan to improve schools performing below specific standards. LEAs must use their own funding in addition to some available state funding to improve schools designated as low performingOngoing appropriation of $7,000,000 and one-time appropriation of $1,000,000 to State Board of Education - Initiative Programs from General Fund.5/12/2015.  Appropriation takes effect July 1,2015.
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SB0240, Sub. 2Adams, J.School Districts Transportation PoliciesEstablishes requirements for at least two school districts that form an eligible regional service center to coordinate public education transportation servicesRural districtsNone requiredMinimal costs to coordinate school transportation servies between school districts.None5/12/2015
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SB0245, Sub. 1Milner, A.Substitute School Grading AmendmentsProvides an alternative grade distribution for the 2014-15 school year only; amends provisions related to calculating student growth; allows the Board to make exemptions from the school grading requirements; requires the Board to make recommendations to the Interim Committee on calculating student growth on or before Nov. 30, 2015.LEAs generallySchools may, with consent of local boards, request grading exemptions for special needs and alternative schools.None immediatelyNone5/12/2015
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SB255, Sub. 1Harper, W.Data Security Management CouncilCreates a Data Security Management Council to develop recommendations for data security and risk assessment. The council will be composed of the CIO or designee from the Governor’s office, House, Senate, Judiciary, State Board of Regents, State Office of Education, UCAT, State Tax Commission, and Office of Attorney General with the Department of Technology Services providing staff. Commission shall report to the Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee.LEAs generallyNoneNone immediatelyNone5/12/2015
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SB0263, Sub. 1Substitute Early Reading AmendmentsAmends provisions related to a diagnostic assessment system for early reading and requires the State Board of Education to distribute licenses for early reading software to a school district or charter school by Aug. 1 of each year; requires that the users follow the provider's "dosage" (amoung of instructional time) recommendations; requires the state Board to contract with an independent evaluator to evaluate student gains as a result of using the early interactive reading software. (House floor discussion clarified the need for electronic software for the purposes of DIBELS's use)LEAs generally; K-3 teachers specificallyNone required; LEAs may apply for competitive grants to provide early reading interventions using early reading intervention software. Grants are available for some LEAsNone5/12/2015
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SB0268Osmond, AStudent Leadership Skills GrantsConverts the Student Leadership Skills Development Pilot Program to an ongoing program; and requires the State Board of Education to provide information related to the Student Leadership Skills Development Program on the State Board of Education's websiteSchools that receive grant awardsNoneNoneNone7/1/2015
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SB0270Adams, S. Carson Smith Scholarship AmendmentsDefines terms; reduces the minimum age that a student can receive a Carson Smith Scholarship from age five to age three; sets a time limit on a requirement for a private school that receives the Carson Smith ScholarshipLEAs, private schools, parents with students who would qualify for scholarships LEAs must now send notice of availability of scholarships to parents w/th pre-school age-12 students with IEPsAdditional costs to locate and notify parents of additional eligible pre-K students.None5/12/2015
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SB0272Mayne, K.Payment of Wages AmendmentRequires that an employer who terminates an employee must either mail the last check within 24 hours or make a direct depositHR or others who handle terminationsLEAs must pay terminated employees consistent with the new law.NoneNone5/12/2015
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SB0296Urquhart, S.Antidiscrimination and Religious Freedom AmendmentsDefines, "gender identity," and "sexual orientiation;" gender orientation and gender identity are specifically prohibited bases for employment discrimination; provides that protections for employment and housing do not create a special or protected class for other purposes; provides that an employer may still impose a dress and grooming standards and designate sex-specific facilities (e.g. bathroms, showers, etc.) provided the employer's policies afford reasonable accommodations based on gender identity; asserts protection of freedom of expressive association and the free exercise of religion; addresses the employee's free speech in the workplace; and prohibits an employer from taking adverse employment actions in response to an employee speech outside the workplace regarding the person's religious, political, or personal convictions.LEAsLEAs should review and revise employment policies as they relate to discrimination based on the named characteristicsNominal costs for policy review and revision, if necessary and for staff training. None5/12/2015
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