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2018 Education Bills

Please find below information and documents pertaining to education bills signed by Governor Ducey during the 53rd Legislature's 2nd Regular Session. 

SENATE BILLS

SB1008 COMMON SCHOOLS; AVERAGE DAILY MEMBERSHIP
Sponsored by Senator Petersen
Signed April 10th, 2018 │ Chapter 157, Laws 2018

For the purposes of school finance, the definitions of "full-time student" and "fractional student" are modified to remove the exclusion of lunch and recess periods from instructional hours, and to state that the hours in which a student is scheduled to attend a common school during the regular school day must be included in the calculation of the average daily membership for that student.

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SB1055 CHARTER SCHOOLS; RULEMAKING EXEMPTION
Sponsored by Senator S. Allen
Signed February 13th, 2018 │ Chapter 1, Laws 2018

The State Board for Charter Schools is exempt from the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act, but is required to provide for notice and opportunity for comment on proposed policies or rules. In order to implement or change any policy or rule, the Board is required to provide at least two opportunities for public comment. The Board is required to adopt rules and policies that the Board deems necessary to accomplish its statutory purposes. The Board and the State Board of Education are required to consider the fiscal impact of any proposed rule. 

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SB1057 COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT; REPORT; APPROVAL
Sponsored by Senator Burges
Signed March 16th, 2018 │ Chapter 20, Laws 2018

The annual financial report published by each school district is no longer required to be approved by the county school superintendent in an electronic procedure.

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SB1082 FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN; INSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS
Sponsored by  Senator S. Allen
Signed March 16th, 2018 │ Chapter 23, Laws 2018

If a school district or charter school offers more than 2 1/2 hours of voluntary kindergarten instruction during a school day to students who are under six years of age, the instruction is required to meet or exceed academic standards for kindergarten instruction prescribed by the State Board of Education, incorporate play as an instructional strategy, be "academically meaningful," and provide "active learning enrichment." A parent of a kindergarten student is permitted to choose either half-day kindergarten instruction or full-day kindergarten instruction.

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SB1083 SCHOOLS; RECESS PERIODS
Sponsored by  Senator S. Allen
Signed April 5th, 2018 │ Chapter 130, Laws 2018

Each school district and charter school is required to provide at least two "recess" (defined) periods during the school day for students in kindergarten through grade 3. Beginning August 2, 2019, each school district and charter school is required to provide at least two "recess" (defined) periods during the school day for students in kindergarten through grade 5. A school that offers half-day kindergarten is required to provide only at least one recess period during the school day for students in that program. Does not apply to middle schools, junior high schools, high schools, Arizona online instruction or schools in which the lowest grade of instruction offered is grade 5.

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SB1152 EDUCATION; APPROPRIATION; NONCUSTODIAL FEDERAL MONIES
Sponsored by Senator S. Allen
Signed April 17th, 2018 │ Chapter 250, Laws 2018

The Department of Education is required to account for all federal monies it receives in separate accounts or funds as necessary to meet accounting, budgetary and auditing requirements. The Dept is authorized to use the most efficient system of accounts and records, consistent with legal requirements and standards and necessary fiscal safeguards. By December 1 of each year, the Dept is required to submit to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee a report detailing all federal monies received by the Dept, including differentiating between "noncustodial federal monies" (defined) and all other federal monies and how monies were allocated during each fiscal year. 

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SB1159 SCHOOL EMPLOYEES; CONTRACTS; REVISIONS
Sponsored by  Senator S. Allen
Signed April 3rd, 2018 │ Chapter 124, Laws 2018

An "employee leasing firm" (defined) that contracts with a school district is permitted to withhold wages of the employees who are placed at a school district for up to seven business days during their normal two-week payroll processing cycle.

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SB1205 UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE; EDUCATIONAL EMPLOYERS; INTEREST

Sponsored by Senator Fann

Signed March 16, 2018 Chapter 25, Laws 2018

If an individual provides services to more than one educational employer, unemployment insurance benefits are not payable on the basis of services provided to an educational employer for which there is a contract or reasonable assurance for determining eligibility for benefits between or within terms, but benefits are payable on the basis of services provided to an employer for which there is no contract or reasonable assurance. The Department of Economic Security is prohibited from collecting an overpayment amount or interest amount that has been waived. Any interest on a fraud overpayment that has been waived must be treated as though it was recovered. Fraud overpayments and penalties cannot be waived.

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SB1215 WICHE; CONTINUATION
Sponsored by Senator S. Allen
Signed March 20th, 2018 │ Chapter 41, Laws 2018

The statutory life of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education is extended eight years to July 1, 2026.

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SB1254 SCHOOL DISTRICT CONSOLIDATION
Sponsored by Senator S. Allen
Signed May 16th, 2018 │ Chapter pending, Laws 2018

The list of permitted school district consolidations is expanded to include if a common school district that is part of a union high school district made up of two or fewer common school districts desires to consolidate with that union high school district. If a union high school district is consolidated with a common school district under this provision, any common school district that is not included in the consolidation becomes a common school district that is not within a high school district, and the unified school district is required to admit high school students residing in that district. The common school district is required to pay tuition for high school students as specified in statute. These changes self-repeal on January 1, 2021. Also, if a school district provides only financing for students who are instructed by another school district, the governing board of the district providing instruction is no longer required to approve the consolidation in order for the two districts to be consolidated.

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SB1255 TEACHERS; ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS
Sponsored by Senator S. Allen
Signed March 23rd, 2018 │ Chapter 57, Laws 2018

School districts are authorized to use an alternate performance evaluation cycle, subject to specified requirements. School district governing boards are authorized to adopt policies for an expedited performance review during the years in which a teacher is not undergoing a formal performance evaluation, and to allow only teachers who have been evaluated and designated in the highest performance classification for at least three consecutive years by the same school district using regular performance evaluations to participate in the alternative performance evaluation cycle. If an expedited performance review determines that the teacher is not in the highest performance classification, the teacher must be removed from the alternative performance evaluation cycle and be reviewed on the regular evaluation system.

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SB1256 SCHOOL BUS DEFINITION; VANS

Sponsored by Senator S. Allen

Signed March 23, 2018 │ Chapter 58, Laws 2018

School districts are permitted to include any vehicle that meets the definition of a school bus in the calculation of daily route mileage, and the Department of Education is prohibited from denying transportation funding or state aid for a school district that transports students in any vehicle that meets the definition of a school bus.

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SB1289 SCHOOLS; NATIONAL MOTTO; STATE MOTTO

Sponsored by Senator Griffin

Signed April 10, 2018 │ Chapter 167, Laws 2018

The list of materials that a teacher or administrator in any school in Arizona is permitted to read or post in any school building is modified to specify that the national motto is "In God We Trust" and to add the state motto "Ditat Deus," which means "God enriches."

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SB1291 SCHOOLS; PUPIL ASSESSMENT DATA

Sponsored by Senator Brophy McGee

Signed April 17, 2018 │ Chapter 254, Laws 2018

If a local education agency requests a raw data file of assessment data for the students tested at the local education agency, the Department of Education is required to fulfill the request in a format that is usable for assessment diagnostics within 30 days. The local education agency is required to follow all applicable student data privacy laws and is prohibited from publicly disclosing individual student achievement results. The Dept. or the State Board of Education cannot prohibit the Superintendent of Public Instruction or the staff of a local education agency from sharing statewide assessment data with the local education agency's district governing board or governing body or otherwise impede the sharing of statewide assessment data.

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SB1390 TPT; ADDITIONAL RATE; EDUCATION

Sponsored by Senator Brophy McGee

Signed March 26, 2018 │ Chapter 74, Laws 2018

Beginning July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2041, an additional transaction privilege tax (TPT) rate increment is levied at the rate of 0.6 percent of the tax base of the list of business classifications. The Department of Revenue is required to separately account for the revenue collected for this rate, and the State Treasurer is required to distribute the revenues for various public education purposes according to a specified formula, including $64.1 million annually to the Classroom Site Fund and $86.3 million annually to the Department of Education for increased basic state aid due to added school days and associated teacher salary increases. The additional TPT rate is not considered local revenues for the purpose of school expenditure limitations. Due to a potential increase in state revenue, this legislation requires the affirmative vote of at least 2/3 of the members of each house of the Legislature for passage, and becomes effective on signature of the Governor. [Capitol Reports Note: This legislation effectively continues the additional TPT rate for education approved by the voters as Proposition 301 in November 2000, which will expire June 30, 2021, for an additional 20 years, with some modifications to the distribution formula.]

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In his signing message, the Governor expressed his belief that this legislation is a step in the right direction and his commitment to increasing funding for public schools every year.

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SB1411 SCHOOLS; ANNUAL ACHIEVEMENT PROFILES

Sponsored by Senator S. Allen

Signed May 2, 2018 │ Chapter 275, Laws 2018

The annual achievement profile that the Department of Education is required to compile for each public school and local education agency must consist of an educational dashboard that reflects achievement on each of the performance indicators listed in statute. The Dept. is required to compile annual achievement profiles by November 1 of each year, and to provide any technical assistance needed by the State Board of Education to make final adoption of the annual achievement profile. The list of performance indicators is expanded to include academic progress on assessments administered from the menu of locally procured achievement assessments, and to include multiple measures of educational performance or other relevant factors of school quality. If neither the school nor the school district meets the minimum student count as recommended by the Dept. and approved by the Board for any of the performance indicators, then the performance indicator is prohibited from being factored into the letter grade assigned. The A through F letter grade system must be applied to each performance indicator and must assign an overall letter grade for the public school or local education agency. The annual achievement profile for each public school and local education agency must be approved by the State Board of Education, and the Department of Education is required to recommend the annual achievement profile to the Board. The Dept. is also required to recommend to the Board for final adoption the criteria for each school and local education agency classification on each performance indicator of the annual achievement profile, the letter grade classifications, and the use of achievement profiles and exceptions.

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SB1422 UNIVERSITIES; TUITION & FEES

Sponsored by Senator Griffin

Signed March 29, 2018 │ Chapter 107, Laws 2018

Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) rules governing the tuition and fee setting process apply to all tuition and fees, including those set by individual universities that do not require ABOR approval, instead of only to changes in tuition and fees that required ABOR approval. Also blends conflicting versions of statute.

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SB1423 COMMON SCHOOL DISTRICTS; LAPSING; PROCEDURE

Sponsored by Senator Griffin

Signed March 27, 2018 │ Chapter 89, Laws 2018

If a common school district has a student count of less than eight students for one school year, instead of three months during the school year, the county school superintendent is authorized to suspend the district and report the suspension to the district and the county board of supervisors. The county school superintendent is permitted to provide the district additional time to recruit more students. If the district has a student count of less than eight students at the end of the additional time, the board may declare the district lapsed and attach the territory to one or more of the adjoining school districts. 

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SB1442 PERSONAL FINANCE

Sponsored by Senator Yee

Signed April 12, 2018 │ Chapter 221, Laws 2018

The Superintendent of Public Instruction is required to establish a State Seal of Personal Finance Proficiency Program to recognize students who graduate from a school operated by a school district or a charter school in Arizona who have attained a high level of proficiency in personal finance. The State Board of Education is required to adopt minimum requirements for the Program and is allowed to adopt rules to carry out the Program. Any school district or charter school may voluntarily participate in the Program. The Program terminates on July 1, 2028.

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SB1444 SCHOOLS; AMERICAN CIVICS EDUCATION

Sponsored by Senator Yee

Signed May 15, 2018 │ Chapter 289, Laws 2018

The academic standards prescribed by the State Board of Education in social studies are required to include American civics education. The Department of Education is required to develop a five-year pilot program to begin in the 2019-2020 school year for American civics education in grades 9 through 12. The Dept. is required to develop application procedures and selection criteria for school districts, district schools and charter schools that voluntarily participate in the pilot program for five consecutive years. Establishes requirements for program participants. The Board is required to submit a request for proposals to assessment providers to deliver an assessment of American civics education that the Board determines to be a more rigorous measure of American civics education than the test that is identical to the civics portion of the naturalization test used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and that can be made available to pupils in high schools selected to participate in the pilot program. By September 1, 2020 and each year through the 2023-24 school year, the Dept. is required to submit a report on assessment results to the Governor and the Legislature. The pilot program self-repeals January 1, 2025. Appropriates $500,000 from the general fund in FY2019-20 to the newly established American Civics Education Fund for the pilot program.

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SB1449 SCHOOLS; STATEWIDE ASSESSMENT CONTRACTS; REVIEW 

Sponsored by Senator S. Allen

Signed April 25, 2018 │ Chapter 262, Laws 2018

By November 15, 2018, the Department of Education and the State Board of Education are required to provide information to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) on each current contract for all portions of the statewide assessment for student achievement, including information on when that contract is set to expire. The Dept. and the Board are prohibited from renewing, extending or modifying any of these contracts or reestablishing a new contract for any portion of the statewide assessment without a review by the JLBC. By September 1, 2018, the Board is required to direct the Dept. to issue a request for proposals to contract with a provider to procure a menu of assessments to measure student achievement in grades 3 through 8 and at least one in high school. If sufficient monies are appropriated in FY2018-19, each local education agency that offers instruction in grades 9 through 12 and that administers an assessment from the menu of assessments to students in the 2018-19 school year is permitted to submit a request to the Dept. for reimbursement for assessment costs, and the Dept. is required to reimburse each local education agency that submits a request a proportional amount per student not to exceed the total amount appropriated to the Dept. in FY2018-19 for this purpose or from any dollars available as a result of fewer local education agencies administering the statewide assessment. Also, on request, a school district or charter school is authorized to administer the statewide assessment to measure student achievement in the form of a written test. 

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SB1505 NATIVE AMERICAN CODE WRITERS PROGRAM

Sponsored by Senator Smith

Signed May 15, 2018 │ Chapter 290, Laws 2018

Appropriates $500,000 in one-time funding from the State Web Portal Fund in FY2018-19 to the Department of Education to provide grants for participation in the Code Writers Initiative Pilot Program. Grant recipients are required to deliver a technology-focused education to Native American students that include instruction in computer code writing, and are required to submit annual reports to the American Indian Advisory Council and the Dept. by September 1, 2019 and September 1, 2020. The Dept. is required to submit summaries of the reports to the Legislature by December 1, 2019 and December 1, 2020. The Program terminates on July 1, 2021. 

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SB1517 STATE DINOSAUR; SONORASAURUS

Sponsored by Senator Brophy McGee

Signed April 10, 2018 │ Chapter 172, Laws 2018

Declares that Sonorasaurus is the official state dinosaur. 

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SB1520 BUDGET; GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT

Sponsored by Senator Yarbrough

Signed May 3, 2018 │ Chapter 276, Laws 2018

The "feed bill" for FY2018-19, containing appropriations for state agencies and programs. Provisions include: Appropriates $3.53 billion in FY2018-19 for basic state aid to school districts for maintenance and operations funding, which includes an increase of $273.7 million that the Legislature and Governor intend to be used for teacher salary increases. Makes a supplemental appropriation of $164.7 million from the general fund in FY2019-20 to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for basic state aid, which must be used to fund an increase in the base level above what otherwise would be provided by law, and is intended to be used for teacher salary increases. Makes a supplemental appropriation of $289.2 million from the general fund in FY2020-21 to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for basic state aid, which must be used to fund an increase in the base level above what otherwise would be provided by law, and is intended to be used for teacher salary increases. In addition to these appropriations, a $50 million one-time increase in funding from the Classroom Site Fund will be available to fund increases in teacher salaries for FY2020-21. Appropriates $36.73 million to the New School Facilities Fund and requires the School Facilities Board (SFB) to use the monies only for facilities that will be constructed for school districts that received final approval from the SFB in November 2017. Continues deferment of $930.7 million in basic state aid payments to schools until FY2019-20. Makes a supplemental appropriation of $10 million from the general fund in FY2017-18 to the SFB for building renewal grants. Appropriates $1 million from the general fund in FY2018-19 to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for gifted education. Appropriates $8 million from the general fund in FY2018-19 to the three state universities for capital improvements or operating expenditures. Appropriates the following amounts from the general fund in FY2018-19 to state universities for the following programs: $1 million to Arizona State University for the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, $1 million to the University of Arizona for the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom, and $500,000 to Northern Arizona University for the Economic Policy Institute in the College of Business. Appropriates $11 million from the general fund and $25.46 million from developmental disabilities Medicaid expenditure authority in FY2018-19 to the Department of Economic Security (DES) for one time assistance to address developmental disabilities provider costs increases resulting from the enactment of Proposition 206 at the 2016 election (the minimum wage increase). Deposits $42.36 million received in FY2018-19 from vehicle license taxes in the general fund instead of the State Highway Fund. Appropriates the following amounts from the general fund in FY2018-19 to the Department of Administration for distribution to counties for maintenance of essential county services: $7.15 million for distribution to counties with a population of less than 900,000, $500,000 for distribution to a county with a population of more than 30,000 and less than 40,000 (Graham County), and $11.26 million for a one time distribution to each county as specified. Appropriates $1.66 million from the general fund in FY2018-19 to the Department of Administration for a one time distribution to counties for Elected Officials Retirement Plan liabilities. Appropriates $84.1 million from the general fund in FY2018-19 to the Department of Administration for debt service payments on the sale and leaseback of state buildings. Allocates $22.99 million of general fund revenue in FY2018-19 to the Arizona Convention Center Development Fund. Allocates $21.5 million of general fund withholding tax revenues in FY2017-18 to the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), and appropriates $300,000 from the general fund in FY2017-18 to the ACA to operate a trade office in Mexico City. Makes various supplemental appropriations for FY2017-18. Requires various reports and makes various fund transfers.

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HOUSE BILLS

HB2022 APPROPRIATION: ASDB: EDUCATION PROGRAM

Sponsored by Representative Boyer

Signed May 15, 2018 │ Chapter 291, Laws 2018

Makes a supplemental appropriation of $2.07 million and 21 FTE positions from the Telecommunication Fund for the Deaf in FY2018-19 to the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind for an early childhood and family education program.

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HB2026 COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT; SERVICES; ENTITIES

Sponsored by Representative Boyer

Signed March 16, 2018 │ Chapter 6, Laws 2018

The list of entities that a county school superintendent is authorized to receive and spend local, state and federal monies to provide programs and services to is expanded to include nonprofit and public libraries, tribal libraries, private schools and tribal schools within that county. County school superintendents are permitted to establish service programs that are available to nonprofit and public libraries, tribal libraries, private schools and tribal schools officially requesting such programs.

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HB2036 SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS; EXPERIENCE; CERTIFICATION

Sponsored by Representative Carter

Signed April 3, 2018 │ Chapter 111, Laws 2018

The rules for teacher certification adopted by the State Board of Education must allow substitute teachers who can demonstrate primary teaching responsibility in a classroom to use the time spent in that classroom toward the required capstone experience for standard teaching certification.

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HB2085 SCHOOLS; EMERGENCY EPINEPHRINE ADMIN

Sponsored by Representative Carter

Signed March 27, 2018 │ Chapter 78, Laws 2018

Each school district and charter school is permitted, instead of required if there are sufficient monies appropriated, to stock two or more juvenile doses and two or more adult doses, instead of two of each, of epinephrine auto-injectors at each school. School districts and charter schools are authorized to accept monetary donations for or apply for grants for the purpose of epinephrine auto-injectors or to participate in third-party programs to obtain epinephrine auto-injectors at fair market, free or reduced prices. The requirement for the Department of Education to include in its budget request monies for epinephrine auto-injectors is deleted.

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HB2086 SCHOOLS; DIABETES MANAGEMENT POLICIES; PHARMACISTS

Sponsored by Representative Carter

Signed April 12, 2018 │ Chapter 197, Laws 2018

School district governing board and charter school governing body policies and procedures for students with diabetes apply to students who have been diagnosed by a licensed pharmacist who is practicing under statutes allowing pharmacists to initiate drug therapy.

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HB2088 PUPILS; CONCUSSIONS; PARENTAL NOTIFICATION

Sponsored by Representative Carter

Signed May 16, 2018 │ Chapter 292 Laws 2018

School districts policies and procedures relating to the health and safety of students participating in district-sponsored athletic activities must include a requirement that a student's parent or guardian be notified if the student is suspected of sustaining a concussion in a practice session, game or other interscholastic athletic activity, and must include information and forms to inform and educate coaches, students and parents of the dangers of heat-related illnesses, sudden cardiac death and prescription opioid use, which must be provided at least annually and before a student participates in any district-sponsored practice session, game or other interscholastic athletic activity. Each school district and charter school governing body is required to prescribe and enforce reasonable and appropriate policies to notify a student's parent or guardian if any person engages in "threatening, harassing or intimidating" (all defined) conduct against that student. A school district or charter school and its officials and employees are immune from civil liability with respect to actions taken based on good faith implementation of this requirement, except in cases of gross negligence or wanton or willful neglect. The Department of Education, in cooperation with a statewide organization that governs interscholastic activities, is required to conduct a two-year concussion management pilot program during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years for licensed physical therapists who hold a sport specialty certification to assess a student with a suspected concussion and provide a student with clearance to resume participation in athletic activity. The Dept. is required to submit an initial report on the pilot program to the Governor and the Legislature by December 31, 2019, and a final report by December 31, 2020. The pilot program self-repeals April 1, 2021

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HB2108 ASDB; TEACHER SALARIES; PERSONNEL FINGERPRINTING

Sponsored by Representative Boyer

Signed May 15, 2018 │ Chapter 288, Laws 2018

Retroactive to July 1, 2017, in any fiscal year in which monies are appropriated to the Department of Education to provide teacher salary increases, each "teacher who is employed by the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind" (defined) in that FY is eligible for the same salary increase from that appropriation in the same manner as any other public school teacher. Also, noncertificated and nonpaid personnel employed by the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind are required to submit fingerprints only if they do not have a valid fingerprint clearance card.

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HB2115 BONDS; BALLOT LANGUAGE; PROCEDURES

Sponsored by Representative Mitchell

Signed March 16, 2018 │ Chapter 11, Laws 2018

The ballot for a school bond is required to conform to the statutory requirements for local government indebtedness, and the requirement for the ballot to contain the phrase "the issuance of these bonds will result in an annual levy of property taxes sufficient to pay the debt on the bonds" is deleted. The County School Superintendent is required to prepare an informational pamphlet, instead of a publicity pamphlet, for school bond elections, and schools and school districts are permitted to use staff, equipment, materials, buildings and other resources to distribute the informational pamphlets instead of being permitted to distribute informational reports on the proposed bond.

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HB2173 JURISDICTIONAL ELECTIONS; NOTICE OF PARTICIPATION

Sponsored by Representative Coleman

Signed April 10, 2018 │ Chapter 154, Laws 2018

Elections held by school districts and municipalities that are not held concurrently with the general election are required to be called no later than 120 days before the date of holding the election.

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HB2185 SCHOOL DISTRICTS; TAX LEVY; CALCULATION

Sponsored by Representative Norgaard

Signed March 23, 2018 │ Chapter 68, Laws 2018

Makes changes to the calculation used to determine the rate that the county board of supervisors will levy as property taxes for each school district. Modifies the information the county school superintendent must include in the estimate of the amount of monies required by each school district for the next school year based on the district's proposed budget. Repeals statute levying an annual tax for school districts that determine to establish a high school.

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HB2216 SCHOOLS; DROPOUT RECOVERY PROGRAMS; REPORT

Sponsored by Representative Leach

Signed April 11, 2018 │ Chapter 179, Laws 2018

The Department of Education is required to submit an annual report to the Governor and the Legislature that details the outcomes of dropout recovery programs, including a participation count and graduation count.

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HB2253 SCHOOLS; EXCHANGE TEACHERS; EMPLOYMENT DURATION

Sponsored by Representative Carter

Signed May 16, 2018 │ Chapter 297, Laws 2018

International teachers or professors are no longer limited to being employed in Arizona for one school year or two years by consent of the school governing board or the Arizona Board of Regents.

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HB2261 VETERINARY FACULTY MEMBERS; LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS

Sponsored by Representative Toma

Signed March 20,  2018 │ Chapter 37, Laws 2018

Applicants for veterinary faculty member licenses who have graduated from a veterinary college are exempt from the requirement to be a graduate of a veterinary college that is accredited by the American veterinary medical association or hold a certificate issued by the educational commission for foreign veterinary graduates, the program for the assessment of veterinary education equivalence or a foreign graduate testing program approved by the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board.

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HB2286 CHARTER SCHOOL BOARD; RULEMAKING EXEMPTION

Sponsored by Representative Boyer

Signed February 13, 2018 │ Chapter 1, Laws 2018

The State Board for Charter Schools is required to adopt rules and policies that the Board deems necessary to accomplish its statutory purposes. The Board is exempt from the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act, but is required to provide for notice and opportunity for comment on proposed policies or rules. In order to implement or change any policy or rule, the Board is required to provide at least two opportunities for public comment.

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HB2302 PRIVATE POSTSECONDARY REGULATION; OPT-IN

Sponsored by Representative Thorpe

Signed April 3, 2018 │ Chapter 117, Laws 2018.

A private postsecondary institution in Arizona that is exempt from regulation by the State Board for Private Postsecondary Education is permitted to notify the Board that the institution is opting in to regulation by the Board. 

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HB2323 SCHOOLS; INHALERS; CONTRACTED NURSES

Sponsored by Representative Carter

Signed April 11, 2018 │ Chapter 183, Laws 2018

The list of persons authorized to administer an inhaler to a student or an adult whom the person believes in good faith to be exhibiting symptoms of respiratory distress while at school or at a school-sponsored activity is expanded to include a nurse who is under contract with a school district or charter school.

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HB2449 CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE; TIERED REIMBURSEMENT

Sponsored by Representative Udall

Signed April 10, 2018 │ Chapter 156, Laws 2018

Each federal fiscal year, the Department of Economic Security is required to pay at least 33 percent of "quality set-aside monies" (defined as federal monies that must be used for activities that improve the quality of child care services, increase parental options for and access to high quality child care, and relate to the quality of care for infants and toddlers) for "tiered reimbursement" (defined) of child care providers that meet the "quality standard" (defined). 

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HB2460 CHARTER SCHOOLS; VACANT BUILDINGS; EQUIPMENT

Sponsored by Representative Leach

Signed March 27, 2018 │ Chapter 85, Laws 2018

If a school district decides to sell or lease a vacant and unused building, the school district is prohibited from accepting an offer from a potential buyer or lessee that is less than an offer from a charter school or private school. The owner of the building cannot withdraw the property from sale or lease solely because a charter or private school is the highest bidder. The school district cannot prohibit a private school from negotiating to buy or lease the property in the same manner as other potential buyers or lessees. School districts are permitted to sell used equipment to private schools before attempting to sell of dispose of the equipment by other means.

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HB2461 ZONING REGULATIONS; PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Sponsored by Representative Leach

Signed March 27, 2018 │ Chapter 86, Laws 2018

Counties and municipalities are prohibited from adopting or enforcing a land use regulation that requires the property on which a nongovernmental primary or secondary school operates to be larger than one acre.

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HB2477 HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS; PROFICIENCY; NOTIFICATIONS

Sponsored by Representative Udall

Signed March 29, 2018 │ Chapter 96, Laws 2018

If the statewide assessment results are available before the start of each school year, each school district and charter school is required to provide notification in the first half of the second quarter of the school year to parents of students in grades six through eight who have not demonstrated proficiency in grade-level mathematics based on available local or statewide assessments. Information that must be included in the notification is listed, including services and programs available.

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HB2520 SCHOOLS; READING REQUIREMENTS

Sponsored by Representative Coleman

Signed May 16, 2018 │ Chapter 309, Laws 2018

Various changes to statutes related to reading requirements in public schools. The definition of "essential components of reading instruction" is modified to include phonological awareness, decoding phonics, written and oral expression including spelling and handwriting, screening and continuous assessment, and developing and enhancing student motivation to reading. The definition of "reading" is modified to replace "print" with "written text." School districts and charter schools are required to identify each student who is at risk of reading below grade level in kindergarten and grades 1, 2, and 3 based on local or statewide assessments, and to provide notice to the student's parents of the reading deficiency that includes a description of the student's specific individual needs and available reading services. A school district governing board or governing body of a charter school that promotes from the 3rd grade a student who does not demonstrate sufficient reading skills under specified alternate circumstances is required to annually report information on the promotions to the Department of Education. The Department of Education is required to award funds from the Early Literacy Program Fund using a per pupil amount calculated using the student count for kindergarten and grades 1-3, instead of being required to award grants from the Fund on a three-year cycle. Session law requires applicants for teacher certification for common school instruction to complete 45 classroom hours or three college-level credit hours in systemic phonics instruction and reading instruction, including training on evidence-based instructional practices and interventions to improve student reading proficiency.

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HB2526 CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION DISTRICTS

Sponsored by Representative Clodfelter

Signed May 16, 2018 │ Chapter 311, Laws 2018

Joint Technical Education Districts are renamed Career Technical Education Districts.

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HB2534 TEACHERS; CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Sponsored by Representative Carter

Signed May 16, 2018 │ Chapter 315, Laws 2018

Rewrites and reorganizes statutes establishing requirements for teacher certification. Board of Education rules for teacher certificates are required to include five types of certificates: standard, alternative, subject-matter expert standard, classroom-based standard, and career and technical education. Exempts the following persons from the requirement to have a baccalaureate degree for teacher certification: a teacher who is otherwise exempt by law from obtaining a baccalaureate degree and who provides instruction in career and technical education or STEM, and a person who obtains a Native American language certificate, an emergency substitute certificate, a student teaching intern certificate, a junior reserve officer training corps certificate, or an athletic coaching certificate. Also, the Department of Education is required to use any surplus monies appropriated for the College Credit by Examination Incentive Program to reimburse local education agencies for the transition to menu of assessments if the amount of monies required for incentive bonuses is less than the amount appropriated. The Dept. is required to report to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee by June 30, 2018 the amount of monies distributed in FY2017-18 for the Program and the amount of surplus available. Directs legislative council to prepare conforming legislation.

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HB2536 DUAL ENROLLMENT; HOMESCHOOLED CHILDREN

Sponsored by Representative Bowers

Signed March 29, 2018 │ Chapter 99, Laws 2018

Homeschooled students are permitted to fully participate in dual enrollment through community college districts, including receipt of college credit.

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HB2561 SCHOOLS; CIVICS LITERACY STATE SEAL

Sponsored by Representative Boyer

Signed April 3, 2018 │ Chapter 120, Laws 2018

The Superintendent of Public Instruction is required to establish a State Seal of Civics Literacy Program to recognize students who graduate from a school operated by a school district or a charter school in Arizona who have attained a high level of proficiency in civics. The State Board of Education is required to adopt a list of assessments using researched-based methodology to determine a student's proficiency in civics and is allowed to adopt rules to carry out the Program. Any school district or charter school may voluntarily participate in the Program. 

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HB2563 POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS; FREE EXPRESSION POLICIES

Sponsored by Representative Boyer

Signed April 25, 2018 │ Chapter 267, Laws 2018

Universities and community colleges are permitted to restrict a student's right to speak, instead of being prohibited from doing so. Universities and community colleges are prohibited from imposing restrictions on the time, place and manner of student speech that occurs in a public forum and is protected by the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution unless the restrictions are necessary to achieve a compelling governmental interest, are the least restrictive means to further that compelling interest, and allow spontaneous assembly and distribution of literature. A person who is lawfully present on a university or community college campus is permitted to protest or demonstrate on that campus. "Individual conduct that materially and substantially infringes on the rights of other persons to engage in or listen to expressive activity" (defined) is not allowed and is subject to "sanction." The public areas of university and community college campuses are public forums and are open on the same terms to any speaker. An individual student or a faculty or staff member of a university or community college is permitted to take a position on the public policy controversies of the day, but the institution is "encouraged to attempt to remain neutral, as an institution," on the public policy controversies of the day unless the administrative decisions on such issues are essential to the day-to-day functioning of the university or community college. The Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) and each community college district governing board are required to develop and adopt a policy on free expression that contains a list of statements and requirements, and are authorized to adopt rules to further the purposes of the policy. ABOR is required to establish a Committee on Free Expression consisting of at least 15 members, and the community college district governing boards are required to each establish a Committee on Free Expression consisting of at least 15 members. The Committees are each required to submit an annual report to the Governor and the Legislature that contains specified information relating to free expression. The Committees each terminate on July 1, 2026.

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HB2654 ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES EDUCATION; PARTNERSHIP

Sponsored by Representative Thorpe

Signed May 16, 2018 │ Chapter 326, Laws 2018

The Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family or the Department of Health Services are authorized to partner with state and local education agencies and "facility-based nonprofit youth development organizations" (defined) to annually teach children in grades 5 through 12 about the health dangers of federally defined illegal substances, tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, opioids and nonprescription pharmaceuticals. 

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HB2657 INTERSCHOLASTIC ACTIVITIES; HEALTH DANGERS; INFO

Sponsored by Representative Carter

Signed May 16, 2018 │ Chapter pending, Laws 2018

School districts policies and procedures relating to the health and safety of students participating in district-sponsored athletic activities are required to include guidelines, information and forms that are developed in consultation with a statewide private entity that supervises interscholastic activities to inform and educate coaches, students and parents of the dangers of heat-related illnesses, sudden cardiac death and prescription opioid use. Before a student participates in any district-sponsored practice session, game or other interscholastic athletic activity and at least once each school year, the student and his/her parent must be provided with information on these risks.

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HB2663 BUDGET; BRB; K-12 EDUCATION

Sponsored by Representative Mesnard

Signed May 3, 2018 │ Chapter 285, Laws 2018

Makes various policy changes pertaining to K-12 education that affect the budget. Increases the per student base level amount for basic state aid to $3,960.07, from $3,683.27, for FY2018-19. Increases the transportation support level per route mile funding for FY2018-19. For FY2018-19 through FY2021-22, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is required to reduce the amount of basic state aid that otherwise would be apportioned to school districts statewide for district additional assistance and must reduce school district budget limits accordingly. The reduction amounts are as follows: $257.5 million for FY2018-19, $193.1 million for FY2019-20, $128.7 million for FY2020-21, $64 million for FY2021-22, and $0 for FY2022-23 and each FY after. School districts with a student count of fewer than 1,100 are exempt from district additional assistance reductions. It is the intent of the Governor and the Legislature that school districts increase the total percentage of classroom spending over the previous year’s percentages in the combined categories of instruction, student support, and instructional support as prescribed by the Auditor General. Increases the amount of charter additional assistance to $1,807.00 per student count in K-8, from $1,775.05, and to $2,106.03 per student count in grades 9-12, from $2,068.79. ADE is required to reduce the amount of charter additional assistance funding that otherwise would be apportioned to charter schools statewide for FY2017-18 and must reduce budget limits accordingly. The reduction amounts are as follows: $13.63 million for FY2018-19, $10.22 million for FY2019-20. $6.8 million for FY2020-21, and $3.4 million for FY2021-22, and $0 for FY2022-23 and each FY after. School districts and charter schools are required to post on their websites the average salary of all teachers employed by the school district or charter school for the current year and the previous year. School districts are required to post on their websites the percentage of every dollar spent in the classroom by that district from the most recent status report issued by the Auditor General. ADE is required to distribute monies from the Results-Based Funding Fund in FY2018-19 in the same manner prescribed for FY2017-18, except that distributions in FY2018-19 must be based on statewide assessment results achieved during the spring of 2017 instead of the spring of 2016. The State Board of Education is required to adopt rules for procurement by school districts that ensure maximum practicable competition and that contain other specified requirements. Effective July 1, 2019, the State Board of Education is required to adopt rules for procurement by school districts that require contracts to be awarded based on the lowest qualified bidder. Establishes penalties for violations of procurement requirements. Retroactive to July 1, 2018, the statutory life of the School Facilities Board (SFB) is extended four years to July 1, 2022. The Auditor General is required to complete a special audit of the SFB Building Renewal Grant Fund expenditures for July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018, and information that must be included in the special audit is listed. Employees of the SFB are prohibited from having a direct or indirect financial interest in any property purchased, facility constructed or contract financed with monies made available by the SFB or any other public monies. Violations are a class 1 (highest) misdemeanor. The SFB is required to establish policies and procedures relating to building renewal grant change orders that require the SFB to approve or reject a change order within two business days, and that make a school district responsible for the cost and construction of a project the district approves prior to the SFB approving a change order. The SFB is required to establish a project eligibility assessment for all projects submitted for building renewal grant funding or emergency deficiencies correction funding. Establishes a list of information that must be included in the standardized documentation of all projects submitted to the SFB for building renewal grant funding. The SFB is required to categorize each project that is eligible for monies from the Building Renewal Grant Fund as either critical or noncritical. If the SFB determines that sufficient monies are not available for a noncritical project that the SFB has approved, the SFB is required to notify the school district that monies will be distributed only if the Legislature appropriates sufficient monies. School boards are authorized to appeal the denial of a request for monies or any other appealable agency action by the SFB. School boards are authorized to delegate authority to the superintendent of the school district to submit plans for new school facilities to the SFB to certify that the plans meet the minimum school facility adequacy guidelines. The SFB is required to ensure that it notifies school districts in a uniform manner and at least annually of the services and funding available from the SFB. Also defines “rural” for the purpose of federal funding eligibility determinations as located either in a county with a population of less than or equal to 10 percent of the state population or in a county with a population exceeding 10 percent of the state population but located more than 10 miles from a municipality with a population of more than 50,000 persons. 

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VETOED BILLS

HB2205 JTED GOVERNING BOARDS; MEMBERSHIP; PROHIBITION

Sponsored by Representative Bowers

Vetoed April 18, 2018

An educator who teaches or administers a career and technical education program or course at a satellite campus would have been ineligible to be a candidate for election to the governing board of that joint technical education district (JTED), except that s/he would have been permitted to be appointed by the county school superintendent to the governing board of the JTED. Session law would have provided for the retention of current JTED board members until the expiration of their normal terms. 

In his veto message, the Governor expressed concern that this bill creates a conflict between eligibility standards for appointed and elected members of JTED boards.

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