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This database is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included. Every effort is made to collect the latest available version of policies; in some instances, recent changes might not be reflected. For expediency purposes minimal attention has been paid to style (capitalization, punctuation) and format.

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State Status/Date Level Summary
CTVetoed 06/2014P-12Minor Revisions to Education Statutes
H.B. 5566
This bill makes numerous minor changes to the education statutes including:
1. Changing the title of "special master" for a district under state supervision and control to "district improvement specialist"
2. Changing the number and schedule of required vision...

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LASigned into law 05/2014P-12Authorizing Montessori Programs to Extend Through High School
H.B. 180
Authorizes Montessori programs to extend through high school. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=905698&n=HB180%20Act...

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AKSigned into law 05/2014P-12Residential Schools
H.B. 278
Section 22. Allows school districts to apply to the Department of Education and Early Development to establish a statewide or district-wide residential school. Requires the department to hold an annual open application period, but does not require the approval...

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VASigned into law 04/2014P-12
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College Partnership Laboratory Schools
S.B. 562
Authorizes the school board of a school division that partners with a college partnership laboratory school to charge tuition to students enrolled in the college partnership laboratory school who do not reside within the partnering division.
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FLSigned into law 06/2013P-12Boarding Schools
H.B. 7129
Amends definition of "boarding school". Requires boarding schools to be registered with the department of education; requires schools to be accredited for academic programs or as a boarding school that includes both a residential and academic component in its ...

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LAPassed 06/2013P-12Studying the Feasibility and Advisability of Pursuing a Residential Charter School Model
H.C.R. 30
Requests that the state board of elementary and secondary education study the feasibility and advisability of pursuing a residential charter school model in Louisiana, including identification of potential sources of funding for residential charter schools suc...

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AKAdopted 05/2013P-12District-Operated Statewide Residential Educational Programs
4 AAC 33.090
Allows for a district to apply during a period of open application for approval to operate a variable-term statewide residential educational program that will house
students for the entire school calendar. Requires the minimum term for each student to be at le...

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FLSigned into law 05/2013P-12College Preparatory Boarding School
S.B. 1514 - College Preparatory Boarding School
Amends student eligibility requirements for College-Preparatory Boarding Academy Pilot Program for at-risk students. Permits federal noneducation funds to be applied to boarding academy pilot programs, and permits state and federal noneducation funds to be tra...

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AKSigned into law 04/2013P-12District Operated Boarding Schools
S.B. 47
Amends existing legislation so that a district can operate a district-wide residential school and receive a boarding stipend as reimbursement for that said school provided that food services and a variable or 180 day school term is in effect. Funding per-pupil...

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NMSigned into law 04/2013P-12Equalization Guarantee at School for the Arts
S.B. 164
Prohibits the use of state equalization guarantee distributions for outreach activities and for student room-and-board expenses at the New Mexico School for the Arts charter school.
http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/13%20Regular/final/SB0164.pdf
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OHSigned into law 06/2012P-12District Sale or Lease of Property or Facilities
S.B. 316 - District Sale or Lease of Property or Facilities
Authorizes a board of education to sell real or personal property to certain to a nonprofit institution of higher education or the governing authority of a nonpublic school. Prior to disposing of real property, requires the district to first offer the property...

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OHSigned into law 06/2012P-12Removal of College-Preparatory Boarding School Board of Trustees Member
S.B. 316 - Removal of College-Preparatory Boarding School Board of Trustees Member
Permits the governor, operator, or any other person or entity who appoints a member to the board of trustees of a college-preparatory boarding school to remove that member from the board at any time. Pages 237-238 of 592: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/Bil...

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LASigned into law 06/2012P-12International Language Immersion School at ULL
S.B. 712
Creates an exploratory committee to develop a plan regarding the creation and establishment of an international language immersion school at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Directs the committee to study specified issues regarding the opening of such...

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LAPassed 06/2012P-12Funding for Laboratory Schools Around the State
S.C.R. 137
Urges and request the legislative fiscal office to update the report issued in March 2006 pursuant to House Resolution No. 133 of the 2005 Regular Session regarding the means and methods used to provide funding for the operation of laboratory schools around th...

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WASigned into law 03/2012P-12Lighthouse School Programs
S.B. 6041
Allows elementary schools to serve as lighthouse programs. Creates the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education lighthouse account. http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2011-12/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/Senate/6041-S.SL.pdf...

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OHSigned into law 12/2011P-12College-Preparatory Boarding School Program
H.B. 157 - College-Preparatory Boarding School Program
Repeals provision requiring any board of trustees of a college-preparatory boarding school to secure at least $20 million dollars of private money to satisfy its share of facilities acquisition to be eligible for state assistance (under new revisions, some boa...

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CTSigned into law 07/2011P-12Data Collection Requirements/Charter Schools
S.B. 1039
State Education Resource Center - Clarifies the status of the State Education Resource Center as a nonstock corporation and nonprofit tax exempt organization within the Department of Education.

Health Assessment - Allows certain medical professionals from mi...

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OHSigned into law 06/2011P-12Background Checks at Certain Schools
H.B. 153 - Background Checks at Certain Schools
Requires that staff at a nonpublic school participating in the Jon Peterson special needs scholarship program or at a college-preparatory boarding school undergo criminal background checks. Permits the chief administrator of a registered private provider parti...

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OHSigned into law 06/2011P-12College-Preparatory Boarding Schools
H.B. 153 - College-Preparatory Boarding Schools
Creates chapter 3318 regarding college preparatory boarding schools. Defines an eligible student as a student who is entitled to attend school in a participating school district; is at risk of academic failure; is from a family whose income is below 200% of th...

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FLSigned into law 06/2011P-12College-Preparatory Boarding Academy Pilot Program
S.B. 404
From Legislative Staff Summary: Creates the College-Preparatory Boarding Academy Pilot Program (Academy) for at-risk students. Defines the key elements of the program and establishes "at-risk" student eligibility criteria consistent with eligibility standards ...

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NESigned into law 04/2011P-12Focus Programs or Magnet Schools
L.B. 558
Amends current law relating to focus schools, focus programs and magnet schools established by school districts in a learning
community. Clarifies that one or more school districts collaborating on a focus program, focus school or magnet school that is
part of...

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OKSigned into law 06/2010P-12Empowered Schools and School Districts Act
S.B. 2330
Creates the empowered schools and school districts act. Allows a public school, zone, or district to submit empowerment plans to the state board. Plans must include information such as:

1. A statement of the mission of the school, zone, or district and why d...

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TNSigned into law 05/2010P-12Choice of Schools in Memphis
H.J.R. 781
A resolution directing the Department of Education to study student access to optional schools and programs in Memphis City Schools and the possibility of implementation and expansion of such optional programs to every school within the district. Report is due...

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CTSigned into law 05/2010P-12Innovation Schools
S.B. 438 - Sec. 6
Permits a board of education for a priority school district to, through agreement with the organizations designated or elected as the exclusive representatives of the teachers' and administrators' units, convert an existing public school into an innovation sch...

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ORSigned into law 06/2009P-12School for the Blind
H.B. 2834
Directs the Superintendent of Public Instruction to close the State School for the Blind by a specified date; abolishes the school's Board of Directors; requires the development of individual comprehensive transition plans for students attending the school; re...

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OKSigned into law 05/2009P-12Oklahoma School for the Visual and Performing Arts
H.B. 1737
Creates the Oklahoma School for the Visual and Performing Arts; provides for a board of trustees; provides for appointment of board; defines terms; states terms, powers and duties of board; provides for filling of vacancies; provides for travel reimbursement; ...

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ILSigned into law 08/2008P-12Assorted Amendments to the School Code
S.B. 2482
Repeals the Professional Development Block Grant. Amends requirements related to annual census for special education, such that census must include students age 3 to 21 (rather than birth to 21) receiving special education services. Eliminates requirement that...

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LASigned into law 07/2008P-12New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts/Riverfront
H.B. 1069
Requires the board of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts/Riverfront (NOCCA) to develop a plan to enter into cooperative agreements to provide educational services to students in a specified parish, in which school systems specifically request the boa...

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OKSigned into law 05/2008P-12State School of Science and Mathematics
H.B. 2310
Relates to the State School of Science and Mathematics; requires budgeting in certain categories and amounts; requires performance measures; limits the salary of the Director; provides budgetary limitations; provides that students who are enrolled in a consoli...

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KSSigned into law 04/2008P-12Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science
S.B. 404
Provides that the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science (KAMS) may admit nonresident students. Requires KAMS students to pay those fees regularly charged high school students. Provides that tuition and fees charged to nonresident students may exceed the am...

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TXSigned into law 07/2007P-12
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Texas Governor's Schools
H.B. 1748
House Bill 1748 amends the Education Code to transfer all powers and duties relating to the Texas governor's schools program from the Texas Education Agency and the commissioner of education to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  The bill also expa...

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OKSigned into law 06/2007P-12School of Science and Mathematics
S.B. 194
Relates to the School of Science and Mathematics; requires budgeting in certain categories and amounts; requires certain performance measures; provides for duties and compensation of employees; limits salary of the Director; provides budgetary limitations.
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INSigned into law 05/2007P-12
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Speciality Schools
S.B. 526 (omnibus) - Article 24.5
Authorizes the board of trustees of Ball State University, Indiana State University, Indiana University or Purdue University to establish a university-administered school in any county in Indiana in which the institution is situated. Allows a district board to...

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KSSigned into law 04/2006P-12Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science
S.B. 139
Establishes the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science as either:
(1) An accelerated residential, or on-line distance learning program for Kansas high school-age pupils who are academically talented in science and mathematics; or
(2) a rigorous, two-year ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2005P-12
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Texas Academy for Mathematics and Science Studies
S.B. 1452
From bill analysis: S.B. 1452 establishes the Texas Academy for Mathematics and Science Studies (academy) at The University of Texas at Brownville (UT-Brownsville) to provide high school students with the opportunity to pursue mathematics education. Students...

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CTSigned into law 03/2005P-12Educational Cost Sharing Distribution Technical Error
H.B. 6489
Corrects a technical error in educational cost sharing distribution and enables the provision of existing funds to interdistrict magnet schools. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2005/act/Pa/2005PA-00002-R00HB-06489-PA.htm...

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LASigned into law 06/2004P-12Fees for Louisiana School of Math, Science, and the Arts
H.B. 431
Increases certain fees imposed by the board of directors of the state school of math, science, and the arts. Increases maximum possible security deposit from $100 to $150; increases maximum possible room and board fee for summer session from $300 to $400 per ...

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OKSigned into law 06/2003P-12The Oklahoma School Of Science And Mathematics
S.B. 26
Relates to the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics; makes an appropriation; states purpose; provides for the budgeting of funds in certain categories and amounts; requires performance measures for budget categories; provides for duties and compensation ...

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CTSigned into law 09/2002P-12State Expenditures (various sections)
H.B. 6004 (Special Session Act No. 02-7
Requires interdistrict magnet schools that begin operations after July 1, 2005 to limit the percentage of students from one district that enroll to 75% and requires students of racial minority to comprise at least 25% and not more than 75% of school's enrollme...

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OKSigned into law 05/2002P-12School of Science and Mathematics
S.B. 1004
Relates to the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics; provides for the budgeting of funds in certain categories and amounts; requires performance measures for budget categories; provides for duties and compensation of employees of the Oklahoma School of S...

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FLSigned into law 05/2002P-12Education Code Re-Write: Developmental Research (Laboratory) Schools
S.B. 20E
Changes name of "Developmental Research Schools" to "Lab Schools." According to legislative document: "LLC members decided to change advisory board faculty membership and add a student member; LLC members decided to allow other colleges within university to pa...

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ALSigned into law 04/2002P-12Board of Trustees of AL High School of Mathematics and Science
H.B. 289
Relates to the membership of the Board of Trustees of the state High School of Mathematics and Science; provides that the Assistant State Superintendent of Education in charge of curriculum development, the Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Ways and ...

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