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From the ECS State Policy Database
Curriculum--Science


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State Status/Date Level Summary
WISigned into law 12/2013P-12Math Credits Can Include Computer Sciences; No PE requirements; Science Can be CTE
S.B. 51
Modifies graduation requirements. Allows a board to award up to one mathematics credit for successfully completing in the high school grades a course in computer sciences that the department has determined qualifies as computer sciences according to criteria e...

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CASigned into law 10/2013P-12Science and English Language Arts Instructional Materials and Curriculum Frameworks
S.B. 300
Existing law prohibits the state board from adopting instructional materials until the 2015–16 school year, with exceptions. This bill requires the state board to consider the adoption of a revised curriculum framework and evaluation criteria for instructional...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Advanced CTE and Applied STEM Courses in Graduation Requirements
H.B. 2201
Permits students to fulfill the 3rd and 4th math and science credits for the recommended and advanced high school programs by completing an advanced career and technical course (previously, students coupld substitute only a math course taken after taking Algeb...

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IDSigned into law 04/2013P-12Math, Science, Technology, and Dual Credit Provisions
H.B. 65
Provides funding for dual credit courses for early completers and additional math and science courses. Also adjusts the district's salary-based apportionment to 1.67% and allows for the expedenture or distribution of moneys from the educational support program...

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CASigned into law 09/2012P-12Organ and Tissue Donation in Health and Science Curriculum Frameworks
A.B. 1967
From bill summary: Requires the Instructional Quality Commission and the state board to ensure that the health and science curriculum frameworks adopted in the course of the next submission cycle include the subject of organ procurement and tissue donation, as...

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LASigned into law 06/2012Postsec.Science and Education Advisory Council
S.B. 290
Creates the Science and Education Advisory Council to provide advice and information as requested by the executive board of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium for Research and Education. Establishes membership from specified postsecondary entities. D...

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TNBecame law without governor's signature 04/2012P-12Teacher Protections -- Evolution
H.B. 368
Provides that the state board, district, school board, or school administrators shall not prohibit any teacher for how he/she reviews controversial science subjects (e.g., evolution, cloning, global warming). Protects the teacher from discipline.
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MDSigned into law 04/2012P-12Core Academic Standard Implementation
S.B. 293
Requires that the county board include in its goals to improve student academic achievement a description of how it plans to ensure and measure academic proficiency of students in core academic subjects at various points during the elementary and secondary edu...

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CASigned into law 10/2011P-12Science Standards
S.B. 300
From bill summary: Requires the state board to adopt science content standards pursuant to specified requirements. Requires the superintendent to convene a group of science experts with whom the superintendent must recommend science content standards for adopt...

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SCSigned into law 05/2011P-12Clarifies Science Course Requirement for Receiving a High School Diploma
S.J.R. 686
Clarifies the science course requirement for receiving a high school diploma. Current law requires students to pass a science course in a subject in which the end-of-course assessment is administered to earn a state high school diploma. Amends current law to p...

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PAVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 11/2010P-12Science Technology Partnerships
H.B. 101 - Article XV-F
Codifies existing "Science in Motion" program. Authorizes the department to administer a grant program to higher education institutions that establish partnerships with schools or districts to provide for the lease or purchase of scientific or technical equipm...

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CAVetoed 09/2010P-12Academic Content Standards Commission for Science and History-Social Science
A.B. 97
Establishes the Academic Content Standards Commission for Science and History-Social Science. Upon the state superintendent's recommendation, directs the state board to adopt a schedule for the commission to review and recommend revisions to the science and hi...

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NYSigned into law 08/2010P-12Student Rights re: Animal Dissection
A.B. 3467
Requires local boards to develop a policy to give all students enrolled in a course that includes animal dissection reasonable notice of their rights to complete an alternative project approved by the student's teacher. Requires such notice to be distributed t...

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FLSigned into law 06/2010Postsec.
Community College
Tuition and Fee Waivers for Classroom Teachers
HB 723
Permits a state university or community college to waive tuition and fees for a classroom teacher, who is employed full-time by a school district and who meets the academic requirements established by the community college or state university, for up to 6 cred...

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WISigned into law 02/2010P-12Science Credit for Agriculture Courses
A.B. 236
Act 114 requires school boards to award a science credit to a pupil for each agriculture course the pupil successfully completes in the high school grades if the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has determined that the course qualifies as science, accord...

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CASigned into law 10/2009P-12
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California Stem Cell and Biotechnology Education and Workforce Development Act of 2009
S.B. 471
Creates the Stem Cell and Biotechnology Education and Workforce Development Act of 2009. Establishes stem cell and biotechnology education and workforce development as a state priority and to promote stronger links among industry sectors, the state Institute f...

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TXAdopted 07/2009P-12Middle School Science Standards
19 TAC 2.112.B.112.17 -.21
Establish revised middle school science Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for implementation beginning with the 2010-2011 school year....

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TXAdopted 07/2009P-12State Science Standards
19 TAC 2.112.A.112.1, .10 -.16
Establish revised science Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for implementation beginning with the 2010-2011 school year. Starting page 4 of 84: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/pdf/backview/0731/0731adop.pdfhttp://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/pdf/back...

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TXAdopted 07/2009P-12High School Science Standards
19 TAC 2.112.C.112.31 -.39, .41
Establish revised high school science Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for implementation beginning with the 2010-2011 school year....

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Electronic Textbooks and Instructional Materials
H.B. 4294
Relates to instructional materials and technological equipment in public schools. Adds Section 31.0231, "Electronic Textbook and Instructional Material List." Directs the commissioner to adopt a list of electronic textbooks and instructional material including...

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TXVetoed 06/2009P-12Loan Repayment for Math and Science Teachers
H.B. 518, Section 3
Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, directs the higher education coordinating board to assist in repaying the eligible student loans of certain undergraduates who agree to teach math or science in districts determined by the state education agency to have te...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12
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STEM Teacher Preparation and Professional Development
S.B. 2262
Transfers 21.462, "Mathematics, Science and Technology Teacher Preparation Academies," to 61.0766. Allows a teacher with at least two years experience to participate in an academy program (prior legislation required eligible teachers to have at least five year...

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NCSigned into law 06/2009P-12Science Safety Measures in Schools
H.B. 42
Provides that prior to July 1, 2010, and annually thereafter, each local board of education shall certify to the State Board of Education (SBE) that its high school and middle school science laboratories are equipped with appropriate personal protective equipm...

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OKSigned into law 05/2009P-12Pilot Outreach in Science and Math
S.B. 79
Requires that $2,175,966.00 be expended for the purpose of developing and offering pilot outreach programs in science and mathematics (the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics); requires budgeting in certain categories and amounts; requires certain perfo...

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GASigned into law 04/2009P-12Financial Incentives to Math and Science Teachers
H.B. 280
Provides that effective July 2010, and until there is no longer a shortage of math and science teachers, a secondary school teacher licensed in math or science must be moved to the salary step on the state salary schedule that is applicable to six years of cre...

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ARSigned into law 04/2009P-12Mobile Learning Technology Pilot Program
H.B. 1273
Creates the Mobile Learning Technology Pilot Program to provide for mobile learning in rural school districts; provides that each district participating in the program shall equip school buses with wireless Internet service and purchase a specified number of l...

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CARule Adoption 01/2009P-12Single-Subject Teaching Credential Authorization
Title 5 CCR Section 80004
Amends rules concerning single-subject teaching credential authorization. Allows for an additional option for employers to assign individuals to teach science....

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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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PASigned into law 07/2008P-12
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Budget Bill -
H.B. 1067
Sets the school finance distribution formula based primarily on what it will take for students to meet the state's academic standards. The amount is based largely on the findings of the 2007 Costing-Out Study. Provides for a transferring pupil's disciplinary r...

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LASigned into law 06/2008P-12Science Education and Instruction
S.B. 733
Creates the Science Education Act; relates to curriculum and instruction in public elementary and secondary schools; provides that, upon request of a city, parish, or school board, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall allow and assist te...

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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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KYSigned into law 04/2008P-12
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STEM
S.B. 2
Defines "Advanced science and mathematics" as Advanced Placement (AP) biology, calculus, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, and physics, and International Baccalaureate (IB) biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental systems, mathemat...

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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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UTSigned into law 03/2008P-12Teacher Salary Supplement Program
S.B. 2 - Sections 19 and 20
Defines "qualifying educational background." Beginning in fiscal year 2008-2009, provides an annual salary supplement of $4,100 for a full-time teacher and a partial salary supplement for a part-time teacher who teaches one or more courses of a secondary schoo...

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CASigned into law 10/2007P-12Outdoor Science
S.B. 95
Establishes eligibility criteria for a residential outdoor science program. Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to apportion to each school district or county office of education that operates a residential program, an amount per eligible partici...

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NYAdopted 08/2007P-12Summer Academies and Teacher Professional Development for Middle Grades Math and Science
Title 8 NYCRR Section 100.14 and 100.15
Establishes criteria for the award of grants for the Excelsior Scholars program for grade 7 math and science students. Establishes criteria for the award of grants for summer institutes for mathematics and science teachers in grades 5-8. Effective November 15,...

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NCSigned into law 07/2007P-12Reaching One's Potential for Excellence (ROPE) Scholars Pilot Program.
S.B. 1030
The purpose of the ROPE Scholars Pilot Program is to strengthen middle grades education in order to provide students with the opportunity to graduate from high school with the core academic skills needed for postsecondary education and high-skilled employment,...

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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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NVSigned into law 06/2007P-12District Budget Reporting, Grant Fund for Licensed Education Personnel
A.B. 1A
Revises provisions governing the inclusion of certain information in the biennial budget request for the state distributive school account for submission to the department of administration based upon the annual budgets submitted by the school districts. Creat...

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TXSigned into law 06/2007P-12Nature Science Curriuclum
H.B. 1700
H.B. 1700 implements nature science curriculum on a statewide level. The Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Center of Texas Tech University, and South Llano River State Park will develop the curriculum jointly. The bill requires that the curricul...

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TXSigned into law 06/2007P-12Intensive Math and Science Intervention Pilot
H.B. 2504
Requires the commissioner to establish an intensive mathematics and algebra intervention pilot program for students not performing at grade level in mathematics in grades 4 through 8 on campuses with populations of students identified as at-risk that exceed th...

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COSigned into law 05/2007P-12After-school Science and Math Programs
H.B. 1243
Establishes the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics ("STEM") after-school education pilot grant program ("grant program") in the office of economic development. Allows a provider that coordinates STEM after-school education programs to apply for ...

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MNSigned into law 05/2007P-12Teacher Center Duties
H.F. 2245 [Mathematics and Science Teachers]
Amends duties of teacher centers, requires teacher centers to provide a professional development program to train interested and highly qualified elementary, middle and secondary teachers to assist other teachers in with mathematics and science curriculum, sta...

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TXSigned into law 05/2007P-12Science Lab Grant Program
H.B. 2237 (Science Lab Provisions)
One section of this bill creates a science laboratory grant program. Requires the commissioner to establish a competitive grant program to provide funds to school districts for the purpose of constructing or renovating high school science laboratories. The am...

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WASigned into law 04/2007P-12Math and Science
H.B. 1906
Declares that the activities in this act revise and strengthen the state learning standards that implement the essential academic learning requirements, and improve alignment of school district curriculum to the standards. Directs the state board of education ...

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WASigned into law 04/2007P-12Outdoor Education and Recreation Program
H.B. 1677
Declares an intent to establish an outdoor education and recreation program to provide a large number of underserved students with quality opportunities to directly experience the
natural world. It is the intent of the program to improve students' overall acad...

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WASigned into law 04/2007P-12
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GET Ready for Math and Science Scholarship Program
H.B. 1779
Establishes the GET ready for math and science scholarship program. The purpose of the program is to provide scholarships to students who achieve level four on the mathematics or science portions of the tenth grade Washington assessment of student learning or ...

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NYSigned into law 04/2007P-12Excelsior Scholars and Summer Institutes for Grades 5-8 Math and Science Teachers
S.B. 2107 - Part B, Section 39
Adds section 3641-A to the education code. Directs the commissioner to establish an Excelsior Scholars program for grade 7 math and science students. Directs the commissioner to award competitive grants, within the amounts appropriated for this purpose, to pub...

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NYSigned into law 04/2007P-12Science and Mathematics Tuition Reimbursement Program
S.B. 2107 - Part B, Section 36
Creates science and mathematics tuition reimbursement program. Provides that of the amount appropriated for grants to schools for the 2007-2008 school year and thereafter, $5 million must be made available for a science and mathematics tuition reimbursement pr...

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NMSigned into law 03/2007P-12Mathematics & Science Education Act
H.B. 220/S.B. 552
Creates the Mathematics and Science Bureau within the department of education and a 12 member advisory council to advise the bureau. Defines membership and duties of the advisory council. Creates "mathematics and science proficiency fund," to consist of of app...

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UTSigned into law 03/2007P-12Governor's Science & Technology Education Program
S.B. 217
Expands the informal science and technology education program within the Governor's Office of Economic Development to include the direct sponsorship of science fairs and science olympiads, and the participation of teachers in the science and technology camp pr...

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VAPassed 03/2007Postsec.Science/Technology Education in Graduate Programs
H.J. 611
This joint resolution of the legislature establishes a joint subcommittee to study science and technology education in business, law, and policy graduate programs in state institutions of higher education. http://198.246.135.1/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?071+ful+HJ611...

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UTAdopted 12/2006P-12
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Public Education Job Enhancement Program Eligibility
R690-100
Provides eligibility and award distribution requirements for the Public Education Job Enhancement Program (PEJEP), which offers funding to cover the tuition costs for a teaching endorsement, master's degree or graduate education to selected public school teach...

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OHSigned into law 12/2006P-12Ohio Core Graduation Requirements
S.B. 311-- Sec. 3313.603(A), (B), (C) Part 1, (K) adn (L)
Increases high school graduation requirements for students entering grade 9 during the 2010-2011 school year (Class of 2014). Increases math units from 3 to 4; requires one unit of Algebra II or its equivalent. Existing 3-unit requirement in science calls for ...

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TXAdopted 11/2006P-12High School Graduation Requirements
TX 19 TAC 74.61 through 74.64
Increases the requirements for the Recommended and Distinguished high school curriculum options effective with the Class of 2011. Increases the total number of units required for both these options from 24 to 26. Increases Carnegie unit requirements in both ma...

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WVAdopted 11/2006P-12Science Content Standards & Objectives
Title 126, Series 44R
Amends rules regarding science content standards and objectives for grades 9 through 12 of West Virginia schools. http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p2520.35_co.pdf...

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WVAdopted 10/2006P-12Science Content Standards & Objectives
Title 126, Series 44C
Amends rules regarding science content standards and objectives for West Virginia schools. http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p2520.3_ne.pdf...

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MTAdopted 09/2006P-12Science Content Standards and Performance Descriptors
ARM 10.54.5010 through 10.54.5098 non-seq
Proposes to amend rules relating to science content standards andperformance descriptors. Includes references to Montana Native Americans and science.
http://www.opi.mt.gov/pdf/legaldivision/10-54-240adp-arm-adp.pdf...

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CAVetoed 09/2006P-12Science Coaches
A.B. 937
Authorizes the governing board of a school district to designate a credentialed teacher as a science coach at each elementary school, or provide staff development to teachers, in order to develop, coordinate, and provide instruction in an experimental science ...

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CAVetoed 09/2006P-12Science Teacher Development Program
S.B. 1142
Establishes the Science Teacher Development Program by enacting provisions relating to science instruction that are similar to the existing Mathematics and Reading Professional Development Program....

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NCSigned into law 08/2006P-12Math and Science Teachers Pilot Program
S.B. 1741
Creates a pilot program providing for a salary supplement for newly hired teachers of mathematics or science at the middle or high school level. Directs the state board of education to develop the pilot program and select three local school administrative unit...

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CAVetoed 07/2006P-12Elementary Science Teachers and Curriculum
A.B. 2423
Authorizes the governing board of a school district to designate a credentialed teacher as a science coach at each elementary school, or provide staff development to teachers, in order to develop, coordinate and provide instruction in an experimental science c...

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OKSigned into law 06/2006P-12State School of Science and Mathematics
H.B. 1021B
Appropriates funds to the state school of science and mathematics. Directs the board of trustees to develop outcome-based performance measures for each budget category, defines eligibility for certain students. Sets budgetary limitations and provides for dutie...

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OHSigned into law 06/2006P-12
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Community College
Ohio Core Support
H.B. 115
Appropriates funds for support of the Ohio Core Program. Funds will be used to:
(1) Support the participation of teachers licensed in Ohio and mid-career professionals not currently employed by a school district or licensed to teach at the primary or secondary...

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NYAdopted 05/2006P-12State Graduation and Diploma Requirements for Mathematics and Science
Title 8 NYCRR section 100.5
Amends requirements for Regents or local high school and Regents diploma with avanced designation.

Regents or local high school diploma: 
Three units of credit of mathematics more advanced than 8th grade level and that meet commencement-level learning standar...

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TXAdopted 05/2006P-12
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Master Science Teacher Certificates
19 TAC 7.239.E.239.104
Establishes certification requirements for master science teachers to ensure that there are teachers with special training to mentor other teachers and work with students in order to improve student science performance. TEXAS 99647...

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MSSigned into law 04/2006P-12Origins of Life
H.B. 214
Provides that no local school board, school superintendent and school principal may prohibit a public school classroom teacher from discussing and answering questions from individual students on the origin of life.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/20...

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NYSigned into law 04/2006P-12New York State Math and Science Teaching Incentive Program
S.B. 9558
Provides that undergraduate and graduate students leading to a career as a secondary-level math or science teacher are eligible to apply for incentive program awards, provided they sign a contract agreeing to teach secondary math or science full-time in the st...

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ARVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 04/2006P-12
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Elementary Science Specialist Program
S.B. 16
Appropriates funds to the Department of Higher Education - to be payable from the Higher Education Grants Fund Account - for grants for the Elementary Science Specialist Program.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2006S1/public/SB16.pdf...

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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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UTSigned into law 03/2006P-12
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Modifications to Qualifications for New Century Scholarships
H.B. 326
Modifies the requirements to qualify for a New Century scholarship; allows a student to qualify for such scholarship who completes and approved math and science curriculum; requires scholarship requirements to be completed with at least a B average; requires t...

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UTSigned into law 03/2006P-12Supplemental Instruction and Math/Science
H.B. 181
This bill provides stipends for supplemental instruction to students who have not passed the Utah Basic Skills Competency Test, funding to implement proposals to improve mathematics achievement test scores in grades four through six, and makes modifications to...

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FLAdopted 03/2006P-12Science Assessments and Proficiency Levels
FAC 6A-1.09422
Includes the science grade-level scale scores for each achievement level for use in reporting student proficiency levels in science as part of the student achievement testing program known as the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). FLORIDA 30220
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NVDied 03/2006P-12Truth in Science Initiative
Initiative Petition
The Truth in Science Initiative (Initiative) proposes to add a new section to the Constitution regarding
how evolution is to be taught in the state's schools. Under the Initiative, students must be informed that
although most scientists agree that Darwin's the...

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AKAdopted 12/2005P-12Standards-based science assessment
4 AAC 04.140 thru 06.825
Requires the commissioner to select a standards-based science assessment and school districts to administer the assessment in selected grades.

AGENCY CONTACT: Dorothy Knuth, Commissioner's Office at the Department of Education & Early Development, 801 W 10th...

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MARule Adoption 07/2005P-12Comprehensive Assessment System and Standards
603 CMR 30.00
Amends the Comprehensive Assessment System and Standards for Competency Determination rules. Adds one discipline in science and technology and engineering to the subjects to be included in the competency determination required for high school graduation starti...

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ORSigned into law 07/2005P-12Refusal to Dissect Animals
S.B. 383
Allows any student to refuse to dissect any vertebrate or invertebrate animal or the parent or legal guardian of a public school student to refuse to allow the student to dissect any vertebrate or invertebrate animal. A school district that includes dissection...

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GAAdopted 05/2005P-12Mathematics and Science Partnerships Grants
GAC 160-1-4-.266, -.269
Establishes rules regarding the Mathematics and Science Partnerships Grants to build mathematics and science teachers' content knowledge and skills....

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NVTemporary Rule Adoption 05/2005P-12Academic Standards for Science
NAC 389.244, .2947, .411, .491, .4915
Revises state academic standards for science. ...

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MSRule Adoption 04/2005P-12Roadways into the Development of Elementary Students
941-9001--01500
Describes the process for prospective elementary schools to become involved in the Roadways into the Development of Elementary Students (RIDES) Program. MISSISSIPPI REG 9715 (SN)...

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DERule Adoption 01/2005P-12Standard Certificate Science Teacher Middle Level
14 DAC 1542
Amends regulation relating to the certification of a science teacher of middle level by removing the requirements for earth science and physical science from this regulation, as middle school science is taught as an integrated science. Aligns the requirements ...

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DERule Adoption 01/2005P-12Standard Certificate Science Teacher
14 DAC 1540, 1.0 - 4.0
Amends regulation relating to the Certification for a Science Teacher to clarify some of the requirements for a standard certificate and to add an additional category of certification for integrated science, which is aligned with the Delaware content standards...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Reimbursement for a new Science Facility
A.B. 2855 (multiple provisions)
SEC. 17: Existing law provides that no pupil shall receive a diploma of graduation from high school who, while in grades 9 to 12, inclusive, has
not completed specified courses, including 2 courses in science. Prior law required a pupil to complete only one co...

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MAVetoed 07/2004P-12Science Class Dissections
H.B. 1252
Provides that the Board of Education be directed to establish guidelines for dissections in science classes in the public schools of the Commonwealth; allows students who choose not to participate in dissection to be allowed to demonstrate competency through a...

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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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VASigned into law 04/2004P-12Substantial Amendments to the Standards of Learning
H.B. 1014
Amends section 22.1-253.13:1 and 22.1-253.13:2 . Specifies that the Standards of Learning form the core of Virginia's educational program and other educational objectives. Specifies that the state board must, at a minimum, define Standards of Learning for Eng...

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VASigned into law 04/2004P-12Student Dissection of Animals Alternatives
H.B. 1018
Creates new section requiring school divisions to provide students alternatives to student dissection of animals. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?041+ful+CHAP0918...

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MESigned into law 04/2004P-12STARBASE Program
http://janus.state.me.us/legis/LawMakerWeb/externalsiteframe.asp?ID=280011947&LD=1690&Type=1

In 1993, the United States Congress authorized the "Department
of Defense STARBASE Program" and authorized the Department of

Defense to enter into agreements with the states for the purpose

of conducting programs designed to improve the knowledge and

s...

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MISigned into law 08/2003P-12Comprehensive Master Plan for Mathematics and Science Centers
H.B. 4401 (multiple provisions)
Sec. 99. (1) From the appropriations in section 11, there is allocated an amount not to exceed $2,500,000.00 for
2003-2004 for implementing the comprehensive master plan for mathematics and science centers developed by the
department and approved by the state ...

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ILSigned into law 07/2003P-12Science Curriculum Materials
H.B. 2332
In a Section concerning the loan of textbooks to students free of charge, provides that "textbook" includes science curriculum materials in a kit format that includes pre-packaged consumable materials if certain requirements are met. http://www.legis.state.il....

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ILSigned into law 06/2003P-12Block Grant Program
S.B. 201
Creates the Mathematics and Science Block Grant Program in order to provide greater flexibility and efficiency in the distribution and use of state funds and ensure that students meet or exceed Illinois Learning Standards for Science. Provides that Mathematics...

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FLRule Adoption 06/2003P-12Teacher Certification
FAC 6A-4.0323
A new certification subject area in general science was approved by the State Board of Education to be effective July 1, 2003. Leadership of the agency has since determined that the current system of offering certification in the four separate areas of science...

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TXSigned into law 06/2003P-12Public School Student Performance
H.B. 411
Currently, Texas students' performance on tests in the areas of math and science are below the national average. In order to improve the test scores, some advocates believe that a "Master Science" program needs to be developed to identify effective instructio...

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UTRule Adoption 06/2003P-12Math, Engineering, Science Achievement
R277-717
Amends rules to increase the participation range for Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) students, change the Application Review Committee, and provide for better coordination among public education, higher education, industry, and community groups. ...

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COSigned into law 05/2002P-12Potential Testing in Mathematics and Science
H.B. 1306
Provides that if sufficient funding from the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is obtained, directs the Department of Education to administer, starting at the latest in spring 2006, a statewide assessment in mathematics to public school students grades ...

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NHSigned into law 05/2002P-12Pre-Engineering Curriculum
H.B. 1231
Establishes a pre-engineering technology curriculum in the public high schools in the state and creates a pre-engineering technology curriculum advisory council to advise the department of education on the implementation of such curriculum; transfers a capital...

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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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CAVetoed 09/2001P-12The use of toxic substances as part of educational instruction
S.B. 286
Requires the Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Health Services, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and the Office of Health Hazard Assessment to study and report to the Legislature on the use of toxic substances as pa...

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ORSigned into law 06/2001P-12Mercury Safety
S.B. 594
Provides the State Board of Education shall adopt rules eliminating the use and purchase of elemental mercury, mercury compounds and mercury added instructional materials by public elementary and secondary schools....

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COSigned into law 06/2001P-12Creates the Science and Technology Education Center Grant Program
H.B. 1365
Creates the Science and Technology Education Center Grant Program to provide start-up and operating money for science and technology education centers; creates a board to oversee the grants program; instructs the State Board of Education to create rules for th...

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UTSigned into law 03/2001P-12
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Engineering/Computer Science Initiative; Secondary Teacher Preparation
S.B. 61
Establishes a Public Education Job Enhancement Program to attract, train and retain highly qualified secondary teachers in math, physics, chemistry, physical science, learning technology and information technology. States that eligible teachers are those nomin...

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CORejected by Voters 11/2000P-12State Science and Math Grants
V. 6
REFERENDUM F (SB 4, 2000) Asks whether the State of Colorado shall be permitted to annually retain up to a specified amount of the state revenues in excess of the constitutional limitation on state fiscal year spending for the 1999-2000 fiscal year, and for fo...

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CAVetoed 09/2000P-12Marine Science Education Act
A.B. 2330
Establishes the Marine Sciences Education Act of 2000 and a comprehensive marine science grant program for nonprofit aquariums, ocean institutes, and other marine science education programs to provide marine science education programs for prekindergarten, kind...

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CASigned into law 06/2000P-12
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Science/Tech Training
A.B. 2883
Authorizes the Regents of the University of California to establish 3 California Institutes for Science and Innovation for the purpose of combining technological and scientific research and training and educating future scientists and technological leaders....

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CTSigned into law 06/2000P-12High School Grant Program for Math, Science & Computers
H.B. 5231
Provides that the Department of Education shall establish a competitive grant program for high school projects that involve one or more of the following topics: computers, engineering, physics, mathematics, science or technical construction; allows local and r...

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