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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.

Please cite use of the database as: Education Commission of the States (ECS) State Policy Database, retrieved [date].

State Status/Date Level Summary
ILSigned into law 08/2014P-12State Testing System
S.B. 3412
Removes statutory references to the Illinois Standards Achievement Testing Program and remediation programs under subsection (a) of Section 2-3.64. Directs the state board to establish the academic standards applicable to students subject to state assessments....

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NYSigned into law 07/2014P-12Community District Education Council and Parents of Recently Exited ELLs
A.B. 8436
Permits a certain vacancy on the community district education council to be filled by a parent whose child has exited an English language learner program within the last two years. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A08436&term=&Summary=Y&Memo=Y&...

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CASigned into law 06/2014P-12State Assessment and Primary Language Assessment for ELLs
S.B. 858 - State Assessment and Primary Language Assessment for ELLs
From bill summary: Changes the name of the Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (MAPP) to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Authorizes a local educational agency to administer, as part of CAASPP, the primary l...

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CASigned into law 06/2014P-12Appropriation to Support CCSS, Implementation of EL Development Standards, and Science Standards
S.B. 858 - Appropriation to Support CCSS, Implementation of EL Development Standards, and Science Standards
From bill summary: appropriate $287,149,000 from the General Fund to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for allocation to school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools, and would appropriate $49,500,000 from the General Fund to the C...

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IASigned into law 05/2014P-12Appropriations Bill
S.F. 2347 - ELL Section
17C. English Language Literacy Grant Program. Appropriates $500,000 for establishing an English language literacy for all grant program. By November 1, 2014, requires the 25 Iowa school districts with the largest number of students identified as limited Engli...

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COSigned into law 05/2014P-12Financing Of Public Schools
H.B. 1298
FUNDING FORMULA
Sets the statewide base per pupil funding amount for the 2014-15 budget year at $6,121, which is an inflationary increase of 2.8%. Clarifies the method used to calculate the cost-of-living factor in years when average teacher salaries either de...

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CTSigned into law 05/2014Postsec.English Language Learning Educator Incentive Program
S.B. 18
From bill analysis: This bill redesigns an existing teachers'loan reimbursement program, administered by the Office of Higher Education (OHE), as an incentive grant and loan reimbursement program for college and university students studying to be teachers. Bo...

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LASigned into law 05/2014P-12State Seal of Biliteracy
H.B. 1016
Establishes the State Seal of Biliteracy, to be affixed to the diploma or transcript of an eligible student in a participating district. Provides districts are encouraged but not required to participate in the State Seal of Biliteracy program. Establishes elig...

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MNSigned into law 05/2014P-12English Language Learners
H.F. 2397
Article 1
General ELL Provisions
Section 4, Subd 2: Requires a school district's long-term strategic plan to include strategies for improving instruction, curriculum, an student achievement, including the English and native language development (where practic...

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OKSigned into law 04/2014P-12Teacher Examinations in Teacher's Native Language
H.B. 2548
If a teacher candidate or teacher is a non-native-English speaker, requires the Commission to offer the subject area competency examination in the native language of the teacher candidate or teacher only if the teacher candidate or teacher is employed or has b...

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AZSigned into law 04/2014P-12K-6 Technology-Based Literacy Intervention Pilot Program for English Learners
S.B. 1488
Requires the state board of education to develop a two-year K-6 Language Intervention Pilot Program for technology-based language development and literacy intervention and selection criteria and procedures for school districts and charter schools that want to ...

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WASigned into law 04/2014P-12Education Budget - Closing the Opportunity Gap
S.B. 6002
From Legislative Budget Notes publication:
CLOSING THE OPPORTUNITY GAP - One-time funding totaling $245,000 is provided for strategies to close the opportunity gap. Provided within these funds is:
(1) $28,000 for the Office of the Superintendent of Public In...

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WASigned into law 03/2014P-12Study Foreign Language Education Interpreter Training Program
H.B. 1709
Requires the Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) to conduct a feasibility study for development of a state foreign language education interpreter training program designed to create a pool of trained interpreters for public schools, including volunteer interp...

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WASigned into law 03/2014P-12State Seal of Biliteracy
S.B. 6424
Creates the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy to recognize public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. Requires the Office of the Superintendent...

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NMSigned into law 03/2014P-12Diploma Seal of Bilingualism
H.B. 330
Creates a state seal of bilingualism-biliteracy on a New Mexico Diploma of Excellence. Requires that the state seal of bilingualism-biliteracy certify that the recipient is proficient for meaningful use in college, a career, or to meet a local community langua...

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CASigned into law 10/2013P-12English Language Development Standards
A.B. 899
From bill summary: Requires English language development standards for pupils whose primary language is a language other than English to be comparable in rigor and specificity to state standards for mathematics and science. By January 1, 2015, requires the sup...

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CASigned into law 10/2013P-12English Language Learners
S.B. 201
From final bill analysis: Permits the state baord to adopt instructional materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/English language development. Permits the state board to charge a fee for all publishers wishing to submit ma...

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CAVetoed 09/2013P-12Accountability, Expenditures and English Language Learners
S.B. 344
From bill summary: Requires an audit of a school district to include whether expenditures were in compliance with the regulations related to the expenditure of moneys apportioned on the basis of the number and concentration of unduplicated pupils. Adds reclass...

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FLIssued 09/2013P-12Florida Plan for Education Accountability
Executive Order 13-276
Directs the commissioner of education to recommend to the state board an open process to procure the next state assessment via a competitive solicitation. Requires next assessment program to meet specified criteria. Directs the commissioner to recommend to the...

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ILSigned into law 08/2013P-12State Seal of Biliteracy
S.B. 1221
Defines "foreign language" to include modern languages, Latin, American Sign Language, Native American languages. Establishes State Seal of Biliteracy program to recognize public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or mor...

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WASigned into law 06/2013P-12Budget - Bilingual Instruction
S.B. 5034
From bill analysis: Bilingual Instruction - Funding is provided to add instructional hours to assist English language learner students who have met English proficiency standards and are no longer enrolled in the Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program (TBI...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Continuing Education Requirements for Teachers, Principals, and Counselors
H.B. 642
Requires that continuing education requirements for teachers provide that up to 25% of the training required every 5 years include instruction on (1) collecting and analyzing information that will improve classroom effectiveness; (2) recognizing early warning ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Exemption of Limited English Proficient Student from State Assessment
S.B. 377
From fiscal note: For the purposes of determining whether a student is allowed an exemption or postponement of an assessment because the student recently enrolled in a school in the U.S. and is of limited English proficiency, prohibits the consideration of a s...

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NVSigned into law 06/2013P-12English Language Learners
S.B. 504
Requires that reports submitted by local school boards and charter school sponsors include information on the progression of the achievement and proficiency of pupils who are limited English proficient. Requires districts and charter schools to report achievem...

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NVSigned into law 06/2013P-12
Postsec.
English Mastery Council
S.B. 504
Sets forth the membership and duties of the council. The council will have 16 members, including the Superintendent, two higher education faculty members, two K-12 teachers, two parents, four school administrators, one school board member, two businesspeople,...

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NVSigned into law 06/2013P-12ESL Curriculum & Teacher Certification
S.B. 504
Eliminates requirement that state board establish a program to teach English to pupils who are limited English proficient. Instead, requires the state board of education to develop criteria so that local districts can develop their own ESL policies. Requires ...

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HIPassed 06/2013P-12Assessments for Hawaiian Language Immersion Students
S.C.R. 147
Requests the board of education, as part of its development of a comprehensive Hawaiian studies program, to create a coalition to address the issue of developing assessments in the Hawaiian language for Hawaiian language immersion students to more accurately m...

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HIPassed 04/2013P-12Assessments for Hawaiian Language Immersion Students
S.R. 107
Requests the board of education, as part of its development of a comprehensive Hawaiian studies program, to create a coalition to address the issue of developing assessments in the Hawaiian language for Hawaiian language immersion students to more accurately m...

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NMVetoed 04/2013P-12Teacher Language Proficiency and Council
H.B. 541
Creates the Bilingual Education Advisory Council. Allows the Public Education Department, with the advice and consent of the advisory council, to establish a statewide seal of bilingual proficiency. Allows schools to provide students graduating from high schoo...

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TXAdopted 03/2013P-12Exemption of Recent Asylees and Refugees from STAAR
19 TAC 101.1005
Adds language to allow the exemption of certain qualifying ELL asylees and refugees from being administered a STAAR grades 3-8 assessment.
Pages 2-4 of 52: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/pdf/backview/0322/0322adop.pdf...

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SDSigned into law 03/2013Postsec.Enhancement of South Dakota's Economic Development and Education
S.B. 235
Permits thirty percent of the building South Dakota fund to be transferred to the workforce education fund. The workforce education fund can be used to fund the limited English proficiency adjustment, provide grants for the purposes of providing secondary car...

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CASigned into law 09/2012P-12Supplemental Instructional Materials for English Language Learners
A.B. 1719 - Supplemental Instructional Materials for English Language Learners
From bill summary: Requires the department to recommend, and the state board to approve, evaluation criteria to guide the development and review of supplemental instructional materials for English learners. Requires the department to develop a list by March 1,...

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CASigned into law 09/2012P-12Reclassification of English Learners
S.B. 1108
From bill summary: Requires the state department of education, by January 1, 2014, to (1) review and analyze the criteria, policies, and practices that a sampling of districts that represent the geographic, socioeconomic, and demographic diversity of school di...

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CASigned into law 09/2012P-12Primary Language Assessment Instrument for Dual Language Immersion Program Students
A.B. 1521
From bill summary: Authorizes the department, subject to state board approval, to make available to districts and charter schools a primary language assessment to allow assessment of pupils enrolled in a dual language immersion program who are either nonlimite...

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CASigned into law 09/2012P-12Long-term English Learners
A.B. 2193
Defines "Long-term English learner" as an English learner in grades 6-12 who has been enrolled in schools in the U.S. for more than 6 years, has remained at the same English language proficiency level for 2 or more consecutive years as determined by the state ...

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ILSigned into law 08/2012P-12Bilingual Education and Parent Involvement
H.B. 3819
Provides that once established, each parent advisory committee for transitional bilingual education programs autonomously conduct its affairs, including the election of officers and the establishment of internal rules, guidelines, and procedures. Directs the s...

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AKAdopted 06/2012P-12Limited English Proficiency Classification
4 AAC 34.055
Repeals 6-tiered classification system for identifying or reclassifying limited English proficient (LEP) students in grades K-12. Replaces with simplified system allowing an LEP student to be reclassified as English proficient by either achieving a specified c...

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CASigned into law 06/2012P-12Appropriations and Reappropriations
S.B. 1016 - Appropriations and Reappropriations
From section 56 of bill summary: Reduces by various amounts appropriations made for supplemental school counseling, special education, partnership academies, instructional support to help pupils pass the high school exit examination, English language tutoring ...

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HIAdopted 06/2012P-12Review of State Funding for ESL and Hawaiian Language Programs
S.R. 43
Requests that the University of Hawaii, with the assistance of the department of education and other educational organizations as appropriate, review the state's funding for existing English as a Second Language and Hawaiian language programs offered in Hawaii...

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HIAdopted 06/2012P-12Review of the State's Funding for Existing ESL Instruction/Activities and Hawaiian Language Programs
S.C.R. 87
Requests that the University of Hawaii, with the assistance of the department of education and other educational organizations, as appropriate, review the state's funding for existing English as a Second
Language instruction and activities and Hawaiian languag...

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TXAdopted 05/2012P-12Commissioner's Rules Concerning State Plan for Educating English Language Learners
19 TAC 89.1201, 1203, 1205, 1207, 1210, 1215, 1220, 1225, 1227, 1228, 1230, 1233, 1235, 1240, 1245, 1250, 1265, 1267, 1269
Most changes are nonsubstantive changes that align rules with statute, update terminology, or move dual language immersion program sections/references to the same subchaper as sections relating to English language learners. However, the rulemaking also include...

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ILAdopted 10/2011P-12Transitional Bilingual Education
23 IL ADC 228.35
Amends certification requirements for administrators of transitional bilingual education program, to bring into compliance with other changes. Pages 715-719 of 764: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume35_issue42.pdf...

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ILAdopted 10/2011P-12Requirements for Adminstrators of Bilingual Education Programs
23 IL ADC 1.705, 783
From administrative register: In 2006, the state board established for the first time requirements for administrators of bilingual education programs. These rules required such administrators to have the appropriate administrative certification and hold one of...

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CASigned into law 10/2011P-12English Language Development Standards
A.B. 124
From bill summary: Makes a clarifying change to the provisions relating to the standards for English language development. Requires the superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with the state board, to update, revise and align the English language...

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CASigned into law 10/2011P-12Testing English Language Development
S.B. 753
From bill summary: Requires a school district to annually conduct the assessment of each English language learner's English language development during a period that commences on the day upon which 55% of the instructional year is completed through July 1 of t...

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ILSigned into law 08/2011P-12Advisory Council on Bilingual Education
H.B. 3109
By no later than December 1, 2011, directs the Advisory Council on Bilingual Education to submit a report to the state superintendent of education, the governor, and the general assembly addressing, at a minimum, (1) whether and how the 20 child per attendance...

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ILAdopted 07/2011P-12Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives for English Language Learners
23 IL ADC 1.30
Previously, "progress" in terms of English language proficiency was determined by the percentage of students whose scores on any of the four domains (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) on a given administration of the English language proficiency asses...

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MNSigned into law 07/2011P-12ESL Standards
H.F. 26
Requires the Department of Education to adopt English language proficiency standards for students identified as limited English proficient as statewide standards.

Requires the commissioner to adopt the most recent English language proficiency standards for En...

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CTSigned into law 07/2011P-12Closing the Achievement Gap/Early Literacy
S.B. 929
Sec. 1 - Establishes a task force to address the academic achievement gaps in Connecticut by considering effective approaches to closing the achievement gaps in elementary, middle and high schools. Requires the task force to submit a master plan to the General...

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ALTo governor 06/2011P-12
Postsec.
K-12 and Postsecondary Education Services and Illegal Aliens
H.B. 56
Specifies that verification of lawful presence in the U.S. must not be required for K-12 education. However, requires public schools to determine the citizenship and immigration status of their students, to compile data on students who are legally and illegall...

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MISigned into law 06/2011P-12Eliminates Certains Programs/Changes Pupil Count Day/District Transparency
H.B. 4325 - K-12 Provisions
From Legislative Staff Summary: Eliminates middle college grants and funding that provides districts additional funds for educating students of limited English-speaking ability. Eliminates language protecting Intermediate School District operational funding fr...

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VASigned into law 03/2011P-12Standards of Quality
H.B. 1792/S.B. 1270
Codifies in the Standards of Quality the flexibility to use funds provided in the appropriation act and provided to local school divisions for certain staffing standards related to instructional staff in mathematics, limited English proficiency, reading, techn...

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ILAdopted 01/2011P-12Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives for English Language Learners
23 IL ADC 1.88
From summary in Illinois Register: Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) for English language learners. Section 1.88 of the rules sets forth the AMAOs for educational agencies that use funds from Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education A...

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CASigned into law 10/2010P-12English Language Acquisition Program
A.B. 1610 - English Language Acquisition
Primarily from bill summary: Repeals English Language Acquisition Program for students in grades 4-8. Requires the superintendent of public instruction to increase the amount of economic impact aid received by a school district by the amount the district recei...

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CAVetoed 09/2010P-12Including Primary Language Assessment in State Assessment/Accountability System
S.B. 930
From bill summary: Requires that any primary language assessment developed by the department and administered to limited English proficient students, as identified pursuant to existing law, on or after July 1, 2013, be included in the state's assessment system...

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ILAdopted 08/2010P-12Transitional Bilingual Education
23 IL ADC 228
Addresses districts' plans for continuing services for students who leave a transitional bilingual education (TBE) program or a transitional program of instruction (TPI) without having achieved English proficiency. These new provisions help to more clearly ide...

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ILAdopted 08/2010P-12Preschool Bilingual Education Programs
23 IL ADC 235.20, 30, 120
Clarifies that teachers of children ages 3-5 in a transitional bilingual program or a transitional program of instruction administered by a district, either in an attendance center or a non-school-based facility, must meet the personnel qualifications and prof...

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ILSigned into law 08/2010P-12Purposes of Transitional Bilingual Education Programs
S.B. 3681 - Section 105 ILCS 5/14C-1
Provides that one of the purposes of Article 14C of the School Code, "Transitional Bilingual Education", is to allow the state to directly or indirectly provide technical assistance and professional development to support transitional bilingual education progr...

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ILSigned into law 07/2010P-12Use of Bilingual Education Funds
S.B. 3635
In provisions concerning the account of expenditures for transitional bilingual education programs, requires that at least 60% of state bilingual funds be used for instructional costs. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/96/PDF/096-1170.pdf...

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ILAdopted 11/2009P-12Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision
23 IAC 1.20, .30, .100, .240, .420, .465, .480, .510, .737
Partially from "Notice of Adopted Amendments" in Illinois Register (changes from this rulemaking but not listed below are technical in nature or echo recent changes in legislation):

Section 1.20: Revised to distinguish among the appropriate levels of sign-of...

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CASigned into law 10/2009P-12Teacher Certification
A.B. 239
Authorizes the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to issue the authorization to provide services to limited-English-proficient pupils to an applicant who possesses a valid teaching credential and who holds certain certificates issued by the National Board for...

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CAVetoed 10/2009P-12Bringing Interpreter to School Meetings
A.B. 1510
Authorizes parents or guardians of English learners to bring an oral language interpreter to all conferences, meetings or proceedings held at a district building or schoolsite or sponsored by the district or school, except when prohibited by state or federal l...

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CAVetoed 10/2009P-12Including Improving English Proficiency in State Accountability System
A.B. 1435
Relates to the advisory committee on the creation of the Academic Performance Index and the implementation of the Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program and High Achieving/Improving Schools Program. By July 2010, directs the advisory committee ...

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NYVetoed 08/2009P-12
Postsec.
Minority Mental Health Act
A.B. 5055
Enacts the Minority Mental Health Act. Establishes the Division of Minority Mental Health within the Office of Mental Health. Provides the division is responsible for assuring that mental health programs and services are culturally and linguistically appropria...

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NYSigned into law 08/2009P-12City-Wide Council on English Language Learners
A.B. 8903 - City-Wide Council on English Language Learners
Creates a [New York City] City-Wide Council on English Language Learners. Provides the council has the power to:
(1) Advise and comment on any educational or instructional policy involving bilinguor or English as a second language (ESL) programs.
(2) Issue an...

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NDSigned into law 08/2009P-12Caseload Criteria for ELL Teachers
S.B. 2212
From the fiscal note: Section 1 requires the establishment of caseload criteria for English Language Learner teachers. Section 2 provides for one grant [$40,000] to a Regional Education Association (REA) for professional development opportunities and the purch...

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NYAdopted 06/2009P-12Supplementary Bilingual Education Extension
Title 8 NYCRR 80-2.9, 80-4.3, 80-5.18
Creates a three-year, non-renewable supplementary bilingual education extension to authorize a pupil personnel service professional currently certified in a pupil personnel service title (i.e., school counselor, social worker, and school psychologist) to work ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Increasing Workforce in High-Demand and "Green" Occupations
H.B. 1935 and H.B. 3, Section 64
Establishes the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant program and fund to award grants to public junior colleges and public technical institutes, and to eligible nonprofit organizations to:
(1) Develop or support nonprofit organizations' programs that pre...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Distance Learning Studies
H.B. 3646 - Sections 92 and 98
Section 92: Directs the state education agency to evaluate whether providers of different types of electronic courses offered through the state virtual school network should receive varying amounts of state funding based on the type of course provided. Require...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Reporting Requirements
H.B. 3 - Section 59 - Part VIII (Parent and Educator Reports, Campus and District Report Cards)
Creates new Subchapter J, "Parent and Educator Reports." Provides that in addition to the indicators adopted under Section 39.053, the commissioner must adopt indicators of the quality of learning for the purpose of preparing parent and educator reports, and r...

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TNSigned into law 06/2009P-12We Want to Learn English
S.B. 1745
Requires the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWFD), in conjunction with the Department of Education (DOE), to establish and administer a grant program known as the "We Want to Learn English Initiative" for the purpose of providing resources for ...

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OKPassed 05/2009P-12English as Official Language Ballot Initiative
H.J.R. 1042
Directs the Secretary of State to refer to the people for their approval or rejection a proposed amendment to the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma by creating a new Article XXX; declares the English language to be the official language of this state; requ...

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VASigned into law 02/2009P-12State- Approved Limited English Proficiency Assessment
H.B. 2589
Provides that local school divisions shall not be required to administer the ACCESS test as the state- approved limited English proficiency assessment mandated for students pursuant to the federal No Child Left Behind Act for the 2009-2010 school year; provide...

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KYAdopted 02/2009P-12Special Populations in the State-Required Assessment
703 KAR 5:070
Establishes procedures for the inclusion of special student populations in the State-required assessment and accountability programs. http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/703/005/070reg.htm...

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LAAdopted 12/2008P-12Guidelines for English Proficiency
LAC 28:LXXXIII.4001
Establishes reasonable guidelines for Limited English Proficient (LEP) students to achieve English proficiency. Allows districts to focus limited resources on those students in greatest in greatest need of services.
http://doa.louisiana.gov/osr/lac/28v83/28v8...

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UTAdopted 11/2008P-12English Language Learner Family Literacy Centers
R277-715
Provides a formula to allocate funds appropriated by the 2008 Legislature for school districts and charter schools to provide English Language Learner Family Literacy Centers. http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r277/r277-715.htm...

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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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ORDefeated 08/2008P-12English Immersion Instruction
Ballot Measure 58
Provides that English immersion be required in public schools; provides that public school students, who are not proficient in English and students for whom English is a second language, shall be immersed in English, not sidelined for an extended period of tim...

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OKSigned into law 06/2008P-12Support for Summer Reading, Survey on District Online Testing Capacity
S.B. 1769
Relates to schools; provides a school district which has a certain amount of students participating in a summer reading program may be allocated a base amount of moneys for the program which shall be in addition to the per-student reimbursement amount provided...

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AZSigned into law 04/2008P-12English immersion program
S.B. 1096
Appropriates money for deposit in the State Structured English Immersion Fund to fund English language learner instruction, in the same manner as state aid, pursuant to the research based models of structured English immersion programs adopted by the English l...

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WASigned into law 04/2008P-12High School Graduation Requirements and Learning Assistance for English Language Learners
S.B. 6673
Existing student learning plans (required for 8-12th grade students) must also include information on the student's results on the Washington assessment of student learning (WASL), if the student's score on the Washington language proficiency test II (for stud...

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UTSigned into law 03/2008P-12English Language Learner Family Literacy Centers
S.B. 2 - Section 24
Establishes the English Language Learner Family Literacy Centers to:
(1) Increase parent involvement
(2) Communicate with parents who are not proficient in English concerning required and optional activities at the school, in the parents' preferred language to...

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WAIssued 02/2008P-12New Americans Policy Council
Executive Order No. 08-01
Orders the Washingtons New Americans Policy Council established; makes recommendations to the Governor on strategies to help legal permanent residents become naturalized; the acquisition of English language skills integral to the process of becoming citizens; ...

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TXAdopted 12/2007P-12Outline of Instruction for English Language Learners
19 TAC 2.74.A.74.4
Outlines the instruction school districts must provide to English language learners in order for them to have the full opportunity to learn English and to succeed academically. TEXAS 12499...

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CAVetoed 10/2007P-12Bilingual endorsements
A.B. 280
Establishes the State Seal of Biliteracy to recognize high school graduates who have mastered languages in addition to English. Requires the seal be awarded by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Requires the State Department of Education to prepare and ...

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CAVetoed 10/2007P-12
Postsec.
Adult Literacy
A.B. 1030
Authorizes the Library Literacy and English Acquisition Services Program to be used for services targeted to young adults 16 years of age and over who are not enrolled in school to improve their literacy skills by providing adult basic literacy tutoring and re...

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ILSigned into law 10/2007Community CollegeWe Want to Learn English Initiative
S.B. 1446
Authorizes the community college board to establish and administer a We Want to Learn English Initiative to provide resources for immigrants and refugees to learn English. Provides that the board may include in its budget proposal $ 15,000,000 in funding for t...

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GAAdopted 09/2007P-12Student Assessment Programs
GAC 160-3-1-.07
Adds language regarding the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs), an English language proficiency test administered annually to all English language learners (ELLs) to determine stu...

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TXAdopted 09/2007P-12Adaptations for Special Populations
19 TAC Chapter 89
Revise the process of applying for a bilingual exception and/or an English as a second language (ESL) waiver. Other adopted amendments add language regarding the transfer of students out of a special language program in accordance with House Bill 1, 79th Texas...

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TXAdopted 07/2007P-12Dual Immersion Programs
89.1613
Defines and establishes procedures, quality assurance for dual immersion programs.
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tacupdates/july2007/ch089ff.pdf...

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NYAdopted 06/2007P-12Students with Limited English Proficiency
Title 8 NYCRR Part 154
Enacts emergency regulations to prescribe requirements for the development by school districts of comprehensive plans for students with limited English proficiency. Page 6-10 of 55: http://www.dos.state.ny.us/info/register/2007/jul18/pdfs/rules.pdf

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FLVetoed 06/2007P-12Requirements for English Language Learner Teachers
S.B. 2512
Relates to public school educator certification; relates to English for Speakers of Other Languages Educators; specifies inservice requirements for educators who provide English for Speakers of Other Languages instruction. Changes requirements for number of in...

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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-12Dual Language Pilot Project
H.B. 2814
Creates a dual language education pilot project including not more than 30 campuses in 10 districts statewide. School districts participating in the pilot project would be required to
participate for at least three years, with the first year being a planning y...

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NVSigned into law 05/2007P-12English Immersion Pilot
S.B. 398
Establishes a pilot program to study English immersion and English language learner programs for pupils who are limited English proficient. The Department of Education will select the public schools to participate in the pilot program.
http://www.leg.state.nv....

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MNSigned into law 05/2007P-12Transportation for ELL Program
H.F. 2245 [High Needs ESL]
Authorizes district to provide transportation to allow a student who attends a high-need English language learner program and who resides within the transportation attendance area of the program to continue in the program until the student completes the highe...

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MNSigned into law 05/2007P-12Bilingual/Multilingual Certificates
H.F. 2245 [Multilingual/Bilingual]
Directs the Department of Education to develop and recommend to the legislature by February 15, 2008, the standards and process for awarding bilingual and multilingual certificates to those kindergarten through grade students who demonstrate and maintain a req...

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NYSigned into law 04/2007P-12Services for Limited English Proficient Students
S.B. 2107 - Part B, Section 10
Eliminates provision that districts receiving state funds for the education of limited English proficient students must develop a comprehensive plan for meeting the educational needs of such students. Replaces with provision that all districts receiving total ...

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IDSigned into law 04/2007P-12Additional Funds to Assist English Language Learners
S.B. 1237 (Section 9)
Directs the state department of education to distribute $750,000 on a one-time basis to schools in which the population of English language learners failed to meet adequate yearly progress (AYP) in math or reading, to improve the English language skills of Eng...

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NDSigned into law 04/2007P-12Defines English Language Learner
S.B. 2200 (English language learner provisions)
Adds two new sections: Section 45 and 46. Defines English language learner means a student who:
1. Is at least five years of age but has not reached the age of twenty-two; 2. Is enrolled in a school district in the state; 3. Has a primary language other than E...

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IDAdopted 03/2007P-12Standards of Performance for Limited English Proficient Students
IDAPA 08.02.03
Incorporates the following by reference:
The Idaho Content Standards
The Idaho English Language Development Standards
The Limited English Proficiency Program Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) and Accountability Procedures
The Idaho English Lan...

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IDSigned into law 03/2007P-12Official State Language
S.B. 1172
Amends existing law to declare English to be the official state language. Provides that English is the sole language of government, subject to exceptions. Provides that specified actions must be in English, subject to exceptions.

Requires all state funds appr...

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LAAdopted 02/2007P-12School, District, and State Accountability System
LAC 28:LXXXIII.307, 409, 515, 703-707, 3905, 4001, and 4527
Makes changes to the state accountability system to take advantage of new and existing flexibility outlined in guidance for No Child Left Behind and to address situations, including changes necessitated in response to the hurricanes of 2005, which were not con...

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LAAdopted 02/2007P-12Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices
LAC 28:CXI.Chapters 1, 3, 5, 18, 23, 27, 33, and 35
Makes various changes to state assessment system. Creates end-of-course tests, to be phased in over a period of six years starting in fall 2007, in the following:
1. Algebra I;
2. Geometry;
3. English I;
4. English II;
5. Biology;
6. American History;
7. Civi...

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MEIssued 01/2007P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Sub-Cabinet for Multicultural Affairs and the Multicultural Affairs Advisory Council
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 25 FY 06/07
Creates the Multicultural Affairs Sub-Cabinet to promote interdepartmental collaboration on multicultural policy development and program implementation. Provides that the commissioner of the state department of education, the president of the Maine Community C...

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ILAdopted 10/2006P-12Achievement Objectives for Districts Serving Limited English Proficient Students
23 IAC 1.88
Establishes "Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives" (AMAOs) related to proficiency, progress, and adequate yearly progress (AYP) for educational agencies using funds provided under Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act to serve limited English proficien...

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CASigned into law 09/2006P-12Best Practice for ELL Students
A.B. 2117
Establishes a grant pilot project to identify existing best practices regarding curriculum, instruction, staff development, for teaching English learners and promoting English language acquisition and development. Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruct...

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CASigned into law 09/2006P-12Tutoring for ELL Students
S.B. 368
Requires each school district, as a condition of receiving funding under this act, to develop a plan, to be approved by the governing board, certifying that the agency will accomplish certain objectives relating to providing personal English language tutoring ...

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HISigned into law 07/2006P-12Assistance to Limited English Proficient Persons
H.B. 2778
Requires each state agency and all covered entities to take reasonable steps to ensure limited English proficient persons have meaningful access to services, programs, and activities. Requires steps to include competent, timely oral language services and writ...

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NDAdopted 07/2006P-12English Language Learner Programs
NDAC 67-28-01-01 thru -08
Establishes rules pertaining to English language learner programs. Requires districts to: (1) provide written assurance to the department that it has a policy
for providing alternative language services in compliance with state law; (2) designate a program rep...

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GAAdopted 06/2006P-12Program for English Language Learners (ELLs)
GAC 160-4-2-.03; -5-.02
Amends requirements for language assistance for English language learners (ELLs). http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/docs/160/4/5/02.pdf...

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OKSigned into law 05/2006P-12End-of-Instruction Exams
S.B. 1792 - Section 6
Clarifies that 2 of the 6 end-of-course exams all students must pass effective with the Class of 2012 are Algebra I and English II. Provides that students must pass 2 additional end-of-course exams chosen from Algebra II, Biology I, English III, geometry and ...

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KSSigned into law 05/2006P-12Bilingual Weighting Funds
S.B. 549 - Section 13, 16, 27
Authorizes districts to spend funds received from the bilingual weighting to pay the cost of providing at-risk and preschool-aged at-risk education programs and services. Authorizes districts to spend funds received from the preschool-aged at-risk weighting to...

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IDAdopted 05/2006P-12Testing LEP Students
IDAPA 08.02.03
Proposes rules regarding limited English proficient (LEP) students. Sets forth rules for LEP students to take an alternate Standard Achievement Test. ...

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MNSigned into law 05/2006P-12LEP Program Requirements
S.B. 2994
Amends requirements of limited English proficient (LEP) programs. Requires any district that enrolls one or more LEP student to implement an educational program that includes at a minimum the following: (1) identification and reclassification criteria for LEP...

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UTAdopted 05/2006P-12English Language Learner Programs
R277-716
Provides definitions, state board responsibilities, local board responsibilities, and teacher qualifications. http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r277/r277-716.htm...

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IDSigned into law 04/2006P-12Funds for Schools Whose ELLs Did Not Make AYP
H.B. 847 Section 8
Provides that 750,000 of the $6,040,000 appropriated for programs for limited English proficient students be distributed to schools in which English language learners failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in math or reading. Requires the department to ...

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VASigned into law 03/2006P-12Limited English Proficiency
S.B. 683
Requires the Board and Department of Education to collect certain statewide data on Virginia's public school students with limited English proficiency and school division programs for such LEP students, analyze the data, and recommend steps to resolve the issu...

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AZVetoed 01/2006P-12English Immersion Program and Fund
S.B. 1198 and H.B. 2660

Appropriates $2.6 million in FY 2005-2006 and $31.4 million in FY 2006-2007 for English Language Learner (ELL) programs; creates the eight-member Arizona English Language Learners Task Force to develop and adopt research based models of Structured English Imm...

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CA(S) IN SENATE. TO UNFINISHED BUSINESS. (VETO) 10/2005P-12Instructional Materials for English Language Learners
S.B. 72
This bill would provide specified funding to school districts to provide supplementary instructional materials specifically for
English language learners in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, for the purpose of accelerating those pupils as rapidly as
possible to...

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CAVetoed 10/2005P-12Assessment Accommodations for English Language Learners
S.B. 385
This bill would require a pupil to take achievement tests in his or her primary language, if the pupil is identified as limited English proficient, and is either literate in his or her primary language or receives instruction in his or her primary language. Th...

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ILSigned into law 08/2005P-12Testing English Language Learners
H.B. 678
Provides that for elementary school students who are in a state-approved transitional bilingual education program or transitional program of instruction, the time allotted to take state tests may be extended as determined by the State Board of Education by rul...

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DERule Adoption 08/2005P-12Educational Programs for Students with Limited English
14 DAC 920
Amends regulations relating to educational programs for students with limited English proficiency to align with the federal statute No Child Left Behind. http://www.state.de.us/research/AdminCode/title14/900/920.shtml#TopOfPage...

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CTSigned into law 07/2005P-12Bilingual Education Teachers
H.B. 6678
For the period from July 1, 2005, to July 1, 2008, the State Board of Education is to require an applicant for certification as a bilingual education teacher to demonstrate competency in English and the other language of instruction as a condition of certifica...

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IDTemporary Rule Adoption - Concurrently Proposed 06/2005P-12Alternate Standard Achievement Test for LEP Students
IDAPA 08.02.03
Proposes rules regarding the Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. Sets forth rules for LEP students to take an alternate Standard Achievement Test. ...

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MSRule Adoption 05/2005P-12Statewide Assessment System
IIB-3
Provides that the information contained within the Guidelines for Testing Students with Disabilities and the Guidelines for Educational Services and Assessement for English Language Learners and any subsequent updates shall apply to all public school personnel...

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OKEmergency Rule Adoption 04/2005P-12English as a Second Language Requirements
OAC 210:20-9-172
Establishes rules concerning full (subject matter) competencies for licensure and certification of teachers. Adds English as a Second Language requirements. From analysis: Teachers will have the opportunity to become licensed/certified in English as a Second L...

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NDSigned into law 04/2005P-12English language learners - Program of instruction
H.B. 1374
English language learners - Program of instruction. Each school district shall provide a
program of instruction for students who are English language learners. The program may be provided
by a school district or in conjunction with one or more districts.
Progr...

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AZSigned into law 04/2005P-12Special Education
S.B. 1072
Specifies that "child with a disability" does not mean a child who has difficulty in writing, speaking or understanding the English language due to an environmental background in which a language other than English is primarily or exclusively used. Deletes lan...

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MTSigned into law 04/2005P-12Free Quality Schools
S.B. 152
Defines basic system of free quality public elementary and secondary schools and identifies the educationally relevant factors upon which the state's share of the basic system must be funded; includes at-risk students, students who were not born in the United ...

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VASigned into law 03/2005P-12Data Collection and Analysis
S.B. 779, H.B. 1762
Revises the Standards of Quality to require local school boards to (i) provide for data collection and analysis and to use such results in instructional program evaluation; (ii) implement any actions identified through the academic review of schools accredited...

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MISigned into law 09/2004Community College
Postsec.
2005 Community Colleges Budget
S.B. 1062
Provides community and junior colleges appropriations for fiscal year 2005; provides for community college-level learning disabled students and students who require English as a second language assistance (at-risk students). Requires grant funding to be used t...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12School Accountability Report Card: Requirements
A.B. 2596
Deletes the requirement, under the Classroom Instructional Improvement and Accountability Act, that the School Accountability Report Card include information on the degree to which pupils are prepared to enter the workforce and whether the school qualifies for...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12Pupil Achievement Grant Program
A.B. 2152
Establishes the Pupil Achievement Grant Program to consolidate funding and provide flexibility at the schoolsite in the use of funds from specified categorical education programs in schools identified as underperforming in at least one of the three preceding f...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12
Postsec.
Teachers
A.B. 242
Requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and, where appropriate, the State Department of Education, to incorporate into licensure requirements for teacher candidates, professional development requirements for renewal of licenses, and accreditation requ...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Teacher Misassignment and ESL Teacher Qualifications
A.B. 3001 (multiple provisions)
Existing law requires the county superintendent of schools to annually monitor and review school district certificated employee assignment practices according to certain priorities with first priority going to schools and school districts that are likely to ha...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Requirements for High Priority Schools Grant Candidates
A.B. 3001 (multiple provisions)
Requires that, commencing with the 2004–05 fiscal year, for a district with a school initially applying to participate in the High Priority Schools Grant Program on or after July 2004, the report include whether at least 80% of the teachers assigned to the sch...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Applicants to High Priority Schools Grant Program
S.B. 550 (multiple provisions)
Requires schools initially applying to participate in the High Priority Schools Grant Program on or after the 2004–05 fiscal year to include highly qualified teachers and appropriately credentialed teachers for English learners in the component on quality of s...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Public Hearing on Textbooks
S.B. 550 (multiple provisions)
SEC. 18: Requires the governing board of every district to hold a public hearing and make a determination as to whether each pupil in each school in the district has sufficient textbooks or instructional materials in each subject that are consistent with the c...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12School Accountability Report Cards
S.B. 550 (multiple provisions)
SEC. 10: Requires the school accountability report card to include information regarding the availability of sufficient textbooks and other instructional materials for each pupil, any needed maintenance of school facilities to ensure good repair, the misassign...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Pupil Assessment
A.B. 2413
Places a prohibition from carrying on a program of specific preparation of the pupils for the statewide pupil assessment program or a particular test used in the statewide pupil assessment program on a charter school. Authorizes the use of instructional materi...

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CASigned into law 08/2004P-12Pupil Assessment and Student Records
S.B. 1448
Extends the repeal date of the Leroy Greene California Assessment of Academic Achievement Act to January 1, 2011. Excludes testing students in grade 2 effective July 1, 2007. Permits the release of a pupils record of accomplishment and the results of achieveme...

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CASigned into law 07/2004P-12Teachers: Limited-English-Proficient Pupils
A.B. 2913
Relates to existing law which requires teachers instructing limited-English-proficient pupils to complete 45 hours of staff development in methods of specially designed content instruction delivered in English. Extends the January 1, 2005, deadline for the com...

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HIBecame law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 07/2004P-12
Community College
Freely Associated States Students Education
S.B. 214
Authorizes Leeward Community College to develop a program to provide services for Freely Associated States students as well as the Microesian, Marshallese and Palauan community at large, to ensure their success in school through cultural education and integrat...

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IDTemporary Rule Adoption - Concurrently Proposed 06/2004P-12English Language Proficiency
IDAPA 08.02.03 ( 670-755 [not inclusive])
Proposes rules regarding the implementation of English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students. http://www2.state.id.us/adm/adminrules/rules/idapa08/0203.pdf...

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FLSigned into law 06/2004P-12Education Personnel
S.B. 2986
Relates to education personnel; provides for expunging of criminal history records of applicants for employment at certain education related offices; requires background screening for charter school employees and board members; amends requirements for admissio...

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CTSigned into law 06/2004P-12English as a Second Language Instruction
H.B. 5438
Concerning English as a second language instruction and in-service training for teachers and teacher preparation courses; requires persons seeking professional educator certification to complete coursework in English as a second language instruction. http://ww...

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IDTemporary Rule Adoption 05/2004P-12Language Proficiency for LEP Students
IDAPA 08.02.03 111-112
Amends rules to allow new Limited English Proficient (LEP) students to take a language proficiency test in lieu of the state reading test.
http://www2.state.id.us/adm/adminrules/bulletin/04jun.pdf (page 30)...

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LAAdopted 04/2004P-12School, District and State Accountability
LAC 28:LXXXIII.303, 311, 1701, 2701, 2702, 2703, 2713, 2715, 2717, 2719, 2721, 3905, 4001, 4003, 4005
Adopts rules relating to the implementation of fundamental changes in the classroom by helping schools and communities focus on student achievement. Clarifies method for calculating a School Performance Score for elementary, middle and high schools. Establishe...

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LAAdopted 04/2004P-12English Language Development Standards
LAC 28:Part LXXXV.Chapters 1-7
Adopts rules that contain English language development standards for limited English proficient students in each of the four domains of language, listening, speaking, reading and writing. Establishes five levels of proficiency within each domain. Guides curric...

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IDSigned into law 03/2004P-12English Language Learners
H.B. 787
Requires the development of goals for English language learners, formulation of district plans, reports to the State Board of Education and recommendations to the Legislature. http://www3.state.id.us/oasis/H0787.html#billtext...

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WVRule Adoption 03/2004P-12Limited English Proficient Students
Title 126, Series 15
Amends rules concerning programs for limited English proficient students. WEST VIRGINIA REG 4387 (SN)...

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NMSigned into law 03/2004P-12Bilingual Multicultural Education Act
S.B. 471
Provides for accountability in bilingual multicultural education programs; specifies the permissible uses of bilingual multicultural education program funds; amends, repeals and enacts sections of the NMSA 1978; provides for a district's professional developme...

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NMSigned into law 03/2004P-12Public Schools
S.B. 138
Relates to public schools; changes the writing test for certain grades; amends provisions regarding the English Language Reading Test; makes provisions for students determined to be limited English proficient. http://legis.state.nm.us/Sessions/04%20Regular/fin...

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CASigned into law 10/2003P-12
Postsec.
Instructional Strategies: English Learners
S.B. 611
Amends existing law pertaining to instructional strategies to include the provision of such strategies for working with English learners as a purpose of the subject matter projects. Includes English language development assessments and standards for English la...

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CASigned into law 10/2003P-12English Learners; Reading First
A.B. 1485 1 - 3
Prohibits the department of education and the state board of education from developing or implementing requirements or criteria making a local educational agency ineligible for funding for providing primary language instruction and comprehensive English langua...

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MISigned into law 08/2003P-12Family Resource Center Curriculum Blue Ribbon Study Committee
H.B. 4401 (multiple provisions)
Sec. 107a. (1) The family resource center curriculum blue ribbon study committee is established to explore and make
recommendations on implementing a new integrated system of delivering adult education and related family services
beginning with the 2004-2005 s...

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ILSigned into law 07/2003P-12Children With Disabilities
S.B. 566
Amends the School Code. Makes provisions regarding the State Board of Education's rules to determine the eligibility of children to receive special education. Requires non-discriminatory tests to limited English proficiency students. Defines rules for determin...

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NYAdopted 07/2003P-12Assessing English Language Learners
NYCRR 8 Part 154
1) Establishes criteria for the identification and assessment of students with limited English proficiency through use of, respectively, the Language Assessment Battery-Revised (LAB-R) test and the New York State English as a Second Language Test (NYSESLAT); (...

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TXRule Adoption 06/2003P-12Program Access for English Learners
37 TAC 91.25
Establishes rules concerning youth with limited English proficiency. Provides for reasonable access to all programs and services for the Youth Commission youth's who are determined to have limited English proficiency. TEXAS REG 85657 (SN)...

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TXto governor 06/2003P-12High Quality Teachers
S.B. 1108 (Section 21.005)
Amends Sec. 21.005. HIGH-QUALITY TEACHERS. Allows the commissioner to establish by rule a statewide standard to be used to certify each school district that is preparing, training, and recruiting high-quality teachers in a manner consistent with the No Child...

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TXto governor 06/2003P-12Training for Teachers of ELL Students
S.B. 1108 (Section 39.024)
Requires the state agency to develop and make available teacher training materials and other teacher training resources to assist teachers in enabling students of limited English proficiency to meet state performance expectations. The teacher training resourc...

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MESigned into law 05/2003P-12Spoken Language Interpreters
S.P. 305 (LD 909)
Establishes the Committee to Investigate the Feasibility of and Need for Regulation of Spoken Language Interpreters. Establishes committee membership, which must include a member representing the Portland schools multilingual program. Requires the committee to...

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MARule Adoption 05/2003P-12Education of English Learners Regulations
603 CMR 14.00
Amends rules relating to the provision of education to students who are limited English proficient. Requires school districts to provide English language education to limited English proficient students. Relates to the district's annual obligation to identify ...

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TXRule Adoption 05/2003P-12Basic Education
37 TAC 91.43
Amends rules concerning basic education. Establishes that the individual case plan developed for each youth address special education or English as a second language as needed. TEXAS REG 85577 (SN)...

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NYProposed Rule 05/2003P-12Students with Limited English Proficiency
8 NYCRR 154
Establishes criteria for the identification and assessment of students with limited English proficiency through use of the Language Assessment Battery-Revised test and the New York State English as a Second Language Test. Establishes curriculum and reporting r...

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NVTemporary Rule Adoption 05/2003P-12English as a Second Language
NAC 391.237, 391.242
Sets forth provisions governing provisional 1-year endorsements to teach English as a second language and to teach program of bilingual education. NEVADA REG 3150 (SN)...

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NMSigned into law 03/2003P-12Assessment and Accountability Act
H.B. 212 (Omnibus Bill)
Adds Section 22-2A-3 and Section 22-2A-4. Requires the state board to adopt content and performance standards in mathematics, reading and language arts, science and social studies. Section 22-2A-4 requries the state board to establish a statewide assessment ...

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NDSigned into law 03/2003P-12Payment for English Language Learners
H.B. 1383
Amends the funding formula for educating English language learners. Ratchets up the amount of funding as English skills improve, ranging from a multiple of 10 for the lowest proficiencies to a multiple of 4 for students with higher proficiency in English. Re...

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VASigned into law 03/2003P-12Students with Limited English Proficiency
H.B. 2442
Amends the Standards of Quality to require school boards to identify students with limited English proficiency and enroll these students in appropriate instructional programs and to require state funding, pursuant to the appropriation act, for 10 full-time equ...

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NMRule Adoption 02/2003P-12Guidelines for Implementing Bilingual Education Program
6.32.2, 6.63.6, 6.64.12
Implements rules regarding primary and secondary education, education standards, Bilingual Multicultural and Language Revitalization programs, licensure requirements for ancillary and support personnel, and licensure for school counselors K-12. Old rules were:...

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CORejected by voters 11/2002P-12English Language Education
Amendment 31
The proposed amendment to the Colorado Constitution: requires that all public school students be taught in English unless they are exempted under the proposal; requires students who do not speak English (English learners) to be taught English through English l...

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MAApproved by voters 11/2002P-12ESL Instruction via Sheltered English Immersion
Question 2
Proposes by initiative petition; requires public schools to educate English learners through a sheltered English immersion program; provides that parents or guardians of certain children could apply each year to have the requirements waived; provides that a pa...

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NERejected by voters 11/2002P-12Clarify English language requirements in schools
Proposed Amendment 1
(LR 1CA 2001-2002) Amends section 27 of the Article I of the Nebraska Constitution to eliminate language requirements for private, denominational and parochial schools....

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CAVetoed 09/2002P-12Possible changes to rules governing ESL students.
S.B. 1665
Makes legislative findings and declarations regarding limited-English-proficient pupils and would state the intent of the Legislature to integrate and restate the most basic protections in the State and federal law for these pupils and their parents and to ens...

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CASigned into law 09/2002P-12English Learner and Immigrant Pupil Federal Conformity Act
S.B. 2083
Enacts the English Learner and Immigrant Pupil Federal Conformity Act. Ensures that instructional services are provided to pupils with limited English proficiency in conformity with federal requirements that are designed to ensure that all pupils have reasonab...

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CTSigned into law 09/2002P-12State Expenditures (various sections)
H.B. 6004 (Special Session Act No. 02-7)
Amends the provisions concerning the exemptions of limited English proficient special education students from participation in the state mastery testing program (Sec. 5) ...

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MASigned into law 08/2002P-12District Programs for and Assessment of Limited English Proficient Students
H.B. 5010
Creates within department the office of language acquisition to aid the commissioner in overseeing creation of district English language learners programs, and to gather and disseminate to districts best practices in terms of programs and techniques for bringi...

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FLSigned into law 08/2002P-12Education Code Re-Write: Public School Student Progression, Remedial Services, Reporting Requirements
S.B. 20E
Shifts responsibility for establishing rules regarding student report cards from state superintendent to state board. Modifies rules relating to remediation, retention and promotion. Specifically, as stated by legislative summary, "The bill requires retention ...

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FLSigned into law 08/2002P-12Teacher Preparation - English Language Learners
S.B. 20E (Code Re-Write)
State-approved teacher preparation programs must incorporate appropriate English for Speakers of Other Languages instruction so that program graduates will have completed the requirements for teaching limited English proficient students in Florida public schoo...

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MDSigned into law 07/2002P-12Tobacco Tax for Education
S.B. 856
Establishes tobacco tax as well as special fund to dedicate tobacco tax revenues for education funding. Monies are to 1) provide unrestricted grants to districts; 2) assist local lead agencies and Baltimore City under the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program;...

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COSigned into law 06/2002P-12Testing and Reporting of K-12 ESL Students
S.B. 109
Requires department to develop single test for districts to identify students eligible to participate in K-12 English language proficiency programs; establish statewide proficiency levels and accomodations on test; and disaggregate testing data to track the ac...

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HIVetoed 06/2002P-12Hawaii Commission on Language Access
S.B. 2568
Establishes a commission on language access. Requires the commission to develop and implement systems by which limited English speaking persons can access services, activities, and programs within each department. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/sessioncurrent/b...

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ILSigned into law 06/2002P-12NAEP Testing, School Report Cards, Parental Notification of Child Placement in Bilingual Program, Supplemental Aid to Low-Income Districts
S.B. 1983
Requires schools that are part of the sample drawn by the National Center for Education Statistics to administer the biennial State academic assessments of 4th and 8th grade reading and mathematics under the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Provide...

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COSigned into law 05/2002P-12Family Literacy Education Grant Program
H.B. 1303
Establishes a Family Literacy Education Grant Program within the Department of Education; permits local education providers to apply for grants in order to provide family literacy education, adult literacy education or English language literacy education. http...

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MDSigned into law 05/2002P-12Tax to Support Prince George's County Programs
H.B. 949
Establishes sales and use tax on telecommunications service in Prince George's County. Net proceeds from the revenue must be used only as supplemental funds for the operation of the Prince George's County School System. The board must consider using such fund...

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FLSigned into law 05/2002P-12Education Code Re-Write: Charter Schools, ESL Services, Charter Technical Career Centers
S.B. 20E
Creates new section on charter school capital outlay. According to legislative summary, bill "requires the full-credit for teaching service to apply to experience in charter schools, either in-state or out-of-state" and revises charter school purposes "to incl...

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MDSigned into law 05/2002P-12Equal Access to Government Services to LEP Individuals
S.B. 265
States the intent of the general assembly that state agencies provide equal access to public services for individuals with limited English proficiency; requires documents to be translated into any language spoken by 3% of any limited English proficient populat...

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MDSigned into law 05/2002P-12Finance Overhaul
S.B. 856
Requires that county board financial audit results be reported to state superintendent, county fiscal authority, and specified house and senate committees. Requries Management Oversight Panel to monitor implementation of audits' recommendations and coordinatio...

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MSSigned into law 04/2002P-12Nontraditional Teacher Education, Certification, Inservice and Mentoring; Transitional Bilingual Teacher Certification; Qualifications of Nontraditional Administrator Certification Candidates
S.B. 2370
Establishes requirements for nontraditional teacher preparation and licensure through the Teach Mississippi Institute (TMI), as well as mentoring and induction program for nontraditionally certified teachers. Establishes license certification for transitional...

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MDSigned into law 04/2002P-12Need- and Performance-Based Adult Education Grants
S.B. 737
Requires the department of education to distribute need- and performance-based grants for adult education. Adult education and -literacy grant funds under this program may be used for GED instruction, the Maryland Adult External High School Program, ESL, fami...

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AZTo governor 12/2001P-12English Learners Issues
H.B. 2010B
Requires the State Board of Education to prescribe, for Federal funding purposes, the manner in which primary language is determined for new pupils, the administration of English language proficiency examinations, the types of training for bilingual education ...

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ALSigned into law 09/2001P-12ESL Teachers
H.J.R. 44C
Urges to State Board of Education to to provide funding that is sufficient to provide an adequate number of English as a second language teachers....

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CAChaptered by Secretary of State 09/2001P-12Recruit/Retain bilingual teachers
A.B. 1499
Chapter No.268, Authorizes a school district receiving Teaching As A Priority Grant funds to offer incentives to recruit and retain credentialed teachers interested in attaining cross-cultural, language, and academic development certification or bilingual, cro...

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ORSigned into law 06/2001P-12ESL Grants
H.B. 2286
Creates a grant program for school districts for costs associated with educating students in English as a Second Language programs; appropriates moneys from the General Fund to the Department of Education for grant program....

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TXSigned into law 05/2001P-12Dual Language Immersion
S.B. 467
Amends the Education Code to authorize a school district to adopt a dual language immersion program (program) for students enrolled in elementary school grades. The bill specifies that a program should include a class of students composed of approximately 50 ...

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WASigned into law 05/2001P-12English Learners
H.B. 2025
Relates to students whose primary language is other than English and the State assessment of student learning; provides for a review of same by the Superintendent of Public Instruction; requires the Superintendent to develop an evaluation system to measure inc...

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TXSigned into law 05/2001P-12Dual Language Bilingual Programs
S.C.R. 50
Encourages school districts to develop and implement dual language bilingual programs....

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MDSigned into law 05/2001P-12Provisions for Limited English Proficiency Services
S.B. 542
States intent of the General Assembly that State agencies are authorized to provide services to those with limited English proficiency; defines terms; requires agencies to survey the need for services and the measures taken to provide said; requires Department...

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NDSigned into law 05/2001P-12Bilingual Funding
H.B. 1321
Amends 15.1-27-12. In addition to any other payments provided for by this chapter, each school district is
entitled to receive $425 for each student who has been assessed by the
student's school district and found to have negligible limited English language s...

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DESigned into law 03/2001P-12Enhance ESL programs
H.B. 9
Directs the Department of Education to develop, implement and enhance programs for students with limited English proficiency....

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AZApproved by voters 11/2000P-12Banning Bilingual Education
V. 11
BALLOT NUMBER 203 (01-I-2000) Requires that all public school instruction be conducted in English; places children not fluent in English in an intensive English immersion program to teach them the language as quickly as possible; provides that parents may requ...

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UTUnofficially approved by voters 11/2000P-12
V. 1 English Only
INITIATIVE A Declares English as Utah's official and sole language for state and local government documents and action; exempts those documents and actions required by the United States and Utah constitutions, federal law and regulations, law enforcement, publ...

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CASigned into law 09/2000P-12Safe Gun Storage
A.B. 2536
Requires the Department of Justice to produce public service announcements in both English and Spanish regarding recent changes in firearm laws, and a gun owner's responsibilities regarding safe storage of a firearm...

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CAVetoed 09/2000P-12English Language Learner Teacher Coaching Program
S.B. 2192
Establishes the English Language Learner Teacher Coaching Program until 01/01/2006, to provide English language learner coaches to assist groups of teachers, teaching paraprofessionals, and pupils in certain matters. Requires the San Bernardino County Office o...

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CAVetoed 09/2000P-12English Language Acquisition Program
A.B. 2585
Requires a local educational agency that receives funds through the English Language Acquisition program to report to the State Department of Education the English proficiency level of each pupil receiving instruction through the program, number of English lan...

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CAVetoed 08/2000P-12Text for English Immersion Classes
A.B. 2645
Authorizes, until 07/01/02, the governing board of a school district to expend 100% of its allowance of funds to purchase English Language curricula that is designed to convey the subject matter content to pupils enrolled in structured English immersion progra...

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UTOn 11/07/2000 ballot 07/2000P-12English as Official Language
V. 1 Ballot Initiative
Establishes English as the official language of the State of Utah....

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NERejected by voters 05/2000P-12English Language Requirement in Private Schools
V. 4
(LR 20-1999); Constitutional amendment; eliminates the English language requirement in private, denominational, and parochial schools....

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GASigned into law 03/2000P-12Omnibus Bill - Bilingual Education Component
H.B. 1187
The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program is no longer a grant. That funding is rolled into the general formula. The teacher-pupil funding ratio for ESOL classes is 1:7. The State Board of Education will establish the maximum class size for th...

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TXSigned into law 06/1999P-12Accreditation and Accountability
H.B. 3 - Section 59 - Part I
Makes former Section 39.071 new Section 39.051, and repeals portions of existing 39.051, "Academic Excellence Indicators." Provides that in determining a district's accreditation status, the commissioner must evaluate performance on the student achievement ind...

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