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

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State Status/Date Level Summary
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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MNSigned into law 05/2014P-12Parent Information - Assessment Performance
H.F. 2397
Article 3
Section 8: Directs schools districts to annually provide parents with written information about their student's current and longitudinal performance on the state's academic content standards as measured by state assessments.

http://wdoc.house.leg.st...

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MDSigned into law 05/2014P-12Habilitative Services Information for Parents of Students With a Disability
H.B. 798/S.B. 701
Requires local school systems to provide parents of children with disabilities verbal and written information about access to habilitative services at the following times: (1) the transition meeting for children moving from the toddler program to the local sch...

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ILAdopted 04/2014P-12Parenting Programs, Early Care and Education Programs
H.R. 826
Urges the state board to: (1) identify potential federal grants for states that can be used for parenting programs and early care and education programs; (2) require early care and education programs; (3) require elementary, middle, and high schools to have fa...

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DCSigned into law 04/2014P-12Parent and Student Empowerment Act of 2013
L.B. 314
Amends the Ombudsman for Public Education Establishment Act of 2007 to clarify the duties and responsibilities of the Ombudsman, and to require the Office of Ombudsman for Public Education to provide complaint resolution services for students of District of Co...

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UTSigned into law 04/2014P-12Parental Rights and Accountability in Public Education
S.B. 122
Defines "reasonably accommodate". Provides that the parent is primarily responsible for a student's education, and the state is in a secondary and supportive role to the parent. Provides that as such, the parent has a right to reasonable accommodations from th...

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ILSigned into law 08/2013P-12"Bring Your Parents to School Day"
H.B. 129
Permits school boards to designate the first Monday in October of each year "Bring Your Parents to School Day" to promote parental involvement and student success. Provides that on this day, the board may permit the parents or guardians of students to attend c...

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NJSigned into law 08/2013P-12Department of Education to Distribute Information on Media Violence
S.B. 2715
Requires the Department of Education to prepare and distribute information in pamphlet form and on their website on how parents can limit children's exposure to media violence. Requires this information to include research on how violent behavior affects child...

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LASigned into law 06/2013P-12Parental Involvement and Parenting Classes
H.B. 214
Encourages governing authority of each public school to partner with individuals, community and faith-based groups, and nonprofit and for-profit entities to design and implement parental involvement programs. Permits the governing authority of a public school ...

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RISigned into law 06/2013P-12Child Care Assistance Program Parent Advisory Council and Child Care Provider Collective Bargaining
S.B. 794
Establishes a Child Care Assistance Program Parent Advisory Council. Defines the Child Care Assistance Program as a program administered by the department of human services that provides financial assistance to families for child care. The council shall consi...

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COSigned into law 05/2013P-12Increasing Parent Engagement In Public Schools
S.B. 193
Primarily from legislative analysis: Requires the school accountability committees, in addition to their other duties, to hold public meetings to solicit input concerning the contents of school priority improvement plans and school turnaround plans before the ...

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INSigned into law 05/2013P-12Family Involvement
S.B. 422
Establishes the Indiana Family Friendly School Designation Program. Requires the department of education, in consultation with statewide organizations that link family engagement to student achievement, to develop the program and make available to schools best...

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ILPassed 05/2013P-12Underage Drinking and Parental Education
H.R. 162
Encourages districts to establish educational programs to inform parents about the dangers of serving alcohol to minors and the prohibition on serving alcohol to minors and the punishment for a violation of the prohibition. Encourages all parents and minors to...

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HIPassed 04/2013P-12Family-School Partnerships
H.C.R. 57
Requests the board of education and department of education to continue collaborating with family and community organizations to establish, implement, and monitor statewide policy recommendations for family engagement. Requests the board and the department to ...

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HIPassed 04/2013P-12Family Engagement
S.R. 26
Requests the board of education and department of education to continue to collaborate with family and community organizations to establish, implement, and monitor statewide policy recommendations for family engagement in public schools. Requests that the boar...

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HIPassed 04/2013P-12School-Family Partnerships
H.R. 43
Requests the board of education and department of education to continue collaborating with family and community organizations to establish, implement, and monitor statewide policy recommendations for family engagement. Requests the board and the department to ...

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UTSigned into law 03/2013P-12Parent Seminar on Youth Protection
H.B. 298
Directs a district to offer a parent seminar each year, using either a locally-developed curriculum or a curriculum developed by the state board, that includes information on substance abuse; bullying; mental health, depression, and suicide awareness; and Inte...

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CASigned into law 09/2012P-12Ceiling on Parent Liability for Damages Caused by Minor Pupil
A.B. 2662 - Ceiling on Parent Liability for Damages Caused by Minor Pupil
From bill summary: Allows $10,000 limit on liability for damages caused by minor pupil's misconduct to be adjusted annually for inflation. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_2651-2700/ab_2662_bill_20120926_chaptered.pdf...

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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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HIAdopted 06/2012P-12Efforts to Establish, Implement, and Monitor Statewide Policies for Family Engagement
S.C.R. 79
Requests that the board of education and department of education collaborate with parent organizations to establish, implement, and monitor the statewide policy recommendations identified by the department of education in response to 2011 S.C.R. 145, Regular S...

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LASigned into law 06/2012P-12Parent Attendance at Parent-Teacher Conferences Required
S.B. 685
Requires each teacher to schedule at least two parent-teacher conferences during the first semester each school year. Requires at least one parent or guardian of the child to attend or participate in at least one of the scheduled parent-teacher conferences. Pr...

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COSigned into law 06/2012P-12Parental Consent For Surveys In K-12 Schools
S.B. 36
Current law prohibits an employee of a school or school district from requiring a student to participate in a survey, analysis, or evaluation that addresses or requests certain information unless the student's parent provides written consent for the student's ...

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COSigned into law 05/2012P-12Parent Involvement In Education
S.B. 160
Amends membership of the Colorado state advisory council for parent involvement in education appointed by the state board of education. Changes the members who are parents from grades 1-12 to K-12. Two of the parents must be members of a school or district acc...

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TNSigned into law 05/2012P-12Parent Involvement Program
H.B. 2994
Requires the department of education to establish within the schools in the achievement school district a four-year pilot program to increase parent involvement in schools. Begins with 2012-2013 school year. Directs office of research and education accountabil...

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NYIssued 04/2012P-12Establishing the New NY Education Reform Commission
E.O. No. 44
Establishes the New NY Education Reform Commission to provide guidance and advice to the governor on education policy, performance, and innovation. Directs the commission to study the best national and international public education models and best practices t...

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TNSigned into law 04/2012P-12Parental Involvement Programs
H.B. 3505
Authorizes LEAs to partner with individuals, community and faith-based groups and organizations to design and implement programs to improve parental involvement in their children's education and schools, especially in high priority schools. Provides framework ...

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LASigned into law 04/2012P-12Transferring Low-performing School to Recovery District and Parent Petitions
H.B. 976
Allows for a public school to be transferred to the Recovery School District (RSD) if such transfer is approved by the state board of education and both of the following conditions are met: (1) Parents or legal guardians representing at least 51% of the studen...

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MESigned into law 03/2012P-12An Act To Encourage Parental Involvement in Education, (LD 1770)
S.P. 609
Requires school administrative units and public charter schools, in consultation with parents, teachers and administrators, to develop a parental involvement plan that promotes student achievement. Each school board and governing board is required to annually ...

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UTSigned into law 03/2012P-12Online Education Survey
H.B. 149
From bill summary: Requires the state board of education to establish a three-year pilot online school survey system that includes surveys for students to evaluate their teachers and school administrators; parents to evaluate their children's teachers, schools...

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UTSigned into law 03/2012P-12Encouraging Parental Engagement
S.C.R. 5
Recognizes the parents and family members of students in Utah schools for their efforts to foster the education of their children by nurturing them, monitoring their progress and volunteering time in their schools. Expresses support for policies of the state o...

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NHVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 01/2012P-12Parental Objections to Course Material
H.B. 542
Requires school districts to adopt a policy allowing an exception to specific course material based on a parent's or legal guardian's determination that the material is objectionable. Requires such parent to notify the school principal or designee in writing o...

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CAVetoed 10/2011P-12Parent Trigger Amendments
A.B. 203
From bill summary: Requires interventions to be implemented for a school that is identified as persistently lowest-achieving but does not receive specified school improvement grant funding. Requires a governing board of a local educational agency to allow pare...

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RISigned into law 07/2011P-12Rhode Island Family Engagement Advisory Council
H.B. 5995
Adds a new chapter to create the Rhode Island Family Engagement Advisory Council to promote family engagement with education practice in Rhode Island. Sets membership and duties.
http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/PublicLaws/law11/law11246.htm...

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OHSigned into law 06/2011P-12Parent Trigger Pilot for Columbus
H.B. 153 - Parent Trigger Pilot for Columbus
Establishes a pilot project for any school operated by the Columbus school district that has been ranked in the lowest 5% of all public schools statewide for three or more consecutive years. Requires the district board to implement any of five requested reform...

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LASigned into law 06/2011P-12Community Outreach Plans
S.B. 216
Requires the superintendent of the Recovery School District (New Orleans) to develop a community outreach plan to engage parents and community leaders in the successful operation and academic improvement of all schools under its jurisdiction and to solicit inp...

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NCSigned into law 06/2011P-12Classroom Placement for Multiple Birth Siblings
S.B. 726
Allows the parent of multiple birth siblings who are assigned to the same grade level and school to request a consultative meeting with the school principal to consider that the initial school placement of the siblings be in the same classroom or in separate c...

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NCSigned into law 06/2011P-12Requires Involvement of Parent/Guardian Before Corporal Punishment Administered
S.B. 498
Provides that corporal punishment will not be administered on a student whose parent or guardian has stated in writing that corporal punishment must not be administered to that student. Provides that parents/guardians must be given a form to make such an elect...

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SCSigned into law 06/2011P-12
Postsec.
Extends the Implementation Date of Personal Pathways to Success
H.B. 3748
Extends the date by which the Education and Economic Development Act, now called Personal Pathways to Success, must be implemented fully (the primary goals of Personal Pathways to Success are to increase high school completion rates, better prepare students fo...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011P-12Parent Trigger Law--Local Board May Trump
S.B. 738
Provides that if the commissioner is presented with a written petition signed by the parents of a majority of the students enrolled at a campus that has an "unacceptable" performance rating for three consecutive school years after the campus is reconstituted, ...

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HIAdopted 06/2011P-12Family Engagement
S.C.R. 145-11
Requests that the board of education and the department of education collaborate with parent organizations to develop statewide policies for family engagement for Hawaii's public schools. Requests that the board of education and the department of education rep...

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NVSigned into law 06/2011P-12Parent Involvement
A.B. 224
Creates the Office of Parental Involvement and Family Engagement within the Department of Education. Describes the duties of the office, which include adopting policies and developing a list of practices designed to increase the involvement of parents and the ...

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NVSigned into law 05/2011P-12Parent Involvement
S.B. 229
Revises the requirements for the policy adopted by the State Board of Education to encourage parental and family involvement in supporting the education of their children This bill requires the revised policy to include: (1) promotion of an atmosphere for pare...

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TNSigned into law 05/2011P-12Employee Leave Time for Volunteering
S.B. 1880
Urges employers to develop programs under which their employees with children in school can take time off to volunteer in their children's schools.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/SB1880.pdf...

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MTVetoed 04/2011P-12Parental Control Over Student Participation
H.B. 456
Allows parental control over student participation in courses of instruction, assemblies, etc. that involve human sexual education. Requires districts to inform parents/guardians when such events will be held or taught. Prohibits districts from allowing any ab...

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AZSigned into law 04/2011P-12Parent Rights
S.B. 1453
States that parents have a right to review learning material and activities and remove their child from certain activities or classes deemed harmful by the parent.
http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/50leg/1r/bills/sb1453h.pdf...

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COSigned into law 04/2011P-12Parental Involvement and School Improvement Plans
H.B. 1126
Encourages districts to adopt policies to increase parental involvement. Requires schools that must develop improvement plans to notify parents of the issues giving rise to the need for such a plan, and to include other relevant information about the plan and ...

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ARSigned into law 04/2011P-12Classroom Assignment of Multiple Birth Siblings
S.B. 268
Authorizes parents with multiple birth siblings who are assigned to the same grade level and school, prek-6 to request in writing that the school place the siblings in the same classroom or in separate classrooms. Allows districts to deny requests under certai...

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ARSigned into law 04/2011P-12Parental monitors on school buses
S.B. 321
Authorizes a school district board of directors to create and implement a program to authorize a parent of a child enrolled in the school district to act as a monitor in a school bus. Directs the Commission for Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Tr...

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ARSigned into law 03/2011P-12Parental Involvement Plans
S.B. 740
Directs the department of education to monitor each school district's parental involvement plan to: (i) Evaluate whether the school district is implementing its plan and the implementation's effectiveness; and (ii) Assess the areas in which a school district n...

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OHSigned into law 03/2011P-12Family and Civic Engagement Teams
H.B. 30 - Family and Civic Engagement Teams, Linkage Coordinators
Repeals Section 3306.31, which required each district with a three-year average graduation rate of 80% or less to have a linkage coordinator to serve as the primary mentor, coach and motivator for at-risk students and coordinate those students' participation i...

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ARSigned into law 03/2011P-12Parental Notification of Law Enforcement Involvement
H.B. 1578
Concerns parental notification in cases of police investigation of possible child abuse. Directs principals to not provide parental notification if a request is made to interview a student during the course of an investigation of suspected child maltreatment a...

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VASigned into law 03/2011P-12Electronic Records and Signatures
H.B. 2243
Authorizes local school boards to adopt and implement policies pursuant to which electronic records and electronic signatures may be accepted from any parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of a child enrolled in the relevant school divisio...

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MSVetoed 03/2011P-12Parental Choice for Twin Placement/Loaning of Extra Textbooks
S.B. 2536
Allows parental choice for the placement of twins or higher order multiples in seperate classrooms. Authorizes local boards to offer surplus inventory textbooks to parents or guardians of students residing in the district.(Vetoed because it is identical to H.B...

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MSSigned into law 03/2011P-12Classroom Placement of Twins
H.B. 637
Allows parental choice for the placement of twins or higher order multiples in seperate classrooms.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2011/pdf/HB/0600-0699/HB0637SG.pdf...

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CAAdopted 09/2010P-12Parent Empowerment
5 CA ADC 4800, 4801, 4802, 4803, 4804, 4805, 4806, 4807
Adopts emergency regulations to implement Senate Bill 4, Chapter 3, 5th Extraordinary Session of 2010. This Senate Bill and these emergency regulations establish the parent empowerment process whereby parents of students who are or will be enrolled in up to 75...

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NYSigned into law 09/2010P-12Grandparent Membership in Parent and Parent-Teacher Associations
S.B. 6355
Permits membership in certain school related associations by grandparents in parental relation to children in the New York City public schools. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&bn=S06355&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Memo=Y&Text=Y...

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CASigned into law 07/2010P-12Background Checks
A.B. 346
Amends Section 45125.01. Adds to existing provision allowing a single district or county superintendent to act on behalf of multiple districts to run a background check if a person is an applicant for employment, or is employed on a part-time or substitute bas...

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TNSigned into law 06/2010P-12Parent or Caretaker RelativeTraining
H.B. 2644
Requires a parent or caretaker relative receiving temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) services to participate in either a parent education training class or a program of volunteer service in a school.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/106/Bill/HB2644....

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TNSigned into law 05/2010P-12Limits for Parents Whose Parental Rights Have Been Terminated
S.B. 3053
Prohibits parent whose parental rights have been terminated from being eligible to receive child's report card or other information concerning child's schooling. - Amends TCA Title 49.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/106/Bill/SB3053.pdf...

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CTSigned into law 05/2010P-12Parent Trust Fund
S.B. 438 - Sec. 26
Establishes a Parent Trust Fund to fund programs aimed at improving the health, safety and education of children by training parents in civic leadership skills and supporting increased, sustained, quality parental engagement in community affairs. This Fund wil...

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CTSigned into law 05/2010P-12Parent-Teacher Conferences
S.B. 438 - Sec. 29
Requires all schools to hold parent-teacher conferences at least twice a year. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2010/ACT/PA/2010PA-00111-R00SB-00438-PA.htm...

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TNSigned into law 04/2010P-12Parental Involvement in Planning for Higher Education Opportunities
S.B. 1321
Requires schools to have a plan for parent participation in the schools which is designed to improve parent and teacher cooperation in such areas as homework, attendance, discipline, and planning for higher education opportunities for students.
http://www.capi...

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TNSigned into law 04/2010P-12Parent-Teacher Scheduling Considerations
S.B. 3276
Urges local education agencies to consider the needs of working parents in scheduling parent-teacher meetings.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/106/Bill/SB3276.pdf...

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TNSigned into law 04/2010P-12Classroom Placement of Siblings
S.B. 2480
In determining the classroom assignments of multiple birth siblings, the board of education is required to give preference to a request of the parent as to the placement of such children.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/106/Bill/SB2480.pdf...

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WISigned into law 04/2010P-12Act 215 - Misc. Provisions
S.B. 437
Requires boards annually to prepare budgets for each school in the district. Requires boards to collaborate with nonprofits and government agencies to provide comprehensive social services and educational support. Requires boards to provide alternative methods...

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CASigned into law 01/2010P-12Parent Empowerment
S.B. 4E - Parent Empowerment
Creates new sections 53300 and ff. of the Education Code, establishing new "Parent Empowerment" section. Provides that for any school not identified as a persistently low-achieving school under new Section 53201 (see enacted S.B. 1E http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/p...

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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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NYSigned into law 08/2009P-12New York City Board
A.B. 8903 - New York City Board Powers and Duties
Substantially amends powers and duties of New York City board, authorizing the board to:
(1) Approve all regulations proposed by the chancellor or city board
(2) Approve the educational facilities capital plan, following any applicable hearings conducted by t...

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NYSigned into law 08/2009P-12Community Superintendents
A.B. 8903 - Community Superintendents
Amends provisions regarding community superintendents in New York City. Clarifies that a community superintendent's delegation of powers or duties is at the community superintendent's sole discretion. Adds that (1) screening committees to appoint supervisory s...

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NYSigned into law 08/2009P-12Parent Association/Parent-Teacher Association Meetings
A.B. 8903 - Parent Association/Parent-Teacher Association Meetings
Existing provision permits the use of school facilities for holding civic meetings. New provision specifies that civic meetings include meetings of parent associations and parent-teacher associations. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A08903&sh=t...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Financial Reporting and Minimum Standards
H.B. 1 - Section 3301.07
Partially from the DOE summary of H.B. 1:Modifies the current requirement for the state board to develop a standard for reporting financial information to the public. Requires districts and educational service center boards to report revenues and expenditures ...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Parental Notification Procedures for Responding to Threats and Emergencies
H.B. 1 - Section 3313.536
From DOE summary of H.B. 1: Requires school districts, community schools, STEM schools and chartered nonpublic schools to inform, prior to opening day each school year, each enrolled student and the student's parent of the parental notification procedures in t...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Family and Civic Engagement Teams, Business Advisory Councils
H.B. 1 - Section 3313.82, 3313.821, 3313.822
Renumbers to 3313.82 existing provision requiring local boards and educational service center boards to appoint a business advisory council. Creates new section 3313.821 requiring local boards, and permitting boards of community schools and STEM schools, to ap...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Best Practices for Improving Parental Involvement
H.B. 1 - Section 265.80.40
Directs the state board, by January 29, 2010, to develop a list of best practices for improving parental involvement that public and nonpublic schools may use to increase parental participation. Directs the department of education to make the list available on...

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MOSigned into law 07/2009P-12
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Parental Involvement
S.B. 291--Volunteer and Parents Incentive Program
Creates the Volunteer and Parents Incentive Program to be implemented and administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Under the program, the Department will provide a reimbursement to parents or volunteers who donate time at certain s...

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LAVetoed 06/2009P-12Tax Credit for Parental Involvement Time
S.B. 194
Provides for a tax credit against the corporate income tax and the corporation franchise tax for employers who allow parental involvement in schools during working hours.
http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=666542...

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COSigned into law 05/2009P-12Parent Involvement Council in Education Department
S.B. 90
Creates the state advisory council for parent involvement in education in the department of education. Specifies the council membership. Directs the council to advise public education entities concerning best practices and strategies, aligned with national sta...

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NVSigned into law 05/2009P-12Parent Involvement
A.B. 243
Requires employers with a certain number of employees to grant to an employee who is a parent, guardian or custodian of a child enrolled in a public school a specified number of hours of leave from their place of employment, to be taken in specified increments...

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NYSigned into law 05/2009P-12Public Schools Emergency Alert Act
A.B. 1245
Enacts the public schools emergency alert act. Requires the New York City Schools chancellor to implement an emergency alert notification system to convey to parents timely information concerning emergency incidents or occurrences, as defined by such chancello...

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COSigned into law 05/2009P-12Parental Leave for School Activities
H.B. 1057
Allows an employee of a qualified employer to take unpaid leave to attend parent-teacher conferences; limits the unpaid leave; permits the employer to require specified increments of leave; requires written verification from the school; relates to children in ...

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MNSigned into law 05/2009P-12Access to Student Records
H.F. 2
Allows a child's parent or guardian to designate a "significant individual" to participate in a school conference involving that child.Requires the parent or guardian to give prior written consent to allow the individual to participate in the conference and h...

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TNSigned into law 05/2009P-12Parental Involvement Standards
S.B. 293
Requires the Department of Education (DOE) to develop standards for parental involvement in K-12 public schools and include a report on local education agency (LEA) compliance at the district and school levels in the DOE Tennessee Education Report Card beginni...

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IDVetoed 04/2009P-12Parent Involvement
H.B. 245
Enacts the Parents as Teachers Family Support Act; awards grants to local agencies to provide home visits for eligible families, parent group meetings, developmental and health screenings and referrals to community resources with the goal of enhanced school re...

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ARSigned into law 04/2009P-12Improving Parents' Access to Public School Data
S.B. 943
Improves student achievement and closes achievement gaps among student subgroups by providing public access to comprehensive school improvement plans; improves parental involvement and communication with parents; increases transparency and accountability of pu...

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ARSigned into law 03/2009P-12Parental Involvement
H.B. 1272
Requires each school's parental involvement plan to provide instruction to parents on how to incorporate developmentally appropriate learning activities in the home environment, including:
(a) Role play and demonstration by trained volunteers;
(b) The use of a...

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VASigned into law 02/2009P-12Dissemination of Information on Family Life Education
H.B. 1980
Requires school divisions to include a detailed statement in the summary already required by law to be issued to parents and guardians to assist them in understanding the family life education program implemented in the school division, if the curriculum of th...

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MASigned into law 12/2008P-12Authorizing a Designated Caregiver
H.B. 4718
Provides the procedures by which a parent, legal guardian, or legal custodian of a minor, by a caregiver authorization affidavit, may authorize a designated caregiver to exercise certain concurrent parental rights and responsibilities related to the designated...

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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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MASigned into law 10/2008P-12Develoment of Education Programs
H.B. 391
Provides access to pupil information for parents and evaluators; provides that a school committee shall, upon request by parents, provide timely access to parents, independent evaluators and educational consultants for observation of a child's current and prop...

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NYSigned into law 09/2008P-12Special Education Services Outside the School Setting
S.B. 7981
Provides that members of committees on special education may provide parents of a child with a disability with a list of programs and services available outside the school setting. Provides that the list must clearly state that such services are in addition to...

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MASigned into law 09/2008P-12Placement of Twins in Classrooms
H.B. 469
Relates to classroom placement of twins; provides that the parents of twins or higher order multiples may request that the children be placed in the same classroom or in separate classrooms when the children are in the same grade level at the same school; prov...

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NYVetoed 07/2008P-12New York State Schools for the Deaf and Blind
A.B. 9511
Requires school districts to provide information to parents of blind and deaf students regarding programs and institutions administered by the state. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A09511&sh=t...

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LASigned into law 07/2008P-12Parental Information Requests and Complaints
S.B. 440
Requires public schools to provide parents or guardians with information regarding making complaints or requesting information; provides for the responsibilities of schools and school governing authorities to provide such information; relates to parental notif...

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LASigned into law 07/2008P-12Habitual Truancy and Habitual Tardiness
H.B. 1133
Revises provisions related to habitual truancy and habitual tardiness. Requires a student's parent to enforce the student's attendance at the school to which the student is assigned. Requires a school principal or designee to provide a parent with written noti...

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NJSigned into law 06/2008P-12Classroom Placement of Twins
A.B. 1671
Permits parent of twins or higher order multiples enrolled in public school to select shared or separate classroom placement of their children.
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A2000/1671_I1.PDF...

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TNSigned into law 06/2008P-12Parents Supporting Instruction
S.B. 2162
Specifies that identifying opportunities for parents to participate in and support classroom instruction in the school includes the following: organizing fundraising activities; volunteering as a field trip chaperone; assisting in the library, computer lab, or...

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LASigned into law 06/2008P-12Parent Participation in Rehabilitation or Counseling
H.B. 361
Provides that no student who has been expelled from any school for possessing weapons or drugs shall be admitted or readmitted to any public school until the student provides written documentation that he and his parent or legal guardian have participated in r...

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OKSigned into law 06/2008P-12Placement of Multiple-Birth Siblings
S.B. 2037
Allows a parent or guardian of multiple-birth siblings to request that the children attend the same school and be placed in the same classroom or in separate classrooms if the children are in the same grade level at the same school and meet the eligibility req...

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TNSigned into law 06/2008P-12Parent Notification
H.B. 3162
Provides that if a student is a victim of child abuse or sexual abuse that occurred on school grounds or under the schools care, then the principal must verbally notify the parents and provide all school information and records relevant to the alleged abuse. h...

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MNVetoed 05/2008P-12Omnibus Education Policy Bill
S.B. 3001
Authorized a parent or guardian of a student to designate an individual to participate in a school conference involving the child of the parent or guardian. Authorized the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education may each ...

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KYSigned into law 04/2008P-12Family Resource and Youth Services Centers
S.B. 192
Provides that family resource and youth services centers must provide services to enhance a student's ability to succeed in school. Provides that the most economically disadvantaged students and families must receive priority status for receiving services. Pro...

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UTSigned into law 03/2008P-12UPSTART Program
S.B. 2 - Sections 3-9
Establishes UPSTART, a pilot project that uses a home-based educational technology program to develop the school readiness skills of children age 4-5 who have not entered kindergarten. Provides that UPSTART is created to evaluate the effectiveness of giving pr...

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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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VASigned into law 03/2008Postsec.Students' Educational Records
H.B. 1058
Requires the Board of Visitors or other governing body of every public institution of higher education in Virginia to establish policies and procedures requiring the release of the educational record of a dependent student, as defined by 20 U.S.C. 1232g, to ...

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UTAdopted 03/2008P-12Standards for School District Discipline Plans
R277-609
Provides that all charter schools (and schools if district does not have districtwide plan) must develop a school-wide written model for prevention and intervention for student behavior management and discipline procedures for students who habitually disrupt s...

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UTAdopted 10/2007P-12Charter Schools
R277-477-3
Requires all charter schools to have a committee consisting of a majority of parents designated to make decisions regarding School LAND Trust Program funds. Requires all charter schools to have a current school plan for enhancing or improving academic excellen...

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NCSigned into law 07/2007P-12Parental Notice of Suspension or Expulsion
H.B. 1739
Ensures that parents receive actual notice of a student's expulsion or suspension from school.
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2007/Bills/House/PDF/H1739v0.pdf...

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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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DESigned into law 07/2007P-12Parent Members fo Professional Standards Board
S.B. 123
Revises the designated nominating organization for the parent members of the Professional Standards Board from the Congress of Parents and Teachers to the Secretary of Education. Requires the secretary to solicit nominations from groups such as the Congress of...

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TNSigned into law 07/2007P-12No Tax on School Art Supplies During Annual Sales Tax Holiday
S.B. 616
Includes school art supplies with a sales price of $100 or less per item as items exempt from sales tax during the annual sales tax holiday. The "sales tax holiday" exempts from tax imposed the following items of tangible personal property, if sold between 12:...

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ORSigned into law 06/2007P-12Defines "Person in Parental Relationship"
S.B. 215
Defines "Person in parental relationship" as an adult who has physical custody of a child or resides in the same household as the child, interacts with the child daily, provides the
child with food, clothing, shelter and incidental necessaries and provides the...

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SCVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 06/2007P-12Parent Orientation
H.B. 3254
Adds a new section (59-18-1600) to provide that a school that has received an unsatisfactory absolute academic performance rating on its most recent report card to offer an orientation class for parents to focus on certain issues (the value of education, disci...

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NVSigned into law 06/2007P-12Advisory Council on Parental Involvement
S.B. 143
Establishes an Advisory Council on Parental Involvement and prescribes the membership and duties of the council. State accountability law requires that support teams must be established for each public school that is designated as demonstrating need for improv...

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GASigned into law 05/2007P-12Multiples and Maximum Class Sizes
S.B. 123
Requires twins or other multiples to be placed in the same classroom if the parent requests. Also allows districts to establish maximum class sizes in grades 9-12 for mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. Provides such maximum class sizes ma...

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GASigned into law 05/2007P-12Charter Systems Act
S.B. 39
Enacts the Charter Systems Act. Amends definitions of "charter," "charter petitioner," "local revenue," and "petition," and adding definitions of "charter system," "governing council," "school-level governance," and "system charter school." Provides procedures...

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NVSigned into law 05/2007P-12Parental Consent Prior to Reporting of Sexual Offense Victim
S.B. 57
Requires the parent of a child who is the victim of a sexual offense to give written consent before the name of the child may provided to a school.
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/74th/Bills/SB/SB57_EN.pdf...

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MNSigned into law 05/2007P-12Parental and Family Involvement Policies
H.F. 2245 [Parental Involvement]
Encourages local school board to formally adopt and implement parental and family involvement policy. Specifies requirements and components of such policies
http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/bin/bldbill.php?bill=H2245.2.html&session=ls85 (Section 29)...

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NYSigned into law 04/2007P-12Student Progress Reports
S.B. 2107 - Part A, Section 2
Provides that by July 1, 2008, a student progress report must be prepared for all students. States that the progress report must provide parents with information on their child's performance on state assessments over multiple years of testing, and must also ex...

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NYSigned into law 04/2007P-12Charter Schools
S.B. 2107 -- Part D-2
Provides that an application for a charter school cannot be approved unless the charter entity finds that in a school district where the total enrollment of resident students attending charter schools in the base year is greater than 5% of the total public sch...

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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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UTSigned into law 03/2007P-12Parental Notification/Consent Clinical Health Care Class
H.B. 371
Requires specific parental notification and consent before public education students who are minors may participate in the clinical experience segment of health care occupation programs at a high school or other institution to which the student has been referr...

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WYSigned into law 03/2007P-12Child Care Facilities Improvement
H.B. 95
Requires the state to provide staff development grants to child caring facilities to assist the owners or staff of those facilities to obtain
continuing education training in early childhood development or related topics; also requires the state to provide tec...

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OHSigned into law 12/2006P-12Individual Academic Career Plan
S.B. 311-- Sec. 3313.603(H)
Directs the department to make its individual academic career plan available through its Ohio career information system web site for districts and schools to use as a tool for communicating with and providing guidance to students and families in selecting high...

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OHSigned into law 12/2006P-12S.B. 311 -- Sec. 3313.6014
S.B. 311
Requires local boards to adopt procedures for notifying each high school student's parent of the requirements of the Ohio core curriculum (high school graduation requirements effective with the Class of 2011) and that a consequence of not completing the curric...

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ILIssued 09/2006P-12Parent Leadership Council
E.O. 2006-10
Creates the Parent Leadership Council to serve as an advisory body to the state board of education and office of the governor. Provides that the duties of the council are:
(a) To identify best practices in parent involvement at schools within Illinois, as wel...

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ILAdopted 09/2006P-12Parental Participation Pilot Project
23 IAC 560.10, .20, .30, .40, .50
Establishes rules regarding the Parental Participation Pilot Project. Pages 259-264 of 405: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume30_issue41.pdf...

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CASigned into law 09/2006P-12Parental Information in Languages other than English
A.B. 680
Relates to students whose primary language is not English. Requires the Department of Education to monitor adherence to requirements relating to parental notification in their primary language as part of its regular monitoring and review of public schools and ...

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NYSigned into law 07/2006P-12Parent Teacher Communications Act
A.B. 347
Directs the commissioner to develop guidelines by which school districts may establish a program to make available to parents or guardians of students, an Internet-based electronic communications system to provide for the transmission of individual personaliz...

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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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NJSigned into law 06/2006P-12Special education adult services and staff liaison
S.B. 1220
Requires the Department of Education to include in its parental rights in special education booklet, information describing services available through, and contact information for, state agencies serving adults with disabilities and to require all school distr...

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GAAdopted 06/2006P-12Comprehensive Academic Performance System (CAPS) Demonstration Site Grant
GAC 160-1-4-.272
Clarifies rules regarding the Comprehensive Academic Performance System (CAPS) Demonstration Site Grant. The intent of the funding is to provide seed resources to stimulate the adoption of a school-based comprehensive academic performance system that consolida...

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CTSigned into law 06/2006P-12Parent Involvement Reporting
H.B. 5513
Concerns parental involvement reporting in school profiles; raises the importance of parental involvement among administrators and enable parents to see a wider spectrum of involvement choices; relates to methods to engage parents. Public Act No. 167
http://ww...

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IASigned into law 06/2006P-12K-3 Diagnostic Assessments
S.B. 2272 - Section 5
If the diagnostic assessments administered to K-3 students indicate that a child is reading below grade level, requires the district to submit a report of the assessment results to the parent, which the parent must sign and return to the district. Provides th...

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FLSigned into law 05/2006P-12Florida Secondary School Redesign Act
H.B. 7087 - Section 19
Defines secondary schools as those serving grades 6-12. Specifies that the following guiding principles must be used in the annual preparation of each secondary school's improvement plan:

(a) Struggling students, especially those in failing schools, need th...

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TNSigned into law 05/2006P-12Parent Involvement Time Allowance
S.B. 3246; H.B. 3123
Concerns Education; permits state employees with children enrolled in schools to take off up to one day a month from work to voluntarily participate at their children's schools.
http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/BILL/SB3246.pdf...

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VTSigned into law 05/2006P-12Student and Parent Awareness
H.B. 538
Directs the commissioner of education to send annually to each superintendent a list of information that schools must provide to the electorate, community members, parents and students under state and federal law. Directs school boards to inform high school st...

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GASigned into law 04/2006P-12Excused Absences
H.B. 984
Provides that a student whose parent or legal guardian is in military service is granted up to 5 excused absences per school year to visit with his or her parent or legal guardian prior to deployment or while on leave. http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2005_0...

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IDIssued 04/2006P-12Executive Office for Families and Children
Executive Order 2006-09
Establishes the Executive Office for Families and Children. Provides that the duties of the council include:

A. Coordinating all boards, councils, commissions, and initiatives as recommended by the Governor, within the Executive Office of the Governor with ...

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IDIssued 04/2006P-12Governor's Coordinating Council for Families and Children
Executive Order 2006-15
Continues the "Governor's Coordinating Council for Families and Children" within the governor's office. Provides that the objectives for the Coordinating Council are to:
a. Maintain a comprehensive inventory of resources and programs serving families and chi...

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KYSigned into law 04/2006P-12Support for Caregiving Grandparents
H.B. 45
Creates the KinCare Support Program, a centralized statewide service program to provide grandparents caring for minor grandchildren with information and referrals through a statewide toll-free telephone number. Requires the program to provide information on a...

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WVRule Adoption 04/2006P-12Attendance
Title 126, Series 81
Amends rules regarding half-day attendance and specific ages for compulsory school attendance. Identifies the specific number of days in which a parent, guardian or custodian of children with excessive unexcused absences must attend a school-based conference, ...

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VASigned into law 04/2006P-12Sales Tax Exemptions for School supplies
S.B. 571
Provides a sales and use tax exemption, beginning in 2006, for certain school-related items purchased during a specific three-day period during August each year. The exempt items are (i) school supplies, where the selling price of each item is $20 or less, and...

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KYSigned into law 04/2006P-12Kentucky Youth Development Coordinating Council
S.J.R. 184
Encourages the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to establish the Kentucky Youth Development Coordinating Council; establishes membership and permits the creation of subcommittees of the council; requires the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension S...

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WASigned into law 03/2006P-12Center for the Improvement of Student Learning, Educational Ombudsman
H.B. 3127
Reactivates the center for the improvement of student learning; creates an educational ombudsman (within the office of the governor) to increase parent, guardian, and community involvement in public education and to serve as a resource for parents and students...

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WASigned into law 03/2006P-12Center for Improvement of Student Learning, Education Ombudsman
H.B. 3127
Declares an intent to reactivate the center for the improvement of student learning, and to create within the center an educational ombudsman to serve as a resource center for parents and students and as an advocate for students in the public education system...

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ILAdopted 02/2006P-12Early Childhood Block Grant
23 IAC 235.10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, Appendix A, B
Establishes rules regarding the Early Childhood Block Grant program. Allows entities other than school districts to apply for preschool and parental training programs; eliminates grants to fund preschool education programs to conduct research into effective p...

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WISigned into law 12/2005P-12Notification of Right to Request Performance Reports
A.B. 425
From Legislative Council Memo: Prior law required each school board to annually distribute, by January 1, to the parent or guardian of each pupil enrolled in the school district a copy of the school district performance report (SPR) or give it to each pupil to...

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ILSigned into law 08/2005P-12The Parental Participation Pilot Project
S.B. 10
Provides that by the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year, the State Board of Education shall by rule establish a parental participation pilot project to provide grants to the lowest performing school districts to help these districts improve parental partic...

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MNSigned into law 07/2005P-12Parental review of basic skills test
H.F. 141 - Multiple Components
The commissioner must adopt and publish a policy to provide public and parental access for review of basic skills tests, Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, or any other such statewide test and assessment. Upon receiving a written request, the commissioner m...

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MNSigned into law 07/2005P-12Psychotropic drugs
H.F. 141 - Multiple Components
School officials must not use the refusal of a parent or guardian to consent to the administration of psychotropic drugs to their student or to consent to a psychiatric evaluation, screening or examination of the student as a ground, by itself, to prohibit the...

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COVetoed 06/2005P-12School Accountability Reports and State Accreditation
S.B. 214 (Section 4-6)
Section 4: Repeals and reenacts 22-7-605 pertaining to the content and format of state-mandated school accountability reports.

Section 5: Adds new subsection requiring the department to print selected school accountability reports in Spanish. Requires the de...

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NVSigned into law 06/2005P-12Monitoring system for the statewide system of accountability; honor code
S.B. 214
Establishes a monitoring system for the statewide system of accountability; revises various provisions governing the statewide system of accountability; requires the Department of Education to prescribe an educational involvement accord for use in all public s...

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AK(H) PERMANENTLY FILED LEGIS RESOLVE 19 05/2005P-12Parents' Day
H.C.R. 11
Proclaiming July 24, 2005, as Parents' Day. States that the Alaska State Legislature encourages all parents to commit themselves to responsible and nurturing parenting to ensure the sound development of their children and to build strong and healthy communitie...

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FLVetoed 05/2005P-12Psychotropic Medication
H.B. 209
Defines term "psychotropic medication." Prohibits a recipient of state funds from requiring student to be prescribed or administered psychotropic medication as condition of receipt of educational services. Requires that, before a student is evaluated for the p...

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MOSigned into law 05/2005P-12Encourages effective involvement by parents and families in support of their children's education
S.B. 480
This act requires the State Board of Education to adopt a policy by December 1, 2005, that encourages effective involvement by parents and families in support of the education of their children. The act delineates elements and goals for the development of the ...

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MNEFFECTIVE DATE '05-'06 SCHOOL YEAR AND LATER 05/2005P-12Parent discretion in classroom placement of multiples (twins, etc.)
S.F. 180
A parent or guardian of twins or higher order multiples may request that the children be placed in the same classroom or in separate classrooms if the children are in the same grade level at the same school. The school may recommend classroom placement to the...

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COSigned into law 04/2005P-12High School Dropout Parental Notice
S.B. 164
Requires districts to provide written notification to parents of a high school dropout who is not subject to compulsory education laws. States that the notice should have the goal of attempting to return the student to school and of conveying ot the student's ...

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AZVetoed 04/2005P-12School Policies
H.B. 2431
Requires every local board, in consultation with parents, teachers and administrators, to develop and adopt a policy to promote the involvement of parents and guardians of children enrolled in the schools within the school district, including:
--PROCEDURES BY...

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AZSigned into law 04/2005P-12School Accountability and Crime Reporting
S.B. 1044
Authorizes local boards to adopt guidelines for the standardization of the format of school accountability report cards required by section 15-746 http://www.azleg.state.az.us/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/15/00746.htm&Title=15&DocType=ARS

Authorizes local bo...

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AZSigned into law 04/2005P-12Early Childhood Education and Family Literacy
H.B. 2050
Transfers the family literacy program from the state board's division of adult education to the division of early childhood education programs. Adds that the representative of an adult education provider funded by the division of adult education on any project...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12Arkansas Supreme Court Decision
H.B. 2646
Conforms the Arkansas Code to comply with the Arkansas Supreme Court decision in the Lake View case. Requires any school district that was administratively consolidated or administratively annexed under 6-13-1601 32 through 6-13-1605 to file a written report...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12
Postsec.
Career Counseling for Students
H.B. 2868
Requires each district's student services plan to include a district-level tracking system for students who fail to reach proficiency on state-mandated assessments. Specifies that guidance and counseling services in each district's "student services program" i...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12Parental Notification
H.B. 2688
Clarifies requirements regarding parental notification by school personnel of student misconduct, law enforcement access to a student or a student's being taken into custody. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2005/public/HB2688.pdf...

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MTSigned into law 03/2005Postsec.
Community College
Create Parents As Scholars Program
H.B. 555
Create parents as scholars program. For the purpose of this program(1) "Approved educational program" means:
(a) a program in a unit of the Montana university system, as provided in 20-25-201, a community college, a tribal college, or any other accredite...

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VASigned into law 03/2005P-12Noncustodial Parent as Emergency Contact
S.B. 981
Provides that the noncustodial parent of a student enrolled in a public school or day care center must be included, upon the request of such noncustodial parent, as an emergency contact for events occurring during school or day care activities. http://leg1.sta...

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KYSigned into law 03/2005P-12Role of Department of Education in Achieving State Educational Goals
H.B. 93 (Section 1, paragraph 4)
Mandates that the Kentucky Department of Education provide assistance to schools and teachers, including publicizing professional development opportunities, methods of measuring effective professional development, the availability of high quality instructional...

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IDSigned into law 03/2005P-12Habitual Truant
S.B. 1066
Revises the definition of a "habitual truant." Revises the provisions applicable to proceedings against parents and guardians whose children are habitual truants. Allows proceedings to be brought against any parent of a habitual truant who is found to have kno...

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UTVetoed 03/2005P-12Medical Recommendations for Children
H.B. 42
Prohibits school personnel from making certain medical recommendations for a minor, including the use of psychotropic drugs; prohibits the removal of a minor from parental custody based on a parent's refusal to consent to the administration of psychotropic dru...

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ARSigned into law 02/2005P-12Honor Roll Programs
S.B. 250
An act to ensure the continuation of district honor roll and academic achievement recognition programs. Specifies that no district may be prohibited from identifying students for honor roll, for valedictorian and salutatorian, or for other academic honors. All...

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OHSigned into law 02/2005P-12Parent's Week, Teacher Compensation, Testing Sections
H.B. 493
Designates the fourth week of September as Parent's Week; revises provisions governing child support collection. Qualifies teachers employed by chartered nonpublic schools for annual stipends for holding valid certificates issued by the National Board for Prof...

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NYSigned into law 01/2005P-12School Records Review
S.B. 6818
Authorizes caregivers to review school records and to consent to medical and dental diagnosis and treatment of a minor child, excuse absences from school and participation in school sponsored activities....

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12Pupils: Interrogation
A.B. 1012
Requires the principal of a school to take immediate steps to seek the consent of the parent or guardian of an elementary school pupil prior to making the pupil available to a peace officer for questioning. Prohibits making the pupil available for questioning ...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Family Child Care Home Education Networks
A.B. 379
Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to contract with entities organized under law to operate family child care home education networks that support educational objectives for children in such licensed homes that serve families eligible for subsid...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Attendance of Counselor at Pupil Suspension Conference
A.B. 2855 (multiple provisions)
Section 10: Changes the law from requiring a school counselor or psychologist to attend a parent-teacher conference regarding a pupil suspension to authorizing the counselor or psychologist to attend attendance of a school counselor or psychologist at a parent...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Parent of Suspended Pupil Allowed to Attend Portion of School Day
A.B. 2855 (multiple provisions)
Repeals mandate and replaces with policy authorizing school district governing boards to adopt a policy permitting a parent or guardian of a pupil who has been suspended by a teacher to attend a portion of the school day in the classroom from which the pupil w...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12District Uniform Complaint Process
S.B. 550 (multiple provisions)
SEC. 12: Requires a school district to use its uniform complaint process to help identify and resolve any deficiencies related to
instructional materials, conditions of facilities that are not maintained in a clean and safe manner or in good repair, and teache...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Child Care and Development Services Program
A.B. 2525 (multiple provisions)
Changes the maximum age for program eligibility to 13, and modifies the definition of ''parent'' under the Child Care
and Development Services Act. Deletes provision providing a formula for determining whether a family is eligible to receive services under the...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Teen Parents in Foster Care Act
S.B. 1178
Creates the Teen Parents in Foster Care Act. Provides ways in which families of dependent minor parents may be preserved, by assisting such parents in raising their children, and participating in school and extracurricular activities. Encourages the state and ...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12Prisoners Rehabilitation
S.B. 1399
Requires each person who becomes subject to the Department of Corrections on or after January 1, 2006, with the exception of inmates serving a sentence of imprisonment for life without the possibility of parole or who are sentenced to death, to be evaluated wi...

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MISigned into law 09/2004P-12State School Aid Act
S.B. 885
Relates to the State School Aid Act of 1979; allocates funds for grants to intermediate districts to provide programs for parents with preschool children to improve school readiness and foster the maintenance of stable families by encouraging positive parentin...

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MABecame law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 07/2004P-12Board of Education Membership
H.B. 4903
Relates to the membership makeup of the State Board of Education.

http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/house/ht04903.htm...

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HISigned into law 07/2004P-12Paid Leave for Parent-Teacher Conferences
H.B. 1780
Limits paid leave for government employees who attend parent-teacher conferences to two hours, and clarifies that government employees are eligible to receive paid leave to attend the parent-teacher conferences of adult children who are attending a public or p...

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NHSigned into law 06/2004P-12Parental Refusal to Administer Drug
H.B. 551
Establishes that further study is needed to determine the biological or medical reasons for administering psychotropic drugs, such as Ritalin, to students in public schools, preschools, and childcare centers and to investigate the research documenting the medi...

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MISigned into law 05/2004P-12Parent Involvement Plan
S.B. 307
Creates a parent involvement plan within school districts and public school academies designed to encourage parental participation.

http://www.michiganlegislature.org/documents/2003-2004/publicact/pdf/2004-PA-0107.pdf...

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TNSigned into law 05/2004P-12Parental Involvement
H.B. 2635
Requires local districts to devise policies and procedures to encourage parental involvement in public schools. Plans must include: (1) A plan for parent participation in the schools which is designed to improve parent and teacher cooperation in such areas as ...

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TNSigned into law 04/2004P-12Education
H.B. 2161
Concerns education; provides for local education agencies to include contact information on child advocacy groups and the state department in student handbooks or other information disseminated to parents....

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VASigned into law 04/2004P-12Notification to Parents of Rights of Students
S.B. 438
Directs local school boards to notify parents of the educational rights of students who fail to graduate or who have failed to achieve the number of verified units of credit required for graduation as provided in the standards of accreditation or who have been...

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NESigned into law 03/2004P-12School Districts
L.B. 172
Eliminates a requirement for school districts to provide abortion information....

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ARSigned into law 02/2004P-12Family Resource Centers
H.B. 1091
Provides for family resource centers to remove nonacademic barriers to academic success; authorizes use of national school lunch funds for this program; provides that the State Child Abuse and Prevention Board shall determine which schools are priority element...

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DEAdopted 09/2003P-12Releasing Students to Caregivers
14 DAC 881
Amends Regulation 881 "Releasing Students to Persons Other Than Their Parents or Legal Guardians" to add the category of "relative caregiver" to the list of individuals who may have legal care of a child. http://www.state.de.us/research/AdminCode/Education/Edu...

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NYVetoed 08/2003P-12Caregiver Review School Records
S.B. 2062
Authorizes caregivers to review school records and to consent to medical and dental diagnosis and treatment of a minor child, excuse absences from school and participation in school sponsored activities....

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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 08/2003P-12Homework Assistance Information for Parents
S.B. 891
Amends the School Code. Relates to homework assistance information for parents. Provides that the State Board of Education shall provide information on its Internet web site regarding strategies that parents can use to assist their children in successfully com...

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LASigned into law 07/2003P-12Parental Involvement Program
S.B. 706
Provides for the establishment of a 2-year parental involvement demonstration program in local school systems, beginning with the 2003-04 school year. Program is to be funded with available funds (if they exist) from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families...

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LASigned into law 06/2003P-12Charitable Gambling
H.B. 162
Repeals provision allowing only one parent-teacher association or booster club for each school. http://www.legis.state.la.us/bills/byinst.asp?sessionid=03RS&billid=HB162&doctype=BT...

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HISigned into law 05/2003P-12Employee Leave Benefits
S.B. 205
Requires public employers to provide at least two hours of paid (including travel time) leave during normal business hours to attend parent-teacher conference or parent-caregiver conference; limits employee to no more than two conferences per child in a calen...

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HISigned into law 05/2003P-12Caregiver Consent
S.B. 946
Allows a caregiver of a minor who lives with the minor, but is not the minor's legal guardian, to execute an affidavit of caregiver consent to enroll the minor in school and allow participation in curricular and co-curricular activities;provides that a caregiv...

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IASigned into law 05/2003P-12Family Support Programs
H.B. 549 (omnibus bill)
Eliminates language requiring any district providing a family support program and that is requesting additional Phase III funding to meet the requirements of the main section describing family support programs and obtain department approval.
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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12List of Classes for Parents
H.B. 2339
Requires school districts to provide parents of students in grades nine through twelve (9-12) with a list of classes that are required to be taught by the school district. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2339.pdf...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12Academic Achievement Gap and Parental Involvement
H.B. 2067
Appropriates funds for commission on closing the academic achievement gap and parental involvement. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2067.pdf...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12Parental Authorization for Surveys or Questions
S.B. 895
Requires parental authorization for surveys or questionnaires administered to students requesting any personally identifiable information. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/SB895.pdf...

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ARSigned into law 03/2003P-12Parental Involvement Plan
H.B. 1387
Requires public schools to create a parental involvement plan. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB1387.pdf...

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SDSigned into law 02/2003P-12Teacher Parent Conferences
H.B. 1041
Amends 13-26-4. A school may have teacher-parent conferences during the school year and not more than 16.5 hours may be counted as hours in session. Also, boards may designate a maximum of 5.5 hours of the 16.5 session hours as in-service teacher training. ...

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CASigned into law 09/2002P-12Parent Notification
A.B. 2198
Authorizes a school principal, or his or her designee, to notify each pupil's parent or legal guardian and each school employee in writing of the general nature of a violent crime, that occurs on the schoolsite of an elementary or secondary school of which he ...

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CTSigned into law 07/2002P-12
Postsec.
An act concerning educational support orders
HB 5088
This bill permits judges and family support magistrates to order divorcing parents and fathers subject to paternity orders to support their offspring who enroll in accredited college or vocational programs after high school until they reach age 23. It specifie...

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DESigned into law 06/2002P-12Truancy Charges Against Parents and Students
H.B. 380
Permits civil charges to be brought against a student at the same time that criminal charges are brought against the parent, if the student is age 12 or over; amends both the truancy statute and the probation before judgment statute to permit the use of probat...

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MOSigned into law 06/2002P-12Major Bill -- Family Literacy Component
H.B. 1711
Defines family literacy and permits districts to create family literacy programs and to use at-risk funding to support them. Makes family literacy an area of critical need. Beginning in FY 2005, 1.5% of line 14 funding will be used to fund family literacy pr...

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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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AZSigned into law 05/2002P-12Duties of Auditor General
H.B. 2347
Withdraws Auditor General's mandate to evaluate the Healthy Families and family literacy program; moves responsibility for family group decision making program reports from auditor general to department. Requires report on Health Start program to be delivered ...

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MDSigned into law 05/2002P-12Prince George's County Governance and Administration
H.B. 949
Establishes appointed New Prince George's County Board of Education and requirements for membership. Provides for compensation of board members. Allows for nonvoting student member. Establishes Chief Executive Officer as executive officer, secretary, and treas...

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CTSigned into law 05/2002P-12Colocation of Family Resource Centers and School-Based Health Clinics
H.B. 5179
Mandates that the Commissioner of Education and Public Health create plan for the colocation where possible of family resource centers and school-based health clinics in order to improve access to services and to make the delivery of services more cost-efficie...

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FLSigned into law 05/2002P-12Education Code Re-Write: K-12 Student and Parent Rights
S.B. 20E
Inserts "directory" section to inform students and parents of their rights pertaining to a number of areas, including nondiscrimination, student records, discipline, safety, etc. See Bill section 92, page 173, line 19 ff. http://www.leg.state.fl.us/data/sessi...

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FLSigned into law 05/2002P-12Education Code Re-Write: New Section on Student Conduct and Parental Involvement Goals
S.B. 20E
Establishes legislative intent that 1) every K-12 public school student attend school throughout the school year and comply with the school's code of conduct; and 2) parents of every public K-12 student "comply with the school's reasonable and time-acceptable ...

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VASigned into law 03/2002P-12Contacting Parents During a Crisis
H.B. 886, S.B. 230
Directs the Virginia Center for School Safety, the Coordinator of Emergency Management, and the Board of Education to include, within the Model School Crisis and Emergency Management Plan for public schools, effective procedures and means by which parents can ...

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VASigned into law 02/2002P-12Student Surveys
H.B. 357
Requires local school boards to develop and implement policies to prohibit the administration of questionnaires or surveys to public school students during the regular school day or at school-sponsored events without written, informed parental consent for the ...

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UTTo governor 06/2001P-12Notification of Parents (Custodial and Noncustodial)
H.B. 1001A, S.B. 1001A
The House Bill requires a public school to notify the custodial and attempt to notify the noncustodial parent of a student who is injured or becomes ill at the school and requires medical treatment for the injury or illness at a facility not located on the sch...

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MISigned into law 06/2001P-12Parental Involvement Contracts
H.B. 4630
Encourages school districts to adopt parental involvement contracts; requires department to develop model....

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NCSigned into law 06/2001P-12Notices to Parents
S.B. 811
Session Law Number 244., Ensures that the parents or guardians of students who are suspended or expelled for more than 10 days from school receive notice that is in the appropriate language when foreign language resources are readily avialable....

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NVSigned into law 05/2001P-12Parental Involvement
A.B. 201
Requires the state Board of Education and the board of trustees of each school district to adopt policies encouraging parental involvement in the education of their children....

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TXSigned into law 05/2001Postsec.Parents as Scholars Pilot Program
H.B. 1187
Sec. 31.072. PARENTS AS SCHOLARS PILOT PROGRAM. Requires the commission to establish a Parents as Scholars pilot program under which recipients of financial assistance participating in the program are allowed to fulfill applicable work or employment activitie...

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INSigned into law 05/2001P-12Parental involvement in the school
S.B. 505
Sets forth provisions that a school's strategic and continuous school improvement and achievement plan may include to encourage parental involvement in the school; requires models of parental involvement plans be available to schools for use in developing plan...

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ARSigned into law 04/2001P-12The use of Internet Filters
H.B. 1003
Requires public schools and public libraries to install internet filters or purchase internet connectivity from a provider that provides filter services to limit access to material that is harmful to minors....

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NMVetoed 04/2001P-12Legislative Parental Involvement Act
S.B. 303
The purpose of the Legislative Parental Involvement Act is to promote school and community partnerships that will increase parental involvement in public schools to promote the social, emotional and academic growth of children; to foster relationships and impr...

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ARSigned into law 03/2001P-12Parental Notification for Students involved with the Police
H.B. 2275
Mandates parental notification of students reported to, interviewed by or taken into custody by law enforcement personnel....

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UTVetoed 03/2001P-12Includes Noncustodial Parent in Communications
H.B. 168
Requires a public school to notify the custodial and attempt to notify the noncustodial parent of a student who is injured or becomes ill at the school and requires medical treatment for the injury or illness at a facility not located on the school premises....

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UTVetoed 03/2001P-12Notification of Noncustodial Parent
S.B. 222
Requires a peace officer, case worker or school to inform a custodial and noncustodial parent when a minor is taken into custody or suspended or expelled from school....

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VASigned into law 02/2001P-12Parent Rights Concerning Special Education
H.B. 1226
Relates to publication of procedure for changing special education placements. Directs the Board of Education to publicize and disseminate, to parents of students who are enrolled in special education programs or for whom a special education placement has been...

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CAVetoed 09/2000P-12Parenting Skills and Dysfunctional Behavior
S.B. 1348
Requires the superintendent to convene and conduct the summit pursuant to the approved plan, and would require the various state departments to participate in the summit and collect, complete, and submit to the summit available research regarding, among other ...

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SCSigned into law 09/2000P-12Parent Involvement
S.B. 1164
Relates to education; enacts the Parent Involvement in Their Children's Education Act; establishes a framework for encouragement of increased parental involvement in the education of their children, for parental involvement training for educators and school st...

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ILSigned into law 06/2000P-12Changes in Special Education
S.B. 1447
Public Act No. 91-784., Provides that the provision (Article of the School Code) requiring the assignment of a surrogate parent for educational matters does not apply to a child who resides with a foster parent; allows the surrogate parent to be assigned for e...

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CTSigned into law 05/2000P-12Surrogate Parents
H.B. 5316
Expands responsibilities of surrogate parents appointed by Education Commissioner to represent children who may require special education in the absence of their real parents; monitors success; requires local school boards to notify said parents of discipline ...

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WISigned into law 05/2000P-12Modifies Definition of Parent
A.B. 412
Parent" means any of the following: biological parent; husband who has consented to the artificial insemination of his wife; male who is presumed to be the child's father under section 891.41; male who has been adjudicated as the child's father by final order ...

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NHSigned into law 05/2000P-12Parents as Teachers Pilot Program
S.B. 170
Creates a Parents as Teachers Pilot Program to create a partnership between parents and early childhood development professionals; provides there shall be 2 school district based programs, one in an urban community and one in a rural community in Sullivan coun...

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VASigned into law 04/2000P-12Parent Involvement
H.B. 1147
Provides that the juvenile and domestic relations court, upon finding that a parent has willfully and unreasonably failed to accompany a suspended student to meet with school officials to discuss improving the student's behavior, or upon the student's receivin...

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WASigned into law 03/2000P-12
Postsec.
Notification to Parents
S.B. 6559
Requires notification to parents of school courses leading to college credit; requires that each high school shall publish annually and deliver to each parent with children enrolled in school, information concerning the entrance requirements and the availabili...

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TNSigned into law 03/2000P-12Excusal for Parents to Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences
H.J.R. 56
Urges employers to excuse employees from work to attend parent-teacher conferences when given 24 hour notice....

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GASigned into law 03/2000P-12Omnibus Bill - Parental Involvement Component
H.B. 1187
Allows juvenile courts to fine parents for failing to attend parent-teacher conferences. Gives juvenile courts the authority to order parents to participate in "programs or treatment" that the court determines necessary to improve student behavior....

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UTSigned into law 03/2000P-12Parent Rights
H.B. 102
The amendments to this act provide for increased "parents rights" in the realm of public education. The new law states that parents have the right to "…control the care, supervision, upbringing, and education of their children…" When a new policy or rule is a...

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VASigned into law 03/2000P-12Parent Rights
H.B. 536
Conforms current law to the requirements of the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) by directing schools to annually notify parents of students currently enrolled and in attendance of their rights under FERPA and related regulations....

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NMSigned into law 02/2000P-12Standards, Remediation, Parent Involvement
H.B. 78
Relates to educational standards; provides for remediation and academic improvement programs; restricts promotions; provides for parental involvement....

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