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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
FLSigned into law 05/2011P-12
Postsec.
Repeals Various Obsolete Education Provisions
H.B. 7087
Repeals provisions relating to programs that were never implemented or are no longer funded. The programs are: Digital Divide Council and the associated Pilot Project for Discounted Computers and Internet Access for Low-Income Students; the Institute on Urban ...

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RISigned into law 03/2010P-12Community Forums to Describe Education Funding Formula
H.R. 7895
Urges the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education to hold community forums throughout the state to describe the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)'s education funding formula, explaining its components, and providing details about its metho...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12Community Schools
H.B. 684
Defines "community school" as a school that partners with its community to provide enrichment and life skill opportunities for students, parents and community members. Subject to an appropriation or the availability of funding for such purposes, requires the s...

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NCSigned into law 08/2009P-12Volunteers To Support Academic Success in School
S.B. 1028
Directs local boards of education to encourage community academic booster organizations to support student academic achievement; Requires local boards to develop policies approving use of volunteer organizations and individual volunteers; Requires local boards...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Survey of Community Space
H.B. 1 - Section 385.40
Requires the executive director of the Ohio School Facilities Commission to survey classroom facilities projects financed by the commission and compile descriptions of how spaces within those facilities are used for activities, services and programs shared bet...

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NVSigned into law 05/2009P-12Public Reporting
A.B. 348
Requires the board of trustees of each school district to prepare a notice of information identifying all the advanced placement courses, honors courses, international baccalaureate courses, special education services, gifted and talented programs, charter sch...

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KYSigned into law 03/2009P-12Community Education
H.B. 198
Relates to community education; deletes obsolete language; clarifies that state grant funds are to be used for local districts to employ one full-time community education director, and to provide professional development training to all state-funded community ...

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NJSigned into law 03/2008P-12Public Comment at Boards of Education Meetings
A.B. 690
Amends the Open Public Meetings Act. Requires boards of education to set aside a portion of every board meeting for public comment.
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A1000/690_I1.PDF...

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UTSigned into law 03/2008P-12Use of School Buildings as Civic Centers
H.B. 332
Requires all public school buildings and grounds to be made available as civic centers to district residents for supervised recreational activities and meetings. Requires local boards to adopt policies for the use of these civic centers. Requires a local board...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12Community Organization Use of School Facilities During Non-School Hours
S.B. 538
Encourages school boards to allow community organizations to use school facilities during non-school hours. Provides that if a school board allows a community organization to use school facilities during non-school hours, the board must adopt a formal policy g...

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NYVetoed 08/2007P-12Veterans Speaking about Military Experiences
A.B. 6574
Directs the director of the division of veterans affairs to develop a program providing for veteran educational speakers in classrooms of public and private elementary and secondary schools; requires distribution of informational pamphlet to districts describi...

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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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UTSigned into law 03/2007P-12Local School Board Public Hearing Requirements
S.B. 133
Requires a school board to hold a public hearing prior to closing a school or changing the boundaries of a school, and establishes notice requirements for the public hearing. http://le.utah.gov/~2007/bills/sbillenr/sb0133.htm...

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

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HISigned into law 07/2004P-12Education Reform
H.B. 2002
The education reform in this Act shall be known as the "Reinventing Education Act of 2004." The provisions include (1) establishing a weighted student formula; (2) providing additional information technology; (3) empowering principals through a Hawaii principa...

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ILSigned into law 08/2003P-12School Code Waivers
S.B. 206
Amends provisions of the School Code relating to waivers and modifications of School Code mandates. Requires the local public hearing on a district's waiver or modification application to be held on a day other than a regular school board meeting day, requires...

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HILine-item various appropriations veto 07/2003P-12Helping Hands Hawaii
S.B. 58
Establishes the Hawaii 3R's School Repair and Maintenance Fund;appropriates funds for a grant to Hawaii 3R's for the school repair and maintenance fund; appropriates funds for a position with the Department of Accounting and General Services to coordinate the ...

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NJSigned into law 12/2002P-12Notification of Enrollment Eligibility
A.B. 2698
Requires state commissioner, upon application for a charter school, to notify the members of the legislature, school superintendents, mayors and governing bodies of all legislative districts, school districts or municipalities in which there are students who w...

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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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MDSigned into law 05/2002P-12Baltimore School Board and CEO Requirements, District Bonding, Baltimore Principal Development Program, Environmental Hazards
H.B. 853
Increases maximum of aggregate principal amount of bonds outstanding that Baltimore district may hold from $25 million to $75 million. Require Baltimore board and CEO to ensure increased community involvement and outreach in support of the city's public school...

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LASigned into law 06/2001P-12Public Comment at Meetings
H.B. 15
Adds the requirement that every public body provide an opportunity for public comment at meetings, subject to reasonable rules and restrictions adopted by the public body; specifies that public comment at school board meetings which mandates that public commen...

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VASigned into law 05/2001P-12Public Engagement in Standards of Learning
H.B. 2777
Directs the Board of Education, prior to adopting or revising Standards of Learning resource guides, to conduct public hearings; states that prior to conducting any such hearings, the Board shall give written notice by mail of the date, time, and place of the ...

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CASigned into law 08/2000Postsec.Open Meetings At Cal State
A.B. 1857
Enacts the Gloria Romero Open Meetings Act of 2000, which would generally make various specific provisions of the open meeting laws similarly applicable to meetings and other proceedings of the legislative bodies, as defined, of student body organizations of t...

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FLSigned into law 06/2000P-12
Postsec.
Community/Faith Based Cooperation
S.B. 406
Creates Community and Faith-based Organizations initiative within Institute on Urban Policy and Commerce at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University; provides for initiative to promote community development through partnerships with community and faith-...

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WVSigned into law 03/2000P-12Grievance Procedures
H.B. 4785
This legislation expands the reporting requirement for the Education Employee's Grievance Board. The information in the board's quarterly reports should now include: number of grievances filed, number of grievances that were granted, and number that were deni...

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