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State Status/Date Level Summary
FLSigned into law 06/2014P-12Supplemental Reading Instruction in Lowest-Performing Elementary Schools
H.B. 5101 - Supplemental Reading Instruction in Lowest-Performing Elementary Schools
Section 27: Existing law requires each school district that has one or more of the 100 lowest-performing elementary schools based on the state reading assessment to use certain funds to provide an additional hour a day for intensive reading instruction. Existi...

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LAAdopted 06/2014P-12Student Lunch Time
H.C.R. 114
Requests the state board to adopt a rule to read substantively as follows: "Each local education agency shall provide no less than twenty minutes of time for students to be seated and consume their food. The twenty minutes of seated lunch time shall be separat...

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MISigned into law 06/2014P-12Calendar Days
H.B. 5314
Increases days of instruction to 180 beginning in FY 2016-17. Schools that do not comply forfeit from its total state aid allocation an amount determined by applying a ratio of the number of hours or days the district was in noncompliance in relation to the re...

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MSSigned into law 04/2014P-12Reading Intervention Pilot Program
S.B. 2572
Section 1. Directs the State Department of Education to conduct a reading intervention pilot program in one or more "C" level or low-performing school districts. Requires the pilot to focus on the use of data coaches to improve reading and literacy, to determi...

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WVVetoed 04/2014P-12Planning Periods
S.B. 477
Amends and reenacts A18A-4-14 relating to daily planning periods for certain school employees. Provides that teachers determine the use of time of a planning period; prohibits administrators from compelling a teacher to attend any work- related event during a ...

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MSSigned into law 03/2014P-12School Day Hour Requirement
S.B. 2571
Section 1. Increases the required number of hours of actual teaching in a school day from 5 to 5 1\2 hours.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2014/pdf/SB/2500-2599/SB2571SG.pdf...

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CASigned into law 07/2012P-12School Attendance at Early and Middle College High Schools
S.B. 1316
From bill summary: States findings and declarations regarding the pupils for whom an early college high school is designed and the key elements of an early college high school. Exempts an early college high school and a middle college high school from the 240-...

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ILSigned into law 06/2011P-12Length of School Day and Year in Collective Bargaining Agreements
S.B. 7 - Length of School Day and Year in Collective Bargaining Agreements
Amends the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. Specifies that Chicago collective bargaining agreements may address decisions to determine the length of the work and school day and length of the work and school year. Page 97 of 111: http://www.ilga.gov/le...

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GASigned into law 05/2011P-12Remediation
H.B. 192 - Remediation
Extends for 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years a provision waiving the state from specified reimbursement for additional days of instruction for low-performing students.
Page 8 of 11: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20112012/116810.pdf...

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GASigned into law 05/2011P-12Middle School Program
H.B. 192 - Middle School Program
Amends grade configurations and other criteria that qualify schools for participation in the middle school program. Repeals provision requiring minimum 5 hours of instruction in middle schools to include, for students not performing on grade level, remedial in...

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NMSigned into law 04/2011P-12Length of School Day Requirements
S.B. 145
Clarifies the lenght of school day requirements for different grade levels.
http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/11%20Regular/final/SB0145.pdf...

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GAVetoed 06/2010P-12Middle School and Academic Instruction per Day
H.B. 907
Revises and clarifies language relating to the organization of schools serving grades 6, 7 and/or 8. Provides that schools serving any of those grades qualify for the middle school program for students. Eliminates provision that for students not performing on ...

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CASigned into law 07/2009P-12Minimum Instructional Day and Year
A.B. 2D - Section 21
From legislative analysis: Existing law prescribes the minimum length of time for the instructional school year and the minimum number of instructional minutes per schoolday. Existing law imposes fiscal penalties on school districts and county offices of educa...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Center for Creativity and Innovation
H.B. 1 - Section 3301.82
**No funds allocated in the current budget for this center, according to the DOE's H.B. 1 summary document http://www.education.ohio.gov/GD/DocumentManagement/DocumentDownload.aspx?DocumentID=71635**

Authorizes the state superintendent to create the center f...

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MOSigned into law 07/2009P-12Compulsory Age
S.B. 291--School Flex Program
Act established school flex program allowing eligible students in 11th and 12th grades to attend school a minimum of two instructional hours per school day within their school district; pursue a timely graduation; provide evidence of college or technical caree...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Applications for Certain Programs
H.B. 3646 - Sections 17-19
Section 17: Directs the commissioner, in reviewing a funding application for an extended year program, to give priority to districts with high concentrations of educationally disadvantaged students.
Section 18: Brings provisions related to flexible school day...

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MOSigned into law 06/2009P-12Minimum Length of School Days/Year
S.B. 291 - School Calendar
Defines "school term" as a minimum of 174 school days for schools with a 5-day school week or a minimum of 142 school days, as that term
35 is defined in section 160.041, for schools with a four-day school week. 160.041 defines the "minimum school day" as thre...

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NMSigned into law 04/2009P-12Clarifies Length of School Day
H.B. 691
Clarifies the school year and length of school day. Kindergarten, for half-day programs, two and one-half hours per day or, for full-day programs, five and one-half hours per day. Grades one through six, five and one-half hours per day; and grades seven throug...

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OKAdopted 07/2008P-12SIX-YEAR COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL EDUCATION PLAN
OAC 210:15-8-3
Proposes rules to require all schools to complete the self-examination on their use of school time and to assess the amount of time spent on quality instructional time. ...

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UTSigned into law 03/2008P-12Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative Centers Program
S.B. 2 - Section 22
Establishes the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) Centers Program to provide a financial incentive for charter schools and school districts to adopt programs that result in a more efficient use of human resources and capital facilities.

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ILAdopted 09/2006P-12Highly Qualified Teachers, P.E. and Denial of Enrollment
23 IAC 1.77, .242, .420, .430, .720
New section (p 243 of 405 http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume30_issue41.pdf) institutes a requirement that districts electronically report information used in determining whether teachers can be considered "highly quali...

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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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OKSigned into law 05/2006P-12Extended Day
H.B. 2367
Allows districts to adopt an extended day schedule for 9th-12th grades. Requires a public hearing and certain documentation; requires revocation of authorizaiton for a program if the student achievement is not documented; provides for denial of accreditation i...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12
S.B. 1044 (sections 14-15)
Repeals provision that notation must be made on a student's transcript to indicate each special education class included on the transcript.

Establishes that school day must consist of at least rather than fewer than six hours of instructional time.

Allows a...

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AZLine item vetoed 06/2003P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Budget Reconciliation Education
H.B. 2534
Creates budget reconciliation for education and includes the following provisions: Prohibits the State Board of Education from sponsoring additional charter schools in FY 2003-04, and requires the State Board for Charter Schools to provide oversight for existi...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12Additional Time for Instruction
H.B. 2655
Provides teachers with additional time for instructional purposes. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2655.pdf...

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OKSigned into law 04/2003P-12School Day Requirement
S.B. 289
Applies the 6-hour school day requirement to first grade. (Section 1-111. A. A school day shall consist of not less than six (6) hours devoted to school activities, except that a school day for nursery, early childhood education, kindergarten, extended day ...

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KYSigned into law 05/2001P-12School Calendar Requirements
S.B. 108
Requires that school districts adopt a school calendar designating opening and closing dates and instructional days and permitting the scheduling of school breaks outside of the minimum school term; requires that schools allow teacher delegates to attend state...

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IDSigned into law 04/2000P-12School Recess
H.B. 636
Amends existing law to delete noninstructional from recess time as it relates to the option of a local school board or trustees to approve a reduction in annual instructional hour requirements as allowed by law; maintains the restriction that recess time shall...

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