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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
AZIssued 09/2013P-12Reaffirming AZ's Right to Set Education Policy
E.O. 2013-08
Order reaffirming that SBE has power to set and define standards for AZ,not federal government; curriculum, materials and literature decisions to be made at local level; new assessment aligned to AZ College and Career Ready Standards to be selected. http://azg...

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GAIssued 05/2013P-12Relating to State Sovereignty
Exec. Order 261
Stipulates that all curriculum and instruction decisions shall be made at the state, not federal, level. Provides that state education standards be posted for public comment for at least 60 days before final adoption. Provides that no student data of a persona...

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MTSigned into law 04/2013P-12Revise legislative goals for public schools
H.B. 182
Revises legislative goals for public schools. Adds an emphasis on literacy and numeracy, strategic reasoning, and an understanding of political, social, and economic systems of the United States and the world.
http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2013/sesslaws/ch0222.pdf...

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HISigned into law 06/2012P-12Revision of Certain Education Code Provisions
S.B. 2540 - Revision of Certain Education Code Provisions
From bill preface material: The recent change in educational governance from an elected school board to a gubernatorally-appointed provides a unique opportunity to review sections of state statute to assist in creating a more effective educational delivery sys...

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LAAdopted 06/2012P-12Reporting on Implementation of Certain Education Reform Measures
H.R. 175
Urges and requests the state superintendent of education or the state board of elementary and secondary education, as appropriate, to report electronically every 60 days to each member of the legislature on the status of implementation of certain education ref...

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GASigned into law 05/2012P-12Ten-Year Projection of Costs in Certain Fiscal Notes
H.B. 1178
To amend Code Section 28-5-42 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to introduction of bills having significant impact upon anticipated revenues or expenditures and furnishing of fiscal notes. Requires a 10-year projection of costs for bills that...

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VASigned into law 04/2012P-12Accreditation of Schools; Delayed Implementation of Certain Statutes and Regulations
H.B. 96
Extends the delay of the implementation of statutes and regulations upon which the accreditation of schools in the Commonwealth is based that were not already in effect on June 30, 2008, with the exceptions of the graduation and completion rate index and the e...

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DESigned into law 03/2012P-12Removes Sunset on Education Unit Count Law
S.B. 164
Removes the Sunset Provision from last year's public education unit count law so it does not sunset on April 1, 2012.
http://www.legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis146.nsf/vwLegislation/SB+164/$file/legis.html?open...

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OHSigned into law 06/2011P-12
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Lobbyists for State Agencies and Postsecondary Institutions
H.B. 153 - Lobbyists for State Agencies and Postsecondary Institutions
Prohibits a state agency or state institution of higher education from entering into a contract with a lobbyist for more than $50,000 in a calendar year without the approval of the controlling board. Provides that this does not apply to an employment contract ...

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HIAdopted 06/2011P-12Review of State Board Bylaws and Policies
S.C.R. 79-11
Requests that the board of education undertake a two-year review of its bylaws and policies, as well as applicable sections of state statutes and administrative rules, and make changes that would help the board, department of education and administrators creat...

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MNVetoed 05/2011P-12Omnibus K-12 Education Reform Bill
H.F. 1381
Amends the definition under the nonpublic pupil aid statute to include electronic books in the definition of textbooks. Amends the definition under the nonpublic pupil aid statute to include electronic books in the definition of individualized instructional or...

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WASigned into law 05/2011P-12Student Assessment
H.B. 2115
Modifies the state board of education's responsibilities with regard to performance standards for the statewide student
assessment.
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2011-12/Pdf/Bills/House%20Passed%20Legislature/2115-S.PL.pdf...

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TNSigned into law 05/2011P-12Reports on Education Reforms
H.B. 963
Requires the Comptroller's Office of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) to compile the activity, reports, and recommendations of certain groups involved in education reforms and make a report to the Governor and the Education Committees
of the Genera...

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AZSigned into law 04/2011Postsec.Lobbying
S.B. 1116
Prohibits an individual acting on behalf of a university from using university personnel, equipment, materials, buildings or other resources to advocate in support for or against pending or proposed legislation. Chapter 158.
http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/50leg/...

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UTSigned into law 03/2011P-12Schools, Districts Prohibited from Hiring Lobbyist
S.B. 123
Amends the definition of "agency" to include a school, a school district or a charter school. Prohibits a school, a school district or a charter school from expending state-appropriated money to pay a contract lobbyist. http://le.utah.gov/~2011/bills/sbillenr/...

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MSSigned into law 03/2011P-12Superintendent Pay
S.B. 2684
PROVIDE THAT THE SALARY OF THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC EDUCATION SHALL BE SET BY THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RATHER THAN FIXED AS A PERCENTAGE OF THE SALARY OF THE COMMISSIONER OF HIGHER EDUCATION; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
http://billstatus.ls.state.m...

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NYIssued 01/2011P-12Establishing the Mandate Relief Redesign Team
E.O. 6
Establishes the Mandate Relief Redesign Team to look for ways to reduce the costs of mandated programs on schools and local governments by determining how school districts and local governments may be given greater ability to control costs. Directs the team to...

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FLSigned into law 07/2010Postsec.Repeals Florida College System Task Force
HB 7037 - Sec 22
Repeals Section 1004.87 creating the Florida College System Task Force. http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_h7037er.docx&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=7037&Session=2010...

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FLSigned into law 07/2010P-12Repeals Florida Schools of Excellence Commission
HB 7037 - Sec 23
Repeals Section 1002.335 creating the Florida Schools of Excellence Commission. Repeals provision related to appealing charter school applications to the Florida Schools of Excellence Commission. http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?Fi...

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SCSigned into law 06/2010P-12Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
S.B. 319
Establishes South Carolina as a member of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, which seeks to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves and deployment of their ...

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MESigned into law 06/2009P-12Improve the Ability of the Department of Education To Conduct Longitudinal Data Studies
S.P. 491
Directs the state department of education to develop and maintain the Maine Statewide Longitudinal Data System, a continuing program of information management, the purpose of which is to compile, maintain and disseminate information concerning the educational ...

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OKSigned into law 05/2009P-12Legislative Task Force on Achieving Classroom Excellence
S.B. 1168
Creates until November 30, 2009, the Legislative Task Force on Achieving Classroom Excellence. Requires the task force to conduct a comprehensive review of the Achieving Classroom Excellence Act of 2005 and subsequent amendments. Requires the task force to st...

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MSSigned into law 03/2009P-12State Education Reform Act of 2006
S.B. 2328
Deletes the automatic repealers on the State Education Reform Act of 2006; reenacts provisions of law relating to the administration of public school districts and the State Department of Education; deletes the automatic repealer on provisions concerning schoo...

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NJSigned into law 06/2008P-12Appeals Arising From Disputes Under State Laws
A.B. 45
Eliminates role of the Board of Education in the appeal of Commissioner of Education decisions in disputes arising under the State school laws; provides that an appeal of a commissioner's decision would go directly to the Appellate Division of the Superior Cou...

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COSigned into law 05/2008P-12
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Community College
Cross-Agency Data Collection To Improve State Policies
H.B. 1364
Creates a data collection development council to increase the efficiency of state government and enhance the ability of mulitiple state agencies to provide services. The data will assist policymakers and others to determine the effectiveness of state policies
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MNSigned into law 05/2008P-12Interstate Enrollment Options
H.B. 1812
Authorizes the commissioner to enter into an agreement with the designated authority from an adjoining state to establish an enrollment options program between Minnesota and the adjoining state. Provides provisions by which any such agreement must meet. [Sec. ...

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WVSigned into law 03/2008P-12
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Community College
Vision 2020: Education Blueprint
S.B. 595
Establishes Vision 2020: An Education Blueprint for Two Thousand Twenty; requires the State Board of Education to create a plan that includes goals, objectives, strategies, indicators and benchmarks and specifies certain public education goals and objectives t...

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MAAdopted 01/2008P-12
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Community College
Reorganizing Certain Education Agencies
Executive Order /H.B. 4488
Submits from the governor to the legislature a reorganization plan number 1 of 2008. Relates to reorganizing certain education agencies. Creates an executive office of education, headed by a cabinet secretary. Provides for the executive office to contain three...

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RIPassed 07/2007P-12Study of the Impact of Mandates
S.B. 361
(Joint Resolution)Would create an eleven (11) member special legislative commission whose purpose it would be to make a comprehensive study of the impact of mandates on Rhode Island's school districts, and who would report back to the general assembly no later...

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DESigned into law 07/2007P-12Statewide Reform Taskforce - Vision 2015
S.J.R. 7
Supports the work of Vision 2015, the Delaware Business Roundtable and the Leadership for Education Achievement in Delaware committee (LEAD), created by Governor's Executive Order 98. It also encourages the General Assembly, state agencies, school districts an...

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DEIssued 06/2007P-12Leadership for Education Achievement in Delaware Committee
E.O. 98
Establishes the Leadership for Education Achievement in Delaware Committee to make recommendations to the governor, general assembly, state board of education, local school districts and department of education on strategies to continue to improve public educa...

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MOSigned into law 05/2007P-12
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Community College
Committee on Education
S.B. 389 [Committee on Education]
Modifies the responsibilities of the legislative committee on education. Requires the committee to meet at least twice a year. Charges committee with monitoring, studying and analyzing the higher education system in the state, as well as monitoring the establi...

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INSigned into law 05/2007P-12
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Community College
Recodification of Higher Education Code
S.B. 526 (omnibus) - Recodification of Higher Education Code
Recodifies the law governing higher education. Changes references in provisions that cross reference to the law being recodified. Makes related changes. Repeals obsolete provisions. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the code revision commiss...

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LAApproved by voters 09/2006P-12Prohibiting Legislative Mandates on Local Boards
Amendment 9
Proposes a constitutional amendment to provide that no law, unless enacted by two-thirds of the elected members of each house of the legislature, requiring increased expenditures for any purpose shall be applicable to a city, parish, or other local public scho...

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SCIssued 05/2005P-12Establishes Education Reform Council
Executive Order No. 2005-08
Creates the South Carolina Education Reform Council, which will examine ways to improve educational outcomes, examine problems facing the K-12 education system and identify reforms and policy recommendations in a final report to the governor no later than Dece...

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INSigned into law 04/2005P-12Recodification of Education Code
H.B. 1288
Title 20 recodification. Recodifies Title 20 concerning elementary and secondary education to reorganize and restate the law without substantive change. Repeals current Title 20 provisions. Makes conforming amendments.
http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwa...

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KYSigned into law 03/2005P-12
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Community College
Student Achievement Improvement
H.B. 93 (Section 1, multiple provisions)
Sets forth legislative intent related to early diagnosis of and intervention for elementary students struggling in reading and mathematics, state student achievement goals, provision and quality of diagnostic and intervention services to students below profici...

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KYSigned into law 03/2005P-12
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Community College
Committee for Mathematics Achievement
H.B. 93 (Section 2)
Defines terms, including "mathematics coach," "mathematics diagnostic assessment," "mathematics intervention program," "mathematics leader," "mathematics mentor," and "numeracy." Establishes the Committee for Mathematics Achievement to develop a multi-faceted ...

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CAVetoed--in Senate to unfinished business 10/2004P-12Grant Joint Union High School District
S.B. 1271
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for costs mandated by the state and incurred by a local agency or school district to implement a new program or higher level of service. Existing law creates certai...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12Special Education: Visually Impaired Pupils
A.B. 662
Creates the Advisory Task Force for Education of Blind and Visually Impaired Pupils to provide input to formulate the most effective policy for the education of such pupils. Requires the Department of Education to provide outreach and technical assistance to p...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12Infant and Toddler Care Master Plan
S.B. 1343
Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction, working with a consultant in early care and education, to develop recommendations for a master plan for infant and toddler care in consultation and collaboration with a task force established by the superinten...

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CAVetoed 08/2004P-12
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Community College
Articulation of Educational Purpose and Policy
S.B. 1418
The California Constitution requires the Legislature to provide for a system of common schools and includes within that system all
kindergarten schools, elementary schools, secondary schools, community colleges, and state colleges, and the school districts and...

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AZIssued 08/2004P-12Establishing the Governor's Arizona Teacher's Excellence Program (AzTEP) Coordination Council
Executive Order 2004-20
Establishes the Arizona Teacher's Excellence Program Coordination Council (AzTEP Council) to solicit, review and approve applications for federal and private grants for recruiting and placing qualified teachers in underserved communities and to oversee the adm...

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AZIssued 06/2004P-12Establishing the Arizona Statewide Youth Development Task Force
Executive Order 2004-14
Creates the Arizona Statewide Youth Development Task Force to provide policy recommendations relating to youth and youth development issues in the state of Arizona to the Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families. Establishes membership. Requires the ...

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

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COSigned into law 04/2004P-12
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Reporting to Legislative Education Committee
H.B. 1380
Concerns reports to the Education Committees of the General Assembly pursuant to the Information Coordination Act; repeals the reporting requirements concerning the implementation of the Information Technology Grant Program; repeals reporting requirements Teac...

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SDAdopted, On November 2004 Ballot 02/2004P-12Provision of Certain Services to All Children
HJR 1003/Constitutional Amendment B
Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election amendments to Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota to authorize the provision of certain services to all children of school age. The Constitution allows the Legislat...

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ARSigned into law 01/2004P-12Adequacy Evaluation Act of 2004
H.B. 1111
The General Assembly recognizes the state is responsible to provide an adequate education and to know how state revenues are spent; provides for the continuing adequacy evaluation act of 2004; provides for a study. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2...

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ARSigned into law 12/2003P-12Financial Impact Statements on Legislation
S.B. 8
Requires financial impact statements for bills relating to education that have a fiscal impact on school district expenditures. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003s2/public/SB8.pdf...

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ARSigned into law 12/2003P-12K-12 Educational Facilities Committee
S.B. 10
Repeals the fiscal year allocation provision for expenses of the joint committee on K-12 educational facilities. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003s2/public/SB10.pdf...

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ALSigned into law 06/2003P-12Code of Alabama 1975
H.J.R. 37
Instructs the code commissioner to prepare legislation recompiling Title 16 (Education) of the Code of Alabama 1975. http://alisdb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/ACASLogin.asp?SESSION=1026...

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LASigned into law 06/2003P-12Membership and Duties of State Advisory Commission on Teacher Education and Certification
S.B. 126
Increases membership on the state advisory commission on teacher education and certification from 11 to 13 members. Decreases from ten to nine the members who are employed by a city or parish, adds that one of these nine may be employed by some "other local pu...

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MTSigned into law 05/2003P-12K-12 Public School Renewal Commission
H.B. 736
Establishes a K-12 public school renewal commission to propose amendments and new provisions to components of K-12 education, including governance and finance structures and the state and federal roles in public education. The commission must include at a mini...

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TNSigned into law 04/2003P-12Electronic Dissemination
H.B. 2014
Requires the Commissioner of Education to distribute in electronic format to the local boards of education, at the
conclusion of each regular session of the General Assembly, copies of newly enacted public chapters pertaining to public education.
Present law r...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12Quality Education Act of 2003
H.B. 2697 (Omnibus Bill)
Creates The Quality Education Act of 2003; makes provisions regarding the No Child Left Behind Act. Repeals Arkansas Code, Title 6, Chapter 20, Subsection 16, the previous Arkansas system as education assessment and accountability. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.u...

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KSSigned into law 03/2003P-12State Board of Education Procedures
S.B. 118
Deletes language requiring the state board of education to publish a notice in the KS register at least 30 days in advance and hold a public hearing before adopting a rule. Deletes language referring to voting and filing procedures. http://www.kslegislature.or...

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NMSigned into law 03/2003P-12Office of Education Accountability
H.B. 212 (Omnibus Bill)
Adds Section 69 to create the "office of education accountability" in the legislative council service. The office is to provide an independent evaluation of the Assessment and Accountability Act and the School Personnel Act by: monitoring implementation of bo...

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UTSigned into law 03/2003P-12Study and Recommendations
S.B. 154 (Omnibus Bill)
Section 21 (53A-13-108) was added to law. The Legislature finds that a free public education should:
(1)(a) prepare each student for the student's choice of higher education or gainful employment, focusing on the core academic skills of reading, writing, scie...

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MSSigned into law 03/2003P-12
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Internal Audits Required at Postsecondary Institutions and Department of Education
H.B. 650
Establishes full-time program of internal auditing at specific state postsecondary institutions, including various community/junior colleges, the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University, and the department of education. Requires each specifi...

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KYSigned into law 03/2003P-12Kentucky Board of Education Member Requirements
S.B. 152
Clarifies the specific qualifications for members of the State Board of Education regarding age, education, business or political ties, relation to any education department employee, etc. http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/RECORD/03RS/SB152.htm...

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KYSigned into law 03/2003P-12Legislative Representatives to the SREB
H.B. 252
Specifies that the Kentucky representatives of the Southern Regional Education Board's Legislative Advisory Council must include three members each from the KY senate and KY house, at least one of whom from each chamber must belong to the minority party, appoi...

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AZIssued 01/2003P-12Governor's Children's Cabinet
Executive Order 2003-04
Establishes a Children's Cabinet to focus attention and resources on problems facing the state's children by collaborating and promoting coordinated policies and service delivery systems that support children, families and communities. Establishes an Advisory ...

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COSigned into law 05/2002P-12Filling Vacancies on the State Board
H.B. 1245
Repeals the process for filling a vacancy on the state board; specifies that any vacancy occurring on the state board other than a vacancy of the state board at-large seat shall be filled by the vacancy committee of the party Congressional Central Committee of...

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FLSigned into law 05/2002P-12Education Code Re-Write: Specific Powers of State Board of Education
S.B. 20E
This bill, which rewrites the Florida Education Code, modifies the specific powers of the State Board of Education and modifies language relating to department under direction of state board. See bill section 21, page 53, line 18 ff: http://www.leg.state.fl.us...

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FLSigned into law 05/2002P-12
Community College
Education Code Re-Write: Department Operations
S.B. 20E
According to state legislative summary: "Designates the State Board of Education as the head of the department, the Commissioner as the Executive Director of the department; revises divisions [to create three divisions within the department, namely the Divisio...

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HISigned into law 05/2002P-12Deletion of Administrative Rules Deemed Unnecessary
S.B. 2817
Repeals administrative rules deemed unnecessary and relating to Exclusion of Students Having Communicable Diseases; Parent-Teacher Conferences; Release of Students for Religious Holy Days; Married Students; Pregnant Students; Student Examinations; Reporting Pu...

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KYSigned into law 04/2002P-12Reorganization of Kentucky Department of Education
S.B. 147
Reorganizes the Kentucky Department of Education by reassigning duties, resources, and staff, renaming and realigning organizational units and abolishing two divisions; provides that the Commissioner of Education shall approve requests for all disaster days fr...

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NESigned into law 05/2001P-12
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Education Roundtable
L.B. 303
LB 303 creates an Education Roundtable. The Roundtable has 34 members including the Governor and Commissioner of Education, who are co-chairpersons. The group is required to meet at least twice every calendar year. Ad hoc advisory groups may be established by ...

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NESigned into law 05/2001P-12Education Roundtable
L.B. 303
Creates the Education Roundtable to (1) identify and prioritize the future needs and challenges related
to education in the state, (2) share information, and (3) study and create multiple ways to coordinate statewide efforts in education in Nebraska. Mu...

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ILIssued 04/2001P-12Commission on revising Illinois School Code
Executive Order 7 (2001)
Creates the Governor's Commission on Revising the School Code (GCRSC) to conduct a comprehensive analysis of existing school code and prepare a proposed revision of the school code; GCRSC is to present report to the governor and legislature by January 1, 2003....

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CASigned into law 09/2000P-12Management Assistance Team
S.B. 1331
Requires the County Office Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team to conduct a review, make recommendations, and provide technical assistance to streamline and improve the hiring process and related personnel system of a school district if the district m...

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ILSigned into law 06/2000P-12Lunch & Breakfast Program
H.B. 2379
Public Act No., Creates the Childhood Hunger Prevention Act and amends the School Free Lunch Program Act; changes the name of the Act to the School Breakfast and Lunch Program Act; requires the State Board of Education to fund a breakfast incentive program, su...

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MNSigned into law 04/2000P-12Transfer of Powers from State Board to Department
S.B. 86
Transfers the powers of the state school board to the Department of Children, Families, and Learning....

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AZSigned into law 04/2000P-12Joint Legislative Study Committee on Reservation Schools
H.B. 2579
Establishes a 13 member Joint Legislative Study Committee on Reservation Schools which is repealed December 31, 2000; charges the committee with the following duties: to examine current methods of delivering educational services to pupils in K-12 who reside on...

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GASigned into law 03/2000P-12Omnibus Bill - Education Oversight Committee & Office of Education Accountability
H.B. 1187
The Governor may appoint study commissions as he deems appropriate to study education questions, issue findings and make recommendations to the Education Coordinating Council. This provision will go into effect upon signature to allow the current Education Ref...

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ALSigned into law 02/2000P-12Governor's Commission
S.J.R. 4
Pertains to the Governor's Commission on Instructional Improvement and Academic Excellence in Alabama's Public Schools; extends the Commission through end of 1999-2003 quadrennium, duties, members, progress reports, expenses....

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