From the ECS State Policy Database

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State Status/Date Level Summary
+ 21st Century Skills
+ Accountability
+ Accountability--Accreditation
+ Accountability--Measures/Indicators
+ Accountability--Reporting Results
+ Accountability--Rewards
+ Accountability--Sanctions/Interventions
+ Accountability--Sanctions/Interventions--Learnfare
+ Accountability--Sanctions/Interventions--No Pass No Drive
+ Accountability--Sanctions/Interventions--No Pass No Play
+ Accountability--Sanctions/Interventions--Takeovers
+ Accountability--School Improvement
+ Adult Basic Education
+ Assessment
+ Assessment--Accommodations
+ Assessment--Backlash
+ Assessment--College Entrance Exams
+ Assessment--Computer Based
+ Assessment--End-of-Course
+ Assessment--Formative/Interim
+ Assessment--NAEP (NAEP Results and NAEP Organization)
+ Assessment--Performance Based/Portfolio
+ Assessment--Value Added
+ At-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention)
+ At-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention)--Alternative Education
+ At-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention)--Drugs/Alcohol
+ Athletics/Extracurricular Activities
+ Attendance
+ Attendance--Compulsory
+ Attendance--Statutory Ages (Upper and Lower)
+ Attendance--Truancy/Chronic Absence
+ Background Checks
+ Brain Research
+ Business Involvement
+ Career/Technical Education
+ Career/Technical Education--Career Academies/Apprenticeship
+ Cheating
+ Choice of Schools
+ Choice of Schools--Charter Schools
+ Choice of Schools--Charter Schools--Charter Districts
+ Choice of Schools--Charter Schools--Closings
+ Choice of Schools--Charter Schools--Cyber Charters
+ Choice of Schools--Charter Schools--Finance
+ Choice of Schools--Charter Schools--Research
+ Choice of Schools--Choice/Open Enrollment
+ Choice of Schools--Innovation Schools
+ Choice of Schools--Magnet or Specialized Schools
+ Choice of Schools--Tax Credits
+ Choice of Schools--Vouchers
+ Choice of Schools--Vouchers--Privately Funded
+ Civic Education
+ Civic Education--Character Education
+ Civic Education--Civic Knowledge and Literacy
+ Civic Education--Curriculum/Standards
+ Civic Education--Pledge of Allegiance
+ Class Size
+ Common Core State Standards and Assessments
+ Competency-Based Education (K-12)
+ Counseling/Guidance
+ Curriculum
+ Curriculum--Alignment
+ Curriculum--Arts Education
+ Curriculum--Censorship
+ Curriculum--Computer Science
+ Curriculum--Core Curriculum
+ Curriculum--Drivers Education
+ Curriculum--Environmental Education
+ Curriculum--Excusal
+ Curriculum--Family Living Education
+ Curriculum--Financial Literacy/Economics Ed.
+ Curriculum--Foreign Language/Sign Language
+ Curriculum--Geography Education
+ Curriculum--Health and Nutrition Education
+ Curriculum--Home Economics
+ Curriculum--International Education
+ Curriculum--Language Arts
+ Curriculum--Language Arts--Writing/Spelling
+ Curriculum--Mathematics
+ Curriculum--Multicultural
+ Curriculum--Physical Education
+ Curriculum--Science
+ Curriculum--Sex Education
+ Curriculum--Social Studies/History
+ Data-Driven Improvement
+ Demographics
+ Demographics--Condition of Children/Adults
+ Demographics--Enrollments
+ Desegregation
+ Economic/Workforce Development
+ Economic/Workforce Development--Value of an Education
+ Education Research
+ English Language Learner/Bilingual
+ Equity
+ Federal
+ Finance
+ Finance--Adequacy/Core Cost
+ Finance--Aid to Private Schools
+ Finance--Bonds
+ Finance--District
+ Finance--Does Money Matter?
+ Finance--Equity
+ Finance--Facilities
+ Finance--Federal
+ Finance--Funding Formulas
+ Finance--Litigation
+ Finance--Local Foundations/Funds
+ Finance--Lotteries
+ Finance--Performance Funding
+ Finance--Private Giving
+ Finance--Resource Efficiency
+ Finance--State Budgets/Expenditures
+ Finance--Student Fees
+ Finance--Taxes/Revenues
+ Finance--Taxes/Revenues--Alternative Revenues
+ Governance
+ Governance--Deregulation/Waivers/Home Rule
+ Governance--Ethics/Conflict of Interest
+ Governance--Federalism
+ Governance--Local/Mayoral Takeovers
+ Governance--Mandates
+ Governance--Regional Entities
+ Governance--School Boards
+ Governance--School Boards--Training
+ Governance--Site-Based Management
+ Governance--State Boards/Chiefs/Agencies
+ Health
+ Health--Child Abuse
+ Health--Mental Health
+ Health--Nutrition
+ Health--School Based Clinics or School Nurses
+ Health--Suicide Prevention
+ Health--Teen Pregnancy
+ High School
+ High School--Advanced Placement
+ High School--College Readiness
+ High School--Credit Recovery
+ High School--Dropout Rates/Graduation Rates
+ High School--Dual/Concurrent Enrollment
+ High School--Early Colleges/Middle Colleges
+ High School--Exit Exams
+ High School--GED (General Education Development)
+ High School--Graduation Requirements
+ Instructional Approaches
+ Instructional Approaches--Constructivism
+ Instructional Approaches--Grading Practices
+ Instructional Approaches--Homeschooling
+ Instructional Approaches--Homework/Study Skills
+ Instructional Approaches--Official English
+ Instructional Approaches--Problem Based Learning
+ Instructional Approaches--Single-Sex Education
+ Instructional Approaches--Teaching Across Disciplines
+ Instructional Approaches--Time/Time on Task
+ Instructional Approaches--Tracking/Ability Grouping
+ Integrated Services/Full-Service Schools
+ International Baccalaureate
+ International Benchmarking
+ Leadership
+ Leadership--District Superintendent
+ Leadership--District Superintendent--Compensation and Diversified Pay
+ Leadership--Principal/School Leadership
+ Leadership--Principal/School Leadership--Certification and Licensure
+ Leadership--Principal/School Leadership--Compensation and Diversified Pay
+ Leadership--Principal/School Leadership--Evaluation and Effectiveness
+ Leadership--Principal/School Leadership--Induction Programs and Mentoring
+ Leadership--Principal/School Leadership--Preparation
+ Leadership--Principal/School Leadership--Preparation--Alternative
+ Leadership--Principal/School Leadership--Professional Development
+ Leadership--Principal/School Leadership--Recruitment and Retention
+ Leadership--Principal/School Leadership--Tenure
+ Mentoring/Tutoring
+ Middle School
+ Minority/Diversity Issues
+ Minority/Diversity Issues--African American
+ Minority/Diversity Issues--American Indian / Alaska Native / Native Hawaiian
+ Minority/Diversity Issues--Hispanic
+ No Child Left Behind
+ No Child Left Behind--Adequate Yearly Progress
+ No Child Left Behind--Assessment
+ No Child Left Behind--Choice/Transfer
+ No Child Left Behind--Consequences for Schools
+ No Child Left Behind--Finance
+ No Child Left Behind--Parent Involvement
+ No Child Left Behind--Reauthorization Issues/Waivers
+ No Child Left Behind--Report Cards
+ No Child Left Behind--School Support
+ No Child Left Behind--Special Populations
+ No Child Left Behind--Supplemental Services
+ Online Learning--Digital/Blended Learning
+ Online Learning--Virtual Schools/Courses
+ P-16 or P-20
+ P-3
+ P-3 Brain Development
+ P-3 Child Care
+ P-3 Content Standards and Assessment
+ P-3 Data Systems
+ P-3 Early Intervention (0-3)
+ P-3 English Language Learners (ELL)
+ P-3 Ensuring Quality
+ P-3 Evaluation/Economic Benefits
+ P-3 Finance
+ P-3 Governance
+ P-3 Grades 1-3
+ P-3 Health and Mental Health
+ P-3 Kindergarten
+ P-3 Kindergarten--Full-Day Kindergarten
+ P-3 Parent Engagement
+ P-3 Preschool
+ P-3 Public/Private Partnerships
+ P-3 Special Ed./Inclusion
+ P-3 Teaching Quality/Professional Development
+ P-3 Technology
+ Parent/Family
+ Parent/Family--Parent Rights
+ Parent/Family--Research
+ Partnerships--University/School
+ Postsecondary
+ Postsecondary Academic Affairs--AP/IB/Dual Credit
+ Postsecondary Academic Affairs--Competency-Based/PLA
+ Postsecondary Academic Affairs--Developmental/Remediation/Placement
+ Postsecondary Academic Affairs--Transfer/Articulation
+ Postsecondary Accountability
+ Postsecondary Accountability--Accreditation
+ Postsecondary Accountability--Diploma Mills
+ Postsecondary Accountability--Student Learning
+ Postsecondary Affordability
+ Postsecondary Affordability--Financial Aid
+ Postsecondary Affordability--Textbooks
+ Postsecondary Affordability--Tuition/Fees
+ Postsecondary Affordability--Tuition/Fees--Prepd/College Savings Plans
+ Postsecondary Affordability--Tuition/Fees--Undocumented Immigrants
+ Postsecondary Campus Safety/Sexual Assault
+ Postsecondary Faculty
+ Postsecondary Faculty--Compensation
+ Postsecondary Faculty--Intellectual Property
+ Postsecondary Faculty--Teaching Assistants
+ Postsecondary Faculty--Tenure
+ Postsecondary Finance
+ Postsecondary Finance--Efficiencies
+ Postsecondary Finance--Facilities
+ Postsecondary Finance--Performance-Based Funding
+ Postsecondary Finance--Revenue and Expenditures
+ Postsecondary Governance and Structures
+ Postsecondary Governance and Structures--Administrative/Leadership Issues
+ Postsecondary Governance and Structures--Licensing/Program Review and Approval
+ Postsecondary Governance and Structures--Master Plans/State Plans
+ Postsecondary Governance and Structures--State Executives/State Agencies
+ Postsecondary Institutions
+ Postsecondary Institutions--Community/Technical Colleges
+ Postsecondary Institutions--For-Profit/Proprietary
+ Postsecondary Institutions--Four-Year Baccalaureate
+ Postsecondary Institutions--HBCUs/Minority-Serving Institutions
+ Postsecondary Institutions--Private/Independent
+ Postsecondary Online Instruction
+ Postsecondary Participation
+ Postsecondary Participation--Access/Outreach
+ Postsecondary Participation--Admissions/Coursework Requirements
+ Postsecondary Participation--Affirmative Action
+ Postsecondary Students
+ Postsecondary Students--Adults
+ Postsecondary Students--Disabilities/Special Needs
+ Postsecondary Students--Disabled
+ Postsecondary Students--Foster Youth
+ Postsecondary Students--Gender
+ Postsecondary Students--Graduate/Professional
+ Postsecondary Students--International
+ Postsecondary Students--Low-Income
+ Postsecondary Students--Military
+ Postsecondary Students--Minority
+ Postsecondary Success
+ Postsecondary Success--Completion
+ Postsecondary Success--Full-Time Incentives
+ Postsecondary Success--Retention/Persistence
+ Private Schools
+ Privatization
+ Privatization--Education Management Organizations (EMOs)
+ Promising Practices
+ Promotion/Retention
+ Public Involvement
+ Purposes of Public Education
+ Reading/Literacy
+ Reading/Literacy--Adult Literacy
+ Religion
+ Religion--Prayer/Meditation
+ Religion--Scientific Creationism (Evolution)
+ Remediation (K-12)
+ Rural
+ Scheduling/School Calendar
+ Scheduling/School Calendar--Day/Class Length
+ Scheduling/School Calendar--Extended Day Programs
+ Scheduling/School Calendar--Summer School
+ Scheduling/School Calendar--Week
- Scheduling/School Calendar--Year
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...

CTSigned into law 05/2014P-12Uniform School Calendar
H.B. 5559
From bill analysis: Section 1. SCHOOL CALENDAR -- This bill delays for one year, from the school year starting July 1, 2015 to the year starting July 1, 2016, the requirement that each local or regional board of education adopt a uniform regional school calend...

ALAdopted 04/2014P-12School Year Set By Hours
AL ADC 290-3-1-.02
Clarifies that a school year may be the hourly equivalent of 180 teaching days. ...

UTSigned into law 04/2014P-12Reallocation of Instructional Hours for Teacher Preparation Time or Professional Development
S.B. 103
Authorizes a school board or charter school governing board to reallocate up to 32 instructional hours or 4 school days in the academic year for teacher preparation time or teacher professional development. Provides that a reallocation of instructional hours o...

WASigned into law 04/2014P-12Expanded Learning Opportunities
S.B. 6163
From bill digest: Creates the expanded learning opportunities council to advise the governor, the legislature, and the superintendent of public instruction regarding an expanded learning opportunities system, with particular attention paid to solutions to summ...

WASigned into law 04/2014P-12Instructional Hours
S.B. 6552
From bill analysis:
**Section 201. Instructional Hours -- The increase in Basic Education instructional hours is changed to 1,000 hours for students in grades 1 through 8 and 1,080 hours for students in grades 9 through 12. School districts may calculate the ...

WASigned into law 04/2014P-12Education Budget - Instructional Hours
S.B. 6002
From Legislative Budget Notes publication:
24 CREDIT GRADUATION REQUIREMENT - Chapter 4, Laws of 2013, 2nd sp.s., Partial Veto (3ESSB 5034), established an implementation schedule for a requirement that school districts increase instructional hours from an av...

WISigned into law 04/2014P-12Number of school days and hours of instruction and State Aid for Interim Classes
S.B. 589
Retains the requirements relating to the hours of pupil instruction, but eliminates the requirement that a school district hold school for 180 days each year. If the school district does not comply with the hour requirements, the state superintendent must wit...

IASigned into law 03/2014P-12Instructional Time
H.F. 2170
For a school or school district with a school calendar measuring instructional time in days, defines the minimum school day as a day consisting of six hours of instructional days or time for grades 1-12. Allows less than the minimum time if any of the followin...

IDSigned into law 03/2014P-12Instructional Hour Requirement for Alternative Schools
S.B. 1322
Sets the minimum number of instructional hours for alternative schools at 900.

INSigned into law 03/2014P-12Instructional Time Activities
S.B. 330
Includes activies that provide college and career readiness training in the list of activities included as instructional time.

KYSigned into law 03/2014P-12Length of Student Instructional Year
H.B. 211 - Length of Student Instructional Year
Repeals provisions that set the minimum school term as 185 days, including at least 175 6-hour instructional days; repeals provisions related to year-round school programs. Defines "student instructional year" as not less than 1,062 hours of instruction delive...

OHSigned into law 03/2014P-12Exception to Number of "Calamity" Days Permitted
H.B. 416
Permits payment in fiscal year 2015 to school districts and STEM schools that exceed, by up to four days, the number of "calamity" days permitted in fiscal year 2014.

SCIssued 03/2014P-12Missed Days due to Inclement Weather
H.J.R. 4576
Provides that the school districts may waive the requirement that schools make up full days missed due to inclement weather for up to five full school days that students missed during the 2013-2014 school year.

SDSigned into law 03/2014P-12School Term Hours
H.B. 1249
Sets the minimum number of hours in the school term for grades 1 through 5 at 875 hours, and the minimum number of hours for grades 6 through 12 at 962.5 hours.

WASigned into law 03/2014P-12Waivers from 180-day School Year
S.B. 6242
From bill digest: Addresses waivers from the 180-day school year requirement. Requires a school district seeking a waiver to include in its application an explanation of the impact on employees in education support positions. Delays the expiration of the waive...

GAIssued 02/2014P-12School Closure- Inclement Weather
State Board of Education Resolution
State board of education resolution allows local school districts the flexibility to determine if school days missed due to inclement weather will be made up.

IASigned into law 06/2013P-12Instructional Hours
H.F. 215 - Division IX
Effective July 2014, changes the instructional time requirement for school districts from to allow the count in either days or hours. Current law requires 5.5 hours minimum instruction time and 180 days beginning on or around September 1. The bill allows the y...

TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Expanded Learning Opportunities Council
S.B. 503
Establishes the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council to study and make recommendations concerning expanded learning opportunities for public school students. Establishes membership. Provides "expanded learning opportunities" may be provided by offering rigo...

WASigned into law 06/2013P-12Budget - Increase Instructional Hours
S.B. 5034
From bill analysis:An increase in instructional hours is funded for grades 7 through 12. As of the 2014-15 school year, funding allocations for an additional 2.2222 hours of instruction per week is provided, increasing the total required instruction for each o...

MNSigned into law 05/2013P-12Free All-Day Kindergarten/Minimum Hours
H.F. 630
Creates a free all-day Kindergarten program for all students in the states.

Provides that the school year for all-day kindergarten must include at least 850 hours of instruction for the school year. A school board's annual calendar must include at least 165 ...

OKSigned into law 05/2013P-12Maximum Number of Professional Development Hours
H.B. 1397
Prohibits counting more than 30 hours of professional development toward the one hundred eighty (180) days or one thousand eighty (1,080) hours of classroom
instruction time required. Clarifies that teachers off contract (not on contract) cannot be required to...

KYSigned into law 03/2013P-12Making Up Instructional Days When Schools Are Closed
S.B. 75
Permits the commissioner of education to grant the equivalent of 10 instructional days for school districts that have missed an average of 20 or more days in the previous 3 years and on nontraditional days or on nontraditional time, use alternative methods of ...

WAPermanent Rules 12/2012P-12Waivers for 180 day school year
WAC 180-18-040, 050
The Washington state board of education (SBE) is considering the adoption of criteria governing requests for waivers from the statutory requirement for a one hundred eighty day school year and providing for other requirements as determined necessary to evaluat...

NYSigned into law 07/2012P-12Inservice Days in August
S.B. 7718
Increases from 3 to 4 the number of inservice days that may be included in 180 days that school must be in session. Allows districts to schedule teacher conference (inservice) days during the last two weeks of August, subject to collective bargaining agreement...

CASigned into law 06/2012P-12Benefit Calculation When Instructional Days Reduced
S.B. 1016 - Benefit Calculation When Instructional Days Reduced
From section 27 of bill summary: Provides that, if a district, county office of education, or charter school reduces the number of days of instruction pursuant to a specified provision for the 2012–13 or 2013–14 fiscal years, the minimum standard for full time...

CASigned into law 06/2012P-12Potential Reduction of School Year to 160 Days
S.B. 1016 - Potential Reduction of School Year to 160 Days
From section 40 of bill summary: Provides that if the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012 (Attorney General reference number 12-0009) is not approved by the voters at the November 6, 2012, statewide general election, or if the provisions of ...

OHSigned into law 06/2012P-12Schools Not Open Due to Law Enforcement Emergencies
S.B. 316 - Schools Not Open Due to Law Enforcement Emergencies
Waives from calculation of full-time equivalency/minimum school calendar requirements for traditional public schools and community schools any hours or days that learning opportunities were not offered due to law enforcement emergencies.
Pages 159 and 173 of 5...

ALSigned into law 05/2012P-12School Start Dates
S.B. 318 - School Start Dates
From K-12 appropriations bill: Establishes legislative intent that local school systems be permitted to develop flexible school terms extending over the school year including late school start dates. School systems are encouraged to use late school dates to re...

ALSigned into law 05/2012P-12Flexible School Calendar Act of 2012
H.B. 360
Creates the Flexible School Calendar Act of 2012. Permits the 180-day minimum school term requirement to be met through the hourly equivalent thereof, beginning with the 2012-13 school year and ending with the last day of the 3rd month of the 2013-14 school ye...

IASigned into law 05/2012P-12School Instructional Time Task Force
S.F. 2284 - Division X
This section requires the director of the Department of Education to appoint members to a school instructional time task force. The task force is to review and submit findings and recommendations pertaining to school instructional time by October 15, 2012.

MSSigned into law 05/2012P-12School Start Date
H.B. 707
Creates the school start date act, provides that no public elementary or secondary school under the jurisdiction of the state board of education shall begin a new academic school year of instruction on or after the fourth Monday in August, exempts schools for ...

KYSigned into law 04/2012P-12District in a County in Which a Disaster Has Been Declared
H.B. 255
For the 2011-12 school year, directs the commissioner of education to waive up to 10 instructional days for a district in a county in which a disaster has been declared. Permits a district in a county in which a disaster has been declared, when submitting the ...

MNSigned into law 07/2011P-12Length of School Year
H.F. 26
Establishes a minimum number of hours for student instruction. Sets the hours at 425 hours per year for kindergarten pupils, 935 hours for pupils in grades 1 to 6 and 1,020 hours per year for pupils in grades 7 to 12. Clarifies that this section does not supe...

TXSigned into law 07/2011P-12District Furloughs
S.B. 8 - District Furloughs
Authorizes a district board of trustees to implement a furlough program and reduce the number of days of service otherwise required by law by not more than 6 days of service during a school year if the commissioner certifies that the district will be provided ...

CASigned into law 06/2011P-12School Calendar Reduction for 2011-12 School Year
A.B. 114 - School Calendar Reduction for 2011-12 School Year
Adds new Section 46201.3 to specify (only if subdivision (c) of Section 3.94 of the Budget Act of 2011 is operative) that for the 2011–12 school year, the minimum number of instructional days and minutes school districts, county offices of education, and chart...

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:

NCVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 06/2011P-12School Calendar Pilot Program
H.B. 200 - School Calendar Pilot Program
Directs the state board to establish a school calendar pilot program in the Wilkes County Schools, the Montgomery County Schools, and the Stanly County Schools, to determine whether and to what extent a local school administrative unit can save money by consol...

OHSigned into law 06/2011P-12Making Up Lost Instructional Days Online
H.B. 153 - Making Up Lost Instructional Days Online
Permits a local board, or the governing authority of a chartered nonpublic school or a community school, prior to the start of the school year, to submit a plan to the department to require students to complete classroom lessons posted to the district's or non...

TXSigned into law 06/2011P-12Exception to School Start Date
H.B. 1555
Permits a district to begin instruction before the fourth Monday of August at a single campus or at not more than 20% of campuses in the district if the district has an enrollment of 190,000 or more, provides with local funds additional days of instruction at ...

HISigned into law 05/2011P-12Length of Instructional Year
H.B. 945
Excludes multi-track public schools from the 180-day school year requirement. Repeals provision requiring the 180-day instructional year to include 915 instructional hours for the elementary grades and 990 instructional hours for the secondary grades. Repeals ...

HISigned into law 04/2011P-12Exception to Single School Calendar for All Schools
S.B. 1171
Provides that the single school calendar for all public schools does not apply to schools designated by the board of education in furtherance of a plan to improve educational outcome in students.

OHSigned into law 04/2011P-12Calamity Days
H.B. 36
To amend sections 3313.482, 3314.08, and 3317.01 of the Revised Code to excuse up to five, instead of three, calamity days for the 2010-2011 school year, to broaden schools' authority to make up calamity days by lengthening remaining days in the school year, t...

CASigned into law 03/2011P-12Shortening School Year by 5 Days
S.B. 70 - Sec. 46201.2
Extends through 2014-15 school year the provision allowing a school district, county office of education or charter school to shorten its instructional year by up to 5 days without incurring fiscal penalties.
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KYSigned into law 03/2011P-12Lost Instructional Days
H.B. 427 - Lost Instructional Days
Section 2: Permits the commissioner of education to grant up to the equivalent of 10 instructional days for school years 2010-11 and 2011-12 for districts that have missed an average of 20 or more days in the previous three years and use alternative methods of...

HISigned into law 06/2010P-12Defining and Lengthening School Year
H.B. 2486
Defines "student instructional hours" as time during which students are engaged in learning activities, including regularly-scheduled instruction and learning assessments within the curriculum, and excludes lunch, recess or passing time. Directs the department...

MESigned into law 03/2010P-12Draft Model Academic Year Calendars
H.B. 1100
Establishes a working group of K-12 school officials, primarily superintendents and career and technical education directors, to prepare draft model academic year calendars that account for regional differences within the state to be submitted to the joint sta...

Vetoed 03/2010P-12County School Calendar Committee
H.B. 4652
Requires each county superintendent to create a county school calendar committee to develop multiple school calendar options for presentation to all employees for vote; requires the generation of new calendar options if the county board or state board rejects ...

ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12Holidays, Inservice and Parent-Teacher Conference Days
S.B. 1956
Amends provisions concerning average daily attendance under the state aid formula. Makes changes with respect to days that are used for an in-service training program for teachers and parent-teacher conferences. Authorizes a school board to hold school or sche...

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...

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**

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

OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Extending the School Year
H.B. 1 - Section 265.70.23
Directs the state superintendent, by December 31, 2010, to submit to the general assembly a report on the superintendent's findings and recommendations on extending the school year. Page 2839 of 3120:

OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12School Funding Advisory Council
H.B. 1 - Section 3306.29, 3306.291 and 3306.292
Section 3306.29: Establishes the Ohio school funding advisory council. Directs the council, by December 1, 2010 and every other year thereafter, to provide recommendations to the state board, the general assembly and the public for revisions to the adequacy co...

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...

NYAdopted 06/2009P-12Using Inservice Days to Rate State Assessments
Title 8 NYCRR 175.5
Amends rule to extend to 2013 the provision allowing use of up to two professional development days for teacher scoring of state assessments. Adopted as published on pages 21-22 of 43:

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...

MESigned into law 05/2009P-12Annual School Calendar
S.B. 86
Directs the Department of Education to provide by rule for a school calendar that is based upon a minimum annual number of hours that is equivalent to the current 180-day school calendar, or for an equivalent amount of hours annually in accordance with rules a...

WASigned into law 04/2009P-12Increase Instructional Hours, Credits for Graduation
H.B. 2261--Section 104--Calendar and Credit Hours
Over a period of eight years, starting in 2011:
Section 104 states that each school district shall make available to students the following minimum instructional offering each school year:
(2) (a) For students enrolled in grade one through twelve, at least a ...

CASigned into law 09/2008P-12Year-Round School Grant Program
S.B. 658
Provides for the phase out of the Year-Round School Grant Program by reducing the grant amounts each fiscal year until a specified fiscal year. Prohibits the approval of new grants. Requires the funds for the grant program be augmented in the annual Budget Act...

ALAdopted 05/2008P-12Graduation Requirements and Other Changes
Increases the minimum number of teaching days in the school year from 175 to 180 (in compliance with 2003 S.B. 4). Permits secondary school students (in both summer school and regular school year) to demonstrate mastery of Alabama course of study content stand...

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.


ILSigned into law 11/2007P-12
Community College
Election Judges and Election Day
S.B. 662
Amends the Election Code. Allows high school juniors to serve as election judges. Allows an individual not entitled to vote in a precinct or county to serve as an election judge if the individual is a student at a community college or public or private Illinoi...

NHSigned into law 06/2007P-12School Year
H.B. 126
Revises the definitions of standard school, elementary school, high school, and the number of days of school.

VTSigned into law 06/2007P-12Uniform Statewide School Calendar
H.B. 15
Directs the commissioner of education to announce a uniform statewide school calendar each year. Creates a "calendar committee" to develop a uniform statewide school calendar and sets membership: (1) The commissioner of education, or the commissioner's design...

MISigned into law 12/2006P-12Instructional Hours Requirement
S.B. 95
Revises the requirement for instructional hours in school code to conform to school aid act. The bill would delete provisions in the Revised School Code regarding the minimum required number of hours of pupil instruction and instead require that school distric...

OHSigned into law 12/2006P-12Length of the School Year
S.B. 311 -- Sec. 3313.48
Changes school year from not less than 182 days to 455 hours (for half-day kindergarten; 910 hours for full-day kindergarten); 910 hours for pupils in grades one through six; and 1001 hours for pupils in grades seven through twelve. Ten hours in K-6 and 11 hou...

UTAdopted 11/2006P-12Per Pupil Funding & Attendance/Completion Recordkeeping
Allows exceptions to the minimum number of instructional hours and schools days per year for individual students and schools; requires Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to ensure that accurate records of daily st...

MISigned into law 06/2006P-12Exceptions to Post Labor Start Date
H.B. 5977
Allow an exception to the post-Labor Day starting date requirement for intermediate school districts.

FLSigned into law 05/2006P-12Start of School Year
H.B. 7087 (Section 11)
Beginning with the 2007-2008 school year, the opening date for schools in Florida districts may not be earlier than 14 days before Labor Day each year.

SDActive 05/2006P-12Start of School Year Date Restrictions
Measure 3 (V. 6)
(Initiated Measure 3) Restricts the start of a regular school term prior to the last day of August. On 11/07/2006 Ballot.

WIVetoed 04/2006P-12Minimum Hours in School Year
A.B. 84
Eliminates provision that school year include 180 school days. Replaces with provisions defining school year as minimum hours of instruction. Provides that scheduled hours in the school year may include no more than 35 hours on Saturdays.

FLAdopted 11/2005P-12
Community College
Required Annual Calendar for Schools and Colleges
FAC 6A-10.019
Each district school board, each community college district board of trustees, and each university board of trustees must adopt an annual calendar prior to the beginning of each fiscal year that will be observed by all schools or post high school educational i...

LASigned into law 11/2005P-12Minimum School Year
H.B. 21A
Exempts schools from minimum 180-day school year for the 2005-2006 school year. Authorizes the state board of education to adopt rules for the 2005-2006 school year related to the minimum session required of any institution in order to be classified as a scho...

LASigned into law 11/2005P-12Minimum Instructional Time
H.B. 33A
Waives minimum instructional time requirements in the 2005-2006 school year for any city, parish, or other local public school or district that cannot meet the minimum requirements due to school closure for reasons of natural catastrophe or disaster as certifi...

TNSigned into law 06/2005P-12Study of Start/End School Year Dates
S.B. 516
Requires the select oversight committee on education to examine and study the dates for starting and ending the school year in public schools in Tennessee.

NV(H) APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR. CHAPTER 151. 05/2005P-12Authorizes school districts to prescribe minimum attendance requirements for pupils in kindergarten and first grade and for pupils in certain remedial programs.
H.B. 518
AN ACT relating to education; authorizing the boards of trustees of school districts to apply to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for additional days or minutes of instruction for certain programs of remedial education; authorizing the board of trustee...

KYSigned into law 03/2005P-12Legislative Task Force
H.C.R. 55
Creates a legislative task force to examine the effect of school calendars on Kentucky's tourism industry and the potential effect that changes in school calendars may have on Kentucky's educational system. Establishes task force membership. Requires the task ...

KYSigned into law 03/2005P-12Elections
S.B. 7
Includes the day of primary elections as a day in which schools are closed.

CAVetoed 07/2004P-12School Districts: Four-Day School Week
S.B. 1142
Deletes the reduction in base revenue limit funding that results to certain school districts for offering less than 180 days of instruction. Conditions the entitlement to the same support from the State School Fund due to the average daily attendance on the di...

UTSigned into law 03/2004P-12School Professional development Days
H.B. 100
This bill: creates a pilot program to evaluate the effects on student academic achievement of reducing the minimum school term established by the state board by up to 22 hours for the purpose of conducting professional development for instructional staff; requ...

MISigned into law 08/2003P-12Reduction in Minimum Instructional Year in Hours
H.B. 4401 (multiple provisions)
Establishes minimum number of annual instructional time for full state funding as 1,098 hours. (Previous state law, statute 380.1284, established that the minimum instructional year in hours for 2003-04 school year was 1,122, with incremental increases in suc...

LASigned into law 07/2003P-12Requirements for Instructional Time for Schools
H.B. 457
Specifies that for the 2002-03 school year and thereafter, the requirements governing the minimum length of the school day and year do not apply to any district or school that was unable to meet minimum instructional time requirements due to school closure wit...

MIVetoed 06/2003P-12Minimum School Year in Hours and 4-Day School Week
S.B. 364
For purposes of eligibility to receive state aid, changes minimum day requirements to minimum hour requirements, thus requiring each district to provide at least 1,098 hours of pupil instruction per school year. Specifies that before a district changes its sch...

MOSigned into law 06/2003P-12School Year Start Date
S.B. 686 ( 171.031)
Eliminates provision requiring first day of school to be on September 1 or later.

MOSigned into law 04/2003P-12Inclement Weather Exceptions for School Attendance
H.B. 554
Allows a district to be exempt in the 2002-03 school year from the requirement to make up school days canceled due to inclement weather after November 20, 2002, in the school district. Waives the requirement to make up two-thirds of the missed days in the 2003...

KYSigned into law 03/2003P-12School Make-Up Days
S.B. 132
Allows the state commissioner of education to approve five disaster days for a school district that was closed at least ten days due to disastrous weather conditions during the 2002-03 academic year. Certified staff are required to report to work and engage i...

NMSigned into law 03/2003P-12Home Visits and Conferences
H.B. 68
Provides time for home visits and parent-teacher conferences in kindergarten through grade five....

SCAdopted 12/2002P-12Uniform Start Dates
Establishes a 10-day window in late August and early September during which all South Carolina public schools would have to open. Schools would have to begin no earlier than the last Monday before Labor Day and no later than the Wednesday after Labor Day. Sc...

CASigned into law 09/2002P-12Waivers for Penalties
A.B. 1227
Relates to existing law which authorizes the Board of Education to waive the fiscal penalties for a school district or county board of education that fails to maintain the prescribed minimum length of time for the instructional school year, minimum number of i...

CAVetoed 09/2002P-12Length of School Year
A.B. 2027
Continues to allow school districts to operate a program of multitrack year-around scheduling for as few as 163 days in each fiscal year only until July 1, 2008....

AZSigned into law 05/2002P-12Minimum Instructional Hours Per School Year
H.B. 2484
Requires school districts and charter school operating on approved alternative calendars to comply with annual hours of instruction requirements; permits counting pupils as having attended full-time in any week for which the pupil was enrolled in and physicall...

MISigned into law 11/2001P-12Prohibition Against Schools Being in Session on Friday Before Labor Day
H.B. 4491
Public Act 167., Provides that the board of a school district, local art school district, public school academy or intermediate school district shall ensure that the district's schools are not in session on the Friday before Labor Day, unless a local collectiv...

LASigned into law 06/2001P-12Increase of Minimum Instructional Days
H.B. 458
, Increase the minimum number of instructional school days per school year in public elementary and secondary schools form 175 to 177....

LASigned into law 06/2001P-12Requirement for Make-Up Days Due to Employees Failing to Appear for Work
S.B. 702
, Requires make-up days when school board closes school as the result of school employees threatening or failing to appear for work....

KSSigned into law 05/2001P-12Waiver of school term due to disaster
H.B. 2155
Concerns school districts; provides for waivers from duration of the school term due to disaster; allows the state board of education to waive the requirements of law relating to the duration of the school term in any school year upon application for such waiv...

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...

MOSigned into law 05/2001P-12Exceptions for mandatory days of school attendance
H.B. 274
Relates to inclement weather exceptions for mandatory days of school attendance; amends an exception to the mandatory days of school attendance that currently refers to exceptions allowed because of flooding in specific past years to apply to inclement weather...

TXSigned into law 05/2001P-12Starting, Ending Dates
S.B. 108
A school district may not begin instruction for students for a school year before the week in which August 21 falls. Sunday is considered the first day of the week....

SCSigned into law 08/2000P-12Alternative Certification, Adds Days to the School Year, Teacher Evaluation
S.B. 1111
Adds 3 days for the next 2 school years and 2 more days for all school years thereafter; provides that the State Board of Education shall review and make necessary revisions to criteria for requesting out-of-field teacher permits; provides that the Board shall...

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...

KYSigned into law 03/2000P-12Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
H.B. 347
Requires schools to be closed on the third Monday of January in observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.; permits districts to designate the day as one of the four holidays or to not include the day in the minimum school term; requires school clos...

VASigned into law 03/2000P-12Grants for Extending School Year
S.B. 545
Creates the Extended School Year Incentive Program and Fund, from such funds as may be appropriated, to be administered by the Board of Education, for incentive grants for public school divisions for the operation of schools beyond the 180-day school year requ...

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