ECS
From the ECS State Policy Database
1994-2014

Education Commission of the States • 700 Broadway, Suite 810 • Denver, CO 80203-3442 • 303.299.3600 • fax 303.296.8332 • www.ecs.org

The following summary includes policies ECS has tracked in this database since 1994. 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. To view the documents, click on the blue triangle next to the topic of interest.

Please cite use of the database as: Education Commission of the States (ECS) State Policy Database, retrieved [date].

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 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--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
+ Scheduling/School Calendar--Year Round
+ School Climate/Culture
+ School Safety
+ School Safety--Bullying Prevention/Conflict Resolution
+ School Safety--Code of Conduct
+ School Safety--Corporal Punishment
- School Safety--Emergency Preparedness
PASigned into law 07/2014P-12School Police Officers, Office for Safe Schools.
S.B. 1194
Permits school entities, defined as school districts, charter schools, cyber charter schools, and area vocational-technical schools, and nonpublic schools to apply to a judge of the Court of Common Pleas to appoint school police officers in the same manner, an...

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CTSigned into law 06/2014P-12Student Safety Hotline and Safe School Plans
H.B. 5564
Requires the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection to study the feasibility of establishing a student safety hotline. The study must include an analysis of: (1) the feasibility of establishing a student safety hotline that receives anonymous p...

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ILSigned into law 06/2014P-12School Safety Drills
S.B. 2710
From bill summary: Requires a private school to conduct a minimum of one annual meeting at which the school must review each school building's emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and procedures and each building's compliance with the school safety ...

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ILSigned into law 06/2014P-12Illinois Emergency Management Agency Grants to Schools
S.B. 2934
Authorizes the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to make grants to public K-12 school districts, area vocational centers inter-district special education cooperatives, regional safe schools, and nonpublic K-12 schools for safety and security improvements. h...

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ILSigned into law 06/2014P-12Accessibility of Emergency and Crisis Response Plans on Electronic Devices
H.B. 5716
In updating a school building's emergency and crisis response plans, permits consideration to be given to making the emergency and crisis response plans available to first responders, administrators, and teachers
for implementation and utilization through the ...

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AZSigned into law 04/2014P-12School Emergency Readiness Pilot Program
S.B. 1488
Appropriates monies to the department of education to create a pilot program on emergency readiness. Requires the department of education to receive applications and select three school districts, with certain restrictions, to participate. Requires participati...

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NESigned into law 04/2014P-12Suicide Prevention Training and other Safety Elements
L.B. 923
Requires all public school nurses, teachers, counselors, school psychologists, school social workers and administrators to receive at least one hour of training each year, beginning with the 2014-15 school year. The required training will be included under the...

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OKSigned into law 04/2014P-12District Flexibility on Intruder Drills
S.B. 1295
Allows school districts to determine the extent of student involvement in intruder drills.
http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2013-14%20ENR/SB/SB1295%20ENR.PDF
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ORSigned into law 04/2014P-12School Safety Task Force
H.B. 4087
Creates a Task Force on School Safety. Charges the task force with: developing an RFP for hiring a vendor to create a database of floor plans for all schools in the state; making recommendations to the Department of State Police for the development of administ...

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IDSigned into law 03/2014P-12School Safety
H.B. 589
Requires school district boards of trustees to develop a school safety plan for each school and to meet annually with emergency first responders to update the plans and discuss emergency exercises and operations. Changes the distribution of public schools' sha...

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UTSigned into law 03/2014P-12Comprehensive Emergency Response Plans
S.B. 215
Requires that each district's comprehensive emergency response plan include procedures to notify a student, to the extent practicable, who is off campus at the time of a school violence emergency due to a school-related activity or excusal for religious instru...

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NYSigned into law 12/2013P-12Study on the Cost of Installing Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Schools
S.B. 5489
Directs the state education department to conduct a study to evaluate and make recommendations on the cost of installing hard-wired carbon monoxide detectors in each instructional school facility in school districts and boards of cooperative educational servic...

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ILSigned into law 07/2013P-12School Evacuations and Law Enforcement Drills
S.B. 1625
Provides that school evacuations may be triggered by the presence of a suspicious person in a school building. Provides that evacuation or reverse-evacuation incidents include a shooting incident (instead of providing that evacuations incidents may include wit...

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MEBecame law without governor's signature 07/2013P-12School Building Security Plans
H.R. 629
Directs the Department of Education to gather information from school administrative units regarding the preparedness of schools to implement required emergency management plans and the present condition of school facilities in terms of facility security in th...

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PASigned into law 07/2013P-12Safe Schools Legislation
S.B. 10
Provides for new targeted grants through the Office of Safe Schools. These grants are for programs and measures to address school violence and security. This includes costs associated with school police and resource officers and the expansion of existing grant...

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RISigned into law 07/2013P-12School Safety and Emergency Plans
Act 152 (S. 800A, H.B. 5940)
Requires school committees to annually review and update school safety and school emergency plans by November 1 of each year. Requires by December 31 of each year, the commissioner of elementary and secondary education to report to the general assembly and to ...

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RISigned into law 07/2013P-12School Safety Assessments and Model School Safety Plan
Public Law 13 (S 0801 Substitute B - Chapter 151)
Directs each school district to conduct a school safety assessment in conjunction with local municipal police and fire departments within 30 days of this Act's passage and every three years thereafter. Also directs the department of elementary and secondary ed...

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ORSigned into law 06/2013P-12School Emergency Procedures
H.B. 2789
Amends existing law to include fire, earthquake, tsunami, and safety threats to its emergency response procedures.
https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2013R1/Measures/Text/HB2789/Enrolled...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12School Marshals
H.B. 1009
Creates a new category of law enforcement officer to be designated a school marshal. Authorizes a school marshal to make arrests and exercise all authority given peace officers under the code of criminal procedure, subject to written regulations of a local dis...

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ALSigned into law 05/2013P-12School Security Personnel and School Resource Officers
S.B. 383
Permits local boards to employ school security personnel or contract with local law enforcement to employ school resource officers. Allows school security personnel or school resource officers to carry a firearm while on duty only if the employee meets specifi...

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FLSigned into law 05/2013P-12Emergency Notification Policies and Procedures
S.B. 284 - Emergency Notification Policies and Procedures
Requires district policies to list the emergency response agency responsible for notifying the school district of emergencies, and to include emergency notification procedures in the district's model emergency management and emergency preparedness procedures. ...

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LASigned into law 05/2013P-12School Crisis Management and Response Plans
H.B. 718
Adds references to school shootings to provisions regarding school crisis management and response plans. Requires that principals prepare plans jointly with local law enforcement, fire, public safety, and emergency preparedness officials, and include these off...

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MTSigned into law 05/2013P-12School Safety, Disaster Drills
S.B. 348
Requires at least 8 disaster drills per year (prior law had specified that at least 4 had to be fire exit drills). Defines "disaster" as the occurrence or imminent threat of damage, injury, or loss of life or property. Requires each local board to adopt a scho...

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TNSigned into law 05/2013P-12Gun Carry on School Grounds
H.B. 6
Allows K-12 school personnel to possess a firearm on school property if the person has a handgun carry permit, is authorized by the school superintendent, and has had 40 hours of basic school policing training.
http://state.tn.us/sos/acts/108/pub/pc0358.pdf...

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ARSigned into law 04/2013P-12Concealed Weapons in Private Church-Operated Schools
S.B. 896
Authorizes carrying of a concealed weapon on the developed property of a kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12) private school operated by a church or other place of worship.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2013/2013R/Bills/SB896.pdf...

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KSSigned into law 04/2013P-12Licensed Concealed Weapons - School Employees
H.B. 2052
Permits school districts and postsecondary educational institutions to allow a licensed employee to concealed carry a handgun if the employee meets the entity's general policy requirements and if the
entity does not have a personnel policy prohibiting employe...

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KYSigned into law 04/2013P-12School Emergency Plans and Emergency Drills
S.B. 8
Identical to H.B. 384, which was also enacted: Requires each building to adopt an emergency plan for fire, severe weather, earthquake or if a building lockdown is required. Requires adopted plan to be shared with first responders, and for plan to be annually r...

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KYSigned into law 04/2013P-12School Emergency Plans and Emergency Drills
H.B. 354
Identical to S.B. 8, which was also enacted: Requires each building to adopt an emergency plan for fire, severe weather, earthquake or if a building lockdown is required. Requires adoped plan to be shared with first responders, and for plan to be annually revi...

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OKSigned into law 04/2013P-12Lockdown Drills
S.B. 256
Requires each district board of education to ensure that a minimum of two (2) lockdown drills are conducted at each public school within the district each school year.
http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2013-14%20ENR/SB/SB256%20ENR.PDF...

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TNSigned into law 04/2013P-12School Safety Drills
S.B. 267
Requires the first fire drill to be conducted earlier in the school year and an intruder drill be conducted.
http://state.tn.us/sos/acts/108/pub/pc0188.pdf...

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WASigned into law 04/2013P-12Taking Measures to Promote Safe School Buildings
S.B. 5197
Requires school districts, and the school safety advisory committee convened by the office of the superintendent of public instruction, to work collaboratively with local law enforcement agencies and school security personnel to develop an emergency response s...

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ARSigned into law 03/2013P-12Safe School Initiative Act
S.B. 140
Provides that a school district must train employees and students in preventing and responding to acts of violence, terrorism, and natural disasters. Includes drafting of emergency preparedness plans, active shooter drills, and tri-annual tornado drills.
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SDSigned into law 03/2013P-12Provide for the Training, and Creation of, Armed School Sentinel Programs
H.B. 1087
Provide for the creation of school sentinel programs and for the training of armed school sentinels. The bill offers the option to arm school employees, hired security, or volunteers in order to secure or enhance the deterrence of physical threat and defense ...

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VASigned into law 03/2013P-12School Lock Down Policies
H.B. 2346
Mandates two lock down drills per year: one in September and another in January. Requires each school safety audit committee to conduct a school inspection walkthrough using a standardized checklist. Directs local superintendent to make the results of each sch...

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DESigned into law 09/2012P-12Omnibus School Safety Act
S.B. 233
Requires the Department of Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS) to work with schools, districts and first responders to develop a comprehensive school safety plan (CSSP) for each public school and district. Each CSSP will be (1) coordinated with law enforcement...

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NVSigned into law 06/2011P-12Responding to Emergencies
S.B. 317
Revising provisions governing plans for responding to a crisis in public schools of school districts, charter schools and private schools, so that such plans also address responding to an emergency; defines what constitutes an emergency; requires establishmen...

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TNSigned into law 06/2011P-12School Closures
S.B. 449
Prohibits charging a teacher with a day of leave for any day on which the teacher's school or school district is closed because of natural disaster, inclement weather, serious outbreak of contagious illness or other unexpected event.
http://state.tn.us/sos/ac...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011Postsec.Postsecondary Emergency Alert Systems
H.B. 2758
Requires public and private institutions of higher education to establish emergency alert systems for students and staff, using e-mail or telephone notifications, by the spring 2012 semester. Establishes procedures. Permits a student or staff member to opt out...

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FLSigned into law 05/2011P-12Firesafety Inspections of Educational Facilities
H.B. 331
From Legislative Staff Summary: Aligns laws governing the State Fire Marshal with educational laws governing firesafety inspections on educational property. Clarifies the firesafety inspection process for charter schools and for public colleges. Requires all p...

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INSigned into law 05/2011P-12Teacher Training on Emergency Medical Procedures
S.B. 176
Requires an applicant for an initial teaching license to be trained and certified in the use of an automated external defibrillator. Requires, after June 30, 2012, an applicant for the renewal of a teaching license to complete training and obtain certification...

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WVSigned into law 05/2011P-12School Crisis Response Plans
S.B. 592
Requires the state board in conjunction with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to promulgate by December 31, 2011, a legislative rule for the establishment of an up-to-date, school specific crisis response plan at every school in the s...

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NDSigned into law 03/2011P-12Emergency Drills
H.B. 1215
Requires each public and nonpublic school (added nonpublic) to conduct fire, tornado, and other emergency or disaster drills, including lockdown drills (added lockdown drills).
http://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/62-2011/documents/11-0570-03000.pdf...

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WISigned into law 05/2010P-12Health-Related School Closures
S.B. 379
Requires a school board, within 24 hours of a school being closed by a local health officer or DHS, or by a school district administrator because of a threat to the health or safety of pupils or school personnel, and within 24 hours of reopening a closed schoo...

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VASigned into law 03/2010Postsec.
Community College
Institutional Crisis and Emergency Management Plan
S.B. 608
Requires the president and vice-president of each public institution of higher education, or the superintendent in the case of the Virginia Military Institute, to annually certify in writing to the Department of Emergency Management comprehension and understan...

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VASigned into law 03/2010Postsec.
Community College
Threat Assessment Teams
H.B. 903/S.B. 207
Exempts all records of threat assessment teams established at public institutions of higher education from the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, and allows these teams to receive health and criminal history records of students for the purposes of a...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Disaster Relief
H.B. 4102
Relates to the disaster contingency fund and relief for school districts located in a disaster area. Provides that a government entity that receives disaster contingency funding and then receives reimbursement from the federal government, an insurer or another...

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TNSigned into law 05/2009P-12Waivers for Makeup Days
S.B. 899
Provides that in the event of a natural disaster or serious outbreak of illness affective or endangering students or staff during a school year, the Commissioner of Education may waive for such school year the requirement for 180 days of classroom instruction,...

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IASigned into law 04/2009P-12Disaster Assistance
S.B. 81
Relates to assisting schools to recover from disaster; changes the approval method for transfers of emergency fund moneys by modifying certain funding provisions to relate to disaster recovery and by allowing area education agency boards greater authority to p...

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VASigned into law 03/2009P-12Assistance in Event of an Emergency
S.B. 1150
Requires all school emergency plans to include a provision that the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the State Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund shall be contacted immediately to deploy assistance in the event of an emergency as defined in the eme...

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COSigned into law 05/2008P-12School Mapping System for First Responders
H.B. 1267
Requires the School Safety Resource Center in the Department of Public Safety to create and operate a first responder school mapping system to provide first responders immediate access to maps of school buildings and other information in the event of an emerge...

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COSigned into law 05/2008P-12School Safety Resource Center
S.B. 1
Creates the School Safety Resource Center to assist schools in preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and crisis situations; sets forth the duties of the center and authorizes the center to employ staff and contract for servi...

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NHSigned into law 05/2008P-12Inspection of Schools by Fire Chiefs
S.B. 376
Requires local fire chiefs to annually inspect all school buildings within his or her jurisdiction and submit a report to the state fire marshal on the fire safety condition of such school buildings.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2008/SB0376.html...

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COSigned into law 04/2008P-12Coordinated Response to School Incidents
S.B. 181
Improves coordination among agencies when responding to school incidents; requires the Department of Public Safety to place on its web site a description of the National Incident Management System and a listing of online courses required to become NIMS certifi...

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CTSigned into law 07/2007P-12School Security Grants
S.B. 1110
Establishes a school security competitive grant program to reimburse towns for certain expenses for schools under the school district for the development or improvement of the security infrastructure of the school, including the installation of surveillance ca...

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MESigned into law 06/2007P-12Automated External Defibrillator
H.B. 1247
Requires every school administrative unit to place an automated external defibrillator in each of the unit's school buildings and make it available for secondary school athletic events inside and outside the building. The bill requires the school administrativ...

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MESigned into law 06/2007P-12School Emergency Plans
H.B. 193
Relates to a school comprehensive emergency management plan; makes the approval of a crisis response plan by a school board public information but makes the contents of the plan confidential and not available to the public; relates to hazards and potential haz...

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NHSigned into law 06/2007P-12Site-Specific Emergency Response Plan
H.B. 556
Requires public and nonpublic schools to develop and implement a site-specific emergency response plan which is based on and conforms to the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2007/H...

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TXSigned into law 06/2007P-12Train Derailment Emergency Plan
S.B. 1504
Requires school districts with schools located within 1,000 yards of a railroad track to establish a policy for responding to train derailments in the district's multihazard emergency operations plan.
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/80R/billtext/pdf/SB0...

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TXSigned into law 05/2007P-12
Postsec.
Automated External Defibrillator
S.B. 7
Requires that at least one automated external defibrillator (AED) be made available at every public school campus, and school athletic competitions and practices, and that someone who knows how to use the AED be present at each location where the device is ava...

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WASigned into law 04/2007P-12Safe School Plans and Task Force on Gangs
S.B. 5097
Schools and school districts are required to adopt, by September 1, 2008, and implement a safe school plan, consistent with the school mapping information system. Each
plan must include required school safety policies and procedures; address emergency mitigati...

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OHSigned into law 12/2006P-12Building Floor Plans Posted with Attorney General
H.B. 79 -- Floor Plan Section
From fiscal notes: Sub. H.B. 422 of the 126th General Assembly required that the Attorney General post a copy of the blueprint for each school building on the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway.  The bill, instead, requires that the Attorney General post a floor pla...

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INAdopted 11/2006P-12Student Absences
512 IAC
Establishes rules regarding the established threshold for absences related to students in local school corporations and accredited nonpublic schools. The threshold of 20 percent must be used to report symptoms and health syndromes from outbreaks or suspected o...

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VAIssued 11/2006P-12
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Emergency Preparedness Planning & Training
E.O. 44
Directs all executive branch agencies, including institutions of higher education, to include emergency preparedness planning, training and promotion as a core component of their mission (Executive Order 2006-42). http://www.governor.virginia.gov/Initiatives/E...

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MOIssued 10/2006P-12Homeland Security Membership
Executive Order 2006-44
Adds elementary and secondary education as another category with full membership representation on the Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee in order to make certain that schools are included and actively engaged in homeland security planning at the s...

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CASigned into law 08/2006P-12Disaster Preparedness Materials
A.B. 103
Requires the State Department of Education to electronically distribute disaster preparedness educational materials and lesson plans that are currently available to local school districts and county offices of education. Requires the department to ensure that ...

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RIBecame law without governor's signature 07/2006P-12Legislative Commission on Viral Pandemic in Schools
S.B. 2300
Creates a fifteen member special legislative commission whose purpose it would be to make a comprehensive study of the impact a viral pandemic would have on the delivery of education to students enrolled in K-12 public and private schools, and who would report...

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MISigned into law 06/2006P-12
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Lockdown Drills
H.B. 4460
Requires school officials to conduct two lockdown drills each school year, for instances including release of hazardous materials or armed individuals near the school.
Reduces the minimum number of required fire drills from eight to six.
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MNSigned into law 05/2006P-12Crisis Management Policy and Advisory Task Force on School and Staff Emergency/All Hazard Preparedness
S.B. 2994
Directs the commissioner of education to maintain and make available to school boards and charter schools a model crisis management policy that that includes – among other items – school lock-down, tornado drills, and school fire drills. The policy must includ...

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OHSigned into law 05/2006P-12School Safety Plans
H.B. 422
Requires community schools and chartered nonpublic schools to adopt school safety plans in the same manner as school districts; exempts school safety plans and school building blueprints from public records law; requires all public and nonpublic schools to con...

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OKAdopted 04/2006P-12Tornado Drills
OAC 210:35-3-186
Amends rules to requires public schools to conduct two tornado drillseach school year. Ensures all public schools are preparing students andemployees for the possibility of hazardous weather conditions. OKLAHOMA 13923...

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TNSigned into law 04/2006P-12Class Size Waiver During Natural Disasters
S.B. 2898
Relates to maximum classroom sizes; In the event of a natural disaster which results in the enrollment of displaced students, the commissioner of education may grant a waiver from the maximum class sizes established in this section.
http://www.legislature.stat...

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WVSigned into law 03/2006P-12Flood Insurance
S.B. 635
Requires boards of education to maintain certain flood insurance (for buildings meeting conditions such as in a flood hazard location; having been flooded in the past, etc.).
http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Text_HTML/2006_SESSIONS/RS/BILLS/sb635%20enr.htm...

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