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SB 0042 - Education; school climate rating does not include discipline data; provide

Tracking Level: Watch
Sponsor: Jeff Mullis (R)
Last Action: 4/7/2021 - Senate - Senate Sent to Governor
Senate Committee: Education and Youth
House Committee: Education

Staff Analysis of the Legislation

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SUMMARY:  LC 49 0273  SB42/CSFA  LC 49 0531S

The House Education Committee substitute added the language of HB 545, the Equal Opportunity for Access in Education Act, but renamed it the Dexter Mosley Act which is SB 51.  The two bills are very similar. HB 545 does not include the hardship waiver from the requirement that a new home schooler sit out 12 months that SB 51 does.  HB 545 does not include a physcal exam in the requirements a home school student would have to meet but SB 51 does. HB 545 does say the home schooler must meet "other rules and requirements applicable to all students for participation," so the physical would apply to activities requiring one.   

The bill further revised SB 42 to remove the language regarding taking discipline data out of the climate rating -- the original purpose for the bill. The following provisions from SB 42 remain:

It would require that student discipline data and information be included in the annual report done by the Governor's Office of Student Achievement under 20-14-27(a)(2).

It would require each local school system to publish electronically in a prominent place on its website the reported information on student disciplinary and placement actions as reported to the Department of Education under 20-2-740(a) and (b) and shall provide a printed copy of the information for a specific school upon request for no charge "in a format that can be easily understood by parents and other members of the community who are not educators."  The published information must report the information for each school in the district.

Nothing in the bill would change any obligation to report a violation of the code of conduct as required by policy or law. 

EFFECTIVE DATE:

July 1, 2021 


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