Tracking Education In The 2016 Legislative Session

Following up on last year’s “education session,” 2016 looks to be another busy term for lawmakers in Indiana’s General Assembly.

Here’s an up-to-date, easy-to-read list of the bills we’re following at StateImpact and where those measures are in the process – followed by links to the bills themselves and some of our continuing coverage:

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SB 3Sen. Pete MillerEducation technical corrections trailer billGovernor-
SB 4Sen. Mark StoopsAllows state to assign schools the greater of its 2013-14 or 2014-15 A-F grade for the 2014-15 school year. Mandates ISTEP+ results be used in teacher evaluations for the 2015-16 school year.DEAD-
SB 9Sen. Jeff RaatzRemoves requirement that charter schools report certain data to the IDOE. Governor-
SB 10Sen. Jeff RaatzTweaks factors used to determine increases or increments in teacher salary ranges.DEAD-
SB 34Sen. Timothy LananeAllows school districts control over its property tax reductions & credits. DEAD-
SB 63Sen. Luke KenleyEstablishes a panel to study alternatives to the ISTEP program testsDEAD-
SB 73Sen. Jean LeisingRequires school districts to include reading & cursive writing in its curriculum. DEAD-
SB 93Sen. Dennis KruseVarious education matters, including requiring ISTEP+ results are delivered in a timely manner and amending disability categories.Governor-
SB 96Sen. Ron Alting, Sen. Luke KenleyExtends from 3 to 4 years the timeline for serial maturation of notes issued by a school corporation to buy curricular materials. Governor-
SB 139 Sen. Jean LeisingDoesn't allow ISTEP scores from 2014-2015 school year to be used in teacher evaluations or A-F grades for 2015-2016 school yearDEAD-
SB 147Sen. Phillip BootsRequires establishment of minimum standards and approval of best practices for a school emergency response system Governor-
SB 175Sen. Jean LeisingRequires state to establish appropriate academic standards and curricula concerning health education.DEAD-
SB 181Sen. Ed Charbonneau, Sen. Vaneta BeckerSBOE may not assign school or school corporation A-F grades for 2014-2015 school year or be used in teacher evaluations.DEAD-
SB 199Sen. Earline RogersRequires a child to start kindergarten if a child is five by August 1 of the school year.DEAD-
SB 200Sen. Dennis KruseRequires state to assign 2013-14 A-F grade for 2014-2015 school year, if 2014-15 grade is lower. SIgned by governor-
SB 201Sen. Earline RogersAllows for undocumented students to receive in state tuition at Indiana universities if they meet certain criteriaDEAD-
SB 203 Sen. Earline RogersExpands pre-k pilot program to 13 countiesDEAD-
SB 251Sen. Dennis KruseCreates the after school network program fund to fund before and after school programs operated through schools.Governor-
SB 262Sen. Greg TaylorProvides that a school corporation may not expel a student unless the school corporation makes arrangements for the student to attend an alternative school or an alternative education program that agrees to accept the student.DEAD-
SB 268Sen. Greg TaylorRequires the study of ethnic and racial groups to be included as part of each school corporation's high school United States history course.DEAD-
SB 269Sen. Greg TaylorRequires charter schools and nonpublic schools that accept choice scholarships to adopt written discipline rules in the same manner as school corporations.DEAD-
SB 301Sen. Luke KenleyRequires the department of workforce development (DWD) to prepare a report before July 1, 2016, regarding the expected workforce needs of employers during the following 10 years and the training and education that will be required to meet those expected workforce needs. Governor-
SB 307Sen. Luke KenleyConsolidation of school administrative functions.DEAD-
SB 328Sen. Earline RogersEstablishes the teacher assistance grant fund, administered by the commission for higher education, to provide grants for students in teacher training programs who are specializing in high needs subject areas, as determined by the department of education.DEAD-
SB 329Sen. Ryan MishlerExtends for three additional years the statute allowing a school corporation to allocate circuit breaker credits proportionately under certain circumstances (without taking protected taxes into account)DEAD-
SB 330Sen. Ryan MishlerAmends the statute allowing transfers from the state tuition reserve account to the state general fund to be made during the state fiscal year beginning in 2015 and in the state fiscal year beginning in 2016 if distributions for choice scholarships cause a reduction in state tuition support.Governor-
SB 334Sen. Carlin YoderVarious rules to choice scholarship program. DEAD-
SB 335Sen. Vaneta BeckerRequires a school corporation that voluntarily elects to provide school corporation employee health coverage through a state employee health plan to allow an employee who is offered other health coverage through a collective bargaining agreement to choose whether to participate in either of the coverages.Governor-
SB 359Sen. Jeff RaatzSchool corporation tax mattersDEAD-
SB 360Sen. Jeff RaatzChanges the definition of "cohort" for purposes of calculating a high school's graduation rate.DEAD-
SB 363Sen. Earline RogersChanges make up of State Board of EducationDEAD-
SB 368Sen. Frank MrvanSchool discipline and students with disabilitiesDEAD-
SB 379Sen. Pete Miller Establishes a beginning teacher residency program.DEAD-
SB 382Sen. Dennis KruseBeginning teacher residency and master's degree. DEAD-
SB 397Sen. Jeff RaatzSpecial education scholarship accounts. DEAD-
HB 1002Rep. Brian BosmaCreates next generation Hoosier scholarship fund.Governor-
HB 1003Rep. Bob BehningTeacher evaluations and 2015 ISTEP scoresSigned into law by governor-
HB 1004Rep. Bob BehningSchool health and pension plansDEAD-
HB 1005Rep. Dale DeVonCareer pathways program.Governor-
HB 1030Rep. Rhonda RhodesAdministration of standardized tests.DEAD-
HB 1031Rep. Rhonda RhodesProvides that student facilities in school buildings must be designated for use by female students or male students and may be used only by the students of the biological gender for which the facility is designated.DEAD-
HB 1034Rep. Cherrish PryorTeacher scholarships and stipends.DEAD-
HB 1043Rep. Randall FryeSmall school grants.DEAD-
HB 1045Rep. Randall FryeSchool efficiency grants. DEAD-
HB 1080Rep. Jeffrey ThompsonMakes permanent the eligibility of school corporations to allocate circuit breaker credits proportionately.DEAD-
HB 1101Rep. Donna SchaibleyTeacher compensationDEAD-
HB 1109Rep. Todd HustonSchool funding.DEAD-
HB 1114Rep. Clyde KerseyReplaces ISTEP program testing with the Indiana student achievement testing program (ISAT) for school years beginning after June 30, 2017.DEAD-
HB 1115Rep. Tim BrownProvides that the mayor of the city of Gary may authorize charter schools.DEAD-
HB 1117Rep. Jeffrey ThompsonTeacher salaries.DEAD-
HB 1148Rep. Vernon Smith Provides that a school corporation may provide an increase or increment in a local salary range for a teacher that attains a master's or doctorate degree.DEAD-
HB 1150Rep. Melanie WrightStudy of school accountability legislation.DEAD-
HB 1179Rep. Donna HarrisMinority student teaching stipend.Governor-
HB 1194Rep. Randy TruittPrepaid college tuition. DEAD-
HB 1195Rep. Timothy Harman2015 school performance grades.DEAD-
HB 1208Rep. Anthony CookTeacher salary scales.DEAD-
HB 1209Rep. Anthony CookWorkplace Spanish language proficiency endorsement on diploma.Governor-
HB 1219Rep. Edward ClereHigh school diplomas.Governor-
HB 1237Rep. Justin MoedTeacher academyDEAD-
HB 1244Rep. Sheila KlinkerTeacher salary scales.DEAD-
HB 1269Rep. Todd HustonTeacher compensation.DEAD-
HB 1270Rep. Sue ErringtonExpands the prekindergarten pilot program to include 13 countiesDEAD-
HB 1303Rep. Anthony CookSchool corporation capital projects funds.DEAD-
HB 1311Rep. Timothy BrownIndiana education savings account program.DEAD-
HB 1323Rep. Melanie WrightReading requirements.DEAD-
HB 1324Rep. Melanie WrightLength of school year.DEAD-
HB 1327Rep. Charlie BrownMembers of the Gary school board.DEAD-
HB 1330Rep. Bob BehningEducation mattersGovernor-
HB 1339Rep. Randy TruittTeachers.DEAD-
HB 1345Rep. Linda LawsonLaw enforcement and school resource officers.DEAD-
HB 1363Rep. Robert MorrisSchool calendarDEAD-
HB 1370Rep. Wendy McNamaraDual credit teacher tuition waiver.Governor-
HB 1383Rep. Ben SmaltzTeacher salary supplement.DEAD-
HB 1387Rep. Gregory PorterTeacher retention.DEAD-
HB 1394Rep. Bob BehningVarious education matters.Governor-
HB 1395Rep. Bob BehningISTEP matters.Governor-

Source: Indiana General Assembly

Curious what all that means? Here’s a quick reminder of how a bill becomes a law on the state level (keep in mind, at any step in this system doesn’t happen, the bill “dies”):

(A) PRE-INTRODUCTION: An idea is developed, and a senator or representative decides to sponsor it. He or she drafts a bill, with research and technical help from the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency (LSA).

(B) INTRODUCTION: The representative enters the bill into his or her respective chamber. The only exception here is that bills raising revenue can only originate in the House.

(C) CONSIDERATION: This is where the sausage is made. Chamber leadership calls the bill for discussion.

  • First reading: The bill is read aloud to the entire chamber and assigned to an appropriate chamber committee for review.
  • Committee: The committee chairperson puts the bill up for public hearing, where the full committee hears testimony, discusses merits and pitfalls of the measure, and votes to advance the bill.
  • Second reading: The bill is returns to the chamber it came from for discussion before the entire body. Any legislator in that body can suggest amendments to the bill, which have to be approved by a majority vote. After all approved amendments have been added, the chamber votes to advance the bill as a whole. The chamber may also send the bill back to committee, if they need more information.
  • Third reading: The same chamber now schedules the same bill for a third discussion. This is the same process as the second reading, except that any proposed amendments must be approved by a two-thirds majority. The chamber votes to advance the bill as a whole.
  • Opposite chamber: The bill moves to the other legislative chamber, who then repeats the same process of consideration (first reading > committee > second reading > third reading).
  • Finalizing: The bill returns to the chamber of origin, which must approve or deny any amendments their counterparts added. If approved, the bill moves on. If denied, the bill goes to a conference committee – a group made up of two members from each chamber, one from each political party. Once they reach agreement, the bill returns to both chambers for approval.

(D) GOVERNOR’S ACTION: The bill is presented to the governor, who has seven days to act. He or she has three options: He can sign the bill, in which case it becomes law; He can do nothing, in which case the bill becomes law without his signature; or, he can veto the bill, in which case it goes back to the House and Senate, who have the opportunity to over-ride the veto with a two-thirds majority vote. If both chambers achieve that majority, the bill becomes law.

Keep in mind, even if a bill dies, the language of that bill can be put into another bill (although that’s not guaranteed). That’s why issues aren’t technically considered dead until the session officially ends in April.

Got it? If you want to see other explanations, check out how the General Assembly itself and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce spell it out.