- Number of bills in House that the ASC is following: 55
- Number of bills in Senate that the ASC is following: 38
- Total number of bills dealing with K-12 Education: 93
- Total number of bills in consideration (all subject areas): 1,057
- Percentage of bills dealing with K-12 Education: 8.8%
Of the 93 Bills Followed by the ASC
- Total number enacted: 3
- Total number passed by House, received favorable report from Senate committee: 3
- Total number passed by Senate, received favorable report from House committee: 2
- Total number passed by House, in Senate committee: 6
- Total number passed by Senate, in House committee: 2
- Total number in House, received favorable report from House committee: 8
- Total number in Senate, received favorable report from Senate committee: 8
- Total number still in committee: 61
You know I have to put this here. You have to watch it. Especially if you were born after 1967.
Subject Matter of What’s Left on the Table for Now
Some bills that have made it through its house of origin (that’s house with a lower-case “h”, meaning that it could have originated in the House or the Senate) and have received a favorable report from the second house’s committee (meaning all that’s left for it is to be voted on by the full second house) are:
- the 21st Century Workforce Act, which provides for the sale of up to $50 million in bonds to be used for career tech education purposes;
- a bill providing for warrantless arrest for persons allegedly trespassing on educational institution property;
- Caylee’s Law, which would provide for criminal penalties for failure to report a missing child;
- a bill allowing for the display of the Ten Commandments on any state-owned property and other provisions to protect individual’s religious liberties;
- the Educational Accountability and Intervention Act, which specifies procedure for intervening in local school districts when parameters of achievement (or lack thereof) are met.
The House passed a $5.7 billion Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget that is set to be considered by a Senate committee soon, probably this week.
Most school safety bills are still in committee, delineating wide-ranging solutions to make our schools safer for our children.
Lots and lots of bills left on the table regarding policy and curriculum issues, including a trio of bills introduced last week to prohibit the State Board of Education from utilizing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as part of Alabama’s College and Career-Ready Standards (CCRS). Earlier attempts to get rid of CCSS failed, and these new bills aim more clearly at the main goal of removing CCSS from Alabama’s CCRS. HB565, SB403 and SB404 are the trio currently sitting in committee. Additionally, a bill (SB424) aimed at ensuring data containing information about our children are not shared with, well, anyone that doesn’t need access to that data for educational reasons were introduced last week as well.
Two bills aimed at increasing transparency are still on the table: HB535 would require school district audits to be placed online, and HB608 would require state agencies (including boards of education) to respond to an Open Records request within 10 business days of receipt of the request. Currently, there is NO time limit in which a state agency must respond to a request, which basically results in state agencies not having to respond, period. Unless you want to sue them, which is costly for everyone, especially the taxpayers that are forced to fund the attorneys who defend the state agency’s nonresponsiveness.