2017 Legislative Session

Legislative Update for April 21, 2017

Updates on Legislation

 

The week of April 24 is deadline week, meaning this is the last week for bills to be heard by the opposite chamber in which they were filed. 

 

Here's an update on several bills we've been tracking this session.

What passed:

  • HB 1693 — by Rep. Scott Martin, R-Norman, and Rep. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa — codifies the new A to F school evaluation formula. This proposal is an improvement on the current A to F framework. Rep. J.J. Dossett, D-Owasso, proposed an amendment to eliminate the single summative grade, but it was rejected. Schools and districts will still receive a letter grade. It's been approved by both houses and now heads to the governor's desk. 

What failed:

  • HB 1602 — by Rep. John Enns, R-Enid, and Rep. Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee — requires school boards to adopt policies allowing teachers to assign grades that reflect mastery, not a minimum grade. It failed the Senate. 

What's up next:

  • SB 2 — by Dossett and Rep. Katie Henke, R-Tulsa — removes the requirement for the state U.S. history exams for high school students. This is the last non-federally mandated state test left for our students. It's on the House of Representatives agenda, and we have confidence it will be heard. 

Two bills about third grade reading are still alive, but they both need to be on the House and Senate agendas so lawmakers can vote. Please call your policymakers and ask these bills to be heard!

  • SB 84 — by Sen. Michael Bergstrom and Henke — extends the Student Reading Proficiency Teams for five years. It also stops a change this year that allows students who score in the "limited knowledge" category to be retained. So far, retention under the Reading Sufficiency Act has only affected students who scored in the "unsatisfactory" category. It's not on the House of Representatives agenda yet, so please contact your Representatives and let them know this bill needs to be heard!

  • HB 1760 — by Sen. Jason Smally, R-Stroud, and Henke — would make the Student Reading Proficiency Teams permanent. The bill does not address the "limited knowledge" score change. Please call your Senators and ask this bill be heard!

 

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