2018 Session

Second Special Session Legislation

(passed concurrently with the 2018 regular legislative session)
HB1010xx (Wallace/David) Increased the tax on cigarettes, motor vehicle fuel, gross production tax on oil and gas, and hotel stays.

HB1011xx (Wallace/David) Capped the itemized deduction allowable on an Oklahoma income tax return at $17,000, excluding charitable contributions and medical expenses.

HB 1019xx (Wallace/David) Provides for online third-party retailers making sales in Oklahoma to remit sales tax on purchases made to the Tax Commission- referred to as the “Amazon” tax.

HB1023xx (Wallace/David) Increases the state teacher minimum salary schedule from $5,001 to $8,395, depending on years of service and level of education.

HB1024xx (Wallace/David) Increases state employee salaries by $750 to $2,000, depending on current salary.

HB1026xx (Wallace/David) Increases salaries of full-time education support professionals by $1,250.

2018 Regular Session Legislation

Career Readiness

SB 1171 (Jech/Wright) Creates the Work-Based Learning Program through The Governor's Council on Workforce and Economic Development, with the goal of increasing the number of apprenticeships and jobs.

Certification

HB 3309 (Baker/Bice) Renames resident teachers to inductees and allows inductees to be traditional, alternative, or emergency certified teachers. SBE may promulgate rules for administration of the induction program.

SB 980 (Griffin/Baker) Creates new optional teacher certifications through the SDE for those who want to go over and above regular certification.  It will be implemented in certain districts through a pilot program.  The categories are lead teacher and master teacher.  Both entail additional duties and additional compensation.  At this time, there is no state funding, so any districts that participate will have to fund it themselves.

SB 1074 (McCourtney/J. West) Sets qualifications and requirements to be licensed as a speech pathologist or audiologist.  Permits issuance of a temporary license to qualified persons.

Concurrent Enrollment

SB 1196 (Stanislawski/Nollan) Authorizes high school students meeting eligibility requirements to take concurrent enrollment classes at any institution within the state's system of higher education.  Increases the number of hours a junior in high school can take concurrently to nine hours, as long as the program is fully funded. 

Consolidation

HB 1334 (Hoskin/Sparks) Allows the school board of a consolidated or annexed district to transfer real property to a housing authority. Previously they could only transfer to a political subdivision or to higher education.

Curriculum

HB 3221 (Nollan/Stanislawski) Requires SDE to adopt a timeline for transition to electronic rather than printed assessments.  Requires information about Juneteenth be included in social studies curriculum.

SB 1370 (Smalley/Hilbert) Allows high school students to meet one of their math credits required for graduation by completing a one year, full-time, three credit hour career and technology program that leads to an industry credential/certificate or college credit. 

SB 1566 (Bergstrom/Frix) The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department may coordinate with the Oklahoma Historical Society and the State Department of Education to develop educational programs and materials for Oklahoma schools that promote learning both by reading about and visiting historical sites throughout the State of Oklahoma.

Funding

HB 3375 (Wallace/McCourtney) Relates to tribal gaming by allowing for the use of “ball and dice” for Las Vegas style roulette and craps games.

SB 1198 (Stanislawski/T. West) Requires the Oklahoma Tax Commission to include on each individual income or corporate tax return form an opportunity for the taxpayer to donate for the benefit of the Public School Classroom Support Revolving Fund. 

SB 1398 (Bice/Hall) Expands the definition of the school building fund to include operations should the language in SJR 70 be approved by voters.

SJR 70 (Bice/Hall) Constitutional Amendment referred to a vote of the people to expand the permitted use for certain ad valorem taxes levied by a school district for buildings to include use for operations.

Graduation

HB 2911 (Dollens/Pugh) Specifies that in exploring postsecondary career options as part of the Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP), schools must include military careers, apprenticeship programs, and career and technology programs leading to certification or licensure.

Insurance

SB 1015 (Stanislawski/Caldwell) Allows employees of an educational service provider contracted with a school district who perform functions that would otherwise be performed by school district employees to qualify for the flexible benefit allowance. 

OHLAP

HB 3592 (McCall/David) Requires OHLAP funds to be returned if a student withdraws from a course prior to the add/drop date.

Pay

HB 2009 (Rogers/Smalley) Requires the SDE to annually publish on its website within one click of the homepage information listing increases in salaries, wages, rates of pay, fringe benefits, or changes in job class if that change resulted in an increase in pay or benefits.

Payroll Deduction

SB 960 (Daniels/Sears) Requires that payroll deduction notices for initiation or termination be accepted via email or fax.

Retirement

HB 1340 (McDaniel/Treat) Provides public retirees a one-time stipend that is the lesser amount of 2% of their gross annual retirement benefit or $1000.  (Average teacher stipend will be approximately $300.)

Safe Schools

HB 2259 (Kerbs/Sharp) Additional child abuse and neglect reporting requirements for education employees.  Reporting “promptly” has been amended to reporting “immediately.”

SB 950 (Stanislawski/Rogers) Requires schools to allow a student to possess and self-apply sunscreen that is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration without the written authorization of a parent, legal guardian or physician.  Permits a school nurse or designated school employee to assist a student in applying sunscreen, with written parental permission.

SB 1287 (Smalley/Baker) Prohibits consolidation of a school’s Safe School Committee with its Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee.  Redefines bullying.   

SB 1150 (Griffin/Russ) Mandates school employees and board members report any threats or threatening behavior towards students, personnel, or property.  Mandates employees suspecting abuse or neglect to report to DHS and local law enforcement. 

School Boards

HB 2082 (Jordan/Pugh) Sets the date for school board general elections on the first Tuesday of April each year. Primary elections set for the second Tuesday of February each year, unless there is a presidential primary and then it will be set on that date. If there are only two candidates, they will be on the general election ballot. If there are more than two candidates, they will be on the primary election ballot. If a candidate receives more than 50 percent, they will be elected to the office from the primary.  If not, the top two performers will be on the general election ballot.

HB 3117 (Newton/Bice) Requires school boards to declare a seat vacant within 60 days of a member failing to complete instructional and continuing education requirements.

Special Needs

SB 929 (Stanislawski/Baker) Updates some labels of impairments that affect students with disabilities. Defines hearing impairment (separate from deafness), orthopedic impairment, autism, and traumatic brain injury. Specifies calculations for each new condition within the weighted pupil category.

Standards

HB 3311 (Baker/Bergstrom) Requires inclusion of the U.S. naturalization test into subject matter standards for history, social studies, and U.S. government courses. Requires government classes to include civics lessons defined as the study of rights and duties of Oklahoma and U.S. citizens and how each respective government works.

Task Forces

HB 3313 (Baker/Bice) adds a speech-language pathologist, appointed by the Speaker, to the Dyslexia and Education Task Force.

Testing

SB 1197 (Stanislawski/Nollan) Changes the performance bands when reporting standardized test results, brings them in alignment with NAEP for comparability purposes, including advanced, proficient, basic, and below basic.

 

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