HB 2 (BR 8) - J. Greer, G. Stumbo, R. Meeks, J. Adams, R. Adams, R. Adkins, L. Belcher, J. Bell, T. Burch, D. Butler, J. Carney, M. Cherry, L. Clark, W. Coursey, R. Damron, M. Denham, K. Flood, J. Glenn, D. Graham, R. Henderson, J. Hoover, D. Horlander, W. Hurt, J. Jenkins, M. King, Ji. Lee, T. McKee, C. Miller, T. Mills, L. Napier, R. Nelson, M. Nemes, F. Nesler, S. Overly, R. Rand, J. Richards, S. Riggs, T. Riner, C. Rollins II, S. Santoro, J. Short, F. Steele, W. Stone, T. Thompson, J. Wayne, A. Webb-Edgington, S. Westrom, B. Yonts, J. York
AN ACT relating to school dropout prevention.
Amend KRS 159.010 to require compulsory attendance for children ages 6 to 17 by July 1, 2015, and for children ages 6 to 18 by July 1, 2016; continue dropout conferences until July 1, 2016; make technical corrections; amend KRS 159.020 to conform; create new sections of KRS Chapter 158 to clarify the purpose of alternative education programs; require the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations establishing definitions, policies, and guidelines for student assignment and data collection protocols relative to alternative education programs; require local school districts to track the academic progress of students enrolled in alternative education programs; require the Kentucky Department of Education to file a data report by December 1, 2013, and annually thereafter, to the Interim Joint Committee on Education; require the use of experienced and certified teachers; prohibit assignment of inexperienced teachers to alternative education programs, except if the commissioner of education grants a waiver of the requirement; prohibit assignment of teachers and staff being disciplined to alternative education programs; require appropriate staff development; require districts to track expenditures and report them to the Kentucky Department of Education; amend KRS 158.812 to add language stating the intent of the General Assembly relative to career and technical education programs.
HB 2 - AMENDMENTS
HFA (1, A. Wuchner) - Retain original provisions except require the Kentucky Department of Education to encourage local school districts, teachers, and administrators to use a variety of educational assessment and intervention strategies, including RTI, to determine students at risk of dropping out of school, to plan specialized services to reduce the number of dropouts, and to increase the number of students completing high school.
HFA (2/Title, A. Wuchner) - Make title amendment.
HFA (3, A. Wuchner) - Retain original provisions except create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to be numbered KRS 158.142 to establish the option for early high school graduation beginning in the 2012-2013 school year; define the curriculum requirements for early graduation and admission into a Kentucky public two-year institution or four-year university; require that students obtain a qualifying benchmark score on each of the end-of-course examinations that make up the high school achievement portion of the accountability system under KRS 158.6453 and that students obtain a qualifying benchmark score on a world language proficiency assessment approved by the Kentucky Board of Education establish the Early Graduation Scholarship Certificate and the processes for awarding it and using it; create a new section of KRS 164 to create the early graduation scholarship fund to be administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority; amend KRS 157.360 to describe how state funds from the SEEK appropriation will be transferred to the scholarship fund to support early high school graduates; amend KRS 158.140 to limit the powers of the Kentucky Board of Education or a local board from imposing graduation requirements that would prohibit a student from pursuing an early graduation program; amend KRS 164.7879 to prescribe how an annual KEES award for an early graduate would be calculated; amend KRS 157.420 to conform; APPROPRIATION.
HFA (4, A. Wuchner) - Retain original provisions except create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to define "aphasia," "dyscalculia," "dyslexia," "phonemic awareness," and "scientifically based research"; require the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations for district-wide reporting on the use of K-3 response-to-intervention implementation in reading by August 1, 2012, in mathematics by August 1, 2013, and behavior by August 1, 2014; require the Department of Education, on or before January 1, 2012, to make available technical assistance, training, and a Web-based resource to assist all local school districts in the implementation of the system and instructional tools based on scientifically based research; require the department to collaborate with other state agencies and organizations; require conformity with 20 U.S.C. sec. 1414(a)(1)(E) for initial evaluations of students with suspected disabilities; require the department to report to the Interim Joint Committee on Education on implementation by November 30, 2012, and annually thereafter; amend KRS 157.200 to conform with the federal definition of a specific learning disability".
Mar 14-introduced in House; to Education (H); taken from Education (H); 1st reading; returned to Education (H); posting waived
Mar 15-reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules
Mar 16-floor amendments (1) (2-title) (3) and (4) filed ; placed in the Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 16, 2011; 3rd reading, passed 87-13; received in Senate