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2012 ccosa legislative report

2012 CCOSA Legislative Report

Steven Crawford

Andrea Kunkel

Ryan Owens


Hot topics
Hot Topics

  • Laws Impacting School Districts

  • Laws Impacting Employees

  • Laws Impacting Career Technology Centers

  • Laws Impacting Students, Curriculum and Assessment

  • Laws Impacting State Programs / Agencies

  • State Budget and Funding Information



Hb 2306 education omnibus bill
HB 2306 – Education Omnibus Bill

  • HB 2306 requires RSA plans to be electronically submitted and annually updated.

  • HB 2306 requires districts to report the highest-achieved state test performance level, rather than student performance level, on EOI exams.

  • HB 2306 deletes the requirement for districts to submit four-year capital improvement plans to the SDE.

  • HB 2306 requires persistently lowest-achieving schools to annually update and submit their school improvement plan, including alt. ed. plans, to the SDE.

  • Effective 90 days after Adjournment.


Hb 3000 hb 2306 school boards
HB 3000 & HB 2306 – School Boards

  • HB 3000 prohibits members, elected to a full term of office (HB 2306 prohibits members appointed), from being reappointed or reelected to the local board of education if the member fails to earn required continuing education credits.

  • HB 3000 prohibits appointment or reelection for a full term.

  • Effective May 7, 2012.


Hb 2285 alternative certification
HB 2285 – Alternative Certification

  • HB 2285 extends the deadline for alternative certification of SPED, early childhood and elementary education teachers to July 1, 2014.

  • Effective July 1, 2012.


Hb 2684 support personnel
HB 2684 – Support Personnel

  • HB 2684 defines support personnel, for purposes of FBA, as persons working a minimum of six hours per day for a minimum of 1,032 hours per year.

  • Effective July 1, 2012.


Hb 2727 substitute teachers
HB 2727 – Substitute Teachers

  • HB 2727 deletes the current prohibition on non-certified subs serving a maximum of 20 days in a single assignment and allows local boards to decide length of placement.

  • Effective November 1, 2012.


Hb 2330 background checks
HB 2330 – Background Checks

  • HB 2330 authorizes state agencies, higher education institutions, career technology centers and common education institutions to use nationally approved third-party vendors to conduct background screenings.

  • Effective November 1, 2012.


Hb 2306 substitute background checks
HB 2306 – Substitute Background Checks

  • HB 2306 allows school districts to employ returning employees as substitute teachers, without a national background search, if the returning substitute teacher previously served as a full-time teacher in the same district for at least ten consecutive years preceding the application to serve as a substitute teacher. If the substitute applies in another district a national background search shall be performed.

  • Effective 90 days after Adjournment.


Hb 3043 government construction act
HB 3043 – Government Construction Act

  • HB 3043 prohibits districts from discriminating or preferring contractors based on their status / willingness to collectively bargain with their employees.

  • Effective November 1, 2012.


Sb 1882 use of school facilities
SB 1882 – Use of School Facilities

  • SB 1882 allows local school boards to open indoor and outdoor school facilities, outside of normal operating hours, to the public for recreational purposes.

  • SB 1882 provides protection from liability for any claim or loss resulting from use of the facilities.

  • Effective November 1, 2012.


Sb 1316 use of school facilities
SB 1316 – Use of School Facilities

  • SB 1316 protects school districts from liability for any loss or claim resulting from use of a school facility during an emergency.

  • Effective November 1, 2012.


Hb 2750 safety
HB 2750 - Safety

  • HB 2750 authorizes a superintendent and/or principal to order any person attending an official school activity or field trip to leave if the person threatens the peaceful conduct of students.

  • Effective November 1, 2012.



Hb 2244 alternative certification
HB 2244 - Alternative Certification

  • HB 2244 changes the grade point average requirement for alternative placement certificates from 2.5 cumulative to 2.5 retention.

  • Effective Nov. 1, 2012.


Sb 1565 dyslexia training
SB 1565 – Dyslexia Training

  • SB 1565 authorizes the State Regents for higher education to create a comprehensive dyslexia teacher training pilot program.

  • Effective May 3, 2012.


Hb 2790 superintendent certification
HB 2790 – Superintendent Certification

  • HB 2790 allows persons who have completed a M.Ed. or coursework deemed similar by OCTP to approved programs between 7/1/05 and 7/1/12 to sit for the superintendent certification exam.

  • Effective 90 days after adjournment.


Hb 2790 national board certification
HB 2790 – National Board Certification

  • HB 2790 extends the moratorium on OCTP accepting any new National Board Certification applications until June 30, 2013.

  • Effective 90 days after adjournment.


Hb 2623 otrs
HB 2623 - OTRS

  • HB 2623 requires any member of OTRS convicted of a felony, while employed in a district, to forfeit OTRS benefits.

  • HB 2623 allows convicted felon OTRS members to keep all employee contributions.

  • Effective November 1, 2012.


Hb 2320 otrs
HB 2320 - OTRS

  • HB 2320 authorizes the Board of Trustees of OTRS to invest up to 10% of the total value of assets of the system in real property owned or to be acquired by the State of Oklahoma.

  • Effective July 1, 2012.



Sb 1056 trade certifications
SB 1056 – Trade Certifications

  • SB 1056 authorizes career technology districts to establish pilot programs to increase the number of students taking industry certification exams.

  • Career technology districts are authorized to make general fund expenditures to pay for certification exams.

  • Effective July 1, 2012.


Sb 1863 post military credentials
SB 1863 – Post-Military Credentials

  • SB 1863 requires the board of a career technology center to adopt a policy to award educational credit to students enrolling within three years of honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces.

  • SB 1863 authorizes career technology centers to use the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Services when assigning educational credits.

  • Effective November 1, 2012.


Sb 1182 building fund
SB 1182 – Building Fund

  • SB 1182 allows career technology centers to use building funds to purchase / pay for:

    • Computer Systems

    • Student Transportation

    • Grounds Maintenance

    • Instructional and Maintenance Equipment

  • Effective July 1, 2012.



Hb 2970 ace
HB 2970 - ACE

  • HB 2970 requires the State Board of Education to adopt rules creating an appeal process for students denied a standard diploma for failure to meet the requirements of ACE.

  • HB 2970 provides students 30 days to appeal to the State Board of Education.

  • HB 2970 provides SBE 45 days to act on the appeal.

  • Effective April 18, 2012.


Hb 3090 lindsey nicole henry program
HB 3090 – Lindsey Nicole Henry Program

  • HB 3090 allows the SDE to prorate a scholarship to reflect the number of days in the current school year in which a student is enrolled in a private school.

  • HB 3090 allows the SDE to notify private schools of scholarship amounts within 10 days of determining State Aid Factors for the current fiscal year.

  • HB 3090 creates the “Rethinking Special Education, Competency and Transition Taskforce” until May 31, 2013.

  • Effective 90 days after adjournment.


Hb 2494 grading schools a f
HB 2494 – Grading Schools A-F

  • HB 2494 adds to the data to be collected for purposes of grading high schools A through F.

  • HB 2494 will include AP courses taught at technology centers or regional sites of OSSM, including cooperative college alliance credit courses, to count towards the sending high school’s grade of A through F.

  • Effective 90 days after adjournment.


Hb 2511 reading screening tests
HB 2511 – Reading Screening Tests

  • HB 2511 authorizes the State Board of Education to approve reading screening instruments (removes current restriction of three).

  • HB 2511 requires the SBE to adopt one instrument that assesses for phonological awareness, phonics, reading fluency & comprehension; has data management system with diagnostic capability.

  • Effective 90 days after adjournment.


Hb 2516 social promotion ban
HB 2516 – Social Promotion Ban

  • HB 2516 requires screening of kindergarten students.

  • HB 2516 takes away the authority of teachers to notify parents / guardians of a student the teacher believes has an undiagnosed health issue interfering with the student’s ability to read.

  • HB 2516 provides a good cause exemption to students with an IEP requiring OAAP testing.

  • HB 2516 requires principals to document and assess good cause exemption claims and make a retention/promotion recommendation to the superintendent.

  • HB 2516 distributes remediation formula on a per student basis; taking total available funds and dividing by the total number of students in need of remediation.

  • Effective July 1, 2012.


Hb 2641 counseling students
HB 2641 – Counseling Students

  • HB 2641 authorizes the Office of Juvenile Affairs to identify to school districts an evidence-based individual and group counseling program that prevents self-defeating, destructive, or disruptive behavior.

  • The program is subject to the availability of funds.

  • Effective 90 days after Adjournment.


Sb 1119 hearing visual impairments
SB 1119 – Hearing / Visual Impairments

  • SB 1119 requires local districts to provide parents / guardians of students with hearing / visual impairments with written information about programs offered at the School for the Deaf / School for Blind during the IEP process.

  • SB 1119 requires district staff working with such students to have access to resources and information provided by the School for the Deaf / School for Blind.

  • Rules will be developed by the Commission for Rehabilitation Services.

  • Effective July 1, 2012.


Sb 1228 virtual students
SB 1228 – Virtual Students

  • SB 1228 deletes the requirement for the SBE to adopt rules creating an electronic student transfer system which doesn’t require a student to personally appear when seeking to transfer to another district.

  • Effective July 1, 2012.


Sb 1816 virtual charter school
SB 1816 – Virtual Charter School

  • SB 1816 authorizes the SBE to sponsor one statewide virtual charter school for the purposes of providing full-time virtual programs to Oklahoma students.

  • SB 1816 does not stop districts from offering full-time virtual instruction to non-resident students; but does impose new reporting requirements.

  • SB 1816 creates a statewide virtual charter school board and requires the SDE to staff the statewide board.

  • Effective July 1, 2012.



Sb 1797 consolidation of education agencies
SB 1797 – Consolidation of Education Agencies

  • SB 1797 creates the Commission for Education, Instruction Quality and Accountability, beginning January 1, 2013.

  • SB 1797 places the Office of Accountability and the Commission for Teacher Preparation under the newly- created Commission.

  • Requires collaborative creation of rules regarding teacher preparation programs among SBE, OSRHE, OSBCTE.

  • Total implementation of the mandate occurs by January 1, 2015.


Hb 2676 bridge to literacy
HB 2676 – Bridge to Literacy

  • HB 2676 requires the SBE to establish the Bridge to Literacy Program to improve reading skills for students up to the 4th grade.

  • Before 10.1.12, and each 10.1 thereafter that the program is funded, the SDE shall issue an RFP seeking to award grantmoney to private (non-school) entities delivering reading programs to students.

  • Effective July 1, 2012.



Sb 1975 ga bill
SB 1975 – GA Bill

  • SB 1975 provides the general appropriation:

    • Formula: $ 1,007,314,081.00

    • 1017 Fund: $ 726,162,530.00

    • Technology Revolving: $ 47,372,299.00

    • Mineral Leasing (2013): $ 3,800,000.00

    • Lottery (2013): $ 25,873,305.00

    • Lottery (2011): $ 3,529,510.00

    • Special Cash Fund: $ 1,463,127.00

    • Mineral Lease (2011): $ 576,503.00


Sde line items activities budget
SDE Line Items / Activities Budget

  • FBA –

    • Certified Staff: $226,842,833.00

    • Support Staff: $117,321,148.00

    • Total Appropriation: $344,163,981.00

  • National Board Teachers: $ 11,695,000.00

  • Speech Path, Audiologist Bonuses: $ 3,247,350.00

  • Alternative Education: $ 14,877,366.00

  • Reading Sufficiency Act: $ 6,952,869.00

  • Sooner Start / Early Intervention: $ 14,417,922.00

  • Early Childhood Pilot Program: $ 10,000,000.00

  • Federal School Lunch Match: $ 4,960,288.00

  • OTRS Offset Credit: $ 35,311,375.00

  • Truancy Program in Urban County: $ 185,000.00

  • Unrestricted Program Funding: $ 7,925,974.00

  • Textbook Funding to SDE*: $ 33,000,000.00

  • Total SDE Activities Appropriation: $486,737,125.00**


Sb 1443 moratorium on accreditation standards
SB 1443 – Moratorium on Accreditation Standards

  • SB 1443 extends the moratorium on withdrawal of accreditation for failure to meet certain requirements:

    • Class size

    • Library / Media Expenditure

    • Textbooks

  • Moratorium is extended until June 30, 2014.

  • Effective May 10, 2012.


Hb 3056 fba
HB 3056 - FBA

  • HB 3056 requires the SBE to first fully fund the Flexible Benefit Allowance, in absence of a line item appropriation, from funds appropriated in the SDE Activity Account.

  • HB 3056 requires the SDE to disburse FBA payments to districts using the same formula used by the Legislature to fund FBA.

  • HB 3056 changes the eligible / participating employee count from May 1st to February of each year.

  • Effective July 1, 2012.


Textbook funding
Textbook Funding

SB 1816

SB 1535

Provides a new appropriation of $3 million to SBE to be sent to districts for the purchase of textbooks.

Effective July 1, 2012.

  • Amends SB 1975 to redirect $30 million in textbook funding back to districts and away from the SDE.

  • Authorizes the SDE to retain $3 million in textbook funding for use in other SDE programs.

  • Effective July 1, 2012.


Sjr 52 intangible personal property
SJR 52 – Intangible Personal Property

  • SJR 52 will send a question to the people of Oklahoma regarding the assessment of tax on intangible personal property for both locally and centrally assessed entities.

  • The Oklahoma Tax Commission estimates that SJR 52 has a $50 million statewide impact – costing common schools over $32 million.

  • This will be a State Question on the November 2012 ballot.


Sq 758 cap on homestead and agriculture property
SQ 758 – Cap on Homestead and Agriculture Property

  • SQ 758 will be on the November 2012 ballot and will ask Oklahomans whether to lower the cap on fair cash valuation of homestead and agricultural property from 5% to 3%.

  • SQ 758 jeopardizes growth revenue for common schools and career technology centers.


Sde rules
SDE Rules

  • Reading Sufficiency Act

  • Student Transfer

  • Bullying

  • GED

  • Gifted and Talented

  • Grading Schools A Through F

  • Supplemental Online Education

  • ACE Appeals

  • Alternative Certification – World Languages

  • Social Studies PASS Skills



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