Pardon the all caps – the following is a cut-and-paste from the Arkansas General Assembly site.
Here are a few bills that are before the Education committee this week in Arkansas. This is not all inclusive, just some that I thought would be of interest to folks in our organization. For a comprehensive listing of bills, go to http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2017/2017R/Pages/Home.aspx
HOUSE – Meeting Tuesday:
HB1154 – TO REQUIRE THAT ANY INCREASES IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDING EACH SCHOOL YEAR BE USED FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITIES.
HB1155 – TO AMEND THE MINIMUM TEACHER COMPENSATION SCHEDULE ($400 first year, $100 additional the next 2)
Deferred:
HB1017 – TO ALLOW THE TEACHER FAIR DISMISSAL ACT OF 1983 TO BE WAIVED IF A PUBLIC SCHOOL OR PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT IS UNDER STATE AUTHORITY AFTER BEING CLASSIFIED AS BEING IN DISTRESS.
HB1027 – TO PROHIBIT A SCHOOL DISTRICT FROM USING PUBLIC FUNDS TO PAY A TEACHER’S OR CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE’S MEMBERSHIP DUES IN A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION.
HB1029 – TO EXCLUDE PRINCIPALS, ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS, AND CENTRAL OFFICE EMPLOYEES WITH A MULTIYEAR EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT FROM THE DEFINITION OF “TEACHER” UNDER THE TEACHER FAIR DISMISSAL ACT OF 1983.
HB1036 – TO PROHIBIT THE USE BY A STUDENT OF A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL; AND TO ESTABLISH A SECURE, DESIGNATED AREA WITHIN A SCHOOL WHERE A STUDENT WILL DEPOSIT HIS OR HER PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICE DURING THE SCHOOL DAY.
I did not see where the Senate Education committee meets this week. When I get information on their next meeting, I’ll let you know.
I’ll post more as information becomes available. If you have info on these or other bills that concern education, please share!
I’m sure there will be a lot more on both the State and National levels. I’ll do my best to keep you updated.
James Miller
Legislative Chair