Requires a high school student or an adult education program student to pass a basic civics test as a condition for receiving a high school diploma or adult education secondary diploma.
Creates the Minimum Basic Growth Account; amends the calculation of the school minimum basic tax rate; requires a certain amount of revenue collected from the minimum basic tax rate to be deposited into the Minimum Basic Growth Account; distributes money deposited into the Minimum Basic Growth account to the Capital Outlay Foundation Program and the Capital Outlay Enrollment Growth Program.
Makes the program ongoing instead of a pilot.
Creates a pilot program to provide instruction to public school students in 8th grade on firearm safety and violence prevention; directs the Office of the Attorney General, in collaboration with the Sate Board of Education, to select a provider to supply materials and curriculum; provides that a public school may participate in the pilot program, subject to certain conditions.
Requires a school district to allocate 25% of district per pupil revenues for each student of the school district who is enrolled in a charter school regardless of the charter school students’ average local revenues.
Amends the definition of an eligible teacher; changes the amount of the salary supplement for eligible teachers; changes the entity that distributes money for the Teacher Salary Supplement Program.
Enacts a nonrefundable tax credit for certain expenses an educator incurs.
Requires a school district or charter school that purchases educational technology to ensure that adequate on and off campus Internet filtering is in place; directs a school community council to create a subcommittee on safe technology utilization and digital citizenship; expands the allowable uses of School LAND Trust Program money, subject to certain conditions.
Modifies requirements for providing and obtaining employment and disciplinary history of school personnel; modifies requirements and procedures for educator licensing; gives rulemaking authority to the State Board of Education.
Creates the Charter School Funding Task Force; provides for membership of the task force and compensation for members; and specifies duties and responsibilities of the task force.
Requires a school to obtain prior written consent from a student’s parents before the school can provide human sexuality instruction to a student; at a parent’s choosing, requires a school to: waive a student’s human sexuality instruction requirements; provide a student with a reasonable alternative to the human sexuality instruction requirement; and provides that a student student’s academic or citizenship performance may not be penalized if a parent chooses not to have a student participate in human sexuality instruction.
Expands the granite program for teacher training in math by allowing a grant to be used to provide a stipend, professional development, and leadership opportunities to an experienced mathematics teacher to assist the teacher in becoming a teacher leader.
Creates the Strengthening College and Career Readiness Program, a competitive grant program for LEAs to enhance the skill level of school counselors to provide college and career counseling.
The State Board shall consult with endowed chairs from higher education and with integrated arts advocates to administer the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Elementary Arts program.