A new mega bill HB 7069 for education was released last night–278 pages long. It combined provisions from other bills. The funding is dismal; for most districts there will be less money next year. Local district capital outlay funds do not increase and must be shared with charters which seriously harms districts.
Other provisions impact teacher bonuses and scholarships and expansion of charter schools by taking over schools in low income areas without requiring district oversight.
Testing and accountability have minor changes–Algebra II EOC is no longer required and the testing window is pushed back by allowing paper and pencil test for grades 3-6. Districts may determine data for teacher evaluations.
Schools of Excellence and Schools of Hope are created. It seems as though current state regulations now apply only to schools earning a grade of ‘B’ or ‘C’. The others are granted flexibility. The logic is flawed there. The needs for the middle (or most students) are ignored.
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