Erin Tuttle: Considering the evidence showing the discipline policies pushed by the U.S. Department of Education’s federal guidance makes schools less safe and even dangerous, why would Indiana legislators even consider adopting HB 1421?
J.R. Wilson: There is a good chance social-emotional learning is already embedded in education programs across your state. Is it possible it is embedded in your state’s ESSA plan?
A bill in the Iowa Senate would require the Iowa Department of Education to identify their statutory or regulatory authority for any request for reports made of school districts. A common sense measure every state should implement.
A bill filed in the Florida House and in the Florida Senate allows Florida school districts to write their own standards provided they are equivalent to or better than the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.
SB18-011, filed this week in the Colorado Senate, seeks to ensure that students whose parents opt them out of assessments do not face punitive measures at school.
HB 2037, a bill filed in the Arizona House of Representatives, if passed would not require high school juniors to take AzMerit or the AIMS Science test. Instead, they would take a college-readiness exam like ACT or SAT.
Alabama State Senator Greg Albritton (R-Atmore) proposed replacing Alabama’s elected state board of education with an appointed “board of counsel.”