Senate Study Bill 3010 



                                       SENATE/HOUSE FILE       
                                       BY  (PROPOSED DEPARTMENT OF
                                            EDUCATION BILL)


    Passed Senate, Date               Passed House,  Date             
    Vote:  Ayes        Nays           Vote:  Ayes        Nays         
                 Approved                            

                                      A BILL FOR

  1 An Act relating to the elimination of reporting or data
  2    collection requirements related to the department of
  3    education.
  4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
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  1  1    Section 1.  Section 256.7, subsection 21, paragraph c, Code
  1  2 Supplement 2007, is amended to read as follows:
  1  3    c.  A requirement that all school districts and accredited
  1  4 nonpublic schools annually report to the department and the
  1  5 local community the district=wide progress made in attaining
  1  6 student achievement goals on the academic and other core
  1  7 indicators and the district=wide progress made in attaining
  1  8 locally established student learning goals.  The school
  1  9 districts and accredited nonpublic schools shall demonstrate
  1 10 the use of multiple assessment measures in determining student
  1 11 achievement levels.  The school districts and accredited
  1 12 nonpublic schools shall also report the number of students who
  1 13 graduate, utilizing the definition of graduation rate
  1 14 specified by the national governors association; the number of
  1 15 students who drop out of school; the number of students
  1 16 pursuing a high school equivalency diploma pursuant to chapter
  1 17 259A; the number of students who were enrolled in the district
  1 18 within the past five years and who received a high school
  1 19 equivalency diploma; the percentage of students who receive a
  1 20 high school diploma and who were not proficient in reading,
  1 21 mathematics, and science in grade eleven; the number of
  1 22 students in the prior year who were enrolled as high school
  1 23 juniors who are within four units of meeting the district's
  1 24 graduation requirements; the number of students who are tested
  1 25 and the percentage of students who are so tested annually; and
  1 26 the percentage of students who graduated during the prior
  1 27 school year and who completed a core curriculum.  The board
  1 28 shall develop and adopt uniform definitions consistent with
  1 29 the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Pub. L. No.
  1 30 107=110 and any federal regulations adopted pursuant to the
  1 31 federal Act.  The school districts and accredited nonpublic
  1 32 schools may report on other locally determined factors
  1 33 influencing student achievement.  The school districts and
  1 34 accredited nonpublic schools shall also report to the local
  1 35 community their results by individual attendance center.
  2  1    Sec. 2.  Section 257.30, unnumbered paragraph 1, Code 2007,
  2  2 is amended to read as follows:
  2  3    A school budget review committee is established in the
  2  4 department of education and consists of the director of the
  2  5 department of education, the director of the department of
  2  6 management, and three members who are knowledgeable in the
  2  7 areas of Iowa school finance or public finance issues
  2  8 appointed by the governor to represent the public.  At least
  2  9 one of the public members shall possess a master's or doctoral
  2 10 degree in which areas of school finance, economics, or
  2 11 statistics are an integral component, or shall have equivalent
  2 12 experience in an executive administrative or senior research
  2 13 position in the education or public administration field.  The
  2 14 members appointed by the governor shall serve staggered
  2 15 three=year terms beginning and ending as provided in section
  2 16 69.19 and are subject to senate confirmation as provided in
  2 17 section 2.32.  The committee shall meet and hold hearings each
  2 18 year and shall continue in session until it has reviewed
  2 19 budgets of school districts, as provided in section 257.31.
  2 20 It may call in school board members and employees as necessary
  2 21 for the hearings.  Legislators shall be notified of hearings
  2 22 concerning school districts in their constituencies. An agenda
  2 23 of scheduled hearings and minutes of proceedings shall be
  2 24 posted on the department's internet site.
  2 25    Sec. 3.  Section 257.31, subsection 2, Code Supplement
  2 26 2007, is amended to read as follows:
  2 27    2.  The committee shall report to each session of the
  2 28 general assembly, which report shall include any recommended
  2 29 changes in laws relating to school districts, and shall
  2 30 specify the number of hearings held annually, the reasons for
  2 31 the committee's recommendations, information about the amounts
  2 32 of property tax levied by school districts for a cash reserve,
  2 33 and other information the committee deems advisable.
  2 34    Sec. 4.  Section 257.31, subsection 9, Code Supplement
  2 35 2007, is amended to read as follows:
  3  1    9.  When the committee makes a decision under subsections 3
  3  2 through 8, it shall make all necessary changes in the district
  3  3 cost, budget, and tax levy.  It shall give written notice of
  3  4 its decision, including all such changes, to the school board
  3  5 through the department of education.
  3  6    Sec. 5.  Section 260C.14, subsection 21, Code 2007, is
  3  7 amended by striking the subsection.
  3  8    Sec. 6.  Section 279.63, subsection 2, paragraph e, Code
  3  9 2007, is amended by striking the paragraph.
  3 10    Sec. 7.  Section 279.63, subsection 3, Code 2007, is
  3 11 amended to read as follows:
  3 12    3.  Copies of a school district's financial report for the
  3 13 previous school year shall be posted on an internet website
  3 14 site maintained by the school district at the beginning of the
  3 15 school year by January 1 of each school year.  If the school
  3 16 district does not maintain or develop a website an internet
  3 17 site, the school district shall either distribute or post
  3 18 written copies of the financial report at specified locations
  3 19 throughout the school district.
  3 20    Sec. 8.  Section 282.24, subsection 1, unnumbered paragraph
  3 21 3, Code 2007, is amended by striking the unnumbered paragraph.
  3 22    Sec. 9.  Section 298.6, Code 2007, is amended to read as
  3 23 follows:
  3 24    298.6  PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF OUTSTANDING LEVIES.
  3 25    The board of directors of a school district shall, prior to
  3 26 certifying any levy by board approval, or submitting a levy
  3 27 for voter approval, facilitate public access to a complete
  3 28 listing of all outstanding levies within the school district
  3 29 by rate, amount, duration, and the applicable maximum levy
  3 30 limitations.  The information relating to outstanding levies
  3 31 shall be posted on an internet website site maintained by the
  3 32 school district at the beginning of the school year by January
  3 33 1 of each school year, and updated prior to board approval or
  3 34 submission for voter approval of any levy during the school
  3 35 year.  If the school district does not maintain or develop a
  4  1 website an internet site, the school district shall either
  4  2 distribute or post written copies of the listing at specified
  4  3 locations throughout the school district.
  4  4    Sec. 10.  Sections 726.21, 726.22, and 726.23, Code 2007,
  4  5 are repealed.
  4  6                           EXPLANATION
  4  7    This bill eliminates reporting or data collection
  4  8 requirements related to the department of education.
  4  9    The bill eliminates the clauses in Code section 256.7,
  4 10 subsection 21, that refer to a formula to calculate a
  4 11 graduation rate based on the number of ninth graders that
  4 12 actually graduate.  The department's statewide student data
  4 13 management system will be able to directly determine a
  4 14 graduation rate this next school year.  The requirement to
  4 15 collect the percentage of students who are within four credits
  4 16 of graduating at the end of their junior year is eliminated.
  4 17    Language is deleted from Code sections 257.30 and 257.31
  4 18 that refers to department reports to the legislature.  In Code
  4 19 section 257.31, subsection 9, language is eliminated that
  4 20 requires the school budget review committee to give written
  4 21 notice of all its actions under Code section 257.31,
  4 22 subsections 3 through 8, to a school board through the
  4 23 department of education.
  4 24    The bill eliminates Code section 260C.14, subsection 21, as
  4 25 the department otherwise reports on high school equivalency
  4 26 diploma success rates.
  4 27    Code section 279.63, subsection 2, paragraph "e", which
  4 28 requires reporting of teacher and administrator health
  4 29 insurance benefits and options, is stricken.  Reporting dates
  4 30 are changed from the beginning of the school year to January 1
  4 31 in Code sections 279.63, subsection 3, and 298.6 dealing with
  4 32 financial and property tax levy reports posted on the
  4 33 internet.
  4 34    The provision in Code section 292.24 that requires the
  4 35 department to notify districts about maximum tuition rates,
  5  1 which are the district costs per pupil, is deleted as the
  5  2 districts otherwise receive this information from the
  5  3 department of management.
  5  4    The bill repeals Code sections 726.21, 726.22, and 726.23,
  5  5 which comprise the child identification and protection Act.
  5  6    Those Code sections relate to the conditions when the
  5  7 fingerprinting of children is allowed by a governmental unit.
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