Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 297

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-30-2-9; IC 20-32-5-15.

Synopsis: School start date. Prohibits public schools and accredited nonpublic schools from beginning student instructional days for a school year before the fourth Monday in August, beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. Excludes a year-round school. Provides that the department of education shall develop guidelines for a school corporation to request a waiver of the school start date requirement if a school within the school corporation is placed in the lowest category or designation of school improvement. Provides that the department shall develop guidelines for a school corporation to request a waiver of the school start date requirement if the school corporation averaged more than ten canceled school days over the previous five years due to inclement weather. Requires the governing body of a school corporation to approve the date when a school year may begin at a public meeting for which public notice has been provided and at which public testimony is allowed. Requires the ISTEP applied skills assessment be administered to applicable students within a window of 150 to 155 student instructional days after the school's academic school year begins.

Effective: July 1, 2012.





Leising




    January 5, 2012, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career Development.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 117th General Assembly (2012)


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SENATE BILL No. 297



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 20-30-2-9; (12)IN0297.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-30-2-9 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 9. (a) This section does not apply to a collective bargaining agreement between a school employer (as defined in IC 20-29-2-15) and an exclusive representative (as defined in IC 20-29-2-9) that was entered into before July 1, 2011.
    (b) This section does not apply to a school that is currently administering a year-round school calendar in which a break between instructional days does not exceed six (6) weeks.
    (c) Except as provided in subsection (e), beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, student instructional days for a school year may not begin before the fourth Monday in August.

     (d) The governing body of a school corporation must approve the date when student instructional days for a school year may begin at a public meeting for which public notice has been provided and at which public testimony is allowed.
     (e) The department shall develop guidelines for a school

corporation to request a waiver of the school start date requirement under subsection (c) if a school within the school corporation is placed in the lowest category or designation of school improvement under IC 20-31-8-4 and can show the instructional need for the waiver.
     (f) The department shall develop guidelines for a school corporation that has averaged more than ten (10) days of canceled school over the previous five (5) school years due to inclement weather to request a waiver of the school start date requirement under subsection (c). If the department grants a waiver under this subsection, the number of student instructional days that the school corporation may be granted in a waiver under this subsection equals the average number of days of canceled school over the previous five (5) school years due to inclement weather. If the school requesting a waiver under this subsection has been identified as a school in need of improvement required to offer school choice under 20 U.S.C. 6316(b)(E), the department shall ensure that notice of the school choice is provided at least fourteen (14) days prior to the school start date requested in the waiver. The department shall deny a waiver request:
        (1) if information relating to the assessment of improvement under IC 20-31-8 for a school corporation is not available at the time the request for waiver is submitted to the department; or
        (2) if a school corporation is unable to verify that a school within the school corporation is considered a school in need of improvement required to offer school choice under 20 U.S.C. 6316(b)(E).

SOURCE: IC 20-32-5-15; (12)IN0297.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 20-32-5-15, AS AMENDED BY P.L.229-2011, SECTION 191, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 15. (a) The state superintendent shall develop an ISTEP program testing schedule in which:
        (1) each student in grades 3, 6, 8, and 10 must be tested; and
        (2) each student in grade 10 or grade 11 must take a graduation examination.
    (b) The state board shall adopt rules to establish when a student is considered to be in grade 10 for purposes of initially taking the graduation examination.
     (c) A school that is subject to the school start date requirements under IC 20-30-2-9(c) shall administer the ISTEP applied skills assessment portion of the ISTEP program to applicable students, not earlier than one hundred fifty (150) student instructional days

after the academic school year begins, and not later than one hundred fifty-five (155) student instructional days after the academic school year begins. The state superintendent shall develop an alternative testing schedule for a year-round school which requires the ISTEP applied skills assessment portion of the ISTEP program to be administered to applicable students, not earlier than one hundred fifty (150) student instructional days after the year-round school's academic school year begins, and not later than one hundred fifty-five (155) student instructional days after the year-round school's academic school year begins.