HB 1707-1_ Filed 04/03/2003, 08:35



    The Senate Committee on Education and Career Development, to which was referred House Bill No. 1707, has had the same under consideration and begs leave to report the same back to the Senate with the recommendation that said bill be AMENDED as follows:

SOURCE: Page 1, line 1; (03)CR170702.1. -->     Page 1, line 1, delete "IC 20-1-1.4-2 IS AMENDED" and insert
    Page 1, line 2, delete "Sec. 2. (a) As used in this" and insert " Sec. 11. (a) As used in this section, and for purposes of compliance with Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2002 (20 U.S.C. 6319 et seq.), "paraprofessional" means an employee of a school corporation who provides instructional support in a program supported with Title I, Part A funds.
    (b) The department shall identify and disseminate to school corporations the criteria for meeting paraprofessional requirements under 20 U.S.C. 6319 et seq., including the following requirements:
        (1) A paraprofessional must have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
        (2) A paraprofessional must meet the conditions of employment determined by the school corporation.
        (3) This subdivision applies to a paraprofessional who was hired after January 8, 2002. In addition to the requirements set forth in subdivisions (1) through (2), at the time the paraprofessional is hired, the paraprofessional must have:
            (A) completed at least two (2) years of study at an

institution of higher education;
            (B) obtained at least an associate's degree; or
            (C) met a rigorous standard of quality and demonstrated knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing in the academic areas of reading, writing, and mathematics through a formal academic assessment determined by the department in consultation with the professional standards board.
        (4) This subdivision applies to a paraprofessional who was hired before January 9, 2002. The paraprofessional must meet the requirements of subdivision (3) before January 9, 2006.
    (c) A school corporation:
        (1) shall use federal funds to support ongoing training and professional development to meet the requirements of this section; and
        (2) may use federal funds for the payment of fees for the assessments required under this section.

SOURCE: ; (03)CR170702.2. -->     SECTION 2. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003] (a) Because the general assembly has determined that:
        (1) the provisions of P.L.221-1999 are a comprehensive and thorough education reform plan that set high academic standards in a manner uniquely tailored for Indiana; and
        (2) certain provisions of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2002 may overlap with P.L.221-1999 in a manner that causes an unnecessary amount of bureaucracy and administrative confusion;
if the United States Department of Education authorizes states to seek waivers from provisions of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2002, the Indiana department of education may, after consulting with the state board of education and the education roundtable, seek waivers for those provisions of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2002 that conflict with P.L.221-1999.

    (b) This SECTION expires June 30, 2008.".
SOURCE: Page 1, line 3; (03)CR170702.1. -->     Page 1, delete lines 3 through 10.
    (Reference is to HB 1707 as printed February 28, 2003.)

and when so amended that said bill do pass.

Committee Vote: Yeas 6, Nays 3.



CR170702/DI 71    2003