K-12 Education Legislation Update

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“Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.”

H. 3352, relating to school district flexibility, received first reading in the Senate and was referred to the Finance Committee (4/24). Earlier, a compromised amendment was reached that ensures flexibility after providing information that shows 65% of their money is going to the classrooms, but the new amendment details exactly what accounts for classroom funds (2/18). While greater autonomy for school districts is important, this is not a truly smart-funding proposal.

H. 3175, giving priority enrollment to siblings of pupils already enrolled in a charter school, was amended and received second reading in the House. The amendment provides that the student currently at the school must have attended the school at least one academic year before their sibling may attend.

S. 442, revises the Aiken county of education board’s authority with regard to administrative area offices and area advisory councils, received second reading in the Senate (4/25).

S. 266, Model Dating Violence Policy for School Districts, was carried over by the Senate Education Committee (4/25).

S. 319, the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, was reported favorably by the Senate Education Committee (4/25).

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