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Both HR0543 and IL SR0638 were filed last spring in response to the burden of the over $400M cost to implement PARCC, a cost that was not disclosed at the time states accepted federal funding provided by No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top.   Nearly every other state that also accepted this funding filed similar legislation.   The government's response?   These bills were sent to committees with a democratic majority and continued to be

Both HR0543 and IL SR0638 were filed last spring in response to the burden of the over $400M cost to implement PARCC, a cost that was not disclosed at the time states accepted federal funding provided by No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. Nearly every other state that also accepted this funding filed similar legislation. The government’s response? These bills were sent to committees with a democratic majority and continued to be “PARCC-ed” throughout the 2014-15 school year, forcing implementation and deficit spending on behalf of school districts. This scenario happened to school districts throughout the country.

 

 

Below are some of the education-related bills I’ve been following, including an update on their current status.

Bill Status of HB4025 (Civics in Education)

House Passes Civics Education Bill HB4025

HB 4025, the bill to require a high school civics course for graduation in Illinois, passed the IL House on Friday April 24th with a vote of 81 in favor and 29 opposed. You can see how your representative voted here.

The bill will now go to the IL Senate for a vote. 

4/28/2015 Senate – Referred to Assignments

SYNOPSIS
Amends the School Code. Subject to funds being made available from the State Board of Education from appropriations for this purpose, requires every public high school to include in its curriculum a separate civics course of study with the goal of helping young people acquire and learn to use the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will prepare them to be competent and responsible citizens throughout their lives. Sets forth the focuses of the course content.

About The Illinois Civic Education Task Force
The Illinois Task Force on Civic Education was established by the legislature to study the status of civic education in Illinois and make recommendations for improvement. The Task Force was comprised of legislators, educators, school administrators, and community leaders from across the state.

The findings of the Task Force showed a strong need to strengthen civic education in our state.

Illinois is one of only ten states in the country that does not require a civics or government course to graduate from high school.

Bill Status of HB3621 (FOIA)

4/24/2015 House – Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SYNOPSIS
Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Denies home rule powers by providing that the regulation of the inspection and disclosure of public records of a public body is an exclusive power and function of the State. Exempts from inspection and copying under the Act incentives provided to and rent paid by persons, organizations, or businesses that agree to make use of a public facility for a convention, trade show, meeting, athletic contest, concert, musical, dramatic, or other artistic, cultural, or social event. Effective immediately.

HR0543 (PARCC)
Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Republican 14-4)
Status: Failed on December 3 2014 – 100% progression

Action: 2014-12-03 – Session Sine Die

SYNOPSIS
Urges the State Board of Education to delay the implementation of the new Common Core Standards and requests that the State Board of Education and General Assembly work together to create a viable plan to provide funding to school districts that need improvements and modernizations to comply with the new Common Core Standards and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career’s.

IL SR0638 | 2013-2014 | 98th General Assembly (PARCC)

Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Republican 13-1)
Status: Failed on January 13 2015 – 100% progression

Action: 2015-01-13 – Session Sine Die

SYNOPSIS
Urges the State Board of Education to delay the implementation of the new Common Core State Standards and requests that the State Board of Education and General Assembly work together to create a viable plan to provide funding to school districts that need improvements and modernizations to comply with the new Common Core State Standards and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

H.R.748Universal National Service Act

03/06/2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

SYNOPSIS
Universal National Service Act – Declares that it is the obligation of every U.S. citizen, and every other person residing in the United States, between the ages of 18 and 25 to perform a 2-year period of national service, unless exempted, either through military service or through civilian service in a federal, state, or local government program or with a community-based agency or entity engaged in meeting human, educational, environmental, or public safety needs. Requires induction into national service by the President. Allows persons to be inducted only: (1) under a declaration of war or national emergency, or (2) when members of the Armed Forces are engaged in a contingency operation. Requires each person, before induction, to be examined physically and mentally for classification for fitness to perform. Sets forth provisions governing: (1) induction deferments, postponements, and exemptions, including exemption of a conscientious objector from combatant training and military service; and (2) discharge following national service.

Amends the Military Selective Service Act to authorize the military registration of females.

* H.R. 5 (113th): Student Success Act
This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on July 19, 2013 but was never passed by the Senate.

SYNOPSIS
To support State and local accountability for public education, protect State and local authority, inform parents of the performance of their children’s schools, and for other purposes.

* RELATED BILLS:

H.R. 3989 (112th)
This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on July 19, 2013 but was never passed by the Senate.
Reported by Committee
Last Action: Feb 28, 2012

H.R. 5 (114th)
This bill was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.
Reported by Committee
Last Action: Feb 11, 2015

H.R. 10 (Related)
Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act
Passed House
Last Action: May 9, 2014

H.Res. 303 (rule)
Agreed To (Simple Resolution)
Jul 18, 2013

S. 744 (Related)
Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act
Passed Senate
Last Action: Jun 27, 2013

S. 1094 (Related)
Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013
Reported by Committee
Last Action: Jun 12, 2013

H.R. 2287 (Related)
To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 regarding Native Hawaiian education.
Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jun 6, 2013

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