Education and Workforce
55th Legislature - 1st Regular Session, 2021 Sunday, Jan 23 2022 4:29 AM
Bill Summaries
H2015: APPROPRIATIONS; PRESCHOOL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

Appropriates the following amounts from the general fund in the following fiscal years to the Department of Education to distribute to preschool development grants to eligible providers: $7.5 million in FY2021-22, $15 million in FY2022-23, and $22.5 million in FY2023-24. The legislature intends that the monies first be used to replace federal monies that are no longer available to eligible providers who participated in the preschool development grants program in FY2018-19 or FY2019-20.

First sponsor: Rep. Sierra ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: Support

PA 2-26: Support

H2015: APPROPRIATIONS; PRESCHOOL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS 3/2 referred to Senate appro.
H2016: CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE; EDUCATION; TRAINING

The Department of Economic Security (DES) is authorized to waive a portion or the entirety of the work requirements to continue to provide supplemental child care assistance to a person who has been receiving assistance and who has enrolled full time in an accredited educational institution, remedial educational activity or employment training program leading to a vocational, technical or trade certification or an associate degree or bachelor's degree, and the educational or training program is reasonably related to employment goals. The person is required to demonstrate satisfactory progress to DES in the education or training activity. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

Mirror bill: 1387

H2016: CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE; EDUCATION; TRAINING 4/28 signed by governor. Chap. 287, Laws 2021. message
H2017: APPROPRIATION; STEM; LEARNING; WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Appropriates $3 million from the general fund in FY2021-22 to the Arizona Commerce Authority to administer a grant program charged with cultivating STEM learning and STEM workforce development opportunities in Arizona. The legislature intends that the appropriation be considered ongoing funding in future years. By December 31, 2021, the Authority is required to report to the Legislature on distribution of grant monies.

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

H2017: APPROPRIATION; STEM; LEARNING; WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT 4/1 from Senate appro do pass.
H2021: COLLEGE COURSE CREDIT; DUAL ENROLLMENT

For high school graduation requirements being fulfilled by a college course, the school board is required to award at least 0.5 of a Carnegie unit and is authorized to award up to 1 Carnegie unit for each three semester hours of credit that the student earns in an appropriate college course. High school freshmen and sophomores are permitted to enroll in dual enrollment courses for college credit. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

Mirror: 1294

H2021: COLLEGE COURSE CREDIT; DUAL ENROLLMENT 7/9 signed by governor. Chap. 414, Laws 2021. message
H2022: SCHOOLS; RESOURCES; SERVICES; CONSOLIDATION GRANTS

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is required to conduct a five-year Resource and Service Consolidation Grant Program. County school superintendents are eligible to apply for a grant to consolidate resources and develop new services for all school districts, charter schools, county free library districts, municipal libraries, nonprofit and public libraries, tribal libraries, private schools, tribal schools, juvenile detention centers, and jails within the jurisdiction of the county school superintendent or superintendents. ADE is required to award grants by February 1, 2022, and to disburse grant monies each year for five consecutive years or until ADE determines that the consolidation proposal is self-sufficient, whichever is sooner. The Program self-repeals July 1, 2027. Appropriates $10 million from the general fund in FY2021-22 to ADE for the Program. AS PASSED HOUSE

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

H2022: SCHOOLS; RESOURCES; SERVICES; CONSOLIDATION GRANTS 3/10 from Senate educ do pass.
H2023: SCHOOLS; EMPLOYEES; EMPLOYMENT; DISCIPLINE

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is required to investigate written complaints alleging that a "noncertificated person" (defined as a school district or charter school employee who does not possess a teaching certificate and meets other specified requirements) has engaged in immoral or unprofessional conduct. The State Board of Education is authorized to review a complaint to determine whether to take disciplinary action against a noncertificated person who has engaged in immoral or unprofessional conduct, including prohibiting the person's employment at a school district or charter school for up to five years. Before employing a certificated or noncertificated person, school districts and charter schools are required to conduct a search of the educator information system that is maintained by ADE on the prospective employee. School districts and charter schools are prohibited from employing in a position that requires a valid fingerprint clearance card either a certificated person whose certificate has been suspended, surrendered or revoked and not subsequently reinstated, or a noncertificated person who has been prohibited from employment at a school district or charter school by the Board under this legislation. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

Mirror: 1061

H2023: SCHOOLS; EMPLOYEES; EMPLOYMENT; DISCIPLINE 2/5 signed by governor; Chap. 2, Laws 2021 message
H2024: CTEDS; INTERNSHIPS; FUNDING

A student enrolled in an internship course as part of a career technical education district (CTED) program is no longer excluded from the student count of the CTED for that course for the purposes of school funding statutes.

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

H2024: CTEDS; INTERNSHIPS; FUNDING 3/10 from Senate educ do pass.
H2032: PUBLIC SCHOOLS; INNOVATION PLANS

Public schools are authorized to submit an innovation plan to the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The State Board of Education is required to prescribe requirements for an innovation plan, which must include specified provisions, including a description of the innovative practices the school would like to implement and a plan for implementation. In its innovation plan, a school is permitted to request an exemption from instructional hours requirements or any rules or policies that may hinder the full implementation of the plan, with some exceptions. The Superintendent is required to transmit the innovation plan to the Board within 60 days, with a recommendation for approval or resubmission. The Board is required to approve or reject an innovation plan within 60 days after receiving it. Approval is valid for five years, with options for extension and revocation. The Department of Education is required to develop a plan to evaluate schools of innovation, including performance measures and data required. The Dept is required to compile the evaluation data in an annual report and to submit the report to the Governor and the Legislature by September 1 of each year. Schools are prohibited from penalizing a student who previously attended a school of innovation and transfers to another school. The Board is required to adopt rules to implement this legislation.

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

H2032: PUBLIC SCHOOLS; INNOVATION PLANS 2/2 House educ held.
H2055: CAREER, TECHNICAL EDUCATION; PROJECTS FUND

The list of authorized uses of monies in a school district's permanent career and technical education projects fund is expanded to include expenses related to an approved Department of Education career and technical student organization, including costs associated with events, conferences or competitions. All purchases made from career and technical education projects funds are required to comply with State Board of Education regulations, including provisions relating to procurement practices. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Kaiser ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: Monitor

H2055: CAREER, TECHNICAL EDUCATION; PROJECTS FUND 3/24 signed by governor; Chap. 95, Laws 2021. message
H2062: STUDENT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM; TAX CREDITS

Establishes the Arizona Student Apprenticeship Pilot Program in the Department of Education to provide job training and economic opportunity to high school students in Arizona. Any employer in Arizona may apply to participate in the Program, and requirements for employers and students to participate in the Program are specified. Participating employees are required to designate at least 10 percent of wages to a separate interest-bearing account opened on behalf of the employee by the participating employer. For tax years beginning with 2022, participating employers are allowed an individual or corporate income tax credit for each participant who successfully completes the Program requirements prescribed by the Dept. The amount of the credit is equal to the amount the employer deposited in the separate interest-bearing accounts and disbursed to participant employees during the tax year. Tax credit requirements are listed. The Program terminates on January 1, 2028. Appropriates $400,000 from the general fund in FY2021-22 to the Dept for the Program.

First sponsor: Rep. Fillmore ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

H2062: STUDENT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM; TAX CREDITS 1/14 referred to House ways-means, appro.
H2064: PERSONAL FINANCE COURSE; REQUIREMENT; APPROPRIATION

The State Board of Education is required, instead of permitted, to require a separate personal finance course for students to graduate from high school. School district governing boards are required to approve a personal finance course that would fulfill a mathematics course required to high school graduation, instead of being permitted to do so. Appropriates $1 million from the general fund in FY2021-22 to the Department of Education for distribution to school districts and charter schools to provide personal finance courses.

First sponsor: Rep. Fillmore ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

H2064: PERSONAL FINANCE COURSE; REQUIREMENT; APPROPRIATION 1/14 referred to House educ, appro.
H2123: SCHOOLS; SUSPENSIONS AND EXPULSIONS (CTEDS; FOURTH-YEAR FUNDING)

A school district or charter school may suspend or expel a student enrolled in kindergarten or grades one through four only if all the following apply: the student is 7 years of age or older; the student engaged in conduct on school grounds that either involves possession of a dangerous weapon without authorization from the school, involves the possession, use or sale of a dangerous drug or narcotic drug, that immediately endangers the health or safety of others, or that is determined by the school board to qualify as “aggravating circumstances” (defined) and a list of specified conditions apply; failing to remove the pupil from the school building would create a safety threat that cannot otherwise reasonably be addressed; the school employs alternative behavioral and disciplinary interventions that are available, appropriate to the circumstances and that are considerate of health and safety; and the school district or charter school, by policy, provides for a readmission procedure that meets specified requirements. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

Mirror 1179

H2123: SCHOOLS; SUSPENSIONS AND EXPULSIONS 5/21 signed by governor. Chap. 373, Laws 2021. message
H2124: CTEDS; AVERAGE DAILY MEMBERSHIP

Students in an approved Career Technical Education District (CTED) centralized program, including one provided by a satellite campus, or a leased centralized program may generate an average daily membership of up to 1.75 for instruction received during any day of the week and at any time between July 1 and June 30 of each fiscal year. The Department of Education cannot restrict the instructional time by limiting the particular days of the week or time of the fiscal year for instruction to occur. CTEDs are authorized to operate for less than 180 days per year, with the equivalent number of hours of instruction. Establishes the amounts of average daily membership generated for a student enrolled in a CTED course or program, based on the number of instructional hours of enrollment. Contains a legislative intent section. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

Mirror 1302

H2124: CTEDS; AVERAGE DAILY MEMBERSHIP 7/9 signed by governor. Chap. 416, Laws 2021. message
H2135: SCHOOLS; STATE BOARD; SUBJECT COMPETENCY (SCHOOLS; STATE BOARD; RULES; MODULARIZATION)

State Board of Education (SBE) rules to define competency-based educational pathways for college and career readiness are no longer required to include a process and criteria by which assessments may be identified or established to determine whether students have reached the desired competencies. SBE rules establishing a mechanism to allow students in grades 7 through 12 who have demonstrated competency in a subject to obtain credit for the mastery of that subject must be adopted by December 31, 2022. Before adopting competency-based educational pathways rules, SBE is required to review research and examples from across the country, and consult with experts in education. By December 1, 2022, SBE is required to create subject competencies for algebra 1, algebra 2 and geometry. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

H2135: SCHOOLS; STATE BOARD; SUBJECT COMPETENCY 4/28 signed by governor. Chap. 289, Laws 2021. message
H2174: PROJECT ROCKET PILOT PROGRAM; APPROPRIATIONS

Establishes the Project Rocket Pilot Program to improve academic outcomes for all students in schools that meet the eligibility requirements. Establishes the Project Rocket Fund, to be administered by the Department of Education at the direction of the State Board of Education. For FY2021-22, FY2022-23, and FY2023-24, the Dept is required to distribute monies from the Fund to eligible school districts and charter schools. Each school that received a letter grade of C during the prior fiscal year with at least 60 percent of enrolled students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches and each school that received a letter grade of D or F during the prior fiscal year will receive $150 per student from the Fund. An eligible school is required to file a notice of intent to participate with the Board by July 1, 2021 and to submit an improvement plan to improve student outcomes by October 1, 2021 in order to receive funding. The plan is required to identify a mentor who can assist with academic achievement or include a partnership with an approved independent school improvement expert. School boards of a school that qualified based on a grade of F are required to establish a Project Rocket Committee to submit the school improvement plan, and the Committee is required to partner with an approved independent school improvement expert to implement the school improvement plan. The Board is required to identify two or more approved independent school improvement experts to be included on a partner network list through a request for proposals process. Criteria and requirements for independent school improvement experts are established. By June 1 of each year, participating schools are required to submit a report to the Board describing how the improvement plan has improved academic improvement. The Board is required to compile the reports and provide the information to the Governor and the Legislature by October 1, 2022 and October 1, 2023. The Board is required to submit a final report on the Program to the Governor and the Legislature by December 1, 2024, and information that must be included in the report is listed. Appropriates $44.57 million from the general fund in each of FY2021-22, FY2022-23, and FY2023-24 to the Project Rocket Fund. Appropriates $1 million and seven FTEs from the general fund in in each of FY2021-22, FY2022-23, and FY2023-24 to the Board to administer the Program. Retroactive to July 1, 2021.

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

H2174: PROJECT ROCKET PILOT PROGRAM; APPROPRIATIONS 1/27 from House educ with amend #4022.
H2179: NEW SCHOOL FACILITIES; BASE COSTS (NEW SCHOOL FACILITIES; ADDITIONAL FUNDING)

School districts are authorized to request funding from the New School Facilities Fund if the average daily membership projections indicate that additional space will be needed within the next three school years, instead of two school years, in order to meet the minimum school facility adequacy guidelines. The School Facilities Board (SFB) is authorized to modify the base cost per square foot for particular schools if the school district elected in the project capital plan to limit the project only to a scope necessary to meet the minimum school facility adequacy guidelines and the SFB determines that the cost per square foot of funding is inadequate to cover the total cost required. Requires school district capital plans that indicate a need for a new school or an addition to an existing school to indicate whether the school district intends the additional school space to be limited to meeting the minimum adequacy guidelines or whether the project will be supplemented by local funding. Also makes changes that are conditionally enacted on H2555 (SFB; DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION) becoming law, which conform statutes to the SFB being transferred to the Department of Administration as contained in H2555. AS PASSED HOUSE

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

3/29/21 - striker - continuing high school program - support based on 1393/2405 approved position

H2179: NEW SCHOOL FACILITIES; BASE COSTS 4/1 from Senate appro with amend #4979.
H2301: CTEDS; LETTER GRADES; EXCLUSION

Career Technical Education Districts are prohibited from being assigned a letter grade as part of the annual achievement profile compiled by the Department of Education. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Blackman ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

H2301: CTEDS; LETTER GRADES; EXCLUSION 2/18 signed by governmor. Chap. 25, Laws 2021. message
H2322: VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION; EVALUATIONS

School district boards are required to provide for the evaluation of vocational and technical education programs annually, instead of once every five years.

First sponsor: Rep. Toma ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

H2322: VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION; EVALUATIONS 3/17 referred to Senate educ.
H2397: UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE; FRAUD PREVENTION

On a weekly basis, the Department of Economic Security (DES) is required to use a database that provides cross-matching function for the prevention and detection of fraud to verify the integrity of Arizona's "unemployment insurance rolls" (defined), check the unemployment insurance rolls against the State Department of Corrections list of incarcerated individuals to verify eligibility and ensure program integrity, and to check "new hire records" (defined) against the national directory of new hires to verify eligibility. DES is authorized to execute a memorandum of understanding with any department, agency or division for information required to be shared between agencies to meet these requirements. If DES receives information concerning an individual enrolled in the unemployment insurance program that indicates a change in circumstances that may affect eligibility, DES is required to review the individual's case. DES is required to annually report to the Governor and the Legislature on the implementation and enforcement of this legislation, and information that must be included in the report is specified. Effective January 1, 2022. AS PASSED HOUSE

First sponsor: Rep. Cobb ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

H2397: UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE; FRAUD PREVENTION 3/23 from Senate rules okay.
H2402: SCHOOLS; TEST RESULTS; LETTER CLASSIFICATION

If the State Board of Education (SBE) alters the statewide assessment testing window for any reason, the SBE is authorized to adjust the dates by which local education agencies are required to receive the scores and assessment data proportionately. If the SBE adjusts the dates by which local education agencies are required to receive the scores and assessment data, the SBE cannot impose penalties on the contractor unless the scores and assessment data are received after the adjusted dates. As session law, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is prohibited from assigning schools or school districts letter grade classifications for school year 2020-2021. ADE is required to continue to collect and publish data in school year 2020-2021 concerning the academic and educational performance indicators for schools and school districts. ADE is required to develop criteria to identify schools and school districts for school year 2020-2021 that demonstrate a below average level of performance. During school years 2020-2021, the governing board of a school district is authorized to adopt alternative policies regarding performance based funding or policies regarding dismissal or nonrenewal procedures for teachers who continue to be designated in the lowest performance classification. Retroactive to July 1, 2020. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

H2402: SCHOOLS; TEST RESULTS; LETTER CLASSIFICATION 2/15 signed by governor. Chap. 19, Laws 2021. message
H2403: SCHOOLS; PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS

Charter school governing bodies and school district governing boards are not required to conduct principal or teacher performance evaluations in the 2020-21 school year. For a teacher who was designated in the lowest performance classification for the 2019-2020 school year, the absence of an evaluation in the 2020-2021 school year cannot be used to enforce dismissal or nonrenewal procedures. A teacher evaluation in the 2020-21 school year is not required to a teacher to be eligible to receive performance pay from the Classroom Site Fund. These provisions self-repeal January 1, 2023. Retroactive to July 1, 2020. Emergency clause.

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

H2403: SCHOOLS; PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS 3/24 from Senate educ with amend #4915.
H2405: CONTINUING HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

The State Board of Education is required to establish a continuing high school program to provide adult learners with alternative study services that lead to the issuance of a high school diploma and industry-recognized credentials. The Board is required to authorize service providers that are qualified 501(c)(3) organizations that meet specified requirements to operate schools through partnerships with school districts, nonprofit charter schools or Career Technical Education Districts. A school participating in the program is eligible to receive base support level funding and additional assistance in the same manner as a school district or charter school, but is not eligible for transportation funding or Arizona online instruction funding. Establishes reporting requirements for service providers, and requires the Department of Education to report on the Program to the Governor and the Legislature by December 15, 2024 and by December 15 of each year after. The Board is authorized to approve program service providers with a total projected average daily membership of up to 350 in FY2022-23, up to 700 in FY2023-24, and up to 1,400 in FY2024-25 and each FY after. The program terminates on July 1, 2031.

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

Mirror 1393

H2405: CONTINUING HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM 3/11 House COW approved with flr amend #4823. FAILED House on reconsideration 28-32.
H2421: SCHOOLS; DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES; FUNDING

Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, school districts and charter schools are authorized to offer distance learning courses to any student in Arizona whether or not that student is enrolled in the school district or charter school. Any student in Arizona who is in grades 6 through 12 is permitted to enroll in up to two distance learning courses each year. A student may enroll in any distance learning class, whether or not the student is enrolled in the school district or charter school that offers the course. The State Board of Education is required to establish application policies and procedures for distance learning courses, and school districts and charter schools are required to apply to the Board to offer a distance learning course. School districts and charter schools that offer distance learning courses are authorized to charge a reimbursement fee for the cost of the course to the school district or charter school in which the student is enrolled, and are prohibited from including a student who is enrolled in a distance learning course but who does not attend any other courses at the school district or charter school for the purposes of calculating average daily membership. School districts and charter schools are authorized to include a student who is enrolled in the school district or charter school and who is enrolled in a distance learning course in another school district or charter school for the purposes of calculating average daily membership if a list of specified conditions apply.

First sponsor: Rep. Carroll ( - Dist )
Others: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Bolick (R - Dist 20), Rep. Chaplik (R - Dist 23), Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5), Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Rep. Fillmore (R - Dist 16), Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14), Rep. Hoffman (R - Dist 12), Rep. Nguyen (R - Dist 1), Rep. Nutt (R - Dist 14), Rep. Pingerelli (R - Dist 21), Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

Mirror 1433

H2421: SCHOOLS; DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES; FUNDING 2/17 from House educ with amend #4299.
H2432: COMMUNITY COLLEGES; LEASE-PURCHASE AGREEMENTS; INDEBTEDNESS

The maximum period of time a community college district board may enter into a lease-purchase agreement is increased to 20 years, from 15 years. The amount of outstanding indebtedness due to acquiring real property by lease-purchase for community college districts in counties with a population of 750,000 persons or more (Maricopa and Pima Counties) is increased to $25 million in any one year and $50 million in the aggregate, from $2.5 million in any one year and $15 million in the aggregate.

First sponsor: Rep. Bolick ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

Mirror 1012

H2432: COMMUNITY COLLEGES; LEASE-PURCHASE AGREEMENTS; INDEBTEDNESS 2/16 from House rules okay.
H2438: COMMERCE AUTHORITY; CAREER LANDSCAPE INFORMATION

The Arizona Commerce Authority is required to annually collect and compile a list of information related to job demand, average starting salary, costs to attend postsecondary institutions, graduation rates of postsecondary institutions, and student loan payments. All state agencies, universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Board of Regents, community colleges, vocational programs and private postsecondary institutions are required to provide data, reports and other information as requested by the Authority for this purpose by October 1 of each year. By December 1 of each year, the Authority is required to transmit the information to each public high school in Arizona to distribute to students. The Authority is required to make the information publicly available on its website. Effective January 1, 2022. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Carroll ( - Dist )
Others: Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5), Rep. Dunn (R - Dist 13), Rep. Pingerelli (R - Dist 21), Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

H2438: COMMERCE AUTHORITY; CAREER LANDSCAPE INFORMATION 3/23 signed by governor; Chap. 84, Laws 2021. message
H2523: FOUR-YEAR DEGREES; COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Community colleges in counties with a population of 750,000 or less (all but Maricopa and Pima) are authorized to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees that are accredited by a regional accreditation agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Community colleges in counties with a population of more than 750,000 (Maricopa and Pima) are authorized to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees that are accredited by a regional accreditation agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education, except that for the first four years baccalaureate degrees are offered those degrees cannot exceed 10 percent of the total number of degrees offered by the college, and for the fifth and subsequent years baccalaureate degrees cannot exceed 15 percent of the total number of degrees offered. In counties with a population of more than 750,000 (Maricopa and Pima), tuition per credit hour for the third and fourth years of a four-year baccalaureate program cannot exceed 150 percent of the tuition per credit hour of any other community college district program. Establishes criteria that a community college district must consider when determining whether to offer baccalaureate degree programs. Each community college offering a baccalaureate degree program is required to submit a report to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee by October 1 of the fifth year after offering baccalaureate degree programs, and information that must be included in the report is specified. Contains legislative findings.

First sponsor: Rep. Nutt ( - Dist )
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25), Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5), Rep. Grantham (R - Dist 12), Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23), Rep. Shah (D - Dist 24), Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

H2523: FOUR-YEAR DEGREES; COMMUNITY COLLEGES 4/1 from Senate appro with amend #4984.
H2551: MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS; PUBLIC PLACES

A person who possesses a valid concealed weapons permit is exempt from the prohibition on carrying a concealed weapon in a public establishment or at a public event. Some exceptions, including for public establishments or events that are a "secured facility" (defined), that are the licensed premises of a liquor licensee, that are a judicial department or law enforcement agency, that are an educational institution, and that are a vehicle or craft. AS PASSED HOUSE

First sponsor: Rep. Kavanagh ( - Dist )
Others: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15), Rep. Barton (R - Dist 6), Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Burges (R - Dist 1), Rep. Chaplik (R - Dist 23), Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Rep. Dunn (R - Dist 13), Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14), Rep. Kaiser (R - Dist 15), Rep. Nutt (R - Dist 14), Rep. Parker (R - Dist 16), Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21), Rep. Roberts (R - Dist 11), Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22), Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- oppose

PA 1-29-21: Approved OPPOSE

Mirror 1585

H2551: MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS; PUBLIC PLACES 3/22 from Senate jud do pass.
H2555: SFB; DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION

The School Facilities Board (SFB) is transferred to the newly established Division of School Facilities in the Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) and is renamed the School Facilities Oversight Board (Board). Board membership is modified, including by adding the Director of ADOA or the Director's designee to serve as an advisory nonvoting member. Various powers and duties of the SFB are transferred to the Division or the Board. The Board is required to review and approve student population projections submitted by school districts to determine to what extent school districts are entitled to monies to construct new facilities, certify that plans for new school facilities meet the building adequacy standards, and review and approve or reject specified school district requests. Establishes various reporting requirements for the Board. The Division, instead of the SFB, is required to administer the Building Renewal Grant Fund and distribute monies to school districts for the purpose of maintaining the adequacy of existing school facilities, and to establish policies and procedures relating to building renewal grant change orders. A person who is serving as a member of the SFB on the effective date of this legislation is eligible to continue to serve as a member of the Board until expiration of the current term of office. Session law provides that the School Facilities Oversight Board within the Division within ADOA succeeds to the authority, powers, duties and responsibilities of the SFB, including transferring all administrative matters, equipment and other property, and personnel. More. Due to voter protection, one section of this legislation containing conforming changes only requires the affirmative vote of at least 3/4 of the members of each house of the Legislature for passage. AS PASSED HOUSE

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

H2555: SFB; DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION 5/24 Senate COW approved with amend #4920, flr amend #5148, and the rules tech amendments. FAILED Senate 8-22.
H2597: NONCREDIT COURSES; WORKFORCE TRAINING; ENROLLMENT

"Noncredit courses that are offered for the purposes of workforce training" (defined) at a community college are eligible for the calculation of the number of full-time equivalent students for the purpose of state aid.

First sponsor: Rep. Roberts ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

H2597: NONCREDIT COURSES; WORKFORCE TRAINING; ENROLLMENT 1/28 referred to House educ.
H2805: UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE; BENEFITS; TAX BASE

Beginning January 1, 2022, the taxable wage for unemployment insurance is in excess of $8,000, increased from $7,000. Beginning January 1, 2022, the weekly benefit amount for unemployment insurance is capped at $300, increased from $240.

First sponsor: Rep. Cook ( - Dist )
Others: Rep. Andrade (D - Dist 29), Rep. Barton (R - Dist 6), Rep. Bolding (D - Dist 27), Rep. Butler (D - Dist 28), Rep. Cano (D - Dist 3), Rep. Chavez (D - Dist 29), Rep. Dalessandro (D - Dist 2), Rep. DeGrazia (D - Dist 10), Rep. Epstein (D - Dist 18), Rep. Espinoza (D - Dist 19), Rep. Fernandez (D - Dist 4), Rep. Fillmore (R - Dist 16), Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11), Rep. Friese (D - Dist 9), Rep. A. Hernandez (D - Dist 3), Rep. D. Hernandez (D - Dist 2), Rep. John (R - Dist 4), Rep. Lieberman (D - Dist 28), Rep. Longdon (D - Dist 24), Rep. Meza (D - Dist 30), Rep. Pawlik (D - Dist 17), Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21), Rep. Pingerelli (R - Dist 21), Rep. Powers Hannley (D - Dist 9), Rep. Rodriguez (D - Dist 27), Rep. Schwiebert (D - Dist 20), Rep. Shah (D - Dist 24), Rep. Sierra (D - Dist 19), Sen. Stahl Hamilton (D - Dist 10), Sen. Terán (D - Dist 30), Rep. Tsosie (D - Dist 7), Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-12 PA Opposed w/ staff flexibility

H2805: UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE; BENEFITS; TAX BASE 4/1 from Senate appro with amend #4988.
H2827: BUSINESSES; FIREARMS; UNLAWFUL ACTS

A government entity or financial institution is prohibited from discriminating against a "firearm entity" (defined) because the firearm entity supports or is engaged in the lawful commerce of firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition products. A person who is injured by a violation of this prohibition is authorized to bring a civil action against the government entity or financial institution.

First sponsor: Rep. Carroll ( - Dist )
Others: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15), Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Bolick (R - Dist 20), Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5), Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25), Sen. Boyer (R - Dist 20), Rep. Burges (R - Dist 1), Rep. Chaplik (R - Dist 23), Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5), Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Sen. Fann (R - Dist 1), Rep. Fillmore (R - Dist 16), Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11), Sen. Gowan (R - Dist 14), Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21), Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14), Rep. Hoffman (R - Dist 12), Rep. John (R - Dist 4), Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23), Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13), Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11), Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22), Rep. Nguyen (R - Dist 1), Rep. Nutt (R - Dist 14), Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21), Rep. Pingerelli (R - Dist 21), Rep. Pratt (R - Dist 8), Rep. Roberts (R - Dist 11), Sen. Rogers (R - Dist 6), Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8), Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22), Sen. Townsend (R - Dist 16), Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: Oppose

PA 2-26: Oppose

H2827: BUSINESSES; FIREARMS; UNLAWFUL ACTS 2/24 retained on House COW calendar.
H2830: ALTERNATIVE ORGANIZATION; COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICTS (VOTER REGISTRATION; G&F; DPS)

Modifies the requirements for a provisional community college district to be allowed to organize a community college district to reduce the minimum full-time equivalent student enrollment required to 450, from 900. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Cook ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: monitor

H2830: ALTERNATIVE ORGANIZATION; COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICTS 7/9 signed by governor. Chap. 424, Laws 2021. message
H2832: TEACHERS ACADEMY; REVISIONS

Makes changes relating to the Arizona Teachers Academy. If an Academy student enrolls in a summer term, that term cannot be included in the calculation of the student's postgraduation public service commitment. Also blends multiple enactments. Retroactive to January 1, 2021. Due to voter protection, this legislation requires the affirmative vote of at least 3/4 of the members of each house of the Legislature for passage. Emergency clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: Support

PA 2-26: Support

H2832: TEACHERS ACADEMY; REVISIONS 3/8 signed by governor. Chap. 43, Laws 2021. message
H2833: CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE; PILOT PROGRAM

Appropriates $5 million in FY2021-22 and $10 million in FY2022-23 from the Child Care Development Fund Block Grant to the Department of Economic Security to administer a child care grant pilot program to provide child care assistance to students pursuing degrees in nursing and education at eligible postsecondary institutions.

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: Monitor

H2833: CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE; PILOT PROGRAM 2/16 from House hel-hu ser do pass.
H2841: ATTORNEY GENERAL; INITIATION OF ACTION

The Department of Law is authorized to initiate, prosecute and defend any action in court to uphold and ensure compliance with the article of the state Constitution that requires the instruction furnished by state universities to be as nearly free as possible.

First sponsor: Rep. Parker ( - Dist )
Others: Rep. Grantham (R - Dist 12), Rep. Hoffman (R - Dist 12)


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: Oppose if moves

PA 2-26: Oppose

H2841: ATTORNEY GENERAL; INITIATION OF ACTION 3/11 FAILED House 30-29.
H2862: SCHOOLS; INSTRUCTIONAL TIME MODELS

School district governing boards and charter school governing bodies (school boards) are authorized to adopt any instructional time models to meet the minimum annual instructional time and instructional hours requirements of statute for determining average daily membership, daily attendance, student count, and any other purpose relating to instructional time or instructional hours. Students must receive the minimum instructional time or instructional hours. School districts and charter schools are authorized to deliver instructional time or instructional hours to students through any combination of direct instruction, project-based learning, and independent learning time, and may include any combination of in-person instruction and remote instruction, subject to a list of conditions. School districts and charter schools are authorized to stagger learning times and schedules and may offer courses and other instructional time options on the weekend or in the evenings. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )
Others: Sen. Boyer (R - Dist 20)


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: Monitor until amend then support

PA - Support

H2862: SCHOOLS; INSTRUCTIONAL TIME MODELS 4/28 signed by governor. Chap. 299, Laws 2021. message
H2887: ACCELERATION AND SUPPORT GRANT PROGRAM

The Student-focused Acceleration and Support Grant Program is established to support the costs of high-impact intervention and programming to mitigate the severe learning loss that has occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The State Board of Education (SBE) is required to administer the Program. Establishes requirements for local education agencies to receive a grant under the Program, and requirements for local education agencies to use grant monies. Establishes a formula for SBE to distribute the grant monies. Establishes reporting requirements for local education agencies receiving grant monies, and requires SBE to compile the reports and provide them as a comprehensive report to the Governor and the Legislature by September 30, 2021. Appropriates $389 million from the general fund in FY2020-21 to the SBE for the Program. Emergency clause.

First sponsor: Rep. Udall ( - Dist )


 
H2887: ACCELERATION AND SUPPORT GRANT PROGRAM 2/16 House educ held.
HCR2004: SCHOOLS; CONSOLIDATION; UNIFICATION

The 2022 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend state statute to require each school district in Arizona to be a unified school district by July 1, 2028. Each school district governing board is required to annually determine the cost saving that result from any consolidation or unification with other school districts, and the cost savings are retained by the district and used for classroom expenditures as determined by the school board, with at least 25 percent being used for teacher salaries. Statute exempting small school districts from the general budget limit is repealed, and session law provides budget revision amounts for FY2028-29, FY2029-30 and FY2030-31. By September 15, 2023, each county school superintendent must complete a feasibility study on the unification and/or consolidation of the school districts within that county, and provide a copy of the study to all school boards in the county. Required components of the feasibility study are specified. By June 30, 2026, the governing board of each school district is required to develop, adopt and publish a plan to unify and/or consolidate the school district with other school districts within that county. Establishes revenue control limits for school districts that are unified or consolidated without an election. The authority to form and operate union high school districts in Arizona ends on June 30, 2028. Appropriates $250,000 from the general fund in FY2023-24 to each county with a population of 500,000 persons or less and $750,000 to each county with a population of more than 500,000 persons for implementation.

First sponsor: Rep. Fillmore ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

HCR2004: SCHOOLS; CONSOLIDATION; UNIFICATION 1/26 referred to House educ, appro.
HCR2005: ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION; REQUIREMENTS

The 2022 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend state statute to repeal and replace provisions related to English language learners. Public schools are required to ensure that all English language learners receive the highest quality education, master the English language and access high quality, innovative research-based language programs. School districts and charter schools are authorized to establish dual-language immersion programs for both native and nonnative English speakers. Directs Legislative Council to prepare conforming legislation.

First sponsor: Rep. Fillmore ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

HCR2005: ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION; REQUIREMENTS 2/18 referred to Senate educ.
HCR2019: ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION; REQUIREMENTS

The 2022 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend state statute to repeal and replace provisions related to English language learners. Public schools are required to ensure that all English language learners receive the highest quality education, master the English language and access high quality, innovative research-based language programs. School districts and charter schools are authorized to establish dual-language immersion programs for both native and nonnative English speakers. Directs Legislative Council to prepare conforming legislation.

First sponsor: Rep. Espinoza ( - Dist )
Others: Rep. Chavez (D - Dist 29), Rep. Jermaine (D - Dist 18)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

HCR2019: ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION; REQUIREMENTS 2/3 referred to House educ.
S1012: COMMUNITY COLLEGES; LEASE-PURCHASE AGREEMENTS; INDEBTEDNESS

The maximum period of time a community college district board may enter into a lease-purchase agreement is increased to 20 years, from 15 years. The amount of outstanding indebtedness due to acquiring real property by lease-purchase for community college districts in counties with a population of 750,000 persons or more (Maricopa and Pima Counties) is increased to $25 million in any one year and $50 million in the aggregate, from $2.5 million in any one year and $15 million in the aggregate. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Mesnard ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

Mirror 2432

S1012: COMMUNITY COLLEGES; LEASE-PURCHASE AGREEMENTS; INDEBTEDNESS 2/26 signed by governor. Chap. 38, Laws 2021. message
S1042: WORKERS' COMPENSATION; SETTINGS; DEFINITION (WORKERS' COMPENSATION; FEE SCHEDULE; SETTINGS)

For the purpose of statute allowing the Industrial Commission to include separate reimbursement guidelines for medications dispensed in settings that are not accessible to the general public, "settings that are not accessible to the general public" does not include mail order pharmacies delivering pharmaceutical services to workers' compensation claimants, if specified conditions are met. Emergency clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston ( - Dist )
Others: Sen. Fann (R - Dist 1)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

S1042: WORKERS' COMPENSATION; SETTINGS; DEFINITION 4/9 signed by governor. Chap. 204, Laws 2021. message
S1139: CLASSROOM SITE FUND; DISTRIBUTION

Modifies the purposes for which monies from the Classroom Site Fund must be spent to add "student support services" (defined) and to specify that teacher compensation must include a base pay and a performance pay component. Deletes the requirement for school districts and charter schools to allocate 40 percent of the monies received from the Classroom Site Fund for teacher compensation increases based on performance and employment related expenses, 20 percent of the monies for teacher base salary increases and employment related expenses, and 40 percent of the monies for maintenance and operation purposes. The performance based compensation system adopted by school district governing boards is no longer required to have individual teacher performance account for 33 percent of the 40 percent allocation for teacher compensation. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Boyer ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

S1139: CLASSROOM SITE FUND; DISTRIBUTION 3/18 signed by governor. Chap. 67, Laws 2021. message
S1173: FAMILY LEAVE

An employee is entitled to a total of 12 workweeks of leave during any 12 month period for the birth of a child of the employee, the placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care, to care for a family member with a serious health condition, or because of a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the functions of the employee's position. Employees are authorized to take intermittent leave or leave on a reduced leave schedule under specified conditions. If an employer provides paid leave for fewer than 12 weeks, the additional weeks of leave may be provided without compensation. Establishes requirements for notice for foreseeable leave, spouses employed by the same employer, certification of serious health conditions, restoration of employment after leave, and employment benefits during leave. Specifies a list of prohibited acts and provides penalties for violations.

First sponsor: Sen. Bowie ( - Dist )
Others: Sen. Alston (D - Dist 24), Sen. Engel (D - Dist 10), Sen. Gonzales (D - Dist 3), Rep. Jermaine (D - Dist 18), Sen. Marsh (D - Dist 28), Sen. Navarrete (D - Dist 30), Rep. Pawlik (D - Dist 17), Rep. Shah (D - Dist 24), Sen. Steele (D - Dist 9)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

S1173: FAMILY LEAVE 1/19 referred to Senate com.
S1174: APPROPRIATION; STEM INTERNSHIPS

Appropriates $2 million from the general fund in FY2021-22 to the Arizona Commerce Authority for matching monies for educational stipends for high school, college and university students and for K-12 teachers in Arizona who participate in STEM internships. The Authority is required to establish guidelines and procedures for awarding the stipends. Some stipend requirements are specified, including maximum award amounts. By December 1, 2022, the Authority is required to submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature on the stipends and internships. AS PASSED SENATE

First sponsor: Sen. Bowie ( - Dist )
Others: Sen. Alston (D - Dist 24), Sen. Engel (D - Dist 10), Rep. Jermaine (D - Dist 18), Rep. Shah (D - Dist 24), Sen. Steele (D - Dist 9)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

S1174: APPROPRIATION; STEM INTERNSHIPS 3/9 House educ held.
S1178: SCHOOLS; TEST RESULTS; LETTER CLASSIFICATION

If the State Board of Education (SBE) alters the statewide assessment testing window for any reason, the SBE is authorized to adjust the dates by which local education agencies are required to receive the scores and assessment data proportionately. If the SBE adjusts the dates by which local education agencies are required to receive the scores and assessment data, the SBE cannot impose penalties on the contractor unless the scores and assessment data are received after the adjusted dates. As session law, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is prohibited from assigning schools or school districts letter grade classifications for school years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. ADE is required to continue to collect and publish data in school years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 concerning the academic and educational performance indicators for schools and school districts. ADE is required to develop criteria to identify schools and school districts for school years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 that demonstrate a below average level of performance. During school years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022, the governing board of a school district is authorized to adopt alternative policies regarding performance based funding or policies regarding dismissal or nonrenewal procedures for teachers who continue to be designated in the lowest performance classification. Retroactive to July 1, 2020.

First sponsor: Sen. Boyer ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

S1178: SCHOOLS; TEST RESULTS; LETTER CLASSIFICATION 2/4 Senate COW approved with flr amend #4111.
S1179: CTEDS; FOURTH-YEAR FUNDING

Students in 9th grade and students in the school year immediately following graduation who are enrolled in courses that are approved jointly by the governing board of the Career Technical Education District (CTED) and each participating school district or charter school may be included in a CTED's calculation of student count or average daily membership. Funding cannot be provided for more than four years for the same student. Funding for students in grade 9 is provided only if the student reaches the 40th day of grade 10, and at that time funding is provided for that student for grade 9 and for any subsequent year in which the student is eligible for funding. By September 1 of each year, the Office of Economic Opportunity in collaboration with the Department of Education is required to compile an in-demand regional education list of the approved career technical education programs that lead directly to a career path in high demand with median-to-high-wage jobs in that region. The Office is required to submit the in-demand regional education list to the Arizona Career and Technical Education Quality Commission for review and approval. For a student in grade 9 or in the school year immediately following graduation, funding is provided to the CTED only if the student is enrolled in a program that was included on the in-demand regional education list for that student's region for the year in which the student began the program. Session law provides that for FY2021-22 through FY2024-25, a student participating in an approved CTED program included on the in-demand regional education list on the date the list is compiled qualifies for funding in the year immediately following graduation.

First sponsor: Sen. Mesnard ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

Mirror 2123

S1179: CTEDS; FOURTH-YEAR FUNDING 3/3 from House educ do pass.
S1294: SENTENCING RECORDS; SEALING ARREST; LIABILITY (COMMUNITY COLLEGES; EXPENDITURE LIMITATION)

A person who was convicted and has completed the terms and conditions of the person’s sentence, a person who was charged with a criminal offense and the charge was subsequently dismissed or resulted in a not guilty verdict at a trial, or a person who was arrested for a criminal offense and no charges were filed, is authorized to file a petition to seal all case records related to the criminal offense. Sealed case records may be alleged as an element of an offense, and may be used as a historical prior felony conviction or to enhance the sentence for a subsequent felony. Establishes mandatory waiting periods before a person may file a petition to seal the person’s records of arrest, conviction and sentence, based on the criminal classification of the offense. If the court grants a petition to seal case records, the court is required to issue an order sealing all records relating to the petitioner's arrest, conviction and sentence, and must notify the Department of Public Safety and the prosecutor of the sealing order. A person whose arrest, conviction and sentence records are sealed is allowed to state, in all instances, that the person has never been arrested for, charged with or convicted of the crime that is the subject of the arrest or conviction, including in response to questions on employment, housing, financial aid or loan applications unless any of a list of specified conditions applies. Does not apply to a person who is sentenced as a dangerous offender or who is convicted of specified offenses. More. Applies to a person who is arrested, convicted or sentenced before, on, or after the effective date of this legislation. Appropriates $500,000 from the general fund in FY2022-23 to the Administrative Office of the Courts to pay for the costs of implementing this legislation. Effective January 1, 2023. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Shope ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

Mirror: 2021

Stikrer: sentecning, no longer take a position

S1294: SENTENCING RECORDS; SEALING ARREST; LIABILITY 7/9 signed by governor. Chap. 432, Laws 2021. message
S1295: ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES; EXAMS; APPROPRIATIONS

Establishes the Advanced Placement Course Access, Participation and Success Program within the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to expand and enhance access to, participation in and student success in advanced placement courses and advanced placement exams. Establishes the Advanced Placement Exam Fee Waiver Program to eliminate or reduce the advanced placement exam fee costs for all students enrolled in public schools in Arizona who have a family income that does not exceed 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines or otherwise meet the eligibility guidelines as set by ADE. ADE is required to submit a report containing specified information on these programs to the Governor and the Legislature by August 15 of each year. The programs terminate on July 1, 2031. Appropriates $1.5 million from the general fund in FY2021-22 to the newly established Advanced Placement Course Access, Participation and Success Program Fund and $1.2 million from the general fund in FY2021-22 to the newly established Advanced Placement Exam Fee Waiver Program Fund. AS PASSED SENATE

First sponsor: Sen. Shope ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

S1295: ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES; EXAMS; APPROPRIATIONS 3/10 from House appro do pass.
S1301: ARIZONA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTERS; INCREASE

The Arizona Area Health Education System in the College of Medicine of the University of Arizona is expanded to six area health education centers, from five centers, and one center is required to focus on the Indian health care delivery system. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Shope ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

S1301: ARIZONA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTERS; INCREASE 3/26 signed by governor; Chap. 142, Laws 2021. message
S1302: CTEDS; AVERAGE DAILY MEMBERSHIP

Students in an approved Career Technical Education District (CTED) centralized program, including one provided by a satellite campus, or a leased centralized program may generate an average daily membership (ADM) up to 0.25 for 150 hours of instruction received during any hour of the day, any day of the week, and at any time between July 1 and June 30 of each fiscal year. The ADM for a student who is enrolled in a career technical education course or program provided by a community college is 0.25 for the accumulation of every three community college credits for which a student is enrolled in career technical education courses. Establishes calculations for ADM for students in approved career technical education programs based on the number of instructional hours of enrollment. Contains a legislative intent section. AS PASSED SENATE

First sponsor: Sen. Shope ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

Mirror 2124

S1302: CTEDS; AVERAGE DAILY MEMBERSHIP 3/1 referred to House educ.
S1308: POSTSECONDARY BOARD; TUITION RECOVERY FUND (CTEDS; NONPROFITS; POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS; AGREEMENTS)

Caps the aggregate annual assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund that private postsecondary education institutions that collect prepaid tuition are required to pay to the State Board for Private Postsecondary Education for newly enrolled students at $25,000 per annual assessment period. Students that reenroll after an absence from the institution of one or more years are removed from the definition of "newly enrolled student" for the purpose of the assessment. Institutions accredited by a regional or specialized accrediting agency are no longer exempt from the assessment. Retroactive to January 1, 2020. Due to a potential increase in state revenue, this legislation requires the affirmative vote of at least 2/3 of the members of each house of the Legislature for passage, and becomes effective on signature of the Governor. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Shope ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

Mirror 2061

S1308: POSTSECONDARY BOARD; TUITION RECOVERY FUND 4/16 signed by governor. Chap. 242, Laws 2021. message
S1311: CTEDS; LETTER GRADES; EXCLUSION

Career Technical Education Districts are prohibited from being assigned a letter grade as part of the annual achievement profile compiled by the Department of Education.

First sponsor: Sen. Shope ( - Dist )
Others: Sen. Alston (D - Dist 24), Sen. Contreras (D - Dist 19), Sen. Rios (D - Dist 27)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- monitor

S1311: CTEDS; LETTER GRADES; EXCLUSION 2/9 from Senate rules okay.
S1387: CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE; EDUCATION; TRAINING

The Department of Economic Security (DES) is authorized to waive a portion or the entirety of the work requirements to continue to provide supplemental child care assistance to a person who has been receiving assistance and who has enrolled full time in an accredited educational institution, remedial educational activity or employment training program leading to a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma, a vocational, technical or trade certification or an associate degree or bachelor's degree, and the educational or training program is reasonably related to employment goals. The person is required to demonstrate satisfactory progress to DES in the education or training activity.

First sponsor: Sen. Shope ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

Support based off mirror HB 2016

S1387: CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE; EDUCATION; TRAINING 3/30 House appro held.
S1393: CONTINUING HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

The State Board of Education is required to establish a continuing high school program to provide adult learners with alternative study services that lead to the issuance of a high school diploma and industry-recognized credentials. The Board is required to authorize service providers that are qualified 501(c)(3) organizations that meet specified requirements to operate schools through partnerships with school districts, nonprofit charter schools or Career Technical Education Districts. A school participating in the program is eligible to receive base support level funding and additional assistance in the same manner as a school district or charter school, but is not eligible for transportation funding or Arizona online instruction funding. Establishes reporting requirements for service providers, and requires the Department of Education to report on the Program to the Governor and the Legislature by December 15, 2024 and by December 15 of each year after. The Board is authorized to approve program service providers with a total projected average daily membership of up to 350 in FY2022-23, up to 700 in FY2023-24, and up to 1,400 in FY2024-25 and each FY after. The program terminates on July 1, 2031.

First sponsor: Sen. Boyer ( - Dist )
Others: Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11), Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW Support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

Mirror 2405

S1393: CONTINUING HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM 1/26 referred to Senate educ.
S1399: COURSE OPTIONS; FUNDING PORTABILITY; PROGRAM

Establishes a Course Options and Funding Portability Program to be administered by the State Board of Education. Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, school districts and charter schools in the Program are authorized to allow any student in grades 10 through 12 to enroll in one or more courses offered by the school district or charter school, whether or not the student is primarily enrolled in the school district or charter school. A student who enrolls in a course or courses offered by a school district or charter school that is not the student's primary school district or charter school is considered to be concurrently enrolled in the school district or charter school offering the course under the Program. Establishes a process for students to participate in the Program. For each course completed under the Program, the lesser of the average daily membership that is equal to 1.0 divided by the total number of courses that the student is required to take that school year, or one-sixth average daily membership is generated and transferred to the school district or charter school in which the student is concurrently enrolled. The primary school district or charter school in which the student is enrolled is required to subtract the average daily membership generated from its average daily membership calculation. The State Board of Education is required to adopt rules to carry out the Program. The Program ends on July 1, 2031.

First sponsor: Sen. Boyer ( - Dist )
Others: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15), Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22), Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11), Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22), Sen. Mesnard (R - Dist 17), Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22), Sen. Ugenti-Rita (R - Dist 23)


 
S1399: COURSE OPTIONS; FUNDING PORTABILITY; PROGRAM 1/27 referred to Senate educ, appro.
S1400: SCHOOLS; COURSE EQUIVALENTS

Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, school districts and charter schools are required to allow students in grades 9 through 12 to receive one elective credit per school year through any of a list of methods, including working, participating in organized sports, community arts, or approved outside learning opportunities, and passing any course offered by a private postsecondary institution, community college or state university. Establishes guidelines for earning course credit and generating average daily membership through these methods. The State Board of Education is authorized to adopt rules to allow out-of-school experiences to satisfy the academic standards prescribed by the State Board of Education for students in kindergarten programs and grades 1 through 8. AS PASSED SENATE

First sponsor: Sen. Boyer ( - Dist )
Others: Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22), Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11), Sen. Mesnard (R - Dist 17), Sen. Pace (R - Dist 25), Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22), Sen. Ugenti-Rita (R - Dist 23)


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: Support-- watch for potential striker

PA 2-26: Support

S1400: SCHOOLS; COURSE EQUIVALENTS 3/23 House educ held.
S1411: UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (TECH CORRECTION; MILITARY AFFAIRS)

Beginning on either the effective date of this legislation or the date that the federal unemployment insurance benefit programs established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and extended by the American Rescue Plan Act or any subsequent federal legislation expire, whichever is later, and before July 1 following the date that the Department of Economic Security (DES) determines that Arizona meets the federal criteria to receive an interest-free unemployment insurance loan from the federal government, the maximum weekly unemployment benefit amount is increased to $320, from $240. Beginning July 1 following the date that DES determines that Arizona meets the federal criteria to receive an interest-free unemployment insurance loan from the federal government, the maximum weekly unemployment benefit amount is increased to $400. Increases the state unemployment tax taxable wage limit to $8,000 in 2022 and after, from $7,000. Effective January 1, 2022, the maximum number of weeks an individual may receive unemployment benefits is reduced to 22 weeks if Arizona’s unemployment rate in the prior calendar quarter is at least 4.25 percent but less than 6 percent, and to 20 weeks if Arizona’s unemployment rate in the prior calendar quarter is less than 4.25 percent, from 26 weeks, unless the Governor has declared a state of emergency and other specified conditions apply. DES is required to obtain current employment and income information from external data sources as part of the employment and income verification process to determine an individual’s eligibility for unemployment benefits. By December 31 of each year, DES is required to submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature on unemployment insurance fraud. AS PASSED SENATE

First sponsor: Sen. Fann ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

UI Striker - Fann

EW 2-22: Neutral 

PA 2-26: Neutral w/ concerns

Single List Comments:

UI Striker - Fann

S1411: UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE 3/31 from House appro with amend #4972.
S1433: STUDENTS; DISTANCE LEARNING PLANS; FUNDING

For FY2020-21, students who receive instruction through a distance learning plan are required to be funded at the same amount as students receiving in-person instruction, and cannot be funded as students receiving Arizona online instruction. Retroactive to July 1, 2020. Emergency clause.

First sponsor: Sen. Mesnard ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

Support based on mirror 2421

S1433: STUDENTS; DISTANCE LEARNING PLANS; FUNDING 3/2 referred to House educ, appro.
S1450: WORKERS' COMPENSATION; SPECIAL FUND; FIREFIGHTERS

In claims involving a firefighter eligible for workers' compensation due to cancer that is deemed to arise out of employment, the claim is eligible for reimbursement if the firefighter filed a workers' compensation claim after January 1, 2017, and if the employer has adopted cancer mitigation best practices, including increased cancer screenings and equipment proven to minimize contaminant risk, including turnouts, hoods, gloves and washing machines or commercial laundry services. Retroactive to tax years beginning with 2017.

First sponsor: Sen. Boyer ( - Dist )


 
S1450: WORKERS' COMPENSATION; SPECIAL FUND; FIREFIGHTERS 1/27 referred to Senate com.
S1451: WORKERS' COMPENSATION; RATES; FIREFIGHTERS; CANCER

Fire investigators are added to the presumption that specified types of cancer and related diseases that result in disability or death are an occupational disease and are deemed to arise out of employment if specified conditions are met. All insurance carriers, self-insuring employers and workers' compensation pools that secure workers' compensation for firefighters and fire investigators are required to compile and report to the Industrial Commission claim and claim reserve information for all cancer-related claims filed by or on behalf of firefighters and fire investigators. The Commission is required to compile and make available to insurance carriers, rating organizations, employers, public safety workers and workers' compensation pools the claim-related information collected to assist with the setting of workers' compensation insurance rates. In addition to the six uniform percentage deviations already authorized by statute, insurers covering firefighters and fire investigators are permitted to file one uniform percentage deviation that increases the statewide rates under the rating organization's rate filing for the class codes associated with firefighters and fire investigators to address the anticipated increase in losses and expenses for claims that are compensable due to the workers' compensation presumption. The deviation filing must be accompanied by analysis from an actuary that substantively illustrates the basis for the rate increase. Contains a legislative intent section. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Boyer ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: monitor- mirror 2056

S1451: WORKERS' COMPENSATION; RATES; FIREFIGHTERS; CANCER 4/14 signed by governor. Chap. 229, Laws 2021. message
S1453: COMMUNITY COLLEGES; FOUR-YEAR DEGREES (SCHOOL DISTRICTS; AGGREGATE EXPENDITURE LIMITATION)

Community colleges in counties with a population of 750,000 or less (all but Maricopa and Pima) are authorized to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees that are accredited by a regional accreditation agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Community colleges in counties with a population of more than 750,000 (Maricopa and Pima) are authorized to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees that are accredited by a regional accreditation agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education, except that for the first four years baccalaureate degrees are offered those degrees cannot exceed 5 percent of the total number of degrees offered by the college, and for the fifth and subsequent years baccalaureate degrees cannot exceed 10 percent of the total number of degrees offered. In counties with a population of more than 750,000 (Maricopa and Pima), tuition per credit hour for the third and fourth years of a four-year baccalaureate program cannot exceed 150 percent of the tuition per credit hour of any other community college district program. Establishes criteria that a community college district must consider when determining whether to offer baccalaureate degree programs. Each community college offering a baccalaureate degree program is required to submit a report to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee by October 1 of the fifth year after offering baccalaureate degree programs, and information that must be included in the report is specified. Contains legislative findings. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Boyer ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: Monitor

S1453: COMMUNITY COLLEGES; FOUR-YEAR DEGREES 5/4 signed by governor. Chap. 315, Laws 2021. message
S1572: SCHOOLS; EARLY LITERACY

Beginning August 1, 2025, the State Board of Education (SBE) must establish a literacy endorsement as a requirement for all certificated teachers who provide literacy instruction in kindergarten through grade five. SBE rules must require a certificated teacher who receives a certificate after August 1, 2025 and who provides literacy instruction in kindergarten through grade five to obtain a literacy endorsement within three years after the teacher's certificate is issued. The rules must require a certificated teacher who received a certificate before August 1, 2025 and who provides literacy instruction in kindergarten through grade five to obtain a literacy endorsement on or before August 1, 2028. The literacy endorsement must require the teacher to complete evidence-based science of reading training or coursework and to pass a literacy instruction assessment to show that the applicant is capable of effectively teaching foundational reading skills, implementing reading instruction, and providing effective instruction and interventions for students with reading deficiencies, including students with characteristics of dyslexia. Beginning August 1, 2022, SBE must require all approved educator preparation programs in elementary education and early childhood education to require the courses necessary to obtain a literacy endorsement. If sufficient monies are appropriated, beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, SBE is required to adopt a statewide kindergarten entry evaluation tool to administer to students in kindergarten programs within 45 calendar days after the beginning of each school year. The parent of any student who exhibits a reading deficiency at any time during the school year must be notified in writing within three weeks after the reading deficiency is identified, and information that must be included in the notice is specified. Retroactive to July 1, 2021, the deadline for school districts and charter schools to ensure that at least one kindergarten through third grade teacher in each school has received training related to dyslexia is extended one year to July 1, 2022. Retroactive to July 1, 2020, the deadline for the Department of Education to develop a dyslexia screening plan is extended two years to July 1, 2022. Session law requires SBE to review the K-3 reading program and consider any changes to statute, policy or administration to improve the reading proficiency of students. SBE is required to report on the review to the Governor and the Legislature by December 15, 2021. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Shope ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: Support

PA 2-26: Support

S1572: SCHOOLS; EARLY LITERACY 7/9 signed by governor. Chap. 434, Laws 2021. message
S1605: WORKERS COMPENSATION; PHYSICIANS; PUBLIC SAFETY

The Industrial Commission is required to develop and annually update a list of approved physicians to conduct initial examinations "public safety employees" (defined elsewhere in statute) or periodic medical examinations of public safety employees. If an accident occurs to a public safety employee, the Industrial Commission is required to randomly select from the list a physician who shall be allowed by the public safety employee, or any person in charge of the public safety employee, to make one examination of the injured public safety employee in order to ascertain the character and extent of the injury occasioned by the accident.

First sponsor: Sen. Gowan ( - Dist )
Others: Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5), Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13), Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11), Sen. Ugenti-Rita (R - Dist 23)


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: Oppose

PA 2-26: Oppose

S1605: WORKERS COMPENSATION; PHYSICIANS; PUBLIC SAFETY 3/2 from Senate rules okay.
S1640: CORPORATE INCOME TAX; CREDIT; EDUCATION

Establishes the High Demand Public School Fund for the purpose of providing grants to public schools to accommodate students who are on the public school's waiting list. Establishes requirements for public schools to receive a grant from the Fund. Establishes a list of authorized uses for grant monies. Establishes a corporate income tax credit for the amount of voluntary cash contributions made by the taxpayer during the tax year to the Fund. The amount of the credit is the total amount of the taxpayer's contribution for the tax year. The aggregate amount of credits is capped at $20 million in FY2020-21, and the cap is increased by 10 percent each FY, except that the aggregate amount cannot exceed $100 million in any FY. Taxpayers are allowed to designate a public school beneficiary. If the allowable tax credit exceeds taxes due, the taxpayer may carry the unused amount forward for up to five consecutive tax years. Retroactive to tax years beginning with 2021.

First sponsor: Sen. Leach ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-8-21 BT monitor

EW 2-22: Support

PA 2-26: Support

S1640: CORPORATE INCOME TAX; CREDIT; EDUCATION 2/23 from Senate rules with the tech amend.
S1651: WORKERS; COMPENSATION; SERVICE; ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION

Various notices of workers' compensation hearings and decisions may be transmitted to interested parties by means other than mailing to the last known address, including by electronic transmission, with the written consent of the receiving party. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: Support

PA 2-26: Support

S1651: WORKERS; COMPENSATION; SERVICE; ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION 5/5 signed by governor. Chap. 333, Laws 2021. message
S1658: FIREARMS AND EQUIPMENT; REGULATION

A person who is lawfully entitled to retain possession of "firearms and equipment" (defined) is authorized to retain possession of firearms and equipment and use or transport firearms and equipment in Arizona for any lawful purpose. The right to retain, use or transport firearms and equipment cannot be impaired or infringed by the Legislature, the state, state agencies, or political subdivisions. A retroactive law that regulates firearms and equipment, including a law that requires an additional or new tax on firearms and equipment that were purchased under a previous law that required only a onetime tax, or mandatory firearms and equipment buyback or registration laws are unlawful and unenforceable.

First sponsor: Sen. Rogers ( - Dist )


 
S1658: FIREARMS AND EQUIPMENT; REGULATION 2/3 referred to Senate jud.
S1683: SCHOOLS; TRANSPORTATION SUPPORT; PROGRAMS; APPROPRIATION

The State Board of Education (SBE) is required to establish the Transportation Support for Enrollment Options Grant Program. Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, the parent of a student in Arizona is authorized to apply for monthly transportation grants of up to $80 a month if the parent's child or children attend either a school district school under open enrollment or a charter school, and the parent either needs financial support to exercise that option or lives within 20 miles of the school district boundary of the selected school, but a bus program is not available to pick up the student in the parent's neighborhood. Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is required to establish the Parent Options for School Transportation Grant Program. School districts and charter schools are authorized to apply to ADE to participate in the Program. A participating school district or charter school is permitted to use a portion of its transportation funding to provide transportation grants to parents of students in that school or district. Both programs terminate on July 1, 2031. Appropriates $10 million from the general fund in FY2021-22 to SBE to distribute public school transportation modernization grants, family transportation stipend grants and improved municipal bus route grants. Establishes requirements for the grants.

First sponsor: Sen. Boyer ( - Dist )
Others: Rep. Bolick (R - Dist 20), Sen. Bowie (D - Dist 18), Rep. Chavez (D - Dist 29), Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21), Rep. D. Hernandez (D - Dist 2), Sen. Peshlakai (D - Dist 7), Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: Support

PA 2-26: Support

S1683: SCHOOLS; TRANSPORTATION SUPPORT; PROGRAMS; APPROPRIATION 2/10 from Senate educ with amend #4158.
S1684: SCHOOLS; TRANSPORTATION SUPPORT; ENROLLMENT POLICIES

Numerous changes to statutes relating to school choice. Modifies statute governing open enrollment policies, including to require school districts to give enrollment preference to and reserve capacity for resident students, students returning to the school from the prior year, and siblings of enrolled students. If the number of open enrollment requests or applications exceeds the capacity of a program, class, grade level or building, a school district school is required to select students through an equitable selection process, except that preference shall be given to siblings of a student selected through the equitable selection process. School district schools are prohibited from limiting open enrollment admission based on a list of factors. The State Board of Education (SBE) is required to establish the Transportation Support for Enrollment Options Grant Program. Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, the parent of a student in Arizona is authorized to apply for monthly transportation grants of up to $80 a month if the parent's child or children attend either a school district school under open enrollment or a charter school, and the parent either needs financial support to exercise that option or lives within 20 miles of the school district boundary of the selected school, but a bus program is not available to pick up the student in the parent's neighborhood. Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is required to establish the Parent Options for School Transportation Grant Program. School districts and charter schools are authorized to apply to ADE to participate in the Program. A participating school district or charter school is permitted to use a portion of its transportation funding to provide transportation grants to parents of students in that school or district. Both programs terminate on July 1, 2031. More. Appropriates $10 million from the general fund in FY2021-22 to SBE to distribute public school transportation modernization grants, family transportation stipend grants and improved municipal bus route grants. Establishes requirements for the grants.

First sponsor: Sen. Boyer ( - Dist )
Others: Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21), Sen. Mesnard (R - Dist 17), Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: Striker -monitor

S1684: SCHOOLS; TRANSPORTATION SUPPORT; ENROLLMENT POLICIES 2/18 from Senate educ with amend #4279.
S1685: SCHOOLS; ATTENDANCE BOUNDARIES; OPEN ENROLLMENT

Numerous changes to statutes relating to school choice. Modifies statute governing open enrollment policies, including to require school districts to give enrollment preference to and reserve capacity for resident students, students returning to the school from the prior year, and siblings of enrolled students. If the number of open enrollment requests or applications exceeds the capacity of a program, class, grade level or building, a school district school is required to select students through an equitable selection process, except that preference shall be given to siblings of a student selected through the equitable selection process. School district schools are prohibited from limiting open enrollment admission based on a list of factors. The State Board of Education (SBE) is required to prescribe a standard format for describing open enrollment options to ensure clarity and consistency for parents in understanding their enrollment options. Each January SBE is required to design a public awareness effort and distribute materials that communicate to the public the ability to choose any public school in Arizona. More.

First sponsor: Sen. Boyer ( - Dist )
Others: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15), Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21), Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: Monitor

S1685: SCHOOLS; ATTENDANCE BOUNDARIES; OPEN ENROLLMENT 3/3 referred to House educ.
S1717: TEACHERS ACADEMY; REVISIONS

Makes changes relating to the Arizona Teachers Academy. If an Academy student enrolls in a summer term, that term cannot be included in the calculation of the student's postgraduation public service commitment. Also blends multiple enactments. Retroactive to January 1, 2021. Due to voter protection, this legislation requires the affirmative vote of at least 3/4 of the members of each house of the Legislature for passage.

First sponsor: Sen. Boyer ( - Dist )
Others: Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21), Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: Support

PA 2-26: Support

S1717: TEACHERS ACADEMY; REVISIONS 2/25 Senate COW approved with amend #4281 and flr amend #4597.
SCR1020: ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION; REQUIREMENTS

The 2022 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend state statute to repeal and replace provisions related to English language learners. Public schools are required to ensure that all English language learners receive the highest quality education, master the English language and access high quality, innovative research-based language programs. School districts and charter schools are authorized to establish dual-language immersion programs for both native and nonnative English speakers. Directs Legislative Council to prepare conforming legislation.

First sponsor: Sen. Shope ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

SCR1020: ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION; REQUIREMENTS 3/24 from House educ do pass.
SCR1021: AGGREGATE EXPENDITURE LIMITATION; SCHOOL DISTRICTS

The 2022 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend the state Constitution to change the aggregate expenditure limitation for all school districts by using FY2022-23 as the base year, instead of FY1979-80

First sponsor: Sen. Boyer ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

SCR1021: AGGREGATE EXPENDITURE LIMITATION; SCHOOL DISTRICTS 2/10 from Senate educ do pass.
SCR1022: SCHOOL DISTRICTS; EXPENDITURE LIMIT; AUTHORIZATION

The Legislature authorizes the expenditure of local revenues by school districts in excess of the expenditure limitation prescribed in the state Constitution in FY2020-21. This authorization is effective only on the approval of this resolution by at least 2/3 of the members of each house of the Legislature by roll call vote.

First sponsor: Sen. Boyer ( - Dist )


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/25/21 EW- support

PA 1-29-21: Approved SUPPORT

SCR1022: SCHOOL DISTRICTS; EXPENDITURE LIMIT; AUTHORIZATION 2/10 from Senate educ do pass.
SCR1044: TUITION; POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION

The 2022 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend state statute to make a student who attended any public or private high school option or homeschool equivalent while physically present in Arizona for at least two years, and who graduated from public or private high school or a homeschool equivalent in Arizona or obtained a high school equivalency diploma in Arizona eligible for in-state tuition at any university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Board of Regents or any public community college. Persons without lawful immigration status are eligible for in-state tuition under these provisions. AS SENT TO SECRETARY OF STATE

First sponsor: Sen. Boyer ( - Dist )
Others: Sen. Bowie (D - Dist 18), Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8), Rep. Udall (R - Dist 25)


 

General Comments (all lists):

EW 2-22: Support

PA 2-26: Support

SCR1044: TUITION; POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION 5/10 passed House 33-27; to secretary of state for placement on the 2022 general election ballot.