Enrolled Senate Bill (S)

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Various education matters. Provides that every public school building shall be supplied with safe, potable water from a public water system approved by the commissioner of the department of environmental management. Provides that the financial specialist appointed for the Gary Community School Corporation may perform the duties authorized under the statute for not more than 24 consecutive months (rather than 12 consecutive months, under current law). Amends the definition of "secondary school" to include certain elementary grades for purposes of a federal student loan forgiveness program for highly qualified teachers in high needs areas. Provides that, beginning January 1, 2017, Various education matters. Provides that every public school building shall be supplied with safe, potable water from a public water system approved by the commissioner of the department of environmental management. Provides that the financial specialist appointed for the Gary Community School Corporation may perform the duties authorized under the statute for not more than 24 consecutive months (rather than 12 consecutive months, under current law). Amends the definition of "secondary school" to include certain elementary grades for purposes of a federal student loan forgiveness program for highly qualified teachers in high needs areas. Provides that, beginning January 1, 2017, a nonprofit college or university board of trustees shall assign authorization authority and authorization responsibilities to a separate legal entity that functions under the direction of the university's board. Provides that, before an entity may authorize a charter school, the entity must conduct a public meeting with public notice in the county where the charter school will be located. Provides that a charter school is considered a school corporation for purposes of any state or federal funding opportunities administered by the department or any other state agency that are otherwise available to a school corporation. Makes changes to the "school report card". Provides that an authorizer must conduct a public hearing in the school corporation in which a proposed charter school will be located. Provides if the location of the proposed charter school has not been determined, the public hearing must be held within the county where the proposed charter school would be located. Provides for staggered terms for the members of the East Chicago school board. Provides that a charter school organizer must establish certain requirements for the distribution of funds or assets of a charter school that ceases operation. (Current law provides that a charter school organizer must establish certain requirements for the distribution of funds or assets upon dissolution of a charter school.) Provides that if a school corporation or a charter school does not pay taxes due under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act within 30 days after the due date (and any known accrued penalties and interest on those taxes) or does not pay withheld state income taxes (and any known accrued penalties and interest on those taxes) within 30 days after the due date: (1) the school business official or financial officer shall report the failure to pay the taxes and the penalties and interest to the governing body of the school corporation or charter school; and (2) the governing body shall report at a public meeting on the failure to pay the taxes and the penalties and interest. Specifies that if during the following 365 days the school corporation or charter school has a subsequent failure to pay the taxes and known accrued penalties and interest within 30 days after the due date, the school corporation or charter school shall provide notice of its subsequent delinquency to the department of education, the budget agency, and the distressed unit appeal board. Provides that a school corporation may accept a student who does not have legal settlement in the school corporation into an alternative education program even if the school corporation does not otherwise accept transfer students. Removes an intramural athletic contest or competition that is sponsored by or associated with a school from the definition of "athletic activity" for purposes of the requirements concerning sudden cardiac arrest to student athletes. Adds an additional measure by which the depth perception of a school bus driver may be determined. Provides for the revocation of a school bus driver's certificate of completion of school bus driver safety education under certain circumstances. Provides that an individual may enroll in a transition to teaching program and receive a transition to teaching license without passing a content area examination before admission to the program. Voids administrative rules that require passing a content area examination before being admitted to a transition to teaching program. Requests the legislative council to assign the following topics to an appropriate study committee: (1) The extent the school's calendar influences certain school functions. (2) Graduation rates, including the feasibility of amending the definition of "cohort" for purposes of determining graduation rates to exclude students who are pursuing a certificate of completion under an individualized education program. (3) Methods to ensure opportunities for secondary school students to earn college credits while enrolled in high school and to provide incentives for a teacher to obtain a master's degree or at least 18 hours of graduate coursework in the subject matter the teacher is teaching or wishes to teach as part of a dual credit course. (4) The feasibility of allowing a school corporation and an individual teacher to voluntarily enter into an employment contract that contains terms that differ from the terms set forth in a collective bargaining agreement, and issues related to the topic. (5) Issues related to the establishment of special education scholarship accounts and a special education scholarship account fund. ... View more