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House Bill 1326

House Bill 1326

ARCHIVE (2012)

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DIGEST OF HB 1326 (Updated February 28, 2012 8:55 pm - DI 84)

Various education matters. Provides that an "expanded criminal history check," for purposes of education law, requires a national criminal history background check. Eliminates other types of permissible record searches under current law. Provides that prohibitions against financial aid do not apply to international students with bona fide legal status who are enrolled in state educational institutions. Provides that an individual who was enrolled in a state educational institution on or before July 1, 2011, is not lawfully present in the United States, and is a resident of Indiana may pay resident tuition at a state educational institution. Replaces the ambassador for education program with provisions which allow a teacher of the year to serve one year of professional leave with the department of education or a postsecondary educational institution. Abolishes the following programs and entities concerning various education matters: (1) Technology apprenticeship grant program. (2) Corporation for educational technology, including the buddy system project. (3) Education consultant for health and physical education. (4) Principal leadership academy. (5) School grant writing and fund raising assistance program. (6) Technology preparation task force. (7) Research and development program concerning various studies and evaluations. (8) Educational technology council. (9) Teacher quality and professional improvement program. (10) Committee on educational attitudes, motivation, and parental involvement. (11) Readiness testing. (12) Student services programs. (13) Twenty-first century schools pilot program. (14) Anti-gang counseling pilot program and fund. (15) Department of education review of professional development programs. (16) Performance based awards. (17) ISTEP program citizens' review committee. (18) A requirement that a course in safety education be taught to eighth graders. Requires the state board of education's plan for ensuring that charter school students are reading at grade level by the end of grade 3 to include only an assessment of each student's reading level in grade 3 and retention of a student as a last resort. Makes changes in the law governing the disposal of an unused school building. Requires each school corporation to include cursive writing in the curriculum of the school corporation. Deletes provisions concerning the availability of ISTEP essay questions for inspection by students and parents. Provides that: (1) a student's parent may request a rescoring of the student's responses to an ISTEP test, including the student's essay; or (2) a school may request a rescoring only if there is evidence that the test score is not accurate. Requires school bus inspectors to attach to the bus a certificate of inspection and document the certification in the school bus inspection data base. Changes the registration deadline for school bus owners who are not school corporations from July 29 to September 30. Deletes obsolete provisions concerning testing schedules. Makes conforming changes. Deletes references to statutes repealed during the 2011 legislative session. Requests the legislative council to assign to an interim study committee during the 2012 legislative interim the topics of: (1) the use of balanced school calendars by school corporations and procedures for the implementation or discontinuance of the use of balanced calendars, including the use of referenda; and (2) state educational institution grading practices. Allows the Indiana safe schools fund to be used to provide educational outreach and training to school personnel concerning the identification and prevention of and intervention in criminal gang activity. Requires the Indiana department of education (department) to develop model educational materials and a model policy concerning criminal gang activity. Requires the department, in collaboration with the Indiana criminal justice institute, the Indiana department of child services, and any organization with expertise in criminal gang education, prevention, and intervention that the department determines to be appropriate, to identify or develop model education materials and develop a model policy to address criminal gangs and criminal gang activity in schools. Requires the governing body of each school corporation, including Indianapolis public schools and charter schools, to develop and maintain a criminal gang policy. Requires a school corporation to include a copy of its criminal gang policy: (1) on its web site; (2) in school student handbooks; and (3) in any location the school corporation determines to be appropriate. Requires each school corporation to develop: (1) an educational criminal gang awareness program for students, school employees, and parents; and (2) a school employee development program to provide training to school employees in the implementation of the school corporation's criminal gang policy. Authorizes a school corporation to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the county prosecutor or a juvenile court to foster coordination of gang prevention, intervention, and suppression efforts. Requires, beginning in 2015 and each year thereafter, each school corporation to submit a report to the department outlining the activities undertaken by the school corporation to address criminal gang activity. Requires, beginning in 2015 and each year thereafter, the department to submit a report to the governor and the general assembly. Requires the discipline rules adopted by the governing body of a school corporation to: (1) prohibit criminal gang activity; and (2) include provisions concerning education, parental involvement, reporting, investigation, and intervention concerning criminal gang activity. Requires a school employee who has reason to believe that a student or school employee: (1) actively participates in a criminal gang; (2) commits criminal gang intimidation; or (3) solicits, recruits, entices, or intimidates another individual to join a criminal gang; to immediately notify the school or school corporation administration. Requires the principal to make an oral report to the local law enforcement agency. Provides that an individual who makes a report or causes a report to be made or who participates in any judicial proceeding resulting from or relating to the report is immune from any civil or criminal liability if the individual did not act maliciously or in bad faith. Makes a technical correction.
Current Status:
Passed 2nd reading - 2nd House
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