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Senate Bill 0324

Senate Bill 0324

ARCHIVE (2006)

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DIGEST OF SB 324 (Updated February 28, 2006 6:14 pm - DI 109)

Various education matters. Allows the use of school-owned buses for nonprofit organizations under certain conditions. Allows school corporations to independently contract for school nurses and other certified or licensed personnel to provide student services and health services. Requires the state board of education annually to: (1) analyze state statutes, rules, policies, and relationships to determine those that restrict school corporations and public schools from allocating resources to, and focusing efforts on, student instruction and learning; and (2) report the results of the analysis to the state superintendent of public instruction, the general assembly, and the governor. Makes statutes governing nonrenewal of contracts applicable to assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and directors of special education consistent with statutes governing the nonrenewal of a superintendent's contract. Increases the cost of public works projects subject to the bidding process. Allows school corporations to declare themselves deregulated and waive certain statutes and rules. Allows up to one year or the school corporation's next budget year for school corporations to abate school building inspection violations. Removes the requirement for state and local attendance officers. Extends eligibility for the twenty-first century scholars program to students in grade 7. Authorizes a municipal school corporation to purchase certain materials for a public works project under the public purchasing law. Requires prior written informed consent before administering an assessment, an evaluation, a screening, or an examination concerning a child's social, emotional, or behavioral health. Provides for the development of a social, emotional and behavioral health plan for a child to be submitted to the state board for approval and to the general assembly before implementation. Requires a public school, including a charter school, to deposit the funds on hand not later than the business day following the day that the funds exceed two hundred dollars ($200). Requires the Indiana state board of education to adopt rules to allow a school corporation to enter into an independent contract with an individual who holds at least: (1) an associate degree in nursing; and (2) a registered nurse license issued under state law. Provides that a nonpermanent teacher must be notified by May 20 that the school corporation's governing body will consider the nonrenewal of the teacher's contract. (The notification deadline under current law is May 1.) Provides that an initial school superintendent contract must be for a term of at least 36 months. Allows subsequent contracts to be of any duration. Makes technical corrections. Repeals superseded compulsory school attendance provisions.
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