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Legislative Update, March 4, 2014


Bills Active This Week

HB 1693/SB 1684
Charter Schools: For-Profit Charters
This bill permits for-profit corporations to operate charter schools in Tennessee.
TREE opposes this legislation. Learn why.
House: Education Subcommittee, 3 p.m. Tuesday [watch]
Senate: Not scheduled (waiting in Education Committee)
HB 190/SB 196
Vouchers: Private School Vouchers
This bill diverts funds intended for public schools to private schools to pay the cost of tuition for certain Tennessee children.
TREE opposes this legislation. Learn why.
House: Finance Subcommittee, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday [watch]
Senate: Not Scheduled
HB 1908/SB 2025
Vouchers: Private School Vouchers
This bill diverts funds intended for public schools to private schools to pay the cost of tuition for certain Tennessee children. This version of the voucher bill is more expansive than Governor Haslam’s bill, HB 2428/SB 2455.
TREE opposes this legislation.
House: Not scheduled (waiting in Education Subcommittee)
Senate: Education Committee, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday [watch]
HB 1977/SB 1611
Charter Schools: Open Records
This bill requires the Tennessee Department of Education to post notice of and provide reasoning whenever it for the waives rules for certain schools, a power that has been abused in the past.
TREE supports this legislation.
House: Education Committee, 12 p.m. Tuesday [watch]
Senate: Not scheduled (waiting in Education Committee)
HB 1845/SB 1923
Charter Schools: Open Records
This bill requires the Tennessee Department of Education to post notice of and provide reasoning whenever it for the waives rules for certain schools, a power that has been abused in the past.
TREE supports this legislation.
House: Education Subcommittee, 3 p.m. Tuesday [watch]
Senate: Not scheduled (waiting in Education Committee)
HB 1267/SB 677
Local Control
This bill allows the state to wrest local control of schools under a variety of scenarios, circumventing all local elected bodies.
TREE opposes this legislation.
House: Education Subcommittee, 3 p.m. Tuesday [watch]
Senate: Not scheduled (waiting in Education Committee)
HB 2290/SB 2057
Funding: Common Core/Testing
This bill requires the state to reimburse districts for the cost of purchasing and implementing Common Core standards and testing.
TREE supports this legislation.
House: Not scheduled (waiting in Education Subcommittee)
Senate: Education Committee, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday [watch]
HB 1826/SB 1986
Standardized Testing: Funding
This bill requires the legislature to appropriate funding for future tests mandated by the TN Department of Education.
TREE supports this legislation.
House: Not Scheduled (waiting in Education Subcommittee)
Senate: Education Committee, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday [watch]

Bills Active Last Week

HB 2336/SB 2456
Funding: Common Core/Testing
This bill requires the state to reimburse districts for the cost of purchasing technology needed for Common Core/PARCC tests.
TREE supports this legislation.
House: Deferred in Education Subcommittee to TBA
Senate: No action (waiting in Education Committee)
HB 1841/SB 2221
Standardized Testing: Parental Rights
This bill allows parents to opt their children out of high-stakes testing.
TREE supports this legislation.
House: Deferred in Education Subcommittee to TBA
Senate: No action (waiting in Education Committee)
HB 1975/SB 2102
Standardized Testing: School Evaluations
This bill prohibits the use of Common Core test (PARCC) scores in the evaluation of school districts for the 2014-2015 school year.
TREE supports this legislation.
House: Taken off notice by sponsor
Senate: No action (waiting in Education Committee)
HB 2043/SB 2122
Standardized Testing: Teacher Evaluations
This bill prohibits the use of Common Core test (PARCC) scores in the evaluation of teachers for the 2014-2015 school year.
TREE supports this legislation.
House: Failed in Education Subcommittee
Senate: No action (waiting in Education Committee)