Bills to Watch 2019: Final Update

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  This legislative session was a whirlwind! Over one thousand bills were introduced, and while very few of those were eventually signed into law, important progress was made that deserves recognition. Below is OPEN’s review of events, focusing on the issues that most strongly impact students and families.   SCHOOL CULTURE: BULLYING, DISCIPLINE HB 160, […]

#PolicyForThePeople Bills to Watch: Discipline, Bullying, & Culture

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School discipline policy is always a hot topic in the state legislature, and this year is no exception. Public schools and particularly charter schools continue to use discipline policies (i.e. suspension and expulsion) that unfairly impact students of color and are not effective in creating safe and positive school environments. This session, there are five […]

SB 78

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This law adds the term “behavior analyst” to the definition of “behavior health provider” and “evaluator”. Further includes “applied behavior analysis” in the definition of “behavioral health services”.

HB 320

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Currently, law prohibits a public school governing authority from denying student access to behavioral health service providers at school during school hours if requested by the student’s parent or legal guardian. The proposed law would add “applied behavioral analysis provider” to the definition and requires the public school governing authority to make their policies publicly available.

HB 160

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Requires the collection and reporting of information related to school safety and discipline, including numbers of school resource officers, student suspensions, expulsions, and removals to alternative settings, referrals to law enforcement, and school-related arrests.