Education Theater

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Another season of educational theater… It’s that time of the year again, when all sides don their masks to begin the annual educational theater season, where we all pretend we know where the school performance scores come from and what they mean about the quality of our public education system.   You can feel the […]

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, […]

HB 227

Posted Posted in LS2019, Watching

Allows the LA Special Education Center’s licensure to determine at what age to stop providing services for individuals, instead of requiring services until age 32.

HB 283

Posted Posted in LS2019, Watching

Requires video cameras in classrooms and other educational settings where students with exceptionalities receive special education and related services. This policy requires charter schools to adhere.

SB 158

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Requires each public school governing authority to establish a special education advisory council to provide advice and feedback regarding special education policies, procedures, and resources and engage in community outreach. 60% of this advisory council must be parents of students with an exceptionality other than gifted and talented.

HB 334

Posted Posted in LS2019, Watching

Authorizes the installation and use of monitoring devices in the rooms of residents of intermediate care facilities for people with developmental disabilities. See HB 283, as there are several bills this session concerning video recording in this type of setting.

HB 373

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Creates a four-bed peer group for intermediate care facilities for people with developmental disabilities and provides for the calculation of Medicaid per diem rates for those facilities.