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Legislative Update

Over the past several months, Parkway has been giving updates about certain legislative issues affecting public education. The following is a final update on these issues, as the last day of the legislative session was Friday, May 12. July 14, 2006 (midnight) is the last day for the Governor to sign bills - most laws go into effect August 28, 2006. First, here is a summary of legislation that did not pass: 65% (or 2/3) Funding Requirement Tuition Tax Credits Mandatory Seat Belts on School Buses School Start Date Requirements Open Enrollment Restrictions on the Teaching of Sex Education TABOR - Limit on state spending No help for Parkway in fixing the Prop C sales tax. Below are some highlights of a few education-related bills that did pass: 1. Omnibus Education Bill (SB 894) Some major provisions include: --Requires Anti-Bullying Policies - Every school district to adopt an anti-bullying policy no later than September 1, 2007. Defines the term "bullying" and says that the policy may not contain specific lists of protected classes of students. Requires district employees to report any bullying instance of which the employee has firsthand knowledge. --Lightens penalties on districts whose summer school enrollment is reduced in future years --Requires that districts with operating levies below $3.43 (including Parkway) give certain notice to the state --Sets up a "Ready to Work" endorsement program (Get more info. on this bill at: http://www.senate.mo.gov/06info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=37166 ) 2. Virtual schools (SB 912) - Requires the State Board of Education to establish a virtual public school by July 1, 2007. 3. School bus safety (SB 872): Increased penalties for traffic violations involving school buses - any person who fails to properly yield for a school bus and the failure to yield results in the injury of any child shall be guilty of a Class D felony. Any person who fails to properly yield for a school bus where such violation causes the death of any child shall be guilty of a Class C felony. 4. Student Transportation (HB 1180) - Allows certain school districts to provide transportation to students who live less than one mile from school and be reimbursed by the state if unsafe traffic situations can be demonstrated. PETITIONS: School Funding Petition was withdrawn. TABOR Petition was disqualified by the secretary of state. More details on the legislation mentioned above can be found on the Missouri National Education Association Web site or the Cooperating School Districts Web Site at the links below: http://www.mnea.org/publications/legislative/lu06-May%2015.htm http://csd.org/csdrpdc/csdlegbullno.7.html