LIFE June 14, 2013

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 LIFE

  LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION FOR EDUCATORS
      VOLUME 11 NO. 8                              June 14, 2013
 
 

 

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS THE PARTY’S OVER!”

          In a legislative session which: passed out the Governor’s recommended budget for education; waffled on a major sex education bill; increased no new taxes for education; refused to fund a measly two million dollars for Teach For America; and, once again, resorted to the time honored tradition of creating studies for topics they did not wish to cover this session, it was time for the party to be over! 

            It is true that strides were made forward in the areas of full time kindergarten, class size reduction and ELL.  The additional funds for these programs were included in the Governor’s budget and the additional funding came about due to the Economic Forum report.  There was no new monies included in the DSA for raises or benefits for the staff.

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

AB 46-Would give the County Commissioners in Washoe County the right to raise taxes one time on a two-thirds vote to provide for capital improvements to older schools in Washoe County.  As this is written the bill resides on the Governor's desk.  Although he championed a similar bill to add police and fire in Clark County, in fact it was one of the reasons the Legislature went into special session. He has not made up his mind on this one.

            Your lobbyists worked diligently to try and limit the reporting requirements of Principals in new legislation introduced.  We were successful in most instances in getting the language”or his/her designee” inserted into the bills. We never lost an opportunity in testimony or in meetings to express how difficult it is to be barraged with report after report.

 AB376-would have paid teachers up to $200 for out of pocket expenses.  It failed.

           There will not be any changes to PERS this interim but there will be a study conducted upon the condition of PERS and its future outlook.

            There also were no changes in collective bargaining law this session.

SB407-Was the bill that would have put the findings of the Teacher and Leaders Council into practice.  After much discussion and soul searching the bill was changed to give the Department two addition years to implement.  This was very important to administrators as it will allow time for the needed training under the evaluations system proposed by the council.

SB58-Clark County School District bill that deals with distance education was passed and signed by the Governor.

             An important aspect of the full day class size bill was the limiting of class size to 1-21 or with an exemption to 1-25.  This will apply to all kindergarten classes, fulltime or one-half time.   The full day kindergarten bill changed the enrollment date of a child to enter public school from seven to five.  It caused quite an uproar among some parents and home-schoolers

 SB427-anti bullying bill.  Your lobbyists worked closely with Senator Parks, the Nevada Association of School Boards and Superintendents to get this bill passed. It calls for further reporting but more clearly describes what bullying is and how to report.

 SB453-Provides for schools to obtain and administer auto-injectable epinephrine.  This passed and has been signed by the Governor.

             If you have specific questions in regard to any bill and its final outcome, please do not hesitate to call either one of us.

              Since I started this edition of LIFE with a quote from a popular song I will end it with another.  Our hope is that someday, sometime the people and Legislature of Nevada will realize the importance of providing necessary funding for education.

“Somewhere Over The Rainbow…….”

             Hope to see you in Tahoe next week at NASA's Annual Spring Conference!

 

Lobbyist Contact Information

             Lonnie Shields        lonnie.shields@yahoo.com       775-741-0036
   Stephen Augspurger         Stephen.augspurger@ccasa.net

 

 

PUBLISHED BY THE NEVADA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS DURING EACH LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND AS NEEDED DURING SPECIAL SESSIONS