What’s Up at the Capitol This Week?

Action in the Senate

SB1346 school; assessments; instruction; reporting (Allen)

Passed 3rd read 19-10 and immediately signed by Governor. ASA supported this bill and I and three superintendents testified when it was introduced.
The bill addresses issues with menu of assessments.
• Delays implementation of menu of assessments for 3-8 to the 2023-2024 school year.
• Requires SBE to a create a plan by July 1, 2019 regarding developing, implementing, and adopting a new statewide assessment and a menu of assessments for grades 3-8 and 9-12. (Bear in mind the the letter from the USDOE indicates clearly that a 3-8 menu does not comply with ESSA.)
• Requires ADE to collaborate with AZ teachers and administrators to revise and replace test questions for the statewide assessment. The mix of questions on AzMERIT for 2019-20 and 2020-21 will go from 60%-40% (AIR-ADE) to 40%-60% (AIR-ADE).

SB1346 was also amended to repeal what has commonly been referred to as the “No Promo Homo” statute. Equality Arizona filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law, and Superintendent Hoffman and Attorney General Brnovich both publicly stated they would not defend the law.

• The adopted amendment removes the provisions in the HIV/AIDs curriculum statute that prohibits schools from “promoting a homosexual lifestyle,” portraying “homosexuality as a positive alternative life-style,” and suggesting that “some methods of sex are safe methods of homosexual sex.”

So SB1346 ended up being one of the most significant bills of the session so far. of a

Further News on the Menu of Assessments
The State Board of Education will hold a special meeting Monday, April 15 at 10:00 A.M. to begin making decisions about the future of state assessments.
Click here for information.

SB2693 misconduct involving weapons; school grounds (Petersen)
Failed Third read 15-14. This bill, one of the worst in the entire session, is dead. ASA opposed.
This bill allows a loaded weapon on campus if kept locked in an automobile owned by an adult; that is anyone 18 and older, even a high school student who has turned 18. This likely contravenes federal law. Peterson said the National Rifle Association helped him craft this legislation.
Joining the 13 D’s in the Senate and voting against the bill were 2 R’s, Senators Heather Carter and Kate Brophy-McGee. I encourage you to email these two Senators and thank them for preserving school safety by their votes. hcarter@azleg.gov and kbrophymcgee@azleg.gov

SB 1256 school districts; procurement practices; auditors (Gray)
Passed 3rd Read 45-13. Transmitted to Governor’s Office.
Removes lowest qualified bidder requirement. Removes required changes in audit firms after three years. Removes ban on consulting with audit firm.
ASA supports.

Mark Joraanstad, Ed. D.
Executive Director
Arizona School Administrator
602 252 0361
mjoraanstad@azsa.org