Weekly Legislative Update
The 100th day of this session is rapidly approaching but there is still no end in sight. Budget negotiations continue behind closed doors. The legislature has sent a total of 138 bills to the Governor’s desk so far this year, and he has signed 110 of them.
UPDATES ON BILLS WE’RE WATCHING
Early Education Funding: HB 2125 still has not moved. The bill directs $56 million in federal funding for child care assistance programs to the Department of Economic Security and Department of Child Safety and allocates federal funding for child care assistance programs to specific programs. Although the bill does NOT involve any state funds, it is being held up to be used as a bargaining chip in budget negotiations. Expect More Arizona supports this bill.
Computer Science, Math, Science: HB 2303 has been approved by both chambers and is headed to Governor Ducey for consideration. The bill establishes priorities for the Arizona Department of Education’s Computer Science Professional Development Program Fund grant application process, and requires the Arizona Board of Regents and the State Board of Education to develop a process to provide guidance to schools on rigor necessary for computer science courses to substitute for university admissions requirements and/or high school graduation requirements. Expect More Arizona has not taken a position on this bill.
The State Board of Education held a special meeting on Monday, April 15 to discuss the three-year assessment plan required in SB 1346, which includes the process to procure an assessment for implementation in 2021-22. Find a summary of the meeting here.
Find a complete list of Bills to Watch here.