Bennett's Blog: Senate Ed Committee introduces three bills
by Chuck Bennett, Director of Governmental Relations
At yesterday’s meeting of the Senate
Education Committee, the committee introduced three bills. Here are the
- One bill (LC 44) that has not been numbered yet
allows school districts to charge tuition for the second half day of a full day
kindergarten program. It defines the second half of the day as “supplemental
kindergarten” and allows districts to charge for it. Tuition may not be charged
against low income families, a ward of the juvenile court or Department of Human
Services. Any parent or guardian who believes the tuition represents a hardship
may seek a waiver from the school district for the tuition. The bill allows the
districts to collect tuition through the 2009-10 school year. It is expected the
question of tuition and full-day kindergarten will be taken up in the regular
2009 legislative session. The bill also validates all previous tuition
collections and thereby protects districts from
- SB 1067 (LC 46) –
Modifies the bill passed last session that required districts to replace all R
type metal halide lights or mercury vapor light bulbs with T type light bulbs by
January 1, 2008. The deadline is now September 1, 2008. It also changes the
covered lights to exclude all outdoor lighting except in covered areas used by
students or employees.
- SB 1066 (LC 45)–
Allows ODE to spend funds allocated last session for talented and gifted
programs including the creation of regional centers to offer support to local
district programs. The bill also made technical changes to the Oregon Educators
Benefit Board statute. There also were adjustments in the bill regarding
education on use of anabolic steroids.
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