2020 House & Senate Bills to Watch

HB 1 – PASSED BY HOUSE & SENATE – Deficit Appropriation to Fully Fund Teacher Pay Raise for FY2020. Provides for $18,446,578 to ensure full funding of the teacher pay raise for 2019-2020; a bureaucratic error had resulted in a shortfall in the original FY2020 appropriation for the $1,500 raise for certified and assistant teachers that was passed in the 2019 Legislative Session.

HB 989 – DEAD – Limits Local Control and School Board Authority. Prohibits local school boards from raising ad valorem taxes for the support of the school district when the district’s state, local, federal, and other funds exceed the minimum in state and local funds called for in the MAEP formula; gives the Legislature authority to intervene in the allocation of school funds in a way that current law does not allow.

HB 994 – PASSED BY HOUSE – Amendments to Teacher Education Program Qualifications. Amends criteria for entrance into an approved teacher education program as follows: ACT score of 21 (or SAT equivalent) or achieve qualifying passing score on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam as established by State Board of Education, or minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on college coursework prior to admission.

HB 1139 – PASSED BY HOUSE – Community Schools. Encourages school districts to provide additional resources to students and families by adding Community Schools as an option in Districts of Innovation. See more about Community Schools.

SB 2001 – PASSED BY SENATE – Teacher Pay Raise. Adjusts salary schedule for certified teachers as follows: increases starting salary for certified teachers by $1,110 to $37,000 and increases salary for all other certified teachers by $1,000, beginning in 2020-2021 school year; increases salary for assistant teachers from current $14,000 to $15,000, beginning in 2020-2021 school year.

SB 2286 – PASSED BY SENATE – Amendments to Early Learning Collaborative Act – Committee Substitute. Amends Early Learning Collaborative (ELC) statute; increases per student funding for ELCs to $2,500 for full-day and $1,250 for half-day programs; changes curriculum and reporting requirements; sets goal to serve 25 percent of four-year-olds by beginning of 2022-2023 school year.

SB 2511 – PASSED BY SENATE – Amendments to Teacher Education Program Qualifications. Amends criteria for entrance into an approved teacher education program as follows: ACT score of 21 (or SAT equivalentor achieve qualifying passing score on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam as established by State Board of Education, or minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on college coursework prior to admission.

SB 2594 – PASSED BY SENATE – Amendments to ESA Voucher Program – Committee Substitute. Amends ESA voucher statute; requires that the eligible student have had an active IEP within the past 3 years; eliminates online schools from eligibility; requires eligible nonpublic schools to certify to MDE that they will provide services for a participating student’s disability or special education needs or provide services addressing a participating student’s IEP; allows eligible schools to use public schools to provide special education services but requires that public schools be reimbursed at fair market value; requires that a participating student’s remaining ESA funds be distributed to the home school district when the student returns to the home public school district; deletes the requirement for a lottery and requires that ESA vouchers be assigned in the chronological order in which applications are received.