Category «Legislation»

Some Arkansas Schools Allowed to Arm Teachers

I wrote here last month about a recent Attorney General Opinion in which the AG said that school districts do not qualify under state law to obtain a license from the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies to use staff as armed guards.  This opinion was in response to news that the Clarksville School …

AG Weighs In On Arming School District Staff

As I recently discussed here, a bill was filed in the last legislative session that would have allowed school districts to contract with existing staff to carry concealed weapons on campus and provide additional security. That bill failed, but as I’m sure you’ve read by now, that didn’t stop at least one Arkansas school district …

The Unintended Consequences of School Gun Laws

I recently ran across this article from the New York Times that brings to light a problem that some school districts are facing when trying to arm teachers and staff with concealed weapons. Liability and worker’s compensation insurance carriers are threatening to drastically increase their premiums or revoke their coverage altogether. According to the article, …

New NCLB Reauthorization Bill Filed

Senator Tom Harkin (D – Iowa) introduced a new bill today to reauthorize No Child Left Behind. The bill, titled Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013, is another attempt by Congress to reauthorize NCLB, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2001 and has been up for reauthorization since 2007. Every Democratic …

The Tim Tebow Bill: What’s Wrong With It?

To some, nothing, which is why it’s probably going to pass, if it hasn’t already, through the Senate Education Committee this morning with flying colors. I’m talking about HB1789, dubbed the Tim Tebow bill in Arkansas and in other states contemplating such legislation, because it allows home-schooled students to participate in public school athletics and …

Legislative Update

I haven’t posted a legislative update in a while, so here are a few important happenings from this week: Yesterday, HB1897, the Parental Choice Scholarship Program, failed on a voice vote in the House Education Committee. This bill, if passed, would have been by far the broadest school voucher program in the country, even broader …

School Vouchers Constitutional in Indiana

Yesterday, the Indiana Supreme Court issued an opinion upholding the state’s private school voucher program, which some have called the broadest in the nation. In Meredith v. Pence (the full opinion can be found on the court’s website), the court held that the program did not violate the state’s constitution, but cautioned that the public policy issues surrounding the …

Legislative Update

Today is the filing deadline for all bills for the 2013 legislative session. Of course, there’s still plenty of time to amend the numerous shell bills that have been filed (if you don’t know what a shell bill is, here’s an example – it’s simply a bill filed with only a limited title that can …

Legislative Update

Only a couple of education bills caught my eye this week. All in all, with the legislature more concerned about abortions and guns than ever before, this session has been pretty quite with regards to education. HB1528 – This bill designates the Department of Education as the “authorizer” of charter schools in the state. If …