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2016 Key Education Legislation

Bills below, which become law, are effective August 28, 2016, unless otherwise noted.
Please note that the links below are to the Missouri General Assembly's website.

SB 586 & SB 651 (Wasson, Keaveny) - Modifies the definition of "current operating expenditures" by removing the 2010 expiration date on the 5 percent per calculation cap on the growth of current operating expenditures. Modifies the definition of "state adequacy target.” Specifies that charter schools shall receive early childhood education funding at the same time as the district in which the charter school is located.

Veto overridden by the Legislature, May 5, 2016

SB 620 & SB 582 (Romine, Munzlinger) - Modifies composition of the Career and Technical Education Advisory Council and shifts the appointing authority. Requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in consultation with the Council to establish minimum requirements for a career and technical education certificate.

Signed by Governor, June 13, 2016

SB 635 (Hegeman) - Creates the 20-member Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia to make recommendations for a statewide system for identification, intervention, and delivery of supports for students with dyslexia. Requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop guidelines for the appropriate screening of students for dyslexia and related disorders. Requires public schools and charter schools to screen students for dyslexia and provide reasonable classroom support consistent with the guidelines. Requires 30 minutes of CPR instruction and training in the proper performance of the Heimlich maneuver or other first aid for choking. Requires the instruction and training to be given in high school prior to graduation and to be included in the district’s existing health or physical education curriculum.

Signed by Governor, July 5, 2016

SB 638 (Riddle) – Creates the "Missouri Civics Education Initiative,” Requires students attending a public, charter, or private school, to pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics prior to receiving a high school diploma. Modifies laws for charter schools. Modifies the A+ schools program. Requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, to collaboratively develop, as a three-year pilot program, a voluntary early learning quality assurance report. Requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish a trauma-informed schools initiative and administer a pilot program. Reinstates the penalty clause relating to gifted education. Requires school districts to develop a system for identifying students who are at risk of not being ready for college-level work or entry-level career positions. Requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop guidelines for the appropriate screening of students for dyslexia and related disorders consistent with the findings and recommendations of the task force. Requires public schools and charter schools to screen students for dyslexia and provide reasonable classroom support consistent with the guidelines developed. Creates the 20-member Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia to make recommendations for a statewide system for identification, intervention, and delivery of supports for students with dyslexia. Requires 30 minutes of CPR instruction and training, to be included in existing health or physical education curriculum in high school prior to graduation, in the proper performance of the Heimlich maneuver or other first aid for choking. Requires public schools to ensure that the Pledge of Allegiance is recited in at least one scheduled class of every pupil at least once per school day rather than once per school week. Allows flags for display in classrooms to be provided by voluntary donation. Requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to present results of a study relating to remedial education to the Joint Committee on Education by October 31, 2017.

Signed by Governor, June 22, 2016

SB 665 (Parson) - Contains a section which changes the "Farm-to-School Act" and program to the "Farm-to-Table Act." Requires the Commissioner of Education to appoint one person from a school within the state who directs a food service program to the Farm-to-Table task force.

Signed by Governor, June 24, 2016

SB 711 (Brown) - Requires 30 minutes of CPR instruction and training in the proper performance of the Heimlich maneuver or other first aid for choking. Requires the instruction and training be included in the district’s existing health or physical education curriculum prior to high school graduation.

Signed by Governor, June 14, 2016

HB 1583 (Allen) – Modifies the definition of bullying. Modifies the components school districts must include in their anti-bullying policies. Requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop training guidelines and school districts to adopt a policy for youth suicide awareness and prevention education. Requires each school district to adopt a policy, which may be the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s model policy, for youth suicide awareness and prevention.

Signed by Governor, June 3, 2016

HB 1646, HB 1621 and HB 2132 (Swan, Haahr, LaFaver) – Creates the "Missouri Civics Education Initiative." Requires students attending a public, charter, or private school, prior to receiving a high school diploma, to pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics.  Allows school districts to recognize students for participation in the Constitution Project of the Missouri Supreme Court.

Signed by Governor, June 22, 2016

HB 1696 (Rowland) - Authorizes the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to provide grants, subject to appropriations, to organizations that provide services to persons who are deaf or blind.

Signed by Governor, June 14, 2016

HB 2379 (Swan) - Creates the 21-member Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia to make recommendations for a statewide system for identification, intervention, and delivery of supports for students with dyslexia. Requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop guidelines for the appropriate screening of students for dyslexia and related disorders. Requires public schools and charter schools to screen students for dyslexia and provide reasonable classroom support consistent with the guidelines. Requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop training guidelines and school districts to adopt a policy for youth suicide awareness and prevention education. Requires each school district to adopt a policy for youth suicide awareness and prevention. Requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop model policy that districts may adopt.

Signed by Governor, June 22, 2016

HB 2428 (Swan) - Changes the term "guidance” counselor to "school “counselor in the laws relating to education.

Signed by Governor, June 13, 2016