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2007 Bill Summaries Affecting Elementary and Secondary Education

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  • HB 1005  
    Subject Matter:  Indian Affairs Commission Budget
    Bill Summary:  This bill provides an FTE to Indian Affairs Commission to work with educational programs on reservation schools and schools with significant Native American populations.
  • HB 1013
    Subject Matter:
      Land Board Budget Request
    Bill Summary:  This bill provides appropriation to defray expenses of the commissioner of university and school lands and provides for distribution amounts from permanent funds.
  • HB 1019   
    Subject Matter:  State Board of Career & Technical Education Budget

    Bill Summary:  Section 3 of this bill provides $25,000 for entrepreneurship education at the elementary level.
  • HB 1021   (Ch. 15.1-02; Ch. 54-59 NDCC)
    Subject Matter:
      Statewide Longitudinal Data Warehouse
    Bill Summary:   This bill is ITD’s budget and contains $228,000 for an FTE and $50,000 of consulting money to begin warehouse efforts.
  • HB 1029   (Bill Included)
    Subject Matter: Transfer of Sales Tax for School Districts (Chps. 11-09.1; 40-05.1 NDCC)
    Bill Summary:   This bill prohibits home rule counties and cities from transferring sales tax revenue from those entities to school districts for any purpose.
  • HB 1046    (§15.1-29-04; §15.1-29-14)
    Subject Matter:   Payment of Tuition and Transportation by Sending Districts; Payment of Tuition for Placements Other Than Education
    Bill Summary:   This bill amends the tuition sections is 15.1-29 relating to non- payment of tuition for students placed for purposes other than education.  Upon notification by the admitting district that tuition and tutoring charges have not been received within 60 days of the due date, the Department shall withhold all state aid otherwise payable to the student’s district until the total amount has been fully paid.
  • HB 1076    (§15.1-21-02)
    Subject Matter: High School Curriculum Requirements for Youth Correctional Center    
    Bill Summary: This statue exempts the Youth Correctional Center from the requirement of providing two units of fine arts (one of which is music) and two years of the same foreign language.
  • HB 1081   (Bill Included)
    Subject Matter: School Bus Driver Qualifications (§15.1-07-20)
    Bill Summary:  This bill allows a person who does not possess a commercial driver’s license to drive a school bus with a rated passage capacity of 16 or more passengers only when transporting a bus to or from a school bus service or repair and when there are no students on the bus.   The provisions of this bill do not apply to vehicles other than school buses.
  • HB 1107   (§54-06-09)
    Subject Matter:
      Mileage and Travel Expense Reimbursement
    Bill Summary: This bill allows reimbursement for mileage and travel expense with the state as follows:
    • The sum of forty-five cents per mile when travel is by motor vehicle
    • The sum of seventy cents per mile when the travel is by private airplane
    Mileage by private aircraft must be computed by actual air mileage when only one state employee or official is traveling; if twoor more state employees or officials are traveling by private aircraft, the actual mileage must be based on the road mileage between the geographical points.When travel is by rail or certified air taxi commercial operator or other common carrier, including regularly scheduled flights by airlines, the amount actually and necessarily expended may be reimbursed.
  • HB 1108   (§32-03.1-02.3)
    Subject Matter:
      Immunity from Civil Liability for Persons Using AED Devices
    Bill Summary:  This statute extends the “Good Samaritan” protection to any person using AED (Automated External Defibrillator).  It was necessary for the DPI to support this bill as a precursor to SB 2313 and immunity from civil liability for school and related personnel.
  • HB 1134    (§44-04-18.14; §52.01-03)
    Subject Matter:   Use of Information to Conduct State and Federal Reports
    Bill Summary:  This bill deals with the legal release and use of information, especially related to follow-up information on North Dakota education and training.
  • HB 1136   (§23.07-07.1)
    Subject Matter: Children’s Required Immunizations for Attending School
    Bill Summary:  This bill extended the existing Century Code to identify additional required immunizations for school age youth, and secondly, created a new subsection to NDCC which identifies extenuating circumstances for the State Health Officer to allow waivers.
  • HB 1169   (§15.1-02-01)
    Subject Matter:
      Qualifications of State Superintendent of Public Instruction
    Bill Summary:  This bill eliminates the requirements of a professional teaching license to run as a qualified candidate for the office of superintendent of public instruction.
  • HB 1171    15-04-23)
    Subject Matter:   Fees to Counties from School Trust Funds
    Bill Summary:  On or before March first of each year, the board of university and school lands shall pay a fee to the board of county commissioners of each county in which the state retains original grant lands if that county has requested payment under this section and included certification of the number of mills levied for county road and bridge purposes.
  • HB 1172   (Bill Included)
    Subject Matter:   Including North Dakota Studies in School Curriculum (§15.1-21-01; §15.1-21-02)
    Bill Summary:   This bill requires that North Dakota studies be taught as part of social studies in grades 4 and 8.  It also requires that schools make one-half unit of North Dakota studies available to high school students at least once every two years.
  • HB 1177    (Bill Included)
    Subject Matter:   School District Authority to Pay Teachers off the Negotiated Agreement (§15.1-21-01; §15.1-21-02)
    Bill Summary:  This bill provides that under certain conditions of teacher shortage, school districts may be able to pay compensation above the negotiated agreement with approval from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  • HB 1178
    Subject Matter:
    One Time Consolidation Bonus Extension (Ch. 167 NDCC)
    Bill Summary: This bill provides the legal framework to pay a bonus to the North Border School District, which was eligible for a bonus under the old law but missed the enrollment threshold by a small number of students.
  • HB 1199   (Bill Included)
    Subject Matter:
      Open Enrollment Law (§15.1-31-01; §15.1-31-07; §15.1-31-02)    
    Bill Summary:  This bill moves the deadline for filing an open enrollment application to March 1st.  It provides that parent applying for open enrollment shall file an open enrollment application with the admitting district and file a copy of the application with the student’s district of residence.  It removes the requirement that the district of residence approve the open enrollment application during the month of March, and it removes the section of the open enrollment law that limited open enrollment on an annual basis to  20% of the previous years ADM.
  • HB 1235     (§15-62.2-00.1; §15-62.2-01)
    Subject Matter: Eligibility for High Education Scholarships
    Bill Summary: This bill provides that student’s who are residents of North Dakota but graduate from a South Dakota or other bordering state high school, are eligible for higher education scholarships provided to North Dakota resident students.
  • HB 1248     (§15.1-36-01)
    Subject Matter:  Appeals of School Construction Approval Decisions by the State Superintendent
    Bill Summary:  This bill provides that the State Board of Public School Education may review construction approval decisions of the State Superintendent when those decisions are appealed by a school district.  It also provides that these appeals will be based on six criteria outlined in the bill.
  • HB 1261       (§15.1-07-02; §15.1-12-10)
    Subject Matter:  School District Name Provided in a Reorganization Plan
    Bill Summary: This bill provides that when a reorganization plan is submitted for approval to the State Board of Public School Education, it must include the proposed complete legal name of the new school district.
  • HB 1270    (Bill Included)
    Subject Matter:   Professional Development Days for Teachers (§15.1-06-04)
    Bill Summary:  This bill defines the length of professional development days for teachers as provided in the school calendar.  A day for professional development activities means:  (1) six hours of professional development activities, exclusive of meals and other breaks, conducted within a single day; or two four-hour periods professional development activities, exclusive of meals and other breaks, conducted over two days.  It further allows a school district which offers a four-hour period of professional development activities to schedule instruction during other available hours on that same day and be credited with providing one-half day of instruction to students.  The provisions of subsection 2 do not apply unless the one-half day of instruction equals at least one-half of the time required for a full day of instruction as defined in this statute. 
  • HB 1281     (Bill Included)
    Subject Matter:   Limit on Tuition Amount (§15.1-29-12)

    Bill Summary:   This bill provides that tuition paid by one district to another district may not exceed 150% of the state average full cost of education per student as determined by DPI.
  • HB 1305     (§15.1-09-04)
    Subject Matter: School District Board Membership
    Bill Summary:  This bill provides that a school district may provide a board configuration in its reorganization plan that does not meet the current criteria and law regarding distribution between urban and rural areas of the district based on valuation of each of those areas.
  • HB 1312   (§57-15-63.1)
    Subject Matter:School District Property Taxes
    Bill Summary: This bill allows a school district that failed to levy the amount intended due to a budgeting mistake to make up that levy over tax years 2007 to 2011.  The amount intended to be levied must be used for state aid allocation purposes.
  • HB 1334     (Bill Included)
    Subject Matter:  Qualifications for Bus Drivers in Vehicles with Passenger Capacities of 10 – 15 (§15.1-07-20)
    Bill Summary:  This bill establishes a new set of standards for school bus driver’s who drive school buses with rated passenger capacities of 15 or less.
  • HB 1383  (§15.1-09-08; §15.1-09-13)
    Subject Matter:  School Board Election Regulations
    Bill Summary:  This bill allows the population of the voting precinct in a school district election to exceed 6000 residents.
  • HB 1434    (Ch. 23-01 NDCC)
    Subject Matter:   Provides Appropriations to the Department of Health to Establish a Viral Hepatitis Education and Vaccination Program
    Bill Summary:  This bill establishes a program to reach high risk individuals for viral hepatitis and provide vaccinations to minimize long-term health and medical consequences.
  • HB 1435    (§23-07-17.1)
    Subject Matter:   Provides Appropriations to Department of Health to Purchase School Age Youth Vaccinations
    Bill Summary: This bill provides appropriations to continue current methodology of school age youth vaccination program while transitioning to a provider choice immunization program.
  • HB 1463    (§50-24.1-02.6; §50-29-04)
    Subject Matter:  Eligibility for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program
    Bill Summary:   This bill adjusts the income eligibility standard for the Healthy Steps Program to allow more children to be eligible and subsequently covered by this program.
  • HB 1471   (Ch. 23-01 NDCC)
  • Subject Matter:    Proves Appropriations ($50,000) to the Department of Health for Education Campaign Relating to HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
    Bill Summary:  This bill provides funding to be used to create an educational and awareness campaign regarding PV and study the opportunities for further legislative directives regarding vaccinations.
  • HB 1472    (Bill Included)
    Subject Matter:   Prohibits Sex Offenders from being near or on School Grounds Unless Voting, Attending Open Meetings, or by Permission of Local School Board Policy (§12.1-20-05; §12.1-20-12.1; §12.1-32-15)
    Bill Summary:  This bill prohibits registered sex offenders from being near (50 feet) or on school grounds unless voting, attending an open meeting or with permission of the local school board.   Any violation would equal the penalty of a Class A misdemeanor (on school grounds) or Class B felony (near school grounds).
  • HB 1491   (Bill Included)
    Subject Matter:  Student Participation in Electronic Courses (Ch.15.1-21 NDCC)
    Bill Summary:  This bill allows school districts to provide elementary or high school courses through online and other technological means originating from outside North Dakota if the person or program transmitting the course has met approval criteria established by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  The bill has an effective date of July 1, 2009. 
  • SB 2013    (Bill Included)
    Subject Matter:  DPI Budget (§15.1-02-02; §15.1-27-07)
    Bill Summary:  This bill provides an appropriation for the Department of Public Instruction, School for the Deaf, Vision Services/School for the Blind, and the State Library.  Numerous sections of legislative intent language are included.
  • SB 2030    (Bill Included)
    Subject Matter:  Regional Education Associations (Ch. 15.1 NDCC)
    Bill Summary: This bill re-codifies all statutory language related to Regional Education Associations (REA’s) formerly called Joint Powers Associations (JPA’s).  It provides that Regional Education Associations can receive money directly on the same cycle as state foundation aid, and REA’s can act as school district business managers and have the authority to provide Special Education Services.   This bill also provides that the boards of Regional Education Associations may receive and ex-spend monies for the provision of the administrative function student services and any other lawful activities.  In addition, the bill carries a number of study proposals for various areas of education including the study of the future role of Regional Education Associations in education services delivery in North Dakota.
  • SB 2032     (Ch. 57 NDCC)
    Subject Matter:  Property Tax Relief Bill
    Bill Summary:  This legislation includes three major provisions: property tax relief that is tied to income tax; an expanded Homestead Tax Credit to assist seniors and the disabled; and relief for married couples. The property tax relief portion is implemented as a credit against income taxes.  The credit is ten percent of property taxes paid not to exceed $1,000 for married persons or $500 dollars for single or married individuals filing separate returns. School district excess levy approvals may not be effective for more than ten taxable years. The percentage of signatures needed to bring the question of authorizing or discontinuing a specific mill levy authority or unlimited taxing authority was decreased from twenty percent to ten percent of the electors who cast votes in the most recent election in the school district.
  • SB 2037    (§12-60-24; §54-35-12.2; §54-59-05,-11,-19,-20,-21)
    Subject Matter:   Related to the Information Technology Committee and the Information Technology Department and Technology Plans
    Bill Summary:  This bill amends the information technology committee’s powers to receive more information on major technology projects which includes lessons learned, project cost variances, risks and closeout summaries.  ITD may also recommend reviews of projects of $100,000.  ITD must receive and review information on large projects from agencies and present to the information technology committee upon their request.  IT plans must be submitted to ITD and include additional information like cost benefit analysis, ongoing large projects, etc. 
  • SB 2038    (§54-35-15.2; §54-59-02.1,-07,-09)
    Subject Matter:   Related to the State Information Technology Advisory Committee, Technology Standards and the Information Technology Committee
    Bill Summary:   This bill removes agencies from the advisory process of prioritizing major software projects and establishing policies and standards.  ITD will submit information to SITAC who will then prioritize projects, etc.  The State CIO will then present the findings of SITAC to the information technology committee.
  • SB 2057    (§15.1-13-01; §15.1-18.1-02)
    Subject Matter:          Definition of the “Profession of Teaching” (15.1-13-01) and Stipends for National Board Certified Teachers (15.1-18.1-02).
    Bill Summary: This bill amends two sections of existing Century Code.
    • The first amendment specifically focuses the services a school provides that meet the definition of the “profession of teaching.”
    • The second amendment specifies national board certified teachers eligible for a stipend and sets a limit and conditions of the dollars to be received.
  • SB 2098    (§5-02-05,-05.1; §19-03.1-44; §54-12-19,-20)
    Subject Matter: Reporting Requirements by the ND Attorney General for the Comprehensive Status and Trends Report
    Bill Summary:  This bill is merely a language change to reflect the current practice that DPI rather than the DOH has primary responsibility to prepare data for the Attorney General’s re-port regarding youth risk behavior and usage.
  • SB 2108  (§15.1-32-01)
    Subject Matter:  A Bill Relating to the Definition of a Student with a Disability for Special Education Purposes
    Bill Summary:  SB 2108, a bill relating to the definition of a student with a disability for special education purposes.  This bill was sponsored by the Department of Public Instruction to align our state’s definition with the definitions in the IDEA.  It would include language in the ND School Century Code giving families and schools the option to use the category Non-Categorical Delay.
  • SB 2127   (§15-19-01,-02,-03,-04,-06,-08; §15-39.1-04; §15.1-21-02.1;  §15.1-23-17; §54-59-18)
    Subject Matter: Name Change for Division of Independent Study
    Bill Summary:  This bill changes the name of the Division of Independent Study to the Center for Distance Education.
  • SB 2186      (Ch. 50-11.1 NDCC)
    Subject Matter: Transition Assistance for Child Care Assistance; Early Childhood Workforce Development
    Bill Summary: The statute provides early child care transition assistance to pay for a portion of the cost of childcare for families that are no longer eligible to receive TANF grants due to earnings from employment.  It also allows the Department of Human Services to establish a statewide system to build systematic early childhood workforce voluntary training which may include distance learning formats, a professional registry, certificates, and specializations.  The statue also includes $166,221 of general funds to replace the reduction in childcare development funds.
  • SB 2200      (Bill Included)
    Subject Matter:   State Aid to School Districts (Title 15.1 NDCC)
    Bill Summary:  Senate Bill 2200 is a comprehensive revision of the K-12 state school aid program.  It is based on the work done during the interim by the North Dakota Commission on Education Improvement and provides a framework designed to improve the adequacy and equitable distribution of funding for schools.
    • Formula Funding Highlights:
      • Virtually all state aid previously appropriated and distributed separately is now distributed through a single student based formula that provides adjustments for school district size and demographic differences. 
      • Equity is achieved by imputing a local valuation behind each student being educated the district and adjusting state aid payments for those below 88.5% and above 150% of the state average. 
      • Districts below 88.5% of the state average imputed taxable valuation per student will receive a supplemental payment to bring them up to a guaranteed tax base.  The target percentage is increased to 90% in the second year.
      • Districts above 150% of the state average imputed taxable valuation per student will have their payment reduced by 75% of the valuation exceeding the state average.
        • 60% of tuition and county revenue is considered in imputed taxable valuation the first year.  The percentage is increased to 70% the second year.
      • Extremely low valuation districts (less than 50% of the state average) are guaranteed at least 20% of the statewide valuation per student.
    • Additional adjustments are made for districts with low general fund levies and large general fund balances.
    • Baseline transitional adjustments:
      • No district will receive less than a 3½ % increase per weighted student unit the first year.  This is increased to 6% the second year.
      • No district will receive more than a 7% increase the first year, excluding equity payments.  This is increased to 12% in the second year.
    • Special Education Contracts
      • $2 million was added to the contract funding.
        • The multiplier for excess cost reimbursement is increased to 4 ½ times the average cost of education.  Districts expending more than 2% of its annual budget for special education for a single student are limited to the 2% amount.
        • Co-pays and other state revenue offsets are eliminated. 
        • Provides assurances that the state can cover the contract amounts.
          • The first $1 million of any remaining funding can be used for contracts.
          • Allows for a contingent transfer from the Bank of North Dakota to cover any uncovered contract costs.
    • Transportation
      • The first year payment will be based on the rates that existed in law on June 30, 2001 except that:
        • The mileage rate for large rural buses is increased to 73.5¢ per mile.
        • The mileage rate for large in-city buses is increased to 51.5¢ per mile.
        • The mileage rate for small rural vehicles remains at 40¢ per miles.
      • The second year payment will be block granted based on the first year payment.
    • State Funding for Full Day Kindergarten Programs
      • Implemented the second year.
      • State participation for kindergarten programs was changed from half day programs to a full day program.  Programs less than full time will be prorated.
      • Fall enrollment will be used to determine the payment for the 2008-09 school year to allow state participation in the first year of implementation.
    • Capital Construction Assistance
      • Continues the current requirement for districts to obtain state approval prior to construction.
      • Provides favorable terms for districts eligible for equity payments.
      • Provides favorable terms for districts with building needs as a result of an approved reorganization.
    • Career & Technical Education
      • Provides grants for establishing two area career and technology centers through a competitive application process.
      • Provides funding for cooperative delivery of career and technical education programs.
    • Commission on Education Improvement
      • Directed to examine the current system of delivering and financing public elementary and secondary education and shall  develop recommendations addressing:
        • educational adequacy,
        • the equitable distribution of state education funds,
        • the allocation of funding responsibility between federal, state and local sources, and
        • other matters that could result in the improvement of elementary and secondary education in the state.
      • $200,000 is available to assist the study during the interim.
    • Education Collaboration
      • State funding to support regional education associations continued.
    • Teacher Compensation Increases
      • The legislature has again directed that 70% of any increase in state aid be used for increasing the compensation of teachers.
      • Increased state aid is determined by subtracting 2007-09 per student payments from 2005-07 state funding received for per student, special education per student, tuition apportionment, teacher compensation, English language learner, extended year (summer), and district supervised home school programs.
      • Equity payments and contingency payments are excluded from 2007-09 from the comparison.
    • Other SB 2200 Features
      • Reduced the mileage criteria for small, isolated high schools to 15.
      • School district census requirement repealed.
      • Allows special education services to be provided through a regional education association.
      • Authorized $100,000 for reorganization planning grants.  The grants may not exceed $25,000 and may not be awarded unless the student enrollment of the participating districts exceeds 350.
      • Provides $5,000,000 for deferred maintenance grants if the State general fund balance exceeds projections by more than $30 million.  Eligible school districts must levy at least 150 mills, may not be precluded from state aid as a result of their ending fund balance, and must provide a monetary match. 
  • SB 2242    (Bill Included)
    Subject Matter: Provisions for Insurance for Regional Education Agencies (§32-12.1-02)
    Bill Summary:  This bill allows Regional Education Agencies to receive insurance coverage through North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund (NDIRF).
  • SB 2246     (§44-08-04)
    Subject Matter:   Reimbursement for Meals and Lodging
    Bill Summary:   This bill relates to reimbursement of lodging expenses and allowances for meals for state and political subdivision officers and employees.  The expense allowance for each quarter of any 14-hour period is as follows:
    • First Quarter, 6 a.m. to 12 noon $5.00
    • Second Quarter, 12 noon to 6 p.m. $7.50
    • Third Quarter, 6 p.m. to midnight $12.50
    • Fourth Quarter is from 12 midnight to 6:00 a.m. and the sum must be the actual lodging expenses not to exceed fifty-five dollars plus any additional applicable state or local taxes.  A political subdivision may reimburse and elective or appointive officer, employee, representative, or agent for actual lodging expenses.
  • SB 2260      (§12-60-16.5,-16.6,-24; §15.1-13-14; §32-8-02; §50-11-01,-02.4,-06.8,-06.9; §50-11.3-01; §50-12-03.2; §53-06.2-05; §54-59-20; Ch. 43)
    Subject Matter:  Criminal History Record Checks
    Bill Summary:  This bill requires any school employee who has unsupervised contact with students to have a FBI background check.  The definition of unsupervised contact pertains to being in proximity of one or more students on school grounds for at school functions outside the presence of an individual who has been subject to a criminal background check.   The governing board or non-public school is responsible for the cost associated with obtaining the background check. 
    15.1-06-06
    Approval of Non-Public Schools
    This section has been amended to add the following:
    • The school has conducted all criminal history record checks required by section 12-60-24
  • SB 2276      
    Subject Matter:   Provides Duties for the Governor’s Prevention Advisory Council and Provides an Appropriation
    Bill Summary:  This bill creates the Governor’s Prevention Advisory Council to specifically address prevention of youth drugs and alcohol use.  The appropriations,($100,000), is to be used to enhance local and community efforts to promote prevention.
  • SB 2287   (Bill Included)
    Subject Matter:  Provides a Penalty for a Teacher Who Teaches Outside His or Her Licensure and for an Administrator Who Assigns the Teacher (§15.1-13-25)
    Bill Summary:  This bill allows the Education Standards and Practices Board to impose a penalty on a teacher who knowingly teaches outside the areas specified on his or her license and for the administrator who knowingly assigns the teacher to teach outside his or her license. 
  • SB 2309     (Bill Included)
    Subject Matter:   Increases the Number of Units Required for High School Graduation and Sets Minimum High School Coursework Requirements for Graduation (Ch. 15.1-21-02.1)
    Bill Summary:  Beginning with the 2009-10 school year, the number of units required by this section increases to twenty-two and beginning with the 2011-12 school year, the number of units required by this section increases to twenty-four.  Further, the bill establishes minimum high school coursework requirements for students graduating from North Dakota high schools, requires that districts file their graduation requirements with the Department of Public Instruction, and prohibits districts from reducing graduation requirements below those in existence on June 30, 2007.  The bill directs the Department to work with districts to identify courses which meet the requirements in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, and foreign or native language, fine arts, and career and technical education.
  • SB 2313
    Subject Matter:  Creates an Appropriation for AED’s
    Bill Summary:    An appropriation of $400,000 was approved to purchase AED’s for all schools that do not yet have one.  The source of funding was originally to be from general funds, however, the legislative body designated remaining 2005-07 foundation aid funds.  Any remaining funds will be used for dissemination, training and evaluation/follow up.
  • SB 2326      (Ch. 50-24.1 NDCC)
    Subject Matter:  Relates to Medical Assistance and Other Health Coverage for Families with Children with Disabilities
    Bill Summary:  Requires the department of human services to establish and implement a by-in- program that allows low to middle income families with children who have disabilities to receive Medicaid coverage.
  • SB 2344   (§15-10-17.4; §15.1-35-08)
    Subject Matter:   Contracting Meals – Higher Education
    Contracting Meals - School Boards
    Bill Summary: This statute defines contracting limitations for institutions of higher education for providing food service to entities not affiliated with the institution.  Similar limitations are made for school boards with the exception of child care centers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  Neither institutions of higher education nor school boards may advertise to the general public its willingness to provide food services.  
  • HB 2354  (§15.1-21-02)
    Subject Matter:   Relating to Physical Education Offerings for Grades 9-12
    Bill Summary:   Every district must make available (offer) ½ unit of PE during each school year to every student in grades 9-12.  Once every four years, the unit must be a concept-based fitness class that includes instruction in the assessment, improvement and maintenance of personal fitness. [DPI School Health will be preparing a fact sheet on this topic to provide further information, clarity and examples this summer.]
  • HCR3012
    Subject Matter:  Legislative Study of the Cost of Elementary and Secondary Education
    Bill Summary: This house concurrent resolution provides that Legislative Council shall study the cost of elementary and secondary education and report to the Legislative Council.
  • HCR3045    (Bill Included)
    Subject Matter:   Permanent Oil Tax Trust Fund
    Bill Summary:   The concurrent resolution proposes an amendment to the ND Constitution that would establish a constitutional trust fund for a portion of oil tax revenue.  To become effective, it would need approval by a majority of votes in the next general election.
  • HCR3046
    Subject Matter:  A Concurrent Resolution Directing the Legislative Council to Study Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles for School Age Youth
    Bill Summary:  This concurrent resolution directs the Legislative council to study the risk behaviors that affect all school age youth and prepare a coordinated approach with priorities for legislative review.
  • HCR3062
    Subject Matter:   A Concurrent Resolution Directing the Legislative Council to Study the Solutions to the Problem of Underage Drinking.
    Bill Summary:    A legislative study to study the risk behaviors that result from underage consumption, purchasing and use of alcohol while driving a vehicle.
  • SCR4030
    Subject Matter:  School District Organization
    Bill Summary:    This SCR proposes that the Legislative Council study school districts reorganization, annexation and dissolution laws and procedures and propose changes if needed.
  • SCR4032    
    Subject Matter:   A Resolution to Study to Identify High Risk Students and Provide Programs to Reduce Behaviors Leading to Suicide Attempts
    Bill Summary:  Given the high and rising numbers of school age youth suicides in ND, this study would further explore opportunities to identify high risk students and behaviors and offer services and programs for referral.  It’s likely this study, in addition to other relation Resolutions, will be incorporated into the DPI school health related study.
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