Education & School Law
SS#2 SCS HCS HB 111 – Judicial procedures (See Judicial Administration)
HCS HB 174 – Higher education governing boards Currently,
the Coordinating Board for Higher Education, the University of Missouri
Board of Curators, and the Missouri State University Board of Governors
have nine voting members, with no more than one person appointed from
the same Congressional district. This bill requires at least one voting
member, but no more than two, to be appointed from each Congressional
district. A member who is in office on the effective date of the bill
may complete his or her term. (Signed 5/2/11)
HCS HB 223 & 231 – Higher education financial assistance programs Subject
to appropriation, requires the Department of Higher Education to make
available a nonrenewable advanced placement incentive grant of $500 to
any recipient of financial aid under the A+ Schools or Access Missouri
programs if the recipient received a score of three or higher on two
advanced placement examinations in mathematics or science while
attending a Missouri public high school.
The Nursing Education
Incentive Program is established within the Department of Higher
Education to address nursing shortages. Subject to appropriation, the
Department of Higher Education will award grants to eligible higher
education institutions accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of
the North Central Association based on criteria to be determined by the
board and the Department of Higher Education. An eligible institution
must offer a nursing program that meets the predetermined category and
area of need as established by the board and the Department of Higher
Education based on data from sources specified in the bill.
HB 229 – Public school retirement system of Kansas City Changes the laws regarding the Public School Retirement System of Kansas City. (Signed 6/16/11)
SCS HCS HB 300, 334 & 387 – Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Prevention Act (See Health & Hospital Law)
SCS HCS HB 344 – Agriculture (See Agriculture & Animal Law)
SS SCS HCS HB 555 – Healthcare (See Health & Hospital Law)
HB 795 – Missouri School Read-In Day Designates
the second Friday in March as “Missouri School Read-In Day.” The day
is to be appropriately observed with activities that promote an
increased awareness of the importance and benefits of reading and that
encourage greater emphasis on reading in the school and in the home.
HJR 2 – Religious freedom in public places Upon voter approval, this proposed constitutional amendment guarantees a citizen’s right to pray and worship in all private and public areas including schools as long as the activities are voluntary and subject to the same rules and regulations that apply to all other types of speech.
citizen’s right to choose any religion or no religion at all is
reaffirmed by prohibiting the state or any of its political subdivisions
from establishing an official state religion and from coercing any
person to participate in any prayer or other religious activity.
resolution also reaffirms the right of employees and elected officials
of the State of Missouri to pray on government premise and public
property and ensures the General Assembly and the governing bodies of
political subdivisions the right to have ministers, clergy persons, and
other individuals offer prayers or invocations at meetings or sessions
of the General Assembly or a governing body.
Students are allowed
to express their religious beliefs in assignments free from
discrimination and cannot be compelled to participate in assignments or
presentations that violate their beliefs. A public school receiving
state funds is required to display the text of the Bill of Rights of the
United States Constitution in a conspicuous and legible manner.
provisions of the resolution cannot be construed to expand the rights
of prisoners in state or local custody beyond those guaranteed by
SCS/SB 54 – Protecting children from sexual offenders (See Criminal Law)
CCS SCS SB 81 – Education Changes the laws regarding the nonresident entertainer and professional athletic team member income tax, fine arts education, and school funding.
TAX EXEMPT EDUCATION PRESENTATIONS The nonresident
entertainer and professional athletic team member income tax will not
apply to any person making a presentation at a seminar, conference,
school, convention, or other similar program format that is designed to
provide professional or technical education.
FINE ARTS EDUCATION Beginning in Fiscal Year 2013, the
Office of Quality Schools within the Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education may ensure that each regional professional
development center provide professional development educational
assistance for fine arts for school districts; assistance may include
working with districts in staff development and curriculum issues
related to fine arts education and integration;collaborating with
regional office of professional development personnel and other regional
personnel and coordinating services available from other entities
involved in fine arts education and integration.
SCHOOL FUNDING Makes changes in provisions relating to when a
school district may transfer unrestricted funds from its capital
projects fund to its incidental fund. Any funds originating from a
general obligation bond must be considered restricted funds and cannot
be transferred to the school’s incidental fund.
regarding an increase in state funding if summer school attendance
decreases by 25% as compared to the daily attendance at summer school in
the 2005-2006 school year is repealed.
The bill contains an emergency clause for the provisions regarding school funding. (Signed 6/10/11)
HCS SCS SB 163 – Higher education governing boards Currently, the Coordinating Board for Higher Education, the University of Missouri Board of Curators, and the Missouri State University Board of Governors have nine voting members, with no more than one person appointed from the same Congressional district. This bill requires at least one voting member, but no more than two, to be appointed from each Congressional district. A member who is in office on the effective date of the bill may complete his or her term. (Vetoed 7/7/11)
CCS#2 HCS SB 250 – Sexual offenders (See Criminal Law)