Education & School Law

CCS#2/HCS/SCS/SB 9 – Enacts the Career and Technical Education Student Protection Act and establishes the Career and Technical Education Advisory Council. The State Advisory Committee for Vocational Education is repealed. 

Allows University of Missouri extension councils, except for any council located in St. Louis County, to form extension districts made up of cooperating counties for the purpose of funding extension programming. (Vetoed 7/2/13) 

CCS/HCS/SCS/SB 17 – Creates “Bryce’s Law.” The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education must develop a master list of resources available to the parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder and actively seek financial resources that may be devoted to scholarship funds or clinical trials for behavioral interventions. 

Also creates the Advisory Council on the Education of Gifted and Talented Children. 

Other provisions include teacher certification through ABCTE, teacher and school employee retirement (PSRS & PEERS) and the Kansas City public school retirement system. 

Provides that books of a religious nature may be used as part of instruction in elective courses in literature and history, so long as the books are not used in a manner that violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. (Signed 7/11/13) 

HCS/SB 75 – Modifies provisions relating to public safety. 

Establishes the Active Shooter and Intruder Response Training for Schools Program (ASIRT). By July 1, 2014, each school district and charter school may train teachers and school employees on how to respond to students with information about a threatening situation and how to address a potentially dangerous or armed intruder or active shooter in the school or on school property. 

Each school district and charter school may annually teach the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program to first grade students, or use a substantially similar or successor program of the same qualifications to promote safety and protection of children and emphasize how students should respond if they encounter a firearm. School personnel and program instructors must not make value judgments about firearms. Firearms are prohibited from the teaching of the program. 

Reduces, from fifty to twenty, the number of minimum rounds of live firing an applicant must do to receive a certificate of firearms safety training course completion by a qualified firearms safety instructor. (See also Local Government Law) (Signed 7/12/13) 

CCS/SCS/SB 106 – Modifies various provisions relating to veterans and members of the military including academic credit, professional licences and child custody rights of military members. (See Military Law

SS/SCS/SB 125 – Modifies duties of boards of education. 

Also makes numerous changes relating to unaccredited school districts. 

Tenured teachers in the St. Louis City School District may be removed based on incompetency. 

New teachers cannot be appointed while there are properly qualified teachers on unrequested leave of absence. A leave of absence because of a reduction in force will not impair the tenure of a teacher and will continue for up to three years, unless extended by the school board. 

Repeals a provision governing how a reduction in force based on insufficient funds or a decrease in student enrollment would be conducted for non–certified employees in the St. Louis City School District. (Signed 7/12/13) 

SB 197 – Requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to develop an informational brochure relating to meningococcal disease. 

Any entering student of an institution of higher education in Missouri who does not comply with the targeted testing program shall not be permitted to maintain enrollment in the subsequent semester at such institution. (Signed 6/12/13) 

HCS/SB 205 – Beginning July 1, 2014, children 15 years of age or older who are in the foster care system or the Division of Youth Services program within the Children’s Division of the Department of Social Services shall receive a visit to a state university, community or technical college, or an armed services recruiter before being adopted or terminated by foster care or completing the division’s custody or training. The visit shall not be required if waived by the youth’s family support or treatment team. (Signed 6/13/13) 

CCS/HCS/SB 342 – Includes provisions relating to University of Missouri Extension Districts. (See Local Government

SCS/SB 376 – Allows hospital districts to lease to or allow for any institution of higher education to use or occupy the hospital, any real estate or facility owned or leased by the district, or any part of the hospital for the purpose of health care related and general education or training. (Signed 5/16/13) 

SCS/SB 381 – Creates the Innovation Education Campus Fund to provide funding to innovation education campuses. An innovation education campus is defined as an educational partnership between certain Missouri schools and businesses. An innovation education campus must actively work to lower the cost for students to complete a college degree; decrease the amount of time required for a student to earn a college degree; provide applied and project–based learning experiences for students, and provide graduating students with direct access to certain opportunities with Missouri–based businesses. 

Any moneys received by an innovation education campus will not be considered part of the annual appropriation to an institution of higher education or a school district. The Missouri Innovation Campus has already satisfied the eligibility requirements to receive moneys from the fund. (Signed 7/11/13) 

SS#2/SCS/HB 116 – Modifies provisions relating to government audits, including audits of the public school retirement system. Specifies information that must be included in the bond filing when a school district issues bonds. The ballot on which voters will vote to issue bonds must also contain this information. (See also State Government & Elections Law) (Signed 7/12/13) 

SCS/HB 152 – Allows the school board of any school district to authorize and commission school officers to enforce laws relating to crimes committed on school premises, at school activities, and on school buses. 

The Missouri State Training Center for the DARE program must develop curriculum and certification requirements for school resource officers. (Signed 7/11/13) 

SCS/HB 196 – Establishes the Missouri Works Job Training Program. (See also Labor & Employment Law

HB 278 – Prohibits any state or local governmental entity, public building, public park, public school or other public setting from banning or restricting the practice, mention, celebration or discussion of any federal holiday. (Vetoed 7/1/13)

CCS/SS/SCS/HB 307 – Allows the governing body of any state college or university to establish regulations to control vehicular traffic on campus. (See also Local Government Law

SCS/HCS/HB 436 – Allows a school district to designate one or more school teachers or administrators as a school protection officer. School protection officers must carry a firearm on his or her person at all times while on school property or be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and subject to immediate removal from the classroom and employment termination proceedings. 

School protection officers may detain any person the officer sees or has reasonable grounds to believe has violated any law or school policy. A school protection officer must turn a detained person over to law enforcement under certain circumstances. 

Any school employee who discloses identifying information about a school protection officer to anyone other than the director of the Department of Public Safety is guilty of a class B misdemeanor and subject to employment termination proceedings. (Signed 7/5/13) 

SCS/HCS/HB 505
– Includes provisions relating to mediation between charter schools and students, reports to children’s division, charter school policies on information about former employees, policies on employee–student communication and mandatory reporting. These provisions contain an emergency clause. (See Family & Juvenile Law

SS/SCS/HB 542 – Enacts the Career and Technical Education Student Protection Act and establishes the Career and Technical Education Advisory Council. The State Advisory Committee for Vocational Education is repealed. 

Allows University of Missouri extension councils, except for any council located in St. Louis County, to form extension districts made up of cooperating counties for the purpose of funding extension programming. (Signed 7/2/13) 

HB 673 – Renames Linn State Technical College as “State Technical College of Missouri” effective July 1, 2014. (Signed 7/11/13) 

HCS/HB 675 – Modifies provisions relating to student health in elementary and secondary schools, including rules relating to physical fitness programs, diabetes management and DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). 

No physician, nurse, school employee, charter school or school district will be liable for civil damages or subject to disciplinary action when acts to implement the provisions of the act are committed as an ordinarily reasonably prudent person would have acted under the same or similar circumstances. (Signed 7/3/13)