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Education Bills Passed   in the 2018 “Regular” Session of the Louisiana Legislature
























                       
 







































                              
 



 Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks during the opening of the 2018 Regular Session


The 2018 “Regular” Legislative Session

Convened at noon on Monday, March 12, 2018

Final adjournment was on Friday, May 18, 2018. 

The effective date of Acts passed this session is August 1, 2018 unless the bill otherwise specifically provides, such as, upon the Governor’s signature.

                                                     The following is a summary of:                                                              

 “Education Bills Passed in the 2018 Regular Session”

To print a COPY of any of the Bills/Acts listed, please visit the website of the Louisiana State Legislature at www.legis.la.gov
EDUCATION BILLS PASSED IN THE 2017 “REGULAR” SESSION

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Legislation That May Be of Interest to CWA Personnel & School Administrators

DISCIPLINE

ACT 600 SB 465 – Bishop – STUDENTS. Provides relative to the Advisory Council
on Student Behavior and Discipline. Increases the council's
membership from 24 to 29. Provides that the council shall elect a new
chair from among its membership by February 15 of each calendar year.
Requires the Advisory Council on Student Behavior and Discipline to
review current state laws, policies, and regulations regarding student
behavior and discipline and submit a written report of its findings, including
recommendations for needed changes, to the Senate Committee on
Education, the House Committee on Education, and the state senator who
represents Senate District No. 4, not later than February 1



WEAPONS/FIREARMS


ACT 629 HB 602 – Miguez - WEAPONS/FIREARMS: Limits a person possessing a
concealed handgun permit to carrying a concealed handgun only within
1,000 feet of a school campus. This allows concealed-carry permit holders
to carry weapons up to the school property line. (8/1/18)
(Amends R.S. 14:95.2(C) (4); adds R.S. 14:95.2(C) (9))



STUDENTS


ACT 523 SB 178 – Walsworth - STUDENTS: Provides an exception for students to
carry, wear, or possess bullet-resistant backpacks on school property or
a school bus.
(gov. sig) . (Adds R.S. 14:95.9(C) (8))



SCHOOLS


ACT 168 HB 498 – Jordan - SCHOOLS/PARENTS: Requires school crisis
management and response plans to provide for parental notification in
the event of a shooting or other violent incident or emergency situation.
(8/1/18). (Amends R.S. 17:416.16(A) (3))



CURRICULA


ACT 641 HB 895 – Norton - CURRICULA: (substitute for HB No. 575):
Requires public schools and public postsecondary education institutions
to offer information (through distribution) on recognizing and reporting
potential threats to school safety that are posted on the internet. School
and campus security officers or other persons deemed appropriate by the
schools, in consultation with local law enforcement agencies, shall provide
age and grade appropriate information for students in grades nine and
above. Requires school officials and campus security officers to further
report online content to local law enforcement agencies, when it is
deemed potentially dangerous. If content poses immediate threat at a
public school, school administrators shall follow procedures provided by
present law regarding school crisis management.
(8/1/18). (Adds R.S. 17:409 and 3399.16)



MENTAL HEALTH


ACT 716 HB 898 – Bacala - MENTAL HEALTH: Provides relative to threats of
violence or terrorism at elementary and secondary schools, including
investigation and reporting thereof and required mental health evaluations.
Provides that any school employee who learns of a threat of violence or
terrorism shall immediately report the threat to a local law enforcement
agency if there is a reasonable belief that the threat is credible and
imminent. If the person reported to law enforcement is a student, he shall
not be permitted to return to school until undergoing a formal mental
health evaluation. Requires the law enforcement agency to file a petition
with the appropriate judicial district court for medical, psychological, and
psychiatric evaluation. Provides for other related matters.
(8/1/18). (Adds R.S. 17:409.1-409.5 and 3996(B)(45))



BEHAVIORAL HEALTH


ACT 696 HB 766 – Pierre - HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL: Provides for access to
behavioral health services providers in schools. Provides that a public
school governing authority shall not prohibit a behavioral health provider
from providing behavioral health services to a student at school during
school hours if requested by the student's parent or legal guardian.
Requires such governing authorities to adopt policies to implement
this law. Defines "behavioral health provider", "behavioral health
services", "evaluator", and "behavioral health evaluation.
(8/1/18). (Adds R.S. 17:173 and 3996(B) (45))



SCHOOL PRAYER


ACT 673 SB 512 – Gatti - SCHOOLS: Provides relative to school employee
participation in student-initiated prayer. Provides that if a school
employee present to supervise the gathering chooses, he may quietly bow
his head during a student-led, student-initiated prayer in deference
(courteous regard) and respect to students' religious beliefs and
practices.
(gov. sig). (Amends R.S. 17:2115.11(A))



CURRICULA


ACT 410 SB 224 – Barrow- SCHOOLS: Requires instruction and display of the
national motto "In God We Trust" in public schools. Requires instruction
on the U.S. flag and other patriotic “customs” rather than "exercises" and
requires the instruction to include information on the national motto, "In
God We Trust". Additionally requires each public school governing
authority to display the national motto in each building it uses and in
each school under its jurisdiction. Specifies that the nature of the display
shall be determined by each governing authority with a minimum
requirement of a paper sign.
(gov. sig) (Amends R.S. 17:262(A))



CHILDREN/ABUSE


ACT 207 HB 371 – Chaney - CHILDREN/ABUSE: Provides for additional means by
which permitted and mandatory reporters may report suspected cases of
child abuse and neglect to the Dept. of Children and Family Services.
Adds reporting such cases through the DCFS designated child protection
reporting hotline, via the DCFS Mandated Reporter Portal online, or in
person at any child welfare office. Requires that if a mandatory reporter
reports in oral form then it shall be followed by a written report made
within five days via the online DCFS Mandated Reporter Portal or by
mail to the DCFS centralized intake unit.
(8/1/18. (Amends Ch. C. Art. 610(A) and (D))



HEALTH EDUCATION


ACT 262 HB 74 - Davis - STUDENTS: Requires public schools to provide
information relative to influenza and immunization against the influenza
virus. LDH, DOE, and each school governing authority shall determine the
most cost-effective and efficient means of information distribution,
including but not limited to posting on school websites and electronic
distribution.
(8/1/18) (Adds R.S. 17:170.5 and 3996(B) (45))



HEALTH SCREENING


ACT 196 HB 176 – Leger - STUDENTS: Requires students who are entering
eleventh grade or who are 16 and entering any grade to provide
satisfactory evidence of current immunization against meningococcal
disease as a condition of school entry. Requires a student who is 16 and
participating in an approved home study program to provide such
evidence to BESE. Effective July 1, 2019.
(Amends R.S. 17:170.4(A)(1) and (C)(2); Adds R.S. 170.4(E))



SCHOOLS


ACT 694 HB 755 – Miller - SCHOOLS: Authorizes each public and nonpublic school
governing authority to adopt a policy relative to the supply and
administration of naloxone ( can treat narcotic overdose in an emergency
situation) and other opioid antagonists. Provides that such a policy shall
require that school employees other than school nurses receive at least
six hours of general training, including training on emergency
administration, from a registered nurse or a licensed medical
physician prior to being authorized to perform such administration.
Requires that any instruction provided pursuant to alcohol, tobacco, drug,
and substance abuse prevention and education include the information
that mixing opioids (drugs derived from opium) and alcohol can cause
accidental death.


(8/1/18). (Amends R.S. 17:154(A); Adds R.S. 17:436.1(M))
ACT 369 SB 250 – Mizell - SCHOOLS: Requires the state Dept. of Education to
prepare information to be distributed to each public school governing
authority for dissemination to the parent of each student enrolled in a
school under its jurisdiction regarding the public health risks and harms
associated with pornography.
(8/1/18) (Amends R.S. 17:100.7)



EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY


ACT 555 HB 509 – Carter - EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY: Requires
presentations at public meetings relative to plans for schools in need of
academic improvement. Requires the superintendent, principal, or other
school leader required to develop an academic improvement plan to
present the plan during at least one public meeting held at the applicable
school (with public notice at least one week in advance).
(8/1/18). (Amends R.S. 17:10.1(F) (3); Adds R.S. 17:10.1(H))


ACT 517 SB 107 – Morrish - EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY: Requires the state
Dept. of Education to provide the assessment results for each student who
is administered the standards-based assessments in
English language arts and mathematics to public school governing
authorities by June 30th each year except for a year in which new
assessments or changes to existing assessments are implemented.
Requires each school governing authority to disperse the results for each
student to the student's teacher of record for the year the assessment
was given and the student's teacher of record for the upcoming year.
(gov. sig) (Adds R.S. 17:24.4(L))


ACT 522 SB 152 – Morrish - EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY: Provides relative to
information provided with the release of school performance scores and
letter grades. Requires BESE to report two sets of scores and letter
grades for 2017-2018 school year and allows BESE discretion for
reporting two sets of scores and letter grades in future years when
significant changes are made to the manner in which scores and
letter grades are calculated. Note: It is to reflect pre- and post- tougher
standards. (gov. sig) (Adds R.S. 17:10.1(H))



CURRICULA


ACT 300 HB 225 – Stagni - CURRICULA: Requires each public high school to
provide instruction in the recognition and prevention of shaken baby
syndrome. Defines "shaken baby syndrome" as the condition known
also as abusive head trauma that is characterized by injuries resulting
from violent shaking or shaking and impacting of the head of an infant or
small child.


(8/1/18). (Adds R.S. 17:270 and 3996(B) (45))
ACT 154 SB 315 – Thompson - CURRICULA: Requires instruction in personal
financial management in public elementary and secondary schools. Each
public elementary and secondary school student shall receive age and
grade appropriate instruction in personal financial management. Provides
that such instruction and subject matter "may", instead of "shall", be
integrated into an existing course of study. Each student who enters the
ninth grade on or after July 1, 2019, shall receive the instruction in
personal financial management as a requirement for high school
graduation.


(8/1/18). (Adds R.S. 17:270 and 3996(B)(45); repeals R.S. 17:282.3)


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“Other Education Legislation”
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SCHOOLS

ACT 547 HB 387 – Edmonds - SCHOOLS: Revises the Parents' Bill of Rights for
public schools. Limits applicability of such rights to parents of public
school children who have not reached the age of majority. Further
provides for parents' rights to receive a copy of the school records at no
cost or a reasonable cost within 10 business days of a written request.
Provides for additional parents’ rights. Applicable to charter schools.
(8/1/18)


ACT 622 HB 306 – Thomas - SCHOOLS: Provides relative to foreign language
immersion programs in public schools. Changes the parent request
deadline from March 1st to January 31st. Limits applicability of all aspects
of present law to programs in French or Spanish.
(8/1/18)

ACT 89 HB 367 – Pierre - SCHOOLS/HIGH SCHOOL: Provides for certain
academic requirements relative to foreign language proficiency to
receive a State Seal of Biliteracy affixed on the diploma or transcript of a
high school graduate.
(8/1/18)


STUDENTS


ACT 307 HB 294 – Smith - STUDENTS: Changes references to "at-risk" students
to students who are "economically disadvantaged" throughout Title 17
of the Louisiana Revised relative to requirements for enrollment of such
students in certain charter schools. Provides that "economically
disadvantaged" shall be as defined by BESE in some instances. Deletes
present law provision that required BESE to develop and implement a pilot
program for inner-city at risk students in certain parishes.
(8/1/18)


ACT 688 HB 656 – Emerson - STUDENTS: Provides relative to literacy screenings
for students. Changes requirement so that each second grade student
and third grade student shall be administered a literacy screener to
identify the number of students who read below, at, and above grade level.
Provides that students scoring above grade level be considered for
evaluation into a gifted program and students scoring below grade level
be considered for additional resources. Applicable to charter schools.
(8/1/18) (Amends R.S. 17:182(B); Adds R.S. 17:3996(B)(45))


TOPS/ DIPLOMAS


ACT 671 SB 452 – Morrish - TOPS: Changes certain TOPS initial eligibility
requirements and provides relative to the sharing of certain student data.
Provides that Physics may be counted for credit as a science
course to satisfy the high school career major graduation requirements.
Allows AP Physics I and AP Physics II to count as individual classes in the
TOPS Opportunity, Performance, and Honors students’ core curriculum.
Additionally provides Physics may count in the TOPS-Tech core
curriculum. Provides that taxpayers' information may be shared with the
office of student financial assistance to determine past TOPS recipient
employment and residency status in Louisiana. Other related matters.
(gov. sig)


ACT 583 HB 256 – Foil - Creates the TOPS Income Fund as a special treasury
fund to fund the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS). Monies
in the fund can be combined with others funds; however, all monies in the
TOPS Income Fund shall be used solely to fund the TOPS Program.
Requires that unexpended and unencumbered monies in the fund at the
end of a fiscal year remain in the fund and that interest earned on monies
in the fund shall be credited to the fund.
Effective July 1, 2018. (Adds R.S. 17:5069)


SCHOOLS/CHOICE


ACT 459 HB 670 – Landry - SCHOOLS/CHOICE: Requires public school governing
TEACHERS


ACT 631 HB 625 – Edmonds - TEACHERS/LEAVE: Requires teachers be granted
up to 30 days of leave upon adoption of a child. Also applicable to
certain social workers and school psychologists employed by local school
boards.


(8/1/18)
ACT 634 HB 796 – Harris - TEACHERS: Provides relative to the certification and
employment in schools of certain persons convicted of felony offenses
and the assessment of civil fines against public school boards who hire
certain persons. Authorizes BESE to assess a civil fine against a public
school board that knowingly employs a teacher who has been convicted
of or pled nolo contendere to any felony offense and whose application to
teach was not approved by BESE or for whom criminal records were not
requested by the school board. Applicable to Administrators. Applicable to
specified crimes. Other related matters.


Effective July 1, 2018.
RETIREMENT/TEACHERS

ACT 613 HB 13 – Miller - RETIREMENT/TEACHERS: Allows a retiree of TRSL to
return to work as a tutor in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade and
continue to collect his benefit, subject to an earnings limitation of 25% of
his benefit amount. Allows a retiree of TRSL to return to work as a full-
time or part-time prekindergarten teacher in a critical shortage position
without an earnings limitation.


Effective July 1, 2018.
ACT 492 HB 14 – Smith - RETIREMENT/TEACHERS: Adds pre-kindergarten
teacher and interpreter, educational transliterator, or educator of the
deaf or hard of hearing to the list of certified professionals who may return
to work in a critical shortage position without reduction of benefits in
positions covered by the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana.


Effective July 1, 2018.

ACT 225 SB 17 – Peacock - RETIREMENT SYSTEMS: Provides for harmonization
of federal and state law regarding creditable service for military time at
La. retirement systems.


Effective May 15, 2018.
SCHOOLS/FOODS PROGRAMS
ACT 330 HB 616 – Hilferty - SCHOOLS/FOOD PROGRAMS: Removes limitations
and nutritional guidelines relative to foods and beverages, other than
school breakfast or lunch, offered in public elementary and secondary
schools. Requires public elementary and secondary schools to follow
federal guidelines in respect to foods and beverages, other than meals,
sold to students at schools and on school grounds during a period
beginning one-half hour before the start of the school day and ending
one-half hour after the end of the school day.
(8/1/18). (Amends R.S. 17:197.1)


TRANSPORTATATION/SCHOOL BUS OPERATORS
ACT 699 HB 803 – Armes - SCHOOLS/BUS OPERATORS: Requires city, parish,
and other local public school boards to notify a senior bus operator of a
vacant route by mail to his residence.


(8/1/18). (Amends R.S. 17:493.1(A)(1)(a))
ACT 238 SB 267 – Appel - SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS: Provides relative to the
removal of school bus operators. Revises present law procedures and
time lines and provides that a permanent school bus operator has 10
calendar days from receipt of the written notice of charges to respond
either in person or in writing. Provides for other related matters.
Effective May 15, 2018. (Amends R.S. 17:493)


SCHOOLS/EMPLOYEES


ACT 270 HB 524 – Carpenter - PUBLIC OFFLS/EMPS: Requires policies
prohibiting sexual harassment and annual training on preventing sexual
harassment. Requires each agency head in state and local government
to develop and institute a policy to prevent sexual harassment which is
applicable to all public servants in the agency. Requires every public
servant to receive a minimum of one hour of training to prevent sexual
harassment each year, and requires annual reports.
Effective Jan. 1, 2019. (Adds R.S. 42:341-345)


PUBLIC RECORDS


ACT 394 HB 723 – Garofalo – PUBLIC RECORDS: Provides that if a public body or
official brings a suit against a person based on the person's request to
inspect, copy, or reproduce a record or to receive or obtain a copy or
reproduction of a public record and the person prevails in the suit, the
person shall be awarded reasonable attorney fees and other costs of
litigation. Provides that if the person prevails in part, the court may in its
discretion award the person reasonable attorney fees or an appropriate
portion thereof.


(8/1/18). (Amends R.S. 44:35(D))
PUBLIC CONTRACTS/BIDS

ACT 306 HB 272 – Havard - PUBLIC CONTRACT/BIDS: Provides relative to group
purchasing of school materials, equipment, and supplies. Provides that
a price list submitted by a group purchasing organization becomes a public
record when the purchase contract is executed. Authorizes public school
districts and public schools that choose to solicit quotations or bids under
present law to consider a price list previously submitted to it by the group
purchasing organization as a valid and binding bid for such solicitation.


(8/1/18). (Amends R.S. 38:2212.1(N))
ACT 566 SB 94 – Appel - PUBLIC CONTRACTS: Provides that public entities are
liable for interest due for failure to pay progressive stage or final payments
on public contracts under certain conditions. Adds provision that the public
entity is also liable for interest charged at 0.5% accumulated daily, not to
exceed 15%. Provides that any interest paid by public entities on public
contracts shall be disbursed on a prorated basis among the contractors
and subcontractors within ten business days of receipt of the interest
payment.


(8/1/18)
CHARTER SCHOOLS

ACT 646 SB 89 – Bishop - SCHOOLS: Provides relative to the composition of
charter school boards in certain parishes and provides an exception from
the Code of Governmental Ethics for certain charter school board
members in the state.
(gov. sig)


(Amends R.S. 17:3991(A)(1)(b) and (c)(iii); adds R.S.17:3991(A)(1)(c)(iv))
ACT 478 SB 562 – Boudreaux - SCHOOLS: (Substitute for SB 95)
Provides relative to virtual schools. Defines "virtual school" as a public
school, including a charter school, which has a unique site code assigned
by the state Department of Education and which delivers all or a majority
of the instruction provided through the internet or other electronic medium
such that a student is not necessarily required to be at a specific location
in order to receive instruction from a teacher. Allows a virtual school to
include traditional classroom-based instruction or to host face-to-face
meetings, including field trips, extracurricular activities, conferences
between a student, parents, and teachers, or other related activities or
events. Excludes a school that delivers all or a majority of the instruction
provided through the internet or other electronic medium and requires
students to be in daily attendance at a specified location to receive such
instruction from the definition of "virtual school".


(gov. sig). (Adds R.S. 17:236.3)
ACT 687 HB 650 – Foil - STUDENT/TUITION: Creates the La. Student Tuition
Assistance and Revenue Trust Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve
(START K12) Program, an education savings program similar to the
START program except that it is for certain expenses associated with
enrolling in grades kindergarten through 12. Defines such expenses as
tuition in connection with enrollment or attendance at a public or approved
nonpublic elementary or secondary school in La., limited to grades
kindergarten through 12. Limits disbursements of such expenses to a
maximum of $10,000 per tax year, per beneficiary. Allows parents to claim
a Federal tax break. Provides for other related matters.
(gov. sig).


SCHOOL DISTRICTS
ACT 241 SB 378 – Appel - POSTSECONDARY ED: Adds the Bd. of Regents to
the entities that requires public school governing authorities to share
certain student data. Requires that the parental consent form contain a
statement notifying parents that student information will be collected and
shared with the Bd. of Regents to be used for the purposes of providing
reports to the school governing authority and developing policies designed
to improve student academic achievement. (gov. sig)


ACT 332 HB 663 – White - SCHOOLS/DISTRICTS: Creates a commission to study
the feasibility of consolidating the Washington Parish and Bogalusa
school systems. Requires the commission to submit a written report of
its findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the Bogalusa City
School Board and the Washington Parish School Board not later than
Aug. 31, 2019. Provides that the commission shall terminate on
Sept. 1, 2019. (gov. sig) (Adds R.S. 17:1381)


ACT 413 SB 401 – Mizell - SCHOOLS: Creates a commission to study the
feasibility of consolidating the Washington Parish and Bogalusa City
school systems. Effective date 5/23/2018. (Adds R.S. 17:1381)


SCHOOL BOARDS


ACT 536 HB 51 - LeBas - ETHICS/DUAL OFFICEHOLDG: Provides an exception
from dual office holding laws to allow a certified public accountant who is
a member of a school board in a parish having a population of less than
50,000 to hold employment with a sheriff to provide financial or accounting
services. (gov. sig) (Adds R.S. 42:66(E))


ACT 301 HB 230 – Berthelot - LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Provides relative to
investments by political subdivisions. Allows the purchasing La. political
subdivision the option of satisfying present law requirements of retaining
the services of a specified investment adviser, trust company or applicable
federal agency by retaining the services of a trust department of an
institution that is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., that
exercises trust powers in La., and that has a main office or a bank branch
in La. (gov. sig)


ACT 486 SB 312 – Lafleur - PUBLIC MEETINGS: Revises procedure regarding
meetings to propose or renew taxes and to call an election. Provides
that when a political subdivision intends to propose a new ad valorem
property tax or sales and use tax, and increase or renew any existing ad
valorem property tax or sales and use tax, or authorize the calling of an
election for submittal of such question to the voters of the political
subdivision, notice will be published in the official journal of the political
subdivision no more than 60 days nor less than 20 days before the public
meeting. Removes the requirement of announcing to the public during the
course of a public meeting of the political subdivision. Changed the
required days prior to meeting of publication of notice from not less than
30 to not less than 20 days. (8/1/18)


ACT 569 SB 426 – LaFleur - BONDS: Provides relative to the Consolidated Local
Government Public Finance Act. The purpose of this law is to clarify,
modernize, and make uniform the laws relating to the power of parishes,
municipalities, school boards, school districts, and other political
subdivision of the state to incur debt and to issue bonds and other
evidences of indebtedness. (Changes are lengthy) Provides that the
issuer, owner, or holder of any bond issued prior to July 1, 2018, is
subject to the provisions of law under which the bond was originally
issued. Sections 1 and 3 of this new law are effective July 1, 2018;
Section 2 of this new law is effective July 1, 2021.

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


ACT 65 HB 183 – Landry - SUNSET LAW: Re-creates the Department of
Education for four more years. Changes termination date from July 1,
2019, to July 1, 2023. Effective June 30, 2018.


ACT 381 SB 349 – Appel - EDUCATION DEPARTMENT: Creates the Technology
Strategy Task Force to review the technology plan, the current
technology capabilities of schools in the state, and projected technology
needs, and develop a strategy whereby all schools can meet the
technology needs of their students. (8/1/18)


ACT 691 HB 716 – Leger - STUDENTS: Provides relative to sharing of student
information with certain postsecondary education institutions conducting
academic research. Authorizes the state Department of Education to
share student information it has received with a person who is an
employee of and conducting research at a postsecondary education
institution accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization
recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education if the person and the
department enter into a memorandum of understanding in which the
person agrees to be liable for any criminal and civil penalties imposed by
present law for any violation of present law.0


(8/1/18). (Amends R.S. 17:3914(C)(2)(intro. para.) and (b))
ACT 660 SB 310 – Claitor - EDUCATION DEPARTMENT: Provides relative to the
collection and reporting of certain data regarding students with
exceptionalities. Requires the commissioner of administration to withhold
an amount equal to twenty-five percent of the state general funds
appropriated to the state Department of Education through the general
appropriations bill for "STATE ACTIVITIES" which are allocated for travel
expenses, for any fiscal year that the department fails to comply with the
reporting requirements in present law relative to students with
exceptionalities. (gov. sig). (Adds R.S. 17:3911(B)(4)(f))


BESE – BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
ACT 411 SB 254 – Appel - BESE: Requires BESE to establish criteria whereby a
teacher may be issued a dyslexia practitioner or dyslexia therapist
ancillary certificate. Provides that BESE shall promulgate rules to
implement this law in accordance with the Administrative Procedure
Act by July 1, 2019. (gov. sig)


ACT 336 HB 746 – Carter - BESE: Repeals requirement that the State Board of
Elementary and Secondary Education meet quarterly in New Orleans
relative to the Recovery School District.
(8/1/18). (Repeals R.S. 17:3.1(F)).


MINIMUM FOUNDATION PROGRAM (MFP)
SCR 48 – Morrish - BESE: Provides for legislative approval of the MFP
formula for the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year that was adopted by the Board of
Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) on March 13, 2018. The
formula contains 4 levels. Note: It is about a $3.7 billion spending plan ,
however, it marks the 10th time in 11 years that spending per student has
been frozen amid state budget problems. It is a standstill budget.
SCHOOLS/FINANCE-MFP


ACT 297 HB 193 – Coussan - SCHOOLS/FINANCE-MFP: Provides relative to
funding for university laboratory schools. Adds University of Louisiana at
Lafayette to institutions eligible to receive laboratory school funding
through the minimum foundation program. (8/1/18)

EXCEPTIONAL PERSONS
ACT 455 HB 199 – Smith - EXCEPTIONAL PERSONS: Creates Language
Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K) Task Force to
develop framework for assessing children who are deaf or hard of hearing
to determine language skills and ensure kindergarten readiness.
Effective 5/23/18. To be repealed on March 1, 2019 after reporting.


EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
ACT 639 HB 676 – Hilferty - EARLY CHILDHOOD: Creates the Early Childhood
Care and Education Commission to establish a vision for accessible,
quality early childhood care and education to be implemented through pilot
programs established by the Board of Elementary and Secondary
Education (BESE) at the community network level. Provides for
termination of the commission on March 31, 2020. (8/1/18).

EARLY LEARNING CENTERS/ TAX/TAXATION
ACT 521 SB 132 – Morrell - TAX/TAXATION: Provides relative to administrative rule
approval process applicable to school readiness tax credits. Provides
that the rules promulgated for the implementation of the school readiness
tax credits are subject to oversight by the Senate and House committees
on education, the Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs, and
the House Committee on Ways and Means in accordance with the
provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act. (8/1/18)


CHILD CARE FACILITIES
ACT 5 HB 75 – Dwight - CRIME/SEX OFFENSES: Updates citations and
terminology for certain child care facilities in provisions of law that prohibit
sex offenders from working at, or from establishing a residence or being
physically present within a certain distance of, such facilities. (8/1/18)


HIGHER EDUCATION
ACT 53 HB 87 – James - STUDENT/TUITION: Provides relative to the definition of
institution of postsecondary education for purposes of the La. Student
Tuition Assistance and Revenue Trust (START) Program. Broadens this
definition to include a proprietary school located outside La. that is
licensed by an out-of-state public postsecondary education board,
accredited by a recognized national or regional accrediting body, and
eligible to participate in a program under Title IV of the Higher
Education Act of 1965, as amended. (8/1/18)


ACT 619 HB 144 – Abraham - FUNDS/FUNDING: Creates the Louisiana Jobs
Now Fund for the purpose of funding postsecondary education degree
and certificate production in high-demand fields. Effective July 1, 2018.
ACT 512 HB 270 – Foil - PUBLIC RECORDS: Exempts from the Public Records
Law personally identifiable information of persons who report a violation of
a student code of conduct or other policy intended for the safety of or
employees of postsecondary education institutions, reported witnesses of
such violations, and under certain circumstances, the reported victim.
(8/1/18). (Adds R.S. 44:4(55))

ACT 640 HB 793 – Carter - COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES: Prohibits hazing and
requires reporting, policies, and education on hazing. Deletes fine and
imprisonment penalties and requires expulsion for at least one academic
term. Requires an organization to report instances of hazing. Provides
requirements relative to hazing policies and education. Provides for
definitions. Note: Requires colleges to develop hazing prevention plans.
(gov. sig) (Amends R.S. 17:1801; Adds 17:1801.1)


ACT 227 SB 24 – Mills - COUNSELING/GUIDANCE: Provides relative to social
work practice. Provides that a faculty member with a master's degree in
social work who teaches a course in social work at an accredited La.
institution of higher education shall obtain the registration or equivalent of
the registration provided for in present law. (8/1/18).


ACT 400 SB 46 – Appel - POSTSECONDARY ED: Additionally requires the Board
of Regents to review and revise, as necessary, the master plan for
postsecondary education and the mission statements for each public
college and university system at least once every four years. Requires
the Board of Regents to review and submit a revised master plan for
postsecondary education to the governor and the legislature not later than
September 1, 2019. (gov. sig).


ACT 236 SB 199 – Bishop --POSTSECONDARY ED: Creates the Advisory
Council on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Effective May 15, 2018.


ACT 666 SB 364 – Ward - COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES: Provides relative to free
expression on college campuses. Defines "expressive activities".
Requires the postsecondary education management boards, in
consultation with the Board of Regents, to develop and adopt policies on
free expression that contain provisions. Provides for related matters. Note:
This law is aimed at ensuring free speech rights on college campuses
amid national controversy about speakers being shut down.
(gov. sig) (Adds R.S. 17:3399.31-3399.37)


MTR VEHICLE/LICENSE PLATES
ACT 70 HB 216 – Jackson - MTR VEHICLE/LICENSE PLATES: Creates the
"Neville High School" specialty license plate. (8/1/18)
ACT 71 HB 217 – Jackson - MTR VEHICLE/LICENSE PLATES: Creates the
"Carroll High School" specialty license plate.
(8/1/18)
ACT 78 HB 289 – Jordan - MTR VEHICLE/LICEN PLATES: Creates the "Brusly
High School" specialty license plate.
(8/1/18)
ACT 80 HB 290 – Jordan - MTR VEHICLE/LICEN PLATES: Creates the "Glen
Oaks High School" specialty license plate.
(8/1/18)
ACT 81 HB 291 – Jordan - MTR VEHICLE/LICEN PLATES: Creates the "Port
Allen High School" specialty license plate.
(8/1/18)
HEALTH EDUCATION
ACT 666 SB 319 – Gatti - STATE AGENCIES: Abolishes boards and commissions,
authorities, districts, and like entities that are inactive. Rejects House
amendments which would have added provisions abolishing the Health
Education Authority of La.
(8/1/18).



Frank Pasqua, Director of Child Welfare and Attendance 
Lafourche Parish School Board

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