South Carolina General Assembly
121st Session, 2015-2016

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A241, R274, H4939

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Education and Public Works Committee
Document Path: l:\council\bills\nl\13587sd16.docx
Companion/Similar bill(s): 4780

Introduced in the House on February 11, 2016
Introduced in the Senate on February 25, 2016
Last Amended on May 12, 2016
Passed by the General Assembly on May 26, 2016
Governor's Action: June 5, 2016, Signed

Summary: State Education Statutes

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   2/11/2016  House   Introduced, read first time, placed on calendar without 
                        reference (House Journal-page 92)
   2/24/2016  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 20)
   2/24/2016  House   Roll call Yeas-94  Nays-0 (House Journal-page 21)
   2/25/2016  House   Read third time and sent to Senate 
                        (House Journal-page 19)
   2/25/2016  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 8)
   2/25/2016  Senate  Referred to Committee on Education 
                        (Senate Journal-page 8)
   4/14/2016  Senate  Committee report: Favorable Education 
                        (Senate Journal-page 12)
   5/12/2016  Senate  Amended (Senate Journal-page 17)
   5/12/2016  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 17)
   5/12/2016  Senate  Roll call Ayes-44  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 17)
   5/16/2016          Scrivener's error corrected
   5/18/2016  Senate  Read third time and returned to House with amendments 
                        (Senate Journal-page 42)
   5/26/2016  House   Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled 
                        (House Journal-page 44)
   5/26/2016  House   Roll call Yeas-94  Nays-0 (House Journal-page 44)
    6/2/2016          Ratified R 274
    6/5/2016          Signed By Governor
   6/10/2016          Effective date 06/05/16
   6/13/2016          Act No. 241

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

2/11/2016
2/11/2016-A
2/16/2016
4/14/2016
5/12/2016
5/16/2016

(Text matches printed bills. Document has been reformatted to meet World Wide Web specifications.)

NOTE: THIS IS A TEMPORARY VERSION. THIS DOCUMENT WILL REMAIN IN THIS VERSION UNTIL FINAL APPROVAL BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

(A241, R274, H4939)

AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN EDUCATION OFFICIALS ARE DIRECTED TO EACH APPOINT ONE REPRESENTATIVE TO A COMMITTEE TO BE CHAIRED BY THE APPOINTEE OF THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION TO REVIEW TITLE 59 OF THE 1976 CODE AND REPORT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY BY DECEMBER 31, 2016, WITH AN UPDATE EVERY FIVE YEARS OF ALL STATUTES THAT ARE OBSOLETE OR NO LONGER APPLICABLE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE REPORT ALSO MUST IDENTIFY ALL THE FEDERAL EDUCATION STATUTES AND REGULATIONS WITH WHICH THE STATE IS REQUIRED TO COMPLY, AND THE TOTAL COST TO THE STATE TO COMPLY; AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT ALSO SHALL DEVELOP A SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING SERVICES AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO DISTRICTS WHICH SHALL INCLUDE ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE AND ASSISTANCE WITH FINANCES, TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION SHALL REPORT THE DESIGN OF THE SYSTEM TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 31, 2016, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT SHALL MONITOR THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHERS, STAFF, AND ADMINISTRATORS IN DISTRICTS IT DETERMINES ARE UNDERPERFORMING TO ASCERTAIN WHAT IMPROVEMENTS AND CHANGES ARE NECESSARY, AND ALSO SHALL MONITOR THE OPERATIONS OF SCHOOL BOARDS IN UNDERPERFORMING DISTRICTS IN ORDER TO DETERMINE IF THEY ARE OPERATING EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

Obsolete and federal education statutes identified

SECTION    1.    The General Assembly directs the State Superintendent of Education, the Executive Director of the Education Oversight Committee, the Chairman of the House Education and Public Works Committee, and the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee to each appoint one representative to a committee to be chaired by the appointee of the State Superintendent of Education to review Title 59 of the South Carolina Code of Laws and report to the General Assembly all statutes that are obsolete or no longer applicable. In addition, the report must identify all the federal education statutes and regulations with which the State of South Carolina is required to comply. The committee, with the assistance of the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office, must include in the report the total cost to the State of South Carolina to comply with the identified federal education statutes and regulations. This report must be submitted by December 31, 2016, and updated at least every five years thereafter.

Assistance to districts, monitoring of performance

SECTION    2.    (A)    The State Department of Education shall develop a system for providing services and technical assistance to districts that shall include academic assistance and assistance with finances. The State Superintendent of Education shall report the design of the system to the General Assembly no later than December 31, 2016. Every year thereafter, the Superintendent shall report on the progress of the system in regard to assistance provided to the local school districts and data documenting the impact of the assistance on student academic achievement and on high school graduation rates.

(B)    In addition to the provisions of subsection (A), the State Department of Education shall monitor the professional development of teachers, staff, and administrators in districts it determines are underperforming to ascertain what improvements and changes are necessary in accordance with the provisions of the Education Accountability Act. The department also shall monitor the operations of school boards in underperforming districts in order to determine if they are operating efficiently and effectively. These improvements and changes must be communicated to the school districts and other parties or entities involved.

Time effective

SECTION    3.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Ratified the 2nd day of June, 2016.

Approved the 5th day of June, 2016.

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