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H 3629
Session 108 (1989-1990)

H 3629 General Bill, By D.M. Beasley, M.O. Alexander, Alexander, R.L. Altman, 
Bailey, J.J. Bailey, K.E. Bailey, B.O. Baker, R.A. Barber, Barfield, 
L.E. Bennett, Boan, G.A. Brown, H. Brown, J. Brown, R.B. Brown, P.M. Burch, 
T.M. Burriss, Carnell, R.S. Corning, Davenport, J. Faber, Fair, E.M. Fant, 
T.L. Farr, J.G. Felder, T. Ferguson, S.R. Foster, Glover, B.J. Gordon, 
J.V. Gregory, H.M. Hallman, J.L. Harris, Harvin, B.H. Harwell, Haskins, Hayes, 
J.C. Hearn, B.L. Hendricks, J.H. Hodges, T.E. Huff, M.F. Jaskwhich, 
J.C. Johnson, J.W. Johnson, R.O. Kay, Keegan, H.H. Keyserling, J.R. Klapman, 
T.A. Limehouse, J.E. Lockemy, S.G. Manly, T.T. Mappus, D.E. Martin, 
F.E. McBride, D.M. McEachin, J.T. McElveen, A.C. McGinnis, R.N. McLellan, 
M. McLeod, D.E. McTeer, D.A. Moss, Neilson, J.H. Nesbitt, E.L. Nettles, 
Phillips, Quinn, J. Rama, Rhoad, J.I. Rogers, T.F. Rogers, I.K. Rudnick, Sharpe, 
P.E. Short, E.W. Simpson, J.J. Snow, E.C. Stoddard, Townsend, C.Y. Waites, 
Washington, C.C. Wells, L.S. Whipper, J.M. White, J.B. Wilder, Wilkes, Wilkins, 
D. Williams, J.B. Williams, D.E. Winstead, S.S. Wofford and D.A. Wright
 A Bill to enact the "Target 2000-School Reform for the Next Decade" Act by
 amending Section 59-5-65, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976,
 relating to the power and responsibility of the State Board of Education to
 establish the minimum standards for student conduct, attendance, and
 achievement, so as to revise provisions requiring the State Board of Education
 to implement regulations providing at least one-half day early childhood
 development programs for four-year old children who have predicted significant
 readiness deficiencies by making these regulations applicable to all school
 districts and requiring that special efforts be made to recruit children whose
 participation is difficult to obtain; to add Section 59-1-451 so as to provide
 for parent education programs; to amend Section 59-20-40, as amended, relating
 to determination of annual allocations under the Education Finance Act, so as
 to provide that not later than the 1990-91 school year, the General Assembly
 shall appropriate sufficient funds to provide compensatory and remedial
 programs for all students who fail to meet the statewide minimum standards in
 reading, writing, and mathematics, to provide that arts education must be
 considered in the weightings used to provide for the relative cost differences
 between programs, and to provide for the manner in which funds generated from
 this arts weighting must be used; to add Article 5 to Chapter 65, Title 59 so
 as to establish a School Drop-Out Prevention and Recovery Program; to amend
 Sections 56-1-40, 56-1-50, 56-1-180, and to add Section 56-1-45 so as to
 prohibit the issuing of drivers' licenses to persons under eighteen years of
 age who are not high school graduates, who have not earned a G.E.D.
 certificate, or who do not provide documentation that they are properly
 enrolled in school and in compliance with attendance requirements, to require
 the suspension of the driver's licenses of specified students under certain
 conditions and to provide exceptions; to add Section 59-63-70 so as to provide
 that the Commission on Higher Education shall implement certain activities
 designed to encourage young people to consider post-secondary education or
 training; to amend Section 59-26-20, relating to the duties of the State Board
 of Education and the Commission on Higher Education, so as to provide that
 beginning with the 1991-92 school year, students who are pursuing certain
 college instructional or administrative curriculums shall successfully
 complete training and development experiences in teaching higher order
 thinking skills, and shall successfully complete training in methods of making
 school improvement councils an active and effective force in improving
 schools; to amend Section 59-26-30, relating to the development of teacher
 examinations and evaluation instruments by the State Board of Education, so as
 to further provide for these teacher examinations and evaluation instruments;
 to add Section 59-31-600 so as to establish certain standards for textbook
 adoptions; to amend Section 59-29-180, relating to the emphasis on higher
 order problem solving skills, so as to provide that the State Department of
 Education shall assist the school districts in the location and development of
 materials and aids which may be used for these purposes; to add Section
 59-1-450 so as to provide that when selecting certain achievement tests for
 statewide testing, the State Board of Education shall select tests with a
 sufficient number of items which may be rescored to evaluate the student's
 higher order thinking skills; to add Section 59-30-110 so as to provide that
 when test items for the Basic Skills Assessment Program are revised, the State
 Board of Education shall include test items which may be rescored to evaluate
 a student's higher order thinking skills; to amend Section 59-3-90, relating
 to in-service training programs for teachers, so as to include higher order
 thinking and problem-solving skills in these in-service training programs; to
 amend Section 59-29-170, relating to programs for talented students, so as to
 provide that beginning with the 1991-92 school year, all gifted and talented
 students at the elementary and secondary levels who are not included in state
 funded advanced placement programs must be provided the programs for talented
 students contained in this Section; to add Section 59-18-15 so as to provide
 for the manner in which a school which has received an incentive grant twice
 during a three-year period must be given the flexibility of receiving an
 exemption from the requirements of the defined minimum program and from the
 reporting requirements of the Basic Skills Assessment Program; to amend
 Section 59-18-20, relating to the competitive grants program for improvement
 of instruction, so as to also establish a competitive schoolwide innovation
 grants program; to add Section 59-18-25 so as to establish a "Center for the
 Advancement of Teaching and School Leadership" at selected public colleges or
 universities; to add Section 59-25-55 so as to require the South Carolina
 Center for Teacher Recruitment to establish a program for the purpose of
 expanding the number of high achieving minority students entering and
 completing teacher education programs; to add Section 59-18-31 so as to
 provide that by the 1991-92 school year, the State Board of Education in
 consultation with the Select Committee shall develop additional criteria which
 must be used to evaluate the quality of education in the school districts; to
 add Section 59-18-11 so as to further provide for the criteria schools shall
 meet in order to qualify for school incentive awards; to add Section 59-6-15
 so as to establish the Business-Education Partnership for Excellence in
 Education and its Business-Education Subcommittee and to provide for their
 membership, duties, and functions; to amend Section 59-6-20, as amended,
 relating to the duties of the Governor and State Superintendent of Education
 and other officials and entities in regard to the South Carolina Education
 Improvement Act of 1984, and Section 59-6-30 relating to certain assessments
 and reports concerning the Education Improvement Act, so as to delete
 references to certain eliminated committees, subcommittees and partnerships,
 to include in those Sections the duties and responsibilities of the
 Business-Education Partnership and its Business-Education Subcommittee in
 regard to the Education Improvement Act, and provide for the requirements of
 certain funding; to amend Section 59-24-30, relating to the participation of
 school superintendents and principals in seminars for the improvement of
 administrative skills and instructional leadership, so as to further provide
 for these seminars; to amend Section 59-24-50, relating to the development
 training programs for school administrators, so as to further provide for
 these training programs; to amend Section 59-24-120, relating to
 apprenticeship school principal programs, so as to further provide for these
 programs; to amend Section 59-20-60, as amended, relating to spending
 priorities under the Education Finance Act, the establishment of school
 improvement councils, and audits and reports submitted under the Act, so as to
 provide that elections of members to school improvement councils must occur
 during the second week in October, and to provide that the information
 forwarded to the State Department of Education shall also identify at least
 one member of each school improvement council who shall receive and distribute
 council-related information to other council members; to add Section 59-1-452
 so as to establish a public school employees cost-savings program for the
 purpose of making cash awards to school district employees for cost saving
 ideas; to add Section 59-6-16 so as to require the Business-Education
 Subcommittee to appoint a leadership network of representatives from the
 private sector and to provide for the functions of the leadership network; to
 amend Section 59-5-65, as amended, relating to certain powers and
 responsibilities of the State Board of Education, so as to provide that the
 State Board of Education shall work with the leadership network established by
 the Business-Education Subcommittee; and to add Section 59-24-41 so as to
 provide for certain practices which a principal must demonstrate to receive a
 minimum satisfactory performance rating beginning with the 1991-92 school
   03/07/89  House  Introduced and read first time HJ-7
   03/07/89  House  Referred to Committee on Education and Public
                     Works HJ-12
   05/02/89  House  Committee report: Favorable with amendment
                     Education and Public Works HJ-29
   05/17/89  House  Debate adjourned until Wednesday, May 24, 1989 HJ-5
   05/24/89  House  Debate adjourned until Tuesday, May 30, 1989 HJ-28
   05/30/89  House  Tabled HJ-118

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