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4000Ratification Number: 207Act Number: 138Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19990427Primary Sponsor: HamiltonAll Sponsors: Hamilton, Wilkins, Townsend, Altman, Bales, Battle, Barrett, Beck, G. Brown, H. Brown, Canty, Carnell, Clyburn, Cooper, Cotty, Dantzler, Davenport, Easterday, Emory, Gilham, Gourdine, Harrell, Hayes, J. Hines, M. Hines, Hinson, Jennings, Keegan, Kelley, Kirsh, Klauber, Law, Leach, Lee, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Maddox, Martin, Mason, McCraw, McGee, Miller, Parks, Phillips, Rodgers, Sandifer, D. Smith, J. Smith, R. Smith, Stille, Stuart, Taylor, Vaughn, Young-Brickell, SimrillDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\nbd\11322std99.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 19990623Date of Last Amendment: 19990623Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19990630Subject: Education flexibility program, Education Department, Board, Schools and school districts, Waivers, Task ForceHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19990819 Act No. A138 ------ 19990630 Signed by Governor ------ 19990624 Ratified R207 House 19990623 Ordered enrolled for ratification House 19990623 Conference Committee Report adopted 98 HCC Senate 19990623 Conference Committee Report adopted 88 SCC House 19990603 Conference powers granted, 98 HCC Hamilton appointed Reps. to Committee of J. Hines Conference Hinson Senate 19990603 Conference powers granted, 88 SCC Bryan appointed Senators to Committee Mescher of Conference Glover Senate 19990603 Insists upon amendment House 19990527 Non-concurrence in Senate amendment Senate 19990525 Read third time, returned to House with amendment Senate 19990520 Read second time Senate 19990520 Committee amendment adopted Senate 19990519 Committee report: Favorable with 04 SED amendment Senate 19990513 Introduced, read first time, 04 SED referred to Committee House 19990512 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19990511 Amended, read second time House 19990506 Co-Sponsor added (Rule 5.2) by Rep. Simrill House 19990505 Recalled from Committee 21 HEPW House 19990427 Introduced, read first time, 21 HEPW referred to Committee Versions of This Bill Revised on May 5, 1999 - Word format Revised on May 11, 1999 - Word format Revised on May 19, 1999 - Word format Revised on May 20, 1999 - Word format Revised on June 23, 1999 - Word format
(A138, R207, H4000)
AN ACT TO DIRECT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO ESTABLISH A TASK FORCE TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PURSUING STATEWIDE WAIVERS FOR THE SIX FEDERAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND ESTABLISHING A STATE EDUCATION FLEXIBLITY PROGRAM AND REPORT NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 1, 1999, TO THE SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE AND THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. (A) The State Board of Education through the Department of Education is directed to establish a task force to review and make recommendations for pursuing statewide waivers for the six applicable federal education programs and establishing a state education flexibility program to include the possible waiving of specified statutory and regulatory educational requirements applicable to local school districts and schools to help improve student academic performance.
(B) The recommendations shall include, but not be limited to:
(1) the particular waivers to be sought from federal regulations and the reasons why;
(2) state statutory requirements relating to education that the General Assembly should consider including in the flexibility program and the reasons why;
(3) the regulatory requirements relating to education that the board will consider waiving;
(4) a description of how the proposed educational flexibility plan is consistent with and will assist in implementing the intent and objectives of Act 135 of 1993, the School to Work Transition Act of 1994, and the Education Accountability Act of 1998;
(5) the process to be used to evaluate applications from local school districts or schools requesting waivers of state statutory or regulatory education requirements; and
(6) the process to be used to evaluate the performance of students in the schools and local school districts affected by the waivers.
(C) In undertaking this review, the following areas may not be considered for the education flexibility program:
(1) maintenance of effort;
(2) comparability of services;
(3) parental participation and involvement;
(4) the distribution of funds to local school districts;
(5) school attendance areas; and
(6) applicable constitutional requirements.
(D) In establishing the membership of the task force, the state board and Department of Education shall appoint members of the education community directly involved in the areas covered by the federal programs and under consideration for waivers as well as school and district administrators. The members should come from all regions of the State and be representative of the types of school districts in the State. The task force report and the recommendations of the state board shall be reported to the Senate Education Committee and House Education and Public Works Committee no later than December 1, 1999.
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 24th day of June, 1999.
Approved the 30th day of June, 1999.
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