Legislative Education Rally tomorrow at Northrop High School

There is a Legislative Education Rally scheduled for tomorrow, February 3, 2011.

The rally will be held at Northrop High School in their auditorium at 5 pm.  The address for the school is 7001 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825.

A flyer sent ’round reads in part:

40+ education bills in all are on this train to destroy your profession!

*this is about you
* your insurance
* your job
* your future
* your profession
* your working conditions

You need to take this personal!  BECAUSE IT IS!

A list of bills on the flyer includes: HB 1002, HB 1260, HB 1337 (misprinted on the flyer as HB 1332) and SB 575.

Digest of HB 1002:

DIGEST OF HB 1002 (Updated January 25, 2011 9:20 am – DI 71)

Charter schools. Allows charter schools to opt in to the state health insurance plans. Establishes the charter school board as a statewide sponsor of charter schools. Adds the executive of a second-class city and nonproprietary private colleges and university as eligible charter school sponsors. Requires the state board of education to establish procedures to monitor all charter school sponsors in Indiana. Adds: (1) student academic growth; (2) financial performance and stability; and (3) board performance and stewardship; to the list of items to be included in a charter school’s charter. Requires uniform and consistent transfer of credits for students who transfer from a charter school to another public school. Stipulates that a teacher in a conversion charter school may be an employee of the charter school or the school corporation as determined in a charter school’s charter. Sets out the conditions, accounting process, and reporting procedures for a charter school sponsor concerning the collection of fees from its sponsored charter schools. Allows charter schools to lease or purchase unused or underutilized school buildings owned by school corporations. Provides for part of a school corporation’s transportation fund levy to be distributed to charter schools, unless the school corporation provides transportation to charter school students. Establishes the charter school facilities aid program and the charter school facilities revolving loan program. Cancels interest payments on advances made to charter schools from the common school fund. Makes conforming changes. Changes the procedure for converting a public school into a charter school. Repeals provisions concerning: (1) the number of charter schools an executive of a consolidated city may sponsor; and (2) charter school admissions for students outside the student’s school district.

Current Status: Out of Committee – first House

The latest printing of the bill may be downloaded here.

Digest of HB 1260:

DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL – HB 1260

School corporation health insurance. Specifies certain requirements and recommendations for school corporation employee health coverage programs. Establishes a school corporation health coverage expense fund and annually appropriates money in the fund.

Current Status: In Committee – first House

The latest printing of the bill may be downloaded here.

Digest of SB 575:

DIGEST OF SB 0575 (Updated January 26, 2011 12:30 pm – DI 102)

Teacher collective bargaining. Extends the use of temporary teacher contracts to hiring for positions funded by grants. Provides that the statutory procedures for refusing to continue or canceling a teacher contract may not be modified by a collective bargaining agreement (agreement). Allows a teacher who has been suspended from duty pending the cancellation of a contract to be suspended without pay. Limits the number of teachers the exclusive representative may appoint to serve on statutory or locally created committees of a school corporation. Provides that an agreement may not include provisions that limit a school employer’s ability to restructure schools that do not meet federal or state accountability standards, or that limit a school employer’s ability to enter into programs that offer postsecondary credit or dual credits to students. Provides that an agreement may not extend beyond the end of a state budget biennium. Prohibits certain subjects from being bargained collectively, and provides that prohibited subjects and items that lead to deficit financing may not be included in an agreement. Removes certain items from the list of discussion subjects between a school employer and an exclusive representative. Provides that collective bargaining begins not later than May 1, and makes corresponding changes to related sections. Provides that a school employer may end a status quo period. Provides that if a complaint that is filed alleging an unfair practice concerning a subject of discussion is found to be frivolous, the complaining party is liable for costs and attorney’s fees. Repeals provisions concerning minimum salary and salary increments for teachers, the definition of “submission date”, and a provision allowing the statutory procedures for refusing to continue or canceling a teacher contract to be modified by an agreement, and makes conforming changes to related sections.

Current Status: Out of Committee – first House

The latest printing of the bill may be downloaded here.

The last citation on the flyer has nothing to do with education, or doesn’t appear to at least.  I’ll try to confirm the status of this and will update you if I learn anything.

Digest of HB 1332:

DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL HB 1337

Teacher contracts. Extends the use of temporary teacher contracts to hiring for positions funded by grants. Establishes a process for contract cancellation for teachers. Provides that a collective bargaining agreement (agreement) may not include provisions that limit a school employer’s ability to restructure schools that do not meet federal or state accountability standards, or that limit a school employer’s ability to enter into programs that offer postsecondary credit or dual credits to students. Provides that an agreement may not extend beyond the end of a state budget biennium. Prohibits certain subjects from being bargained collectively, and provides that prohibited subjects and items that lead to deficit financing may not be included in an agreement. Removes provisions concerning discussion subjects. Provides that collective bargaining begins not later than May 1, and makes corresponding changes to related sections. Provides that a school employer may end a status quo period. Provides that if a complaint that is filed alleging an unfair practice is found to be frivolous, the complaining party is liable for costs and attorney’s fees. Repeals provisions concerning contract cancellation for teachers, the Indiana education employment relations board, certain definitions, a provision allowing the statutory procedures for refusing to continue or canceling a teacher contract to be modified by an agreement, staff performance evaluation, and subjects of discussion, and makes conforming changes to related sections.

Current Status:  In Committee – first House

Latest Printing of the bill

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