HB 16-1440 (Wilson & Pettersen) Administrative Flexibility for School Districts and Schools
After amendments in the House that significantly altered the introduced version, the bill contains two main provisions. Under current law, a small rural school district or a public school of a small rural school district may submit a performance plan every two years instead of annually if the school district is accredited or accredited with distinction or if the public school is operating under a performance plan. The bill extends this provision to all school districts and public schools. The bill also requires the state board to ensure that policies, guidelines, and rules do not impose an undue burden on local education providers and, when appropriate to avoid an undue burden, to adopt guidelines, policies, and rules that apply specifically to rural local education providers.
The Children’s Campaign advocates for a balanced approach to providing flexibility for districts without losing accountability or quality of data reporting that informs decision making.
Passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support and now awaits the Governor’s signature.
April 15, 2016
The bill was introduced and assigned to the House Education Committee.