SB 17-103 (Merrifield) Early Learning Strategies in Education Accountability

Originally Posted: February 3, 2017
Last Updated: May 5, 2017

Summary

This bill would enable a focus on early learning and development and PreK-3rd grade strategies as part of our approach to turning around low-performing elementary schools. For schools that serve children in kindergarten through third grade, this bill, as amended, expands turnaround approaches to include the ability take a comprehensive approach to Preschool through 3rd grade to turnaround an elementary school. The bill also specifies that technical assistance provided to low-performing schools may include consultation concerning strategies that address the quality and availability of early childhood education opportunities.

Position

The Children’s Campaign strongly supports this proposal. One of our highest leverage and most evidence-based approaches to supporting young children’s academic achievement is high-quality early learning experiences from the early years through 8 years old. Development during the preschool through third-grade years sets the tone for children’s later educational and lifelong success. If we are serious about improving child outcomes and turning around schools with low performance, we must focus on children’s experiences Pre-K through 8 years old and take a comprehensive P-3 approach to school turnaround.

Current Status

The bill passed the House 36-27 (with 2 Excused) and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.

Previous Statuses


April 21, 2017

The bill passed the Senate on a vote of 19-14 and now heads to the House Education Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, April 26 upon adjournment in Room 112.

April 14, 2017

Passed the Senate on 2nd reading and is now scheduled for a vote on 3rd reading in the Senate.

April 7, 2017

The Senate Appropriations Committee heard testimony on the bill on Wednesday and the bill passed as amended on a bipartisan 4-3 vote on Thursday. It now heads to the full Senate.

February 17, 2017

The Senate Education Committee heard testimony on the bill on Wednesday and the bill passed as amended on a bipartisan 4-3 vote on Thursday. It now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Bill Jaeger, our VP of Early Childhood Initiatives, testified in support of the bill.

February 10, 2017

Scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 15 upon adjournment in Room 352. Bill Jaeger, our VP of Early Childhood Initiatives, will testify in support of the bill.

February 3, 2017

Introduced in the Senate – Assigned to the Senate Education Committee.