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NSEA Bill Tracking, 77th Legislative Session 2013

Check back frequently for updates. Click on the following link to download a copy of the Bill Tracker Update (April 25, 2013). The previous edition of NSEA’s Bill Tracker can be found by clicking on the following link: Member Matters Bill Tracking Special Edition.  To view a list of all bills for this legislative session click here.

UPDATED: May 20, 2013.  The following is a list of bills which NSEA is tracking. NSEA’s position taken on these bills are coded as follow: (S) Support, (O) Oppose, and (T) Track.

IP1 The Education Initiative (TEI)—Imposes a margin tax on business entities in Nevada. This Initiative Petition will place a 2% margins tax on business revenue. Businesses that earn $1,000,000 or less will be exempt. TEI is a broad based tax that asks big businesses to pay their fair share and provide dedicated funding for K-12 education. Legislators took no action on TEI within the first 40-days of the session, moving the initiative to the ballot on 2014 where it will be decided by voters. (S)

SB 59 Eliminates a restriction on times during which a charter school may use school buildings owned by a school district. With such a shortage for proper school facilities in Nevada, this bill would continue to place stress on Nevada’s students. In fact, Clark County is going to year round schools because they don't have room for the students they currently have. (O)

SB 182 Expands full-day Kindergarten in public schools. This bill expands Nevada’s full-day K program. The goal is to offer Kindergarten as a full day program in every elementary school in Nevada. The bill also requires that students begin school at the age of five. (S)

SB 240 Authorizes the reimbursement of teachers for certain out-of-pocket expenses. (S)

SB 303 Provides for the issuance of driving privilege cars. (S)

SB 305 Revises provisions relating to education. (S)

SB 311 Revises provisions governing empowerment schools.  Four out of four parent trigger bills proposed contain NSEA's language regarding conversion to an empowerment school.  This bill contains amended language that allows for a community to revert to a public school if the charter is underperforming. (S)

SB 320 Revises provisions governing medical care in schools. (O)

SB 345 Creates the Advisory Council on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. (S)

SB 392 Requires additional sunshine on all monies coming into the state and local school districts from for-profit and non-profit entities.  This bill was recently passed with instructions that during the interim this issue must be a priority of the Interim Committee on Education.  (S)

SB 442 Eliminates certain mandates relating to schools. (O)

SB 445 Is a voucher program that would take money from public schools and give big businesses tax breaks. (O)

SB 447 Completely revamps the Regional Professional Development Programs across the state, making them more accountable to the needs of educators.  The bill ties evaluations to the professional development an educator must receive. (S)

SB 504 Appropriates an additional $3 million for professional development for educators who teach English Language Learners. (S)

SJR15 Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to remove the separate tax rate and manner of assessing and distributing the tax on mines and the proceeds of mines. (S)

AB 13 Revises provisions relating to hearings conducted by the Local Government Employee=Management Relations Board. (S)

AB 46 Revises the provisions governing the funding of capital projects by school districts in certain counties. This bill allows for the Washoe County School Board to require the County Commission to raise sales and property taxes in order to help pay for capital improvements of schools within the district. (S)

AB 79 Revises provisions relating to early childhood education programs. This bill makes provisions to create an early childhood advisory council and to develop recommendations for standards and reporting for early childhood education programs in Nevada. (S)

AB 161 Revises provisions governing the advancement of certain pupils to higher grade levels. This bill requires that any child who is not reading at a 4th grade level to be retained in the 3rd grade. The bill provides intensive help for these students. *Note: support with reservation (S)

AB 162 Revises provisions governing class size reduction. This bill requires that grades K-3 have class sizes no larger than 15 students. The bill also makes class size reporting requirements much more stringent and requires class size numbers to be more transparent to the school’s community. (S)

AB 163 Provides for early childhood pre-Kindergarten education programs. This bill expands the Title I program in Nevada to provide more pre-K opportunities across the state. (S)

AB 205 Revises provisions governing charter schools and addresses accountability for underperforming charter schools.  (S)

AB 222 Requires certain school districts to adopt pilot programs for the establishment of reading skills development centers. (S)

AB 272 Revises provisions governing education. (S)

AB 288 Removes the high school proficiency examination and provides for the administration of a standardized, curriculum-based achievement college entrance examination. (S)

AB 303 Revises provisions relating to the subsidy for coverage of certain retired persons under the Public Employees' Benefits Program. (S)

AB 357 Revises provisions governing the regional training programs for the professional development of teachers and administrators. (S)

AB 376 Authorizes the reimbursement for teachers for certain out-of-pocket expenses. (S)

AB 377 Revises provisions governing the crime of sexual conduct between certain school employees or volunteers at a school and pupils. (S)

AB 460 Revises provisions governing the statewide system of accountability for public schools. (S) 

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