As of today, the 2012 Idaho Legislature has considered a whopping 16 bills to clean up or clarify the three hastily written education reform bills passed last year. Here's a list:
1. H534—Eliminates requirement that instructor must have completed three years of experience before being eligible for leadership awards.
2. H589—Defines and clarifies fractional Average Daily Attendance (ADA) and how it will be calculated.
3. H603—Provides for 97 percent ADA funding protection for school districts.
4. H604—Provides statutory framework for the SDE to review online courses.
5. H626—Implements a recommendation from the 2011 Technology Task Force to create a web-based clearinghouse of approved online course providers.
6. H646—Creates a transparency report for Education Management Organizations.
7. H656—Removes the 2.38 percent negative adjustment for salary-based apportionment for FY13 and each year thereafter.
8. H671—Changes the portion of S1108 re: liability insurance for public school educators
9. S1224—Clarifies that the requirement to include parental input component in teacher evaluations begins with the 2012-13 school year; aligns teacher evaluations with administrator evaluations.
10. S1237—Amends the definition of an online course to allow for a teacher to teach an online course in the same location or school where the course is being taken.
11. S1297—Would remove non-certificated staff grievance rights to assure they did not have more statutory rights than certificated staff.
12. S1327—Makes eight amendments to SB 1108
13. S1328—Makes five amendments to SB 1184
14. S1329—Makes five amendments to SB 1110
15. S1331—Removes future (FY13 and beyond) reductions in salary-based apportionment outlined in S1184
16. H698 —Removes future (FY13 and beyond) reductions in salary-based apportionment outlined in S1184; requires that any base salary increases be doubled for minimum teacher salary; and requires that for FY14, any increased state funds appropriated for public schools must first be directed to fund pay-for-performance, technology, one-to-one computing devices, and dual credit programs before any other increases to the educational support program.