Iowa General Assembly Daily Bills, Amendments & Study Bills March 17, 2009



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HF 760

House File 760 - Introduced

HOUSE FILE

BY COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
(SUCCESSOR TO HSB 268)

Passed House, Date Passed Senate, Date

Vote: Ayes Nays Vote: Ayes Nays

Approved


A BILL FOR
1 An Act relating to articulation agreements between public

2 postsecondary institutions.

3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:

4 TLSB 2352HV 83

5 kh/rj/14

House File 760 - Introduced continued


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1 1 Section 1. Section 260C.14, Code 2009, is amended by

1 2 adding the following new subsection:

1 3 NEW SUBSECTION. 23. Enter into a collective statewide

1 4 articulation agreement with the state board of regents

1 5 pursuant to section 262.9, subsection 32, which shall provide

1 6 for the seamless transfer of academic credits from a completed

1 7 associate of arts or associate of science degree program

1 8 offered by a community college to a baccalaureate degree

1 9 program offered by an institution of higher education governed

1 10 by the state board of regents.

1 11 Sec. 2. Section 262.9, Code 2009, is amended by adding the

1 12 following new subsection:

1 13 NEW SUBSECTION. 32. In consultation with the state board

1 14 for community colleges established pursuant to section 260C.3,

1 15 establish and enter into a collective statewide articulation

1 16 agreement with the community colleges established pursuant to

1 17 chapter 260C, which shall provide for the seamless transfer of

1 18 academic credits from a completed associate of arts or

1 19 associate of science degree program offered by a community

1 20 college to a baccalaureate degree program offered by an

1 21 institution of higher education governed by the state board of

1 22 regents.

1 23 EXPLANATION

1 24 This bill relates to articulation of academic credits

1 25 between the state's postsecondary institutions by directing

1 26 the boards of directors of the community colleges and the

1 27 state board of regents to enter into a collective statewide

1 28 articulation agreement to provide for the seamless transfer of

1 29 academic credits from a completed associate of arts or

1 30 associate of science degree program offered by a community

1 31 college to a baccalaureate degree program offered by a regents

1 32 university.

1 33 LSB 2352HV 83

1 34 kh/rj/14



HF 761


House File 761 - Introduced

HOUSE FILE

BY COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
(SUCCESSOR TO HF 265)

Passed House, Date Passed Senate, Date

Vote: Ayes Nays Vote: Ayes Nays

Approved


A BILL FOR
1 An Act providing for the establishment of a task force to study a

2 renewed effort to reorganize school districts.

3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:

4 TLSB 2071HV 83

5 kh/rj/5

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1 1 Section 1. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION == SCHOOL

1 2 REORGANIZATION TASK FORCE.

1 3 1. The department of education shall convene a task force

1 4 to study the advisability and practicability of a renewed

1 5 effort to reorganize school districts to improve student

1 6 opportunity and achievement and attain efficiencies in

1 7 administration and operations.

1 8 2. a. The director of the department of education shall

1 9 appoint members to the task force which shall include

1 10 education practitioners and stakeholders, including but not

1 11 limited to educational technology and school transportation

1 12 specialists, school business officials, and persons who

1 13 represent rural, urban, and suburban school districts

1 14 throughout Iowa; a professional with experience or expertise

1 15 in state and local taxation matters; and other stakeholders as

1 16 appropriate.

1 17 b. The task force shall select a chairperson from its

1 18 membership. A majority of the members of the task force shall

1 19 constitute a quorum.

1 20 3. The study shall include but shall not be limited to the

1 21 following:

1 22 a. A review of incentives intended to encourage school

1 23 districts to initiate sharing agreements with other districts,

1 24 utilize area education agency administrative and operations

1 25 services, and move toward reorganization.

1 26 b. Determination of the costs and methods for implementing

1 27 the incentives identified.

1 28 c. A review of reorganization efforts since 1979.

1 29 d. A review of the barriers to school district

1 30 consolidation, including transportation distances and costs,

1 31 athletic and community identification, and infrastructure

1 32 deficits.

1 33 e. An analysis of the optimal school and school district

1 34 size, with consideration given to student transportation times

1 35 and costs, and where the boundaries of such optimally sized


House File 761 - Introduced continued
2 1 school districts would be established on a proposed statewide

2 2 reorganization map.

2 3 f. An evaluation of the effect technology may have on

2 4 reorganization efforts.

2 5 g. An analysis of the trends that will affect the need for

2 6 and advisability of consolidation and sharing efforts over the

2 7 next five=year and ten=year time periods.

2 8 h. An analysis of the effect of reorganization on the

2 9 status of and federal funding to schools and school districts

2 10 under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Pub. L.

2 11 No. 107=110.

2 12 i. Identification of actions that may be taken by the

2 13 state, the department of education, area education agencies,

2 14 and stakeholders that have proven to assist school district

2 15 reorganization and sharing efforts.

2 16 4. The task force shall report its findings and

2 17 recommendations, including any recommendations for statutory

2 18 changes, to the state board of education and the general

2 19 assembly by January 15, 2010.

2 20 EXPLANATION

2 21 This bill directs the department of education to convene to

2 22 study the advisability and practicability of a renewed effort

2 23 to consolidate school districts to improve student opportunity

2 24 and achievement and attain efficiencies in administration and

2 25 operations.

2 26 The director of the department is directed to appoint

2 27 members to the task force which shall include education

2 28 practitioners and stakeholders, including but not limited to

2 29 educational technology and school transportation specialists,

2 30 school business officials, and persons who represent rural,

2 31 urban, and suburban school districts throughout Iowa; a

2 32 professional with experience or expertise in state and local

2 33 taxation matters; and other stakeholders as appropriate.

2 34 The task force must submit its findings and recommendations

2 35 in a report to the state board of education and the general
House File 761 - Introduced continued
3 1 assembly by January 15, 2010.

3 2 LSB 2071HV 83

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