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SENATE BILL NO. 1149 – Idaho Digital Learning Academy


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S1149..........................................................by EDUCATION
IDAHO DIGITAL LEARNING ACADEMY - Amends existing law relating to the Idaho
Digital Learning Academy to revise terminology from "high" school to
"secondary" school to include grades seven through twelve; and to provide
that the academy board of directors shall employ a curriculum and
instruction coordinator and obtain housing for the fiscal operations of the
02/14    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/15    Rpt prt - to Educ
02/18    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/21    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
02/23    3rd rdg - PASSED - 29-0-6
      AYES -- Andreason, Broadsword, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron,
      Coiner, Compton, Corder, Darrington, Davis, Geddes, Goedde, Hill,
      Jorgenson, Kelly, Keough, Little, Lodge, Malepeai, Marley, McGee,
      McKenzie, Pearce, Richardson, Schroeder, Stegner, Stennett, Werk,
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Brandt, Burkett, Gannon, Langhorst, Noble,
    Floor Sponsor - Cameron
    Title apvd - to House
02/24    House intro - 1st rdg - to Educ
03/07    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/08    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/15    3rd rdg - PASSED - 67-0-3
      AYES -- Anderson, Andrus, Barraclough, Barrett, Bastian, Bayer,
      Bedke, Bell, Bilbao, Black, Block, Boe, Bolz, Bradford, Cannon,
      Chadderdon, Clark, Collins, Crow, Deal, Denney, Edmunson, Ellsworth,
      Field(18), Field(23), Garrett, Hart(Jacobson), Harwood, Henbest,
      Henderson, Jaquet, Jones, Kemp, Lake, LeFavour, Loertscher, Martinez,
      Mathews, McGeachin, McKague, Miller, Mitchell, Moyle, Nielsen,
      Nonini, Pasley-Stuart, Pence, Ring, Ringo, Rusche, Rydalch, Sali,
      Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd(2), Shepherd(8), Shirley, Skippen,
      Smith(30), Smith(24), Smylie, Snodgrass, Stevenson, Trail, Wills,
      Wood, Mr. Speaker
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Eskridge, Raybould, Roberts
    Floor Sponsors - Nielsen & Boe
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/16    To enrol
03/17    Rpt enrol - Pres signed
03/18    Sp signed
03/21    To Governor
03/23    Governor signed
         Session Law Chapter 132
         Effective: 07/01/05

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-eighth Legislature                   First Regular Session - 2005
                                       IN THE SENATE
                                    SENATE BILL NO. 1149
                                   BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
  1                                        AN ACT
  9        CORRECTION.
 10    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
 11        SECTION  1.  That  Section 33-5502, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
 12    amended to read as follows:
 13        33-5502.  CREATION -- LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS -- GOAL. (1)  There  is  hereby
 14    created  within  the  state department of education the Idaho digital learning
 15    academy, a school-choice learning environment which joins the best  technology
 16    with the best instructional practices.
 17        (2)  The  legislature finds that it is in the best public interest to cre-
 18    ate the Idaho digital learning academy based on findings that indicate:
 19        (a)  Technology continues to impact all facets of life, including the edu-
 20        cation of students of school age and adult learners;
 21        (b)  Systems for delivery of education are as diverse as the learners;
 22        (c)  Public school systems are seeking high  quality  educational  choices
 23        within  the public system, and are aligning curriculum and assessment with
 24        state achievement standards; and
 25        (d)  The development of a comprehensive digital  learning  environment  is
 26        cost prohibitive for individual school districts.
 27        (3)  The goal of the digital learning academy is to provide choice, acces-
 28    sibility,  flexibility,  quality  and  equity in curricular offerings for high
 29    school-aged secondary students in this state.
 30        SECTION 2.  That Section 33-5504, Idaho Code, be, and the same  is  hereby
 31    amended to read as follows:
 32        33-5504.  DUTIES  OF  THE  ACADEMY  BOARD OF DIRECTORS. The board shall be
 33    responsible for ensuring that academy procedures and courses are in compliance
 34    with the rules of the state board of education and applicable statutes of  the
 35    state of Idaho. In addition, the board shall:
 36        (1)  Recommend  policies  to be established by rule of the state board for
 37    effecting the purposes of this chapter.
 38        (2)  Employ staff as follows:
 39        (a)  A director who shall be  responsible  for  staff  development,  staff
 40        evaluation, program development and oversight, and quality assurance;
 41        (b)  A professional development curriculum and instruction coordinator who
  1        shall  be responsible for training faculty in online course design, devel-
  2        opment and delivery, and shall assist the director in quality assurance;
  3        (c)  Clerical staff as necessary to manage student  information,  maintain
  4        student  records,  manage academy correspondence, and oversee basic finan-
  5        cial accounting as directed;
  6        (d)  Appropriate technology staff who shall support faculty in understand-
  7        ing and applying the technical aspects of online  course  development  and
  8        delivery;
  9        (e)  Faculty and teaching staff who are fully certificated Idaho teachers,
 10        to design and deliver planned curriculum content. Such staff shall be pro-
 11        vided appropriate and sufficient training as necessary. The number of such
 12        staff  shall  largely  be dictated by the number of courses under develop-
 13        ment, the number of courses offered, and the number of  students  partici-
 14        pating in academy programs.
 15        (3)  Obtain housing with a host school district where actual operations of
 16    the academy are conducted by academy staff. Housing should be minimal and rea-
 17    sonably  portable  so that it can be transferred from one (1) host district to
 18    another without disruption of the program.
 19        (4)  Contract with a service provider  for  delivery  of  academy  courses
 20    online  which shall be accessible twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days
 21    a week.
 22        (5)  Ensure that the academy is accredited by the state of Idaho  and  the
 23    northwest accreditation association.
 24        (6)  Develop  policy for earning credit in courses based on mastery of the
 25    subject, demonstrated competency, and  meeting  the  standards  set  for  each
 26    course.
 27        (7)  Provide  for  articulating the content of certain high school courses
 28    with college and university courses in order to award  both  high  school  and
 29    undergraduate college credit.
 30        (8)  Develop  policies  and  practices which provide strict application of
 31    time limits for completion of courses.
 32        (9)  Develop policies and practices on accountability, both by the student
 33    and the teacher, and in accordance with the  provisions  of  section  33-5507,
 34    Idaho Code.
 35        (10) Manage  the  moneys  disbursed to the academy board from the superin-
 36    tendent.
 37        (11) Set fees charged to school districts for student participation;  fees
 38    charged for summer school; and fees charged to students and adults for profes-
 39    sional development offerings.
 40        SECTION  3.  That  Section 33-5505, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
 41    amended to read as follows:
 42        33-5505.  DEFINITIONS. As used in this chapter:
 43        (1)  "Academy board," also referred to in  this  chapter  as  "the  board"
 44    means  the  board  of  directors of the Idaho digital learning academy as such
 45    board is created in section 33-5503, Idaho Code.
 46        (2)  "Host district" means an Idaho school district where the fiscal oper-
 47    ations of the Idaho digital learning academy are  housed.  The  host  district
 48    shall also act as the fiscal agent for the academy.
 49        (3)  "Idaho  digital learning academy" means an online educational program
 50    organized as a fully accredited high secondary school with statewide capabili-
 51    ties for delivering accredited courses to Idaho resident  students  in  grades
 52    nine seven (97)  through twelve (12) at no cost to the student unless the stu-
 53    dent  enrolls in additional courses beyond full-time enrollment. Participation
  1    in the academy by public school students shall be in compliance  with  academy
  2    and  local  school district policies. Adult learners and out-of-state students
  3    shall pay tuition commensurate with rates established by the state board  with
  4    the advice of the superintendent, and such funds shall be included in the bud-
  5    get and audit of the academy's fiscal records.
  6        (4)  "State board" means the Idaho state board of education. The board is
  7    authorized  and  directed,  with  the advice and recommendation of the academy
  8    board of directors, to promulgate rules to implement the  provisions  of  this
  9    chapter.
 10        (5)  "Superintendent"  means  the  Idaho  state  superintendent  of public
 11    instruction.
 12        SECTION 4.  That Section 33-5507, Idaho Code, be, and the same  is  hereby
 13    amended to read as follows:
 14        33-5507.  REGISTRATION  -- ACCOUNTABILITY. (1) A student may register with
 15    the academy upon recommendation from a traditional school counselor or  admin-
 16    istrator,  or  may  register  directly with the academy if there is no current
 17    public school affiliation. However, in order for course work  coursework  com-
 18    pleted  through  the  academy  to be recorded on the student's transcript, the
 19    student shall indicate which high secondary school is to  receive  and  record
 20    credits earned.
 21        (2)  Students who register for courses shall provide the name of a respon-
 22    sible  adult  who  shall  be  the contact person for the academy in situations
 23    which require consultation regarding the student's conduct and performance.  A
 24    designated  responsible  adult for students with a school affiliation may be a
 25    teacher, a counselor or a distance learning  coordinator.  For  home  schooled
 26    students, a parent or guardian may be designated.
 27        (3)  Policies  of accountability as established by rule of the state board
 28    shall address the special conditions which exist in an environment where there
 29    is reduced face-to-face contact between student and  teacher;  where  students
 30    access  courses at any time of day, from any location and at the student's own
 31    pace; where online etiquette and  ethics  should  be  clearly  understood  and
 32    required  of  all participants; and where all students' participation is moni-
 33    tored by online teachers and academy personnel.
 34        (4)  Policies shall be established by rule of the state board for student-
 35    related issues including taking exams, proctored or unproctored; ensuring that
 36    the work is being done by the student; and ensuring that ethical  conduct  and
 37    proper etiquette are always observed by all participants.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                     STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

	                   RS 14891 

The primary change is this proposed legislation is to 
extend IDLA instruction from grades 9-12 to 7-12.  Current 
legislation authorized IDLA instruction as secondary 
instruction, grades 9-12.  Idaho school districts have requested 
that instruction be offered for grades 7-12 so that middle 
schools and junior high schools can offer a broader curriculum, 
can overcome scheduling conflicts, can offer gifted and talented 
courses, and so that remedial courses can be made more available 
to low achieving students.  Many of the current courses offered 
to high school students are appropriate for seventh and eighth 
grade students.

The other proposed changes are basically housekeeping 
changes that will not change the operation of the IDLA program.  
The current reference to a professional development coordinator 
would more properly be referred to as a curriculum and 
instruction coordinator.  This position requires a person who 
can serve as a curriculum and instruction coordinator who also 
provides for faculty training.  The actual operations of the 
district do not occur at the host district and do not need to be 
housed with the host district.  The host district can and does 
serve as housing for the fiscal operations of IDLA.

                	FISCAL IMPACT

This proposed legislation has no fiscal impact.  The 
changes allow IDLA to extend current and future course offerings 
to 7th and 8th graders.


Name:  Senator Dean Cameron
Phone: 334-4735
Name:  Dr. Nick Hallett
       1-208 436-4727

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                      S 1149