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SENATE BILL NO. 1380
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SECONDARY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - REDESIGN - Adds to existing law to provide for a
short title; to state legislative findings; to establish a program in the
State Board of Education to reassess the public secondary school
curriculum; to provide for goals; to provide for rulemaking authority; to
require school districts to report to the State Board of Education as to
the cost of the program; to provide a time frame for reporting; to require
the State Board of Education to report to the Legislature; to provide a
time frame for schools to implement the program; and to authorize the Idaho
State Board of Education to collect information and report to the
Legislature regarding the performance of the program.
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-eighth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2006
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1380
BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO SECONDARY PUBLIC SCHOOLS; AMENDING TITLE 33, IDAHO CODE, BY THE
3 ADDITION OF A NEW CHAPTER 56, TITLE 33, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR A SHORT
4 TITLE, TO STATE LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS, TO ESTABLISH A PROGRAM IN THE STATE
5 BOARD OF EDUCATION TO REASSESS THE PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM, TO
6 PROVIDE FOR GOALS, TO PROVIDE FOR RULE MAKING AUTHORITY, TO REQUIRE SCHOOL
7 DISTRICTS TO REPORT TO THE BOARD AS TO THE COST OF THE PROGRAM, TO PROVIDE
8 A TIME FRAME FOR REPORTING, TO REQUIRE THE BOARD TO REPORT TO THE LEGISLA-
9 TURE, TO PROVIDE A TIME FRAME FOR SCHOOLS TO IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM AND TO
10 AUTHORIZE THE BOARD TO COLLECT INFORMATION AND REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE
11 REGARDING THE PERFORMANCE OF THE PROGRAM.
12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
13 SECTION 1. That Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby amended
14 by the addition thereto of a NEW CHAPTER, to be known and designated as Chap-
15 ter 56, Title 33, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
16 CHAPTER 56
17 SECONDARY PUBLIC SCHOOL REDESIGN
18 33-5601. SHORT TITLE. This act shall be known and may be cited as the
19 "Idaho Secondary School Redesign Act."
20 33-5602. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS. The legislature finds that Idaho public
21 secondary schools need to review and redesign their curriculum in order to
22 meet the demands of an increasingly competitive and rapidly evolving technol-
23 ogy environment. The legislature finds that the public secondary curriculum
24 needs to be reassessed and monitored to meet the goals of increasing the num-
25 ber of students prepared for and attending postsecondary institutions, prepar-
26 ing students to participate in the technology demanding workplace, increasing
27 opportunities for and involvement in accelerated learning programs, ensuring
28 that students are properly prepared as citizens and are culturally aware, and
29 increasing academic engagement of senior level students through a relevant and
30 rigorous curriculum. The legislature finds that the costs and benefits associ-
31 ated with increasing public secondary core credit and curriculum requirements
32 need to be carefully examined. Further, the public secondary school curriculum
33 needs to be monitored on a continuing basis so that it can keep abreast of the
34 needs of the students, Idaho and the nation.
35 33-5603. SECONDARY PUBLIC SCHOOL CURRICULUM REASSESSMENT PROGRAM. (1)
36 There is hereby created in the state board of education a program to reassess
37 the public secondary school curriculum with the goals of:
38 (a) Providing students with a sufficient mathematics and science core
39 curriculum so that they can participate in the technology demanding work-
40 place and are prepared to enter postsecondary institutions without the
1 need for remedial courses;
2 (b) Allowing students to opt out of mathematics and science core curricu-
3 lum courses upon approval by the custodial parent or guardian with good
4 cause shown;
5 (c) Increasing opportunities for and involvement in accelerated learning
7 (d) Providing Idaho students with curriculum opportunities that prepare
8 them to compete in the modern world and for their roles as contributing
10 (e) Providing rigorous social studies, humanities and elective curricula
11 during the four (4) years of high school; and
12 (f) Increasing the engagement and involvement of students during their
13 senior year of high school.
14 In reassessing the secondary public school core credit and curriculum require-
15 ments, the board shall evaluate and assess the benefits and costs associated
16 with the changes required by the secondary public school curriculum goals.
17 (2) The state board of education is authorized to promulgate rules neces-
18 sary to undertake the secondary public school curriculum reassessment program
19 set forth in this section and shall require that each Idaho public school dis-
20 trict report back to the board within six (6) months after the board's rules
21 have been approved by the legislature as to the cost of implementing the sec-
22 ondary public school curriculum as required in those rules. After receiving
23 the school district reports, the board shall compile and submit a report to
24 the legislature at its next session, setting forth the funding required to
25 implement the secondary public school curriculum program.
26 (3) Each Idaho public school district shall, within two (2) years after
27 receiving funding from the legislature, implement the secondary public school
28 curriculum program as prescribed by the state board of education.
29 (4) The state board of education is authorized to collect information
30 regarding the performance of the secondary public school curriculum program
31 and to report to the legislature three (3) years from the approval of the
32 rules authorized in subsection (1) of this section as to the progress of that
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This bill provides legislative direction for High School
redesign. It sets goals and criteria for the State Board of
Education rule-making to improve rigor and content of High School
curricula. Implementation of High School redesign rules is made
contingent upon developing a budget and funding.
The cost associated with High School redesign and curriculum
changes is expected to exceed $17 million once fully implemented.
This legislation calls for development of more specific budget
and funding requirements for the program.
Name: Senator Mike Burkett
Phone: (208) 332-1352
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE S 1380