Legislative Monitor

Welcome to Rodel’s Legislative Monitor, your resource for learning about state legislation related to public education. Below you will find education legislation that saw activity as of June 30, the end of the first half of the 151st Delaware General Assembly.

Click the hyperlinks in the “Legislation” column for more information such as the current status in the legislative process, full text, and fiscal note. Synopses include all amendments that have passed or been placed with the bill. This language may summarize the official synopsis of the legislation.

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Also, make sure to check out these additional links in order to know your legislator and learn how a bill becomes law in Delaware. Be sure to check out our recap blogs of the 151st General Assembly in July 2021.

BILL

HB86

SPONSOR

Williams

DATE ADD

02/19/2021

Synopsis

This Act provides increased funding for kindergarten through third grade students identified as eligible for basic special education services. Currently, there is no additional unit funding for students in kindergarten through third grade who may be eligible for basic special education services. The Act adds a designation of “K-3 Basic Special Education (basic)” and over three years reduces the number of students comprising a unit from the current 16.2 to 8.4. This Act will increase the unit count funding for K-3 Basic Special Education (basic) students by School Year 2023-2024, Fiscal Year 2024, to be consistent with the 8.4 unit of pupils currently available to students in grades 4 through 12. Decrease in the ratio between the number of students enrolled and the unit count for basic special education from 16.2 currently to 12.2 in Fiscal Year 2022, 10.2 in Fiscal Year 2023, and 8.4 in Fiscal Year 2024. Section 4 of this Act delays the effect of each Section until the start of each new fiscal year in the 3-year cycle over which this Act’s changes are intended to occur.

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This Act provides increased funding for kindergarten through third grade students identified as eligible for basic special education services. Currently, there is no additional unit funding for students in kindergarten…

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BILL

HB20

SPONSOR

Longhurst

DATE ADD

02/19/2021

Synopsis

This bill requires all public and charter schools which have students in grades 6-12 to provide free feminine hygiene products in 50% of the bathrooms used by students who can have a menstrual cycle. This bill also requires schools to publish on its website and post in its common areas the locations of the bathrooms where the hygiene products are provided. Finally, this bill provides that each school must consult with its school nurse regarding the products to be provided.

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This bill requires all public and charter schools which have students in grades 6-12 to provide free feminine hygiene products in 50% of the bathrooms used by students who can…

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BILL

HB35

SPONSOR

Longhurst

DATE ADD

02/19/2021

Synopsis

This Act establishes a Behavioral Health Professional of the year award program throughout the State. Through this legislation, the state will formally honor and recognize the work behavioral health professionals, such as, school counselors, social workers, licensed clinical social workers, school psychologists, and school nurses.

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This Act establishes a Behavioral Health Professional of the year award program throughout the State. Through this legislation, the state will formally honor and recognize the work behavioral health professionals,…

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BILL

HB89

SPONSOR

Williams

DATE ADD

02/19/2021

Synopsis

This act will allow a critical need reimbursement to be distributed directly to an institute of higher education or Secretary of Education approved Alternative Routes to Teacher Licensure and Certification program for an eligible teacher who is taking noncredit-earning seminars or workshops or credit-bearing coursework in order to attain a Standard Certification in a state-approved critical need area.

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This act will allow a critical need reimbursement to be distributed directly to an institute of higher education or Secretary of Education approved Alternative Routes to Teacher Licensure and Certification…

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HB100

SPONSOR

Williams

DATE ADD

07/08/2019

Synopsis

This Act requires high needs elementary schools, including high needs elementary charter schools, to have school-based health centers. The State will pay the start-up costs for each school-based health center at 2 centers per year until each high needs elementary school has a center. High needs elementary schools are defined as any elementary school in the top quartile of 3 or more in percentage of low-income students, percentage of English learners, percentage of students with disabilities, percentage of minority students, or having 90% of its students classified as low-income, English learners, or minority. This act also allows high needs elementary schools having pre-existing school-based health centers to apply for reimbursement of previously expended funds necessary to establish said health center.

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This Act requires high needs elementary schools, including high needs elementary charter schools, to have school-based health centers. The State will pay the start-up costs for each school-based health center…

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BILL

HB47

SPONSOR

Briggs King

DATE ADD

02/19/2021

Synopsis

In the 149th General Assembly House Bill No. 64 amended Title 29, Section 5120 to insure that mothers who are full time state employees may have up to 6 weeks of unpaid leave following the newborn(s) discharge from the hospital even if their FMLA benefits have been exhausted. This bill clarifies that school district employees are entitled to the same unpaid leave.

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In the 149th General Assembly House Bill No. 64 amended Title 29, Section 5120 to insure that mothers who are full time state employees may have up to 6 weeks…

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BILL

HB83

SPONSOR

Schwartzkopf

DATE ADD

02/19/2021

Synopsis

In January 2020, the Code Revisors provided the General Assembly with a list of potential technical corrections that they identified as they revised the Delaware Code to reflect legislation that was enacted by the 150th General Assembly in 2019 or as they reviewed titles of the Code. While technical in nature, these changes are beyond the authority of the Code Revisors to make and can only be done by the General Assembly through legislation. 7 of the changes are Title 14 corrections.

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In January 2020, the Code Revisors provided the General Assembly with a list of potential technical corrections that they identified as they revised the Delaware Code to reflect legislation that…

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BILL

HB92

SPONSOR

Baumbach

DATE ADD

02/19/2021

Synopsis

This Act reduces the term of a member elected to a school board from 5 years to 4 years for members elected after December 31, 2021. This Act also makes technical corrections for clarity and to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.

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This Act reduces the term of a member elected to a school board from 5 years to 4 years for members elected after December 31, 2021. This Act also makes…

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BILL

SB42

SPONSOR

Townsend

DATE ADD

02/19/2021

Synopsis

This Act suspends the educator evaluation system during the 2020-2021 school year and replaces it with an observation and feedback cycle that provides educators with coaching and support related to hybrid and remote learning practices. This Act also provides that formal improvement plans in place for the 2020-2021 school year remain in effect through the next evaluation cycle under this section.

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This Act suspends the educator evaluation system during the 2020-2021 school year and replaces it with an observation and feedback cycle that provides educators with coaching and support related to…

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SB52

SPONSOR

DATE ADD

Synopsis

This Act revises Chapter 26 of Title 14, regarding the Sussex Vo-Tech High School by doing all of the following: 1. Revises the tax rate for the District and clarifies the acceptable use for the tax revenue. 2. Repeals § 2602(b) of Title 14 3. Revises the number of students who may be enrolled in the District. 4. It creates a preference for student admissions for children of members of the District’s BOE. 5. Revises academic eligibility by requiring that accepted students remain academically eligible for promotion under the standards established by DDOE.

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This Act revises Chapter 26 of Title 14, regarding the Sussex Vo-Tech High School by doing all of the following: 1. Revises the tax rate for the District and clarifies…

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BILL

SB32

SPONSOR

Brown

DATE ADD

02/19/2021

Synopsis

DE law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race in a variety of settings. This Act makes clear that race also includes traits historically associated with race, including hair texture and a protective hairstyle, which includes braids, locks, and twists – includes this language in 3 sections of title 14

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DE law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race in a variety of settings. This Act makes clear that race also includes traits historically associated with race, including hair texture…

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BILL

SB56

SPONSOR

Sturgeon

DATE ADD

02/19/2021

Synopsis

This Act codifies the Opportunity Fund, an additional source of educational funding for Delaware public schools intended to support the increased needs of low income and English learner students, and establishes the parameters for how the funding is to be distributed to school districts and charter schools

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This Act codifies the Opportunity Fund, an additional source of educational funding for Delaware public schools intended to support the increased needs of low income and English learner students, and…

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SB62

SPONSOR

Lawson

DATE ADD

02/19/2021

Synopsis

This Act sets the minimum educational course requirements for each grade. It does not set the curriculum for these courses or how they will be presented within the classroom. The life skills program replaces the half credit currently listed as part of the 3.5 electives required for graduation, and is not an additional half credit added to the graduation requirements.

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This Act sets the minimum educational course requirements for each grade. It does not set the curriculum for these courses or how they will be presented within the classroom. The…

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SPONSOR

Hocker

DATE ADD

02/19/2021

Synopsis

Senate Bill No. 52 revises Chapter 26 of Title 14, regarding the Sussex County Vocational-Technical High School District (“District”). Senate Substitute No. 1 for Senate Bill No. 52 differs from Senate Bill No. 52 because it does not change the preferences for student admissions or the eligibility standards for accepted students. Like Senate Bill No. 52, Senate Substitute No. 1 for Senate Bill No. 52 does all of the other proposed changes.

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Senate Bill No. 52 revises Chapter 26 of Title 14, regarding the Sussex County Vocational-Technical High School District (“District”). Senate Substitute No. 1 for Senate Bill No. 52 differs from…

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