Maine LD 464: An Act To Improve Science and Engineering Education for Maine’s Students

LD 464 (subjects: SCHOOL POLICIES , CURRICULUM )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=464&PID=1456&snum=127


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Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Michael Devin of Newcastle: (D – District 90) — e-mail | Facebook

1 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/24/2015 House Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
2/24/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Langley of Hancock, REFERRED to the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, in concurrence.
4/9/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
On OBJECTION of Representative FREDETTE of Newport REMOVED.
The Committee Report was READ.
On motion of Representative FREDETTE of Newport, TABLED pending ACCEPTANCE of the Committee Report.

Later today assigned.
4/9/2015 House Unfinished Business
4/14/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
Subsequently, The Committee Report was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 24
(Yeas 93 – Nays 55 – Absent 3 – Excused 0)
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-43) was READ and ADOPTED.
TOMORROW ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING.
4/16/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.

READ the Second Time.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-43).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/21/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED , in concurrence. READ ONCE Committee Amendment “A” (H-43) READ and ADOPTED , in concurrence. ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
4/23/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-43) , in concurrence.
Unfinished Business
4/28/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
4/29/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
Under suspension of the Rules Senator LANGLEY of Hancock moved to RECONSIDER whereby Committee Amendment “A” (H-43) was ADOPTED , in concurrence.
On motion by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Senate Amendment “A” (S-60) to READ and ADOPTED , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
On motion by Same Senator Committee Amendment “A” (H-43) as amended by Senate Amendment ” A” (S-60) thereto READ and ADOPTED , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-43) AS AMENDED BY Senate Amendment “A” (S-60) thereto , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/30/2015 House The House RECEDED and CONCURRED to PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-43) as Amended by Senate Amendment “A” (S-60) thereto.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/5/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/6/2015 Senate On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ENACTMENT , in concurrence.
Unfinished Business
5/7/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/12/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/13/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
PASSED TO BE ENACTED
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 68 23 Yeas – 12 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
5/27/2015 House On motion of Representative KORNFIELD of Bangor the Bill was TABLED pending RECONSIDERATION.
Later today assigned.
5/27/2015 House Unfinished Business
5/28/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
This Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the House proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?”
ROLL CALL NO. 111V
106 having voted in the affirmative and 42 in the negative, with 3 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor, since two-thirds of the members of the House so voted.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/29/2015 Senate LD 464 In Senate, May 29, 2015, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?” 19 in Favor and 15 Against , accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become law and the VETO was SUSTAINED.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 464 as originally introduced. L.D. 464 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (H-43) S-A to C-A (S-60) .

An Act To Improve Science and Engineering Education for Maine’s Students

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA 6209, first , as amended by PL 2009, c. 647, 1, is further amended to read:

The department in consultation with the state board shall establish and implement a comprehensive, statewide system of learning results, which may must include a core of standards in English language arts and , mathematics and science for kindergarten to grade 12 established in common with the other states, as set forth in this section and in department rules implementing this section and other curricular requirements. The department must shall establish accountability standards at all grade levels in the areas of mathematics; reading; and science and technology. The department shall establish parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements in English language arts; mathematics; science and technology; social studies; career and education development; visual and performing arts; health, physical education and wellness; and world languages. Only students in a public school or a private school approved for tuition that enrolls at least 60% publicly funded students, as determined by the previous school year’s October and April average enrollment, are required to participate in the system of learning results set forth in this section and in department rules implementing this section and other curricular requirements. The commissioner shall develop accommodation provisions for instances where course content conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs and practices of a student’s parent or guardian. The system must be adapted to accommodate children with disabilities as defined in section 7001, subsection 1-A.

Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA 6209, sub- 1-A, C, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 259, 5, is amended to read:

C. Science , in those content areas concerning cells and continuity and change.

Sec. 3. Rulemaking. The Commissioner of Education shall amend the Department of Education???s Rules Chapter 131, the Maine Federal, State, and Local Accountability Standards, and Rules Chapter 132, Learning Result: Parameters for Essential Instruction, to include in the statewide system of learning results and assessment a core of science standards for kindergarten to grade 12 aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards established through a collaborative, state-led process involving the National Research Council of the National Academies, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Achieve. The science standards included in these rules must include science and engineering aspects of the Next Generation Science Standards that clarify for students the relevance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to everyday life and help students become successful analytical thinkers, prepared for college and careers.

The 2 rules chapters to be amended by the Commissioner of Education in accordance with this section are major substantive rules pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 253, subsection 9 and section 6211. In order to implement the science standards as part of the State’s system of learning results and assessment beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the Department of Education shall provisionally adopt these amended rules on or before December 31, 2015 and shall submit the provisionally adopted rules to the Executive Director of the Legislative Council by the deadline established for the legislative acceptance period in 2016 in accordance with Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

summary

This bill requires the Department of Education to include the so-called Next Generation Science Standards for kindergarten to grade 12 in the State’s system of learning results and assessment and directs the Commissioner of Education to amend Department of Education rules on or before December 31, 2015 in order to include the science standards as part of the State’s system of learning results and assessment beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.

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