Maine LD 695: An Act To Empower Parents in the Education of Their Children by Allowing an Opt-out from Standardized Assessments

LD 695 (subjects: SCHOOL POLICIES , TESTING )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=695&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support | In The News


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Sara Gideon of Freeport: (D – District 48) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/5/2015 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.
3/10/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Langley of Hancock, REFERRED to the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, in concurrence.
6/5/2015 House Reports READ.
Motion of Representative KORNFIELD of Bangor to ACCEPT the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report FAILED.
ROLL CALL NO. 158
(Yeas 62 – Nays 80 – Absent 9 – Excused 0)
Subsequently, on motion of Representative KORNFIELD of Bangor the Minority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-295) was READ and ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the Bill was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-295).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/8/2015 Senate Reports READ.
On motion by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report ACCEPTED, in non-concurrence. FAILED
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 153 11 Yeas – 24 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent Minority Ought to Pass As Amended Report ACCEPTED, in concurrence. READ ONCE Committee Amendment “A” (H-295) READ and ADOPTED , in concurrence.
Under suspension of the Rules READ TWICE and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-295) , in concurrence. Ordered sent down forthwith.
6/9/2015 House On motion of Representative GIDEON of Freeport, TABLED pending PASSAGE TO BE ENACTED.
Later today assigned. (Roll Call Ordered)

6/9/2015 House Unfinished Business
6/10/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
Subsequently, PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 205
(Yeas 94 – Nays 48 – Absent 9 – Excused 0)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/10/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.
6/22/2015 House This Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 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. 343V
90 having voted in the affirmative and 54 in the negative, with 7 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.
Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 695 as originally introduced. L.D. 695 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-295) .

An Act To Empower Parents in the Education of Their Children by Allowing an Opt-out from Standardized Assessments

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

Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA 6214 is enacted to read:

6214. Opt-out

1. Parent or guardian’s right to opt out. If a student’s parent or guardian submits a written request to a school administrative unit to excuse the student from a standardized assessment administered pursuant to this chapter, the school administrative unit shall comply with the request and excuse the student in conformance with the request.
2. School administrative unit. A school administrative unit may not penalize a student for being excused from an assessment pursuant to subsection 1 and shall:

A. Inform parents and guardians of the option to excuse a student from an assessment;
B. Provide a student excused from an assessment with an educational activity while the assessment is being administered; and
C. Post the form created by the department under subsection 3, paragraph A on the school administrative unit’s publicly accessible website.

3. Department. The department may not penalize a school for excusing a student from an assessment pursuant to subsection 1 and shall:

A. Create a form a parent or guardian can use to request that a student be excused from an assessment and shall post the form on the department’s publicly accessible website; and
B. Notify parents and guardians of the option to excuse a student from an assessment by posting notice on the department’s publicly accessible website.

4. Teachers. A teacher may inform a parent or guardian of the option to excuse a student from an assessment pursuant to subsection 1.

SUMMARY

This bill requires a school administrative unit to excuse a student from standardized assessments at the written request of the student’s parent or guardian and establishes requirements for school administrative units and the Department of Education related to excusing a student.

Patterns of Support

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


In The News…

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