Missouri - SB152
An education omnibus bill - Sponsor Senator Denny Hoskins (R-21)
December 1, 2020
It began as a bill to make minor amendments to the MOST program, but was loaded up in the Senate with competency-based education, alternative diploma options, mandatory gifted education, and care plans for students with seizure disorders. The House committee added the following:
- Parents allowed to audio record IEP and 504 meetings.
- Limits the seclusion and restraint of students and increases reporting requirements.
- Extends an early childhood learning quality assurance program.
- Provides four-year substitute teacher certification for persons with 32 hours of college credit or has completed online training program.
- Mandatory gifted education.
- Changes the process for attaching a school district to a community college.
- Aligns the MOST program with the federal 529 program.
- Requires information on in-demand jobs and the costs and completion rates of postsecondary education to be provided to high school students.
- Extended learning opportunities act
- School accountability board
- St. Joseph community college district boundaries
- Requires use of structured literacy instruction program to teach students with reading deficiencies.
- Inclement weather make-up day policy
- Requires any training on suicide prevention to include training on stress management.
- Changes calculations for small districts with high-need special education student to make it easier for the districts to access state funding.
- Allows districts to create an innovation plan and apply to the State Board for a waiver of any school statute.
- Requires districts to have a policy to accommodate nursing students and employees.
- Makes amendments to the teacher career ladder statute.
- Requires school districts to teach cursive writing.
MSBA previously supported this bill, but now opposes it due to the addition of prescriptive reading education mandates.