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Education Bills in the Arizona Legislature – February 20th, 2023

A brief look into what’s going on with education in the Arizona legislature the week of February 20th, 2023:

SB1717

Sponsor: Kaiser

Co-Sponsor: 

SB1717 establishes the Dual Enrollment Incentive Fund (Incentive Fund), Dual Enrollment Development Fund (Development Fund), and Dual Enrollment Student Fund (Student Fund) to provide incentive bonuses to teachers, school districts, and charter schools and financial assistance to students for dual enrollment courses. Appropriates a total of $20,500,000 from the state General Fund (state GF) in FY 2024 to the Incentive Fund, Development Fund, and Student Fund. Only about half of AZ schools offer dual enrollment, and students attending low-income and rural schools are often left without access. Scheduled for the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, February 23rd. 

HB2538

Sponsor: Pingerelli

Co-sponsors: Livingston, Carroll

HB2538 allows a school district or charter school (school) to offer live, remote instructional courses (live courses) for high school students. Adds that College Credit by Examination Incentive Program (CCEIP) incentive bonuses are provided for students who pass an eligible live course. Appropriates a blank amount from the state General Fund (GF) for CCEIP incentive bonuses. Offering school bonuses based on grades has historically created inequity while monetizing learning. Scheduled for the House Appropriations Committee on Monday, February 20th, and Wednesday, February 22nd. 

SB1546

Sponsor: Alston

Co-sponsors: Gabaldón, Gonzales, Miranda, Gutierrez, Terech. 

SB1546 appropriates $100,000 from the state General Fund (state GF) in FY 2024 to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to award grants to public schools to build community gardens. DHS provides a guidance document, developed in conjunction with ADE, the Arizona Department of Agriculture, the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, to schools with recommended standards for on-site gardens. The document includes recommendations relating to school administrator responsibilities and the harvesting of produce. Scheduled for the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, February 23rd. 

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