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From Alex Granados:

A House Education committee took up and gave favorable votes to a number of education-related bills yesterday, including one that would let teachers take leave without having to pay the cost for a substitute teacher. Currently, if a teacher takes leave on a day when they have to be in the classroom, they are responsible for covering the cost of the substitute who will take their place. Under this legislation, however, if the teacher gives a reason for taking personal leave, they won’t be responsible for covering the cost of a substitute.

Another bill would make it easier to fast-track the formation of certain charter schools.

This bill would require criminal background checks for teachers.

A fourth would replace the annual end-of-course tests in grades 9-12 with a “nationally recognized assessment of high school achievement and college readiness.” Ultimately, it would mean students would go from taking four tests during high school to just one. The bill would also ultimately eliminate the requirement that career and technical education students take the ACT WorkKeys assessment. That would be replaced with a new career readiness indicator. 

Still another bill would mandate the creation of threat assessment teams at schools in the state.

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