Legislative Updates - The Capital Group

There are many issues in the current session that have the potential to impact school counselors. The legislative committees need to hear from Iowa School Counselors!

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May 14

It has been my pleasure to serve as the ISCA Advocacy Chair for the last four years.  I will be stepping off the ISCA Board but will remain very active on the Advocacy Committee.  Please continue YOUR advocacy efforts, even during the summer.  Invite a legislator for coffee or send your results report to school board members.  WE ALL NEED TO STEP UP! The Capitol Group lobbyists have done a great job of promoting Iowa School Counselors with the legislators.  We also need to continue building those relationships and reaching out.  Being a school counselor is the BEST job in the whole world, but it is also demanding.  Remember, advocacy is an integral component of your comprehensive school counseling program.  Do it every day!  Have fun with it and step out of your box.  Plan to attend Visit the Hill Day with your students in 2019.  There are so many ways to promote your program and help folks understand the role of the school counselor.  Thank you for all of your efforts and have a great end of the school year.  

Susan Langan, Advocacy Chair

Report from The Capitol Group 
ISCA Lobbyist
FINAL REPORT May 14, 2018

2018 Legislative Session Ends in Overtime

Difficult budget and tax policy negotiations led to more than two weeks of “legislative overtime” at the Statehouse prior to adjournment the evening of Saturday, May 5.

Legislature Wraps Up A Great Year For Iowa School Counselors!

Iowa’s school counselors have recorded a great public policy year at the Iowa Statehouse!  ISCA was the lead organization advocating for greater suicide prevention education for school employees.  The Association led the push for anti-school lunch shaming policies. And ISCA made sure “return to learn” protocols were included in the state’s new concussion and head injury law.

Great appreciation goes to all the ISCA members who contacted lawmakers in support of the school counselors and students. Please know your efforts make public policy successes possible!

Suicide Prevention Bill Signed Into Law!

  • Great thanks to all the ISCA members who contacted lawmakers to encourage them to pass suicide awareness legislation. Your efforts have paid off!
  • Senate File 2113, the ISCA-backed bill to increase suicide awareness education for school employees was signed into law by Governor Reynolds.
  • The bill requires the Board of Education to require schools to adopt protocols for suicide prevention and postvention and protocols for the identification of adverse childhood experiences to mitigate toxic stress response.
  • The bill also requires school boards to require at least one hour annually of evidence-based training for employees who have regular contact with students.

Bill to Prevent School Lunch Shaming is Now the Law in Iowa!

  • House File 2467 the ISCA-backed bill to better deal with delinquent school lunch payment accounts has been signed into law by the Governor.
  • The bill requires school districts to provide information twice annually to all parents and guardians regarding the application process for Free and Reduced Meals and requires additional notification to a parent if a student owes lunch debt for five or more meals.
  • This bill also encourages school districts to provide a reimbursable meal to any student requesting it and prohibits publicly identifying students with lunch debt.  
  • Finally, HF 2467 allows districts to create an unpaid student meals account into which they may deposit moneys received from outside sources for paying student meal debt. 
  • Please know that without the active support of ISCA, House File 2467 would most likely not have made to the desk of Governor Reynolds.  Thank you for your support! 

Bills of interest signed into law:

SF 2364 (formerly SF 2253) - High-Quality School Security Plans (M) - This bill requires the board of directors of a school district to establish a security plan for individual school buildings in the school district in which students are educated no later than June 30, 2019.

Passed the Senate 50-0. Amended and approved by the House 99-0. Amended and approved by the Senate 47-0.  Approved by the House 100-0. Signed into law by the Governor.

SF 2274 (formerly SSB 3001) - Required Information Notations (M) - The bill requires the director of the Department of education to cite the state or federal statute, rule, or regulation necessitating the inclusion of information in any report which the department requires a school district, area education agency, and accredited nonpublic school, or the officers or employees of such entities to submit.

Passed the Senate 37-11.  Approved by the House 94-5. Signed into law by Governor Reynolds.

SF 2113 (formerly SF 2004) - Suicide Awareness Requirement (F) - This bill directs the board of educational examiners to adopt administrative rules that condition the renewal of a license, certificate, authorization, or statement of recognition issued by the board upon the holder undergoing one hour of training on suicide awareness and prevention. The requirement applies to persons who provide services to students. The bill permits a person to meet the requirement through independent self-review of training materials approved by the board.

Approved by Senate 48-0. Amended and approved by the House 98-0. Approved by the Senate 49-0. Signed into law by the Governor.

SF 192 - Licensed Applied Behavior Analysis (M) - This bill creates a licensure process for behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts who practice applied behavior analysis without interfering with the work done by school counselors.

Approved by the Senate 49-0.  Amended and approved by the House 100-0. Approved by the Senate 46-0. Signed into law by the Governor.

HF 2467 - School Lunch Debt (F) - This bill allows school districts and accredited nonpublic schools to use the setoff procedures administered by the department of administrative services, and allows a school district to deposit moneys from its flexibility account into an unpaid student meals account to be used only to pay student meal debt accrued by individuals.

Passed the House 97-0.  Amended and approved by the Senate 48-0. Approved by the House 96-0. Signed into law by the Governor.

HF 2458 - Future Ready Policy (M) - This bill relates to workforce development by establishing a volunteer mentoring program, a registered apprenticeship development program, an employer innovation fund, a summer youth intern program, and future-ready Iowa skilled workforce scholarship and grant programs and funds and providing for shared postsecondary summer classes for high school students that are aligned with career pathways.

Approved by the House 98-0. Approved by the Senate 47-0. Signed into law by the Governor.

HF 2442 (formerly HF 2006) - Interscholastic Head Injuries (F) - The bill requires the Department of Public Health, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union to work together to develop training materials and courses regarding concussions and brain injuries. The bill requires each coach or contest official to complete such training at least every two years. The bill also requires that a student be immediately removed from participation in an extracurricular interscholastic activity if the student’s coach, contest official, or licensed health care provider observes signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury. Return-to-play protocol and a return-to-learn protocol are also included in the bill.

Approved by the House 96-1.  Amended and approved by the Senate 49-0. Amended and Approved by the House 96-2. Approved by the Senate 46-0.  Signed into law by the Governor.

HF 2235 (formerly HSB 578) - Statewide Student Assessments (M) - This bill directs the state board of education to adopt rules specifying that the statewide assessment of student progress administered by school districts for purposes of the core academic indicators shall be the assessment developed by the Iowa testing program within the University of Iowa College of Education and administered by the Iowa testing program’s designee.

Approved by the House 95-3.  Amended and approved by the Senate 39-10. Approved by the House 86-13. Signed into law by the Governor.

HF 648 - Career and Technical Ed Fixes (M) - The bill restores a reference to school corporations mistakenly changed in 2016 and includes a reference to an accredited nonpublic school, relating to student participation in work-based learning opportunities.  The bill also authorizes an approved regional career and technical education planning partnership to receive state funds.

Approved by the House 98-0 (April 19, 2017.) Approved by the Senate 47-0. Signed into law by the Governor.

Bill of interest NOT approved by the legislature:

SF 2348 (formerly SF 2046) - In Demand Career Fields (M) - This bill requires community colleges and regents universities to waive tuition and mandatory fees for students enrolled in or majoring in programs leading to in-demand career fields, and directs the college student aid commission to prioritize certain state grants and scholarships to give priority to students enrolled in or majoring in programs leading to in-demand career fields identified and listed by the state workforce development board.

Approved by Ways and Means subcommittee

SF 2294 (formerly SSB 3008) - Needle Exchange Programs (M) - The bill specifies that “lawful purpose” for possessing needles and syringes includes hypodermic needles or syringes delivered, sold, or possessed through an approved needle 24 exchange program established pursuant to rules adopted by the department of public health.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 2276 (formerly SF 2160 )- Child Abuse Hotline Posting (M) - The bill requires public schools to post at each attendance center in a clearly visible location in a public area that is readily accessible to students a sign that contains the toll-free child abuse telephone hotline number operated by the Department of Human Services.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 2030 - School Seclusion and Physical Restraint (M) - This bill establishes training requirements, procedures and prohibitions relating to the use of physical restraint and seclusion by school districts, accredited nonpublic schools, and area education agencies.

Subcommittee: Sinclair, Chelgren and Dvorsky

HF 2137 - Student Information (M) - The bill prohibits, except as otherwise provided, the department of education, school districts, and accredited nonpublic schools from including in student data files certain information regarding biometric and psychometric data; certain information concerning the student’s or the student’s family; and further prohibits the department from publishing or sharing with any governmental agency outside of the state student data except in aggregate form.  The bill excludes “personality traits such as work techniques, attitude, and effort; religious affiliations; telephone numbers other than contact telephone numbers; electronic mail addresses other than contact electronic mail addresses and criminal or juvenile justice records” from the outright prohibition but does not allow this information to be shared outside of the school.

Subcommittee: Salmon, Jacobsen and Nielsen


April 30

Report from The Capitol Group 
ISCA Lobbyist
Legislative Update April 30, 2018

Session End Expected This Week

  • Negotiations to finalize the FY 19 budget are quickly advancing.  The last pieces of the budget puzzle still outstanding are human services appropriations, infrastructure appropriations and an anticipated tax bill. Negotiations on these pieces of legislation continues to take place.

Future Ready Iowa Spending In Economic Development Appropriations Bill

The House gave its approval to the FY 19 Economic Development Appropriations bill, House File 2493.

  • Included in the bill are three Future Ready Iowa appropriations.  They are:
    • $1.0m - Registered Apprenticeship Program (specifically for small to midsize businesses)
    • $250,000 - Summer Youth Intern Program
    • $150,000 - Future Ready Iowa Coordinator

The Senate version of the Economic Development Appropriations Bill, SF 2410, includes the three Future Ready Iowa items in the House’s proposal, along with $250,000 specifically designated for Future Ready marketing.


Senate Rolls Out Education Spending Proposal

Senate File 2415 is that chamber’s Education Spending proposal.  Included in this 36-page bill are the following items of interest:

  • $250,000 - Statewide clearinghouse for work related learning (for Future Ready Iowa)
  • $600,000 - Summer joint enrollment program for HS seniors and community colleges
  • Also included in the bill is an increase of $376,000 for the Iowa Tuition Grant Program and a increase in the salary range for the Executive Director of the College Student Aid Commission

Bills of interest:

SF 2364 (formerly SF 2253) - High Quality School Security Plans (M) - This bill requires the board of directors of a school district to establish a security plan for individual school buildings in the school district in which students are educated no later than June 30, 2019.

Passed the Senate 50-0. Amended and approved by the House 99-0. Amended and approved by the Senate 47-0.  Approved by the House 100-0. Signed into law by the Governor.

SF 2348 (formerly SF 2046) - In Demand Career Fields (M) - This bill requires community colleges and regents universities to waive tuition and mandatory fees for students enrolled in or majoring in programs leading to in-demand career fields, and directs the college student aid commission to prioritize certain state grants and scholarships to give priority to students enrolled in or majoring in programs leading to in-demand career fields identified and listed by the state workforce development board.

Approved by Ways and Means subcommittee

SF 2274 (formerly SSB 3001) - Required Information Notations (M) - The bill requires the director of the Department of education to cite the state or federal statute, rule, or regulation necessitating the inclusion of information in any report which the department requires a school district, area education agency, and accredited nonpublic school, or the officers or employees of such entities to submit.

Passed the Senate 37-11.  Approved by the House 94-5. Signed into law by Governor Reynolds.

SF 2113 (formerly SF 2004) - Suicide Awareness Requirement (F) - This bill directs the board of educational examiners to adopt administrative rules that condition the renewal of a license, certificate, authorization, or statement of recognition issued by the board upon the holder undergoing one hour of training on suicide awareness and prevention. The requirement applies to persons who provide services to students. The bill permits a person to meet the requirement through independent self-review of training materials approved by the board.

Approved by Senate 48-0. Amended and approved by the House 98-0. Approved by the Senate 49-0. Signed into law by the Governor.

SF 192 - Licensed Applied Behavior Analysis (M) - This bill creates a licensure process for behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts who practice applied behavior analysis.

Approved by the Senate 49-0.  Amended and approved by the House 100-0. Approved by the Senate 46-0. Signed into law by the Governor.

HF 2467 - School Lunch Debt (F) - This bill allows school districts and accredited nonpublic schools to use the setoff procedures administered by the department of administrative services, and allows a school district to deposit moneys from its flexibility account into an unpaid student meals account to be used only to pay student meal debt accrued by individuals.

Passed the House 97-0.  Amended and approved by the Senate 48-0. Approved by the House 96-0. Signed into law by the Governor.

HF 2458 - Future Ready Policy (M) - This bill relates to workforce development by establishing a volunteer mentoring program, a registered apprenticeship development program, an employer innovation fund, a summer youth intern program, and future ready Iowa skilled workforce scholarship and grant programs and funds, and providing for shared postsecondary summer classes for high school students that are aligned with career pathways.

Approved by the House 98-0. Approved by the Senate 47-0. Signed into law by the Governor.

HF 2442 (formerly HF 2006) - Interscholastic Head Injuries (F) - The bill requires the Department of Public Health, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union to work together to develop training materials and courses regarding concussions and brain injuries. The bill requires each coach or contest official to complete such training at least every two years. The bill also requires that a student be immediately removed from participation in an extracurricular interscholastic activity if the student’s coach, contest official, or licensed health care provider observes signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury. Return-to-play protocol and a return-to-learn protocol are also included in the bill.

Approved by the House 96-1.  Amended and approved by the Senate 49-0. Amended and Approved by the House 96-2. Approved by the Senate 46-0.  Signed into law by the Governor.

HF 2235 (formerly HSB 578) - Statewide Student Assessments (M) - This bill directs the state board of education to adopt rules specifying that the statewide assessment of student progress administered by school districts for purposes of the core academic indicators shall be the assessment developed by the Iowa testing program within the University of Iowa College of Education and administered by the Iowa testing program’s designee.

Approved by the House 95-3.  Amended and approved by the Senate 39-10. Approved by the House 86-13. Signed into law by the Governor.

HF 648 - Career and Technical Ed Fixes (M) - The bill restores a reference to school corporations mistakenly changed in 2016 and includes a reference to an accredited nonpublic school, relating to student participation in work-based learning opportunities.  The bill also authorizes an approved regional career and technical education planning partnership to receive state funds.

Approved by the House 98-0 (April 19, 2017.) Approved by the Senate 47-0. Signed into law by the Governor.


April 16

Report from The Capitol Group 
ISCA Lobbyist
Legislative Update April 16, 2018

School Lunch Shaming Bill Sent to the Governor!

  •  House File 2467, the ISCA-backed bill to protect students from school lunch debt “shaming” is now awaiting the signature of Governor Reynolds.
  •  Great thanks go out to all of the ISCA members who contacted lawmakers in support of this important bill.

Head Injury Bill On Way to the Governor!

  • Legislation to enact athletic head injury and concussion identification, treatment and return to play/return to learn protocols is one step away from becoming law!
  • The Senate gave it’s go ahead to House changes to the bill on a vote of 46-0. The ISCA-backed bill, HF 2442, now heads to the Governor’s office for her approval.

Bills of interest:

HF 2458 - Future Ready Policy (M) - This bill relates to workforce development by establishing a volunteer mentoring program, a registered apprenticeship development program, an employer innovation fund, a summer youth intern program, and future ready Iowa skilled workforce scholarship and grant programs and funds and providing for shared postsecondary summer classes for high school students that are aligned with career pathways.

Approved by the House 98-0. Approved by the Senate 47-0. Signed into law by the Governor.

SF 2364 (formerly SF 2253) - High Quality School Security Plans (M) - This bill requires the board of directors of a school district to establish a security plan for individual school buildings in the school district in which students are educated no later than June 30, 2019.

Passed the Senate 50-0. Amended and approved by the House 99-0. Amended and approved by the Senate 47-0.  Approved by the House 100-0. Signed into law by the Governor.

SF 2348 (formerly SF 2046) - In Demand Career Fields (M) - This bill requires community colleges and regents universities to waive tuition and mandatory fees for students enrolled in or majoring in programs leading to in-demand career fields, and directs the college student aid commission to prioritize certain state grants and scholarships to give priority to students enrolled in or majoring in programs leading to in-demand career fields identified and listed by the state workforce development board.

Approved by Ways and Means subcommittee

SF 2274 (formerly SSB 3001) - Required Information Notations (M) - The bill requires the director of the Department of education to cite the state or federal statute, rule, or regulation necessitating the inclusion of information in any report which the department requires a school district, area education agency, and accredited nonpublic school, or the officers or employees of such entities to submit.

Passed the Senate 37-11.  Approved by the House 94-5. Signed into law by Governor Reynolds.

SF 2113 (formerly SF 2004) - Suicide Awareness Requirement (F) - This bill directs the board of educational examiners to adopt administrative rules that condition the renewal of a license, certificate, authorization, or statement of recognition issued by the board upon the holder undergoing one hour of training on suicide awareness and prevention. The requirement applies to persons who provide services to students. The bill permits a person to meet the requirement through independent self-review of training materials approved by the board.

Approved by Senate 48-0. Amended and approved by the House 98-0. Approved by the Senate 49-0. Signed into law by the Governor.

SF 192 - Licensed Applied Behavior Analysis (M) - This bill creates a licensure process for behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts who practice applied behavior analysis.

Approved by the Senate 49-0.  Amended and approved by the House 100-0. Approved by the Senate 46-0. Signed into law by the Governor.

HF 2467 - School Lunch Debt (F) - This bill allows school districts and accredited nonpublic schools to use the setoff procedures administered by the department of administrative services and allows a school district to deposit moneys from its flexibility account into an unpaid student meals account to be used only to pay student meal debt accrued by individuals.

Passed the House 97-0.  Amended and approved by the Senate 48-0. Approved by the House 96-0. Awaiting Governor’s action.

HF 2442 (formerly HF 2006) - Interscholastic Head Injuries (F) - The bill requires the Department of Public Health, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union to work together to develop training materials and courses regarding concussions and brain injuries. The bill requires each coach or contest official to complete such training at least every two years. The bill also requires that a student be immediately removed from participation in an extracurricular interscholastic activity if the student’s coach, contest official, or licensed health care provider observes signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury. Return-to-play protocol and a return-to-learn protocol are also included in the bill.

Approved by the House 96-1.  Amended and approved by the Senate 49-0. Amended and Approved by the House 96-2. Approved by the Senate 46-0.  Awaiting Governor’s actions.

HF 2235 (formerly HSB 578) - Statewide Student Assessments (M) - This bill directs the state board of education to adopt rules specifying that the statewide assessment of student progress administered by school districts for purposes of the core academic indicators shall be the assessment developed by the Iowa testing program within the University of Iowa College of Education and administered by the Iowa testing program’s designee.

Approved by the House 95-3.  Amended and approved by the Senate 39-10. Approved by the House 86-13. Signed into law by the Governor.

HF 648 - Career and Technical Ed Fixes (M) - The bill restores a reference to school corporations mistakenly changed in 2016 and includes a reference to an accredited nonpublic school, relating to student participation in work-based learning opportunities.  The bill also authorizes an approved regional career and technical education planning partnership to receive state funds.

Approved by the House 98-0 (April 19, 2017.) Approved by the Senate 47-0.


April 2

Report from The Capitol Group 
ISCA Lobbyist
Legislative Update April 2, 2018

School Lunch Non-Shaming Bill Needs Your Help

House File 2467, the ISCA-backed bill to protect students from school lunch debt “shaming” is in need of a “push” to get it through the Senate.

Please take a moment and send an email note to your State Senator and urge them to:

  • Vote YES on House File 2467;
  • A hungry student does not learn as well as one who is not;
  • Let’s not punish a child for the mistakes of their parents

Here is the website for State Senator emails:

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/senate

Governor Signs ISCA-Backed Bill Into Law!

  • Governor Reynolds signed Senate File 2113 into law Thursday.  The ISCA-backed bill will increase suicide awareness education for school employees.
  • The bill requires the Board of Education to require schools to adopt protocols for suicide prevention and postvention and protocols for the identification of adverse childhood experiences to mitigate toxic stress response.
  • The bill also requires school boards to require at least one hour annually of evidence based training for employees who have regular contact with students.

Bills of interest:

SF 2364 (formerly SF 2253) - High Quality School Security Plans (M) - This bill requires the board of directors of a school district to establish a security plan for individual school buildings in the school district in which students are educated no later than June 30, 2019.

Passed the Senate 50-0. Amended and approved by the House 99-0. Amended and approved by the Senate 47-0.  Approved by the House 100-0. Awaiting Governor’s action.

SF 2348 (formerly SF 2046) - In Demand Career Fields (M) - This bill requires community colleges and regents universities to waive tuition and mandatory fees for students enrolled in or majoring in programs leading to in-demand career fields, and directs the college student aid commission to prioritize certain state grants and scholarships to give priority to students enrolled in or majoring in programs leading to in-demand career fields identified and listed by the state workforce development board.

Approved by Ways and Means subcommittee

SF 2274 (formerly SSB 3001) - Required Information Notations (M) - The bill requires the director of the Department of education to cite the state or federal statute, rule, or regulation necessitating the inclusion of information in any report which the department requires a school district, area education agency, and accredited nonpublic school, or the officers or employees of such entities to submit.

Passed the Senate 37-11.  Approved by the House 94-5. Awaiting Governor’s action.

SF 2113 (formerly SF 2004) - Suicide Awareness Requirement (F) - This bill directs the board of educational examiners to adopt administrative rules that condition the renewal of a license, certificate, authorization, or statement of recognition issued by the board upon the holder undergoing one hour of training on suicide awareness and prevention. The requirement applies to persons who provide services to students. The bill permits a person to meet the requirement through independent self-review of training materials approved by the board.

Approved by Senate 48-0. Amended and approved by the House 98-0. Approved by the Senate 49-0. Signed into law by the Governor.

SF 192 - Licensed Applied Behavior Analysis (M) - This bill creates a licensure process for behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts who practice applied behavior analysis.

Approved by the Senate 49-0.  Amended and approved by the House 100-0. Approved by the Senate 46-0. Awaiting Governor’s action.

HF 2467 - School Lunch Debt (F) - This bill allows school districts and accredited nonpublic schools to use the setoff procedures administered by the department of administrative services, and allows a school district to deposit moneys from its flexibility account into an unpaid student meals account to be used only to pay student meal debt accrued by individuals.

Passed the House 97-0.  On Senate debate calendar

HF 2442 (formerly HF 2006) - Interscholastic Head Injuries (F) - The bill requires the Department of Public Health, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union to work together to develop training materials and courses regarding concussions and brain injuries. The bill requires each coach or contest official to complete such training at least every two years.

  • The also bill requires the Department of Public Health, the IHSAA, and the IGHSAU to work together to distribute the centers for disease control and prevention guidelines and other pertinent information to inform and educate coaches, students, and the parents and guardians of students of the risks, signs, symptoms, and behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury.
  • The bill requires that a student be immediately removed from participation in an extracurricular interscholastic activity if the student’s coach, contest official, or licensed health care provider observes signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury.
  • The bill requires the Department of Public Health, the Department of Education, the IHSAA, and the IGHSAU to work together to develop a return-to-play protocol and a return-to-learn protocol for a student’s return to participation in an extracurricular interscholastic activity and in the classroom after showing signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury.

Approved by the House 96-1.  On Senate debate calendar

HF 2235 (formerly HSB 578) - Statewide Student Assessments (M) - This bill directs the state board of education to adopt rules specifying that the statewide assessment of student progress administered by school districts for purposes of the core academic indicators shall be the assessment developed by the Iowa testing program within the University of Iowa College of Education and administered by the Iowa testing program’s designee.

Approved by the House 95-3.  Amended and approved by the Senate 39-10. Approved by the House 86-13. Signed into law by the Governor.


March 26

Report from The Capitol Group 
ISCA Lobbyist
Legislative Update March 26, 2018

Suicide Prevention Bill Heads to the Governor

  • Great thanks to all the ISCA members who contacted lawmakers to encourage them to pass suicide awareness legislation. Your efforts have paid off!
  • Senate File 2113, the ISCA-backed bill to increase suicide awareness education for school employees was approved by the Senate on a 49-0 vote following approval and amendment by the House.  It now awaits signature into law by Governor Reynolds.
  • The bill requires the Board of Education to require schools to adopt protocols for suicide prevention and postvention and protocols for the identification of adverse childhood experiences to mitigate toxic stress response.
  • The bill also requires school boards to require at least one hour annually of evidence based training for employees who have regular contact with students.

Tough Budget Decisions Coming Soon

The work of putting together an FY19 education budget bill will begin in earnest next week. All programs will be put under a microscope focused on reducing or eliminating spending.

Bills of interest:

SF 2364 (formerly SF 2253) - High Quality School Security Plans (M) - This bill requires the board of directors of a school district to establish a security plan for individual school buildings in the school district in which students are educated no later than June 30, 2019.

Passed the Senate 50-0. Amended and approved by the House 99-0. On Senate debate calendar.

SF 2348 (formerly SF 2046) - In Demand Career Fields (M) - This bill requires community colleges and regents universities to waive tuition and mandatory fees for students enrolled in or majoring in programs leading to in-demand career fields, and directs the college student aid commission to prioritize certain state grants and scholarships to give priority to students enrolled in or majoring in programs leading to in-demand career fields identified and listed by the state workforce development board.

Approved by Ways and Means subcommittee

SF 2274 (formerly SSB 3001) - Required Information Notations (M) - The bill requires the director of the Department of education to cite the state or federal statute, rule, or regulation necessitating the inclusion of information in any report which the department requires a school district, area education agency, and accredited nonpublic school, or the officers or employees of such entities to submit.

Passed the Senate 37-11.  Approved by the House 94-5. Awaiting Governor’s action.

SF 2113 (formerly SF 2004) - Suicide Awareness Requirement (F) - This bill directs the board of educational examiners to adopt administrative rules that condition the renewal of a license, certificate, authorization, or statement of recognition issued by the board upon the holder undergoing one hour of training on suicide awareness and prevention. The requirement applies to persons who provide services to students. The bill permits a person to meet the requirement through independent self-review of training materials approved by the board.

Approved by Senate 48-0. Amended and approved by the House 98-0. Approved by the Senate 49-0. Awaiting Governor’s action.

SF 192 - Licensed Applied Behavior Analysis (M) - This bill creates a licensure process for behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts who practice applied behavior analysis.

Approved by the Senate 49-0.  Amended and approved by the House 100-0. On Senate debate calendar.

HF 2467 - School Lunch Debt (F) - This bill allows school districts and accredited nonpublic schools to use the setoff procedures administered by the department of administrative services, and allows a school district to deposit moneys from its flexibility account into an unpaid student meals account to be used only to pay student meal debt accrued by individuals.

Passed the House 97-0.  On Senate debate calendar

HF 2442 (formerly HF 2006) - Interscholastic Head Injuries (F) - The bill requires the Department of Public Health, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union to work together to develop training materials and courses regarding concussions and brain injuries. The bill requires each coach or contest official to complete such training at least every two years.

  • The also bill requires the Department of Public Health, the IHSAA, and the IGHSAU to work together to distribute the centers for disease control and prevention guidelines and other pertinent information to inform and educate coaches, students, and the parents and guardians of students of the risks, signs, symptoms, and behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury.
  • The bill requires that a student be immediately removed from participation in an extracurricular interscholastic activity if the student’s coach, contest official, or licensed health care provider observes signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury.
  • The bill requires the Department of Public Health, the Department of Education, the IHSAA, and the IGHSAU to work together to develop a return-to-play protocol and a return-to-learn protocol for a student’s return to participation in an extracurricular interscholastic activity and in the classroom after showing signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury.

Approved by the House 96-1.  On Senate debate calendar

HF 2235 (formerly HSB 578) - Statewide Student Assessments (M) - This bill directs the state board of education to adopt rules specifying that the statewide assessment of student progress administered by school districts for purposes of the core academic indicators shall be the assessment developed by the Iowa testing program within the University of Iowa College of Education and administered by the Iowa testing program’s designee.

Approved by the House 95-3.  Amended and approved by the Senate 39-10. Approved by the House 86-13. Awaiting Governor’s action.

March 19

There has been a lot going on in our schools and communities with the walk-outs and gun safety protests.  This resource is from Rosalind Wiseman’s Cultures of Dignity Facebook page.  She shares a very positive message for all students, including ones who want to protest, ones who are on the fence, and ones who do not want to protest.  Check out Deciding to Protest and share with your students. 

Two main bills that our lobbyists have been working on and that passed the second funnel are the Suicide Awareness Requirement and the School Lunch Debt.  Please take a moment to contact and share stories with your legislators.  We still have work to do, but these bills will get things started to help our students.  

Please continue to attend local forums and write letters to your legislators.  

Please check out the ISCA 2018 Legislative Priorities and be prepared to visit with your legislators about important educational issues.  

Click here to find your senators and representatives.

Report from The Capitol Group 
ISCA Lobbyist
Legislative Update March 19, 2018

Second Procedural Hurdle 

Last Friday marked the second procedural hurdle of this Legislative Session.  March 16th is the so called “second funnel.”  This is the date by which a bill must be approved by at least one committee in the chamber not originating the bill to remain eligible for further consideration this Legislative session.  The only exceptions to the rule are appropriations, ways and means and government oversight committee bill, which have no procedural deadlines.

(strike through = bill that failed to advance through the “second funnel”)

Bills of interest:

SF 2364 (formerly SF 2253) - School Security Plans (M) - This bill requires the board of directors of a school district to establish a security plan for individual school buildings in the school district in which students are educated no later than June 30, 2019.

Passed the Senate 50-0. On House debate calendar

SF 2348 (formerly SF 2046) - In Demand Career Fields (M) - This bill requires community colleges and regents universities to waive tuition and mandatory fees for students enrolled in or majoring in programs leading to in-demand career fields, and directs the college student aid commission to prioritize certain state grants and scholarships to give priority to students enrolled in or majoring in programs leading to in-demand career fields identified and listed by the state workforce development board.

Approved by Ways and Means subcommittee

SF 2294 (formerly SSB 3008) - Needle Exchange Programs (M) - The bill specifies that “lawful purpose” for possessing needles and syringes includes hypodermic needles or syringes delivered, sold, or possessed through an approved needle 24 exchange program established pursuant to rules adopted by the department of public health.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 2276 (formerly SF 2160 )- Child Abuse Hotline Posting (M) - The bill requires public schools to post at each attendance center in a clearly visible location in a public area that is readily accessible to students a sign that contains the toll-free child abuse telephone hotline number operated by the Department of Human Services.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 2274 (formerly SSB 3001) - Required Information Notations (M) - The bill requires the director of the Department of education to cite the state or federal statute, rule, or regulation necessitating the inclusion of information in any report which the department requires a school district, area education agency, and accredited nonpublic school, or the officers or employees of such entities to submit.

Passed the Senate 37-11.  On Senate debate calendar

SF 2113 (formerly SF 2004) - Suicide Awareness Requirement (F) - This bill directs the board of educational examiners to adopt administrative rules that condition the renewal of a license, certificate, authorization, or statement of recognition issued by the board upon the holder undergoing one hour of training on suicide awareness and prevention. The requirement applies to persons who provide services to students. The bill permits a person to meet the requirement through independent self-review of training materials approved by the board.

Approved by Senate 48-0. Amended and approved by the House 98-0

SF 192 - Licensed Applied Behavior Analysis (M) - This bill creates a licensure process for behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts who practice applied behavior analysis.

Approved by the Senate 49-0.  On House debate calendar

HF 2467 - School Lunch Debt (F) - This bill allows school districts and accredited nonpublic schools to use the setoff procedures administered by the department of administrative services, and allows a school district to deposit moneys from its flexibility account into an unpaid student meals account to be used only to pay student meal debt accrued by individuals.

Passed the House 97-0.  On Senate debate calendar

HF 2442 (formerly HF 2006) - Interscholastic Head Injuries (F) - The bill requires the Department of Public Health, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union to work together to develop training materials and courses regarding concussions and brain injuries. The bill requires each coach or contest official to complete such training at least every two years.

  • The also bill requires the Department of Public Health, the IHSAA, and the IGHSAU to work together to distribute the centers for disease control and prevention guidelines and other pertinent information to inform and educate coaches, students, and the parents and guardians of students of the risks, signs, symptoms, and behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury.
  • The bill requires that a student be immediately removed from participation in an extracurricular interscholastic activity if the student’s coach, contest official, or licensed health care provider observes signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury.
  • The bill requires the Department of Public Health, the Department of Education, the IHSAA, and the IGHSAU to work together to develop a return-to-play protocol and a return-to-learn protocol for a student’s return to participation in an extracurricular interscholastic activity and in the classroom after showing signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury.

Approved by the House 96-1.  On Senate debate calendar

HF 2235 (formerly HSB 578) - Statewide Student Assessments (M) - This bill directs the state board of education to adopt rules specifying that the statewide assessment of student progress administered by school districts for purposes of the core academic indicators shall be the assessment developed by the Iowa testing program within the University of Iowa College of Education and administered by the Iowa testing program’s designee.

Approved by the House 95-3.  Amended and approved by the Senate 39-10


March 5

We were so disappointed that attendance at the ISCA and Iowa ACAC Visit the Hill day was affected by the ice storm.  A huge thank you to ISCA president, Aimee Hospodarsky, and a few other ISCA members for braving the storm and representing school counselors. You can still visit the Capitol!  Legislators are usually available Monday through Thursday.  Let our lobbyists know you are coming and they can make sure you get a chance to talk to senators and representatives working on educational issues.  

Please continue to attend local forums and write letters to your legislators.  Many of the bills below will affect our students!!

Please check out the ISCA 2018 Legislative Priorities and be prepared to visit with your legislators about important educational issues.  

Click here to find your senators and representatives.

Report from The Capitol Group 
ISCA Lobbyist
Legislative Update March 5, 2018

Budget Numbers Coming Soon!

  • The Revenue Estimating Conference will meet on Friday, March 9 to provide lawmakers and the Governor with the latest fiscal forecast for the state.
  • This is the forecast lawmakers will use to form their fiscal year 2019 budget proposals.



Bills of interest:

SF 2348 (formerly SF 2046) - In Demand Career Fields (M) - This bill requires community colleges and regents universities to waive tuition and mandatory fees for students enrolled in or majoring in programs leading to in-demand career fields, and directs the college student aid commission to prioritize certain state grants and scholarships to give priority to students enrolled in or majoring in programs leading to in-demand career fields identified and listed by the state workforce development board.

Referred to Ways and Means

SF 2294 (formerly SSB 3008) - Needle Exchange Programs (M) - The bill specifies that “lawful purpose” for possessing needles and syringes includes hypodermic needles or syringes delivered, sold, or possessed through an approved needle 24 exchange program established pursuant to rules adopted by the department of public health.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 2276 (formerly SF 2160 )- Child Abuse Hotline Posting (M) - The bill requires public schools to post at each attendance center in a clearly visible location in a public area that is readily accessible to students a sign that contains the toll-free child abuse telephone hotline number operated by the Department of Human Services.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 2274 (formerly SSB 3001) - Required Information Notations (M) - The bill requires the director of the Department of education to cite the state or federal statute, rule, or regulation necessitating the inclusion of information in any report which the department requires a school district, area education agency, and accredited nonpublic school, or the officers or employees of such entities to submit.

Passed the Senate 37-11.  Approved by subcommittee

SF 2253 - School Security Plans (M) - This bill requires the board of directors of a school district to establish a security plan for individual school buildings in the school district in which students are educated no later than June 30, 2019.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 2113 (formerly SF 2004) - Suicide Awareness Requirement (F) - This bill directs the board of educational examiners to adopt administrative rules that condition the renewal of a license, certificate, authorization, or statement of recognition issued by the board upon the holder undergoing one hour of training on suicide awareness and prevention. The requirement applies to persons who provide services to students. The bill permits a person to meet the requirement through independent self-review of training materials approved by the board.

Approved by Senate 48-0. Referred to House Education

SF 192 - Licensed Applied Behavior Analysis (A) - This bill creates a licensure process for behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts who practice applied behavior analysis.

On Senate debate calendar

HF 2442 (formerly HF 2006) - Interscholastic Head Injuries (F) - The bill requires the Department of Public Health, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union to work together to develop training materials and courses regarding concussions and brain injuries. The bill requires each coach or contest official to complete such training at least every two years.

On House debate calendar

HF 2350 (formerly HF 2176) - Comprehensive Suicide Training (F) - This bill requires the board of directors of a school district to integrate annual, evidence-based training on suicide prevention for all school personnel who hold a license, certificate, authorization, or statement of recognition issued by the board of educational examiners and who have regular contact with students in grades 6 through 12 into the school district’s comprehensive school improvement plan by July 1, 2019. The content of the training shall be based on nationally recognized best practices. The bill provides similar requirement for training on trauma-informed care for school personnel who have regular contact with students in kindergarten through grade 12.

On House debate calendar

HF 2235 (formerly HSB 578) - Statewide Student Assessments (M) - This bill directs the state board of education to adopt rules specifying that the statewide assessment of student progress administered by school districts for purposes of the core academic indicators shall be the assessment developed by the Iowa testing program within the University of Iowa College of Education and administered by the Iowa testing program’s designee.

Approved by the House 95-3. Approved by subcommittee


February 19

We are excited for the Iowa ACAC and ISCA Vist the Hill Day on February 20th  in Des Moines.  This day is an opportunity to learn more about the advocacy process and participate with other school counselors.  Please watch for any weather announcements with cancellations or delays.  Unfortunately, the weather is not looking very good for Tuesday!

Please check out the ISCA 2018 Legislative Priorities and be prepared to visit with your legislators about important educational issues.  

Click here to find your senators and representatives.

Report from The Capital Group 
ISCA Lobbyist
Legislative Update
February 19, 2018


Bills Fall By the Wayside as First Funnel Claims Victims

February 16th was the so called “first funnel.”  This is the date by which a bill must be approved by at least one committee in its chamber of origin to remain eligible for further consideration this Legislative session.

The only exceptions to the rule are appropriations, ways and means and government oversight committee bill, which have no procedural deadlines.

  • The school voucher bill promoted by Walt Rogers did not get through the first funnel. However, the bill could still go through the Ways and Means Committee so please be ready to communicate!
  • A bill dealing with the use of seclusion and restraints in schools is just one of the bills that failed to clear the “first funnel” deadline.

(strikethrough = Bills that are no longer eligible for further consideration)

Bills of interest:

SF 2294 (formerly SSB 3008) - Needle Exchange Programs (M) - The bill specifies that “lawful purpose” for possessing needles and syringes includes hypodermic needles or syringes delivered, sold, or possessed through an approved needle 24 exchange program established pursuant to rules adopted by the department of public health.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 2276 (formerly SF 2160 )- Child Abuse Hotline Posting (M) - The bill requires public schools to post at each attendance center in a clearly visible location in a public area that is readily accessible to students a sign that contains the toll-free child abuse telephone hotline number operated by the Department of Human Services.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 2274 (formerly SSB 3001) - Required Information Notations (M) - The bill requires the director of the Department of education to cite the state or federal statute, rule, or regulation necessitating the inclusion of information in any report which the department requires a school district, area education agency, and accredited nonpublic school, or the officers or employees of such entities to submit.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 2253 - School Security Plans (M) - This bill requires the board of directors of a school district to establish a security plan for individual school buildings in the school district in which students are educated no later than June 30, 2019.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 2113 (formerly SF 2004) - Suicide Awareness Requirement (F) - This bill directs the board of educational examiners to adopt administrative rules that condition the renewal of a license, certificate, authorization, or statement of recognition issued by the board upon the holder undergoing one hour of training on suicide awareness and prevention. The requirement applies to persons who provide services to students. The bill permits a person to meet the requirement through independent self-review of training materials approved by the board.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 2046 - In Demand Career Fields (M) - This bill requires community colleges and regents universities to waive tuition and mandatory fees for students enrolled in or majoring in programs leading to in-demand career fields, and directs the college student aid commission to prioritize certain state grants and scholarships to give priority to students enrolled in or majoring in programs leading to in-demand career fields identified and listed by the state workforce development board.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 2030 - School Seclusion and Physical Restraint (M) - This bill establishes training requirements, procedures and prohibitions relating to the use of physical restraint and seclusion by school districts, accredited nonpublic schools, and area education agencies.

Subcommittee: Sinclair, Chelgren and Dvorsky

SF 192 - Licensed Applied Behavior Analysis (M) - This bill creates a licensure process for behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts who practice applied behavior analysis.

Approved by committee - awaiting a new bill number

HF 2350 (formerly HF 2176) - Comprehensive Suicide Training (M) - This bill requires the board of directors of a school district to integrate annual, evidence-based training on suicide prevention for all school personnel who hold a license, certificate, authorization, or statement of recognition issued by the board of educational examiners and who have regular contact with students in grades 6 through 12 into the school district’s comprehensive school improvement plan by July 1, 2019. The content of the training shall be based on nationally recognized best practices. The bill provides similar requirement for training on trauma-informed care for school personnel who have regular contact with students in kindergarten through grade 12.

On House debate calendar

HF 2235 (formerly HSB 578) - Statewide Student Assessments (M) - This bill directs the state board of education to adopt rules specifying that the statewide assessment of student progress administered by school districts for purposes of the core academic indicators shall be the assessment developed by the Iowa testing program within the University of Iowa College of Education and administered by the Iowa testing program’s designee.

On House debate calendar

HF 2137 - Student Information (M) - The bill prohibits, except as otherwise provided, the department of education, school districts, and accredited nonpublic schools from including in student data files certain information regarding biometric and psychometric data; certain information concerning the student’s or the student’s family; and further prohibits the department from publishing or sharing with any governmental agency outside of the state student data except in aggregate form.  The bill excludes “personality traits such as work techniques, attitude, and effort; religious affiliations; telephone numbers other than contact telephone numbers; electronic mail addresses other than contact electronic mail addresses and criminal or juvenile justice records” from the outright prohibition, but does not allow this information to be shared outside of the school.

Subcommittee: Salmon, Jacobsen and Nielsen

HF 2006 - Student Athlete Concussion Protocol (F) - The bill requires the Department of Public Health, the Iowa High School Athletic Association nd the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union to work together to develop training materials and courses regarding concussions and brain injuries. The bill requires each coach or contest official to complete such training at least every two years. The bill provides that a person required to complete such training has until July 1, 2019, to initially complete the training.

The bill also establishes protocols for the evaluation and treatment student athletes who suffer, or are believed to have suffered, a brain injury.

The bill also states that “...a student athlete who has sustained a concussion may need informal or formal accommodations, modifications of curriculum, and monitoring by medical or educational staff until the student is fully recovered.”

Approved by subcommittee

HF 648 - CTE Technical Changes (M) - The bill restores a reference to school corporations mistakenly changed under 2016 Iowa Acts, chapter 1108, and includes a reference to an accredited nonpublic school, relating to student participation in work-based learning  opportunities.

The bill authorizes an approved regional career and technical education planning partnership to receive state funds. The bill amends Code section 258.14(6) to authorize a partnership to purchase career and technical education equipment and standard classroom consumable supplies other than consumable supplies that will be made into products to be sold or used personally by students, teachers, and other persons.

Approved by subcommittee


February 5

Happy National School Counseling Week 2018!  Please use this week to advocate for your program and also have some fun!  It is a great time to showcase the awesome things you are doing!!  Use social media and use hashtag #NSCW18.  We need to make sure Iowa is well represented!  

Please check out the ASCA School Counselor of the Year festivities on Facebook and Twitter.  Suzanne Schrader from Clinton High School represented Iowa.  Congratulations Suzanne!

Register NOW for the Iowa ACAC and ISCA Vist the Hill Day on February 20th  in Des Moines.  This day is an opportunity to learn more about the advocacy process and participate with other school counselors.  If you do not know your representatives and senators, this is a great opportunity to meet them!  We need a great representation of school counselors, and you can also bring your students! 

Our lobbyists have been in contact on several important bills that may impact school counselors.  We appreciate their representation of school counselors when working with the senators and representatives on these bills.

Please check out the ISCA 2018 Legislative Priorities and be prepared to visit with your legislators about important educational issues.  

Click here to find your senators and representatives.

Report from The Capital Group 
ISCA Lobbyist
Legislative Update
February 5, 2018

First Procedural Hurdle Quickly Approaching

The first procedural hurdle of this Legislative Session is just two weeks away.  February 16th is the so-called “first funnel.”  This is the date by which a bill must be approved by at least one committee in its chamber of origin to remain eligible for further consideration this Legislative session.

The only exceptions to the rule are appropriations, ways and means and government oversight committee bill, which have no procedural deadlines.

Bills of interest:

SF 2160 - Child Abuse Hotline Posting (M) - The bill requires public schools to post at each attendance center in a clearly visible location in a public area that is readily accessible to students a sign that contains the toll-free child abuse telephone hotline number operated by the Department of Human Services.

Referred to Education

SF 2113 (formerly SF 2004) - Suicide Awareness Requirement (F) - This bill directs the board of educational examiners to adopt administrative rules that condition the renewal of a license, certificate, authorization, or statement of recognition issued by the board upon the holder undergoing one hour of training on suicide awareness and prevention. The requirement applies to persons who provide services to students. The bill permits a person to meet the requirement through independent self-review of training materials approved by the board.

On Senate debate calendar

SF 2030 - School Seclusion and Physical Restraint (M) - This bill establishes training requirements, procedures and prohibitions relating to the use of physical restraint and seclusion by school districts, accredited nonpublic schools, and area education agencies.

Subcommittee: Sinclair, Chelgren and Dvorsky

SF 192 - Licensed Applied Behavior Analysis (M) - This bill creates a licensure process for behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts who practice applied behavior analysis.

Approved by subcommittee

SSB 3001 - Required Information Notations (M) - The bill requires the director of the Department of education to cite the state or federal statute, rule, or regulation necessitating the inclusion of information in any report which the department requires a school district, area education agency, and accredited nonpublic school, or the officers or employees of such entities to submit.

Subcommittee: Chelgren, Edler and Hogg.

HF 2176 - Comprehensive Suicide Training (M) - This bill requires the board of directors of a school district to integrate annual, evidence-based training on suicide prevention for all school personnel who hold a license, certificate, authorization, or statement of recognition issued by the board of educational examiners and who have regular contact with students in grades 6 through 12 into the school district’s comprehensive school improvement plan by July 1, 2019. The content of the training shall be based on nationally recognized best practices. The bill provides 31 similar requirement for training on trauma-informed care for school personnel who have regular contact with students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Subcommittee: Moore, Brown-Powers and Fry

HF 2137 - Student Information (M) - The bill prohibits, except as otherwise provided, the department of education, school districts, and accredited nonpublic schools from including in student data files certain information regarding biometric and psychometric data; certain information concerning the student’s or the student’s family; and further prohibits the department from publishing or sharing with any governmental agency outside of the state student data except in aggregate form.  The bill excludes “personality traits such as work techniques, attitude, and effort; religious affiliations; telephone numbers other than contact telephone numbers; electronic mail addresses other than contact electronic mail addresses and criminal or juvenile justice records” from the outright prohibition, but does not allow this information to be shared outside of the school.

Subcommittee: Salmon, Jacobsen and Nielsen

HF 2006 - Student Athlete Concussion Protocol (F) - The bill requires the Department of Public Health, the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union to work together to develop training materials and courses regarding concussions and brain injuries. The bill requires each coach or contest official to complete such training at least every two years. The bill provides that a person required to complete such training has until July 1, 2019, to initially complete the training.  The bill also establishes protocols for the evaluation and treatment student athletes who suffer, or are believed to have suffered, a brain injury.

The bill also states that “...a student athlete who has sustained a concussion may need informal or formal accommodations, modifications of curriculum, and monitoring by medical or educational staff until the student is fully recovered.”

Approved by subcommittee

HF 648 - CTE Technical Changes (M) - The bill restores a reference to school corporations mistakenly changed under 2016 Iowa Acts, chapter 1108, and includes a reference to an accredited nonpublic school, relating to student participation in work-based learning opportunities.  The bill authorizes an approved regional career and technical education planning partnership to receive state funds. The bill amends Code section 258.14(6) to authorize a partnership to purchase career and technical education equipment and standard classroom consumable supplies other than consumable supplies that will be made into products to be sold or used personally by students, teachers, and other persons.

Approved by subcommittee

HSB 578 - Statewide Student Assessments (M) - This bill directs the state board of education to adopt rules specifying that the statewide assessment of student progress administered by school districts for purposes of the core academic indicators shall be the assessment developed by the Iowa testing program within the University of Iowa College of Education and administered by the Iowa testing program’s designee.

Approved by subcommittee


January 20

Iowa ACAC and ISCA Vist the Hill Day Registration is NOW OPEN!!  Please attend this important event on February 20th  in Des Moines.  It is an opportunity to learn more about the advocacy process and participate with other school counselors.  Check out the links below for more information.  We need a great representation when we visit the Capitol in the afternoon.  #schoolcounselors #awesomeadvocacyopportunity 

There is NO COST to participate in the Visit the Hill program. Register yourself and bring along secondary and postsecondary students. Let them be a part of the process and learn from a visit to The Hill!  A Travel scholarship is also available to assist with some of your costs.

Please check out the ISCA 2018 Legislative Priorities and be prepared to visit with your legislators about important educational issues.  

Click here to find your senators and representatives.

Send an email to your legislators to introduce yourself, and you will then be added to their mailing list. You will receive emails from your legislators with updates and locations of forums. Please attend forums in your area. These are usually held on the weekends when the legislators are home.  It is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and ask questions.  Please see information below on specific bills. Let us know if you have any questions, suggestions or comments. 

Report from The Capitol Group 
ISCA Lobbyist
Legislative Update
January 19, 2018

  • A Senate subcommittee gave its unanimous approval to an amended version of Senate File 2004 Thursday afternoon.
  • The bill now adds suicide awareness and prevention to the license renewal requirements of the Board of Educational Examiners.
  • No word yet on when the full Senate Education Committee will consider the bill.  We will keep you updated.

Bills of interest:

SF 2030 - School Seclusion and Physical Restraint (M) - This bill establishes training requirements, procedures and prohibitions relating to the use of physical restraint and seclusion by school districts, accredited nonpublic schools, and area education agencies.

Subcommittee: Sinclair, Chelgren, and Dvorsky

SF 2004 - Suicide Awareness Requirement (F) - This bill directs the board of educational examiners to adopt administrative rules that condition the renewal of a license, certificate, authorization, or statement of recognition issued by the board upon the holder undergoing one hour of training on suicide awareness and prevention per calendar year. The requirement applies to persons who provide services to students. The bill permits a person to meet the requirement through independent self-review of training materials approved by the board.

Subcommittee: Johnson C, Quirmbach and Sinclair

SSB 3008 - Needle Exchange Programs (M) - The bill specifies that “lawful purpose” for possessing needles and syringes includes hypodermic needles or syringes delivered, sold, or possessed through an approved needle 24 exchange program established pursuant to rules adopted by the department of public health.

Subcommittee: Dawson, Zaun and Boulton

SSB 3001 - Required Information Notations (M) - The bill requires the director of the Department of education to cite the state or federal statute, rule, or regulation necessitating the inclusion of information in any report which the department requires a school district, area education agency, and accredited nonpublic school, or the officers or employees of such entities to submit.

Subcommittee: Chelgren, Edler and Hogg.

HF 2006 - Student Athlete Concussion Protocol (F) - The bill requires the Department of Public Health, the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union to work together to develop training materials and courses regarding concussions and brain injuries. The bill requires each coach or contest official to complete such training at least every two years. The bill provides that a person required to complete such training has until July 1, 2019, to initially complete the training.

The bill also establishes protocols for the evaluation and treatment student athletes who suffer, or are believed to have suffered, a brain injury.

The bill also states that “...a student athlete who has sustained a concussion may need informal or formal accommodations, modifications of curriculum, and monitoring by medical or educational staff until the student is fully recovered.”

Referred to Education.

HF 648 - CTE Technical Changes (M) - The bill restores a reference to school corporations mistakenly changed under 2016 Iowa Acts, chapter 1108, and includes a reference to an accredited nonpublic school, relating to student participation in work-based learning opportunities.

The bill authorizes an approved regional career and technical education planning partnership to receive state funds. The bill amends Code section 258.14(6) to authorize a partnership to purchase career and technical education equipment and standard classroom consumable supplies other than consumable supplies that will be made into products to be sold or used personally by students, teachers, and other persons.

Subcommittee: Rozenbom, Danielson and Greene.


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