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Key Votes

2017 All K-12 Education Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Oct. 18, 2017 PA HB 178 Amends Public School Code Concurrence Vote Passed - House (105 - 81)
Oct. 18, 2017 MI SB 574 Authorizes Charter Schools to Collect Revenues From Enhancement Millages Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
Sept. 19, 2017 RI S 608 Requires Notification of Sex Offenders Living Near School Bus Stops Bill Passed - House (61 - 0)
Aug. 13, 2017 IL SB 1 Specifies School Funding Reallocation Veto Override Passed - Senate (38 - 19)
July 9, 2017 PA HB 97 Authorizes Budget Cuts for Low-Performing Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
June 22, 2017 OH HB 170 Authorizes Students to Take Computer Science in Lieu of Algebra II Bill Passed - House (83 - 12)
June 20, 2017 MI SB 401 Amends Teacher Retirement Plans Bill Passed - House (55 - 51)
June 15, 2017 MI SB 401 Amends Teacher Retirement Plans Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
June 6, 2017 RI S 608 Requires Notification of Sex Offenders Living Near School Bus Stops Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 0)
June 1, 2017 NH SB 8 Authorizes Overpopulated Public Schools to Transfer Students Elsewhere Bill Passed - House (210 - 147)
May 5, 2017 FL HB 989 Authorizes Residents to Challenge School Textbooks Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 17)
May 4, 2017 TX HB 22 Amends Education Accountability Standards Bill Tabled - House (97 - 46)
May 2, 2017 NE LB 427 Requires Schools to Accommodate Pregnant and Parenting Students Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
April 26, 2017 IL HB 2977 Requires Public Schools to Provide Cursive Writing Courses Bill Passed - House (67 - 48)
April 25, 2017 PA HB 97 Prohibits Failing Students from Continuing Online Charter School Bill Passed - House (108 - 84)
April 20, 2017 FL HB 989 Authorizes Parents to Object to Instructional Material Bill Passed - House (94 - 25)
April 6, 2017 MD HB 978 Requires Improvement and Accountability Programs for Public Schools Veto Override Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
April 6, 2017 MD HB 978 Requires Improvement and Accountability Programs for Public Schools Veto Override Passed - House (90 - 50)
April 6, 2017 MO HB 2 Appropriates Education Funds Bill Passed - House (119 - 34)
March 29, 2017 KY HB 128 Establishes Regulations for Elective Courses on Religious Literature Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 4)
March 24, 2017 MD HB 978 Requires Improvement and Accountability Programs for Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
March 23, 2017 FL SB 436 Prohibits Discrimination Against Religious Expression in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
March 17, 2017 NM HB 241 Establishes New Standards of Evaluation for Teachers Veto Override Failed - House (36 - 31)
March 17, 2017 NM SB 374 Prohibits Public Shaming of Students Who Can't Pay for Lunch Bill Passed - House (60 - 0)
March 15, 2017 KY SB 1 Amends State Educational Standards Bill Passed - House (94 - 0)
March 15, 2017 KY HB 520 Authorizes Charter Schools to Operate in Kentucky Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
March 10, 2017 MD HB 978 Requires Improvement and Accountability Programs for Public Schools Bill Passed - House (91 - 46)
March 9, 2017 NM SB 374 Prohibits Public Shaming of Students Who Can't Pay for Lunch Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
March 6, 2017 KY SB 17 Authorizes Expression of Religious or Political Viewpoints in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
March 3, 2017 WY HB 236 Reduces the Education Budget Concurrence Vote Failed - House (9 - 51)
March 1, 2017 WY HB 236 Reduces the Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 5)
Feb. 23, 2017 NH SB 8 Authorizes Overpopulated Public Schools to Transfer Students Elsewhere Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 9)
Feb. 22, 2017 WA HB 1843 Amends Public Education Funding Formula Bill Passed - House (52 - 45)
Feb. 15, 2017 KY SB 1 Amends State Educational Standards Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 0)
Feb. 7, 2017 WY HB 236 Reduces the Education Budget Bill Passed - House (43 - 16)
Jan. 24, 2017 VA HB 1578 Authorizes Home-schooled Students to Participate in Public School Sports Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)

About the Selection and Description of Key Votes

Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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