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2018 All K-12 Education Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Aug. 27, 2018 NJ S 2293 Authorizes a Ballot Measure to Issue $1 Billion in Funds for School Upgrades Concurrence Vote Passed - House (65 - 0)
Aug. 27, 2018 NJ S 2293 Authorizes a Ballot Measure to Issue $1 Billion in Funds for School Upgrades Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 0)
July 12, 2018 MA S 2595 Establishes Commission to Study Lead in Drinking Water at Schools Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
July 1, 2018 NJ A 3765 Authorizes School Employees with Safety Experience to be Appointed as a School Safety Specialist Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
June 27, 2018 OH HB 318 Requires New Training Guidelines for School Resource Officers Concurrence Vote Passed - House (71 - 20)
June 27, 2018 OH HB 87 Establishes Policies on the Distribution of Funds Returned to the State from Community Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - House (70 - 23)
June 27, 2018 OH SB 216 Amends Regulations Relating to Public Education Bill Passed - House (60 - 33)
June 27, 2018 OH HB 428 Requires Schools to Allow Student Religious Expression Bill Passed - House (67 - 26)
June 27, 2018 OH HB 540 Amends Teacher Evaluation Process Bill Passed - House (91 - 2)
June 25, 2018 NJ A 4110 Requires Seat Belts on School Buses Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
June 25, 2018 NJ A 542 Requires Schools Maintain a Supply of Opioid Antidotes Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
June 22, 2018 PA HB 1448 Requires Lead Testing in School Water Systems Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (44 - 4)
June 22, 2018 PA HB 1448 Requires Lead Testing in School Water Systems Concurrence Vote Passed - House (193 - 1)
June 21, 2018 NJ S 2 Amends School Funding Formula Bill Passed - House (54 - 17)
June 21, 2018 NJ S 2711 Requires Child Abuse Training for Teachers Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
June 21, 2018 NJ S 2 Amends School Funding Formula Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
June 12, 2018 MI HB 5141 Reduces Teacher Certification Requirements for Certain Vocational or Technical Trade Classes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 47)
June 12, 2018 MI HB 4069 Reduces College Credits Required for Substitute Teachers Concurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 46)
June 12, 2018 MI HB 5141 Reduces Teacher Certification Requirements for Certain Vocational or Technical Trade Classes Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
June 12, 2018 MI HB 4069 Reduces College Credits Required for Substitute Teachers Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 10)
June 7, 2018 OH HB 21 Amends Certain Charter School Enrollment Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - House (87 - 0)
June 6, 2018 PA HB 564 Requires Civics Test for High School Students Concurrence Vote Passed - House (167 - 27)
June 6, 2018 NC HB 514 Authorizes Municipalities to Form Charter Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - House (64 - 53)
June 4, 2018 NC HB 514 Authorizes Municipalities to Form Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 18)
May 30, 2018 IL SB 2892 Requires Increase in Teacher Salaries Bill Passed - House (65 - 47)
May 29, 2018 CA AB 2160 Defines Playground Aides as Classified Employees Bill Passed - House (51 - 26)
May 24, 2018 MI SB 874 Increases Penalties for Failing to Report Child Abuse or Neglect Bill Passed - House (107 - 2)
May 24, 2018 MI HB 6043 Requires School Districts to Report Inappropriate Conduct within 60 Days Bill Passed - House (88 - 21)
May 17, 2018 IL SB 2892 Requires Increase in Teacher Salaries Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 16)
May 9, 2018 CT HB 5170 Authorizes Schools to Search Student Cell Phones Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
May 2, 2018 IL SB 3249 Requires LGBT History in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 18)
May 2, 2018 RI S 2350 Prohibits Advertising Unhealthy Food in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 1)
April 25, 2018 RI S 2353 Requires Educators to Report Sexual Abuse Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 0)
April 17, 2018 CO SB 18-083 Establishes Educational Tax Credit System Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
April 14, 2018 AK HB 287 Appropriates Funds for Education Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 4)
April 14, 2018 AK HB 339 Appropriates Funds for Education Bill Passed - House (22 - 18)
April 12, 2018 NJ A 764 Requires Panic Alarms in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (66 - 6)
April 11, 2018 OH HB 318 Requires New Training Guidelines for School Resource Officers Bill Passed - House (92 - 2)
April 11, 2018 OH SB 82 Requires Schools to Contact Parents for Unexcused Absences Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
April 11, 2018 OH HB 360 Requires Additional Anti-Bullying Policies in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (69 - 27)
April 5, 2018 KS SB 423 Appropriates Funds for Department of Education and Board of Regents Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
April 4, 2018 TN HB 2331 Requires Schools to Report on Use of Corporal Punishment Bill Passed - House (80 - 1)
April 3, 2018 IA HF 2467 Establishes Guidelines for Handling Students' Lunch Debt Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
March 29, 2018 DE SB 85 Requires Report on School Suspensions Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 5)
March 28, 2018 OK HB 1010 Increases Taxes to Provide More Funding for Education Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 10)
March 26, 2018 OK HB 1010 Increases Taxes to Provide More Funding for Education Bill Passed - House (79 - 19)
March 21, 2018 IA SF 2117 Amends Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2018 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
March 20, 2018 IA SF 2117 Amends Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2018 Bill Passed - House (59 - 41)
March 19, 2018 TN SB 2661 Requires Public Schools to Display National Motto Bill Passed - House (81 - 8)
March 16, 2018 ID H 665 Increases Penalties for Threats Against Schools Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 1)
March 16, 2018 KY HB 604 Requires Mental Health Workers in Schools Bill Passed - House (81 - 1)
March 9, 2018 ID H 665 Increases Penalties for Threats Against Schools Bill Passed - House (52 - 12)
March 8, 2018 MI HB 5531 Requires Expulsion of Students Convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct Bill Passed - House (93 - 14)
March 8, 2018 KS HB 2757 Authorizes Public School Teacher Tenure Bill Passed - House (73 - 48)
March 5, 2018 IN SB 387 Authorizes Teachers without Licenses in Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - House (35 - 12)
Feb. 26, 2018 NJ S 414 Requires Employment Background Checks for Teachers Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
Feb. 21, 2018 FL HB 839 Requires Schools to Display State Motto Bill Passed - House (97 - 10)
Feb. 20, 2018 WV SB 267 Increases State Public Worker Salaries Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 37)
Feb. 20, 2018 OR HB 4113 Requires School Districts to Bargain About Class Size Bill Passed - House (33 - 25)
Feb. 9, 2018 NC HB 90 Limits Public School Class Sizes Conference Report Adopted - Senate (37 - 5)
Feb. 8, 2018 IA SF 2117 Amends Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2018 Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
Feb. 6, 2018 IN SB 387 Authorizes Teachers without Licenses in Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 12)
Feb. 2, 2018 WV SB 267 Increases State Public Worker Salaries Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
Jan. 19, 2018 WA SB 5766 Requires School Districts to Adopt Transgender Student Policies and Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
Jan. 18, 2018 MI SB 574 Authorizes Charter Schools to Collect Revenues From Enhancement Millages Bill Passed - House (55 - 52)

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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