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HB 338: Education; system of supports and assistance for low-performing schools in the greatest need; provisions

Voted on Wednesday March 1, 2017

John Pezold's thoughts

This bill is a replacement for the failed Opportunity School District amendment which failed in November. The bill creates an alternative intervention for schools that fall under the failing list program. The point is to create "turnaround schools." To be listed as this type of school, the school much receive an unacceptable rating determined by the Office of Student Achievement. Then, a Chief Turnaround Officer (with a turnaround coach and a turnaround advisory committee) will have the authority to remove administrators and faculty. It also provides a process to remove local school board members if there is a potential that a school system may lose accreditation.

I voted NO because the turnaround officer is appointed by the State Board of Education and those members are appointed by the Governor, which means the executive branch is still primarily in control of the very same mechanism voters rejected in November.

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John Pezold's Vote

Vote Totals

The table below breaks down the total number of votes, and marks the majority vote.

Voted Total % Majority Vote?
Yea 138 76.7% Majority Vote
Nay 37 20.6%
Did not vote 2 1.1%
Excused 3 1.7%