At noon today, the 2021 Regular Legislative Session convened. Although primarily a fiscal session, Stand is tracking over fifty bills that deal with education and criminal justice reform. The legislature must adjourn on June 10, ensuring bills will move at a fast pace to be considered before session ends.
The following is a list of a few of Stand’s priority bills. Throughout the legislative session, we may ask for your help to ensure legislators vote in the best interests of students and citizens. This help may take the form of emailing or calling elected officials, testifying at a committee hearing, posting on social media, or talking about the issues with your friends or family. All bills may be viewed at www.legis.la.gov.
Stand for Children’s Priority Bills
HB 216 (Rep. Duplessis) – HB 216 would eliminate court fines and fees for juvenile offenders. Stand is working with partners to support this bill, which addresses two important issues in juvenile justice: 1) fines and fees are assessed against those who are least able to pay them, and 2) it costs the government more to attempt to collect these fines and fees than the amount that would be received if they all were paid. Stand supports HB 216.
HB 421 (Rep. Emerson) – HB 421 would authorize public school governing authorities to establish Learning Pods to provide small group instruction for students enrolled in public schools. Stand supports this bill which would provide an additional option for parents and students within our public education system. It would also facilitate the creation of additional types of focused schools such as career and technical education, classical education, and more. Stand supports HB 421.
HB 604 (Rep. James) – HB 604 would provide for the expungement of criminal records after a defined period of time and only under certain conditions. Stand supports this legislation, also known as the “Clean Slate” bill, which would better align our state with expungement procedures in other states. Stand supports HB 604.
SB 10 (Sen. Fields) – SB 10 would make Kindergarten mandatory and require compulsory school attendance beginning at age 5. Stand supports SB 10.
SB 216 (Sen. Mills) – SB 216 would require teachers who teach reading to obtain professional development on the science of how to teach reading. Stand supports SB 216.
SCR 2 (Sen. Fields) – This resolution presents the 2021-2022 proposed MFP formula to the legislature for approval. The MFP (Minimum Foundation Program) is the formula by which schools are funded.
Be sure you are signed up to receive our weekly legislative update emails so you can track these and other bills right along with us. Throughout the legislative session, we will also dive deeper into some of the issues listed above including the details of learning pods, Clean Slate legislation, and the science of teaching.