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House committee OKs bill to force school procedures on bullying

Rep. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix introduced a bill calling for disciplinary action against school employees, from administrators to teachers to janitors, who fail to file detailed reports about bullying. The bill also would allow parents and students to fill out forms to report incidents of bullying. It would require schools to contact emergency services, including police and paramedics, when appropriate.

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Education bills filed in legislature (access required)

Of the 841 bills filed by lawmakers as of 5 p.m. Jan. 26, more than 10 percent deal in some way with education-related issues. A total of 97 education bills have been filed in the two chambers. For a listing and status of all the bills filed so far in the First Regular Session of the 50th Legislature, see our bill summaries in Section B. Bill titles courtesy of Arizona Capitol Reports.

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Bill would require 8th graders to take citizenship exam

A proposed strike-everything amendment to S1404 would mandate that public and charter schools require that eighth-graders pass a civics test of at least 20 questions. Those questions would be taken from a portion of the exam given by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as a required step in the naturalization process.

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