Missouri Seeks to Change Higher Education Tuition Cap: A bill that would change the existing cap on tuition charged at public institutions of higher education in Missouri is moving through the state legislature. Currently, tuition increases are capped at the rate of inflation, but the proposed legislation would permit institutions to increase their tuition beyond those rates. The bill, which would also repeal provisions allowing institutions to seek waivers of the tuition increase cap, was heard in the House on April 10.
Nebraska Adopts New Law to Improve Reading Instruction: Last week, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts (R) signed into law a measure intended to improve reading instruction in early childhood education. The law, referred to as the Reading Improvement Act, requires the adoption of policies to facilitate improved reading instruction and intervention services in early grades, including administering an approved reading assessment three times each school year to all students in grades K-3. The act will take effect on July 18.
New Hampshire Senate Passes Student Data Bill: A bill passed by the New Hampshire Senate last week would implement requirements for local education agencies related to the handling of student data. Specifically, the bill would require each local education agency to create and make publicly available an index of data elements containing definitions of certain individual student personally-identifiable data fields. Additionally the bill would require districts to develop a data security plan, publicly disseminate students’ rights under FERPA, and use digital badges to obtain the written consent of a student’s parent or guardian.
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