91st General Assembly
Summary of HB0534
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SCH CD-TRANSITION BILINGUAL ED                                             

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends the Transitional Bilingual Education Article of the School      
   Code.   Beginning July 1, 2003, requires the State Board of  Education      
   to implement a test or tests to assess the speaking, reading, writing,      
   and  grammar  skills  of  applicants  for a certificate in the English      
   language and in the language of the transitional  bilingual  education      
   program requested by the applicant.  Effective immediately.                 
          FISCAL NOTE (State Board of Education)                               
          A $44 test fee for 1,300 applicants would generate $57,200.          
          A commercial test costs $65 per test.  Development of new            
          tests would cost $1,000,000 over 2 to 3 years.                       
          STATE MANDATES NOTE (State Board of Education)                       
          Same as SBE fiscal note.                                             
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                 
        Provides that the implementation of  the  assessment  test  shall      
   begin on July 1, 2001 instead of July 1, 2003.                              
          FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 1 (State Board of Education)                       
          The State Bd. of Ed. provides approximately $60,000 to support       
          the bilingual language-testing program. The fees charged appli-      
          cants would not offset the developmental costs for new tests.        
          If the agency were to develop a new assessment, it would have        
          to budget for these costs in future budget requests.                 
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 91-0370

   Last action date: 99-07-30

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   1     SENATE -   0


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