A “slimmed-down” education policy bill that hit the House Floor in the 2020 regular session’s dying moments is headed back before the full body for another vote.
SSHF33, sponsored by Rep. Cheryl Youakim (DFL-Hopkins), is an omnibus education policy bill identical to a bill passed off the House Floor during the session’s final seconds nearly a month ago. The Senate did not have time to vote on the bill.
The legislation includes measures that would support special education students by offering access to alternative delivery of specialized instruction services; require teachers to have mental health and suicide prevention training before they’re relicensed; and would also oblige schools to put in place evidence-based vaping prevention curriculum at least once to students in grades six through eight. School districts would be encouraged to provide similar curriculum to high school students, under the bill.
Other provisions in the bill include those that would:
“The pandemic cut our work short,” Youakim said, “and that’s why you see this slimmed-down version.” She said the bill, while not going as far as House lawmakers would like, wouldn’t be opened again following an agreement reached with the Senate late in the regular session.