2022 Legislative Session Bill Summaries

Summaries of each bill passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Reynolds.

Educator Quality 

HF 2081 – Teacher Assessment Requirements: This bill eliminates the requirement that teacher preparation programs administer a preprofessional skills test to students entering a teacher preparation program. The bill strikes the requirement that a candidate for teacher licensure pass the PRAXIS test. The bill allows a “look back” provision for candidates for licensure who failed the PRAXIS prior to implementation of this legislation. Those candidates can update their status with the BOEE and if they meet all the requirements for licensure, they can be licensed. 

The bill also matches Iowa code requirements with administrative rules that requires students accepted into teacher prep programs to complete eighty hours of pre-teaching field experiences and those participating in the teacher intern program to complete fifty hours of pre-teaching field experiences. 

IASB registered in support of the bill to help remove barriers to entry into the teaching profession. The bill passed the House by a vote of 94-0 and passed the Senate by a vote of 46-0.  Governor Reynolds signed the bill into law on June 13, 2022. 

Fiscal Responsibility & Stewardship 

HF 2080 – Operational Sharing Weighting: This bill increases the operational sharing supplementary weighting of superintendents from 8 pupils to 9 pupils. The change ensures that districts can reach the maximum of 21 for purposes of shared operational positions and incentives. The bill adds School Resource Officers (SRO) as a shared position. 

A district can receive weighting if they share a person with another school district even if they are not in the same position if both functions are eligible for weighting. Both positions do not have to be eligible for sharing incentives if the school district is sharing an employee who is a special education director. 

IASB registered in support of the bill as it fixes an issue from last year’s operational sharing weighting legislation that made it impossible for some districts to reach the maximum of 21 for operational sharing positions. The bill passed the House by a vote of 87-1 and passed the Senate by a vote of 45-0. Governor Reynolds signed the bill into law on June 13, 2022. 

HF 2316 – Supplemental State Aid: This bill sets the supplemental state aid (SSA) rate at 2.5%, decreases the district cost per pupil inequity by $5 and provides money to bring districts down to the statewide average in transportation costs. The bill also extends the property tax replacement payment to school districts.  

IASB registered neutral on the bill as the amount of increase is not sufficient for the increased costs districts are facing but are supportive of the provisions to close the cost per pupil and transportation inequities. The bill passed the House by a vote of 57-39 and passed the Senate by a vote of 31-17. Governor Reynolds signed the bill on February 17, 2022. 

HF 2575 - Education Appropriations: The bill appropriates $992.9 for PK-12 education, community colleges, regents' institutions, and the Department of Education. It is an increase of over $20.5M over last year. Some of the budget items impacting PK-12 and AEAs include: 

  • Iowa Regents Institutions - $575M; increase of $5.5M 

  • Teach Iowa Scholar Program - $650,000; increase of $250,000 

  • Future Ready Iowa Last Dollar Scholar Program - $23,927,005 

  • Iowa Workforce Scholarship - $12,000,000; increase of $12M  

  • Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (IJAG) - $8,146,450; increase of $3.48M 

  • Children’s Mental Health Training - $3,383,936; increase of $200,000 

  • Community College General Aid - $221,658,161; increase of $6.5M 

  • Therapeutic Classroom Incentive Fund - $2,351,382; increase of $725,307  

  • Board of Educational Examiners – Eliminated language from SF 2383 (Governor’s Workforce Bill) that waives licensing fees for initial teacher applicants if their income does not exceed 200% of the federal poverty level. This would cut the board’s budget by 15% and would result in staff reductions which would have caused long wait times for individuals trying to get their licenses 

  • Statewide Assessments - $3M for schools and accredited nonpublic schools; status quo funding 

The bill adds several policy provisions: 

  • Allows programs for at-risk students to keep any money left over at the end of the fiscal year and not revert to the state 

  • Adds $591,533 and 5 FTEs for the administration of the Last-Dollar Scholar Program 

  • Provides $600,000 for the Iowa Reading Research Center 

  • Provides $500,000 for the computer science professional development incentive fund 

  • Corrects charter school funding when a student open enrolls into a charter school by having the state make the payment the first year and the school district will repay the state the following year 

IASB is registered neutral on the bill. The bill passed the House by a vote of 52-32 and passed the Senate by a vote of 29-16. Governor Reynolds signed the bill into law on June 17, 2022. 

HF 2579 – Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund (RIIF) Appropriation: The RIIF budget deals with several outdoor and administrative projects but does appropriate $600,000 dollars to the Department of Education for continued development and implementation of an educational data warehouse to be used by teachers, parents, administrators, and AEA staff. The DE can use some of the money for an e-transcript system that tracks students throughout their education via connection with multiple schools.  

IASB registered neutral on the bill as this continues funding an existing project to keep the data warehouse. The bill passed the House by a vote of 81-3 and passed the Senate by a vote of 45-0. Governor Reynolds signed the bill into law on June 17, 2022. 

HF 2589 – Standing Appropriation: This appropriations bill is the vehicle for the end of session, the bill outlines specific funding requirements the legislature must make and includes policy provisions legislators could not accomplish during the legislative session. Below are some items affecting education: 

  • Continues the elimination of state funding for the Instructional Support Levy 

  • Maintains the additional $15M reduction to the AEAs. It also eliminates the funding for professional development of about $2M for a combined reduction to the AEAs of $17M.  

  • Eliminates the March 1 open enrollment deadline for all open enrollment requests. All other processes for open enrollment are unchanged (pending DE guidance and rulemaking 

  • The receiving district will receive a prorated amount for a student if they are in that district for less than a full school year 

  • Adds a college and career transition counselor or coordinator to list of shared positions. This was added because the federal government provided funds for community college career counselors in K-12 public schools. If small schools currently share a counselor, they are not eligible to add this position 

IASB registered neutral on the bill. The bill passed the House by a vote of 56-39 and passed the Senate by a vote of 30-14. Governor Reynold signed the bill into law on June 21, 2022. 

Governance 

HF 771 – Self- Administration and Storage of Bronchodilators: This bill adds bronchodilators to the definition of medication that can be self-administered by students. The bill requires the same requirements to be met for the self-administration or use of bronchodilator canisters with or without a spacer by students as already required for epi pens. The bill expands the ability of licensed health care professionals to prescribe bronchodilator canisters and spacers to be stored at schools and allows authorized personnel to administer bronchodilators. 

IASB registered opposed to the bill because it puts districts, and specifically school nurses, in the position of making decisions about administering medication to students without a doctor’s note or parental permission. The bill passed the House by a vote of 95-0 last session and passed the Senate by a vote of 44-0. Governor Reynolds signed the bill into law on June 14, 2022. 

HF 2165 – Eligibility for Last Dollar Scholar: This bill expands the eligibility to a person who is an adult learner and is enrolled on a part time basis in an eligible institution to receive the Future Ready Iowa Last Dollar Scholar. Currently, a student who is enrolled part-time is not eligible. 

IASB registered in support of the bill to allow more people to be eligible for the grant. The bill passed the House by a vote of 77-12 and passed the Senate by a vote of 44-0. Governor Reynolds signed the bill into law on June 13, 2022. 

HF 2298 – COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements: This bill prohibits requiring a person, whether attending in-person or virtual, to get a COVID-19 vaccination before enrolling in a licensed childcare center, elementary or high school, or postsecondary school prior to July 1, 2029. 

IASB registered neutral on the bill as these decisions are best made by health care professionals in conjunction with parents. The bill passed the House by a vote of 57-36 and passed the Senate by a vote of 29-16. Governor Reynolds signed the bill into law on June 14, 2022. 

HF 2416 – Athletic Participation Based on Gender: This bill allows only biological females to participate in female sports. To determine gender, the bill states that a student must use the sex designated on their birth certificate. The bill also outlines several other provisions:  

  • Tort liability and protections will not apply to districts or district employees if they do not comply with the legislation  

  • A student or district suffers direct or indirect harm because of complying with the bill they would have the right for legal action  

  • Prohibits a governmental entity from investigating a complaint or taking negative action against a district or employee for complying with the law  

  • Provide immunity to a district from liability to any student for complying with the law  

  • Requires the Attorney General to provide legal representation at no cost for the district if they are sued for complying with the law, and assumes all costs for any expense related to the lawsuit or complaint  

  • Includes Regents Universities and Community Colleges  

IASB registered in opposition to the legislation because it puts districts in the untenable position of having to decide whether to comply with state law or the federal executive order that prohibits discrimination based on gender. The bill passed the House by a vote of 55-39. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 31-17. Governor Reynolds signed the bill into law on March 3, 2022.  

HF 2573 – School Personnel Administering Narcan: This bill aims at reducing opioid use but includes provisions relating to the administration and storage of Narcan by school personnel. The bill adds “school employee” as someone eligible to administer opioid antagonists. School districts can obtain a prescription for Narcan and maintain a supply in a secure location in a building where a student may need this medication. 

IASB registered neutral on the bill because districts have the option to get a prescription for the medication. The bill passed the House by a vote of 91-4 and passed the Senate by a vote of 44-0. Governor Reynolds signed the bill into law on June 13, 2022.

SF 183 – Construction Manager At-Risk: This bill allows government entities (schools included) to use guaranteed maximum price contracts for public improvement projects by using a construction manager at-risk. Governmental entities cannot use a design-build contract for the construction of public improvement projects. 

IASB is registered neutral on the bill because it takes some risk and responsibility away from districts, but we have concerns about the process and how it impacts districts’ decision-making. The bill passed the House by a vote of 53-44, after previously passing the Senate last session by a vote of 28-19.  Governor Reynolds signed the bill into law on June 14, 2022. 

SF 2266 – IPERS Retirement Income Cap & School Board Member Compensation: This bill raises the earnings limitations for retired IPERS recipients (including teachers) from $30,000 to $50,000 to help encourage more retired teachers to come back into the profession to fill shortages in classrooms. The bill also increases the compensation amount a school board member can earn from a school district from $6,000 to $20,000 a year, granted there is not a conflict of interest.   

IASB registered in support of the bill because this has been a collective effort between all education organizations to help meet the need of getting more teachers into the classroom. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 49-0. The bill passed the House by a vote of 98-0. Governor Reynolds signed the bill into law on March 23, 2022. 

SF 2383 – Governor’s Workforce Initiative: This is Governor Reynolds' workforce bill. The bill has several divisions, but a few related to schools: 

  • Adds a work-based learning supervisor position and has the Board of Educational Examiners create a certificate for the position and outline the rights, responsibilities, and qualifications of the certificate 

  • The certificate will not be more than 15 contact hours and can be available over the internet and provide instruction related to the fundamentals in career education, curriculum, assessment, and evaluation of student participation 

  • The school board will advise students on how to successfully complete the FAFSA prior to graduation 

  • Establishes procedures to expedite the licensing of a military spouse who is licensed in a similar job in another state and married to an active-duty military member. 

  • A person would receive a provisional license if they did not have the proper scope of work until they took the necessary requirements to get a full license. 

  • An individual can receive a license without an exam if they meet all requirements outlined by the BOEE  

  • Requires the BOEE to waive the fee for a first-time applicant in Iowa for licensure if their household income does not exceed 200% of the federal poverty line (language eliminated in HF 2575) 

  • Requires the BOEE to waive an initial application fee and one renewal fee for an applicant that has been honorably or generally discharged from the military  

  • Waives fees for a veteran with at least a 25% disability connected to service 

IASB is registered neutral on bill as the provisions will help students with finding a career path, and getting teachers licensed in a streamlined manner. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 48-0 and passed the House by a vote of 70-24. Governor Reynolds signed the bill into law on June 16, 2022. 

Bills Vetoed by the Governor 

HF 2493 – Para- Educator Licenses: This bill allows a school district to hire a para-educator as a substitute teacher in any classroom in grades PK-12, excluding a driver’s education class for the 2021-22 school year. Before hiring the para, the district must make a good-faith effort to hire a substitute teacher, who is not a para-educator for the position. The para must receive the higher amount of either the district’s substitute rate or the para-educator’s rate of pay. 

IASB registered in favor of this bill because it sunsets the governor’s emergency rule at the end of the school year because this should not be a long-term solution to substitute shortages. The bill passed the House by a vote of 96-0. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 47-0. Governor Reynolds vetoed the bill saying that districts still want and need this flexibility.  

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