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House File 167

HOUSE FILE BY DOLECHECK and SCHULTZ A BILL FOR 1 An Act relating to independent accreditation of nonpublic 2 schools. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: TLSB 2130HH (1) 84 kh/rj PAG LIN 1 1 Section 1. Section 256.11, Code 2011, is amended by adding 1 2 the following new subsection: 1 3 NEW SUBSECTION. 16. a. Notwithstanding subsections 1 4 1 through 12, a nonpublic school may be accredited by an 1 5 approved independent accrediting agency instead of by the state 1 6 board as provided in this subsection. The state board shall 1 7 maintain a list of approved independent accrediting agencies 1 8 comprised of at least six regional or national nonprofit, 1 9 nongovernmental agencies recognized in the education community 1 10 as reliable authorities concerning the quality of education 1 11 offered by a school and shall publish the list of independent 1 12 accrediting agencies on the department's internet site. The 1 13 list shall include the north central association commission on 1 14 accreditation and school improvement, the independent schools 1 15 association of the central states, the association of christian 1 16 schools international, christian schools international, and 1 17 the national accreditation commission of the lutheran church 1 18 ==== Missouri synod. 1 19 b. A nonpublic school that participates in the accreditation 1 20 process offered by an independent accrediting agency on 1 21 the approved list published pursuant to paragraph "a" shall 1 22 be deemed to meet the education standards of this section. 1 23 However, such a school shall comply with statutory health and 1 24 safety requirements for school facilities. 1 25 c. If the state board takes preliminary action to remove 1 26 an agency from the approved list published on the department's 1 27 internet site pursuant to paragraph "a", the department 1 28 shall, at least one year prior to removing the agency from 1 29 the approved list, notify the nonpublic schools participating 1 30 in the accreditation process offered by the agency of the 1 31 state board's intent to remove the accrediting agency from 1 32 its approved list of independent accrediting agencies. The 1 33 notice shall also be posted on the department's internet site 1 34 and shall contain the proposed date of removal. The nonpublic 1 35 school shall attain accreditation under this subsection or 2 1 subsections 1 through 12 not later than one year following the 2 2 date on which the state board removes the agency from its list 2 3 of independent accrediting agencies. 2 4 EXPLANATION 2 5 This bill establishes an alternative to the accreditation of 2 6 nonpublic schools by the state board of education by requiring 2 7 the state board to maintain a list of approved independent 2 8 accrediting agencies comprised of at least six regional or 2 9 national nonprofit, nongovernmental agencies recognized in the 2 10 education community as reliable authorities concerning the 2 11 quality of education offered by a school, and to publish the 2 12 list of independent accrediting agencies on the department's 2 13 internet site. A nonpublic school that participates in the 2 14 accreditation process offered by an independent accrediting 2 15 agency on the list published by the state board shall be 2 16 deemed to meet the education standards of Code section 256.11. 2 17 However, such a school shall comply with statutory health and 2 18 safety requirements for school facilities. 2 19 The list shall include the north central association 2 20 commission on accreditation and school improvement, the 2 21 independent schools association of the central states, the 2 22 association of christian schools international, christian 2 23 schools international, and the national accreditation 2 24 commission of the lutheran church ==== Missouri synod. 2 25 If the state board takes preliminary action to remove an 2 26 agency from its list of approved independent accrediting 2 27 agencies, the department shall notify the nonpublic schools 2 28 accredited through the alternative process of the state board's 2 29 intent to remove the independent accrediting agency from its 2 30 approved list at least one year prior to removing the agency 2 31 from the approved list, and the nonpublic school shall attain 2 32 accreditation not later than one year following the date on 2 33 which the state board removes the agency from its approved list 2 34 of independent accrediting agencies. LSB 2130HH (1) 84 kh/rj
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