During the 2013-2014 session, Jamie filed the following pieces of legislation relative to expanding education:
This bill will require that personal financial literacy be integrated into existing Math frameworks for all schools in the Commonwealth. This bill requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to develop standards and objectives for personal financial literacy for grades K-12 in the mathematics curriculum. The curriculum will include: understanding loans, borrowing money, interest, credit card debt, and online commerce; rights and responsibilities of renting or buying a home; saving, investing and planning for retirement; and banking and financial services. This bill will also create an advisory committee charged with reviewing existing financial literacy programs and materials and submitting recommendations to DESE. Thirteen states currently require students to take a personal finance course or a course that includes personal finance instruction as a high school graduation requirement.
This bill reinstates parents’ due process rights that were available prior to 2001. The scales of justice are currently unbalanced, in favor of school districts, effectively creating a two-tier system that bars many low and middle-income families from access to special education rights and services. This bill will reinstate parents’ ability to recover attorney’s fees if parents prevail as a result of settlements in cases initiated to obtain essential special education services. In addition, the bill establishes that school districts have the burden of proof in special education cases, recognizing that districts have greater access to relevant information, resources, legal counsel, experts, and witnesses. This bill levels the playing field by encouraging prompt and fair settlement agreements, reducing litigation costs for parents and school districts, and ensuring that all families, regardless of income, have an opportunity to exercise essential due process rights.