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Senate Education Committee to Consider Bills on A-F Ratings, Dual Credit, Virtual Courses and More

03.09.2015 — The Senate Education Committee will meet at 9 a.m., Thursday, March 12, to hear testimony on SB 6. The bill would amend Education Code 39.054(a), which requires the commissioner of education to adopt rules to evaluate school district and campus performance and assign each district a performance rating of A, B, C, D, or F. SB 6 would require that a campus also receive a letter rating rather than a rating of exemplary, recognized, acceptable, or unacceptable. TASA will oppose this legislation during the Senate hearing. TASA members who communicate with legislators on this issue should review this list of talking points on the use of letter grades to rate schools and districts prepared by Moak, Casey & Associates.

The Senate Education Committee will also consider the following bills as introduced:

  • SB 6 by Larry Taylor, et al. – adds A-F ratings for campuses to the public school accountability system
  • SB 13 by Charles Perry, et al. – removes limits to the number of dual-credit courses or hours in which high school students may enroll; requires school districts to provide instruction in high school, college, and career readiness to students in grades 7-8
  • SB 66 by Juan Hinojosa – requires school districts and charter schools to implement policies related to the administration of epinephrine auto-injectors to individuals reasonably believed to be experiencing anaphylaxis (and other related provisions)
  • SB 96 by Hinojosa, et al. – requires school districts to publish in the student handbook and post on their websites a statement on whether the district has adopted and enforces policies and procedures that prescribe penalties for the use of vapor products, including electronic cigarettes (and other related provisions). SB 96 is identical to HB 456.
  • SB 382 by Carlos Uresti – requires SBEC to adopt rules allowing educators to receive continuing education credit for completing courses on the use of an automated external defibrillator
  • SB 894 by Taylor – removes limits on the number of virtual courses in which students may be enrolled (and other related changes)

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