Minutes of Instruction

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Related Legislation

  • HB 2610, passed by the Texas Legislature in 2015, requires each school district to provide 75,600 minutes of instruction, including intermissions and recesses. Allows a school district to add additional minutes to the end of the district’s normal school hours as necessary to compensate for minutes of instruction lost due to school closures caused by disaster, flood, extreme weather conditions, fuel curtailment, or another calamity. Allows the commissioner to adopt rules for the application, on the basis of the minimum minutes of instruction, for any provision that refers to the minimum number of days. Provides that a reference to a day of instruction means 420 minutes of instruction. Prohibits a school district from scheduling the last day of school before May 15. Allows a school district that does not offer each grade level from kindergarten through grade 12 and whose prospective or former students generally attend school in another state for the grade levels the district does not offer to schedule the last day of school after May 15 or the law of another state. Applied with the 2015-16 school year. Read the FAQs document on HB 2610 released on September 28, 2015. 
     
    HB 441, passed by the Texas Legislature in 2017, prohibits school districts from providing instruction on Memorial Day. Requires the commissioner to waive the required instructional minutes if a school district must provide instruction on Memorial Day to compensate for minutes lost because of school closure caused by disaster, flood, extreme weather, fuel curtailment, or other calamity. Applies beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

    HB 2442, passed by the Texas Legislature in 2017, provides that school districts are eligible to receive one-half ADA if the district’s prekindergarten provides at least 32,400 minutes of instructional time to students. Opens eligibility for a district to receive full ADA if the district provides at least 43,200 minutes of instruction for students enrolled in: 1) a dropout recovery school or program; 2) an alternative education program; 3) a program located in a day treatment facility, residential treatment facility, psychiatric hospital, or medical hospital; 4) a school program offered at a correctional facility; or 5) an adult high school diploma and certification charter pilot program. Permits school districts that operate more than one of these programs to receive full ADA for each program if the programs satisfy all applicable state and federal requirements. Applies beginning with the 2018–2019 school year.

    Requires the commissioner to adopt rules to calculate ADA for students participating in a blended learning program where classroom instruction is supplemented with applied workforce learning opportunities, including participation of students in internships, externships, and apprenticeships.

    Earliest effective date: Immediately

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