Other 2017 School Funding-Related Legislation

  • HB 1081 - New Instructional Facility Allotment

    Increases the NIFA allotment from $250 ADA to $1,000 ADA for the first and second year in which students attend that instructional facility. Redefines instructional facility to include: (a) newly constructed instructional facility, (b) a repurposed instructional facility; and (c) a leased facility operating for the first time as an instructional facility with a minimum lease term of 10 years.

    Earliest effective date: September 1, 2017

    HB 2442 - Minutes of Operation
    King, Ken

    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

    HB 3526 - Renaming the Instructional Materials Allotment

    Renames the Instructional Materials Allotment the “Technology and Instructional Materials Allotment.” Requires the commissioner to develop and maintain a web portal to assist school districts in selecting instructional materials. Requires the portal include general information such as price, computer system requirements, and any other relevant specifications for each instructional material on the instructional materials list, including the adopted list or instructional material submitted by a publisher for the inclusion on the web portal. Requires the commissioner to use a competitive process to contract for the development of the portal. Provides that money in the state Technology and Instructional Materials Allotment be used to pay the expenses associated with the portal.

    Requires the commissioner to contract with a private entity to conduct independent analysis of each instructional material submitted by a publisher for inclusion in the web portal. Requires the analysis evaluate the quality of the material and determine the extent to which the material covers the TEKS, including each of the TEKS for the subject and grade level, and the percentage of the TEKS for the subject and grade level or levels covered by the material.

    Provides that the commissioner must include in the web portal a repository of open educational resources and other electronic instructional materials that school districts may access at no cost, including state-developed open-source instructional materials. Allows publishers to submit instructional materials for inclusion in the repository.

    Allows the commissioner to establish a technology lending program grant for school districts to provide students with equipment needed to access and use electronic instructional materials. Requires the commissioner, in awarding grants to districts, consider: 1) the availability of existing equipment to students in the district or school; 2) other funding available to the district or school; and 3) the district’s or school’s technology plan. Allows the commissioner to determine the terms of a grant including limits on the grant amount and approve use of the grant funds. Prohibits the commissioner from using more than $50 million from the state technology and instructional materials fund for the biennium for the program. Allows school districts to use the grant funds to purchase, maintain, and insure equipment for a technology lending program. Provides that equipment purchased by the district with the grants funds is the property of the school district. Requires the commissioner to review the program and submit a report to the governor, lieutenant governor, the speaker of the House and the chairs of the House and Senate Education committees by January 1, 2019.

    Earliest effective date: Immediately

    SB 195 - Funding for Students Subject to High Risk of Violence While Walking to School

    Allows a district to apply for an additional amount of up to 10 percent of its transportation allotment to be used in the transportation of children living within 2 miles of their school who would be subject to a high risk of violence if they walked to school. Designates an area as presenting a high risk of violence if law enforcement records indicate a high incidence of violent crimes in the area. Requires that school boards requesting these funds provide the commissioner with consolidated law enforcement records that document violent crimes identified by the reporting agencies within the relevant jurisdiction.

    Allows a district to use all or part of the funds to support community walking transportation programs, including walking school bus programs, provided that the district requires each supported program to submit a financial report to the district each semester that covers services provided by the program for the benefit of the district.

    Earliest effective date: September 1, 2017

    SB 754 - Extension of Depository Contract

    Allows a school district and the district’s depository bank to extend the depository contract for three additional years (instead of two years) if the parties mutually agree to the terms.

    Earliest effective date: September 1, 2017

    SB 1353 - Financial Assistance to a School District to Which an Academically Unacceptable School District is Annexed
    Taylor, Larry

    Provides an additional five years of state aid to a district to which an adjoining district was annexed by the commissioner because of poor academic performance. Requires the commissioner to determine the amount of additional state aid provided each year by dividing the amount of debt service taxes received by the district during the tax year prior to the tax year in which the annexation occurred by the number of students enrolled in the district on September 1 after annexation. Applies to any annexation that occurred on or after July 1, 2016.

    Earliest effective date: Immediately

    SB 2084 - Calculation of Average Daily Attendance of Public School Students in Blended Learning Programs
    Taylor, Larry

    Requires the TEA commissioner to adopt rules to calculate the daily attendance for students participating in blended learning programs in which classroom instruction is supplemented with applied workforce learning opportunities, including internships, externships, and apprenticeships.

    Effective date: Immediately