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House Public Education Committee Adds Senate’s Campus A-F Ratings to HB 2804

04.29.2015 — The House Public Education Committee heard testimony Tuesday on SB 6, the campus A-F ratings bill. Rather than passing it on its own, the committee added its provisions to Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock’s bill, HB 2804, which also alters the state public school accountability system. (Reps. Alma Allen, Marsha Farney, Mary Gonzalez, and Gary VanDeaver voted against adding the A-F rating provisions.)

As passed by the committee, CSHB 2804 would continue to allow student performance on STAAR to be the primary measure of school performance, but other factors, including community engagement, AP course enrollment, attendance, and dropout rates, would account for 45 percent of a school’s rating.

The committee also voted out nine other bills (committee substitute language is not yet available):

  • HB 18 by Jimmie Don Aycock would require the commissioner to develop and make available postsecondary education and career counseling academies for school counselors employed at middle, junior high, or high school.

  • CSHB 1300 by Giovanni Capriglione would eliminate current law requiring SBEC rules to permit an educator preparation program to admit in extraordinary circumstances a person who fails to satisfy a GPA requirement.
  • CSHB 1536 by Harold Dutton would establish the Texas Opportunity School District (TOSD) and require the commissioner to determine, after a campus has been identified as unacceptable for two consecutive school years, whether the district has instituted meaningful change, including reconstituting the staff or leadership at the campus. An amendment by Rep. Dutton would require the turnaround campus’s accountability score to still apply to the originating district’s accountability rating to prevent districts from sending poor-performing campuses to the TOSD to hide them. An amendment by Rep. Gary VanDeaver would limit the bill to only districts with at least 24 elementary campuses.

  • CSHB 1798 by Joe Deshotel would replace the home-rule school district charter in statute with the “local control school district.” Many current statutes that apply to home-rule school district charters would be amended to apply to local control school districts. The bill would allow an ISD to begin operation as a local control school district under a local control plan after approval of a proposed plan by registered voters of the district.

  • CSHB 1842 by Jimmie Don Aycock would amend several provisions pertaining to accreditation interventions and sanctions under Education Code, Chapter 39, Subchapter E. The bill would add language that says an on-site investigation of a district ordered by the commissioner would be to identify deficiencies and possible solutions (among other changes).
  • CSHB 2205 by Myra Crownover would require that one voting member of SBEC appointed by the governor have experience and knowledge regarding alternative educator preparation programs. The bill would also require that SBEC rules for sanctions for educator preparation programs provide the procedure for changing the accreditation status of a program that does not meet accreditation standards or violates a SBEC or TEA regulation.

  • CSHB 2566 by Gary VanDeaver would allow SBEC to delegate any of its powers and duties, including the authority to propose rules and make final orders and decisions, to the commissioner in writing. The bill would also allow SBEC to propose rules to establish standards to govern the approval or renewal of educator preparation programs and certification fields authorized to be offered by an education preparation program. The bill would modify current law to allow, rather than require, SBEC to propose rules necessary to establish standards to cover the continuing accountability of all educator preparation programs based on specified information disaggregated by race, ethnicity, and other factors determined by SBEC. The bill would allow SBEC to authorize an investigation of an educator preparation program if certain risk factors indicate a significant level of risk or a complaint indicates the program may have violated a law or rule.
  • CSHB 3347 by Jimmie Don Aycock would address various issues relating to the revocation of a charter for an open-enrollment charter school and disposition of the school’s property after revocation.

  • CSHB 3987 by Marsha Farney would allow a school district or open-enrollment charter school to establish a school-based savings program to increase awareness of the importance of saving for higher education and facilitate personal financial literacy instruction.

These bills now go to the full Texas House for consideration.