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House Public Ed to Meet on Teacher-Student Relationships, Broadband Access, and Agency Oversight Charges

05.06.2016 — The Texas House Public Education Committee has added a third interim charge to its 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 11, meeting agenda:
  • Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction. 
Only invited testimony will be heard on this item.
On April 27, the committee announced the committee would hear invited and public testimony on the following interim charges:
  • Review current policies and rules to protect students from inappropriate teacher-student relationships. Examine efforts by the Texas Education Agency, school districts, law enforcement and the courts to investigate and prosecute educators for criminal conduct. Recommend needed improvements to promote student safety, including examining current criminal penalties, superintendent reporting requirements, teacher certification sanctions and the documentation provided in school district separation agreements. Review school employee training and educational efforts to promote student safety.
  • Examine the accessibility to broadband services for schools, libraries, and institutions of higher education. Study the feasibility and affordability of providing scalable broadband to schools and other public institutions. Research federal and state funding opportunities to support increased access to broadband. Review innovative efforts by school districts to integrate technology in the classroom. Explore ways to enhance high-tech digital learning opportunities in the classroom to improve student achievement and fulfill future workforce demands.
Public testimony on these items may be limited to three minutes.