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Senate Education Committee to Hear More House Bills May 16

05.15.2019 — The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to meet again this week at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 16, to hear a number of bills passed by the House. On the agenda:

  • HB 496 (Gervin-Hawkins, et al.) would require school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to establish bleeding control stations and to develop and implement instructional training courses on the use of the stations.

  • HB 663 (Ken King) would require the SBOE to narrow the curriculum for the required foundation curriculum for English language arts, math, science, and social studies. The bill would limit the projected cost of new instructional materials proclamations to 75 percent of the total amount available for the instructional materials and technology allotment during that biennium.

  • HB 769 (Sarah Davis, et al.) would prohibit a school board from making a severance payment if the superintendent’s contract was terminated or not renewed for cause or if the superintendent resigned in lieu of termination or non-renewal for cause.

  • HB 961 (Howard and Ken King) would allow a school nurse employed by a district or charter school to be a member of the district or charter school concussion oversight team if the nurse requested to be on the team. A nurse who served on a concussion oversight team would have to take a training course from an authorized training provider at least once every two years. 

  • HB 974 (Metcalf, et al.) would require each school district and public junior college district to conduct a safety and security audit of the district's facilities at least every two years. School districts also would have to require any person who entered a district campus for a purpose other than to attend a school-sponsored event that was open to the public to display a form of government-issued photo identification. Districts would have to verify whether a person who visited a campus for such a purpose was a registered sex offender. Under the bill, school districts also would be allowed to verify whether a person who visited a district campus to attend a school-sponsored event that was open to the public was a registered sex offender.

  • HB 1388 (VanDeaver, et al.) would add an indicator in the student achievement domain of the public school accountability system for students who successfully completed a coherent sequence of career and technology courses. The bill would remove the percentage measure of students who successfully complete a practicum or internship approved by the SBOE, allowing high schools to count each student who completed such a practicum or internship.

  • HB 1906 (Burns, et al.) would allow the parent of a significantly cognitively disabled student to request that the student be exempted from state testing requirements to the extent consistent with federal law. If such a request was made, the student's ARD committee, in consultation with the parent, would have to determine: if the student should be exempted from administration of the alternative assessment instrument; and whether, if the student was exempted, another appropriate method to assess the student's progress was available. By January 1, 2020,TEA would have to apply to the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver of the required annual alternate assessment of students with significant cognitive disabilities under ESSA and IDEA.

  • HB 2184 (Allen, et al.) would require an alternative education program to provide written notice regarding the student's release from the program and would require the school administrator of the student's home campus to coordinate the student's transition, including the creation of a personalized transition plan for the student.

  • HB 2511 (Allen, et al.) would require public school districts to address bullying prevention and intervention and dropout deterrence in their campus improvement plans. A campus plan would need to include a teacher development program that provided continuing education in: creating a nurturing classroom environment; developing respectful and caring relationships with students; promoting student emotional health by providing strategies to help students feel valued; and providing empathetic teaching techniques that may be used to discipline a student's behavior while showing respect and care for the student. HB 2511 also would authorize school districts to plan ways to help parents instill a positive self-concept in children, build resilience in them, and provide positive discipline at home.

  • HB 2778 (Tracy King) would make a school district that has territory located in at least four counties, each of which has a population of less than 55,000 and no part of which is located in a municipality, responsible only for the proportion of joint election expenses that corresponds to the proportion that the number of registered voters in the school district bears to the total number of registered voters in all political subdivisions participating in the joint election.

  • HB 2818 (Lucio) would exempt an online dropout recovery education program from commissioner rules applicable to an optional flexible school day program under Section 29.0822 regarding minutes of instruction and calculation of average daily attendance.

  • HB 3012 (Talarico) would require school districts to provide students who were placed in in-school or out-of-school suspensions with an alternative means of receiving all course work for classes in the foundation curriculum that the student missed as a result of the suspension. A district would have to provide at least one option for receiving the course work that did not require the use of the internet.

  • HB 3435 (Bowers) would establish March 1 as Texas Girls in STEM Day.

  • HB 3511 (VanDeaver, et al.) would establish the Commission on Texas Workforce of the Future to engage businesses, state agencies, and local workforce system partners in the efforts of state and local authorities to build the state's workforce talent pipeline.

  • HB 3630 (Meyer, et al.) would prohibit a school district, a district employee or volunteer, or an independent contractor of a district from authorizing, ordering, consenting to, or paying for any of a list of types of interventions with students. Get the details.

  • HB 3650 (Chris Turner, et al.) would require any agreement made between a school district and a public institution of higher education to provide for a dual credit program to consider the use of free or low-cost open educational resources in courses offered under the dual credit program.

  • HB 3884 (Wilson) would transfer from TEA to the Department of State Health Services certain duties relating to the annual provision of information regarding bacterial meningitis to public school district students and parents.

  • HB 4258 (Murphy, et al.) would require the attorney general, after reviewing the record of public notice and hearings relating to any bond financing an educational facility for an authorized charter school, to issue approval for the tax-exempt status of the bond issuance.

  • HB 4388 (Murphy, et al.) would create a new liquid account for the investment of certain Permanent School Fund (PSF) assets and would require mutual quarterly reporting by the entities that share management of the PSF.

Watch the live hearing.