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House Public Education Committee Votes Out More Senate Bills May 16

05.16.2019 — The House Public Education Committee called a meeting Thursday to vote out a number of bills approved by the Senate. Substitute versions were voted out for many of them:

  • SB 426 (Lucio) relates to the use of public school counselors' work time. A substitute version that has not yet been posted was voted out of the House Public Education Committee.

  • SB 712 (Lucio) relates to prohibiting the use of certain aversive techniques on students enrolled in public schools. A substitute version that has not yet been posted was voted out of the House Public Education Committee.

  • SB 722 (Campbell) relates to a severance payment to a superintendent or administrator serving as educational leader and chief executive officer of a school district or an open-enrollment charter school. A substitute version that has not yet been posted was voted out of the House Public Education Committee. It is the same as HB 769 (Davis), which was heard in the Senate Education Committee this morning. It 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.

  • SB 723 (Campbell) requires a school district to post on its website the annual compensation received by the superintendent, including listing each amount paid as an annual salary, a bonus, a benefit, or an allowance or stipend for technology, housing, transportation, or another miscellaneous expense. A substitute version that has not yet been posted was voted out of the House Public Education Committee.

  • SB 820 (Nelson, et al.) requires school districts to develop and maintain a cybersecurity framework for: the securing of district cyberinfrastructure against cyber attacks and other cybersecurity incidents; and cybersecurity risk assessment and mitigation planning. It requires the superintendent to designate a cybersecurity coordinator to serve as liaison between the district and the agency in cybersecurity matters. A substitute version that has not yet been posted was voted out of the House Public Education Committee.

  • SB 1374 (Paxton) would permit a school district to enroll a student concurrently in Algebra I and Geometry to satisfy curriculum requirements for mathematics.

  • SB 1390 (Menendez) would require all educators to receive training every other year on suicide prevention. It would also require districts to develop a plan for suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. The proposed legislation would add mental health, substance abuse prevention, skills to manage emotions, and suicide prevention to the health curriculum. The school health advisory council would make policy recommendations to school districts to increase parental awareness of suicide-related factors and warning signs, as well as available community suicide prevention services. A substitute version that has not yet been posted was voted out of the House Public Education Committee.

  • SB 1412 (Perry) would permit creation of accelerated campus excellence (ACE) turnaround plans. The legislation sets out the required elements of the turnaround plan and assigns the commissioner of education the authority to approve such plans that are submitted for approval. The commissioner’s decision regarding approval is final. The plan would have to include assignment of a principal who has demonstrated a history of student improvement and would require that at least 80 percent of campus teachers had to perform in the top quartile in the district. A substitute version that has not yet been posted was voted out of the House Public Education Committee.

  • SB 1454 (Taylor) would require remaining funds of a charter school that ceases to operate to be returned to TEA and deposited in a charter school liquidation fund for redistribution to functioning charter schools. The bill also provides for protections for the state regarding ownership, sale, lease, and disposition of property of charter schools that cease to operate. A substitute version that has not yet been posted was voted out of the House Public Education Committee.

  • SB 2283 (Campbell) relates to the eligibility of persons convicted of certain offenses to serve as a member of a board of trustees of a school district. A substitute version that has not yet been posted was voted out of the House Public Education Committee.