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House Passes Bills That Would Give Districts More Flexibility to Spend IMA, Call for Study on Changes to TRS-ActiveCare

05.12.2015 — On Monday, May 11, the Texas House passed the following bills:

  • HB 2349 by Jimmie Don Aycock, as amended by committee substitute, would allow a student to earn a performance acknowledgment on the student’s diploma and transcript for outstanding performance on the SAT/ACT, or for earning a state recognized business or industry certification or license. It would require a student to be administered an EOC exam only for a course in which the student is enrolled and for which an EOC exam is administered. It would prohibit a public school student from enrolling in more than three courses at a junior college if the service area of another junior college includes the student’s high school, unless each junior college and the student’s school district authorize the student’s enrollment in a greater number of courses. The bill would repeal law pertaining to level of performance on special purpose questions and required enrollment in certain college preparatory courses.

  • HB 2610 by Ken King, as amended by committee substitute, would require a school district to provide 75,600 minutes of instruction, including intermissions and recesses, rather than 180 days. The commissioner could approve reduced instruction time under certain circumstances causing closure of the school; if the commissioner does not, a district could add additional minutes to the end of the normal school hours as necessary to compensate for minutes lost due to closure. A school district could not schedule the last day of school for students for a school year before May 15.

  • HB 2811 by Ken King would require the SBOE to: review the TEKS and narrow the number and scope for each subject and grade level; consider whether teachers have time to teach and students have time to master the TEKS within a year; and ensure that a revision of the TEKS does not result in a need for the adoption of new instructional materials. It would limit SBOE-issued proclamations to those with total projected costs not exceeding 75 percent of the total amount of the instructional materials allotment (IMA). It also would require the SBOE to consider the cost of all instructional materials and technology requirements for that state fiscal biennium when determining the disbursement of funds to the Available School Fund and the amount of that disbursement that will be used.

  • HB 3453 by J.M. Lozano, as amended on the House floor, would require the establishment of a joint interim committee to study the impact of allowing districts to opt in and out of TRS-ActiveCare and establishing a regional rating method for determining premiums.

These bills now go to the Senate for consideration.