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Senate Education Committee to Hear House Bills on the IMA, Paperwork Reduction, Minutes of Instruction, and ADA

05.17.2015 — The Senate Education Committee will meet at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, on the following bills:

  • HB 767 by Wayne Smith, as passed by the House, would mandate a school district to require a student who is otherwise required by UIL to receive a physical exam prior to participating in a UIL athletic activity to also have an electrocardiogram before participating in the activity, including practice, once before the student’s first year of participation and again before the student’s third year of participation.

  • HB 771 by Joe Deshotel, as passed by the House, would modify the funding provision for the Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities at Lamar University at Beaumont. 
  • HB 1170 by Marsha Farney, as passed by the House, would provide that an open-enrollment charter school is considered to be a local government for purposes of Government Code, Chapters 791 and 2259, except that a charter school could not issue public securities. In addition, an open-enrollment charter school would be considered to be a political subdivision for purposes of Local Government Code, Chapter 172. The bill would allow an open-enrollment charter school to elect to extend workers’ compensation benefits to employees through any method available to a political subdivision under Labor Code, Chapter 504. If a charter school makes such election, it would be considered a political subdivision for all purposes under that chapter. If a charter school self-insures under that chapter, it would be considered to be an insurance carrier for purposes of Labor Code, Title 5, Subtitle A.
  • HB 1474 by Gary VanDeaver, as passed by the House, would change the instructional materials allotment from an annual to a biennial allotment. It would also require the comptroller, in connection with installment transfers of funds from the general revenue fund to the Foundation School Fund, to permit TEA to make temporary transfers from the Foundation School Fund for payment of the instructional materials allotment. These temporary transfers could impact the timing of transferring installments and the amount.

  • HB 1559 by Tan Parker, as passed by the House, would require schools with websites (in districts with 3,000-plus students primarily located in counties with populations of 50,000 or more) to post information on local programs and services available to assist homeless students.

  • HB 1706 by Gary VanDeaver, as passed by the House, would mandate that the commissioner’s periodic review of required reports and paperwork include a comparison of the reports and paperwork required by state law and those required by federal law. The commissioner would eliminate any required by state law that duplicate the content of those required by federal law. The bill would also expand the duties of superintendents to include ensuring that a copy of any report required by federal law, rule, or regulation is also delivered to TEA.

  • HB 1786 by Harold Dutton would transfer driver and traffic safety education from TEA and the Department of Public Safety to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, change the amounts of certain fees, and amend a provision subject to a criminal penalty.

  • HB 2349 by Jimmie Don Aycock, as passed by the House, would:
    • allow a student to earn a performance acknowledgment on the student’s diploma and transcript for outstanding performance on certain assessment instruments used to measure a student’s progress toward readiness for college and the workplace or used by colleges or universities as part of their undergraduate admissions process, or for earning a state recognized business or industry certification or license
    • move from Education Code 39.025(f)(3) to 39.023(e-1) the provision allowing TEA to defer releasing assessment instrument questions and answer keys as required by 39.023(e) as necessary to develop additional assessment instruments
    • require TEA to adopt procedures to ensure that the results of required assessment instruments administered to students who transfer from a school district in another state to a district in Texas are reported to each school district separately from the results of the assessment instruments administered to other students. The commissioner by rule would ensure that results of such students are properly identified in TEA systems that report and track academic performance of students, and would adopt procedures for reporting and tracking data relating to students who transfer from another state to a Texas district
    • require a student to be administered an EOC assessment only for a course in which the student is enrolled and for which an EOC assessment is administered
    • 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 by agreement the student’s enrollment in a greater number of courses or the student is enrolled at an early college high school
    • repeal Education Code provisions pertaining to level of performance on special purpose questions and required enrollment in certain college preparatory courses

  • HB 2610 by Ken King, et al., as passed by the House, would require a school district to provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, including intermissions and recesses, instead of 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 day of instruction would mean 420 minutes of instruction. A school district could not schedule the last day of a school year for students before May 15. A district that does not offer each grade level and whose prospective or former students generally attend school in another state for the grade levels the district does not offer could schedule the last day on any date permitted under this provision or the law of the other state.

  • HB 2660 by Donna Howard, et al., as passed by the House, would require the commissioner, in calculating ADA for students enrolled in a flexible school day program, to ensure that funding for attendance in a course in that program is based on the same instructional hour requirements of the regular program rather than a full-time equivalent student basis that requires six hours of student contact time to qualify for a full day of attendance.

  • HB 3106 by Dan Huberty, as passed by the House,  would allow the commissioner to extend the authority of a board of managers for a period up to two additional years if, before the second anniversary of the appointment date, the commissioner determines that insufficient progress has been made toward improving the academic or financial performance of the district.

Note: HB 1170 and HB 3106 were added to the agenda May 18, after the original meeting notice was posted.

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