Senate Education Committee Schedules Hearing for August 3
06.20.2016 — The Senate Education Committee will meet August 3 at 9 a.m. in room E1.028 to hear invited and public testimony on the following interim charges:
Conduct a comprehensive performance review of all public schools in Texas, examining ways to improve efficiency, productivity, and student academic outcomes. Study performance-based funding mechanisms that allocate dollars based upon achievement versus attendance. Identify any state mandates which hinder student performance, district and campus innovation, and efficiency and productivity overall.
Examine the structure and performance of the two remaining county-based school systems, Harris County Department of Education and Dallas County Schools. In particular, study the efficiency of these entities and determine whether those services are duplicative with education service centers or could be absorbed by education service centers.
Public testimony will be limited to two minutes.
Updated 07.26.2016 — The committee was originally scheduled to hear testimony on August 3 on the following charge, but it has been postponed to the September 14 committee meeting.
Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Education and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or compete implementation. Specifically monitor the following: Legislation to require a minimum number of minutes of instruction for each school year.