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House Public Education Committee Meets Briefly to Vote Out 11 Bills

04.20.2017 — The House Public Education Committee met briefly in the House Chamber today to vote out the following bills, which will now go to the full House: 
  • HB 310 (Jarvis Johnson) would permit districts to use compensatory education funds for school guidance and counseling programs.

  • HB 933 (Longoria) would instruct the UIL to adopt rules prohibiting the use of rolled or shaved bats at games sponsored by the league.

  • HB 1075 (Ed Thompson) would require sports officials to resubmit to a criminal background check every three years to maintain registration with the UIL. It would allow the league to charge a fee to deflect the cost associated with these background checks.
  • HB 1451 (Guillen) would mandate that the SBOE adopt criteria to allow a student to comply with the curriculum requirement for one credit under Subsection (b-1)(5) by successfully completing a dual language immersion program under Section 28.0051 at an elementary school.

  • HB 1569 (Ashby) would require a residential facility to provide a school district or open-enrollment charter school that provides educational services to a student placed in the facility any information retained by the facility relating to the student's: school records; behavioral history; and record of arrests or indictments or other formal charges and the disposition of those arrests, indictments, or charges.

  • HB 1886 (Miller), et al., as substituted, would require that each kindergarten student be screened or tested for dyslexia at the end of kindergarten and first grade. It would also require the current dyslexia contacts at each regional ESC to be licensed dyslexia therapists.

  • HB 2087 (VanDeaver) would restrict the use of covered information, including student personally identifiable information, by an operator of a website, online service, online app, or mobile app, that the operator has acquired through the use of that website, service, application, or mobile app for a school purpose.

  • HB 3438 (Koop, et al.) would create a state financing program administered by the Texas Public Finance Authority to assist school districts with certain expenses; granting authority to issue bonds or other obligations.

  • HB 3476 (Huberty) would require a school district to require high school participants in extracurricular athletic activities sponsored or sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League who must receive physical exams prior to participation to also have an electrocardiogram administered (at specified times) to the student prior to participation, including a practice for the activity.

  • HB 3548 (Parker) relates to the applicability of certain immunity and liability laws to the nonprofit corporation established by the Texas Public Finance Authority to issue revenue bonds to open-enrollment charter schools for those schools to provide educational facilities.

  • HB 3706 (Lucio III) would allow districts to use a private or public community-based dropout recovery education program to provide alternative education programs for students at risk of dropping out of school that is at a campus or that uses an online program that leads to a high school diploma and prepares the student to enter the workforce.

See a list of all the bills the House Public Education Committee has voted out so far.