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House Public Education Committee to Hear Testimony on 25 Bills on Tuesday, April 25

04.20.2017 — The House Public Education Committee has scheduled a hearing for 8 a.m., Tuesday, April 25, on the following bills:
  • HB 633 (Mary González) would state that district innovation plans adopted or renewed on or after the effective date of HB 633 could not provide for an exemption from Subchapter A, Chapter 37 (Alternative Settings for Behavior Management/Discipline; Law and Order).

  • HB 674 (Eric Johnson) would prohibit the suspension of a student younger than 6 from public school unless the student commits certain severe offenses.

  • HB 880 (Ken King, et al.) would permit a school district to assign English as a second language teachers to any part of a bilingual education program (even the part taught in a language other than English) if: (1) the commissioner has determined that there is a shortage of teachers certified for bilingual education by the board for the school year; and (2) a teacher certified for bilingual education is not reasonably available to the district.

  • HB 1042 (Blanco) would require a district or open-enrollment charter school to provide instructional materials to a student in written format if the student does not have access to the required technology at home. If a district or open-enrollment charter school denies a student’s request to take home instructional materials, it must document that fact, along with the reason for the denial, and report that information to the TEA, which must then provide a report to the Legislature (by September 1 of each year) that includes the number of denied requests.

  • HB 1180 (Goldman) would prohibit a school district from scheduling the last day of school before May 15 or after the Friday preceding Memorial Day (currently it is only “before May 15”). It would permit a district to schedule the last day of school after the Friday preceding Memorial Day if the district operates a year-round system.

  • HB 1181 (Goldman) would provide for an exception to the requirement that bonds mature serially or otherwise not more than 40 years from their date. The exception is that if the expected useful life of the asset acquired with bond proceeds is less than 40 years the bonds must amortize in a manner that is consistent with the useful life of the acquired asset. The expected useful life of an asset is determined based on the depreciable life of the asset under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Interest earned on bond proceeds may be used only to pay the principal of and interest on the bond or for the purpose for which the bond was issued.

  • HB 1333 (Isaac, et al.) would prohibit the state-recommended teacher appraisal process from considering student performance on state-mandated assessments; reduce state-mandated standardized assessments to the minimum required by federal law; allow for the use of alternative assessment instruments; and more.

  • HB 1651 (Oliveira) would require a school district to reimburse classroom teachers employed by the district for the cost of classroom supplies purchased with personal money (up to $200 per school year).

  • HB 1857 (Ken King), like SB 801 (Seliger, et al.), on which testimony was heard in the Senate Education Committee on April 20, would require that each instructional material on the instructional material list and supplemental instructional material adopted by the SBOE be suitable for the subject and grade level.

  • HB 1865 (Krause, et al.) would prohibit a school district from beginning instruction for students for a school year before the Tuesday after Labor Day (currently the fourth Monday in August) unless the district operates a year-round system. And like HB 1180 (above), it would prohibit a school district from scheduling the last day of school before May 15 or after the Friday preceding Memorial Day (currently it is only “before May 15”) unless the district operates a year-round system.

  • HB 2047 (VanDeaver) would allow two or more contiguous school districts to enter into a boundary change agreement to transfer or exchange territory through detachment and annexation. Each school district that is a party to the agreement to detach and annex territory would have to conduct a hearing and adopt a resolution approving the boundary change.

  • HB 2247 (Dukes) would authorize a caregiver who is a relative to enroll a child in school under certain conditions.

  • HB 2255 (Ken King) would amend student eligibility for free high-quality prekindergarten programs and state financial support for each school district that elects to provide a full-day prekindergarten program.

  • HB 2282 (Eric Johnson) would create a gold standard full-day prekindergarten program provided by public school districts and eliminate the high school allotment under the Foundation School Program.

  • HB 2782 (Wilson) would require the commissioner of education to ensure that the method used to evaluate performance of school districts and campuses in the state accountability system (1) is not implemented in a manner that provides for a specific designated distribution of ratings to districts and campuses under which a designated percentage of districts or campuses receive an A rating or an F rating; and (2) is implemented in a manner that provides the mathematical possibility that all districts and campuses receive an A rating.

  • HB 2790 (White) relates to funding for certain apprenticeship training programs.

  • HB 2806 (Ashby), like CSSB 1404 (Hughes), which was voted out of the Senate Education Committee on April 18, would require the commissioner of education to gather data on the number of school district and open-enrollment charter school campuses offering voluntary afterschool and summer programs and the number of students participating in such programs.

  • HB 2997 (Holland) amends the domains and indicators of performance in the state public school accountability system.

  • HB 3347 (Huberty) allows a school board to establish before-school and after-school programs, states student eligibility requirements, prohibits the use of state or local funds appropriated to the district for educational purposes to be used for such programs, and allows districts to contract with certain child-care facilities to provide such programs.

  • HB 3384 (Schofield) would require a district to provide access to certain independent school district information to a member of the board of trustees no later than the 10th day after the request is received and states actions the board member may take if the information is not provided in that time period.

  • HB 3526 (Howard) would rename the instructional materials allotment as the technology and instructional materials allotment and make associated technical changes.

  • HB 3635 (Krause) would require the commissioner of education to establish additional eligibility and performance standards, including academic performance standards and financial accountability standards, for districts of innovation.

  • HB 3759 (Biedermann, et al.) would create a temporary exemption for a school district from the obligation to comply with certain unfunded state educational mandates.

  • HB 4085 (Burrows) relates to certain courses or activities approved by the board of trustees of a school district for course credit.

  • SB 22 (Larry Taylor), which was passed by the Senate on March 28, would create the Pathways in Technology Early College High School Program, which would enable students in grades 9-12 to combine high school courses and postsecondary courses. It would allow students to earn a high school diploma, associate degree, two-year postsecondary certificate or industry certification, and complete work training through an internship, apprenticeship, or other job training program.

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