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Senate Committee on Education to Hear HB 21 on School Finance, Other House Bills on Thursday

05.10.2017 — The Senate Committee on Education is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 11, to hear testimony on the following bills passed by the House. HB 21, the school finance bill passed by the House on April 19, was added Wednesday evening to the agenda, along with six additional House bills.
  • HB 264 (Hernandez) is a clean-up bill that would amend Section 28.015 of the Education Code (Public Outreach Materials to Promote Curriculum Change Awareness) by removing a reference to the Texas B-On-Time loan program and by changing the expiration date of the section from September 1, 2018, to September 1, 2020.

  • HB 1291 (Geren) would require the SBOE and school districts to ensure that: the public school curriculum emphasizes an understanding of the principles underlying the U.S. form of government, including the study of the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Federalist Papers; each historical event addressed in the curriculum meets a reasonable standard of historical significance, in relation to the limited amount of available instructional time; and that the changes this bill would make apply to instructional materials adopted by the SBOE on or after September 1, 2018.

  • 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 1645 (Lozano, et al.) would require school districts that allow high school students to earn a letter for academic, athletic, or extracurricular achievements to allow high school students in the district to earn a letter on the basis of a student’s participation in a Special Olympics event.

  • HB 3024 (Price) would allow a person licensed under Chapter 201of the Occupations Code (a chiropractor) to call for the immediate removal of a public school student from an interscholastic athletic activity on the basis of a suspected concussion.

  • HB 4056 (Lucio), which went through the House Human Services Committee before being passed by the House, would requires the Department of State Health Services, in coordination with TEA and regional ESCs, to provide and annually update a list of recommended best practice-based programs for addressing mental health concerns and research-based practices in the areas of physical or emotional trauma intervention, social and emotional learning, positive school climate, and positive behavior supports for implementation in public elementary, junior high, middle, and high schools within the general education setting. The bill would authorize each school district to select from the list program(s) or practice(s) appropriate for implementation in the district.

Bills added after the original posting:

  • HB 21 (Huberty) would commit $1.8 billion in funding to public schools above enrollment growth; move toward a more simplified system; add greater equity by increasing the basic allotment; reduce recapture; include a new weight for students with dyslexia at 0.1; increase the bilingual weight from 0.1 to 0.11; and provide transitional grant funding for those districts impacted by the expiration of ASATR. As amended on the House floor, the bill also eliminates the small school penalty and more.

  • HB 639 (Anderson, et al.) would authorize public school districts to purchase health benefit plans and liability or automobile insurance coverage for the benefit of businesses and students participating in CTE programs and provide for immunity from liability of certain public school students participating in CTE programs.

  • HB 657 (Bernal) would require an ARD committee to meet before a special education student is administered the state assessment a second time. It would also allow the ARD committee to promote the student to the next grade level without administering the assessment again if the committee concludes that the student has made sufficient progress in the measurable academic goals contained in the student’s IEP.

  • HB 878 (King, Ken) would allow school districts to extend a district depository contract for three years (rather than two) and to modify the contract for any extension.

  • HB 1469 (Bailes) would allow certain charter schools to serving youth in residential trade centers to employ teachers without bachelor's degrees to teach noncore vocational courses if they have demonstrated subject matter expertise and taken at least 20 hours of classroom management training.

  • HB 2130 (Roberts, et al.) would require TEA to conduct a study on the impact of the statewide assessment program on students in special education programs.

  • HB 3157 (Dennis Bonnen) would allow an individual who attends a public or private school to be screened using photoscreening to detect vision disorders.

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