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Senate Committee on Education Votes Out HB 21 With ESAs Attached, More Bills
05.12.2017 — The Senate Committee on Education reconvened late afternoon Thursday to finish hearing testimony on the committee substitute for the House's school finance bill, HB 21. The substitute, laid out Thursday morning by Chairman Larry Taylor, tacks on an education savings account (ESA) program for students with disabilities. Read more on that.
The committee proceeded with voting out HB 21, which now goes to the full Senate, along with the following other 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. The committee heard testimony on this bill earlier in the day.
- 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. The committee heard testimony on this bill earlier in the day.
- 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. The committee heard testimony on this bill earlier in the day.
- HB 789 (Meyer) would allow the board of Highland Park ISD in Region 10 to establish a minimum required score for each section of an exam for acceleration or an exam for credit approved by the board that is higher than the minimum required scores, respectively (90 percent rather than 80 percent). The committee heard testimony on this bill on Tuesday, May 9.
- 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. The committee heard testimony on this bill earlier in the day.
- 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. The committee heard testimony on this bill earlier in the day.
- 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. The committee heard testimony on this bill earlier in the day.
- 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. The committee heard testimony on this bill earlier in the day.
- 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. The committee heard testimony on this bill earlier in the day.
- 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. The committee heard testimony on this bill earlier in the day.
- HB 3157 (Dennis Bonnen) would allow an individual who attends a public or private school to be screened using photoscreening to detect vision disorders. The committee heard testimony on this bill earlier in the day.
- HB 3563 (Koop) would replace references to the No Child Left Behind Act with references to the Every Student Succeeds Act. The bill would also clarify language to specify that the provisions of the bill pertain to a teacher who does not meet certification requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher is assigned. The committee heard testimony on this bill on Tuesday, May 9.
- 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. The committee heard testimony on this bill earlier in the day.