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March 19: Senate Education Committee to Hear Bills on IGCs, More

03.13.2019 — The Texas Senate Committee on Education will meet at 9 a.m., March 19, to hear public testimony on 13 bills, including the following bills of note:

  • SB 213 (Seliger) would repeal the expiration date for the establishment and use of individual graduation committees (IGCs). Continuation of IGCs is an important legislative priority for TASA. Please contact your senator and express your support for this bill. SB 213 would allow a committee of people knowledgeable about a student’s comprehensive achievements in high school to determine if that student, who has met all other graduation requirements but is struggling to pass an end-of-course exam, is eligible for a high school diploma.

  • SB 458 (Huffman, et al.) would require the members of the board of trustees and the superintendent of independent school districts to participate in periodic mandatory trainings about sexual abuse, human trafficking, and other acts of maltreatment toward children.

  • SB 933 (Bettencourt, et al.) would create the office of inspector general at the Texas Education Agency to investigate the administration of public education and assist the agency in preventing and detecting criminal misconduct and ethical violations by administrators in school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, regional education service centers, and other local education agencies in the state of Texas.

  • SB 1256 (Bettencourt) establishes guidelines for employing, terminating, and reporting the misconduct of public school personnel and related entity personnel. It also establishes the creation of a registry of persons not eligible for hire in school districts, districts of innovation, open-enrollment charter schools, regional education service centers, or shared services arrangements.

Oral testimony will be limited to two minutes. See the bill posting for details.

 

Watch the hearing live.