Bills in House Public Education Committee on March 19
03.15.2019 — The Texas House Public Education Committee will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, to hear testimony on a committee substitute for HB 3, the House school finance bill, plus more than 20 other bills, including the following bills of note:
- HB 462 (Geren, et al.) would require the Legislature to establish the foundation program basic allotment and the tier 2 guaranteed yield of state and local funds per weighted student per penny of tax effort in the Appropriations Act. The basic allotment and guarantee level would be set so that the state covers 50 percent of the cost of the Foundation School Program. It would be effective September 1, 2020, if aconstitutional amendment requiring the state to pay at least 50 percent of the cost of maintaining and operating the public school system is approved by the voters. The committee will also hear testimony on HJR 24 (Geren), which proposes the necessary constitutional amendment.
- HB 735 (VanDeaver, et al.) would authorize a school district that has had its adopted tax rate approved by a tax ratification election during or after the 2006 tax year to lower its M&O rate, and would permit the school district within 10 years to increase the tax rate back to the previously approved rate without having to hold another tax ratification election. HB 735 would require the comptroller to conduct a study to determine how many school districts use this authorization in the following two years.
- HB 1160 (Jarvis Johnson) would permit the use of the compensatory education allotment for a school district's school guidance and counseling program or counseling or social work services.
- HB 1388 (VanDeaver) would add completion of a coherent sequence of CTE courses as an indicator for high school students under the Student Achievement Domain in the state accountability system.
- HB 1664 (Ken King) would allow a superintendent or director of a school district, district of innovation, open-enrollment charter school, ESC, or shared services arrangement to avoid notifying SBEC or filing a report with the board if the superintendent or director completes an investigation into an educator's alleged incident of misconduct before the educator's termination of employment or resignation and determines the educator did not engage in the alleged incident of misconduct.