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April 17 Bills Before House Public Education Committee

04.12.2019 — The House Public Education Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. or upon adjournment of the House, Wednesday, April 17, to hear public testimony on 35 bills.

Bills of note include:

  • HB 414 (Flynn) would provide legal protections for an educator who uses force to defend himself or herself or who defends students of the school that employs the educator. HB 414 also provides a defense to prosecution for an offense committed by an educator only in the course of defending property or students of the school that employs the educator. A principal or other administrator may suspend a student who assaults an employee, regardless of whether that conduct is listed in the student code of conduct as conduct for which a student may be suspended.

  • HB 875 (Allen, et al.) would require school districts to report to TEA on student restraints, complaints, citations, and arrests not later than the 60th day after the end of the academic year. HB 875 enumerates the data that must be submitted regarding incidents that occurred at the school or off school property at a school-sponsored or school-related activity. The agency must compile the data and make it available to the public.

  • HB 1017 (Martinez, et al.) would require a public (including charter school) campus in which 50 percent or more of the students attending the campus are eligible for enrollment in the national school lunch program of free or reduced-price lunches to donate food to a nonprofit organization to be distributed to students at the campus.

  • HB 2002 (Leach) would require a school district annual financial management report to include a description of the district's total expenses related to administering certain assessment instruments.   
  • HB 3403 (Cortez) would require a district employment policy to include anti-bullying measures to address bullying in the workplace, including provisions to address the bullying of a teacher by a parent.

  • HB 3467 (Ken King, et al.) relates to the acquisition and management of certain real property by the School Land Board for the use and benefit of the permanent school fund. It also relates to transfer of certain permanent school fund assets from control of the School Land Board to the SBOE.

  • HB 3696 (Bell, et al.) would add the following to the list of College, Career, and Military Readiness indicators: students who complete a coherent sequence of career and technology courses; or a combination of career and technology courses, capstone courses, or practicums as part of a four-year plan of study.

  • HB 3820 (Sherman) would require students who took the Algebra I or English I and English II EOC exams before going to high school to take an assessment instrument used by higher education institutions as part of the undergraduate admissions process (e.g., SAT or ACT) while they are in high school. The purpose of this testing is to meet federal requirements for testing at the high school level.   

  • HB 4131 (Swanson) would prohibit public schools from owning or having a business interest in certain entities and real property associated with those entities.

  • HCR 134 (Dutton) designates the second Tuesday in October as Legislators in Schools Day for a 10-year period beginning in 2019.

  • HR 1108 (Springer) recognizes Superintendent David Thweatt for creating the Guardian Plan for the Harrold ISD.

See the full list of bills.


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