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House Public Education Committee Votes Out Senate Bills May 14

05.14.2019 — The following bills approved by the Senate were voted out of the House Committee on Public Education. They now go to the full House for consideration.

  • SB 11 (Taylor) is the wide-ranging school safety bill passed by the Senate on Monday. Read more on the bill by The Texas Tribune.
  • SB 139 (Rodríguez, et al.) would require school districts to publish and distribute a new notice intended to increase public and family awareness of a child's right to have an evaluation to determine eligibility for special education services. TEA would develop the notice.

  • SB 293 (Lucio) would amend the section of the Education Code that governs educator preparation programs and specifies qualifications for participants in those training programs. It would require SBEC to specify what each educator is expected to know and be able to do, particularly with regard to students with disabilities.
  • SB 686 (Alvarado, et al.) relates to courses in personal financial literacy and economics for high school students. The committee voted out a substitute version that would require school districts and charter schools with high school programs to provide a course in personal financial literacy that meets the requirements for credit. The substitute says the course may be offered as a distinct course in personal financial literacy or as an elective course or existing course that includes instruction in personal financial literacy sufficient to meet the requirements for one-half credit. The bill specifies the topics of instruction for the course. It changes the curriculum requirements for social studies in the foundation high school program to allow students the option of earning one-half credit in personal financial literacy or economics rather than the currently required one-half credit in economics.

  • SB 869 (Zaffirini) would direct the commissioner of state health services to create a committee to assist in updating guidelines for care of students at risk for anaphylaxis. School districts and charter schools would adopt and administer a policy for the care of students with a diagnosed food allergy at risk for anaphylaxis based on the guidelines developed by the committee.
  • SB 1453 (Taylor) would require school districts to permit students enrolled in courses that require the students to use graphing calculators to use a calculator application on a computing device, including a personal, laptop, or tablet computer, that provides the same functionality, unless the district makes available to the student a graphing calculator at no cost to the student.
  • SB 1776 (Campbell) requires school districts and charter schools to permit and encourage posting a copy of the founding documents of the United States in classrooms and school buildings. It also requires inclusion of a half-credit high school elective course on the founding principles of the United States.
  • SB 1828 (Menéndez, et al.) would require the governor to designate a week to be known as Holocaust Remembrance Week in public schools. The bill specifies the instruction that must be provided students during that week.
  • SB 2042 (Fallon) would require TEA to study and report on credentials and certificates that are currently offered to public high school students through career and technology education programs and to identify any unmet needs in career and technology education programs. The report would be due not later than September 1, 2021.
  • SB 2073 (Taylor) requires a school district that provides fewer than 180 days of instruction to reduce proportionally the number of days of service by educators. Reduction of days of service would not reduce an educator's salary.
  • SB 2180 (Nelson) requires the State Board of Education to adopt essential knowledge and skills in coding, computer programming, computational thinking, and cybersecurity for students in kindergarten through grade eight. The legislation also creates a computer science strategic advisory committee.
  • SB 2282 (West, et al.) adds mental health services to the list of services that may be provided by school districts through cooperative health care programs for students and their families. The school health care advisory council may make recommendations on including mental health services at school-based health centers. The school district health care advisory council must include at least one person who is a licensed mental health care provider.
  • SB 2285 (Fallon) requires the committee that makes recommendations to the commissioner of education regarding academic performance ratings and financial accountability ratings to review a challenge by a school district or open-enrollment charter school regardless of the issue identified in the challenge.