Legislative Update: A flurry of activity this week as session winds down
Date Posted: 5/19/2015 | Author: Jennifer Mitchell, CAE
We are now 13 days away from the end of this legislative session, and numerous education bills remain pending. Much of the attention is focused this week on House committees that have more restrictive deadlines than the Senate for consideration of bills. Specifically, this Saturday is the last day that House committees may report out Senate bills in order to keep them alive in the legislative process. That means a very busy week of hearings as the clock winds down on the 84th legislative session. Today both the Senate Education and House Public Education committees are meeting to hear major bills with more hearings anticipated this week. First, the Senate Education Committee is hearing the following bills today:
- HB 767 Smith | et al. SP: Hinojosa Relating to cardiac assessments of participants in extracurricular athletic activities sponsored or sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League.
- HB 771 Deshotel SP: Creighton Relating to funding for the Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities.
- HB 1170 Farney | et al. SP: Lucio Relating to the applicability to open-enrollment charter schools of certain laws regarding local governments and political subdivisions.
- HB 1474 VanDeaver | et al. SP: Eltife Relating to the placement of money in the state instructional materials fund and payment of the instructional materials allotment.
- HB 1559 Parker | et al. SP: Taylor, Larry Relating to public school Internet website information concerning local programs and services available to assist homeless students.
- HB 1706 VanDeaver | et al. SP: Burton Relating to reducing paperwork and duplicate reports required of a school district.
- HB 1786 Dutton SP: Campbell Relating to the transfer of driver and traffic safety education from the Texas Education Agency and the Department of Public Safety to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation; changing the amounts of certain fees; amending a provision subject to a criminal penalty.
- HB 2349 Aycock SP: Kolkhorst Relating to public school assessment, performance standards, and course requirements.
- HB 2610 King, Ken | et al. SP: Taylor, Larry Relating to the minimum number of minutes of instruction for students to be provided by public school districts and the scheduling of the last day of school for students by public school districts.
- HB 2660 Howard | et al. SP: Watson Relating to Foundation School Program funding for students enrolled in an optional flexible school day program.
- HB 3106 Huberty | et al. SP: Creighton Relating to the period of time allowed for appointment of a board of managers for a school district.
- HB 731 Lucio III SP: Lucio Relating to a pilot program under the foundation school program for funding prekindergarten programs provided by certain school districts with early high school graduation programs.
- HB 743 Huberty | et al. SP: Seliger Relating to the essential knowledge and skills of the required public school curriculum and to certain state-adopted or state-developed assessment instruments for public school students.
- HB 1164 VanDeaver | et al. SP: Garcia Relating to the assessment of public school students in writing and English language arts.
- HB 1171 Farney | et al. SP: Lucio Relating to the applicability of certain immunity and liability laws to open-enrollment charter schools.
- HB 2186 Cook | et al. SP: Campbell Relating to suicide prevention training for certain educators and other employees of a school district.
- HB 2251 Anchia SP: Hancock Relating to an established schedule of payments from the foundation school fund of the yearly entitlement of certain open-enrollment charter schools.
- HB 2593 Price SP: Seliger Relating to the sparsity adjustment for certain school districts under the Foundation School Program.
- HB 3987 Farney | et al. SP: Garcia Relating to programs in public schools designed to facilitate planning and saving for higher education and facilitate personal financial literacy instruction.
- SB 13 Perry | et al. Relating to measures to support public school student academic achievement and career preparation, including measures to improve and support dual credit courses and the development of public outreach materials.
- SB 14 Taylor, Larry | et al. Relating to empowering the parents of students to petition for the reconstitution, repurposing, alternative management, or closure of low-performing public school campuses.
- SB 107 Whitmire | et al. Relating to the designation of campus behavior coordinators to serve at public school campuses and issues to be considered when removing a student from class.
- SB 168 Uresti Relating to temporary waiver of superintendent certification for employment of public school district superintendents.
- SB 382 Uresti Relating to public school educator continuing education credit for instruction on the use of an automated external defibrillator.
- SB 471 Rodríguez | et al. Relating to reviews and investigations conducted by the Texas Education Agency.
- SB 945 Taylor, Larry | et al. Relating to funding under the public school finance system for a school district with a compressed tax rate below the state maximum compressed tax rate.
- SB 968 West Relating to a prescription drug misuse awareness component of the health curriculum used in public schools
- SB 1200 Taylor, Larry | et al. Relating to the creation of a commission to recommend a new system for student assessment and public school accountability.
- SB 1241 Taylor, Larry Relating to authority of school districts, home-rule school districts, and open-enrollment charter schools to establish innovation zones and the authority of school districts to obtain designation as districts of innovation.
- SB 1309 Menéndez Relating to eligibility requirements for issuance of a teaching certificate to an applicant who holds a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor teaching certification.
- SB 1896 Taylor, Larry Relating to providing public school students tutorials through the state virtual school network for end-of-course assessment instruments required for graduation.
- SB 2062 Watson | et al. Relating to authorizing certain charter holders to provide combined services for certain adult and high school dropout recovery programs.
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