The House Public Education Committee advanced another series of bills in a formal meeting Wednesday evening. The following bills were approved unanimously:
- CSHB 194, which would require the State Board of Education (SBOE) to create a special education endorsement.
- HB 1042, which would expand a parent’s right to request their student be allowed to take home instructional materials.
- HB 1553, which would allow a district that fails to meet standard to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with an institution of higher education in order to help improve the district’s performance.
- CSHB 1847, which would require a school to notify parents if there is not a full-time nurse on the campus.
- CSHB 2806, which would require school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to report to PEIMS the number and percentage of students enrolled in voluntary after-school and summer programs, along with the number of campuses that offer such programs.
- CSHB 2884, which would expand the requirement for daily physical activity in elementary school from four semesters to six.
- CSHB 3044, which would allow a candidate for teacher certification to obtain credit for the required 15 hours of field-based experience by simply observing a certified teacher or by serving as a substitute teacher up to two years prior to or subsequent to admission in an educator preparation program.
- CSHB 3231, which would exempt charters operated by a public senior college or university from being assigned a financial accountability rating under Section 39.082(e).
- HB 3251, which would remove language from statute that makes the adjustment for rapid decline in taxable value of property in a school district subject to appropriation.
- CSHB 3434, which would require TEA adopt uniform general conditions adopted by the Texas Facilities Commission for use in all building construction contracts made by school districts.
- CSHB 3437, which would order the TEA to develop a special education recovery program for the benefit of students negatively affected by the special ed “cap.”
- HB 3573, which would remove the exemption from municipal zoning ordinances governing public schools for charters in small municipalities from charters adjacent to a large municipality.
- HB 3684, which would add instruction to prevent the use of e-cigarettes to the tobacco prevention section of the duties of the local school health advisory committee.
- CSHB 4027, which would add additional guidelines to the transition plan for special education students preparing to leave the public school system.
Members are expected to meet again Thursday in order to vote on remaining legislation left pending before the committee.