Gov. Greg Abbott recently issued a report highlighting progress on school safety initiatives in Texas. The report mentions several bills passed during the 2019 session, including two initiated by TCTA.

Senate Bill 2432 requires a student to be removed from the classroom and placed in a DAEP, subject to mitigating factors, if the student engages in elements of the crime of harassment against a school employee, such as making threats against the employee or their family. Abbott called this bill "a positive step toward protecting teachers and students in the classroom."

SB 1451 prohibits a teacher from being marked as deficient in an appraisal solely based on disciplinary referrals made by the teacher or documentation submitted by the teacher regarding student conduct.

Click here to read Abbott's full report on school safety.