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HB 450 Rep. Mary Gonzalez Filed

Revises the charter statute regarding charters providing notice of a new (expansion) campus to be mandatory, rather than permissive, and to require that the notice be provided at least 18 months before opening, rather than up to 18 months. Shortens the time limit for the commissioner to provide approval or disapproval of the expansion from 60 to 30 days.

HB 517 Rep. Michelle Beckley Filed

Requires school boards to adopt a policy regarding custodians' workloads. It must include benchmarks for the square footage that can be assigned to a properly equipped custodian during an 8-hour shift. The benchmarks must be categorized by elementary, middle and high school campuses, and by other district facilities.

HB 538 Rep. Jared Patterson Filed

Expands the number of students eligible for more than three year-long online courses during a year by removing the current restriction that limits students to those enrolled in a full-time online program that was operating on Jan. 1, 2013.

HB 547 Rep. James Frank Filed

Requires districts that participate in UIL activities to provide otherwise-eligible home-schooled students the opportunity to participate on behalf of the school in the same manner as students enrolled in the school. The home-schooled student is subject to policies regarding registration, age eligibility, fees, insurance, transportation, physical condition, qualifications, responsibilities, event schedules, standards of behavior, and performance.

HB 572 Rep. Harold Dutton Filed

Allows the commissioner, during the 2022-23 school year, to offer a dropout recovery competency-based pilot program, which may have a charter school, or a campus or campus program that has been granted a charter, provide the program. The program is for students in grades 9-12, at least 50% of whom are 17 or older as of September 1 of the school year, and the program must register under alternative education accountability procedures.

HB 586 Rep. Sheryl Cole Filed

Allows districts to borrow money from the Texas Public Finance Authority. The TPFA can issue and sell obligations to finance loans to districts for eligible purposes; the purchase of vehicles, equipment or appliances for sale, lease, or lease purchase to eligible districts; a lease or other agreement that concerns equipment that a district has purchased or leased or intends to purchase/lease; and costs associated with improvement of existing facilities.

HB 587 Rep. Sheryl Cole Filed

Requires the Texas Facilities Commission to study the availability and suitability of unused and underused public facilities for joint use by two governmental entities.

HB 605 Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins Filed Health

Requires districts to adopt a healthy and safe school water plan, which must include provisions for periodic lead testing and reducing exposure to elevated levels of lead in school water sources. If testing results show lead levels of more than 15 ppb, the district must restrict access to the water source within 48 hours of learning of the results, and must mitigate the source of the contamination. A subsequent test must show a level of less than 15 ppb before access is restored.

HB 618 Rep. Harold Dutton Filed Charter schools

Allows charter schools to participate in the existing Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant Program, which is currently limited to junior colleges, technical institutes, state colleges and ISDs.

HB 622 Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins Filed Certification and Training

Creates an abbreviated educator preparation program for marketing education certification and health science technology education certification. Each program must require at least 200 hours of coursework or training.

HB 672 Rep. Armando Martinez Filed TRS/benefits

Requires the TRS Board to consider a CPI-indexed increase to retirement benefits on an annual basis, to the extent that the retirement system is actuarially sound and has money available to pay the increased benefits. If sound but the full benefit is not affordable, the Board will adjust the amount of the increase accordingly. Begins with benefits paid on or after Jan. 1, 2022.

HB 690 Rep. Will Metcalf Filed School Safety

Provides that the State Board of Education must require school board trustees to complete training on school safety. SBOE will develop the curriculum and materials in conjunction with the Texas School Safety Center.

HB 691 Rep. Will Metcalf Filed School Safety

Requires the Texas School Safety Center to report to TEA if a school district fails to comply with certain school safety requirements, such as implementation of a multihazard plan, and creation of a school safety and security committee. TEA can impose an administrative penalty for noncompliance in an amount no greater than the superintendent's annual salary.

HB 699 Rep. Jon Rosenthal Filed Students

Creates an excused absence for a student with a life-threatening illness or related treatment, with certification from a doctor specifying the illness and the anticipated period of absence related to the illness or treatment. Provides that a student cannot be denied promotion if it is determined that the student failed to meet requirements due to circumstances related to a serious or life-threatening illness or treatment.

HB 725 Rep. Jared Patterson Filed

Adds children who are or have been in foster care in another state or territory to the list of children eligible for free preK.

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