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HB 568 Rep. Ron Reynolds Filed

Bracketed to Fort Bend ISD. Requires one school board member to be elected at-large and the remaining members from single-member districts in FBISD.

HB 287 Rep. Mary Gonzalez Filed

Lowers the current 500-student threshold for student/counselor ratios to 250, so that a district with 250 or more students in elementary school grades must have a counselor at each elementary campus, and a counselor for every 250 elementary students.

HB 893 Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins Filed

Requires the commissioner to develop a program for the state to provide financial assistance to a charter holder seeking to construct or acquire facilities for instruction. The program may include the provision of forgivable loans, a loan guarantee process (for a charter holder with at least 5 years of successful operation of a school), and assistance to charter holders in obtaining loans from private lenders.

HB 38 Rep. Ron Reynolds Filed Students

Prohibits dress/grooming policies, including for extracurricular activities, from discriminating against a hair texture or protective hairstyle (such as braids, locks and twists) commonly or historically associated with race. Applies to institutions of higher education as well. Also applies to employers, labor unions and employment agencies.

SB 88 Sen. Jose Menendez Filed Special populations

The commissioner must distribute funds to each district to provide special education liaison services and employ one or more certified educators to serve as special education liaison for the district. If the district has a SPED liaison, that person serves as the district's representative on a student's IEP committee.

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 288 Rep. Phil Stephenson Filed

Exempts homesteads from property taxation for M&O purposes, offsetting the revenue loss with state sales and use tax revenue.

HB 925 Rep. Ron Reynolds Filed

Requires the commissioner to adopt procedures for districts to adjust district boundaries to ensure that all homes in a subdivision are in the same district.

HB 41 Rep. James Talarico Filed Class sizes

Requires districts (removing "must attempt to" phrasing) to maintain a ratio in any pre-K program class of no less than one teacher or aide for each 11 students, and to maintain 22:1 class size caps as for K-4 classes.

SB 89 Sen. Jose Menendez Filed Special populations

Titled the COVID-19 Special Education Recovery Act. Provides that for each child in special education during 2019-20 or 2020-21, the district must prepare a supplement included with the written statement of the IEP.

HB 577 Rep. Phil Stephenson Filed

Creates a joint interim committee to study the feasibility of a pension revenue enhancement plan for TRS (see Stephenson's HB 248).

HB 301 Rep. Nicole Collier Filed

Provides that as part of a charter's application procedure, or for approval of an expansion amendment, the charter must provide to the commissioner a letter of community support or opposition from the appropriate state representative.

HB 944 Rep. Mary Gonzalez Filed

Revises the procedures for a charter school expansion amendment to include SBOE approval (which is also required for any charter revision - previously required commissioner approval). Defines "expansion amendment" as an amendment that allows the school to increase maximum allowable enrollment, extend grade levels, add a campus or site, or change geographic boundaries. Requires that a charter school can request approval of an expansion amendment no more than once per year (that limitation previously applied only to revisions of maximum enrollment).

HB 47 Rep. Terry Canales Filed Health

Adds SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 to current law regarding presumptive coverage for tuberculosis and other respiratory illnesses that currently applies to emergency workers, and adds public school district employees diagnosed with SARS or COVID. The law states that such an employee diagnosed via an approved test is presumed to have contracted the illness during the course and scope of employment at the school district.

SB 96 Sen. Jose Menendez Filed Mental Health

Allows districts to contract with a local mental health authority to provide mental health services on a campus. Upon parent request, a local mental health authority providing on-campus services that conducts a mental or behavioral health assessment or provides services to the parent's student can provide results to the student's primary care provider of the assessment and of any services provided.

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