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HB 1740 Rep. Dan Huberty Filed Accountability

 

HB 742 Rep. DeWayne Burns Filed Accountability

Allows a parent of a student with significant cognitive disabilities to request that their student be exempted from the alternative assessment instrument. The student's ARD committee will determine if the student should be exempted. If so, the student must be assessed in the applicable subject using an alternative assessment method developed under a process newly outlined in the bill. The commissioner, with stakeholder and parent input, must develop for each applicable subject an alternative assessment method. The criteria must include progress on the goals identified in the student's IEP...

HB 749 Rep. Mayes Middleton Filed

Prohibits political subdivisions from using public funds to hire a lobbyist or to pay a nonprofit state organization that primarily represents political subdivision and hires or contracts with a lobbyist. If the subdivision engages in the prohibited activity, a taxpayer or resident of the subdivision is entitled to injunctive relief to prevent further such activity. Allows county judges and county commissioners to serve on the governing body of such an organization but public funds cannot be spent to serve or otherwise to join or be a member of the organization.

HB 750 Rep. DeWayne Burns Filed

TCTA-initiated bill that requires districts to post (if they have a website) their employment policy and the full text of any regulations or forms referenced in the policy.

HB 759 Rep. Sam Harless Filed

Creates a student threat assessment database for students determined by a threat assessment team to be a serious risk to themselves or others. Requires that a threat assessment team's assessment of a student be completed within 30 days of the beginning of the assessment. No more than 10 days after a determination that a student poses serious risk of violence to himself or others, the team must enter the assessment into the database and make a notation in the student's record that the student is included in the database.

HB 764 Rep. Matt Krause Filed

Deletes end-of-course assessments and the 8th grade social studies assessment. Requires use of the TSI, SAT, ACT, PSAT, ACT-Plan or other nationally recognized, norm-referenced assessment for any federally required secondary level assessments. Includes a provision ensuring that if federal requirements are reduced, the SBOE must adopt rules reducing state assessments accordingly.

HB 764 Rep. Matt Krause Filed

Deletes end-of-course assessments and the 8th grade social studies assessment. Requires use of the TSI, SAT, ACT, PSAT, ACT-Plan or other nationally recognized, norm-referenced assessment for any federally required secondary level assessments. Includes a provision ensuring that if federal requirements are reduced, the SBOE must adopt rules reducing state assessments accordingly.

HB 773 Rep. Gary VanDeaver Filed

Adds information about students who successfully completed a program of study in career and technology education to the student achievement indicators.

HB 785 Rep. Alma Allen Filed Discipline

Requires the IEP committee to at least annually review a behavior improvement plan (BIP) if included in a student's IEP, to address any changes in the student's circumstances (e.g., a changed placement or variations in attendance or behavior), or student safety. Adds to required provisions of a student code of conduct that parent notification of a student removed to a DAEP or expelled must specify whether the district recommends a revision to the BIP, if applicable, or whether the district recommends conducting a functional behavioral assessment.

HB 818 Rep. Sheryl Cole Filed

Expands the definition of the crime of harassment to include publication of repeated electronic communications in a manner reasonably likely to harass, abuse, or torment another person and makes this form of harassment a Class A misdemeanor. Includes the provision in the Ch. 37 statute that allows principals to report to law enforcement if the principal has reasonable grounds to believe the student engaged in this conduct.

HB 819 Rep. James White Filed

Creates a Rural School Innovation Zones pilot program to align the delivery of educational services in rural areas to maximize workforce preparation and improve student outcomes. A district in an eligible area can opt into the pilot program by entering into an agreement with other districts in the region to establish a regional administrator to manage the educational and career opportunities offered to high school students under the program.

HB 822 Rep. DeWayne Burns Filed

Requires expulsion of a student who engages in felony terroristic threat. If the threat is a misdemeanor, the student may be expelled.

HB 958 Rep. Tom Oliverson Filed

Requires the comptroller to deposit to general revenue 90% of the amount by which GR exceeds 104% of GR received during the preceding biennium. The money can be appropriated only to TEA for the purpose of property tax relief through reduction of the state compression percentage.

HB 998 Rep. Harold Dutton Filed

Requires that the commissioner evaluate a dropout recovery school under an alternative education accountability procedure. To the extent allowed under federal law or a waiver, the commissioner must adopt performance targets for the student achievement domain and the school progress domain that are based on the average performance of districts and campuses registered under the alternative education accountability procedures for the preceding school year for those domains.

HB 1192 Rep. Gina Hinojosa Filed Accountability

Provides for the cancellation of STAAR during emergency declarations issued by the governor and/or president of the US. The commissioner would have to apply for a federal waiver of testing requirements for a school or school district that is located in the area of the disaster, and the bill requires the state not to consider these assessments when it comes to possible district or campus takeovers.

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