The 87th Texas Legislature convenes Jan. 12, 2021, for a 140-day session. Below you'll find more information about education-related bills filed during the session. Click on the bill's name in the table to see more details about it.

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Bill Number Sponsorsort descending Last Action Bill Categories Bill Summary
HB 24 Rep. Alex Dominguez Filed Special populations

Requires the commissioner to distribute funds to provide at least one playground in each district that is inclusive and accessible for students with disabilities.

 

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 680 Rep. Ana Hernandez Filed Students

Requires the secretary of state to provide registration application forms to high schools at least once per year.

HB 625 Rep. Ana Hernandez 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 246 Rep. Andrew Murr Filed

Clarifies the definition of "sexual contact" in the statutes regarding educator misconduct.

HB 59 Rep. Andrew Murr Filed Finance

Prohibits districts from imposing M&O taxes. An enrichment tax of up to 17 cents per $100 of taxable property value is allowed to to enrich students' educational opportunities. Creates the joint interim committee on the elimination of school district M&O taxes. The committee will evaluate the effectiveness of increasing/expanding or newly imposing consumption (sales) taxes to fund public schools.

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 779 Rep. Art Fierro Filed

Requires districts to reimburse teachers of grades 9 and below up to $250/year for classroom supplies purchased by the teacher. Teachers (no grade levels specified) can be reimbursed under the state program for eligible purchases for which they are not reimbursed under the district requirement.

HB 153 Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins Filed Curriculum

Titled the Cultural Inclusion Act. Requires TEA, the SBOE and stakeholders to enter into a memorandum of understanding establishing their respective responsibilities in developing instruction, including curriculum and instructional modules, on culturally inclusive curriculum reflecting the cultural, linguistic and religious diversity of society. The instruction must include fostering a sense of self-identity, fostering acceptance of diversity, encouraging critical thinking, encouraging empathy, and fostering children's ability to stand up for themselves and others.

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 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 370 Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins Filed

Provides that implementation of a new rule adopted by the commissioner or TEA that affects methods or procedures regarding accountability can be delayed until the second school year after the year the rule is adopted, unless the commissioner/TEA is required by law to implement the rule in a shorter period.

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 724 Rep. Bobby Guerra Filed

Requires the secretary of state to consult with TEA regarding the number of voter registration applications to provide to high schools, and to provide them once each fall and spring semester in the number determined through the consultation with TEA.

HB 745 Rep. Bobby Guerra Filed

Allows districts to establish a telehealth program for students and employees to receive services during the school day. The services must be free and can be provided to a student only with parent approval.

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