Some committees have yet to fully get underway, for example, the Senate Education Committee held an organizational meeting in early February and has not met since. But House Public Education held its second hearing on a number of bills Tuesday. TCTA supported the following bills, all of which were left pending:

  • HB 76, which requires cardiac assessment of students prior to participating in athletic activities
  • HB 92, which provides that a campus turnaround plan can allow a campus to operate as a community school
  • HB 129, which requires campuses with a very high percentage of educationally disadvantaged to hire at least one counselor, nurse, social worker, or similar type of professional
  • HB 198, which allows districts to provide mental health services and mental health education at a school-based health center
  • HB 199, which expands the possible uses of instructional material allotment funds
  • HB 239, which allows social workers to provide social work services to students and families in a school or district
  • HB 314, which specifies that compensatory education funds can be used for child-care services for at-risk students and requires the commissioner to include pregnance in the PEIMS reporting system as a reason for dropping out
  • HB 330, which requires that the commissioner exclude from dropout calculations students who have a condition or injury that requires subtantial medical care such that the student is unable to attend school
  • HB 391, which requires districts and charter schools to provide instructional materials to a student in book form if the student does not have reliable access to technology at home
  • HB 422, which requires districts to report to TEA every year whether they are complying with the laws requiring the establishment of district and campus decision-making committees
  • HB 455, which requires districts to adopt a recess policy that specifies the required recess time and whether recess can be withheld as a form of discipline
  • HB 663, which requires the SBOE to review and revise the foundation TEKS to narrow their scope and number