House Public Education focuses on accountability proposals in Tuesday's hearing. Chair Dan Huberty said he will unveil the House school finance plan Tuesday, with public hearings the following week.

Monday

The House International Relations/Economic Development Committee will hear a bill (HB 114 by Rep. James White) that would require that students be informed about the availability of college credit for military experience, education and training.

Tuesday

The House Public Education Committee plans to discuss accountability issues and hear related bills:

  • HB 525 by Rep. Tony Tinderholt eliminates state-mandated tests for writing and social studies, and the English II and US History end-of-course exams.
  • HB 671 by Rep. Ken King revises required testing for students entering 9th grade during the 2019-20 school year or later, including eliminating end-of-course exams and allowing districts to select a TSI assessment or nationally recognized norm-referenced assessment (such as SAT or ACT) to be administered in grade 11.
  • HB 843 by Rep. Drew Springer includes Algebra II and English III college-readiness assessments as student achievement indicators in the accountability system.
  • HB 851 by Chair Dan Huberty removes the September 2019 expiration date for the statute that provides for individual graduation committees (which can determine whether a student may graduate despite not having passed all required state tests).
  • HB 1244 by Rep. Trent Ashby eliminates the US History EOC, and requires districts to administer the civics test used by the federal government for naturalization purposes to students in the foundation program. A student cannot receive a diploma until the student has performed satisfactorily on the civics test.
  • HB 1480 by Rep. Gary VanDeaver requires a district to establish an accelerated learning committee for each student who does not perform satisfactorily on the 3rd, 5th or 8th grade math or reading test. Eliminates the requirement to perform satisfactorily for promotion to 6th and 9th grade.

Thursday

The House Appropriations Committee will consider the recommendations of the Article III subcommittee on education budget issues. In addition, the committee will hold a hearing on HB 4, which provides supplemental funding for needs of the current biennium (the regular budget bill addresses expenses for the upcoming biennium). HB 4 includes funding (including $636 million from the Rainy Day Fund) for education-related costs associated with Hurricane Harvey, specifically to make up for lost revenues due to decreased property values and reimbursement for disaster remediation costs.