A Tuesday hearing on a major school finance reform bill will dominate the week's activities at the Capitol.

Monday

The House Committee on International Relations and Economic Development will hear HB 114 by Rep. James White, which requires that students be given information about the availability of college credit for military experience, education and training.

The Senate Finance Committee will hear HB 500 by Sen. Jane Nelson, which authorizes supplemental state funding for the current biennium, including $100 million for school safety measures, $1 billion for Harvey-related expenses, and $300 million to shore up the TRS pension fund.

Tuesday

The House Public Education Committee will take testimony on HB 3, the school finance reform and teacher compensation bill.

The House Pensions, Investments and Financial Services Committee agenda includes:

  • HB 953 by Rep. Ken King, which requires charter schools to pay the amount the state currently contributes to TRS for employees subject to the minimum salary schedule.
  • HCR 19 (Rep. Abel Herrero) and HCR 25 (Victoria Neave) which both urge Congress to repeal the two federal laws that reduce Social Security benefits for most Texas school employees.

Wednesday

House Public Education will hear several bills:

  • HB 233 by Rep. Matt Krause provides that schools cannot begin instruction before the Tuesday after Labor Day and cannot end classes after the Friday before Memorial Day (and prohibits Districts of Innovation from exempting themselves from these laws).
  • HB 340 by Rep. Philip Cortez requires that students in full-day pre-K and K-3 receive 30 minutes of recess per day, in addition to the physical activity already required under law.
  • HB 684 by Rep. Travis Clardy requires school nurses to complete a TEA-approved online course regarding managing students with seizures; other employees must complete an online course regarding awareness of students with seizures.
  • HB 692 by Rep. James White prohibits out-of-school suspension for a homeless student.
  • HB 808 by Rep. Harold Dutton provides that the performance of a district with at least 1,000 African American males for accountability purposes will be based solely on the performance of African American males.
  • HB 811 by Rep. James White provides that a school’s student code of conduct must specify that consideration in disciplinary matters will be given to a student’s status as a foster or homeless student.
  • HB 880 by Rep. Gina Calanni restricts a school board’s severance payment to a superintendent to no more than one year’s salary.
  • HB 960 by Rep. Donna Howard includes school nurses among the professionals who can determine whether a student must be removed from a practice or competition due to a suspected concussion.
  • HB 961 by Howard provides that if a district or charter school employees a school nurse, the nurse must be on the district’s/school’s concussion oversight team, if requested by the nurse.
  • HB 1093 by Rep. Joe Moody prohibits the commissioner and TEA from adopting a shorter time period than that in federal law for filing a due process complaint about violations of state or federal special education laws.
  • HB 1132 by Rep. Lina Ortega allows ISDs to - no later than December 31, 2024 - change the date of school board elections to the November uniform election date.
  • HB 1133 by Rep. Jonathan Stickland changes class-size caps to a campus-wide average of 22 students per class in each grade level.
  • HB 1276 by Rep. Jon Rosenthal provides that in a district with at least 5,000 students, a student in grades 1-6 cannot be assigned for two consecutive years in a foundation curriculum class to a teacher who has less than one year of experience and does not hold the appropriate certificate, unless the parent and a school counselor or administrator agree otherwise.
  • HB 2074 by Rep. Gene Wu prohibits districts from requiring a school counselor to assume a disciplinary role or otherwise require a counselor duties involving student discipline that are inconsistent with the counselor’s primary responsibilities under current law.