Two TCTA bills that have already passed the Senate were heard in the House Public Education Committee Tuesday.

SB 2432 by Rep. Larry Taylor, carried in the House by Rep. Scott Sanford, would provide for mandatory removal to a DAEP of a student who engages in serious or threatening harassment of a teacher. TCTA’s Paige Williams described situations in which teachers have had students threaten the teacher or the teacher’s family with few consequences, often ending up back in the teacher’s classroom.

SB 1451, also by Taylor and carried in the House by Rep. Trent Ashby, would ensure that a teacher would not be marked down on an appraisal solely for removing students from the classroom for disciplinary purposes, or for documenting student behavior.