Charter school bill approved by House Public Ed

The House Public Education Committee on Tuesday approved SB 127 by Dan Patrick, allowing for a limited expansion of open-enrollment charter schools.

The committee also approved the following bills:

  • SB 471 by Royce West, relating to public school and child-care facility policies addressing sexual abuse and other maltreatment of children.
  • SB 1620 by Robert Duncan, relating to an approval process for substitution of certain career and technology courses for mathematics and science courses otherwise required under the recommended and advanced high school programs.
  • SB 1113 by Jeff Wentworth, relating to certain contracts entered into by school districts for another entity to provide food services at one or more district schools.
  • SB 1042 Glenn Hagar, relating to the eligibility of employees convicted of certain offenses to provide services under a contract with a public school.
  • SB 1557 by John Carona, relating to the establishment of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium.
  • SB 1383 by Florence Shapiro, relating to an appraisal and professional development system for public school principals.

The committee heard the following bills and left them pending:

  • SB 49 by Judith  Zaffirini, relating to school district requirements regarding parental notification and documentation in connection with disciplinary alternative education programs.
  • SB 205 by John Whitmire, relating to school district policies to prohibit bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, and intimidation.  TSTA went on record in support of this bill.
  • SB 291 by Kirk Watson, relating to an alcohol awareness component of the science curriculum used in public schools.
  • SB 518 by Florence Shapiro, relating to initiatives designed to improve performance of public school students, including initiatives specifically for students enrolled at the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade levels.
  • SB 550 by Kevin Eltife, relating to the required public notice of the names of a certain number of finalists for the position of superintendent of a public school district.
  • SB 570 by Florence Shapiro, relating to beginning teacher induction and mentoring programs for public schools.  TSTA went on record in support of this bill.
  • SB 1117 by John Whitmire, relating to the prosecution of a parent contributing to the non-attendance of a public school student.