Mentoring bill approved by House Public Education

The House Public Education Committee on Thursday approved several pieces of legislation, including a bill to create a new induction and mentoring program for beginning teachers and a resolution declaring Texas Teacher Appreciation Week.

SB570 by Sen. Florence Shapiro would require the state education commissioner to create the mentoring program in which all school districts would have the option of participating.

HCR152 by Rep. Raul Torres would declare the first week in May as Texas Teacher Appreciation Week, an ironic declaration coming as House and Senate budget negotiators are working on cutting several billion dollars from public school budgets and endangering thousands of teachers’ jobs.

The committee also approved the following bills:

  • SB66 by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, relating to the transfer of a student from the school district in which he or she lives to another district.
  • SB1114 by Sen. Jeff Wentworth, relating to the regulation of driver training schools and instructors.
  • SB1511 by Sen. Royce West, relating to minimum standards for approval of educator preparation programs.
  • SB536 by Sen. Wendy Davis, requiring electronic reports on incidents in which school police officers use restraint against individuals.
  • SB205 by Sen. John Whitmire, relating to school district policies to prohibit bullying, cyberbullying, harassment and intimidation.
  • SB1214 by Sen. Dan Patrick, relating to equal opportunity for access by private and parochial school students to University Interscholastic League activities.
  • Sen.346 by Sen. Mario Gallegos, relating to the curriculum that must be provided by a disciplinary alternative education program.
  • SB290 by Sen. Kirk Watson, relating to including a personal financial literacy component in certain public school mathematics courses.

The committee rejected the following bill:

  • SB140 by Sen. Shapiro, relating to minimum public school attendance for class credit or a grade.