Passed the House:
by Dan Huberty (R-Katy) would require high school student athletes to receive a physical exam that includes an electrocardiogram before being allowed to participate in a sports activity. The committee substitute was adopted and it passed the House 145-0.
by Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio) would allow special education students to earn an endorsement on the student's transcript by successfully completing curriculum and endorsement requirements identified by the State Board of Education, with or without modification by the student's admission, review, and dismissal committee. It passed the House 148-0.
by Giovanni Capriglione (R-Keller) would establish procedures for a high school diploma to be issued posthumously to a student that dies while enrolled in the school district. The committee substitute was adopted and it passed the House 148-0.
On Tuesday, the House Public Education Committee took up:
by Greg Bonnen (R-Friendswood) is a school safety bill that includes building and facility security standards, multi-hazard emergency operations plans, communication access, safety and security audits, notification plans, and emergency drills. It was left pending.
by Mary Gonzalez (D-El Paso) would require the State Board of Education to adopt the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for curricula to be used by a school district in providing healthy relationships education that is age-appropriate and supported by research that is peer-reviewed, conducted in compliance with accepted scientific methods, and recognized as accurate by leading professional organizations. It was left pending.
by Giovanni Capriglione (R-Keller) would require the Commissioner of Education to adjust a school district's wealth per student by deducting the amount of revenue per student costs associated with campus security in the preceding school year. It was left pending.
by Dan Huberty (R-Humble) would authorize school board members and school superintendents to carry a concealed handgun at a meeting of the board of trustees of the school district. It was left pending.
by Will Metcalf (R-Conroe) would require the Texas School Safety Center to report to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) any school district that fails to require with school safety and security audits, procedures and requirements; and would allow TEA to impose an administrative penalty against the district in an amount up to the annual salary of the superintendent. It was left pending.
by Will Metcalf (R-Conroe) would require school districts to conduct a safety and security audit once every two years (instead of three years); and would require (instead of allow) school districts to require a person that enters a campus, other than to attend a school sponsored event that is open to the public, to display the person's driver's license or other form of photo identification, and to cross-check the person with the Department of Public Safety's sex offender registry. It was left pending.
by Will Metcalf (R-Conroe) would require the State Board of Education to require a trustee to complete training on school safety on curriculum and materials developed by the board. It was left pending.
by Will Metcalf (R-Conroe) would require school district trustees and charter school governing members to complete training on school safety and security provided by the Texas School Safety Center every three years. It was left pending.
by Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) would require the State Board of Education to integrate positive character traits into the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum. It was left pending.
by James Talarico (D-Round Rock) would require school districts and charters to maintain a mental health professional to school law enforcement ratio of at least four mental health professionals for each school law enforcement official if the district or school has 5,000 or more students; three to one if the district or school has between 500 and 5,000 students; and two to one if the district or school has less than 500 students. It was left pending.
by Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) would require teachers and other school district employees to be trained to recognize students displaying signs of physical or emotional trauma and a possible need for early mental health or substance abuse intervention. It was left pending.
by Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) would establish a life skills counselor pilot program in high schools in the border region to help address emotional and mental health concerns of students. It was left pending.
by Greg Bonnen (R-Friendswood) would establish a school safety allotment of at least $50 per student in the foundation school program to be used to improve school safety and security including securing school facilities through infrastructure, installation of physical barriers, security equipment or cameras, employing peace officers and school marshals, and safety and security training. It was left pending.
by Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas) would require a school districts to include in its multihazard emergency operations plan a policy for responding to an active shooter emergency. It was left pending.
by Alma Allen (D-Houston) would require campus improvement plans to include goals and methods for bullying prevention and dropout deterrence, including providing a research-based teacher development program that provides teachers continuing education in creating a nurturing classroom environment; developing respectful and caring relationships with students; promoting student emotional health by providing strategies to help students feel valued; and providing empathetic teaching techniques that may be used to discipline a student's behavior while showing respect and care for the student. It was left pending.
by Jon Rosenthal (D-Houston) would require school districts and charters to adopt policies and procedures in accordance with the guidelines developed by the Texas School Safety Center for establishing a threat assessment team. It was left pending.
by Jon Rosenthal (D-Houston) would establish new building standards and safety standards that apply to new instructional facilities constructed after September 1, 2019. It was left pending.
by James Talarico (D-Round Rock) would require the Commissioner of Education to develop training materials to assist educators in developing expertise in working with students with mental health needs. It was left pending.
by James Talarico (D-Round Rock) would require suicide prevention training to all school employees that have student contact, including bus drivers. It was left pending.
by Steve Allison (R-San Antonio) would require school districts to incorporate instruction in digital citizenship into the district's curriculum including instruction on the standards of appropriate, responsible, and healthy online behavior, including the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and act on all forms of digital communication. It was left pending.
by Ana-Maria Ramos (D-Dallas) would require teacher staff development to include suicide prevention training at least every two years. It was left pending.
by Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) would require school districts to include a special threat response policy in its multihazard emergency operating plans. It was left pending.
by Steve Allison (R-San Antonio) would require (instead of allow) school districts to develop practices and procedures concerning substance abuse prevention and intervention and suicide prevention that include the return of a student to school following hospitalization or residential treatment for a mental health condition or substance abuse and for suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention (activities that promote healing necessary to reduce the risk of suicide by a person affected by the suicide of another). It was left pending.
Also on Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee took up:
by Kirk Watson (D-Austin) would prohibit a homeless student from being placed in out-of-school suspension. It was left pending. (the companion is HB 692, which was reported favorably from the House Public Education Committee this week)
by Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) would require the Commissioner of Education to ensure that a teacher may not be assigned an area of deficiency in an appraisal solely on the basis of disciplinary referrals made by the teacher.
by Royce West (D-Dallas) would clarify that a child that is eligible for enrollment in a pre-kindergarten class at the age of three remains eligible for enrollment at the age of four. It was left pending.
Reported From Committee:
by James White (R-Hillister) would prohibit a homeless student from being placed in out-of-school suspension. It was reported favorably from the House Public Education Committee this week. (the companion is SB 1001, which was heard in the Senate Education Committee this week)
by Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston) would add students who successfully complete a coherent sequence of career and technology courses to the evaluation criteria for school districts and campuses. It was voted favorably from the House Public Education Committee.
by Stan Lambert (R-Abilene) would allow a student whose parent or guardian is an active-duty military member to establish residency in a school district by providing a copy of a military order requiring the parent's transfer to a military installation in or adjacent to the district's attendance zone. It was voted favorably from the House Public Education Committee.
by Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) would require the State Board of Educator Certification to establish a program to issue micro-credentials in fields of study related to an educator's certification class. It was voted favorably from the House Public Education Committee.
by Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) would eliminate the sunset date (September 1, 2019) on statutes authorizing the use of individual graduation committees and alternative methods to satisfy high school graduation requirements. It was voted favorably as substituted from the Senate Education Committee.
by Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) would add a course in American Sign Language completed at an elementary school to count for one credit toward an elective course for graduation. It is on the House calendar for Monday, April 1, 2019.
by Dan Huberty (R-Humble) is a comprehensive school finance reform bill. It is on the House calendar for Wednesday, April 3, 2019 (committee substitute). Amendments must be filed with the clerk's office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2019.
Senate Intent Calendar:
by Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) would require open-enrollment charter schools to be treated the same as school districts for purposes of the exemption provisions related to municipal drainage requirements. It is on the Senate Intent calendar for Monday, April 1, 2019 (first placement).
The House Public Education Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. in E2.036 of the capitol extension to take up:
by Cedil Bell, Jr. (R-Magnolia) would allow the $50 bonus for two or more advanced career and technology education courses to apply to advanced technology applications courses.
by James Talarico (D-Round Rock) would establish the Public School Mental Health Task Force to examine the effectiveness of school counseling programs for students in public schools.
by Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) would require schools and charters that do not have a full-time nurse assigned to be present at the school for more than 30 consecutive instructional days during the school year to provide written notice of the absence to the parents of each student enrolled in the school.
by John Turner (D-Dallas) would clarify that three-year-old children that qualify for pre-kindergarten programs remain eligible the following school year.
by Alma Allen (D-Houston) would establish procedures to transition a student from an alternative education program to a regular classroom.
by Steve Allison (R-San Antonio) would require kindergarten through 8th-grade TEKS to include coding, computer programming, computational thinking, and cybersecurity in the technology applications curriculum.
by Chris Turner (D-Burleson) would require Texas Education Agency to provide school districts with a copy of all source data submitted to the agency by an entity other than the district that the agency considered in determining the district's or a campus' accountability rating, prior to the initial release of accountability ratings for a school year.
by Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) would require the State Board of Educator Certification to provide for a minimum amount of field-based experience or internship to be included in the required credit hours needed for teacher certification.
by DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne) would require school districts to post the district's employment policy on the district's Internet website.
by Rhetta Andrews Bowers (D-Rowlett) would designate March 1st as Texas Girls in STEM Day to celebrate and encourage the participation of girls in the fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
by Keith Bell (R-Forney) would require the Texas Education Agency to develop interactive electronic tutorials that provide a comprehensive review for each end-of-course assessment required for graduation.
by Harold Dutton (D-Houston) would require school districts to allow sufficient time for teachers to teach and for students to learn the required curriculum; and would prohibit a school district from penalizing a teacher that does not follow a designated scope and sequence, if the teacher determines that students need additional time or less time to demonstrate proficiency in a specific set of standards.
The Senate Education Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in E1.028 to take up:
by Kirk Watson (D-Austin) would take away the "pilot" status of the Adult High School Diploma and Industry Certification Charter School Program, making it a full program; and would allow adult students of all ages to participate.
by Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) would allow a student whose parent or guardian is an active-duty military member to establish residency in a school district by providing a copy of a military order requiring the parent's transfer to a military installation in or adjacent to the district's attendance zone.
by Kirk Watson (D-Austin) would require the Texas Education Agency to conduct an ongoing study to examine costs associated with dual credit courses offered a public high schools including data on costs associated with tuition, fees, textbooks, transportation, instructor compensation, assessments, and facilities; and including sources of funding. (the companion is HB 3055)
by Beverly Powell (D-Burleson) would require agreements between school districts and institutions of higher education to provide a dual credit program.
by Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) would require students who have earned 15 or more semester credit hours through dual credit to complete an application for federal student aid (FAFSA) or a Texas application for state financial aid (TASFA).
by Angela Paxton (R-McKinney) would eliminate the internship requirement for teacher certification.
by Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) would require school districts that reduce the number of instruction days for students to give a corresponding reduction of teacher in-service days.