Thursday, January 14, 2021

TEXAS EDUCATORS: Are we victims or FIGHTERS?

 

As promised, here is part two of my "Knowledge is emPOWERment" series on the bills that have been filed that pertain to public education and TRS, these filed in the Texas Senate.

I am repeating the five steps below from yesterday's blog post:

   1.  For a list oHouse bills filed and updated regularly.

    2.  For a list of Senate bills filed, also updated regularly.

    3.  You can go to this site, create an account, and follow any bill. By doing so, you will receive updates on the bill's movement through the legislative process. 

    4.  You can click on the underlined bill/resolution numbers below to get more about that bill/resolution.  

    5.  I highlighted the bills related to TRS and TRS Care.  

SB 36

Author:

Zaffirini

Last Action:

11/09/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to the offense of hazing.


SB 37

Author:

Zaffirini

Last Action:

11/09/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to providing free full-day prekindergarten for certain children.


SB 45

Author:

Zaffirini

Last Action:

11/09/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to the prohibition against sexual harassment in the workplace.


SB 51

Author:

Zaffirini

Last Action:

11/09/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to the requirement and study of insurance coverage for serious emotional disturbance of a child.


SB 52

Author:

Zaffirini

Last Action:

11/09/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to age-appropriate normalcy activities for children in the managing conservatorship of the state.


SB 78

Author:

Miles

Last Action:

11/09/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to a notification requirement if a public school, including an open-enrollment charter school, does not have a nurse, school counselor, or librarian assigned to the school during all instructional hours.


SB 79

Author:

Miles

Last Action:

11/09/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to a report by a school authority of a communicable disease during a declared state of disaster.


SB 88

Author:

Menéndez

Last Action:

11/09/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to a special education liaison program and the provision of certain special education services at public school districts.


SB 89

Author:

Menéndez

Last Action:

11/09/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to supplemental information required for inclusion with a written statement of an individualized education program developed for certain public school students who received special education services during the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year.


SB 91

Author:

Menéndez

Last Action:

11/09/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to coverage for serious mental illness under certain group health benefit plans.


SB 96

Author:

Menéndez

Last Action:

11/09/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to the provision of on-campus mental health services by a school district and reimbursement under Medicaid for certain services provided to eligible students.


SB 104

Author:

Menéndez

Last Action:

11/09/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to the state contribution to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.


SB 105

Author:

Menéndez

Last Action:

11/09/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to the salary paid to classroom teachers employed by public schools.


SB 106

Author:

Menéndez

Last Action:

11/09/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to a cost-of-living adjustment applicable to certain benefits paid by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.


SB 138

Author:

Johnson

Last Action:

11/09/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to the vaccination against bacterial meningitis of public school students.


SB 142

Author:

Powell

Last Action:

11/09/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to requiring the state auditor and the State Board of Education to conduct a review of certain assessment instruments administered to public school students.


SB 158

Author:

Perry

Last Action:

11/10/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to waiving the fee for the issuance of a duplicate, modified, or renewed license to carry a handgun for school marshals.


SB 168

Author:

Blanco

Last Action:

11/10/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to active shooter drills conducted by public schools.


SB 174

Author:

Miles

Last Action:

11/10/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to the inclusion of American principles, including social injustice and civil rights concepts, in the public school curriculum and instructional materials and in training materials and resources for use by school districts.


SB 177

Author:

Seliger

Last Action:

11/12/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to the use of individual graduation committees and other alternative methods to satisfy certain public high school graduation requirements.


SB 178

Author:

Lucio

Last Action:

11/12/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to the employment of certified school counselors by school districts.


SB 179

Author:

Lucio

Last Action:

11/12/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to the use of public school counselors' work time.


SB 180

Author:

Lucio

Last Action:

11/12/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to improving training and staff development for primary and secondary educators to enable them to more effectively serve all students.


SB 193

Author:

Powell

Last Action:

11/13/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to an audit by the Texas Education Agency of public school professional development training requirements.


SB 194

Author:

Powell

Last Action:

11/13/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to indicators of achievement under the public school accountability system.


SB 202

Author:

Schwertner

Last Action:

11/17/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to the payment of certain employer contributions for employed retirees of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.


SB 203

Author:

Schwertner

Last Action:

11/17/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to selection of statewide competition locations by the University Interscholastic League.


SB 204

Author:

Schwertner

Last Action:

11/17/2020 S Filed


Caption:

Relating to the operation of a public school transportation system.

 

SB 215

Author:

Bettencourt | Creighton | Hancock | Hughes | Lucio | et al.

Last Action:

11/23/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to the creation of the office of inspector general at the Texas Education Agency to investigate the administration of public education.


SB 226

Author:

Paxton

Last Action:

12/02/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to instruction in educator training programs regarding digital learning, virtual learning, and virtual instruction.

 

SB 229

Author:

Johnson

Last Action:

12/04/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to civics instruction in public schools.


SB 238

Author:

Powell

Last Action:

12/10/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to the use of the school safety allotment for a school district's pandemic preparation and response.


SB 241

Author:

Powell

Last Action:

12/10/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to permissible uses of the instructional materials and technology allotment.


SB 253

Author:

Menéndez

Last Action:

12/18/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to social work services in public schools.


SB 256

Author:

Menéndez

Last Action:

12/18/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to requiring school districts to employ certain educators who retired or resigned because of the coronavirus disease pandemic.


SB 257

Author:

Menéndez

Last Action:

12/18/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to personal leave provided for a public school employee who tests positive for certain diseases.


SB 258

Author:

Menéndez

Last Action:

12/18/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to a remote education and distance learning allotment under the Foundation School Program.


SB 259

Author:

Menéndez

Last Action:

12/18/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to the establishment of a grant program to provide additional resources for public school students with disabilities.


SB 260

Author:

Menéndez

Last Action:

12/18/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to the administration of assessment instruments in public schools and eliminating the requirement to use public school assessment instruments as a criterion for promotion or graduation or to make certain accountability determinations.


SB 272

Author:

West

Last Action:

12/30/2020 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to requiring the board of trustees of each school district to create a nonvoting student trustee position on the board.


SB 279

Author:

Hinojosa

Last Action:

01/04/2021 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to the inclusion of suicide prevention information on certain student identification cards issued by a public school or public institution of higher education.


SB 287

Author:

West

Last Action:

01/05/2021 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to voter registration application forms in high schools.


SB 288

Author:

Seliger

Last Action:

01/05/2021 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to preventing the loss of benefits by certain retirees of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas who resume service.


SB 289

Author:

Seliger

Last Action:

01/06/2021 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to excused absences from public school for certain students to obtain a driver's license or learner license.


SB 325

Author:

West

Last Action:

01/12/2021 S Filed

Caption:

Relating to providing mental health services and mental health education to public school students at school-based health centers.


Number of SBs filed as of 1-13-21:  339

SB – Senate Bill - Bills are used to make or amend laws. To take effect, bills must be passed by both chambers of the legislature and approved by the Governor.

SCR – Senate Concurrent Resolution:  Concurrent resolutions may be used to request action from other entities, including Congress, or for memorials, congratulations, or commendations. They may also be used for administrative matters. Concurrent resolutions must be approved by both chambers, and may require approval by the Governor.

SJR – Senate Joint Resolution - Joint resolutions are used to propose amendments to the Texas Constitution, to ratify amendments to the U.S. Constitution or to request a convention to consider amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Joint resolutions must be approved by both chambers, but do not require approval by the Governor.

SR – Senate Resolution - Simple resolutions are only considered by their chamber of origin. They do not require approval by the Governor.

 

SOURCE:

https://capitol.texas.gov/Reports/Report.aspx?LegSess=87R&ID=senatefiled

Chris Ardis retired in May of 2013 following a 29-year teaching career. She now works as a freelance writer and editor and remains committed to education educators, and students. Chris can be reached at cardis1022@aol.com. (Photo by Linda Blackwell, McAllen.)






Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Texas Educators: Are you powerless or EMPOWERED?

 

It's official!  The 87th Legislature convened yesterday.  As of today, 1101 House bills have been filed.  Below are all of those I identified as education related.

Remember:

We can be VICTIMS or FIGHTERS!

We can be POWERLESS or EMPOWERED!

We can be OBLIVIOUS or INFORMED!


It's OUR choice!

More you should know:

     1.  For a list of House bills filed and updated regularly.

    2.  For a list of Senate bills filed, also updated regularly.

    3.  You can go to this site, create an account, and follow any bill. By doing so, you will receive updates on the bill's movement through the legislative process. 

    4.  You can click on the underlined bill/resolution numbers below to get more about that bill/resolution.  

    5.  I highlighted the bills related to TRS and TRS Care.  


     Tomorrow, look for the Senate bills/resolutions that have been filed.



HB 24

Author:

Dominguez

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to funding for school districts to provide inclusive and accessible playgrounds.

 

HB 28

Author:

Neave

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to social work services in public schools.

 

HB 30

Author:

Talarico

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to educational requirements for certain incarcerated students.

 

HB 40

Author:

Talarico

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to a cap on the monthly price of insulin and insulin supplies.

 

HB 41

Author:

Talarico

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to class size limits and student/teacher ratios for prekindergarten classes provided by or on behalf of public schools.

 

HB 47

Author:

Canales

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to presumptive coverage for school district employees that contract COVID-19.

 

HB 48

Author:

Zwiener

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the prohibition against sexual harassment in the workplace.

 

HB 51

Author:

Talarico

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to establishing an Office of Early Childhood to coordinate, consolidate and integrate early childhood programs.

 

HB 55

Author:

Swanson

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the carrying and possession of a concealed handgun by a school marshal.

HB 57

Author:

Talarico

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to civics instruction in public schools.

 

HB 59

Author:

Murr

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the elimination of school district maintenance and operations ad valorem taxes and the creation of a joint interim committee on the elimination of those taxes.

 

HB 62

Author:

Talarico

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the use of disciplinary alternatives to suspension by a school district and the creation of the restorative justice coordinating council.

 

HB 68

Author:

Toth

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the definition of abuse of a child.

 

HB 81

Author:

Rodriguez

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to a public school campus's election under a campus turnaround plan to operate as a community school.

 

HB 82

Author:

Lucio III

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to pricing of and health benefit plan cost-sharing requirements for prescription insulin.

 

HB 97

Author:

Hinojosa

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the admission policy of an open-enrollment charter school.

 

HB 108

Author:

Hinojosa

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the suspension and expulsion of a student attending an open-enrollment charter school.

 

HB 129

Author:

González, Mary

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to requiring a digital citizenship curriculum.

 

HB 144

Author:

González, Mary

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to supplemental information required for inclusion with a written statement of an individualized education program developed for certain public school students who received special education services during the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year.

 

HB 153

Author:

Gervin-Hawkins

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the inclusion of instruction regarding culturally inclusive curriculum reflecting the cultural, linguistic and religious diversity of society.

 

HB 154

Author:

Bernal

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to establishing a program designed to ensure health benefit plan coverage to certain children through the private marketplace.

 

HB 159

Author:

González, Mary

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to improving training and staff development for primary and secondary educators to enable them to more effectively serve all students.

 

HB 163

Author:

Bernal

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the compensatory education allotment for homeless students.

 

HB 165

Author:

Bernal

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to a supporting medically fragile children program for the provision of certain necessary health care services to those children.

 

HB 181

Author:

Thierry

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the employment of full-time registered nurses at public schools.

 

HB 189

Author:

Canales

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to a severance payment to a superintendent or administrator serving as educational leader and chief executive officer of an open-enrollment charter school.

 

HB 193

Author:

Rose

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the destruction of juvenile court records of victims of sex trafficking.

 

HB 204

Author:

Thierry

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to requiring school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to provide a landline telephone or panic button in every classroom.

 

HB 220

Author:

Bernal

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to establishing resource campuses to improve a public school campus not performing satisfactorily.

 

HB 226

Author:

Bernal

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to social work services in public schools.

 

HB 237

Author:

Bernal

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to student access to certain academic records; authorizing a fee.

 

HB 240

Author:

Thompson, Senfronia

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the requirement and study of insurance coverage for serious emotional disturbance of a child

 

HB 244

Author:

González, Mary

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the establishment of a grant program for promoting computer science certification and professional development in coding, technology applications, and computer science for public school teachers.

 

HB 246

Author:

Murr

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the prosecution of the criminal offense of improper relationship between educator and student.

 

HB 247

Author:

Meza

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to employment leave for certain family or medical obligations.

 

HB 250

Author:

Meza

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to establishing a minimum wage for school bus drivers.

 

HB 254

Author:

Bernal

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to purchases made by a school district and open-enrollment charter school using the instructional materials and technology allotment.

 

HB 256

Author:

Cortez

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to addressing workplace bullying in school districts.

 

HB 278

Author:

Canales

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the appointment of an individual to a school district board of managers by the commissioner of education.

 

HB 287

Author:

González, Mary

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the employment of certified school counselors to comply with the ratio requirement of counselors to public school students.

 

HB 288

Author:

Stephenson

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation by a school district for maintenance and operations purposes of the total appraised value of a residence homestead and the offsetting of the resulting revenue loss to school districts with state sales and use tax revenue.

 

HB 301

Author:

Collier

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to a certain requirement for an open-enrollment charter school's initial application or expansion amendment.

 

HB 305

Author:

Collier

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the composition of the student body of an open-enrollment charter school.

 

HB 332

Author:

Talarico

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to expanding the compensatory education allotment to allow funds to be used to implement social-emotional learning programs.

 

HB 333

Author:

Talarico

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to establishing a Texas Service Corps to provide student loan relief, job training, and work experience, in exchange for providing community service in underserved areas.

 

HB 334

Author:

Gates

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to funding for career and technology programs in public schools.

 

HB 351

Author:

Talarico

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to air filtration efficiency standards at certain educational and child care facilities.

 

HB 353

Author:

Dutton

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the consideration of certain student differentials based on sex under the public school accountability system.

 

HB 363

Author:

VanDeaver

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to restricting the use of personally identifiable student information by an operator of a website, online service, online application, or mobile application used for a school purpose and providing an exemption from certain restrictions for a national assessment provider.

 

HB 370

Author:

Gervin-Hawkins

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the implementation of certain rules regarding public school accountability adopted by the commissioner of education or the Texas Education Agency.

 

HB 378

Author:

Reynolds

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to eliminating certain state-required end-of-course assessment instruments not required by federal law.

 

HB 382

Author:

Pacheco

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to eliminating the requirement to use public school assessment instruments as a criterion for promotion or graduation.

 

HB 384

Author:

Pacheco

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the period for which a school district's participation in certain tax increment financing reinvestment zones may be taken into account in determining the total taxable value of property in the school district.

 

HB 411

Author:

Johnson, Julie

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the terminology used to refer to an individualized education program team.

 

HB 422

Author:

González, Mary

Last Action:

11/10/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to speech protections for student publications in public schools.

 

HB 424

Author:

King, Ken

Last Action:

11/10/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to a continuing review and revision of the essential knowledge and skills of the public school foundation curriculum and proclamations for the production of instructional materials.

 

HB 430

Author:

King, Ken

Last Action:

11/10/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the termination of the Texas Public School Employees Group Insurance Program for retirees.

 

HB 434

Author:

Bell, Keith

Last Action:

11/10/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the curriculum requirements for public high school students.

 

HB 438

Author:

Goodwin

Last Action:

11/10/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the requirements for a request for the revision of a charter for an open-enrollment charter school.

 

HB 440

Author:

Johnson, Julie

Last Action:

11/10/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to health benefit coverage for hearing aids for children and adults.

 

HB 444

Author:

Allison

Last Action:

11/10/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to an appropriation of money from the economic stabilization fund to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

 

HB 450

Author:

González, Mary

Last Action:

11/10/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the establishment of a new open-enrollment charter school or campus and to the expansion of an open-enrollment charter school.

 

HB 517

Author:

Beckley

Last Action:

11/10/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to a school district policy regarding custodian workloads.

 

HB 518

Author:

Beckley

Last Action:

11/10/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to a study by the Texas Education Agency regarding recommended standards for school district facility maintenance and custodial services.

 

HB 523

Author:

Springer

Last Action:

11/10/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the career and technology education allotment under the Foundation School Program.

 

HB 526

Author:

White

Last Action:

11/12/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the time period during which a court must interview certain children in chambers on issues regarding conservatorship and residence in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship.

 

HB 538

Author:

Patterson

Last Action:

11/12/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the removal of restrictions on funding and payment of costs for certain full-time online educational programs.

 

HB 547

Author:

Frank

Last Action:

11/12/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to authorizing equal opportunity for access by home-schooled students to University Interscholastic League sponsored activities; authorizing a fee.

 

HB 550

Author:

Israel

Last Action:

11/12/2020 H Filed

 

 

 

Caption:

Relating to prohibited retaliation against state or local public employees for reporting certain violations of law.

 

HB 568

Author:

Reynolds

Last Action:

11/13/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the election of trustees of certain school districts.

 

HB 572

Author:

Dutton

Last Action:

11/13/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to authorizing a dropout recovery competency-based educational pilot program provided through a campus or campus program charter or open-enrollment charter school.

 

HB 575

Author:

Johnson, Jarvis

Last Action:

11/16/2020 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the Department of Family and Protective Services enrolling certain foster children in the Preparation for Adult Living Program.

 

HB 577

Author:

Stephenson

Last Action:

11/16/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to establishing a joint interim committee to study the cost-effectiveness and feasibility of implementing a pension revenue enhancement plan for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

 

HB 589

Author:

González, Mary

Last Action:

11/17/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to the use of public school counselors' work time.

 

HB 591

Author:

Turner, Chris

Last Action:

11/17/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the vaccination against bacterial meningitis of public-school students.

 

HB 605

Author:

Gervin-Hawkins

Last Action:

11/19/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the adoption of a healthy and safe school water plan by public schools.

 

HB 612

Author:

Pacheco

Last Action:

11/20/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the scheduling of the first and last days of school for students by school districts.

 

HB 613

Author:

Hinojosa

Last Action:

11/20/2020 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the election of the commissioner of education.

 

HB 618

Author:

Dutton

Last Action:

11/20/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the participation of open-enrollment charter schools in the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant Program.

 

HB 622

Author:

Gervin-Hawkins

Last Action:

11/20/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to creating abbreviated educator preparation programs for certification in marketing education and certification in health science technology education.


HB 625

Author:

Hernandez

Last Action:

11/20/2020 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to cost-of-living increases applicable to benefits paid by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

 

HB 640

Author:

Raymond

Last Action:

11/24/2020 H Filed

 

 

 

Caption:

Relating to public and private school searches of students with parental consent and certain disciplinary measures and other procedures that may arise from such a search.

 

HB 644

Author:

Raymond

Last Action:

11/24/2020 H Filed

 

 

 

Caption:

Relating to consideration by the board of trustees of a school district of parental complaints regarding student or parent participation in an extracurricular activity.

 

HB 646

Author:

Raymond

Last Action:

11/24/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the applicability of nepotism prohibitions to the appointment or employment of certain classroom teachers by school districts.

 

HB 672

Author:

Martinez

Last Action:

11/30/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to cost-of-living increases applicable to benefits paid by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

 

HB 684

Author:

González, Mary

Last Action:

12/01/2020 H Filed

 

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the regulation of open-enrollment charter schools and requiring a study comparing and evaluating certain characteristics of open-enrollment charter schools and school districts.

HB 690

Author:

Metcalf

Last Action:

12/01/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to training requirements for a member of the board of trustees of an independent school district.

 

HB 691

Author:

Metcalf

Last Action:

12/01/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to school district compliance with certain school safety measures; providing an administrative penalty.

HB 699

Author:

Rosenthal

Last Action:

12/02/2020 H Filed

 

 

 

Caption:

Relating to public school attendance and promotion requirements for students diagnosed with or undergoing related treatment for severe or life-threatening illnesses.

 

HB 725

Author:

Patterson

Last Action:

12/03/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the eligibility of certain children who are or were in foster care for free prekindergarten programs in public schools.

 

HB 732

Author:

González, Jessica

Last Action:

12/03/2020 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to establishing a minimum wage for public school employees.

 

HB 733

Author:

González, Jessica

Last Action:

12/03/2020 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to state assistance for school employees uniform group health coverage.

 

HB 742

Author:

Burns

Last Action:

12/04/2020 H Filed

 

 

 

 

Caption:

Relating to procedures for the alternative assessment of certain public school students that receive special education services and alternative accountability plans for certain campuses serving students that receive special education services.

 

HB 745

Author:

Guerra

Last Action:

12/04/2020 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the establishment of telehealth programs by public schools.

 

HB 759

Author:

Harless

Last Action:

12/08/2020 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the operation of threat assessment teams in public schools and the establishment of a student threat assessment database; creating a criminal offense.

 

HB 764

Author:

Krause

Last Action:

12/08/2020 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the academic assessment of public school students.

 

HB 771

Author:

Allison

Last Action:

12/09/2020 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the inclusion of instruction about bullying and cyberbullying in the required curriculum for public school students.

 

HB 773

Author:

VanDeaver

Last Action:

12/09/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to indicators of achievement under the public school accountability system.

 

HB 779

Author:

Fierro

Last Action:

12/09/2020 H Filed

 

 

 

Caption:

Relating to requiring a school district to reimburse classroom teachers at certain grade levels for the cost of classroom supplies purchased with personal money.

 

HB 785

Author:

Allen

Last Action:

12/09/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to behavior improvement plans and behavioral intervention plans for certain public school students and notification and documentation requirements regarding certain behavior management techniques.

 

HB 794

Author:

Pacheco

Last Action:

12/10/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the applicability of educator certification requirements and certain educator rights to charter schools.

 

HB 800

Author:

Rosenthal

Last Action:

12/10/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the assignment of a public school student to an uncertified teacher.

 

HB 812

Author:

Shaheen

Last Action:

12/14/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the use of interim testing and adaptive, growth-based assessment instruments for certain required assessments of public school students.

 

HB 822

Author:

Burns

Last Action:

12/14/2020 H Filed

 

 

 

Caption:

Relating to requiring the expulsion of a public school student who engages in certain conduct that constitutes the felony offense of terroristic threat.

 

HB 823

Author:

González, Mary

Last Action:

12/14/2020 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the inclusion of chronically absent students as students at risk of dropping out of school and the collection and reporting of data regarding those students.

 

HB 826

Author:

Dutton

Last Action:

12/14/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to an affirmative defense available to certain students enrolled in grade level nine or above who engage in prohibited sexual contact with another student at or above that grade level.

 

HB 828

Author:

González, Mary

Last Action:

12/15/2020 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to requiring disability studies as part of the enrichment curriculum for public schools.

 

HB 855

Author:

González, Mary

Last Action:

12/16/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to a joint study and report by the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board regarding the transition of public school students with disabilities to higher education.


HB 877

Author:

González, Mary

Last Action:

12/18/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the appointment of an educational representative for certain students with disabilities

HB 893

Author:

Gervin-Hawkins

Last Action:

12/21/2020 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to a financial assistance program for open-enrollment charter school facilities.

 

HB 944

Author:

González, Mary

Last Action:

01/04/2021 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to requiring State Board of Education approval for the expansion of an open-enrollment charter school.

HB 971

Author:

Swanson

Last Action:

01/05/2021 H Filed


Caption:

Relating to prohibiting public schools from leasing, owning, or having a business interest in certain entities and real property associated with those entities.


HB 972

Author:

González, Mary

Last Action:

01/05/2021 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to healthy relationships education in public schools.

 

HB 998

Author:

Dutton

Last Action:

01/06/2021 H Filed

 

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the qualifications for designation as a dropout recovery school and evaluating the performance of dropout recovery schools for purposes of the public school accountability system.

 

HB 999

Author:

Bernal

Last Action:

01/06/2021 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to individual graduation committee qualification requirements for certain students.

 

HB 1010

Author:

Turner, John

Last Action:

01/07/2021 H Filed

 

 

 

Caption:

Relating to adjustment of the average daily attendance for school districts providing additional half-day instruction for certain students.

 

HB 1014

Author:

Bucy

Last Action:

01/07/2021 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the inclusion of suicide prevention information on certain student identification cards issued by a public or private school or postsecondary educational institution.

 

HB 1015

Author:

Toth

Last Action:

01/07/2021 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to an education microgrant pilot program for certain children with special needs and other educational disadvantages.

 

HB 1016

Author:

Ordaz Perez

Last Action:

01/07/2021 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to active shooter drills conducted by public schools.

 

HB 1017

Author:

Bernal

Last Action:

01/07/2021 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to a study of the impact and feasibility of adopting average daily membership when determining the entitlement of a school district or open-enrollment charter school.

 

HB 1018

Author:

Fierro

Last Action:

01/07/2021 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to open meetings of the governing body of a charter holder and the governing body of an open-enrollment charter school.

 

HB 1032

Author:

Thierry

Last Action:

01/08/2021 H Filed

 

 

 

 

 

Caption:

Relating to certain public school workforce training programs funded by the skills development fund and to authorizing school districts to provide funding using money received under the Foundation School Program to community-based organizations for purposes of reimbursing private employers for paid internships provided to certain students in career and technology education programs in the district.

 

HB 1055

Author:

Morales, Christina

Last Action:

01/12/2021 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the employment of health care professionals at public schools.

 

HB 1068

Author:

Allen

Last Action:

01/12/2021 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the use of personal leave during school holidays by school district employees.

 

HB 1080

Author:

Patterson

Last Action:

01/13/2021 H Filed

 

 

Caption:

Relating to the eligibility for participation in University Interscholastic League activities of certain public school students who receive outpatient mental health services.

 

HB 1088

Author:

Reynolds

Last Action:

01/13/2021 H Filed

 

Caption:

Relating to the salary paid to certain professional employees of public schools.

 

HB 1100

Author:

Bailes

Last Action:

01/13/2021 H Filed

Caption:

Relating to indicators of achievement under the public school accountability system.

 

 

 

HCR 1

Author:

Stephenson

Last Action:

01/13/2021 H Filed

Caption:

Supporting prayers, including the use of the word "God," at public gatherings and displays of the Ten Commandments in public educational institutions and other government buildings.

 

HCR 10

Author:

Dutton

Last Action:

11/30/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Designating the second Tuesday in October as Legislators in Schools Day for a 10-year period beginning in 2021.

 

 

 

 

HJR 16

Author:

Bernal

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to limit the total amount of ad valorem taxes that a school district may impose on the residence homestead of an individual and the surviving spouse of the individual if the individual qualifies the property as the individual's residence homestead for 15 consecutive tax years and the school taxes on the property increase by at least 120 percent during that period.

 

HJR 19

Author:

Stephenson

Last Action:

11/09/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation by a school district for maintenance and operations purposes all or part of the appraised value of a residence homestead and to use state money to offset the resulting revenue loss to school districts.

 

HJR 27

Author:

White

Last Action:

11/12/2020 H Filed

Caption:

Proposing a constitutional amendment to reduce the allocation of certain general revenue to the economic stabilization fund and to use that revenue for certain science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) scholarships.]

 

Number of HBs filed as of 1-13-21:  1101

HB – House Bill - Bills are used to make or amend laws. To take effect, bills must be passed by both chambers of the legislature and approved by the Governor.

HCR – House Concurrent Resolution:  Concurrent resolutions may be used to request action from other entities, including Congress, or for memorials, congratulations, or commendations. They may also be used for administrative matters. Concurrent resolutions must be approved by both chambers, and may require approval by the Governor.

HJR – House Joint Resolution - Joint resolutions are used to propose amendments to the Texas Constitution, to ratify amendments to the U.S. Constitution or to request a convention to consider amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Joint resolutions must be approved by both chambers, but do not require approval by the Governor.

HR – House Resolution - Simple resolutions are only considered by their chamber of origin. They do not require approval by the Governor.

SOURCE:

https://capitol.texas.gov/Reports/Report.aspx?LegSess=87R&ID=housefiled


Chris Ardis retired in May of 2013 following a 29-year teaching career. She now works as a freelance writer and editor and remains committed to education educators, and students. Chris can be reached at cardis1022@aol.com. (Photo by Linda Blackwell, McAllen.)