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House Committee on Public Education - 65th R.S. (1977)

Committee Members
Tom C. Massey, Chair
Wilhelmina Delco, Vice Chair
Hamp Atkinson
Bill Blanton
Ronald D. Coleman
Charles Evans
Bill Haley
Lee Jackson
Frank Madla
T.H. McDonald, Sr.
James E. Nugent
Ruben M. Torres
Charges
• Oversight responsibility of agency expenditures and related transactions. This function shall encompass a review and monitoring of all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 65th Regular Session of the Legislature, to wit:
State Board of Education
(Central Education Agency)
(Schools for the Blind and Deaf)
• A study of the possibilities of an "early graduation" program from public schools. This study should include recommendations as to the means by which such a program could be initiated and enacted as well as a review of alternatives to twelve full years of public education, such as vocational and technical programs and training in lieu of traditional courses.
• A review the impact of the federal regulations and judicial interpretations of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as that act pertains to education and its various component parts in the public sector in Texas. This study should assess the fiscal and policy ramifications of this legislation and make recommendations as to necessary implementing legislation therefor.
• A study of the administration of large school districts. This study should include a review of the advisability of and methodology of reorganization of large school districts; recommendations on how best to deal legislatively with problems associated with these districts, such as teacher morale, increased violence, access to supervisory personnel, discipline problems, accountability to taxpayers and parents, and increasingly lower test and achievement scores.
• A study of the financial accountability of public education. This study should include the monitoring of all federal and state aid to public education, reporting on the fiscal and administrative impact on local school districts thereof; and the fiscal and program operations of the Texas Education Agency.
• A study of the effects and ramifications of a "quarter system" on the curriculum and effectiveness of public schools.
• A review of the criteria which establish the basic "right" of "minimum education." This review should culminate in legislation designed to effectively and concisely define that terminology.
• A study of the potential and feasibility of computerized learning systems in the elementary and secondary educational programs of Texas schools; including cost-effectiveness analysis, utilization probability and potential disadvantages thereof.

Note:
Ruben Torres (Member) resigned 1/30/1978.
Bill Haley (Member) appointed 3/16/1978. (Memorandum from Bill Clayton, Speaker of the Texas House of Represenatives, March 16, 1978. See House Press Memos 1978, L1801.1 P926 1978.)

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