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House Committee on Public Education - 80th R.S. (2007)

Committee Members
Rob Eissler, Chair
Bill Zedler, Vice Chair
Dan Branch, Chair - Budget & Oversight
Dianne White Delisi
Harold V. Dutton, Jr.
Scott Hochberg
Nathan Macias
Anna Mowery
Dora Olivo
Diane Patrick
Charges
• Study best practices in instructional technology, including online course delivery, professional development, and supplementary instruction and course support. Examine the costs and benefits of these applications versus traditional delivery models.
• Review the functions of the agencies and boards under the committee's jurisdiction. Evaluate the capacities of these agencies and boards versus their appropriate roles in supporting instruction in public schools.
• Evaluate early childhood education programs in public schools and study the impact of different instructional and funding models on students' school-readiness and schools' operational efficiency.
• Research and evaluate state-supported policies and programs designed to attract, train, and support effective teachers and instructional leaders, including programs designed to recruit and retain teachers in hard-to-staff schools.
• Monitor the implementation of legislation passed by the 79th and 80th Legislatures.
• Study innovations in state educational data systems. Develop recommendations for a comprehensive state educational system that will ensure the best available information for educators and policymakers, include unique student records that may be transferred easily among authorized institutions, minimize duplicative or onerous reporting requirements, and meed federal privacy requirements in a manner consistent with the practices of leading states. Recommend statutory changes necessary to facilitate the implementation of the new data system and to eliminate unnecessary reporting requirements. (Joint Interim Charge with the House Committee on Higher Education.)
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

Note:
Anna Mowery replaced by Nathan Macias pursuant to Rule 4, Section 5, (Letter, Tom Craddick, September 12, 2007.)
Charges issued by the Speaker November 29, 2007.

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