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Committee: Senate Natural Resources and Economic Development
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Aerospace industry | Air pollution | Air quality | Carbon dioxide | Clean Air Act | Economic development | Economic development incentives | Electric power plants | Electric Reliability Council of Texas | Environmental permits | Environmental protection | Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. | Environmental Quality, Texas Commission on | Ground level ozone | Oil fields | School districts | Spaceports | SpaceX | State administrative hearings | Tax incentives | Texas Emissions Reduction Plan | Theft |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 N219E
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [155 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Implementation of Federal Regulations: Study the impact and identify challenges Texas faces implementing proposed federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations, including, but not limited to the Clean Power Plan, Reduction of Methane & Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from oil and gas facilities, Ozone standards, Regional Haze, and Waters of the U.S. Make recommendations for legislative or constitutional action the committee considers necessary.
2. Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP): Study and make recommendations regarding the use of Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP) funds, including reducing air emissions from mobile sources in response to changes in ozone standards.
3. Economic Development: Evaluate the effectiveness and necessity of programs and resources currently used to support economic development in Texas. Make recommendations regarding continuation of effective strategies, modification of existing administrative or regulatory barriers, and the reduction or elimination of ineffective programs.
4. Expedited Permitting: Evaluate the permitting process in Texas and neighboring states and make recommendations for eliminating unnecessary barriers and expediting the process to ensure that the regulatory process is consistent and predictable.
5. ERCOT/PUC Electricity Issues: Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction. In this oversight and monitoring, the committee should: 1) identify and recommend opportunities to streamline programs or services and enhance grid safety while maintaining the mission of ERCOT and PUC and their programs; and 2) identify barriers ERCOT or PUC may have in their governance that may be appropriate to improve or eliminate.
6. Oil Field Theft: Study and make recommendations for solving the oil field theft problems facing Texas, including identifying the proper mechanisms for increasing enforcement effectiveness.
7. Monitoring Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development during the 84th Legislature, Regular Session and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following: 1)Legislation relating to Texas aerospace incentives; 2) Expedited permitting; and 3) Electric utility rate adjustments.
Committee: Senate Education
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Career preparedness | Charter schools | College preparedness | Distance education | Education Service Centers | School choice | School discipline | School districts | School principals | Teacher training | Virtual schools |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 Ed83
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [22 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study public school management practices, including the use and options for shared services for both academics and operations. Examine the role of Regional Education Service Centers. Specifically, review the types of services being provided and their ability to assist school districts with improving efficiencies.
2. Study educator and principal preparation programs through colleges of education and alternative certification. Make recommendations to improve these programs. Examine strategies to improve recruitment of high-quality teachers. Examine alternative approaches to improving teacher retention. Study the benefits of comprehensive induction and mentoring programs.
3. Study the growing demand for virtual schools in Texas. Review the benefits of virtual schools, related successes in other states, and needed changes to remove barriers to virtual schools.
4. Study the impact of extended learning time on school success. Evaluate the different programs offered, best practices, school implementation, and incentives for building community partnerships that allow a variety of academic and career-related learning opportunities. Examine the effect of after-school programs on academic performance, school attendance, behavior, and promotion to the next grade level, and the relationship between the availability of after-school programs in an area and the high school dropout rate.
5. Study the performance and accountability of charter schools, best practices of high-performing charter schools, and barriers to replication. Review policies and practices for authorizing high-quality charters and closing poor-performing charters. Study the benefits of and costs related to increasing the number of charters, as well as establishing additional authorization boards to grant new charters
6. Study the impact of school choice programs in other states on students, parents, and teachers. Explore the use of education tax credits and taxpayer savings grants, and examine potential impacts on state funding.
7. Conduct a comprehensive review of school discipline practices. Specifically, review and make recommendations on:
  • The effectiveness of Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs (DAEP) and Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Programs (JJAEP) in reducing student involvement in further disciplinary infractions and in promoting positive educational achievement;
  • Disproportionate school discipline referrals, including suspension, expulsion, and Class C misdemeanor citations;
  • The issue of "Zero Tolerance" in secondary education school discipline, the use of alternative education campuses, and the barriers to graduation. Also include the role that specialized school police departments play in these systems. Consider the impact on the juvenile justice system and the adult prison system;
  • The number of students in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) referred to juvenile or municipal courts, suspended, expelled, and placed in Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs (DAEP). Examine data-sharing practices between DFPS, TEA, and local education agencies, and make recommendations to increase communication between schools and DFPS to increase educational outcomes for children in foster care;
  • Evidence based models used for addressing juvenile delinquency prevention that is targeted to non-adjudicated, but at-risk youth, in the school disciplinary system. (Joint Charge with Senate Committee on Criminal Justice)
8. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Education, 82nd Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following:
  • SB 6, 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the establishment of the instructional materials allotment;
  • SB 8, 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the flexibility of the board of trustees of a school district in the management and operation of public schools;
  • HB 1942, 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, relating to bullying in public schools;
  • The implementation of legislation related to the state's accountability system and other reforms enacted by HB 3, 81st Legislature, Regular Session, and SB 1031, 80th Legislature, Regular Session.
Committee: Senate Finance
Title: Interim Report - General Government
Library Catalog Title: Interim report
Subjects: Existing Debt Allotment | Fiscal management | Health care costs | Hospital districts | Hospitals | Instructional Facilities Allotment Program | Privatization | School buildings | School districts | School finance | State land | Texas Lottery |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 F49g
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [51 pages  File size: 8,320 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the effectiveness of cash management strategies of the state. Review the quarterly amount of cash on hand and its use and potential to generate excess returns. Include an assessment of cash flow problems that exist in school districts and request that the Comptroller of Public Accounts report on the additional short-term borrowing needed and the potential impact on bond ratings if legislation is not passed which allows for the "smoothing" of state payments to school districts.
2. Explore the policy implications of allowing school districts, or other public agencies, to participate in a permissive pooled collateral program which provides for the centralization of collateral in a pool which will be tracked and verified to meet state requirements.
3. Compile a list of significant state assets and infrastructure, including but not limited to the state lottery and state real property, and determine if each asset is being used to the highest and best use possible in the interest of taxpayers of Texas. Where appropriate, provide analysis of alternative uses of underperforming assets, potential cost savings or revenue gains and the legislative actions that would be needed to make the changes that are in the best interest of taxpayers.
4. Study the funding of county public hospitals and the role neighboring counties without a county hospital should play.
5. Review and evaluate appropriate state regulation of a private operator of the state lottery should the state receive bids for a lease of the lottery that merit strong consideration. Provide recommendations for ensuring the security and integrity of the lottery and for adequate consumer protections. (Joint charge with Senate State Affairs Committee)
6. Review and make recommendations that address the state's facility infrastructure needs for public schools, ensuring that funding remains stable, reliable and equitable. Examine the need for funding adjustments for factors that affect the need for facilities, such as fast growth, age and condition of facilities, adequacy of space, construction and land costs, and concentration of students requiring smaller class sizes. Assess the impact on property taxpayers of “rolling forward” the Existing Debt Allotment (EDA) each session and the change in biennial appropriations for the Instructional Facilities Allotment (IFA). (Joint Charge with Senate Education Committee)
Committee: Senate Economic Development
Title: Interim report - Economic development incentives
Library Catalog Title: Interim report on economic development incentives.
Subjects: Comptroller of Public Accounts, Texas | Enterprise zone programs | Property taxes | Sales taxes | School districts | State Auditor's Office, Texas | Tax incentives | Tax increment reinvestment zones |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 ec74
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [222 pages  File size: 9,205 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Review and make recommendations regarding the cost benefit analysis or other evaluation reports performed by the Comptroller of Public Accounts and the State Auditor on the tax abatement program, enterprise zone program or other state financial incentive programs.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Economic Development
Title: Interim Report - Efficiency of tax abatements; a report prepared for the Economic Development Committee
Library Catalog Title: The efficiency of tax abatement in the market for jobs : a report / prepared for the Senate Economic Development Committee by James W. Henderson and Thomas M. Kelly.
Library Call Number: L1836.74 ec74t
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Committee: Senate Education
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Senate Education Committee final report to the 75th Legislature.
Subjects: College preparedness | Elementary education | High technology | Higher education | Higher education affordability | Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas | Job training programs | Juvenile justice alternative education programs | Juvenile justice system | Legislative Budget Board, Texas | Medical education | School districts | School finance | Secondary education | Student aid | Tuition | University administrators | University enrollment | University faculty salaries | University research | Vocational education | Workforce Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 ed83
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [57 pages  File size: 2,198 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the role of the Texas Legislature, Texas Higher Eduation Coordinating Board, and the university systems in making changes in the governance structure of universities and implementing academic/research programs.
2. Monitor the implementation of SB 1, 74th Legislature, Regular Session with emphasis on the relationship established between the education and juvenile justice communities; the change in relationship between the state and independent school districts; the implementation of home-rule districts, and campus and program charter provisions; and the LBB studies on school funding special allotments and program weights.
3. Review the affordability of higher education in Texas in light of potential cutbacks in Federal student financial assistance, increases in tuition and student services fees, and recent state-funded student assistance measures.
4. Study higher education financial issues related to the projected increases in enrollment; faculty and administrator salaries; and support for research into emerging technologies and for medical schools.
5. Review educational services and training provided to non-college bound students, and make recommendations on the appropriate educational institutions to ensure that these students acquire employment skills.
6. Study the appropriate role of and relationships between the levels of education in Texas. Such relationships include elementary/secondary education and higher education, and two year and four-year institutions.
Committee: House Public Education
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Public Education, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1996 : a report to the House of Representatives, 75th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Education | Education Agency, Texas | Educational accountability | School districts | School finance | State Auditor's Office, Texas | Statutory revision | Teacher salaries |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 ed83h
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [71 pages  File size: 2,933 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor implementation and effects of the recodification of the Education Code by the 74th Legislature.
2. Study the possibility of providing incentive pay to teachers in inner-city and low-performing districts.
3. Review the accuracy of the key accountability and reporting systems used by state leaders to assess and assure school performance.
4. Assess the extent to which authority for key decisions is devolving to the local level and the extent to which local policy-makers are exercising options to innovate.
5. Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Public Education
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 66th Legislature : report of the / Committee on Public Education, Texas House of Representatives, 65th Legislature.
Subjects: Curriculum | Education Agency, Texas | High school graduation rates | High school graduation requirements | School districts | Special education |
Library Call Number: L1836.65 ed83p
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View report [66 pages  File size: 2,086 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. 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)
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. A study of the effects and ramifications of a "quarter system" on the curriculum and effectiveness of public schools.
Supporting documents
Committee: House Public Education
Title: Cost and Student Data Based on G.O.E.R. Property Values
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 ED83H 65
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View document [549 pages]
Committee: Joint Segregation in Public Schools, Legal and Legislative Subcommittee on
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Legal and Legislative Subcommittee of the Texas Advisory Committee on Segregation in the Public Schools.
Subjects: Integration | School districts |
Library Call Number: G1073.3 R299L
Session: 54th R.S. (1955)
Online version: View report [58 pages  File size: 2,046 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Examine three major problems and present recommendations leading to their solution. The problems are: (1) The prevention of forced integration. (2) The achievement of maximum decentralization of school authority. (3) The ways in which the State government may best assist the local school districts in solving their problems.
Committee: Joint Public School System of Texas (Gilmer-Aikin), Special
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Final report of the Gilmer-Aikin Committee : report of Joint Committee, known as Gilmer-Aikin Committee, pursuant to House concurrent resolution no. 48 as adopted by the regular session of the 50th Legislature
Subjects: Education reform | Educational adequacy | Educational equity | School attendance | School district consolidation | School districts | School finance |
Library Call Number: L1836.50 G421
Session: 50th R.S. (1947)
Online version: View report [34 pages  File size: 2,181 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study unequal educational opportunities and all other questions relating to improvement of the public school system of Texas, and particularly with a view to effecting school district reorganization; obtaining uniform and adequate local support in the financing of an adequate, improved, and uniform school program for Texas; that necessary and suitable steps be taken to obtain the desired attendance in the schools by the children of Texas, and at least to an extent comparable with other states; that the School Laws of Texas be revised and codified; that the methods, systems, and policies of the other States of the United States, upon like subjects, be studied and recommended, where deemed applicable to Texas; and that unnecessary division and differences among school organizations, interests, and groups be ascertained and determined to the end that the best educational advantages may be obtained for the greatest number as promptly and possible.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Public School System of Texas (Gilmer-Aikin), Special
Title: Report - A memorandum regarding state management of education in Texas
Library Catalog Title: A memorandum regarding state management of education in Texas
Library Call Number: L1836.50 G421SM
Session: 50th R.S. (1947)
Committee: Joint Public School System of Texas (Gilmer-Aikin), Special
Title: Report - Digest of state arrangements for the state management of education
Library Catalog Title: Digest of state arrangements for the state management of education : based on reports in State boards of education and chief state school officers / by W.S. Deffenbaugh and Ward W. Keesecker ; compiled at the request of the Subcommittee on State Organizat
Library Call Number: L1836.50 G421D
Session: 50th R.S. (1947)
Committee: Joint Public School System of Texas (Gilmer-Aikin), Special
Title: Report - Financing public education in Texas : a proposed plan
Library Catalog Title: Financing public education in Texas : a proposed plan
Library Call Number: L1836.50 G421F
Session: 50th R.S. (1947)
Committee: Joint Public School System of Texas (Gilmer-Aikin), Special
Title: Report - Let's look at our local schools in Texas
Library Catalog Title: Let's look at our local schools in Texas : guides for county committees in the study of their local school systems
Library Call Number: L1836.50 G421L
Session: 50th R.S. (1947)
Committee: Joint Public School System of Texas (Gilmer-Aikin), Special
Title: Report - Must! or which way, G-A?
Library Catalog Title: Must! or which way, G-A?
Library Call Number: L1836.50 G421H
Session: 50th R.S. (1947)
Committee: Joint Public School System of Texas (Gilmer-Aikin), Special
Title: Report - Present status of education in Texas
Library Catalog Title: Present status of education in Texas : organization, administration, and support : a brief report
Library Call Number: L1836.50 G421P
Session: 50th R.S. (1947)
Committee: Joint Public School System of Texas (Gilmer-Aikin), Special
Title: Report - Summaries and excerpts dealing with the state's responsibility for public schools
Library Catalog Title: [Summaries and excerpts from books, reports, and articles dealing with the state's responsibility for public school curricula and textbooks].
Library Call Number: L1836.50 G421SB
Session: 50th R.S. (1947)
Committee: Joint Public School System of Texas (Gilmer-Aikin), Special
Title: Report - The Fourth R, responsibility of the states in education
Library Catalog Title: The Fourth R, responsibility of the states in education : an examination of the organization of state departments of education
Library Call Number: L1836.50 G421R
Session: 50th R.S. (1947)
Committee: Joint Public School System of Texas (Gilmer-Aikin), Special
Title: Report - The Gilmer-Aikin Committee for the Study of Education Authorization, Organization, and Plan for Citizenship Participation.
Library Catalog Title: The Gilmer-Aikin Committee for the Study of Education Authorization, Organization, and Plan for Citizenship Participation.
Library Call Number: L1836.50 G421B
Session: 50th R.S. (1947)
Committee: Joint Public School System of Texas (Gilmer-Aikin), Special
Title: Report - The Gilmer-Aikin mystery : whose business is it anyhow?
Library Catalog Title: The Gilmer-Aikin mystery : whose business is it anyhow?
Library Call Number: L1836.50 G421G
Session: 50th R.S. (1947)
Committee: Joint Public School System of Texas (Gilmer-Aikin), Special
Title: Report - To have what we must
Library Catalog Title: To have what we must-- : a digest of proposals to improve public education in Texas
Library Call Number: L1836.50 G421T
Session: 50th R.S. (1947)
Online version: View document [46 pages]
Committee: Joint Public School System of Texas (Gilmer-Aikin), Special
Title: Report - What can statewide citizenship organizations do?
Library Catalog Title: What can statewide citizenship organizations do?
Library Call Number: L1836.50 G421W
Session: 50th R.S. (1947)
Committee: Joint Public School System of Texas (Gilmer-Aikin), Special
Title: Report- Citizenship at work : a plan for use by statewide citizenship organizations in participating in the study of education in Texas
Library Catalog Title: Citizenship at work : a plan for use by statewide citizenship organizations in participating in the study of education in Texas / by the Gilmer-Aikin Committee for the Study of Education in Texas.
Library Call Number: L1836.50 B421C
Session: 50th R.S. (1947)

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