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5 Document(s) [ Subject: Public schools ]

Committee: House Public Education
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Academic performance | Charter schools | Dyslexia | Educational accountability | Hurricane Harvey | Learning disabilities | Natural disasters | Public schools | School finance | Special education | Student Success Initiative | Teacher incentive plans | Teacher retention | Teacher salaries | Teacher shortages | Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills |
Library Call Number: L1836.85 Ed84h
Session: 85th R.S. (2017)
Online version: View report [90 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Determine, to the extent possible, the scope of financial losses, including facilities, that resulted from Harvey. Recommend possible state actions, such as changes to student counts or property valuation, to mitigate any negative impact on districts and ensure governance structures and parameters allow for effective responses.
2. Recommend any measures needed at the state level to prevent unintended punitive consequences to both students and districts in the state accountability system as a result of Harvey and its aftermath.
3. Examine the educational opportunities offered to students displaced by Harvey throughout the state and the process by which districts enroll and serve those students. Recommend any changes that could improve the process for students or help districts serving a disproportionate number of displaced students.
4. Review current state mechanisms for identifying and rewarding educators through state-level strategies. Examine how providing additional funding to enhance compensation in districts facing a shortage of experienced, highly rated teachers would affect retention and teacher quality, in addition to whether it would encourage teachers to provide additional services through extracurricular activities, tutoring, and mentoring.
5. Examine research-based options for evaluating student achievement beyond standardized test scores, including adaptive and portfolio assessments. Examine the scope of the current Texas essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in grades with the state assessment, including the format, assessment calendar, and the limits of instructional days, if any. Determine if it is appropriate to limit TEKS to readiness standards that can be taught in less than the school year. Review current Student Success Initiative testing and make recommendations on its continuation or repeal. Review the ability of the state to waive standardized testing for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
6. Examine programs in public schools that have proven results meeting the needs of and improving student achievement for students with disabilities, with an emphasis on programs specializing in autism, dysgraphia, and dyslexia. Recommend ways to support and scale innovative programs for these students, including providing supplemental services, or incentivizing public-private partnerships or inter district and charter school collaborations. Monitor the implementation and funding for the pilot programs authorized in H.B. 21 (85R) and review the Texas Education Agency's compliance with S.B. 160 (85R), which prohibits special education student caps.
7. Review the charter school system in Texas. Determine if changes are needed in the granting, renewal, or revocation of charter schools, including the timeline for expansions and notification of expansions to surrounding districts. Review the educational outcomes of students in charter schools compared to those in traditional schools, and to what extent schools participate in the alternative accountability system. Monitor the implementation of facilities funding for charter schools. Consider differences in state funding for charter schools compared to their surrounding districts and the impact on the state budget. Consider admissions policies for charters, including appropriate data collection to assess demand for additional charter enrollment, compliance with access by students with disabilities and the effect of exclusions of students with criminal or disciplinary histories. Consider differences in charter and district contributions to the Teacher Retirement System on behalf of their employees and make appropriate recommendations to support the retirement benefits of all public school teachers.
8. Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee will also specifically include: H.B. 21 (85R), H.B. 22 (85R), and S.B. 179 (85R).
Committee: Senate Education
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 78th Legislature / Senate Committee on Education.
Subjects: Automatic admissions | Higher education | Public schools | Teacher certification | Teacher health insurance | University enrollment | University graduation rates |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 ed83
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [183 pages  File size: 1,591 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study accountability in public schools, including the performance and accountability of charter schools, alternative education programs, and juvenile justice alternative education programs.
2. Monitor the implementation of HB 3343, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the operations and funding of certain group coverage programs for school and educational employees and their dependents.
3. Evaluate traditional and alternative certification programs and their effect on the recruitment and retention of teachers. The Committee shall look at the use and re-employment of retirees in public schools, the use and re-employment of retirees in teaching future educators in the state's colleges of education, pre- and post- graduation incentives to enter the teaching profession, and the impact of advanced professional development and certification programs on retaining experienced teachers in the classroom.
4. Study programs designed to increase the accessibility of higher education for Texas students. The Committee shall examine the effect of residency status laws and guidelines on enrollment in Texas colleges and universities, evaluate the impact of the top ten percent rule on enrollment of educationally disadvantaged students, assess strategies to increase recruitment and retention rates of educationally and economically disadvantages students, and monitor the implementation of HB 400, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to assisting prospective students in enrolling in institutions of higher education.
Committee: House Public Education
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 68th Legislature : report / of the Committee on Public Education, Texas House of Representatives, 67th Legislature.
Subjects: Education Service Centers | Educational tests | Low-income students | Migrant labor | Public schools | State agency budgets | State agency performance measures | Teacher retirement | Teacher Retirement System of Texas | Teachers |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 ed83p
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [102 pages  File size: 2,903 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the mutual responsibility of provisions of enforcement of employment contracts in public schools.
2. Investigate and determine the need for current federal regulations relating to the testing of migrant students in Texas. Specifically address the question of whether federal dollars are being used to promote the principal goal and objective of teaching rather than testing.
3. Oversight functions shall be conducted for all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee during the 67th Regular Session of the Legislature. In addition, a study should be made of the impact of any federal cuts, and the differences in the operational aspect of the agencies under block vs. categorical grants. Close scrutiny should be given to each agency to ascertain if legislative intent is being carried out in the rules promulgated by the agency and if the rules are feasible and practical in their application. These agencies include: State Board of Education Central Education Agency School for the Blind School for the Deaf Advisory Council for Technical-Vocational Education
4. Study the effect of unified reporting formats and governance structure in regards to Regional Education Service Centers.
5. Study the use of state funds for retirement contributions for the salary of public employees who are paid from other than with state funds.
Committee:  
Title: Majority Report
Library Catalog Title: [Report].
Subjects: Public schools |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 13th Leg., R.S. 798 (1873)
Session: ()
Online version: View report [6 pages  File size: 548 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Examine the official conduct, accounts, and vouchers of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. *
Committee:  
Title: Minority Report
Library Catalog Title: [Report].
Subjects: Public schools |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 13th Leg., R.S. 805 (1873)
Session: ()
Online version: View report [7 pages  File size: 515 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Examine the official conduct, accounts, and vouchers of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. *

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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