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Committee: Senate Violence in Schools & School Security, Select
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Gun control | Guns | Mentally ill persons | Protective orders | School buildings | School safety | School violence |
Library Call Number: L1836.84
Session: 85th R.S. (2017)
Online version: View report [32 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Improve the infrastructure and design of Texas schools to reduce security threats, and discuss various proposals to harden school facilities, including limiting access points, improving screening and detecting of weapons, retrofitting school facilities with improved locks, emergency alarm systems, and monitoring cameras .
2. Study school security options and resources, including, but not limited to, the school marshal program, school police officerss, armed school personnel, the Texas School Safety Center, and other training programs to determine what improvements can be made to provide school districts and charter schools with more robust security options.
3. Examine the root cause of mass murder in schools including, but not limited to, risk factors such as mental health, substance use disorders, anger management, social isolation, the impact of high intensity media coverage - the so-called "glorification" of school shooters - to determine the effect on copycat shootings, and the desensitization to violence resulting from video games, music, film, and social media. Recommend strategies to early identify and intercept high-risk students, as well as strategies to promote healthy school culture, including character education and community support initiatives.
4. Examine whether current protective order laws are sufficient or whether the merits of Extreme Risk Protective Orders, or "Red Flag" laws, should be considered for seeking a temporary removal of firearms from a person who poses an immediate danger to themselves or others, only after legal due process is provided with a burden of proof sufficient to protect Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
Committee: Senate Education
Title: Interim Report - Facility Infrastructure
Subjects: Instructional Facilities Allotment Program | School buildings | School finance |
Library Call Number: L1836.80
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [17 pages  File size: 2,207 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. 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 Finance Committee)
Committee: Senate Finance
Title: Interim Report - Facility Infrastructure
Subjects: Existing Debt Allotment | Instructional Facilities Allotment Program | School buildings |
Library Call Number: L1836.80
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [17 pages  File size: 2,207 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. 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 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: House Government Reform
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Computers and government | Databases | Inspectors general | Occupational licenses | Prescription drug costs | Prescription drugs | School buildings | State government reorganization | State purchasing |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 G747r
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [95 pages  File size: 12,260 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Research, investigate, and make recommendations on how electronic documents can be created, maintained, exchanged, and preserved by the state in a manner that encourages appropriate government control, access, choice, interoperability, and vendor neutrality. The committee shall consider, but not be limited to, public access to information, expected storage life of electronic documents, costs of implementation, and savings.
2. Research, investigate, and make recommendations regarding litigation brought by school districts receiving state funds under Chapter 46, Education Code, for defective construction of instructional facilities and the state's interest in ensuring the use of such funds for the repair or reconstruction of defective facilities or the return of state funds.
3. Review authorized offices of inspector generals and assess the benefit of having a statewide office of inspector general for all executive branch agencies.
4. Study and review current laws regarding licensing and regulation of professionals, as well as current laws regarding practice acts, and make recommendations on creating limitations and streamlining of licensure requirements, such as the public policy implications of decriminalization of license-related violations.
5. Review a wide variety of state agencies with an eye to streamlining state government. Recommend the amendment or repeal of unnecessary statutory requirements, the deregulation of certain industries if in the public interest, and ways to implement agency efficiency recommendations identified by the Legislative Budget Board, the State Auditor's Office, and the Sunset Advisory Commission.
6. Evaluate and make recommendations, if necessary, regarding state contracts with pharmacy benefit managers. Assess the feasibility of combining prescription drug programs of state health insurance programs. All recommendations should take into consideration any budgetary impacts. (Joint Interim Charge with the House Committee on Pensions and Investments.)
7. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate School Facilities, Interim
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Senate Interim Committee on School Facilities.
Subjects: Foundation School Program | School buildings | School finance |
Library Call Number: L1836.73 sc64
Session: 73rd R.S. (1993)
Online version: View report [46 pages  File size: 1,499 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study and make recommendations regarding the state's participation in the funding of public school facilities to address the equity issue of school finance.
2. Study the current method of funding public schools to determine the best method of allocating state resources and assistance for educational facilities.
3. Study and make recommendations regarding the distribution and source of any state funding for school facilities.
4. Study and make recommendations regarding the appropriate organizational structure for administration of facilities funding.
5. Study and make recommendations regarding the I&S tax rates and any limits on past and future bonded indebtedness for the state's participation.
6. Review and evaluate methods for determining the needs of school districts for facilities funding.
7. Study and make recommendations regarding any additional or other changes that the Committee determines should be made to the Texas Constitution and statutory law that would provide an equitable system for funding public school facilities.
Committee: Joint Public Education, Select
Title: Interim Report - Construction, Repair and Debt
Library Catalog Title: Construction, rehabilitation and repair, and capital debt financing : report and recommendations / submitted to the Sixty-Eighth Legislature [by] Select Committee on Public Education.
Subjects: Bilingual education | Curriculum | Education | School budgets | School buildings | School finance | Teacher quality | Teachers |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 ed84 4
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [56 pages  File size: 2,816 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the financial implications involved in the construction and renovation of public school facilities. Make recommendations on alternative approaches to financing which would help school districts minimize interest rates and construction costs. Consider whether using the Permanent School fund to guarantee school bonds is a feasible method of assisting school districts in the capital debt situation. *
2. Study the issues and concerns relating to public education in Texas, including curriculum reform, bilingual education, requirements relating to teacher competency, and alternative methods of financing.
Committee: Joint Public Education, Select
Title: Interim Report - Executive Summary and Recommendations
Library Catalog Title: Executive summary and report of the Edit and Review Committee: report and recommendations. / Select Committee on Public Education.
Subjects: Alternative schools | Bilingual education | Curriculum | Education | Educational technology | Gifted and talented programs | High school graduation requirements | Magnet schools | School budgets | School buildings | School finance | Teacher quality | Teachers | Technology education |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 ed84 1
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [28 pages  File size: 1,498 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine alternative education programs, magnet schools, and the merit of the twelfth grade in high school. Make recommendations on high school graduation requirements. *
2. Study the various methodologies of instruction used in public schools relative to modern and anticipated technological advances. *
3. Study the financial implications involved in the construction and renovation of public school facilities. Make recommendations on alternative approaches to financing which would help school districts minimize interest rates and construction costs. Consider whether using the Permanent School fund to guarantee school bonds is a feasible method of assisting school districts in the capital debt situation. *
4. Study the issues and concerns relating to public education in Texas, including curriculum reform, bilingual education, requirements relating to teacher competency, and alternative methods of financing.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Public Education, Select
Title: SCR 22, 1st C.S.
Library Call Number: SCR 22, 1st C.S.
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View document [4 pages  File size: 889 kb]

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

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