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Committee: House Public Education
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Academic performance | Curriculum | Dallas County Schools | Educational accountability | Educational technology | Educational tests | Harris County | High school graduation requirements | School boards | School discipline | School superintendents | Teacher evaluations | Teacher quality | Teacher training | Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills | Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System | Truancy |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 Ed84h
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [48 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the implementation of HB 5 (83R) and report on recommendations for improvement. Work with the Texas Education Agency, the State Board of Education, and public and higher education stakeholders to ensure the creation of additional rigorous mathematics and science courses needed to address the current and projected needs of the state's workforce.
2. Explore innovative, research-based options for improving student achievement beyond standardized test scores. Evaluate standards for effective campus management as well as teacher preparation, certification, and training. Review current teacher evaluation tools and instructional methods, such as project-based learning, and recommend any improvements that would promote improved student achievement. Engage stakeholders on how to recruit and retain more of our "best and brightest" into the teaching profession.
3. Solicit input from leading authorities on the traits and characteristics of good governance, effective checks and balances between the board and administration and the effective relationship between a board and the superintendent. Review current oversight authority by the Texas Education Agency over school board policies on governance. Make recommendations on trustee training, potential sanctions, and means of grievances, as well as recommendations on whether the role of trustee or superintendent needs to be more clearly defined.
4. Review successful strategies and methods that have improved student achievement at chronically underperforming schools. Identify alternatives that could be offered to current students who are attending these schools and determine how to turn these schools around. Identify the benefits and concerns with alternative governance of underperforming schools.
5. Review the broad scope and breadth of the current TEKS in the tested grades, including the format, testing calendar, and the limitation on instructional days available. Recommend options to streamline the assessment of TEKS and focus on core concepts. Review current federal testing requirements in grades 3-8 to determine if testing relief is possible.
6. Examine the role of the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) in serving school districts. Review the programs and services of HCDE, specifically the department’s ability to assist school districts to operate more efficiently. Report any costs or savings the HCDE provides districts and taxpayers. Make recommendations to improve the operation of the HCDE.
7. Study the impact of SB 393 (83R) and SB 1114 (83R). Assess the impact of school discipline and school-based policing on referrals to the municipal, justice, and juvenile courts, and identify judicial policies or initiatives designed to reduce referrals without having a negative impact on school safety. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Corrections)
8. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 83rd Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should: a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens; b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate; c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.
Committee: House Public Safety
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committe on Public Safety, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1996 : a report to the House of Representatives, 75th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Boating | Boating safety | Concealed weapons | Driver licenses | Drug seizures | Gun laws | Guns | Harris County | Harris County Sheriff's Department | Law Enforcement, Texas Commission on | One call to dig program | One-Call Board of Texas | Pipeline safety | Private Security Bureau, Texas | Public Safety, Texas Department of | Right to Carry Act | Searches and seizures |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 p96
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [23 pages  File size: 1,029 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study procedures for assets seized during arrest, including the authority and jurisdiction of the county sheriff, chief of police and the DPS; and the relationship between those offices and respective county, city and state governing entities. The study should include a review of how the proceeds of seizures and forfeitures are used.
2. Study "one-call" and "dial before you dig" legislation.
3. Study the Harris County contract deputy program.
4. Study water safety laws for revisions that may be necessary to enhance protection of the public.
5. Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, including implementation of SB 60, 74th Legislature, Regular Session and HB 713, 74th Legislature, Regular Session.
Committee: House Harris County State Office Building
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the House of Representatives of the 62nd Legislature / House Interim Committee on the Need for and the Feasibility of Constructing State Office Buildings in Harris County.
Subjects: Harris County | State buildings |
Library Call Number: L1836.61 h24
Session: 61st R.S. (1969)
Online version: View report [22 pages  File size: 657 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the need for and the feasibility of constructing a state office building in Harris County.
Supporting documents
Committee: House Harris County State Office Building
Title: Transcript, February 27, 1970, University of Houston
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.61 H24M 2/27/70
Session: 61st R.S. (1969)
Online version: View document [43 pages  File size: 51,795 kb]
Committee: House Harris County State Office Building
Title: Transcript, March 20, 1970, Baytown
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.61 H24M 3/20/70
Session: 61st R.S. (1969)
Online version: View document [40 pages  File size: 52,123 kb]
Committee: House Harris County State Office Building
Title: Transcript, April 24, 1970, Pasadena
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.61 H24M 4/24/70
Session: 61st R.S. (1969)
Online version: View document [21 pages  File size: 26,440 kb]
Committee: House Harris County State Office Building
Title: Transcript, September 25, 1970, Houston
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.61 H24M 9/25/70
Session: 61st R.S. (1969)
Online version: View document [22 pages  File size: 32,940 kb]
Committee: House Harris County State Office Building
Title: Transcript, October 30, 1970, Houston
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.61 H24M 10/30/70
Session: 61st R.S. (1969)
Online version: View document [23 pages  File size: 30,471 kb]

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