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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 Education, Interim
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 76th Legislature.
Subjects: Alternative schools | Bilingual education | Charter schools | Drug rehabilitation programs | Dyslexia | Education Service Centers | Educational technology | English as second language | Internet | Juvenile justice alternative education programs | Learning disabilities | Limited English speakers | School choice | School safety | Teachers | Texas Academic Skills Program |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 ed83
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [60 pages  File size: 2,563 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study issues related to the safety of students, teachers and visitors on public school campuses, and, if necessary, make recommendations for legislative action. The Committee should determine the amount and sources of funds spent on security efforts; consider the accountability of security officers and police officers on campuses; and review the reporting of security practices to appropriate education and law enforcement officials.
2. Review the availability of drug and alcohol prevention and treatment services to students in public schools, and consider whether legislative action is necessary. The Committee should consider the services provided by schools, the amount and sources of available funds, and the existence and implementation of standards to determine the effectiveness of the services.
3. Evaluate programs and services in public schools to assist students with dyslexia, hearing difficulties, or vision problems to determine whether any improvements are needed.
4. Evaluate bilingual education efforts in public schools to determine the impact of such efforts.
5. Monitor implementation of key legislation passed by the 75th Legislature during the 1997 regular session, including: SB 133, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to safe schools; HB 318, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to school choice and charter schools; SB 1158, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to use and funding of Education Service Centers; and SB 148, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the applicability of the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP).
6. Supplemental Charge: Evaluate whether the State should provide public school teachers with home access to computers and consider other means to promote computer literacy among public school teachers.
Committee: House Public Education
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Public Education, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1998 : a report to the House of Representatives, 76th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Charter schools | Education Agency, Texas | Education Service Centers | Education, Texas State Board of | School budgets | School buses | School safety | Special education | State Board for Educator Certification |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 ed83h
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [45 pages  File size: 2,035 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine legislative strategies to improve efficiency of public schools. Include use of technology, alternative methods of delivering educational services, financial incentives, reduced administrative costs, any other measure.
2. Review progress of charter schools and public education grants, including revisions enacted by the 75th legislature.
3. Investigate accidents and other safety issues arising in situations where school districts have contracted with external entities to provide transportation services.
4. Monitor progress and implementation of other legislation, including SB 133, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to safe schools (jointly with the House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues), SB 1158, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to education service centers, and HB 1800, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to inclusion of more special education students in the accountability system.
5. Conduct active oversight of agencies under committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Joint Review of the Central Education Agency, Select
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Final report of the Joint Select Committee to Review the Central Education Agency.
Subjects: Alternative schools | At-risk youth | Charter schools | Education | Education Agency, Texas | Education reform | Education Service Centers | Education, Texas State Board of | Educational accountability | Elementary education | School choice | School discipline | School safety | Secondary education | Special education |
Library Call Number: L1836.73 ed83s
Session: 73rd R.S. (1993)
Online version: View report [69 pages  File size: 2,694 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. The committee shall conduct an in-depth and comprehensive review of the mission, organization, size, and effectiveness of the Central Education Agency. In conducting its review, the committee shall study the mission, organizational structure, and practices of similar agencies in other states. The review must include:
2. a study of the agency's success in addressing the national education goals, adopted by the President of the United States and the nation's 50 governors and the goals for public education provided by Section 35.001
3. a study of the agency's organizational mission, structure, size, and effectiveness
4. a study of the number and effectiveness of committees created under the auspices of the agency or the State Board of Education
5. identification of those functions that should be performed by the state and those that should be performed regionally through the regional service centers
6. a study of the adequacy, validity, and timeliness of data collected and published by the Public Education Information Managements System (PEIMS) as provided by Section 16.007, Education Code
7. a study of the adequacy and effectiveness of programs designed for special populations of students and for teacher and administrator staff development
8. a study of the adequacy and effectiveness of assistance provided the site-based management teams, established under Section 21.931, Education Code
9. a study of the efficient use of state resources, school district structure, and opportunities for shared costs in order to determine the best management and use of state resources and to assist school districts in determining optimal educational opportunities.
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: House Public Education
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 67th Legislature : report of the Committee on Public Education, Texas House of Representatives, 66th Legislature.
Subjects: Education Agency, Texas | Education Service Centers | Education, Texas State Board of | Job training programs | Teacher quality | Teacher salaries | Vocational education |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 ed83p
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [71 pages  File size: 2,424 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review present funding and program needs of career education in Texas.
2. Oversight functions shall be conducted for all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 66th Regular Session of the Legislature. The agencies include: State Board of Education Central Education Agency Schools for the Blind and Deaf Advisory Council for Technical-Vocational Education
3. Outline the statutorily defined role and scope of regional service centers in Texas and recommend revisions in law and in administration to properly focus the purposes of the centers.
4. Determine the feasibility, both administratively and financially, of incentive pay provisions for teachers.

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