HBA-MPM H.B. 1026 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1026 By: Coleman Public Education 4/8/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, 48 states, excluding Texas, permit open competition between private and public schools under rules which are similar to those which govern the University Interscholastic League (UIL). H.B. 1026 prohibits UIL from denying private school students the opportunity to participate in an activity sponsored by UIL or denying a private school meeting other standard eligibility requirements the opportunity to become a member of a UIL district. This bill further sets forth methods for a private school to participate in UIL activities or to become a member of a UIL district and the specific criteria it must meet. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Subchapter D, Chapter 33, Education Code, by adding Section 33.086, as follows: Sec. 33.086. PARTICIPATION IN UNIVERSITY INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE ACTIVITIES. (a) Prohibits the University Interscholastic League (UIL) from denying a private school or its students participation in UIL-sponsored activities or the opportunity to become a member of an appropriate UIL district. (b) Provides that this section does not exempt a private school or its students from satisfying each eligibility requirement imposed by this subchapter, or UIL, in order to participate in an activity or UIL district sponsored by UIL. (c) Requires a private school seeking to participate in UIL activities or to become a member of a UIL district to apply to UIL on a signed, UIL-prescribed form. Requires the private school to certify its eligibility under this subchapter and UIL rules in the application and to attach proof of accreditation. Prohibits UIL from imposing eligibility requirements for private schools that exceed the requirements of this subchapter or UIL rules for public schools, nor shall it require proof of eligibility exceeding the proof required of public schools. Requires UIL, upon approval of an application, to issue a certificate of approval to the applicant school. Specifies that the application and certificate of approval are government records for purposes of Section 37.10 (Tampering with Governmental Record), Penal Code. (d) Requires a private school, in order to be eligible under this section, to be accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Texas Education Agency; offer a fouryear high school curriculum; offer interscholastic competition; and require daily student attendance at a specific location. SECTION 2. Makes application of this Act prospective beginning with the 1999-2000 school year. SECTION 3. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.