HBA-RBT H.B. 87 76(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 87 By: Gutierrez Public Education 5/4/1999 Committee Report (Amended) BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The Paperwork Reduction Act was repealed with the passage of Senate Bill 1 by the 74th Legislature. Accordingly, the power of the State Board of Education to adopt rules concerning that Act was eliminated, and the amount of paperwork that may be required of teachers is no longer regulated by statute. H.B. 87 limits the amount of paperwork which can be required of public school classroom teachers. 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 I, Chapter 21, Education Code, to add Section 21.410, as follows: Sec. 21.410. RESTRICTING WRITTEN REPORTS. Requires the board of trustees of each school district to adopt a policy to limit redundant requests for information, and the number and length of written reports that a classroom teacher is required to prepare. Prohibits requiring a classroom teacher to prepare a written report except for a student's grade on an assignment or examination, a student's grades at the end of a reporting period, a textbook report, a unit or weekly lesson plan report that briefly outlines the information to be presented during each period for secondary schools, and in each subject for elementary schools, an attendance report, a report required for accreditation review, or any other report required by law or State Board of Education rule to be prepared by a classroom teacher. Provides that a classroom teacher may be required to provide information if the information is required by state or federal law, regulation, or rule, and the only reasonable manner in which to collect the information is through the direct involvement of the teacher. Requires the board of trustees to review paperwork requirements imposed on classroom teachers and to transfer reporting tasks to existing noninstructional staff if they can accomplish the tasks. Provides that a school district is not prohibited from collecting essential information from a classroom teacher if participation is entirely at the discretion of the teacher and the school district does not coerce the teacher, a decision not to participate is not held against the teacher, and the commissioner of education or the commissioner's designee promptly investigates any allegation of misuse of voluntary information-gathering procedures that burdens a teacher and circumvents compliance with the statutory intent for paperwork reduction. SECTION 2. Makes application of this Act prospective, beginning with the 1999-2000 school year. SECTION 3. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage EXPLANATION OF AMENDMENTS Committee Amendment No. 1. Prohibits a classroom teacher from being required to prepare any other report directly related to the professional duties of the teacher, in addition to the reports listed in the bill.