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Education Bill Tracking

The bills below could impact education for people with disabilities in Texas.

Education — General

Education Bills (Telicon Report 1/26/2017)
BILLAUTHORDESCRIPTION, REMARKS, HISTORY
HB 68Ron SimmonsRelating to eligibility for a public education grant of certain students receiving special education services.
no datano dataRemarks: Would add students with an individualized education program and eligible for a special education services to those eligible for a grant to attend other public school in the district. Would require parent notification regarding the grant as soon as possible after a student establishes eligibility.
no datano dataHistory: 11/14/2016 H Filed
HB 194Diego BernalRelating to providing for endorsements for public high school students enrolled in special education programs.
no datano dataRemarks: Would allow students receiving special education services to earn endorsements with or without modification and allow ARD to determine whether an exit test is needed.
no datano dataHistory: 11/15/2016 H Filed
HB 315Jarvis JohnsonRelating to a grant available to school districts to provide services to students residing in care and treatment facilities and residential placement facilities.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require TEA grants to districts providing education to out-of-district students in care and treatment or residential placement facilities (not SSLC).
no datano dataHistory: 11/14/2016 H Filed
HB 353Diego BernalRelating to the assignment of certain behavioral health professionals to certain public schools.
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no datano dataHistory: 11/15/2016 H Filed
HB 757Mark KeoughRelating to the placement and use of video cameras in self-contained classrooms or other settings providing special education services.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require a school or campus to immediately remove a video camera from a special education setting if the request for video surveillance under the current law is no longer actionable, i.e., the student for whom the request was made is no longer receiving instruction in a setting in which the majority of students are receiving special education and related services for at least 50% of the day.
no datano dataHistory: 12/27/2016 S Filed
HB 1131Rick MillerRelating to the requirement that a person obtain a dyslexia therapist license.
no datano dataRemarks: Would create an exemption from dyslexia therapist licensing requirements for people who are completing clinical supervision towards becoming licensed dyslexia therapists. Would limit the practice of dyslexia therapy by unlicensed individuals to educational settings (schools, learning centers, or clinics), and would also grant temporary licenses to applicants completing all requirements except the required education.
no datano dataHistory: 1/18/2017 H Filed
HB 1184Dwayne BohacRelating to an insurance premium tax credit for contributions made to certain educational assistance organizations.
no datano dataRemarks: Would establish a tax credit for businesses contributing to a federal tax exempt 501(a) educational assistance organization" that gives funds to students to attend "nonpublic" (private) schools. Parents must be told about rights under federal law
no datano dataHistory: 1/19/2017 H Filed
HJR 24Richard RaymondProposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the authorization or funding of an elementary or secondary education voucher program.
no datano dataRemarks: Would prohibit state or local revenue paying for child to attend private school, unless it is a school for kids requiring special education services.
no datano dataHistory: 11/14/16 H Filed
SB 98Bob HallRelating to removing the requirement for bilingual education and special language programs for certain students of limited English proficiency.
no datano dataRemarks: Would eliminate special education services to bilingual students and associated funding. Would give schools the option to provide special education services in the students' primary language if there are at least 20 students speaking the same primary language.
no datano dataHistory: 11/14/16 S Filed
SB 354Kirk WatsonRelating to language acquisition for children less than eight years of age who are deaf or hard of hearing.
no datano dataRemarks: Would define Deaf or hard of hearing" and create an advisory committee on language acquisition. "
no datano dataHistory: 12/19/16 S Filed
SB 436Jose RodriguezRelating to the operation of the special education continuing advisory committee.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require the special education continuing advisory committee to encourage public participation with the committee and to submit a biennial report to the legislature with recommended changes to state law and agency rules.
no datano dataHistory: 1/6/17 S Filed
SB 529Eddie LucioRelating to improving training and staff development for primary and secondary educators to enable them to more effectively serve all students.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require persons seeking a Texas teaching certificate to have instruction in universal design and knowledge of basic categories of disabilities under IDEA, the use of evidence-based inclusive instruction, general and special education collaborative and co-teaching approaches, systems of support and monitoring, behavior intervention strategies and supports, and adaptation strategies for accommodations, modifications, and assistive technology. Would add including students with disabilities to references regarding expectations for student performance and achievementteaching skills and curriculum. Would emphasize inclusion and diversity and require individuals to have field experience in student teaching and interacting with a diverse student population including students with disabilities. School districts would be required to provide similar training to teachers working outside the area of special education as part of ongoing staff development.
no datano dataHistory: 1/19/17 S Filed

Education — Assessments and Accountability

Education Assessments and Accountability Bills (Telicon Report 1/25/2017)
BILLAUTHORDESCRIPTION, REMARKS, HISTORY
HB 61Ryan GuillenRelating to consideration under the public school accountability system of performance on assessment instruments by certain students formerly receiving special education services.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require reporting of students in grades 3-8 who exited special education based on school performance and assessments.
no datano dataHistory: 11/14/2016 H Filed
HB 69Ryan GuillenRelating to a requirement that school districts and open-enrollment charter schools report certain information regarding children with disabilities who reside in residential facilities.
no datano dataRemarks: Would allow students receiving special education services to earn endorsements with or without modification and allow ARD to determine whether an exit test is needed.
no datano dataHistory: 11/14/2016 H Filed
HB 363Dan HubertyRelating to a prohibition of a monitoring system performance indicator based on the number or percentage of students receiving special education services.
no datano dataRemarks: Would prohibit a performance measure based on the number or percentage of students receiving special education services, but does not prohibit a performance indicator designed to monitor disproportionality by assessing the percentage of specific racial or ethnic groups who receive special education services.
no datano dataHistory: 11/15/2016 H Filed
HB 657Diego BernalRelating to procedures for a student enrolled in a special education program who fails to perform satisfactorily on certain assessment instruments.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require an ARD committee meeting within 5 days of a district's receipt of a student's unsatisfactory assessment results and before the student is administered the assessment instrument for the second time.
no datano dataHistory: 12/20/2016 H Filed
HB 713Gene WuRelating to a prohibition of a monitoring system performance indicator based on the number or percentage of students receiving special education services.
no datano dataRemarks: Would prohibit TEA from using as a measure the total number or percentage of students in district or charter school receiving special education services.
no datano dataHistory: 12/21/2016 H Filed

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