Senate Committee on Education

Committee Information
Chair Vice-Chair Members:
Clerk: Holly Mabry
Tel: (512) 463-0355
Sam Houston Building
Room 440

Schedule, Minutes, Witness List and Bills Referred to Committee Schedule, Minutes, Witness List and Bills Referred to Committee

Video/Audio Archives [ 80th | 79th | 78th | 77th | 76th ]

81st Session Interim

81st Regular Session

Top

Hearings and Committee Handouts

Top

Reports

The following reports are available for download:

Interim Charges

  1. Review the performance and accountability of the state's charter schools. Specifically, study the following:
  2. Review the state's education policy and initiatives regarding middle grades. Make recommendations to ensure a comprehensive state strategy for preparing students at the middle grades for high school retention and success. This review should include an examination of school-based strategies and best practices that encourage at-risk youth to finish school and that deter delinquency, drug abuse and violence.
  3. Review teacher compensation, evaluations, professional development, certification and training programs. Specifically, review the following:
  4. Examine cost drivers in education including state requirements that impact school district budgets. Recommend opportunities for achieving cost efficiencies
  5. Study the efficacy of immersion versus dual-language instruction of English as a second language students. Make recommendations for improving programs and instituting best practices.
  6. Study the effectiveness of Texas school districts' special education programs. Review the range of needs of special education students, districts' ability to provide an appropriate education for these students, and assess the effectiveness of programs currently funded for special education. Make recommendations for improvement.
  7. Review dual credit courses including the cost of delivery, funding mechanisms, and possibility of a statewide dual credit system. This review should also include an examination of the rigor, quality and consistency of dual credit courses. (Joint charge with Senate Higher Education Committee)
  8. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Education, 81st Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Review the implementation of legislation related to the state's accountability system including the revised dropout rate calculation, textbooks, and the virtual school network. Specifically, monitor the following:

Top

Committee Links

80th Legislature's Senate Education Committee.
80th Legislature's Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education.
79th Legislature's Senate Education Committee.
79th Legislature's Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education.
78th Legislature's Senate Education Committee.
78th Legislature's Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education.
77th Legislature's Senate Education Committee.
76th Legislature's Senate Education Committee.
76th Legislature's Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education.

Top