The Texas State Senate: Senate Committee on Education
Senate Committee on Education
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81st Session Interim
81st Regular Session
Hearings and Committee Handouts
- October 12, 2010
- September 24, 2010
- July 20, 2010
- June 16, 2010
- May 24, 2010
- April 21, 2010
- April 20, 2010
- March 22, 2010
- February 22, 2010
- May 21, 2009
- May 19, 2009
- May 14, 2009
- May 7, 2009
- April 23, 2009
- April 21, 2009
- April 14, 2009
- April 7, 2009
- March 31, 2009
- March 26, 2009
- March 24, 2009
- March 17, 2009
- March 12, 2009
- March 3, 2009
- February 24, 2009
- February 10, 2009
The following reports are available for download:
- Review the performance and accountability of the state's charter schools. Specifically, study the following:
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.
Review teacher compensation, evaluations, professional development, certification and training programs. Specifically, review the following:
- Options for increasing the number of outstanding charter schools;
- Best practices employed by high performing charter schools and make recommendations for ways to implement these strategies in other charter and public schools;
- Feasibility of operating charter schools focused on providing high quality education for students with disabilities, such as autism;
- Charter school initiatives in other states, specifically including incentives for public education campuses to become charter schools;
- Options for development and funding of a charter schools facilities program.
Examine cost drivers in education including state requirements that impact school district budgets. Recommend opportunities for achieving cost efficiencies
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.
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.
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)
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:
- Teacher compensation including the Minimum Salary Schedule, incentive pay, merit pay, and stipends;
- How teacher evaluations can be effective mechanisms for increasing student achievement and improving instructional practices by including multiple measures, particularly student achievement data based on growth. Evaluate how teacher evaluations can direct district decisions on providing professional development, mentoring, intervention, and possible dismissal in response to underperforming teachers;
- State sponsored professional development initiatives including the alignment of professional development with curriculum and real work experiences and the value of professional development for bilingual, ESL and special education teachers in increasing student achievement.
- Need to adopt statewide standards for teacher certification and in-service training programs for regular and special education teachers at both the pre-service and in-service levels to ensure all teachers are highly qualified to teach students with disabilities.
- HB 3, relating to public school accountability;
- HB 2488, relating to open-source textbooks, and HB 4294, relating to textbooks and the use of technology;
- HB 3646, relating to public school finance and programs; and
- SB 174, relating to an accountability system for educator preparation programs.
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.