Senate Committee on Education

Committee Handouts

October 20, 2008

Interim Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Education Committee, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the implementation of HB 2237, relating to grants and programs for dropout prevention, high school success and college and workforce readiness in public schools. Include a review of the revised methodology the Texas Education Agency uses to calculate the dropout rate.

    • Robert Scott, Commissioner, Texas Education Agency

Interim Charge: Review and make recommendations regarding best practices for programs targeted to improve the academic success of limited English-proficient students.

    • Sharon Vaughn, Ph.D., H.E., Hartfelder/Southland Corp. Regents Chair and Executive Director, Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, University of Texas at Austin

Interim Charge: Make recommendations for controlling the costs of textbooks from kindergarten through higher education, and monitor the implementation of HB 188, 80th Legislature, relating to instructional materials.

Panel 1 - Updates on the Law

    • Anita Givens, Associate Commissioner of Standards and Alignment, Texas Education Agency
    • Stacy Skelly, Director for Higher Education, Association of American Publishers

Panel 2 - Innovation in Textbooks

    • Toby Tucker, Assistant Superintendent, Childress ISD
    • Jonathan Abrams, Vice President and Regional Sales Director, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
    • Kevin Hegarty, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, University of Texas, Austin
    • Joel Thierstein, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Provost, Rice University

Interim Charge: Review the access and quality of career and technical education programs in the state and make recommendations to improve these programs to address the economic and workforce needs of this state.

Panel 1 - Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center

    • Bill Landis, Executive Director of Technology and Career Technology Education, Lubbock ISD
    • Terri Patterson, Director of Workforce Development for Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA)
    • Jim Walker, Dean of Continuing Education and Distance Learning, South Plains College

Public Testimony