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Senate Committee on Education
NOTE: This is archived committee information from the 80th Legislative Session.

Committee Information

CHAIR
Florence Shapiro


MEMBERS
Kip Averitt
Steve Ogden
Dan Patrick
Leticia Van de Putte
Royce West
Tommy Williams
Judith Zaffirini

 

CLERK:
Holly Mabry

TEL:
(512) 463-0355

LOCATION:
Sam Houston Building, 440

Video/Audio Archives

80th Session Interim

80th Regular Session

Written Testimony Submissions and Handouts

October 20, 2008

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

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.

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.

Public Testimony

October 14, 2008

Part II: Convened upon adjournment of the preceding joint hearing with the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Property Appraisal and Revenue Caps

Interim Charge: Review and make recommendations to improve the state's Adult Basic Education program. Emphasis should be placed on ways to advance literacy in Texas in order to promote economic and individual development. The review should also include a study of the coordination of adult education services among state agencies and the availability and accessibility of state and federal funding.

Part I: Joint Hearing with the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Property Appraisal and Revenue Caps

Interim Charge: Review current property tax rates at school districts. Explore what mechanisms may exist to prevent any future constitutional funding challenges. Review any funding issues that are particular to certain types of school districts, such as fast growth districts.

Interim Charge: Review the practice of school districts approving budgets contingent on the passage of a rate-rollback election.

Public Testimony

August 27, 2008

Interim Charge: Review and make recommendations that address the state's facility infrastructure needs for public schools, ensuring that funding remains stable, reliable and equitable. Examine the need for funding adjustments for factors that affect the need for facilities, such as fast growth, age and condition of facilities, adequacy of space, construction and land costs, and concentration of students requiring smaller class sizes. Assess the impact on property taxpayers of "rolling forward" the Existing Debt Allotment (EDA) each session and the change in biennial appropriations for the Instructional Facilities Allotment (IFA).

August 18, 2008

Interim Charge: Study the effectiveness of public school programs serving special education students, including autistic students. Specifically, consider whether special education services are adequately preparing students for post-secondary opportunities. The review should also include the availability and quality of the supports and services provided by adult services agencies for individuals with disabilities. Make recommendations for improving public school special education programs and the coordination of adult education services among state agencies.

June 23, 2008

Post-hearing follow-up Materials from June 23, 2008

Interim Charge: Study the effectiveness of public school programs serving special education students, including autistic students. Specifically, consider whether special education services are adequately preparing students for post-secondary opportunities. The review should also include the availability and quality of the supports and services provided by adult services agencies for individuals with disabilities. Make recommendations for improving public school special education programs and the coordination of adult education services among state agencies.

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

May 19, 2008

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.

February 27, 2008

Interim Charge: Review Implementation of HB 1

Interim Charge: Review Implementation of HB 188

Interim Charge: Review Implementation of HB 2237

Public Testimony

May 17, 2007

Handouts are posted as submitted:

May 15, 2007

May 8, 2007

Handouts are posted as submitted:

May 3, 2007

Handouts are posted as submitted:

May 1, 2007

April 24, 2007

Handouts are posted as submitted:

April 19, 2007

Handouts are posted as submitted:

April 12, 2007

April 3, 2007

March 29, 2007

March 27, 2007

Handouts are posted as submitted:

March 22, 2007

March 20, 2007

March 15, 2007

March 6, 2007

February 27, 2007

Handouts are posted as submitted:

February 20, 2007

February 6, 2007

Reports

The following reports are available for download:

Interim Charges

  • Study the effectiveness of public school programs serving special education students, including autistic students. Specifically, consider whether special education services are adequately preparing students for post-secondary opportunities. The review should also include the availability and quality of the supports and services provided by adult services agencies for individuals with disabilities. Make recommendations for improving public school special education programs and the coordination of adult education services among state agencies.
  • Conduct a comprehensive review of the public school accountability system and make recommendations for improvements. The review shall include indicators in the current system, measures of district and campus performance, public expectations, individual student achievement and measures of teacher, program and financial effectiveness.
  • Review and make recommendations to improve the state's Adult Basic Education program. Emphasis should be placed on ways to advance literacy in Texas in order to promote economic and individual development. The review should also include a study of the coordination of adult education services among state agencies and the availability and accessibility of state and federal funding.
  • Review and make recommendations regarding best practices for programs targeted to improve the academic success of limited English-proficient students.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Review and make recommendations that address the state's facility infrastructure needs for public schools, ensuring that funding remains stable, reliable and equitable. Examine the need for funding adjustments for factors that affect the need for facilities, such as fast growth, age and condition of facilities, adequacy of space, construction and land costs, and concentration of students requiring smaller class sizes. Assess the impact on property taxpayers of "rolling forward" the Existing Debt Allotment (EDA) each session and the change in biennial appropriations for the Instructional Facilities Allotment (IFA). (Joint Charge with Senate Finance Committee)
  • Review current property tax rates at school districts. Explore what mechanisms may exist to prevent any future constitutional funding challenges. Review any funding issues that are particular to certain types of school districts, such as fast growth districts. (Joint charge with Senate Finance Committee)
  • 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. Report on the implementation of education reforms in House Bill 1, 79th Third Called Special Session. The review should include: the implementation of the high school allotment, the development of the best practices clearinghouse and the electronic student records system, the alignment of curriculum to attain college readiness, student improvement/growth models and access to college credit in high school. The committee should also study and make recommendations on how to continue strengthening the P-16 Initiative to promote college attendance in this state.