January 2014 Committee of the Full Board Wednesday

WEDNESDAY
January 29, 2014

9 a.m.

COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD - Room 1-104
Public Testimony - Individual testimony will be taken at the time the related item comes up for committee discussion or action. The procedures for registering and taking public testimony at State Board of Education committee meetings and general board meetings are provided at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769804094.

1. Commissioner's Comments Regarding the SBOE Agenda and Legislative Activities 

This item provides an opportunity for the board to be briefed on current agenda items and Texas Education Agency and legislative activities.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION

2. Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B, Graduation Requirements
(Second Reading and Final Adoption)
 

This item presents for second reading and final adoption proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B, Graduation Requirements, to repeal graduation requirements that are no longer needed and to add new rules for the foundation high school graduation program, as required by House Bill (HB) 5, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013. No additional changes are recommended since approved for first reading. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.102(c)(4) and §28.025, as amended by HB 5, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

3. Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter A, Required Curriculum
(First Reading and Filing Authorization)
 

This item presents for first reading and filing authorization proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter A, Required Curriculum, to align rules for the required secondary curriculum, including courses school districts must offer, with requirements of House Bill (HB) 5, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4), 28.002 as amended by HB 5 and HB 2662, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013; and 28.025, as amended by HB 5.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

4. Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 114, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English, Subchapter A, Elementary, Subchapter B, Middle School, Subchapter C, High School, and Subchapter D, Other Languages Other Than English Courses
(First Reading and Filing Authorization)
 

This item presents for first reading and filing authorization proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 114, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English, Subchapter A, Elementary, Subchapter B, Middle School, Subchapter C, High School, and Subchapter D, Other Languages Other Than English Courses. The proposed revisions recommend an implementation date of the 2016-2017 school year for the revised languages other than English (LOTE) Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), except for the Special Topics in Language and Culture course, which would be implemented during the 2014-2015 school year. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4), 28.002, as amended by House Bill (HB) 5, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013; and 28.025, as amended by HB 5.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

5. Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 66, State Adoption and Distribution of Instructional Materials, Subchapter B, State Adoption of Instructional Materials
(Second Reading and Final Adoption)
 

This item presents for second reading and final adoption proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 66, State Adoption and Distribution of Instructional Materials, Subchapter B, State Adoption of Instructional Materials. The proposed revisions would update and clarify specific processes for the review and adoption of instructional materials. No additional changes are recommended since approved for first reading. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.102(c)(23) and §31.003.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

6. Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 66, State Adoption and Distribution of Instructional Materials, Subchapter B, State Adoption of Instructional Materials
(First Reading and Filing Authorization)
 

This item provides the opportunity to present for first reading and filing authorization proposed amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 66, State Adoption and Distribution of Instructional Materials, Subchapter B, State Adoption of Instructional Materials, §§66.21, Review and Adoption Cycles; 66.22, Midcycle Review and Adoption; 66.24, Review and Renewal of Contracts; 66.27, Proclamation, Public Notice, and Schedule for Adopting Instructional Materials; 66.30, State Review Panels: Eligibility; 66.39, State Review Panels: Expenses; 66.42, State Review Panels: Orientation; 66.54, Samples; 66.57, Regional Education Service Centers: Procedures for Handling Samples; Public Access to Samples; 66.60, Public Comment on Instructional Materials; 66.67, Adoption of Open-Source Instructional Materials; 66.72, Preparing and Completing Contracts; 66.73, Contracts for Printing of Open-Source Instructional Materials; 66.75, Updates; and 66.78, Delivery of Adopted Instructional Materials. This item is presented at the request of a State Board of Education (SBOE) member to allow for implementation beginning with Proclamation 2015. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.102(c)(23) and §31.003.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

7. Amendments to Proclamation 2015 of the State Board of Education Advertising for Bids on Instructional Materials 

Proclamation 2015 advertises for bids on new instructional materials to be used by school districts and open-enrollment charter schools beginning in school year 2015-2016. The subjects and grade levels included in Proclamation 2015 are social studies, grades K-12; mathematics, grades 9-12; fine arts; three Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses for which students may receive mathematics credit; one Technology Applications course for which students may receive mathematics credit; and one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course for which students may receive fine arts credit. This item provides an opportunity for the board to amend Proclamation 2015. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.022.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

8. Discussion of Proclamation 2016 of the State Board of Education Advertising for Bids on Instructional Materials 

The current adoption cycle for instructional materials was approved by the State Board of Education (SBOE) in January 2012. Instructional materials submitted under Proclamation 2016 are scheduled for adoption by the SBOE in November 2015. This item provides an opportunity for the SBOE to discuss the schedule of events and instructional materials to be included in Proclamation 2016. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.022.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION

9. Update on Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Review 

This item provides the opportunity for staff to present an update on the review of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4), 28.002, and 28.025.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION

10. Discussion of Pending Litigation 

The State Board of Education will enter executive session in accordance with the Texas Government Code, §551.071(1)(A), to discuss pending and contemplated litigation with the general counsel, legal staff, and, if necessary, attorney(s) from the Attorney General's Office. The Committee of the Full Board will meet in Room 1-103 to discuss this item.

Cases to be discussed may include:

The Texas Taxpayer & Student Fairness Coalition, et al; Calhoun County ISD, et al; Edgewood ISD, et al; Fort Bend ISD, et al; Texas Charter School Association, et al. vs. Michael Williams, Commissioner of Education, in his official capacity; Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, in her official capacity; Texas State Board of Education. District Court of Travis County, Cause No. D-1-GN-003130;

Lyondell Chemical Company, No. 09-10023; Edward S. Weisfelner, as Trustee of the LB Creditor Trust v. Morgan Stanley, Adv. Pro. No. 10-04609 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) and Edward S. Weisfelner, as Trustee of the LB Litigation Trust v. Holmes, Adv. Pro. No. 10-05525 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.);

Tribune Company, No. 08-13141; The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Tribune Company v. Fitzsimmons, Adv. Pro. No. 10-54010 (Bankr. D. Del);

Deutsche Bank v Bank of America, No. 3:11-CV-01175-F (N. D. Tex., Dallas Div.) and Deutsche Bank v. Employees Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas, No. 3:11-CV-1167-F; ( N. D. Tex. Dallas Div. ) CONSOLIDATED in: In re: Tribune Company Fraudulent Conveyance Litigation; No. 11-MD-2296 Consolidated Multidistrict Action (S.D.N.Y.); and

any other litigation arising after the date of posting or reasonably contemplated as of the date of the board meeting.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION