January 2016 Committee on School Finance Permanent School Fund

 THURSDAY
January 28, 2016

9 a.m.

COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL FINANCE/PERMANENT SCHOOL FUND - Room 1-104
Members: Patricia Hardy, Chair; Lawrence A. Allen, Jr., Vice Chair; David Bradley; Ken Mercer; Thomas Ratliff. A quorum of the State Board of Education may attend the committee meeting and discuss items on the committee agenda. A quorum of the Committee of Investment Advisors to the Permanent School Fund may attend the committee meeting and discuss items on the committee agenda.

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 online.

1. Review of 19 TAC Chapter 129, Student Attendance, Subchapter A, Student Attendance Allowed, and Subchapter B, Student Attendance Accounting

Texas Government Code, §2001.039, establishes a four-year rule review cycle for all state agency rules, including State Board of Education (SBOE) rules. This item presents the review of 19 TAC Chapter 129, Student Attendance, Subchapter A, Student Attendance Allowed, and Subchapter B, Student Attendance Accounting. Subchapter A addresses free attendance in general, and Subchapter B addresses requirements for student attendance accounting for state funding purposes. The statutory authority for the rule review is the Texas Government Code, §2001.039. The statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 129, Subchapters A and B, is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §42.004 and §12.106.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION

2. Review of Permanent School Fund Securities Transactions and the Investment Portfolio

Investment staff will report on the transactions executed during the months of October and November 2015 in the investment portfolio of the Texas Permanent School Fund.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION

3. Ratification of the Purchases and Sales of the Investment Portfolio of the Permanent School Fund for the Months of October and November 2015 

This item provides an opportunity for the committee and board to consider approval of the purchases and sales of investments executed in the portfolio of the Permanent School Fund for the months of October and November 2015. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Constitution, Article VII, §5(f).

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - CONSENT

4. Annual Reporting Requirement of the Internally Managed Permanent School Fund Investment Portfolio

This item provides an opportunity for the Executive Administrator and Chief Investment Officer of the Permanent School Fund to report on various items required by 19 TAC Chapter 33, Statement of Investment Objectives, Policies, and Guidelines of the Texas Permanent School Fund.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION

5. Decision on Real Estate Investments

This item provides an opportunity for the committee and board to review and consider possible real estate investments. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Constitution, Article VII, §5(f).

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - CONSENT

6. Discussion of 19 TAC Chapter 33, Statement of Investment Objectives, Policies, and Guidelines of the Texas Permanent School Fund, Subchapter A, State Board of Education Rules

This item provides an opportunity for the committee to discuss 19 TAC Chapter 33, Statement of Investment Objectives, Policies, and Guidelines of the Texas Permanent School Fund, Subchapter A, State Board of Education Rules, for possible changes to clarify language and terminology and to update language to reflect changes in the investment market environment. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(31) and (33), 43.0031-43.0034, and 43.004; Texas Government Code, §2263.004; and the Texas Constitution, Article VII, Section 5(a)(2), (d), and (f).

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION

7. Presentations on the Private Equity Program of the Permanent School Fund

This item provides an opportunity for the committee to receive presentations by the investment managers of the private equity funds.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION

8. Decision on Absolute Return Investments

This item provides an opportunity for the board to review the absolute return portfolio. The committee will consider a contract extension with Mesirow Advanced Strategies as well as the structure for the next phase of the absolute return program. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Constitution, Article VII, §5(f).

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - CONSENT

9. Report of the Permanent School Fund Executive Administrator and Chief Investment Officer

The Permanent School Fund executive administrator will report to the committee on matters relating to the management of the Permanent School Fund. The report will present information on historical and current status of Fund holdings, current and proposed investment policies and procedures, and historical and current Fund performance and compliance. The administrator will update the board on the bond guarantee program, the status of requests for proposal or for qualifications and current contracts for services and other administrative activities undertaken on behalf of the board. The administrator may provide an update on the PSF distribution or on the effect of legislation impacting the PSF. The administrator will provide an analysis of current and future investment market conditions, focusing upon the impact on the holdings of the Permanent School Fund.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION