November 2019 Committee on School Initiatives

THURSDAY
November 14, 2019

8:45 a.m.

COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL INITIATIVES – ROOM 1-111

Members: Barbara Cargill, chair; Marisa B. Perez-Diaz, vice chair; Ruben Cortez, Jr; Keven Ellis; 
Matt Robinson. A quorum of the State Board of Education 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.    Open-Enrollment Charter School Application Update

The director of the Division of Charter School Administration will present to the Committee on School Initiatives any updates on the Generation Twenty-Five Open-Enrollment Charter School Application process. Statutory authority for this item is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §12.110.    

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION


2.    Recommendation for Appointments to the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees

This item provides an opportunity for board consideration of three appointments to the board of trustees of the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District. The appointments are necessary due to the expiration of the term of office for three board members. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §11.352 and 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §61.2.    

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - CONSENT

3.    Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter A, Board of Trustees Relationship
(First Reading and Filing Authorization)


This item presents for first reading and filing authorization proposed amendments to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter A, Board of Trustees Relationship. The proposed amendment to §61.1 would reflect changes made by House Bill (HB) 3 and HB 403, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, to the State Board of Education's (SBOE's) duty to provide training courses for independent school district trustees. The proposed amendment to §61.2 would address the required number of nominees for trustee candidates for military reservation districts. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §11.159, as amended by HB 403, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019; TEC, §11.185 and §11.186, as added by HB 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019; and TEC, §11.352.    

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

4.    Review of Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 234, Military Service Members, Military Spouses, and Military Veterans 

This item provides the State Board of Education (SBOE) an opportunity to review the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule actions that would propose revisions to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 234, Military Service Members, Military Spouses, and Military Veterans. The proposed revisions would implement Senate Bill (SB) 1200, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019. The proposed revisions would allow military spouses licensed in other states, and in good standing, to teach in Texas with the credential issued by another state. Additional revisions would streamline the credentials review and certificate issuance process for all members of the military community (military service members, military spouses, and military veterans). The statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 234 is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§21.041(b)(2) and (4); 21.044(a); 21.052(b-1), (c), and (d-1); and Texas Occupations Code (TOC), §§55.001; 55.002; 55.003; 55.004; 55.0041, as added by SB 1200, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019; 55.005; 55.006; 55.007; 55.008; and 55.009.    

COMMITTEE – ACTION
SBOE – ACTION

5.     Review of Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 227, Provisions for Educator Preparation Candidates, Subchapter A, Admission to Educator Preparation Programs

This item provides the State Board of Education (SBOE) an opportunity to review the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule actions that would propose amendments to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 227, Provisions for Educator Preparation Candidates, Subchapter A, Admission to Educator Preparation Programs. The proposed amendments would implement the statutory requirements of Senate Bill (SB) 1839 and House Bills (HBs) 2039 and 3349, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017. The proposed amendments would add clarification for select definitions, would add language for admission requirements for the Early Childhood-Grade 3 (EC-3) and Trade and Industrial Workforce Training: Grades 6–12 certificates, and would clarify the implementation date in Subchapter A. The proposed amendments would implement subject-matter-only assessments to be used for the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) in lieu of the current examination that tests an applicant's knowledge of both content and pedagogy prior to admission to an educator preparation program (EPP). The proposed amendments would also implement changes based on stakeholder input and Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff recommendations. The statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 227, Subchapter A, is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§21.031; 21.041(b)(1), (4), and (6); 21.044(a), (g)(2), and (g)(3); 21.0441; 21.0489(c), as added by SB 1839 and HB 2039, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017; 21.049(a); 21.050(a); 22.083; and 22.0835; and Texas Occupations Code (TOC), §§53.151-53.153, as added by HB 1508, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017.    

COMMITTEE – ACTION
SBOE – ACTION

6.    Review of Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 229, Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs

This item provides the State Board of Education (SBOE) an opportunity to review the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule actions that would propose amendments to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 229, Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs. The proposed amendments would provide for commendations for high-performing educator preparation programs (EPPs); would adopt the accountability manual into rule; would adjust the performance standard for the accountability indicator for the pedagogy and professional responsibility (PPR) examinations; would clarify performance standards; would clarify the determination of EPP, certification class, or category accreditation status; would allow for the SBEC to require EPP action plans; and would allow for a contested case hearing of a certification class or category. Technical changes would also remove outdated provisions, clarify processes, and update language to align with other chapters.
Statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 229 is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§21.041(a), (b)(1), and (d); 21.043(b) and (c), as amended by Senate Bill (SB) 1839, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017; 21.0441(c) and (d); 21.0443; 21.045, as amended by SB 1839, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017; 21.0451; and 21.0452.    

COMMITTEE – ACTION
SBOE – ACTION

7.    Review of Proposed Repeal of 19 TAC Chapter 239, Student Services Certificates, Subchapter E, Master Teacher Certificate
 

This item provides the State Board of Education (SBOE) an opportunity to review the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule actions that would propose the repeal of 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 239, Student Services Certificates, Subchapter E, Master Teacher Certificate. The proposed repeal of 19 TAC Chapter 239, Subchapter E, would implement the requirements of House Bill 3 (HB 3), 86th Texas Legislature, 2019. HB 3 requires that effective September 1, 2019, the SBEC can no longer issue or renew master teacher certificates. HB 3 also specifies that master teacher certificates will be designated as "legacy" certificates and recognized for assignment purposes until they expire. Statutory authority for the repeal of 19 TAC Chapter 239, Subchapter E, is HB 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, Article 4, Repealer, Section 4.001(a)(2)-(5) and Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.064, as amended by HB 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019.    

COMMITTEE – ACTION
SBOE – ACTION