July 2015 Committee of the Full Board Tuesday

TUESDAY
July 14, 2015

1 p.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 online.

1. Approval of Nominees to Recommend to the Governor for Service on the Board of Trustees of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas

The board of trustees of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) is comprised of nine members. Two of the members are appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by two-thirds of the senate, from lists of nominees submitted by the State Board of Education (SBOE). This item provides an opportunity for the SBOE to approve a list of nominees for an appointment to the board of trustees of the TRS to be transmitted to the governor. The six-year term of office of the governor's appointee will expire on August 31, 2021. The list of nominations from SBOE members for the board of trustees of the TRS will be distributed at the meeting. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Government Code, §825.003.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - CONSENT

2. Ethics Training

 This item will provide State Board of Education (SBOE) members with a discussion of the ethics statutes and rules that apply to SBOE members. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §43.0031 and 19 TAC §33.5(s).

 COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION

 3. Public Hearing on the Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency 

 A public hearing before the State Board of Education (SBOE) is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in the William B. Travis Building, Room 1-104. Testimony will be presented regarding Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.111.

 COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION

4. Public Hearing on Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 130, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Career and Technical Education 

A public hearing before the State Board of Education (SBOE) is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in the William B. Travis Building, Room 1-104. Testimony will be presented regarding proposed new 19 TAC Chapter 130, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Career and Technical Education, Subchapter A, Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Subchapter B, Architecture and Construction, Subchapter G, Government and Public Administration, Subchapter H, Health Science, Subchapter K, Information Technology, Subchapter L, Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security, Subchapter O, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and Subchapter P, Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics. Testimony will also be presented regarding proposed new 19 TAC Chapter 130, Subchapter F, Finance, §130.180, Financial Mathematics (One Credit), Adopted 2015, Subchapter I, Hospitality and Tourism, §130.256, Food Chemistry (One Credit), Adopted 2015, Subchapter M, Manufacturing, §130.362, Introduction to Welding (One Credit), Adopted 2015, §130.363, Welding I (Two Credits), Adopted 2015, §130.364, Welding II (Two Credits), Adopted 2015, §130.365, Welding II Lab (One Credit), Adopted 2015, and Subchapter N, Marketing, §130.387, Practicum in Marketing I (Two to Three Credits), Adopted 2015. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4), 28.002, 28.00222, and 28.025.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION

 5. Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter G, Graduation Requirements, Beginning with School Year 2012-2013
(Second Reading and Final Adoption) 

 This item presents for second reading and final adoption proposed amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter G, Graduation Requirements, Beginning with School Year 2012-2013, in order to revise course options for students to satisfy the mathematics requirement under the Minimum High School Program, Recommended High School Program, and Distinguished Achievement Program. No changes are recommended since approved for first reading. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4), 28.002, and 28.025.

 COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

 6. 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