July 2015 Committee on School Initiatives

THURSDAY
July 16, 2015

9 a.m.

COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL INITIATIVES - Room 1-111
Members: Marty Rowley, Chair; Martha M. Dominguez, Vice Chair; Donna Bahorich; Erika Beltran; Ruben Cortez, Jr. 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. Review of Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 229, Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs, §229.9, Fees for Educator Preparation Program Approval and Accountability, and Chapter 230, Professional Educator Preparation and Certification, Subchapter G, Certificate Issuance Procedures, §230.101, Schedule of Fees for Certification Services, and §230.103, E-Pay Supplemental Fee 

This item provides the State Board of Education (SBOE) an opportunity to review the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule actions that would amend 19 TAC Chapter 229, Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs, §229.9, Fees for Educator Preparation Program Approval and Accountability, and Chapter 230, Professional Educator Preparation and Certification, Subchapter G, Certificate Issuance Procedures, §230.101, Schedule of Fees for Certification Services, and §230.103, E-Pay Supplemental Fee. As part of its report to the 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, the Sunset Advisory Commission recommended a management action that fees in rule for educator certification and educator preparation programs (EPPs) be evaluated and adjusted to cover costs and ensure equity. The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§229.9, 230.101, and 230.103 would adjust certain fees to more adequately cover costs and increase the equity of fees across different types of fee payers. The statutory authority for 19 TAC §§229.9, 230.101, and 230.103 is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.041(c) and (d), and Texas Occupations Code, §53.105.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

2. Review of the Commissioner of Education’s Generation 20 Charter Proposals

This item provides the committee an opportunity to review the commissioner’s list of proposed Subchapter D open-enrollment charter schools scheduled to open in school year 2016-2017. If awarded, the charters will have an initial five-year term with a July 31, 2021 contract end date. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §12.101.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

3. Charter School Updates

The director of the Charter School Administration Division will present updates to the committee on pertinent matters relating to Open-Enrollment Charter Schools. The director will provide a summation of events and milestones from the TEA Charter School Summer Summit 2015; as well as, establish a general timeline for the Generation Twenty-One Open-Enrollment Charter School Application. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.102 and §12.101.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION

4. Long-Range Plan for Public Education

This item provides the board with the ability, if needed, to update the process for developing the long-range plan for public education. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.102(c).

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION