September 2017 Committee on School Initiatives

THURSDAY
September 14, 2017

9 a.m.

COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL INITIATIVES - Room 1-111
Members: Barbara Cargill, Chair; Marisa B. Perez-Diaz, Vice Chair; Ruben Cortez, Jr;
Keven Ellis; Marty Rowley. 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. 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

2. Recommendation for Appointment to the Randolph Field Independent School District Board of Trustees

This item provides an opportunity for board consideration of one appointment to the board of trustees of the Randolph Field Independent School District. The appointment is necessary due to the resignation prior to the completion of the term of office for one board member. 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 Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 157, Hearings and Appeals, Subchapter D, Independent Hearing Examiners, §157.41, Certification Criteria for Independent Hearing Examiners
(First Reading and Filing Authorization)

This item presents for first reading and filing authorization a proposed amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 157, Hearings and Appeals, Subchapter D, Independent Hearing Examiners, §157.41, Certification Criteria for Independent Hearing Examiners. The proposed amendment would allow the commissioner of education to decline to recertify an independent hearing examiner even if a written complaint from an attorney has not been received, add a factor that the commissioner may consider in the decision whether to recertify, and specify that the commissioner can take action against an independent hearing examiner's certification for violating statutory requirements. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.252.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

4. Review of Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 230, Professional Educator Preparation and Certification, Subchapter B, General Certification Requirements, §230.11, General Requirements

This item provides the State Board of Education (SBOE) an opportunity to review a State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule action that would amend 19 TAC Chapter 230, Professional Educator Preparation and Certification, Subchapter B, General Certification Requirements, §230.11, General Requirements. The proposed amendment would specify the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) and the minimum scaled scores required for each section of the test to demonstrate English language proficiency for a candidate whose degree was earned outside the United States in a country where the official language is not English. The proposed amendment would also allow a candidate to satisfy the English language proficiency requirement if the candidate's degree was earned in a country outside of the United States where English is the official language as identified in proposed Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C). The statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 230, Subchapter B, §230.11, is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§21.003(a), 21.031, and 21.041(b)(1), (4), and (5).

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

5. Review of Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 232, General Certification Provisions, Subchapter A, Certificate Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Requirements, §232.9, Inactive Status and Late Renewal

This item provides the State Board of Education (SBOE) an opportunity to review a State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule action that would amend 19 TAC Chapter 232, General Certification Provisions, Subchapter A, Certificate Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Requirements, §232.9, Inactive Status and Late Renewal, which would clarify procedures used by the automated system to process late applications submitted for standard certificate renewal. The statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 232, Subchapter A, is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§21.003(a), 21.0031(f), 21.031, 21.041(b)(1)-(4) and (9), and 21.054.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

6. Update on the Long-Range Plan Steering Committee

This item provides the committee with an update on the creation of the Long-Range Plan Steering Committee and a report on the first meeting of the committee. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.102(c)(1).

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION