January 29, 2019 Committee of the Full Board

TUESDAY
January 29, 2019

9 a.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. Commissioner’s Comments

This item provides an opportunity for the board to be briefed on current agenda items, agency operations, policy implementation, and public education-related legislation.
 
COMMITTEE – DISCUSSION
SBOE – NO ACTION


2. Consideration of Petition for Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B, Graduation Requirements, §74.12, Foundation High School Program

A petition to amend 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B, Graduation Requirements, §74.12, Foundation High School Program, has been received from the Texas Speech Communication Association. The petition requests that the rule be changed to allow students to satisfy a fine arts graduation requirement by successfully completing Debate I, II, or III; Oral Interpretation I, II, or III; or Public Speaking I, II, or III and competing in speech or debate competitions. This item provides an opportunity for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to consider the petition. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Government Code, (TGC), §2001.021; 19 TAC §30.1; and Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.002 and §28.025.

 COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION


3. Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B, Graduation Requirements, §74.12, Foundation High School Program, and §74.13, Endorsements
(First Reading and Filing Authorization)


This item presents for first reading and filing authorization proposed amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B, Graduation Requirements, §74.12, Foundation High School Program, and §74.13, Endorsements, to update the rules to align with recent changes to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for fine arts and to establish courses to be included in a cybersecurity pathway for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) endorsement. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4), 28.002, and §28.025.
 
COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION


4. Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 126, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Technology Applications, Subchapter C, High School, §126.51, Principles of Cybersecurity (One Credit), and §126.52, Cybersecurity (One Credit)
(First Reading and Filing Authorization)


This item presents for first reading and filing authorization proposed new 19 TAC Chapter 126, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Technology Applications, Subchapter C, High School, §126.51, Principles of Cybersecurity (One Credit), and §126.52, Cybersecurity (One Credit). The proposal would add Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for two new technology applications courses in cybersecurity for implementation in the 2019-2020 school year. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4), 28.002, and 28.025.
 
COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION


5. Action on Renewal of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency Contracts

This item provides an opportunity for the committee and board to review test vendor-requested amendments and determine action on vendor contract renewals related to 19 TAC Chapter 89 Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency. The current 3-year contracts expire August 31, 2019 and allow for up to two 1-year extensions. Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.111.
 
COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION


6. Update on Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Review

This item provides the opportunity for staff to present an update on the review of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4), 28.002, and 28.025.
 
COMMITTEE – DISCUSSION
SBOE – NO ACTION


7. Discussion of Perkins Reauthorization and Transition Plan

This item provides the opportunity for the committee to hear an update on the Reauthorization of Federal Perkins funding and the transition plan for the state of Texas in compliance with the reauthorization. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.109.

 COMMITTEE – DISCUSSION
SBOE – NO ACTION


8. Texas Commission on Public School Finance Update

The committee will receive an update on the work of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance.

COMMITTEE – DISCUSSION
SBOE – NO ACTION

 9. Procedural Action Related to New 19 TAC Chapter 113, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Social Studies, Subchapter C, High School, §113.50, Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies (One Credit)
(First Reading and Filing Authorization)

(Board agenda page I-27)


In order to correct a procedural error made by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), this item presents for first reading and filing authorization proposed new 19 TAC Chapter 113, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Social Studies, Subchapter C, High School, §113.50, Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies (One Credit). This action would authorize the TEA to re-file the proposal adopted by the SBOE in September 2018 and would allow for implementation of the new course at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year on the same timeline as the original adoption. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.102(c)(4) and §28.002.
 
COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - CONSENT

  
10. Discussion of Pending Litigation

The State Board of Education may enter into 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:
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.);
 
La Feria ISD, Joaquin ISD v. Mike Morath, Commissioner of Education; Texas Education Agency; and Texas State Board of Education, in the 261st Judicial District Court of Texas; Docket No. D-1-GN-17-001385; 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