January 31, 2019 Committee on School Initiatives

THURSDAY
January 31, 2019

9 a.m.

COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL INITIATIVES – ROOM 1-111

Members: Barbara Cargill; Marisa B. Perez-Diaz; 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. Election of Chair


State Board of Education (SBOE) operating rules call for each committee to elect a chair from among its members. This item provides an opportunity for the Committee on School Initiatives to elect a chair at this meeting if the SBOE retains the existing committee structure. The chair may then appoint a vice chair. If the board changes the committee structure, the committee may elect a member to preside over this first meeting only. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code, §7.107(b).

COMMITTEE – ACTION
SBOE – NO ACTION


2. Open-Enrollment Charter School Generation 24 Application Updates/Generation 25 Draft Application
Discussion


The director of the Division of Charter School Administration will discuss updates regarding the
Generation Twenty-Four Open-Enrollment Charter Application cycle, and receive input from the Committee on School Initiatives on the draft Generation Twenty-Five Open-Enrollment Charter School Application. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §12.110.
 
COMMITTEE – DISCUSSION
SBOE – NO ACTION


3. 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 expiration of the term of office for one board member. Statutory authority for this action is Texas Education Code (TEC), §11.352, and 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), §61.2.
 
COMMITTEE – ACTION
SBOE - CONSENT


4. Review of Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 229, Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs, §229.4, Determination of Accreditation Status

This item provides the State Board of Education (SBOE) an opportunity to review a State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule action that would propose an amendment to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 229, Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs, §229.4, Determination of Accreditation Status. The proposed amendment to 19 TAC §229.4 would adjust the performance standard for the accountability indicator for principal appraisals, would clarify performance standards, and would remove outdated provisions. The statutory authority for the proposed amendment to 19 TAC §229.4 is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§21.041(a), (b)(1), and (d), 21.0441(c) and (d), 21.0443, 21.045, as amended by Senate Bill (SB) 1839, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, 21.0451, and 21.0452(a)-(d).
 
COMMITTEE – ACTION
SBOE - ACTION


5. Review of Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 235, Classroom Teacher Certification Standards, Subchapter A, General Provisions, and Subchapter D, Secondary School Certificate Standards

This item provides the State Board of Education (SBOE) an opportunity to review a State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule action that would propose revisions to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 235, Classroom Teacher Certification Standards, Subchapter A, General Provisions, and Subchapter D, Secondary School Certificate Standards. The proposed revisions would add the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)-based certification standards; would add reference to the new certification standards for the Trade and Industrial Workforce Training: Grades 6-12 certificate to implement the statutory requirements of House Bill (HB) 3349, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017; and would clarify the effective date of Subchapter D. The statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 235, Subchapter A, is Texas Education Code (TEC), §§21.003(a), 21.031, and 21.041(b)(1), (2), and (4). The statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 235, Subchapter D, is TEC, §§21.0442(a) and (c), as added by HB 3349, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, and 21.040(4).
 
COMMITTEE – ACTION
SBOE - ACTION


6. Review of 19 TAC Chapter 157, Hearings and Appeals, Subchapter A, General Provisions for Hearings Before the State Board of Education, and Subchapter D, Independent Hearing Examiners

Texas Government Code (TGC), §2001.039, establishes a four-year rule review cycle for all state agency rules, including State Board of Education (SBOE) rules. This item presents the review of 19 TAC Chapter 157, Hearings and Appeals, Subchapter A, General Provisions for Hearings Before the State Board of Education, and Subchapter D, Independent Hearing Examiners. Subchapter A establishes the procedures for appeals heard by the SBOE regarding administrative penalties for violations of textbook requirements. Subchapter D sets forth the certification criteria for independent hearing examiners who conduct due process termination, nonrenewal, and suspension without pay hearings at the school district level. The statutory authority for the rule review is the TGC, §2001.039. The statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 157, Subchapter A, is Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.151, and TGC, §2001.004. The statutory authority for Subchapter D is TEC, §21.252.

COMMITTEE – DISCUSSION
SBOE – NO ACTION