December 2023 State Board of Education Special-Called Meeting

WEDNESDAY
December 13, 2023

9:00 a.m.

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION – Room 1-104

Public testimony –  The procedures for public testimony at State Board of Education committee meetings and general board meetings are provided in SBOE Operating Rules.

1. Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 67, State Review and Approval of Instructional Materials, Subchapter B, State Review and Approval, §67.21, Proclamations, Public Notice, and Requests for Instructional Materials for Review; §67.23, Requirements for Publisher Participation in Instructional Materials Review and Approval (IMRA); and §67.25, Consideration and Approval of Instructional Materials by the State Board of Education, and Subchapter D, Duties of Publishers and Manufacturers, §67.81, Instructional Materials Contracts, and §67.83, Publisher Parent Portal
(First Reading and Filing Authorization)

This item presents for first reading and filing authorization proposed new 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 67, State Review and Approval of Instructional Materials, Subchapter B, State Review and Approval, §67.21, Proclamations, Public Notice, and Requests for Instructional Materials for Review; §67.23, Requirements for Publisher Participation in Instructional Materials Review and Approval (IMRA); and §67.25, Consideration and Approval of Instructional Materials by the State Board of Education, and Subchapter D, Duties of Publishers and Manufacturers, §67.81, Instructional Materials Contracts, and §67.83, Publisher Parent Portal. The proposed new rules would implement House Bill (HB) 1605, 88th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2023, by defining the criteria to be used in the review and approval of instructional materials by the State Board of Education (SBOE) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA); defining requirements for publisher participation in the instructional materials review and approval (IMRA) process; and establishing rules for the annual request for instructional materials for review and future proclamations, contracts for instructional materials, and criteria for publishers required to host parent portals. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§26.006, 31.003(a), 31.022, 31.023, and 31.151, as amended by HB 1605, 88th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2023, and 31.154, as added by HB 1605, 88th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2023.

SBOE – ACTION

2.  Consideration for Approval of Instructional Materials Review Quality Rubrics

This item provides an opportunity for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to consider for approval the initial set of quality rubrics for the Instructional Materials Review and Approval (IMRA) process.  Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§31.003(a), 31.022, and 31.023, as amended by HB 1605, 88th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2023.

SBOE – ACTION

3. Consideration for Approval of Instructional Materials Review Suitability Rubrics

This item provides an opportunity for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to consider for approval the suitability criteria and rubric for the Instructional Materials Review and Approval (IMRA) process. This rubric will define the criteria to be used in the instructional materials review and approval process to determine suitability and appropriateness of instructional materials for the subject and grade level for which the materials are designed, as required by House Bill (HB) 1605, 88th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2023. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.003 and §31.022, as amended by HB 1605, 88th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2023.

SBOE – ACTION

4. Consideration for Approval of Instructional Materials Review and Approval Process

This item provides an opportunity for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to consider for approval the process and procedure for the new Instructional Materials Review and Approval (IMRA) process. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.003(a) and §31.023, as amended by HB 1605, 88th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2023.

SBOE – ACTION

5. Approval of Library Collection Development Standards in Compliance with House Bill 900

House Bill (HB) 900, passed by the 88th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, requires the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), with approval by majority vote of the State Board of Education, to adopt standards for school library collection development that a school district is required to adhere to in developing or implementing the district's library collection development policies. This item provides the opportunity for the committee and board to consider approval of the proposed collection development standards. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §33.021, as amended by HB 900.

SBOE – ACTION