November 2023 Committee on School Initiatives

THURSDAY
November 17, 2023

9:00 a.m.

COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL INITIATIVES – Room 1-111 

Members: Will Hickman, chair; LJ Francis, vice chair; Rebecca Bell-Metereau; Staci Childs; and Julie Pickren. 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 public testimony at State Board of Education committee meetings and general board meetings are provided in SBOE Operating Rules.

1. Open-Enrollment Charter School Generation 29 Application Updates

This item provides an opportunity for the committee to receive updates regarding the Generation 29 Open-Enrollment Charter Application cycle. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §12.101.

COMMITTEE – DISCUSSION
SBOE – NO ACTION

2. Review of Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 229, Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs

This item provides the State Board of Education (SBOE) an opportunity to review the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule actions that would propose amendments to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 229, Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs. Chapter 229 establishes the performance standards and procedures for educator preparation program (EPP) accountability. The proposed amendments would provide for adjustments to the 2022–2023 Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP) Manual, would clarify the system for accreditation assignments, would clarify provisions for continuing approval reviews, and would include technical updates. The statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 229 is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§21.041(a), (b)(1), and (d); 21.043(b) and (c); 21.0441(c) and (d); 21.0443; 21.045; 21.0451; and 21.0452.

COMMITTEE – ACTION
SBOE – ACTION

3. Discussion of Ongoing State Board for Educator Certification Activities

This item provides an opportunity for the committee to receive updates on current and upcoming State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) activities and proposed SBEC rules and amendments. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§21.031, 21.035, 21.041, and 21.042.

COMMITTEE – DISCUSSION
SBOE – NO ACTION

4. Discussion of Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter A, Board of Trustees Relationship, §61.2 Nomination of Trustees for Military Reservation School Districts and Boys Ranch Independent School District

This item provides an opportunity for the committee to discuss a proposed amendment to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter A, Board of Trustees Relationship, §61.2 Nomination of Trustees for Military Reservation School Districts and Boys Ranch Independent School District. The proposed amendment would reflect changes made by House Bill (HB) 4210, 88th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2023, to the State Board of Education's (SBOE's) process for appointing trustees for military reservation districts. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §11.352, as amended by HB 4210, 88th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2023.

COMMITTEE – DISCUSSION
SBOE – NO ACTION

5. Discussion of Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter A, Board of Trustees Relationship, §61.1, Continuing Education for
School Board Members

This item provides an opportunity for the committee to discuss a proposed amendment to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter A, Board of Trustees Relationship, §61.1, Continuing Education for School Board Members. The proposed amendment would update the requirements to be a provider of school board member training. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §11.159.

COMMITTEE – DISCUSSION
SBOE – NO ACTION

6. Discussion of Revisions to Required School Safety Training for School District Trustees

This item provides an opportunity for the committee to discuss revisions and provide feedback to the school safety training curriculum for school district trustees. Statutory authority is the  Texas Education Code (TEC), 11.159(b-1).

COMMITTEE – DISCUSSION
SBOE – NO ACTION