September 2, 2020 SBOE General Meeting

OFFICIAL AGENDA

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
AUSTIN, TEXAS

September 2, 2020

9:00 a.m.

William B. Travis Building, Room 1-104
1701 N. Congress Avenue


Invocation 

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

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. Approval of Consent Agenda
Any agenda item may be placed on the Consent Agenda by any State Board of Education committee.         
COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD

2. Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter B, Special Purpose School Districts, §61.101, Applicability of State Law for Special Purpose School Districts
(Second Reading and Final Adoption)

This item presents for second reading and final adoption proposed new 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter B, Special Purpose School Districts, §61.101, Applicability of State Law for Special Purpose School Districts. The proposed new rule would identify provisions of the Texas Education Code (TEC) that are not applicable to the special purpose school districts operated by Texas Tech University (TTU) and The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). No changes are recommended since approved for first reading. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §11.351.

3. Approval of Proclamation 2022 Questions and Answers

Proclamation 2022, issued by the State Board of Education (SBOE) in April 2020, calls for health education instructional materials and teachers-edition physical education instructional materials. Publishers and other stakeholders were given an opportunity to ask questions at a Proclamation 2022 introduction meeting held in March 2020 and encouraged to submit additional questions through email. Questions from publishers were added to existing questions common to all proclamations, and the resulting question and answer document for Proclamation 2022 is presented for SBOE approval. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.022.

COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTION

4. Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter A, Required Curriculum, §74.1, Essential Knowledge and Skills, and §74.3, Description of a Required Secondary Curriculum
(Second Reading and Final Adoption)

This item presents for second reading and final adoption proposed amendments to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter A, Required Curriculum, §74.1, Essential Knowledge and Skills, and §74.3, Description of a Required Secondary Curriculum. The proposed amendments would update the rules to align with recent legislation and with changes to the technology applications and career and technical education (CTE) Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.102(c)(4), and §28.002(a), as amended by Senate Bill (SB) 11 and House Bill (HB) 18, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019.

5. Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 120, Other Essential Knowledge and Skills, Subchapter A, Character Traits
(Second Reading and Final Adoption)


This item presents for second reading and final adoption proposed new 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 120, Other Essential Knowledge and Skills, Subchapter A, Character Traits. The proposed new subchapter would add new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for positive character traits for Kindergarten-Grade 12 in accordance with House Bill (HB) 1026, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019. No changes are recommended since approved for first reading. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4), 28.002(a) and (c), and 29.906, as amended by HB 1026, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019.

6. Report from the Commissioner of Education Regarding Updated TEKS Alignment for Adopted Instructional Materials

This item provides the opportunity for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to approve the updated Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) coverage percentage on materials submitted for the TEKS update review. In November 2019, the board adopted revisions to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 66, to provide an opportunity for publishers to submit updated content and new correlations to the content to update the product’s official TEKS or Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (TPG) coverage percentage. Products submitted with TEKS updates  were reviewed in the summer of 2020. This item presents the final report from the commissioner of education regarding the updated coverage of the TEKS and alleged factual errors. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.023 and §31.024.

7. Approval of Update to Instructional Materials for Learning A–Z

Learning A–Z is requesting approval to update content in six of its adopted products Raz Plus ELL Texas Edition, Kindergarten; Raz Plus ELL Texas Edition, grade 1; and Raz Plus ELL Texas Edition, grade 2. The updated content has been reviewed by curriculum subject-area specialists and determined to address the pertinent student expectations in a manner equal to the content initially reviewed and approved by the state review panel. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.003 and §31.022.

8. Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 66, State Adoption and Distribution of Instructional Materials, Subchapter A, General Provisions, §66.15, Administrative Penalty
(First Reading and Filing Authorization

This item presents for first reading and filing authorization a proposed amendment to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 66, State Adoption and Distribution of Instructional Materials, Subchapter A, General Provisions, §66.15, Administrative Penalty. The proposed amendment would address penalties for failure to comply with state law and rule governing review and adoption of instructional materials. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§31.002; 31.003; 31.023; 31.035; and 31.151(b).

COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL INITIATIVES

9. Ad Hoc Committee Recommendations Related to Trustee Team Building Training

The State Board of Education (SBOE) chair appointed an ad hoc committee on trustee team building training to review the SBOE’s Framework for School Board Development, the current requirements for team building training for local boards of trustees, and the prescribed qualifications for trainers that provide the team building training. This item provides an opportunity to discuss the recommendations and proposed amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter A, Board of Trustees Relationship, §61.1, Continuing Education for School Board Members. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §11.159.


REPORTS OF COMMITTEES REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS POSTED FOR DISCUSSION ON COMMITTEE AGENDAS

Committee chairs may provide an update about discussion items considered during the current meeting by any standing committee or ad hoc committee.  

REPORTS OF OTHER STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND CONCERNS IN INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS

Members of the State Board of Education may present information regarding agenda items or other relevant information about public education.

Information Materials

1. State Board of Education Operating Rules, September 13, 2019

2. Current Status of the Permanent School Fund

3. 2017-2021 Rule Review Plan for State Board of Education Rules

This item outlines the rule review plan for State Board of Education (SBOE) rules during the period of September 2017 through August 2021. Texas Government Code, §2001.039, requires an ongoing four-year rule review of existing state agency rules, including SBOE rules. The rule review requirement is designed to ensure that the reason for initially adopting or readopting a rule continues to exist.