Nurse-Staffing Notice for Parents Passed by Texas House

The Texas House has finally passed a long-sought bill to notify parents when their child’s school lacks full-time nurse staffing. The vote on final passage of SB 196 by Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston) was 80 to 63. Under a House floor amendment accepted by House author Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), the bill applies to school […]

State Board Approves Evidence-Based Science Standards; Legislative News on Charters, the Budget and More

State Board Approves Evidence-Based Science Standards:  For the first time in years, state standards for science instruction will be free of loaded language inserted to promote a creationist critique of the science behind the theory of evolution. That’s the upshot of a debate and vote at the State Board of Education this week, in which […]

Three Good Bills in Senate Education Committee

Two late but welcome additions to the committee agenda for Tuesday are SB 463 by Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) and SB 1854 by Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio). The Seliger bill would make permanent last session’s temporary program allowing students to graduate without having to pass up to two state end-of-course assessments, as long as […]

At Issue: Graduation Standards, Teacher Shortages

The Texas Senate’s committees on education and higher education met jointly March 29 to look at the effects of recent changes in state graduation requirements and options for addressing teacher shortages in fields such as bilingual and special education. At the urging of parents, educators, and a concerned public at large, the Texas legislature has […]

Besides a Disappointing Budget, Session Produced a Mixed Bag on Education Policy

Previous Hotline messages have covered the disappointing two-year budget plan adopted by the legislature, which doesn’t increase aid to school districts enough to maintain their per-pupil funding in terms of real, inflation-adjusted purchasing power. The next step for the budget before it goes to the governor is required certification by the comptroller that the state […]