House Public Education Committee hearing confirmed for October 12 in Austin: The Public Education Committee of the Texas House has confirmed it will meet in the state Capitol on October 12 to begin weighing the educational impacts of Hurricane Harvey. The hearing notice describes the topic as follows:
Determine, to the extent possible, the scope of financial losses, including facilities, that resulted from Hurricane Harvey. Recommend possible state actions, such as changes to student counts or property valuation, to mitigate any negative impact on districts and ensure governance structures and parameters allow for effective responses.
The committee will hear invited testimony only. The roster of invited witnesses is not yet public.
Certification board to consider rules implementing new improper-relationship sanctions: The State Board for Educator Certification meets Friday, October 6, to consider a lengthy agenda, including action on rules to enforce the new state law enhancing penalties for educators who engage in improper relationships with students. A key part of the new law enhances penalties for those who know but fail to report that such conduct by an education employee toward a student has occurred.