Topic: Safe Schools Act

Anti-Bullying Bill Passes Texas House

HB 1942 by Rep. Diane Patrick, Republican of Arlington, would require school districts to develop stronger anti-bullying policies, addressing bullying through electronic media as well as the more traditional kind. The bill, passed by the House yesterday, also marks a departure from current law on the issue of student transfers that result from bullying incidents. Current law authorizes the transfer...

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Bills on the Move, for Good or Ill

With just over 30 days to go in the regular session of the Texas legislature, here are some of the notable bills that moved ahead, for good or ill, during the past week. SB 718 by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Democrat of San Antonio, makes a reasonable change in the Safe Schools Act to focus discretionary expulsions from disciplinary...

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Issues on This Week’s Agenda Include How to Evaluate Teachers’ Effectiveness

For years now the fans of standardized testing have tried to sell the Texas legislature on the idea that teachers'  evaluations should depend on their students' test scores. The latest vehicles for this idea are SB 4 by Sen. Florence Shapiro, Republican of Plano, and HB 1587 by Rep. Rob Eissler, Republican of The Woodlands. In hearings tomorrow, Texas AFT...

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Upholding Teachers’ Authority to Remove Disruptive Students

Sen. Mario Gallegos, Democrat of Houston, has filed two bills in the Texas Senate to help teachers who exercise their authority under the Safe Schools Act to remove disruptive or violent students from their classrooms. SB 345 would require principals or other administrators who oversee student discipline to receive training that educates them on the discretionary authority of a teacher...

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State Senator Blasts TEA for Hitting the Brakes on Seat-Belt-Equipped School Buses

Sen. Eddie Lucio, Democrat of Brownsville, is more than a little displeased with the Texas Education Agency, which has decided that a law Lucio wrote requiring new school buses to be equipped with seat belts cannot be implemented immediately and will not be backed by the full $10 million the legislature appropriated for it. The planned funding has been scaled...

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Federal Focus on Anti-Bullying Efforts

Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Education held the first-ever National Summit on Bullying to draw attention to this all-too-common discipline problem. Now the feds have followed up with the launch of a new Web site, www.bullyinginfo.org, intended as a one-stop site for federal resources on bullying. In announcing the new Web site, the Department also noted that its...

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