November 2017 Committee on School Initiatives

THURSDAY
November 9, 2017

9 a.m.
 
COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL INITIATIVES - Room 1-111
Members: Barbara Cargill, chair; Marisa B. Perez-Diaz, vice chair; Ruben Cortez, Jr;
Keven Ellis; Marty Rowley. 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 registering and taking public testimony at State Board of Education committee meetings and general board meetings are provided online.

1. Recommendation for Appointment to the Randolph Field Independent School District Board of Trustees

This item provides an opportunity for board consideration of one appointment to the board of trustees of the Randolph Field Independent School District. The appointment is necessary due to the expiration of the term of office for one board member. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §11.352, and 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §61.2.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - CONSENT

2. 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 on School Initiatives to discuss a proposed amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter A, Board of Trustees Relationship, §61.1, Continuing Education for School Board Members. The proposed amendment would reflect changes made by Senate Bill (SB) 1566, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, to the State Board of Education's (SBOE's) duty to provide training courses for independent school district trustees. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §11.159, as amended by SB 1566, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION

3. Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 157, Hearings and Appeals, Subchapter D, Independent Hearing Examiners, §157.41, Certification Criteria for Independent Hearing Examiners
(Second Reading and Final Adoption)
 

This item presents for second reading and final adoption a proposed amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 157, Hearings and Appeals, Subchapter D, Independent Hearing Examiners, §157.41, Certification Criteria for Independent Hearing Examiners. The proposed amendment would allow the commissioner of education to decline to recertify an independent hearing examiner even if a written complaint from an attorney has not been received, add a factor that the commissioner may consider in the decision whether to recertify, and specify that the commissioner can take action against an independent hearing examiner's certification for violating statutory requirements. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.252.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

4. Review of Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 231, Requirements for Public School Personnel Assignments, Subchapter C, Grades 6-8 Assignments, and Subchapter E, Grades 9-12 Assignments

 This item provides the State Board of Education (SBOE) an opportunity to review State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule actions that would amend 19 TAC Chapter 231, Requirements for Public School Personnel Assignments, Subchapter C, Grades 6-8 Assignments, and Subchapter E, Grades 9-12 Assignments, that would incorporate career and technical education (CTE) courses approved by the SBOE. The proposed revisions would also incorporate requirements to complete Texas Education Agency (TEA)-approved training or appropriate training in state and federal requirements regarding work-based learning and safety and add certificate areas to the list of credentials appropriate for placement into a particular assignment. The statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 231, Subchapters C and E, is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

5. Review of Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 234, Military Service Members, Military Spouses, and Military Veterans

This item provides the State Board of Education (SBOE) an opportunity to review State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule actions that would amend 19 TAC Chapter 234, Military Service Members, Military Spouses, and Military Veterans. The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §234.5, Certification of Military Service Members, Military Spouses, and Military Veterans, and §234.7, Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements for Military Service Members, Military Spouses, and Military Veterans, would implement the requirement from the 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, to extend a temporary certificate for military spouses to three years and also provide clarification of renewal requirements for military service members, military spouses, and military veterans. The statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 234 is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§21.041(b)(2) and (4); 21.044(a); and 21.052(b-1), (c), and (d-1), as amended by House Bill (HB) 1934, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017; and Texas Occupations Code (TOC), §§55.001, 55.002, 55.003, 55.004, 55.005, 55.006, 55.007, 55.008, and 55.009.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

6. Review of Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 239, Student Services Certificates, Subchapter A, School Counselor Certificate, and Subchapter C, Educational Diagnostician Certificate

This item provides the State Board of Education (SBOE) an opportunity to review State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule actions that would amend 19 TAC Chapter 239, Student Services Certificates, Subchapter A, School Counselor Certificate and Subchapter C, Educational Diagnostician Certificate. The proposed revisions would update the requirements for the minimum admission, preparation, standards, certificate issuance, and renewal for the School Counselor and Educational Diagnostician certificates. The proposed revisions reflect feedback provided by the SBEC-appointed advisory committees for the School Counselor Certificate and Educational Diagnostician Certificate. The statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 239 is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§21.031(a), 21.040(4), 21.041(a), 21.041(b)(1)-(5) and (9), 21.044, 21.048(a), 21.054, and 22.0831(f), for Subchapter A, and the TEC, §21.031(a) and §21.041(a) and (b)(1)-(4), for Subchapter C.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

7. Update on the Long-Range Plan Steering Committee

This item provides the committee with an update on the work of the Long-Range Plan Steering Committee and related activities. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.102(c)(1).

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION