November 14, 2018 Committee of the Full Board

WEDNESDAY
November 14, 2018

9 a.m.

COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD - Room 1-104


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 available online.


1. Commissioner’s Comments

This item provides an opportunity for the board to be briefed on current agenda items, agency operations, policy implementation, and public education-related legislation approved by the Texas Legislature.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE – NO ACTION


2. Decision on the Percentage Distribution of the Permanent School Fund for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021

This item provides an opportunity for the board to evaluate and approve in a final vote the Permanent School Fund percentage distribution rates for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The board will consider various factors associated with the distribution rate such as expected returns, inflation, and student population growth. Additionally, this item provides the opportunity for the board to discuss anticipated instructional material needs for the 2020-2021 biennium. The statutory authority for this action is Texas Constitution, Article VII, §5.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION


3. Report from the Commissioner of Education Regarding Instructional Materials Offered for Adoption under Proclamation 2019

This item provides the opportunity for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to adopt materials submitted for review in response to Proclamation 2019. The board issued Proclamation 2019 in April 2017, calling for materials in English language arts and reading, kindergarten–grade 8; Spanish language arts and reading, Kindergarten–Grade 6; English Learners Language Arts, Grades 7 and 8; handwriting (English and Spanish), Kindergarten–Grade 5; spelling (English and Spanish), Grades 1–6; and Personal Financial Literacy. Products submitted in response to Proclamation 2019 were reviewed in the summer of 2018. This item presents the final report from the commissioner of education regarding the coverage of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), alleged factual errors, and information regarding whether a publisher on the list has previously refused to rebid instructional materials. The statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§31.023 and 31.024.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION


4. Proposed Amendments to Proclamation 2020 of the State Board of Education Advertising for Bids for Instructional Materials

This item provides an opportunity for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to amend the Proclamation 2020 schedule of adoption procedures to make minor changes to due dates to better align to SBOE meeting dates. Proclamation 2020 calls for instructional materials for courses in high school English language arts and reading and English for speakers of other languages. The statutory authority for this action is the TEC, §31.022, which requires the SBOE to adopt rules to provide for a full and complete investigation of instructional materials for each subject in the foundation curriculum and for each subject in the enrichment curriculum.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION


5. Adoption of the Long-Range Plan for Public Education

This item presents for review and adoption the proposed Long-Range Plan for Public Education, which sets educational goals through the year 2030. The statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(1) and 32.001(a)(1)-(4).

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION


6. Legislative Recommendations for the 86th Texas Legislature


This item provides the committee and the board with an opportunity to make decisions on legislative recommendations to the 86th Texas Legislature. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.102.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION


7. Discussion of Proposed New Cybersecurity Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills


This item provides the opportunity for the committee to discuss proposed new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for cybersecurity courses as required by House Bill (HB) 3593, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017. The statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4), 28.002, and 28.025.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION


8. Year-end Review from State Board of Education Committees

The chairs of the State Board of Education’s three standing committees will provide a year-end review of the work of the Committee on Instruction, Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund, and Committee on School Initiatives, and will include comments on upcoming issues or topics.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION


9. Discussion of Pending Litigation


The State Board of Education may enter into executive session in accordance with the Texas Government Code, §551.071(1)(A), to discuss pending and contemplated litigation with the general counsel, legal staff, and, if necessary, attorney(s) from the Attorney General's Office. The Committee of the Full Board will meet in Room 1-103 to discuss this item.

Cases to be discussed may include:
Tribune Company, No. 08-13141; The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Tribune Company v. Fitzsimmons, Adv. Pro. No. 10-54010 (Bankr. D. Del);
 
Deutsche Bank v Bank of America, No. 3:11-CV-01175-F (N. D. Tex., Dallas Div.) and Deutsche Bank v. Employees Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas, No. 3:11-CV-1167-F; (N. D. Tex. Dallas Div.) CONSOLIDATED in: In re: Tribune Company Fraudulent Conveyance Litigation; No. 11-MD-2296 Consolidated Multidistrict Action (S.D.N.Y.);
 
La Feria ISD, Joaquin ISD v. Mike Morath, Commissioner of Education; Texas Education Agency; and Texas State Board of Education, in the 261st Judicial District Court of Texas; Docket No. D-1-GN-17-001385; and

 any other litigation arising after the date of posting or reasonably contemplated as of the date of the board meeting.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE – NO ACTION