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The Senate Education Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, May 4, to hear testimony on several higher education bills as well as the following related to K-12:

  • HB 473 (Hull, et al.) would require a school’s threat assessment and safe and supportive school team to notify the parent or person in parental relation to the student before conducting a threat assessment of a student. In conducting the assessment, the team would be required to provide an opportunity for the parent or person to: participate in the assessment, either in person or remotely; and submit information about the student to the team. After completing a threat assessment of a student, the team would be required to provide to the parent of or person standing in parental relation to the student the team’s findings and conclusions regarding the student. Read the House Research Organization (HRO analysis of the bill for more information.
  • HB 1297 (Dutton) requires rules developed by the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission relating to screening for special senses and communication disorders to allow an individual who attends a public or private school to be screened using an electronic eye chart as a substitute for a printed eye chart to assess visual acuity.
  • HB 2484 (Guillen, et al.) would prohibit a spectator of a UIL competition from attending any future extracurricular activity sponsored by the school district or UIL if the spectator engaged in violent conduct that caused bodily injury to a person serving as a sports official in retaliation for or as a result of the person’s actions while
    performing their duties. The bill would require a school district or charter school that held an extracurricular athletic activity or UIL competition on district or school property to provide a peace officer, school resource officer, administrator, or security personnel to ensure the safety of a sports official of the event until the official departed the property in certain situations. See the HRO analysis.
  • SB 2518 (Blanco) provides teachers more time (up to three years) to earn a bilingual education certification if they have bilingual students.

See the hearing notice.

Watch the hearing live on Thursday.