The Senate Education Committee will meet at 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 15, to hear the following bills:
- SB 113 (Menéndez, et al. ) relates to the provision of on-campus mental health services by a school district and reimbursement under Medicaid for certain services provided to eligible students.
- SB 562 (Sparks) relates to parental rights regarding a threat assessment of a student conducted by a public school’s threat assessment and safe and supportive school team.
- SB 838 (Creighton) relates to school districts and open-enrollment charter schools providing panic alert devices in classrooms.
- SB 992 (Hinojosa) relates to establishing the Rural Pathway Excellence Partnership (R-PEP) program and creating an allotment and outcomes bonus under the Foundation School Program to support the program.
- SB 1008 (Flores) relates to establishing residency for purposes of admission into public schools. Currently, families who are members of the armed forces (including state military forces or the reserves) are permitted to establish residency by providing a copy of a military order requiring the parent or guardian’s transfer to a military installation in or adjacent to the district’s attendance zone. Proof is required to be provided no later than 10 days after the arrival. SB 1008 would change that timeline to permit proof of residence to be provided to the school district no later than 90 days after the arrival date.
- SB 1068 (Middleton) relates to the removal of restrictions on funding and payment of costs for certain full-time online educational programs; authorizing a fee.
- SB 1144 (Hughes, et al.) relates to enrolling a public school student in the state virtual school network as an alternative to expulsion.
SB 1861 (Bettencourt, et al.) relates to the provision of virtual education in public schools and to certain waivers and modifications by the commissioner of education to the method of calculating average daily attendance in an emergency or crisis for purposes of preserving school district funding entitlements under the Foundation School Program during that emergency or crisis; authorizing a fee.(An updated hearing notice sent March 14 no longer had SB 1861 on the agenda.)
- SB 2032 (Creighton) relates to the authorization of certain adult high school charter school programs.
Public testimony will be limited to two minutes.