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    Texas Consortium bill could be heard by full Senate Monday


    Senate Bill 1557 has been placed on the Senate intent calendar and could be brought up for discussion before the full Senate on Monday.

    The bill – a major step toward accomplishing the goals of TASA’s Public Education Visioning Network - was voted favorably out of committee earlier this week.

    Sen. Florence Shapiro, chair of the Senate Education Committee, said in the committee hearing that she supports the bill and is enthusiastic about the potential it provides for school leaders to explore ideas to create a new learning environment.

    As filed, SB 1557 by Sen. John Carona would create the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium for the purpose of informing the governor, legislature, and commissioner of education about ways to transform public schools to improve student learning through the development of innovative, next-generation learning standards and assessment and accountability systems. 

Companion legislation filed in the House by Rep. Mark Strama, is currently pending in the House Committee on Public Education.
    (But what have they done with the 'last / current generation' of learning standards and assessment and accountability systems??)

    House Pub Ed Committee to hear four bills on Tuesday

    The House Committee on Public Education is scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. Tuesday in E3.036 to hear four bills that have already passed the Senate. They are:

    SB 27 by Zaffirini et al.: Relating to polices of school districts and open-enrollment charter schools for the care of certain students at risk for anaphylaxis.

    SB 79 by Nelson: Relating to the contents and applicability of a school district’s grading policy.

    SB 391 by Patrick: Relating to the provision of electronic sample copies of a textbook adopted by the State Board of Education.

    SB 866 by Deuell et al.: Relating to the education of public school students with dyslexia, the education and training of educators who teach students with dyslexia, and the assessment of students with dyslexia attending an institution of higher education. 

Last Modified on May 3, 2011