75R14162 CAS-D                           

         By Maxey                                               H.B. No. 583

         Substitute the following for H.B. No. 583:

         By Hochberg                                        C.S.H.B. No. 583

                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

 1-1                                   AN ACT

 1-2     relating to public education, including the parental involvement

 1-3     division of the Texas Education Agency, public school campus report

 1-4     cards, and the use of certain public school funds.


 1-6           SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 7, Education Code, is

 1-7     amended by adding Section 7.025 to read as follows:

 1-8           Sec. 7.025.  PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT DIVISION.  (a)  The agency

 1-9     shall establish a parental involvement division.

1-10           (b)  The division shall develop, implement, and administer

1-11     programs and activities to encourage and maintain parental

1-12     involvement in public schools.

1-13           SECTION 2.  Sections 39.052(b) and (c), Education Code, are

1-14     amended to read as follows:

1-15           (b)  The report card shall include the following information

1-16     where applicable:

1-17                 (1)  the academic excellence indicators adopted under

1-18     Sections 39.051(b)(1) through (8);

1-19                 (2)  student/teacher ratios; [and]

1-20                 (3)  administrative and instructional costs per

1-21     student;

1-22                 (4)  the phone number of the agency's parental

1-23     involvement division; and

1-24                 (5)  the phone number at the agency to call for

 2-1     information concerning assessment instruments under Section 39.023.

 2-2           (c)  The commissioner shall adopt rules for requiring

 2-3     dissemination of appropriate student performance portions of campus

 2-4     report cards and the information required under Subsections (b)(4)

 2-5     and (5) annually to the parent, guardian, conservator, or other

 2-6     person  having lawful control of each student at the campus.  On

 2-7     written request, the school district shall provide a copy of a

 2-8     campus report card to any other party.

 2-9           SECTION 3.  Section 45.105(c), Education Code, is amended to

2-10     read as follows:

2-11           (c)  Local school funds from district taxes, tuition fees of

2-12     students not entitled to a free education, and other local sources

2-13     may be used for the purposes listed for state and county funds and

2-14     for purchasing appliances and supplies, paying insurance premiums,

2-15     paying janitors and other employees, buying school sites, and

2-16     buying, building, repairing, and renting school buildings,

2-17     including acquiring school buildings and sites by leasing through

2-18     annual payments with an ultimate option to purchase, and [paying]

2-19     for other purposes [goods and services] necessary in the conduct of

2-20     the public schools determined by the board of trustees.  The

2-21     accounts and vouchers for county districts must be approved by the

2-22     county superintendent.  If the state available school fund in any

2-23     municipality or district is sufficient to maintain the schools in

2-24     any year for at least eight months and leave a surplus, the surplus

2-25     may be spent for the purposes listed in this subsection.

2-26           SECTION 4.  (a)  On January 1, 1998, the commissioner of

2-27     education shall consolidate all Texas Education Agency programs and

 3-1     activities relating to parental involvement in the parental

 3-2     involvement division of the agency established as required by

 3-3     Section 7.025, Education Code, as added by this Act.

 3-4           (b)  All money, records, property, and equipment in the

 3-5     custody of the Texas Education Agency on December 31, 1997, for

 3-6     parental involvement program or activity purposes shall be

 3-7     transferred to the custody of the parental involvement division of

 3-8     the agency on January 1, 1998.  A person employed by the Texas

 3-9     Education Agency in a program or activity related to parental

3-10     involvement becomes an employee of the parental involvement

3-11     division of the agency on January 1, 1998.

3-12           SECTION 5.  The amendment to Sections 39.052(b) and (c),

3-13     Education Code, by this Act, applies to campus report cards for the

3-14     1997-1998 school year and each school year thereafter.

3-15           SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect September 1, 1997.

3-16           SECTION 7.  The importance of this legislation and the

3-17     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an

3-18     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the

3-19     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several

3-20     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.