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.
1-5 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
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; [
1-20 (3) administrative and instructional costs per
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.