By Hochberg                                              H.B. No. 8
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                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to compensation and preparation of public school teachers
 1-3     and the financing thereof.
 1-5           SECTION 1.  Title 2, Education Code, is amended by adding
 1-6     Chapter 47 to read as follows:
 1-7                 CHAPTER 47.  EDUCATOR PAY RAISE ALLOTMENT. 
 1-8           Sec. 47.001.  Definition.  In this chapter, "educator" means
 1-9     all classroom teachers or full-time librarians.
1-10           Sec. 47.002.  Educator Pay Raise Allotment.  (a)  For each
1-11     year, a school district is guaranteed a specific allotment in state
1-12     funds for a certain number of cents of tax effort to pay for raises
1-13     for educators.  The allotment is the lesser of:
1-14                 (1)  ((ERGL-AL) X RAISE X SBC)/AL
1-15     where:
1-16           "ERGL" is the educator raise guaranteed level of state and
1-17     local funds per weighted student per cent of tax effort, which is
1-18     $42 or a greater amount for any year provided by the Appropriations
1-19     Act;
1-20           "AL" is the dollar amount of state and local funds raised per
1-21     weighted student per cent of tax effort, which is the greater of:
 2-1                       (i)  GL, as defined in Section 42.301;
 2-2                       (ii)  the quotient of the district's taxable
 2-3     value of property as determined under Subchapter M, Chapter 403,
 2-4     Government Code, divided by 10,000;
 2-5                       (iii)  the quotient of the equalized wealth
 2-6     level, as defined in Section 41.002, divided by 10,000; or
 2-7                       (iv)  the quotient of the wealth level, as
 2-8     defined in 41.002(e), divided by 10,000.
 2-9           "WADA" is weighted average daily attendance as defined in
2-10     Section 42.302.
2-11           "RAISE" is the pay raise factor, which, for 2000-2001, is
2-12     .05, or a greater number to be specified in the Appropriations Act,
2-13     and which, for 2001-2002, is .10, or a greater number to be
2-14     specified in the Appropriations Act.  For years thereafter, RAISE
2-15     shall be no less than the fund amount per weighted average daily
2-16     attendance paid by the state in 2001-2002 share, or a greater
2-17     number as specified in the Appropriations Act;
2-18           "SBC" is the school district's reported cost for all salaries
2-19     and benefits paid the second year of the preceding biennium to its
2-20     educators, as reported through the Public Education Information
2-21     Management System, under rules adopted by the commissioner; or:
2-22                 (2)  the maximum amount the district increases its
2-23     salaries and benefits for current year classroom teachers and
2-24     full-time librarians, not including the cost of increases required
2-25     under a policy adopted by a Board of Trustees for the 1998-1999
 3-1     school year as that policy would apply if applicable or readopted
 3-2     for
 3-3           (c)  Districts subject to Section 41.003, who choose options
 3-4     (3) or (4) of that section, shall have the cumulative cost of
 3-5     purchasing average daily attendance credits or contracting for the
 3-6     education of nonresident students reduced by the amount of the
 3-7     allotment, defined in subsection (a), in lieu of receiving the
 3-8     allotment under this Chapter.
 3-9           (e)  If the allotment, as defined in subsection (a), is
3-10     greater than the cumulative cost of purchasing average daily
3-11     attendance credits or contracting for the education of nonresident
3-12     students, a district shall not be required to achieve the equalized
3-13     wealth level and shall receive that portion of the allotment that
3-14     exceeds the cumulative amount.
3-15           (f)  If AL, for a given district, exceeds ERGL, as these
3-16     terms are defined in subsection (a), the district shall not receive
3-17     an allotment under this section.
3-18           SECTION 2.  Section 42.007, Education Code, is amended to
3-19     read:
3-20           (c)  The funding elements must include:
3-21                 (1)  a basic allotment for the purposes of Section
3-22     42.101 that, when combined with the guaranteed yield component
3-23     provided by Subchapter F, represents the cost per student of a
3-24     regular education program that meets all mandates of law and
3-25     regulation;
 4-1                 (2)  adjustments designed to reflect the variation in
 4-2     known resource costs and costs of education beyond the control of
 4-3     school districts;
 4-4                 (3)  appropriate program cost differentials and other
 4-5     funding elements for the programs authorized under Subchapter C,
 4-6     with the program funding level expressed as dollar amounts and as
 4-7     weights applied to the adjusted basic allotment for the appropriate
 4-8     year;
 4-9                 (4)  the maximum guaranteed level of qualified state
4-10     and local funds per student for the purposes of Subchapter F;
4-11                 (5)  the enrichment and facilities tax rate under
4-12     Subchapter F;
4-13                 (6)  the computation of students in weighted average
4-14     daily attendance under Section 42.302; [and]
4-15                 (7)  the amount to be appropriated for the school
4-16     facilities assistance program under Chapter 46[.] ; and
4-17                 (8)  the amount to be appropriated for the educator pay
4-18     raise allotment under Chapter 47.
4-19           (d)  The board shall conduct a study on the funding elements
4-20     each biennium, as appropriate.  This should include a study of the
4-21     cost to the state each biennium to ensure that each school district
4-22     could maintain existing programs at existing tax rates assuming no
4-23     student growth without raising local property taxes.
4-24           SECTION 3.  Section 403.302(d), Government Code, as amended
4-25     by Chapters 1039, 1040, and 1071, Acts of the 75th Legislature,
 5-1     Regular Session, 1997, is reenacted and amended to read as follows:
 5-2           (d)  for purposes of this section, "taxable value" means the
 5-3     market value of all taxable property less:
 5-4                 (1)  the total dollar amount of any residence homestead
 5-5     exemptions lawfully granted under Section 11.13(b) or (c), Tax
 5-6     Code, in the year that is the subject of the study for each school
 5-7     district;
 5-8                 (2)  the total dollar amount of any exemptions granted
 5-9     before May 31, 1993, within the reinvestment zone under agreements
5-10     authorized by Chapter 312, Tax Code;
5-11                 (3)  subject to Subsection (e), the total dollar amount
5-12     of any captured appraised value of property that is located in a
5-13     reinvestment zone [on August 31, 1999], [that] generates a tax
5-14     increment paid into a tax increment fund, and is eligible for tax
5-15     increment financing under Chapter 311, Tax Code, under a
5-16     reinvestment zone financing plan approved under Section 311.011(d),
5-17     Tax Code, before September 1, 1999.
5-18                 (4)  the total dollar amount of any exemptions granted
5-19     under Section 11.251, Tax Code;
5-20                 (5)  the difference between the comptroller's estimate
5-21     of the market value and the productivity value of land that
5-22     qualifies for appraisal on the basis of its productive capacity,
5-23     except that the productivity value estimated by the comptroller may
5-24     not exceed the fair market value of the land;
5-25                 (6)  the portion of the appraised value of residence
 6-1     homesteads of the elderly on which school district taxes are not
 6-2     imposed in the year that is the subject of the study, calculated as
 6-3     if the residence homesteads were appraised at the full value
 6-4     required by law;
 6-5                 (7)  a portion of the market value of property not
 6-6     otherwise fully taxable by the district at market value because of
 6-7     action required by statute or the constitution of this state that,
 6-8     if the tax rate adopted by the district is applied to it, produces
 6-9     an amount equal to the difference between the tax that the district
6-10     would have imposed on the property if the property were fully
6-11     taxable at market value and the tax that the district is actually
6-12     authorized to impose on the property, if this subsection does not
6-13     otherwise require that portion to be deducted;
6-14                 (8)  the market value of all tangible personal
6-15     property, other than manufactured homes, owned by a family or
6-16     individual and not hold or used for the production of income;
6-17                 (9)  the appraised value of property the collection of
6-18     delinquent taxes on which is deferred under Section 33.06, Tax
6-19     Code;
6-20                 (10)  the portion of the appraised value of property
6-21     the collection of delinquent taxes on which is deferred under
6-22     Section 33.065, Tax Code; and
6-23                 (11)  the amount by which the market value of a
6-24     residence homestead to which Section 23.23, Tax Code, applies
6-25     exceeds the appraised value of that property as calculated under
 7-1     that section.
 7-2           SECTION 4.  Sections 403.302(e)-(g), Government Code, are
 7-3     amended to read as follows:
 7-4           (e)  Subsection (d)(3) applies only to the captured appraised
 7-5     value of:
 7-6                 (1)  real property that is located in the reinvestment
 7-7     zone before September 1, 1999; or
 7-8                 (2)  an improvement to real property described by
 7-9     Subdivision (1), regardless of the date the improvement is made.
7-10           (f)  The study shall determine the values as of January 1 of
7-11     each year.
7-12           (g) [f]  The comptroller shall publish preliminary findings,
7-13     listing values by district, before February 1 of the year following
7-14     the year of the study.  Preliminary findings shall be delivered to
7-15     each school district and shall be certified to the commissioner of
7-16     education.
7-17           (h) [g]  On request of the commissioner of education or a
7-18     school district, the comptroller may audit a school district to
7-19     determine the total taxable value of property in the school
7-20     district, including the productivity values of land only if the
7-21     land qualifies for appraisal on that basis and the owner of the
7-22     land has applied for and received a productivity appraisal.  The
7-23     comptroller shall certify the comptroller's findings to the
7-24     commissioner.
7-25           SECTION 5.  Section 403.303(a), Government Code, is amended
 8-1     to read as follows:
 8-2           (a)  A school district or a property owner whose property is
 8-3     included in the study under Section 403.302 and whose tax liability
 8-4     on the property is $100,000 or more may protest the comptroller's
 8-5     findings under Section 403.302(g) [403.302(f)] or (h) [(g)] by
 8-6     filing a petition with the comptroller.  The petition must be filed
 8-7     not later than the 40th day after the date on which the
 8-8     comptroller's findings are certified to the commissioner of
 8-9     education and must specify the grounds for objection and the value
8-10     claimed to be correct by the school district or property owner.
8-11           SECTION 6.  Section 44.004, Education Code, is amended to
8-12     read:
8-13           Section 44.004.  Notice, Hearing and Vote on Budget Meeting;
8-14     Budget Adoption and Tax Rate.
8-15           (b)  The president shall provide for the publication of
8-16     notice of the budget and proposed tax rate meeting in a daily,
8-17     weekly, or biweekly newspaper published in the district.  If no
8-18     daily, weekly, or biweekly newspaper is published in the district,
8-19     the president shall provide for the publication of notice in at
8-20     least one newspaper of general circulation in the county in which
8-21     the district's central administration office is located.  [Notice
8-22     published under this subsection is in addition to notice required
8-23     by other law.]  Notice under this subsection shall be published not
8-24     earlier than the 30th day or later than the 10th day before the
8-25     date of the hearing.  [A district may include the notice required
 9-1     under Section 26.06, Tax Code.]
 9-2           The Notice of Public Hearing to Discuss Budget and Proposed
 9-3     Tax Rate may not be smaller than one-quarter page of a
 9-4     standard-size or a tabloid-size newspaper, and the headline on the
 9-5     notice must be in 18-point or larger type.  The notice must:
 9-6                 (1)  contain a statement in the following form:
 9-8                            AND PROPOSED TAX RATE
 9-9           "The (name of the taxing unit) will hold a public hearing at
9-10     (time,  date,  year) in (name of room, building, physical location,
9-11     city, state). The purpose of this hearing is to discuss the school
9-12     district's budget which will determine the tax rate  that will be
9-13     adopted.  Public  participation in the discussion is invited."  In
9-14     reduced type shall be printed the following information:  "The tax
9-15     rate that is ultimately adopted at this hearing or at a separate
9-16     hearing at a later date may not exceed the proposed rate shown
9-17     below without publication of a revised notice containing the same
9-18     information and comparisons set out below."
9-19                 (2)  contain the following section to be entitled:
9-20     "Comparison of Proposed Rates with Current Year's Adopted Rates",
9-21     which shall calculate the tax rates in (A-C), expressed as an
9-22     amount per $100, for columns entitled "Maintenance & Operations,"
9-23     "Interest & Sinking," and "Total":
9-24                       (A)  the unit's "Adopted tax rate for the
9-25     preceding year";
 10-1                      (B)  the "Tax rate required to maintain the same
 10-2    level of maintenance & operations revenue and pay debt service;"
 10-3    and
 10-4                      (C)  and the "Proposed Tax Rate;
 10-5    Plus a fourth column that calculates the Total Revenue Per Student
 10-6    for each row, by dividing the district taxable value of property,
 10-7    as determined under Subchapter M, Chapter 403, Government Code,
 10-8    divided by the number of students in average daily attendance.
 10-9          This section shall contain an asterisk after each calculation
10-10    for Interest & Sinking plus an explanation at the bottom of the
10-11    section that shall say "The Interest and Sinking Tax Revenue is
10-12    used to pay for bonded indebtedness on construction and/or
10-13    equipment.  The bonds, and the rate necessary to pay those bonds,
10-14    were approved by the voters of this district in elections held
10-15    (dates of elections)."
10-16                (3)  contain the following section, to be entitled:
10-17    "Comparison of Proposed Levy with Last Year's Levy on Average
10-18    Residence", that will contain information, rounded to the nearest
10-19    dollar, for the previous year and the current year for the same
10-20    residence for the following categories:
10-21                      (A)  "Average Appraised Value of Residences"
10-22                      (B)  "Average Taxable Value of Residences, after
10-23    Homestead  Exemptions"
10-24                      (C)  "Last Year's Rate versus Proposed Rate per
10-25    $100 value"
 11-1                      (D)  "Taxes Due on Average Residence";
 11-2                (4)  contain the following information:
 11-3    "Increase/Decrease in Taxes" expressed in dollars and cents, which
 11-4    is calculated by subtracting last year's taxes due on average
 11-5    residence with this year's taxes due on average residence under the
 11-6    proposed rate.
 11-7                (5)  contain the statement in bold print:  "Under state
 11-8    law, the school taxes due on the homestead of anyone over the age
 11-9    of 65 years old cannot be increased above the amount paid in the
11-10    first year after turning 65 years of age, regardless of changes in
11-11    tax rate."
11-12                (8)  contain the following statement in bold print:
11-13    "Notice of Rollback Rate:  The highest tax rate the district can
11-14    adopt before requiring voter approval via an election is (previous
11-15    year tax rate + $.08).  This election will be automatically held if
11-16    the district adopts a rate in excess of the rollback rate of
11-17    (previous year tax rate + $.08)."
11-18                (9)  contain the following section entitled:  "Fund
11-19    Balances" which will include the following information:
11-20                      (A)  Fund Balance to be spent in this budget;
11-21                      (B)  Fund Balance Texas Education Agency
11-22    Recommends to be Maintained;
11-23                      (C)  Designated Unreserved Fund Balance for
11-24    Future Construction; and
11-25                      (D)  Excess Fund Balance.
 12-1          SECTION 7.  Section 26.06, Tax Code is amended to read:
 12-2          (b)  All units, except school districts who shall follow
 12-3    requirements in Section 44.004, Education Code, shall post a notice
 12-4    regarding the public hearing.  The notice of a public hearing may
 12-5    not be smaller than one-quarter page of a standard-size or a
 12-6    tabloid-size newspaper, and the headline on the notice must be in
 12-7    18-point or larger type.  The notice must:
 12-8                (1)  contain a statement in the following form:
12-10          "The (name of the taxing unit) will hold a public hearing on
12-11    a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the
12-12    tax roll by (percentage by which taxes to be imposed under proposed
12-13    tax rate exceed last year's levy) percent.  Your individual taxes
12-14    may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable
12-15    value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value
12-16    of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.
12-17          "The public hearing will be held on (date and time) at
12-18    (meeting place).
12-19          "(Names of all members of the governing body, showing how
12-20    each voted on the proposal to consider the increase in total tax
12-21    revenues or, if one or more were absent, indicating the
12-22    absences.)"; and
12-23                (2)  contain the following information:
12-24                      (A)  the unit's adopted tax rate for the
12-25    preceding year and the proposed tax rate, expressed as an amount
 13-1    per $100;
 13-2                      (B)  the difference, expressed as an amount per
 13-3    $100 and as a percent increase or decrease, as applicable, in the
 13-4    proposed tax rate compared to the adopted tax rate for the
 13-5    preceding year;
 13-6                      (C)  the average appraised value of a residence
 13-7    homestead in the taxing unit in the preceding year and in the
 13-8    current year; the unit's homestead exemption, other than an
 13-9    exemption available only to disabled persons or persons 65 years of
13-10    age or older, applicable to that appraised value in each of those
13-11    years; and the average taxable value of a residence homestead in
13-12    the unit in each of those years, disregarding any homestead
13-13    exemption available only to disabled persons or persons 65 years of
13-14    age or older;
13-15                      (D)  the amount of tax that would have been
13-16    imposed by the unit in the preceding year on a residence homestead
13-17    appraised at the average appraised value of a residence homestead
13-18    in that year, disregarding any homestead exemption available only
13-19    to disabled persons or persons 65 years of age or older;
13-20                      (E)  the amount of tax that would be imposed by
13-21    the unit in the current year on a residence homestead appraised at
13-22    the average appraised value of a residence homestead in the current
13-23    year, disregarding any homestead exemption available only to
13-24    disabled persons or persons 65 years of age or older, if the
13-25    proposed tax rate is adopted; and
 14-1                      (F)  the difference between the amounts of tax
 14-2    calculated under Paragraphs (D) and (E), expressed in dollars and
 14-3    cents and described as the annual increase or decrease, as
 14-4    applicable, in the tax to be imposed by the unit on the average
 14-5    residence homestead in the unit in the current year if the proposed
 14-6    tax rate is adopted.
 14-7          (c)  The notice may be delivered by mail to each property
 14-8    owner in the unit, or it may be published in a newspaper.  If the
 14-9    notice is published in a newspaper, it may not be in the part of
14-10    the paper in which legal notices and classified advertisements
14-11    appear.
14-12          (d)  At the public hearing the governing body shall announce
14-13    the date, time, and place of the meeting at which it will vote on
14-14    the proposed tax rate to increase total tax revenues. After the
14-15    hearing, units except school districts which follow Section 44.004,
14-16    Education Code, [it] shall give notice of the meeting at which [it]
14-17    these units will vote on the proposed tax rate to increase total
14-18    tax revenues and the notice shall be in the same form as prescribed
14-19    by Subsections (b) and (c), except that it must state the
14-20    following:
14-21                "NOTICE OF VOTE ON TAX RATE"
14-22          "The (name of the taxing unit) conducted a public hearing on
14-23    a proposal to increase the total tax revenues of the (name of the
14-24    taxing unit) by (percentage by which taxes to be imposed under
14-25    proposed tax rate exceed last year's levy ) percent on (date and
 15-1    time public hearing was conducted).
 15-2          "The (governing body of the taxing unit) is scheduled to vote
 15-3    on the tax rate that will result in that tax increase at a public
 15-4    meeting to be held on (date and time) at (meeting place)."
 15-5                (e)  The meeting to vote on the increase may not be
 15-6    earlier than the third day or later than the 14th day after the
 15-7    date of the public hearing.  The meeting must be held inside the
 15-8    boundaries of the unit in a publicly owned building or, if a
 15-9    suitable publicly owned building is not available, in a suitable
15-10    building to which the public normally has access.  If the governing
15-11    body does not adopt a rate that would impose an amount of taxes
15-12    that exceeds last year's levy by the 14th day, it must give a new
15-13    notice under Subsection (d) before it may adopt a rate that would
15-14    impose an amount of taxes that exceeds last year's levy.
15-15                (f)  The comptroller by rule shall prescribe the
15-16    language and format to be used in the part of the notice required
15-17    by Subsection (b)(2), except for school districts that follow
15-18    Section 44.004, Education Code. A notice under Subsection (b) is
15-19    not valid if it does not substantially conform to the language and
15-20    format prescribed by the comptroller under this subsection.
15-21          SECTION 8.  SECTION 42.102, Education Code, shall be amended
15-22    to read:
15-23          (a)  The basic allotment for each district is adjusted to
15-24    reflect the geographic variation in known resource costs and costs
15-25    of education due to factors beyond the control of the school
 16-1    district.
 16-2          (b)  The cost of education adjustment is determined by
 16-3    adjusting the cost of education index [adjustment] adopted by the
 16-4    foundation school fund budget committee and contained in Chapter
 16-5    203, Title 19, Texas Administrative Code, as that chapter existed
 16-6    on March 26, 1997, to reflect the most recent available data.
 16-7          (c)  Repealed by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1071, eff. Sept.
 16-8    1, 1997.
 16-9          SECTION 9.  SECTION 57.043, Utilities Code, is amended by
16-10    adding subsection (y) as follows:
16-11          (y)  for the years 2000-2003, money appropriated to the board
16-12    shall fund training for all Texas public school teachers in the use
16-13    of computers and technology for administrative and curriculum
16-14    enhancement purposes.
16-15          SECTION 9.  Chapter 21, Education Code, is amended by adding
16-16    Subchapter K to read as follows:
16-17                 SUBCHAPTER K.  TEACH FOR TEXAS PROGRAM. 
16-18          Sec. 21.500.  PURPOSE.  The purpose of the Teach For Texas
16-19    program is to attract individuals to the teaching profession that
16-20    otherwise might not teach because of certain financial and other
16-21    barriers.
16-22          Sec. 21.501.  DEFINITION.  In this subchapter, 'program'
16-23    means the Teach For Texas program.
16-24          Sec. 21.502.  DUTIES OF BOARD.  The board by rule shall
16-25    develop the Teach For Texas program pursuant to the guidelines in
 17-1    this subchapter.
 17-2          Sec. 21.503.  STRUCTURE OF PROGRAM.  The program shall be two
 17-3    tiered, with the professional tier targeted at individuals
 17-4    currently employed in other professions who have expressed an
 17-5    interest in teaching, and the student tier targeted towards
 17-6    university students entering their sophomore and junior years.
 17-7          Sec. 21.504.  FEATURES OF PROFESSIONAL TIER.  The
 17-8    professional tier of the program shall focus on recruiting
 17-9    qualified professionals currently employed in other fields who have
17-10    expressed an interest in teaching and whose skills are easily
17-11    translated to the classroom.  The board shall develop certification
17-12    requirements for these participants that:
17-13                (1)  maximize the use of current skills of the
17-14    participants;
17-15                (2)  limit the necessity of leaving current
17-16    professional employment to pursue certification under the program;
17-17                (3)  maximize the use of integrated coursework as
17-18    described by Sec. 21.507; and
17-19                (4)  do not compromise the integrity of educator
17-20    certification in Texas.
17-21          Sec. 21.505.  FEATURES OF STUDENT TIER.  The student tier of
17-22    the program shall focus on recruiting qualified students enrolled
17-23    in Texas public universities, colleges, or junior colleges who have
17-24    expressed an interest in teaching.  The board shall develop
17-25    certification requirements for these participants that:
 18-1                (1)  maximize the use of integrated coursework as
 18-2    described by Sec. 21.507; and
 18-3                (2)  do not compromise the integrity of educator
 18-4    certification in Texas.
 18-5          Sec. 21.504.  FINANCIAL INCENTIVES.  The program shall offer
 18-6    financial incentives, including tuition assistance and loan
 18-7    forgiveness, for participants in both tiers of the program.  The
 18-8    financial incentives shall be structured within the following
 18-9    guidelines:
18-10                (1)  receipt of financial assistance shall be expressly
18-11    linked to the execution of a binding contract between the
18-12    participant and the board obligating the participant to teach for a
18-13    certain length of time after certification;
18-14                (2)  participants shall receive financial assistance in
18-15    proportion to the length of time of their commitment to teaching
18-16    after certification; and
18-17                (3)  special incentives shall be given for participants
18-18    who through their contract agree to teach in underserved areas.
18-19          Sec. 21.505.  OTHER PROVISIONS OF PROGRAM.  The program also
18-20    shall:
18-21                (1)  allow participants to complete their fieldwork
18-22    requirements in summer school when possible;
18-23                (2)  take into account the special needs of substitute
18-24    teachers and create incentives for substitute teachers to become
18-25    certified; and
 19-1                (3)  offer health insurance to individuals who leave
 19-2    employment to complete their fieldwork requirements.
 19-3          Sec. 21.506.  OUTREACH.  The board, in conjunction with other
 19-4    education-related state agencies, shall conduct a coordinated media
 19-5    campaign to educate professionals and students about the program.
 19-6    The campaign shall emphasize, at a minimum:
 19-7                (1)  the importance of teaching as a profession;
 19-8                (2)  the short-term nature of the program; and
 19-9                (3)  the value of the experience offered by the
19-10    program.
19-11          Sec. 21.507.  INTEGRATED COURSEWORK.  The Higher Education
19-12    Coordinating Board shall develop curriculum guidelines for courses
19-13    that integrate subject material with pedagogy material with the
19-14    goal of minimizing duplicative and unnecessary coursework in the
19-15    pursuit of certification.
19-16          SECTION 10.  Not later than the beginning of the 2000-2001
19-17    academic year, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board shall
19-18    provide the curriculum guidelines described in Sec. 21.507 to
19-19    universities, colleges, and junior colleges.  These courses shall
19-20    be offered beginning with the 2002-2003 academic year.
19-21          SECTION 11.  Section 823.401, Government Code, is amended by
19-22    adding a new subsection (j) to read as follows:
19-23          (j)  The board of trustees of the retirement system may adopt
19-24    rules providing for the establishment of service credit under this
19-25    section through the transfer of contributions made on behalf of a
 20-1    member eligible under subsection (a) of this section pursuant to a
 20-2    reciprocal agreement with the state or territory of the member's
 20-3    prior employment.
 20-4          SECTION 12.  This Act takes effect August 31, 1999.
 20-5          SECTION 13.  The importance of this legislation and the
 20-6    crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
 20-7    emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
 20-8    constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
 20-9    days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended,
20-10    and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its
20-11    passage, and it is so enacted.