By Ehrhardt, Madden                                    H.B. No. 617
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                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to waiver applications by a public school campus or
 1-3     district.
 1-5           SECTION 1.  Section 7.056(b), Education Code, is amended to
 1-6     read as follows:
 1-7           (b)  A school campus or district seeking a waiver must submit
 1-8     a written application to the commissioner not later than the 31st
 1-9     day before the campus or district intends to take action requiring
1-10     a waiver.  The application must include:
1-11                 (1)  a written plan approved by the board of trustees
1-12     of the district that states the achievement objectives of the
1-13     campus or district and the inhibition imposed on those objectives
1-14     by the requirement, restriction, or prohibition; and
1-15                 (2)  written comments and the signature of the
1-16     chairperson of [from] the appropriate campus- or district-level
1-17     committee established under Section 11.251 evidencing review of the
1-18     application by a majority of the members of the committee as
1-19     follows:
1-20                       (A)  in the case of an application by a district,
1-21     the chairperson of the district-level committee and of each
1-22     campus-level committee whose campus is affected by the waiver must
1-23     comment  on and sign the application; and
1-24                       (B)  in the case of an application by a campus,
 2-1     the chairperson of the campus-level committee for the campus must
 2-2     comment on and  sign the application.
 2-3           SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 1999.
 2-4           SECTION 3.  The importance of this legislation and the
 2-5     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
 2-6     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
 2-7     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
 2-8     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.