By:  Cain                                             S.B. No. 1616
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                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
                                       AN ACT
 1-1     relating to compensation and preparation of public school teachers
 1-2     and the financing thereof.
 1-4           SECTION 1.  Title 2, Education Code, is amended by adding
 1-5     Chapter 47 to read as follows:
 1-7           Sec. 47.001.  Definition.  In this chapter, "educator" means
 1-8     all classroom teachers or full-time librarians.
 1-9           Sec. 47.002.  Educator Pay Raise Allotment.  (a)  For each
1-10     year, a school district is guaranteed a specific allotment in state
1-11     funds for a certain number of cents of tax effort to pay for raises
1-12     for educators.  The allotment is the lesser of:
1-13                 (1)  ((ERGL-AL) X RAISE X SBC)/AL
1-14     Where:
1-15           "ERGL" is the educator raise guaranteed level of state and
1-16     local funds per weighted student per cent of tax effort, which is
1-17     $42 or a greater amount for any year provided by the Appropriations
1-18     Act;
1-19           "AL" is the dollar amount of state and local funds raised per
1-20     weighted student per cent of tax effort, which is the greater of:
1-21                       (i)  GL, as defined in Section 42.302;
1-22                       (ii)  the quotient of the district's taxable
 2-1     value of property as determined under Subchapter M, Chapter 403,
 2-2     Government Code, divided by weighted average daily attendance,
 2-3     divided by 10,000;
 2-4                       (iii)  the quotient of the equalized wealth
 2-5     level, as defined in Section 41.002, divided by 10,000, for those
 2-6     districts defined in Chapter 41, Education Code; or
 2-7                       (iv)  the quotient of the wealth level, for
 2-8     districts to which Section 41.002(e), Education Code is applicable,
 2-9     divided by weighted average daily attendance, divided by 10,000.
2-10           "WADA" is weighted average daily attendance as defined in
2-11     Section 42.302.
2-12           "RAISE" is the pay raise factor, which, for 1999-2000, is
2-13     .05, or a greater number to be specified in the Appropriations Act,
2-14     and which, for 2000-2001, is .10, or a greater number to be
2-15     specified in the Appropriations Act.  For years thereafter, RAISE
2-16     shall be no less than the fund amount per weighted average daily
2-17     attendance paid by the state in 2000-2001 share, or a greater
2-18     number as specified in the Appropriations Act;
2-19           "SBC" is the school district's reported cost for all salaries
2-20     and benefits paid the second year of the preceding biennium to its
2-21     educators, as reported through the Public Education Information
2-22     Management System, under rules adopted by the commissioner; or:
2-23                 (2)  the maximum amount the district increases its
2-24     salaries and benefits for current year classroom teachers and
2-25     full-time librarians, not including the cost of increases required
2-26     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 subsequent school years.
 3-3           (b)  The allotment shall be distributed by each school
 3-4     district in a manner that provides an equal percentage increase to
 3-5     all teachers in the district, to the maximum extent possible.
 3-6           (c)  Districts subject to Section 41.003, who choose options
 3-7     (3) or (4) of that section, shall have the cumulative cost of
 3-8     purchasing average daily attendance credits or contracting for the
 3-9     education of nonresident students reduced by the amount of the
3-10     allotment, defined in subsection (a), in lieu of receiving the
3-11     allotment under this Chapter.
3-12           (d)  If the allotment, as defined in subsection (a), is
3-13     greater than the cumulative cost of purchasing average daily
3-14     attendance credits or contracting for the education of nonresident
3-15     students, a district shall not be required to achieve the equalized
3-16     wealth level and shall receive that portion of the allotment that
3-17     exceeds the cumulative amount.
3-18           (e)  If AL, for a given district, exceeds ERGL, as these
3-19     terms are defined in subsection (a), the district shall not receive
3-20     an allotment under this section.
3-21           SECTION 2.  Section 42.007, Education Code, is amended to
3-22     read:
3-23           (c)  The funding elements must include:
3-24                 (1)  a basic allotment for the purposes of Section
3-25     42.101 that, when combined with the guaranteed yield component
3-26     provided by Subchapter F, represents the cost per student of a
 4-1     regular education program that meets all mandates of law and
 4-2     regulation;
 4-3                 (2)  adjustments designed to reflect the variation in
 4-4     known resource costs and costs of education beyond the control of
 4-5     school districts;
 4-6                 (3)  appropriate program cost differentials and other
 4-7     funding elements for the programs authorized under Subchapter C,
 4-8     with the program funding level expressed as dollar amounts and as
 4-9     weights applied to the adjusted basic allotment for the appropriate
4-10     year;
4-11                 (4)  the maximum guaranteed level of qualified state
4-12     and local funds per student for the purposes of Subchapter F;
4-13                 (5)  the enrichment and facilities tax rate under
4-14     Subchapter F;
4-15                 (6)  the computation of students in weighted average
4-16     daily attendance under Section 42.302; [and]
4-17                 (7)  the amount to be appropriated for the school
4-18     facilities assistance program under Chapter 46[.]; and
4-19                 (8)  the amount to be appropriated for the educator pay
4-20     raise allotment under Chapter 47.
4-21           (d)  The board shall conduct a study on the funding elements
4-22     each biennium, as appropriate.  This should include a study of the
4-23     cost to the state each biennium to ensure that each school district
4-24     could maintain existing programs at existing tax rates assuming no
4-25     student growth without raising local property taxes.
4-26           SECTION 3.  Section 403.302(d), Government Code, as amended
 5-1     by Chapters 1039, 1040, and 1071, Acts of the 75th Legislature,
 5-2     Regular Session, 1997, is reenacted and amended to read as follows:
 5-3           (d)  for purposes of this section, "taxable value" means the
 5-4     market value of all taxable property less:
 5-5                 (1)  the total dollar amount of any residence homestead
 5-6     exemptions lawfully granted under Section 11.13(b) or (c), Tax
 5-7     Code, in the year that is the subject of the study for each school
 5-8     district;
 5-9                 (2)  the total dollar amount of any exemptions granted
5-10     before May 31, 1993, within the reinvestment zone under agreements
5-11     authorized by Chapter 312, Tax Code;
5-12                 (3)  subject to Subsection (e), the total dollar amount
5-13     of any captured appraised value of property that is located in a
5-14     reinvestment zone [on August 31, 1999], [that] generates a tax
5-15     increment paid into a tax increment fund, and is eligible for tax
5-16     increment financing under Chapter 311, Tax Code, under a
5-17     reinvestment zone financing plan approved under Section 311.011(d),
5-18     Tax Code, before September 1, 1999.
5-19                 (4)  the total dollar amount of any exemptions granted
5-20     under Section 11.251, Tax Code;
5-21                 (5)  the difference between the comptroller's estimate
5-22     of the market value and the productivity value of land that
5-23     qualifies for appraisal on the basis of its productive capacity,
5-24     except that the productivity value estimated by the comptroller may
5-25     not exceed the fair market value of the land;
5-26                 (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 do 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
6-26     that section.
 7-1           SECTION 4.  Sections 403.302(e)-(g), Government Code, are
 7-2     amended to read as follows:
 7-3           (e)  Subsection (d) (3) applies only to the captured
 7-4     appraised value of:
 7-5                 (1)  real property that is located in the reinvestment
 7-6     zone before September 1, 1999; or
 7-7                 (2)  an improvement to real property described by
 7-8     Subdivision (1), regardless of the date the improvement is made.
 7-9           (f)  The study shall determine the values as of January 1 of
7-10     each year.
7-11           (g)[f]  The comptroller shall publish preliminary findings,
7-12     listing values by district, before February 1 of the year following
7-13     the year of the study.  Preliminary findings shall be delivered to
7-14     each school district and shall be certified to the commissioner of
7-15     education.
7-16           (h)[g]  On request of the commissioner of education or a
7-17     school district, the comptroller may audit a school district to
7-18     determine the total taxable value of property in the school
7-19     district, including the productivity values of land only if the
7-20     land qualifies for appraisal on that basis and the owner of the
7-21     land has applied for and received a productivity appraisal.  The
7-22     comptroller shall certify the comptroller's findings to the
7-23     commissioner.
7-24           SECTION 5.  Section 403.303(a), Government Code, is amended
7-25     to read as follows:
7-26           (a)  A school district or a property owner whose property is
 8-1     included in the study under Section 403.302 and whose tax liability
 8-2     on the property is $100,000 or more may protest the comptroller's
 8-3     findings under Section 403.302(g)[403.302(f)] or (h)[(g)] by filing
 8-4     a petition with the comptroller.  The petition must be filed not
 8-5     later than the 40th day after the date on which the comptroller's
 8-6     findings are certified to the commissioner of education and must
 8-7     specify the grounds for objection and the value claimed to be
 8-8     correct by the school district or property owner.
 8-9           SECTION 6.  Section 44.004, Education Code, is amended to
8-10     read:
8-11           Section 44.004.  Notice, Hearing and Vote on Budget Meeting;
8-12     Budget Adoption and Tax Rate.
8-13           (b)  The president shall provide for the publication of
8-14     notice of the budget and proposed tax rate meeting in a daily,
8-15     weekly, or biweekly newspaper published in the district.  If no
8-16     daily, weekly, or biweekly newspaper is published in the district,
8-17     the president shall provide for the publication of notice in at
8-18     least one newspaper of general circulation in the county in which
8-19     the district's central administration office is located.  [Notice
8-20     published under this subsection is in addition to notice required
8-21     by other law.]  Notice under this subsection shall be published not
8-22     earlier than the 30th day or later than the 10th day before the
8-23     date of the hearing.  [A district may include the notice required
8-24     under Section 26.06, Tax Code.]
8-25           The Notice of Public Hearing to Discuss Budget and Proposed
8-26     Tax Rate may not be smaller than one-quarter page of a
 9-1     standard-size or a tabloid-size newspaper, and the headline on the
 9-2     notice must be in 18-point or larger type.  The notice must:
 9-3                 (1)  contain a statement in the following form:
 9-5           "The (name of the taxing unit) will hold a public hearing at
 9-6     (time, date, year) in (name of room, building, physical location,
 9-7     city, state).  The purpose of this hearing is to discuss the school
 9-8     district's budget which will determine the tax rate that will be
 9-9     adopted.  Public participation in the discussion is invited."  In
9-10     reduced type shall be printed the following information:  "The tax
9-11     rate that is ultimately adopted at this hearing or at a separate
9-12     hearing at a later date may not exceed the proposed rate shown
9-13     below without publication of a revised notice containing the same
9-14     information and comparisons set out below."
9-15                 (2)  contain the following section to be entitled:
9-16     "Comparison of Proposed Rates with Current Year's Adopted Rate",
9-17     which shall calculate the tax rates in (A-C), expressed as an
9-18     amount per $100, for columns entitled "Maintenance & Operations,"
9-19     "Interest & Sinking," and "Total":
9-20                       (A)  the unit's "Adopted tax rate for the
9-21     preceding year";
9-22                       (B)  the "Tax rate required to maintain the same
9-23     level of maintenance & operations revenue and pay debt service;"
9-24     and
9-25                       (C)  and the "Proposed Tax Rate";
9-26     A fourth column shall show a total revenue per student figure,
 10-1    including state and local funds, opposite each of the above tax
 10-2    rates.  The total revenue per student figure shown opposite the
 10-3    preceding year's tax rates and the tax rates to maintain the same
 10-4    level of revenue, respectively, is the total state and local
 10-5    revenue per student for the preceding year.  The total revenue per
 10-6    student figure shown opposite the proposed tax rates is the total
 10-7    state and local revenue per student that would result from the
 10-8    application of the proposed tax rates to the district's appraisal
 10-9    roll for the school year to which the proposed budget will apply as
10-10    certified by the chief appraiser pursuant to Sec. 26.01, Tax Code.
10-11          This section shall contain an asterisk after each calculation
10-12    for Interest & Sinking plus an explanation at the bottom of the
10-13    section that shall say "The Interest and Sinking Tax Revenue is
10-14    used to pay for bonded indebtedness on construction and/or
10-15    equipment.  The bonds, and the rate necessary to pay those bonds,
10-16    were approved by the voters of this district in elections held
10-17    (dates of elections)."
10-18                (3)  contain the following section, to be entitled:
10-19    "Comparison of Proposed Levy with Last Year's Levy on Average
10-20    Residence", that will contain information, rounded to the nearest
10-21    dollar, for the previous year and the current year for the same
10-22    residence for the following categories:
10-23                      (A)  "Average Appraised Value of Residences";
10-24                      (B)  "Average Taxable Value of Residences, after
10-25    Homestead Exemptions";
10-26                      (C)  "Last Year's Rate versus Proposed Rate per
 11-1    $100 value";
 11-2                      (D)  "Taxes Due on Average Residence";
 11-3                (4)  contain the following information:
 11-4    "Increase/Decrease in Taxes" expressed in dollars and cents, which
 11-5    is calculated by subtracting last year's taxes due on average
 11-6    residence with this year's taxes due on average residence under the
 11-7    proposed rate.
 11-8                (5)  contain the statement in bold print:  "Under state
 11-9    law, the school taxes due on the homestead of anyone over the age
11-10    of 65 years old cannot be increased above the amount paid in the
11-11    first year after turning 65 years of age, regardless of changes in
11-12    tax rate."
11-13                (6)  contain the following statement in bold print:
11-14    "Notice of Rollback Rate:  The highest tax rate the district can
11-15    adopt before requiring voter approval via an election is (the
11-16    product of effective maintenance and operations tax rate multiplied
11-17    by 1.08 added to the current debt rate, as defined in Section
11-18    26.04, Tax Code).  This election will be automatically held if the
11-19    district adopts a rate in excess of the rollback rate of (the
11-20    product of effective maintenance and operations tax rate multiplied
11-21    by 1.08 added to the current debt rate, as defined in Section
11-22    26.04, Tax Code)."
11-23                (7)  contain the following section entitled:  "Fund
11-24    Balances" which will include the following information:
11-25                      (A)  Fund Balance to be spent in this budget;
11-26                      (B)  Fund Balance Texas Education Agency
 12-1    Recommends to be Maintained;
 12-2                      (C)  Designated Unreserved Fund Balance for
 12-3    Future Construction; and
 12-4                      (D)  Excess Fund Balance.
 12-5          (c)  The comptroller by rule shall prescribe the language and
 12-6    format to be used in the part of the notice required by Subsection
 12-7    (b).  A notice under Subsection (b) is not valid if it does not
 12-8    substantially conform to the language and format prescribed by the
 12-9    comptroller under this subsection.
12-10          SECTION 7.  Section 26.06, Tax Code, is amended to read:
12-11          (b)  All units, except school districts who shall follow
12-12    requirements in Section 44.004, Education Code, shall post a notice
12-13    regarding the public hearing.  The notice of a public hearing may
12-14    not be smaller than one-quarter page of a standard-size or a
12-15    tabloid-size newspaper, and the headline on the notice must be in
12-16    18-point or larger type.  The notice must:
12-17                (1)  contain a statement in the following form:
12-19          "The (name of the taxing unit) will hold a public hearing on
12-20    a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the
12-21    tax roll by (percentage by which taxes to be imposed under proposed
12-22    tax rate exceed last year's levy) percent.  Your individual taxes
12-23    may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable
12-24    value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value
12-25    of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.
12-26          "The public hearing will be held on (date and time) at
 13-1    (meeting place).
 13-2          "(Names of all members of the governing body, showing how
 13-3    each voted on the proposal to consider the increase in total tax
 13-4    revenues or, if one or more were absent, indicating the
 13-5    absences.)"; and
 13-6                (2)  contain the following information:
 13-7                      (A)  the unit's adopted tax rate for the
 13-8    preceding year and the proposed tax rate, expressed as an amount
 13-9    per $100;
13-10                      (B)  the difference, expressed as an amount per
13-11    $100 and as a percent increase or decrease, as applicable, in the
13-12    proposed tax rate compared to the adopted tax rate for the
13-13    preceding year;
13-14                      (C)  the average appraised value of a residence
13-15    homestead in the taxing unit in the preceding year and in the
13-16    current year; the unit's homestead exemption, other than an
13-17    exemption available only to disabled persons or persons 65 years of
13-18    age or older, applicable to that appraised value in each of those
13-19    years; and the average taxable value of a residence homestead in
13-20    the unit in each of those years, disregarding any homestead
13-21    exemption available only to disabled persons or persons 65 years of
13-22    age or older;
13-23                      (D)  the amount of tax that would have been
13-24    imposed by the unit in the preceding year on a residence homestead
13-25    appraised at the average appraised value of a residence homestead
13-26    in that year, disregarding any homestead exemption available only
 14-1    to disabled persons or persons 65 years of age or older;
 14-2                      (E)  the amount of tax that would be imposed by
 14-3    the unit in the current year on a residence homestead appraised at
 14-4    the average appraised value of a residence homestead in the current
 14-5    year, disregarding any homestead exemption available only to
 14-6    disabled persons or persons 65 years of age or older, if the
 14-7    proposed tax rate is adopted; and
 14-8                      (F)  the difference between the amounts of tax
 14-9    calculated under Paragraphs (D) and (E), expressed in dollars and
14-10    cents and described as the annual increase or decrease, as
14-11    applicable, in the tax to be imposed by the unit on the average
14-12    residence homestead in the unit in the current year if the proposed
14-13    tax rate is adopted.
14-14          (c)  The notice may be delivered by mail to each property
14-15    owner in the unit, or it may be published in a newspaper.  If the
14-16    notice is published in a newspaper, it may not be in the part of
14-17    the paper in which legal notices and classified advertisements
14-18    appear.
14-19          (d)  At the public hearing the governing body shall announce
14-20    the date, time, and place of the meeting at which it will vote on
14-21    the proposed tax rate to increase total tax revenues.  After the
14-22    hearing, units except school districts which follow Section 44.004,
14-23    Education Code,[it] shall give notice of the meeting at which [it]
14-24    these units will vote on the proposed tax rate to increase total
14-25    tax revenues and the notice shall be in the same form as prescribed
14-26    by Subsections (b) and (c), except that it must state the
 15-1    following:
 15-2                "NOTICE OF VOTE ON TAX RATE
 15-3          "The (name of the taxing unit) conducted a public hearing on
 15-4    a proposal to increase the total tax revenues of the (name of the
 15-5    taxing unit) by (percentage by which taxes to be imposed under
 15-6    proposed tax rate exceed last year's levy) percent on (date and
 15-7    time public hearing was conducted).
 15-8          "The (governing body of the taxing unit) is scheduled to vote
 15-9    on the tax rate that will result in that tax increase at a public
15-10    meeting to be held on (date and time) at (meeting place)."
15-11          (e)  The meeting to vote on the increase may not be earlier
15-12    than the third day or later than the 14th day after the date of the
15-13    public hearing.  The meeting must be held inside the boundaries of
15-14    the unit in a publicly owned building or, if a suitable publicly
15-15    owned building is not available, in a suitable building to which
15-16    the public normally has access.  If the governing body does not
15-17    adopt a rate that would impose an amount of taxes that exceeds last
15-18    year's levy by the 14th day, it must give a new notice under
15-19    Subsection (d) before it may adopt a rate that would impose an
15-20    amount of taxes that exceeds last year's levy.
15-21          (f)  The comptroller by rule shall prescribe the language and
15-22    format to be used in the part of the notice required by Subsection
15-23    (b) (2), except for school districts that follow Section 44.004,
15-24    Education Code.  A notice under Subsection (b) is not valid if it
15-25    does not substantially conform to the language and format
15-26    prescribed by the comptroller under this subsection.
 16-1          SECTION 8.  SECTION 42.102, Education Code, shall be amended
 16-2    to read:
 16-3          (a)  The basic allotment for each district is adjusted to
 16-4    reflect the geographic variation in known resource costs and costs
 16-5    of education due to factors beyond the control of the school
 16-6    district.
 16-7          (b)  The cost of education adjustment is determined by
 16-8    adjusting the cost of education index [adjustment] adopted by the
 16-9    foundation school fund budget committee and contained in Chapter
16-10    203, Title 19, Texas Administrative Code, as that chapter existed
16-11    on March 26, 1997, to reflect the most recent available data.
16-12          (c)  Repealed by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1071, eff. Sept.
16-13    1, 1997.
16-14          SECTION 9.  SECTION 57.043, Utilities Code, is amended by
16-15    adding subsection (y) as follows:
16-16          (y)  for the years 2000-2003, money appropriated to the board
16-17    shall fund training for all Texas public school teachers in the use
16-18    of computers and technology for administrative and curriculum
16-19    enhancement purposes.
16-20          SECTION 10.  Chapter 21, Education Code, is amended by adding
16-21    Subchapter K to read as follows:
16-23          Sec. 21.501.  DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter:
16-24                (1)  "Board" means the State Board for Educator
16-25    Certification.
16-26                (2)  "Program" means the Teach for Texas Program.
 17-1                (3)  "Public junior college" and "public senior college
 17-2    or university" have the meanings assigned by Section 61.003.
 17-3          Sec. 21.502.  DEVELOPMENT.  The board shall propose rules for
 17-4    establishing the Teach for Texas Program to attract persons to the
 17-5    teaching profession who otherwise may be unable to teach because of
 17-6    financial or other barriers and to provide for certification of
 17-7    those persons.
 17-8          Sec. 21.503.  STRUCTURE.  The program consists of:
 17-9                (1)  a professional tier to attract to the teaching
17-10    profession persons employed in other professions who have expressed
17-11    interest in teaching and whose skills are easily transferrable to
17-12    the classroom; and
17-13                (2)  a student tier to attract to the teaching
17-14    profession students who are entering the sophomore or junior years
17-15    at a public junior college or public senior college or university
17-16    and who have expressed interest in teaching.
17-17          Sec. 21.504.  CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS.  The board shall
17-18    propose alternative certification requirements under Section
17-19    21.049:
17-20                (1)  for persons in the professional tier of the
17-21    program that:
17-22                      (A)  take into account the value of a person's
17-23    current skills;
17-24                      (B)  limit the necessity of a person leaving
17-25    current employment to pursue certification under the program;
17-26                      (C)  maximize the use of integrated coursework
 18-1    under Section 61.0514; and
 18-2                      (D)  do not compromise the integrity of educator
 18-3    certification in this state; and
 18-4                (2)  for persons in the student tier of the program
 18-5    that:
 18-6                      (A)  maximize the use of integrated coursework
 18-7    under Section 61.0514; and
 18-8                      (B)  do not compromise the integrity of educator
 18-9    certification in this state.
18-10          Sec. 21.505.  FINANCIAL INCENTIVES.  (a)  The program must
18-11    offer to participants financial incentives, including tuition
18-12    assistance and loan forgiveness.  In offering a financial
18-13    incentive, the board shall:
18-14                (1)  require a contract between each participant who
18-15    accepts a financial incentive and the board under which the
18-16    participant is obligated to teach in a public school in this state
18-17    for a stated period after certification;
18-18                (2)  provide financial incentives in proportion to the
18-19    length of the period the person is obligated by contract to teach
18-20    after certification; and
18-21                (3)  give special financial incentives to a participant
18-22    who agrees in the contract to teach in an underserved area.
18-23          (b)  Financial incentives are payable from funds appropriated
18-24    for that purpose and from gifts, grants, and donations solicited by
18-25    the board for that purpose.
18-26          Sec. 21.506.  PROGRAM ELEMENTS.  The program must:
 19-1                (1)  allow a participant to complete internship or
 19-2    fieldwork requirements during the summer to the greatest extent
 19-3    practicable;
 19-4                (2)  take into account the special needs of substitute
 19-5    teachers and create incentives for substitute teachers to become
 19-6    certified to teach; and
 19-7                (3)  offer health insurance to each person who leaves
 19-8    employment to complete internship or fieldwork requirements.
 19-9          Sec. 21.507.  MEDIA CAMPAIGN.  The board, working jointly
19-10    with other state agencies involved in public education matters,
19-11    shall conduct a coordinated media campaign to educate professionals
19-12    and students about the program.  The media campaign must emphasize:
19-13                (1)  the importance of teaching as a profession;
19-14                (2)  the short-term commitment to the program required
19-15    of participants; and
19-16                (3)  the value of the experience offered by the
19-17    program.
19-18          SECTION 11.  Subchapter B, Chapter 21, Education Code, is
19-19    amended by adding Section 21.0441 to read as follows:
19-21    COORDINATING BOARD.  The board shall cooperate with and advise the
19-22    Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in adoption by the
19-23    coordinating board of rule for educator preparation program
19-24    curriculum guidelines under Section 61.0514.
19-25          SECTION 12.  Subchapter C, Chapter 61, Education Code, is
19-26    amended by adding Section 61.0514 to read as follows:
 20-1          Sec. 61.0514.  INTEGRATED COURSEWORK.  The board by rule, in
 20-2    cooperation with and with the advice of the State Board for
 20-3    Educator Certification, shall adopt educator preparation program
 20-4    curriculum guideline under which educator preparation courses, to
 20-5    the greatest extent practicable, integrate subject matter material
 20-6    with material concerning classroom teaching techniques in order to
 20-7    minimize the coursework necessary to obtain educator certification
 20-8    under Subchapter B, Chapter 21.
 20-9          SECTION 13.  Not later than August 15, 2000, the Texas Higher
20-10    Education Coordinating Board shall adopt rules in accordance with
20-11    Section 61.0514, Education Code, as added by this Act, and shall
20-12    distribute the rules to public junior colleges and public senior
20-13    colleges and universities in this state.  Public junior colleges
20-14    and public senior colleges and universities shall offer courses in
20-15    accordance with those rules beginning with the fall semester of the
20-16    2002-2003 academic year.
20-17          SECTION 14.  This Act takes effect August 31, 1999.
20-18          SECTION 15.  The importance of this legislation and the
20-19    crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
20-20    emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
20-21    constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
20-22    days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended,
20-23    and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its
20-24    passage, and it is so enacted.