By:  Cain                                             S.B. No. 1617
                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
                                       AN ACT
 1-1     relating to educational technology.
 1-3           SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 7, Education Code, is
 1-4     amended by adding Section 7.006 to read as follows:
 1-6     COORDINATING COUNCIL.  (a)  The Telecommunications and Educational
 1-7     Technology Coordinating Council is established to coordinate the
 1-8     state's promotion and use of educational technology.
 1-9           (b)  The council is composed of representatives from each of
1-10     the following agencies, with one representative appointed by each
1-11     agency:
1-12                 (1)  the Texas Education Agency;
1-13                 (2)  the State Board for Educator Certification;
1-14                 (3)  the General Services Commission;
1-15                 (4)  the Department of Information Resources;
1-16                 (5)  the Texas State Library and Archives Commission;
1-17                 (6)  the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and
1-18                 (7)  the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board.
1-19           (c)  The council shall create a statewide master plan
1-20     designed to promote coordination of efforts and minimize
1-21     duplication of efforts in the state's deployment of educational
1-22     technology and in educational technology grants made to school
1-23     districts and other entities.  The council shall monitor the
1-24     implementation of the plan and shall attempt to coordinate state
 2-1     educational technology efforts so that funding and services
 2-2     provided by the state are not duplicative and that unmet needs are
 2-3     addressed.
 2-4           (d)  The council shall promote discussions regarding issues
 2-5     such as the long-term ramifications of proposed educational
 2-6     technology initiatives and the best methods of meeting the
 2-7     educational needs of students with educational technology.
 2-8           (e)  The Department of Information Resources representative
 2-9     shall serve as presiding officer of the council.  The council shall
2-10     meet at the call of the presiding officer or as provided by
2-11     procedural rules of the council.  Each agency represented on the
2-12     council may provide staff support to the council.
2-13           (f)  Not later than January 1, 2001, the council shall submit
2-14     a report to the legislature on the implementation of the statewide
2-15     master plan with recommendations on statutory or other changes that
2-16     require legislative action to improve the statewide master plan.
2-17           SECTION 2.  Subchapter C, Chapter 61, Education Code, is
2-18     amended by adding Section 61.0761 to read as follows:
2-20     The board, the Texas Education Agency, the State Board for Educator
2-21     Certification, and institutions of higher education, under the
2-22     leadership of the board, shall cooperate to ensure that:
2-23                 (1)  teachers, librarians, and students in institutions
2-24     of higher education who are preparing for careers as teachers or
2-25     librarians are trained in the effective and efficient use of
2-26     educational technologies;
 3-1                 (2)  training standards in teaching the use of
 3-2     educational technologies are developed; and
 3-3                 (3)  with the assistance of the Telecommunications and
 3-4     Educational Technology Coordinating Council, adequate funding is
 3-5     available to provide continuing education to teachers and
 3-6     librarians, and education to students preparing for careers as
 3-7     teachers or librarians, in the use of educational technologies.
 3-8           SECTION 3.  The importance of this legislation and the
 3-9     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
3-10     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
3-11     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
3-12     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended,
3-13     and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its
3-14     passage, and it is so enacted.