H.B. 16 78(R)    BILL ANALYSIS

H.B. 16
By: Corte
Public Education
Committee Report (Unamended)


Increasingly, teachers and other school employees in Texas are becoming
victims of assault by students. According to the United States Department
of Education, over a five-year period from 1994-1998, teachers were the
victims of approximately 1,755,000 nonfatal crimes at schools nationwide,
including 1,087,000 thefts and 668,000 violent crimes such as rape or
sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. Current
law specifies that simple assault on an educator is not an offense that
automatically warrants expulsion. Students are only expelled from school
for committing aggravated assault, including assault with a weapon or
assault that causes serious bodily harm.  


House Bill 16 establishes simple assault against a public school employee
as an offense for which expulsion of the offending student is automatic.
The purpose of this bill is to provide a safe environment for educators to
teach and students to learn.  


It is the committee's opinion that this bill does not expressly grant any
additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or


House Bill 16 amends the Education Code to require a student who
intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily harm to a school
employee on school property or at a school-sponsored activity to be
expelled. The bill requires a student who intentionally, knowingly, or
recklessly causes bodily injury to a person other than a school employee
within 300 feet of school property or while attending a school sponsored
or school-related activity to be placed in an alternative education

This Act applies beginning with the 2003-2004 school year.


Upon passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act
takes effect September 1, 2003.