By: Shapleigh S.B. No. 571
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
relating to the authority of the comptroller to conduct performance
reviews of general academic teaching institutions.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 403.020, Government Code, is amended to
read as follows:
Sec. 403.020. PERFORMANCE REVIEW OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND
GENERAL ACADEMIC TEACHING INSTITUTIONS. (a) In this section,
"general academic teaching institution" has the meaning assigned by
Section 61.003, Education Code.
(b) The comptroller may periodically review the
effectiveness and efficiency of the budgets and operations of:
(1) school districts; and
(2) general academic teaching institutions.
(c) A review of a school district may be initiated by the
comptroller or by the request of the [
school] district. A review of
a general academic teaching institution may be initiated by the
comptroller or by the request of the Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board or of the institution.
(d) A review may be initiated by a school district only by
resolution adopted by a majority of the members of the board of
trustees of the district. A review may be initiated by a general
academic teaching institution only at the request of the president
of the institution or by a resolution adopted by a majority of the
governing board of the institution.
(e) [ (b)] If a review is initiated by the school district or
general academic teaching institution, the district or institution
shall pay 25 percent of the cost incurred in conducting the review.
(f) A review of a general academic teaching institution
under this section must include review of the institution's:
(1) fiscal operations;
(3) student services; and
(g) [ (c)] The comptroller shall:
(1) prepare a report showing the results of each
review conducted under this section;
(2) file the report with:
(A) the school district or general academic
teaching institution that is the subject of the report;
(B) [ ,] the governor;
(C) [ ,] the lieutenant governor;
(D) [ ,] the speaker of the house of
(E) [ ,] the chairs of the standing committees of
the senate and of the house of representatives with jurisdiction
over public education;
(F) the commissioner of higher education, if a
general academic teaching institution is the subject of the report;
[ ,] and
(G) the commissioner of education, if a school
district is the subject of the report; and
(3) make the entire report and a summary of the report
available to the public on the Internet.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
Act takes effect September 1, 2003.