By: Isett H.B. No. 3468
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
relating to an intensive English language instruction pilot
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subchapter C, Chapter 29, Education Code, is
amended by adding Section 29.094, to read as follows:
Sec. 29.094. INTENSIVE READING AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE
INSTRUCTION PILOT PROGRAM. (a) In this section, "program" means
the intensive reading and English language instruction pilot
(b) The commissioner by rule shall establish an intensive
reading and English language instruction pilot program in which
campuses provide intensive reading and English language
instruction to participating students.
(c) A campus may apply to the commissioner to participate in
the program. The commissioner may select only campuses that have
failed to improve student performance in reading and English
language proficiency as determined by the commissioner.
(d) The commissioner shall establish a program for
participating campuses to use in providing intensive instruction to
participating students. The program must include neuroscience
based, scientifically validated methods, interventions, or
instructional tools that have been proven to accelerate learning,
cognitive ability, and English language proficiency. A
participating campus must use the program developed by the
commissioner in providing intensive instruction to participating
(e) The principal of a participating campus shall select
students to participate in the program. A participating campus
shall assess each selected student before the student enters and
after the student transfers out of the program to measure the
student's progress in reading and English language proficiency.
(f) To the extent permissible under federal law and
notwithstanding any other state law, the commissioner may provide
funding for the program using not more than $6 million of federal
and state funding designated for purposes of Section 28.0211 and
Subchapter B. The commissioner may as necessary proportionately
reduce the amount of money each school district in the state
receives for purposes of Section 28.0211 and Subchapter B,
including the amount each school district receives as a
transitional program allotment under Section 42.153.
(g) The commissioner shall adopt rules necessary to
implement this section, including rules relating to the criteria a
principal must use in selecting students to participate in the
(h) The commissioner shall make the program available to
participating campuses during the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 school
years. This section expires July 1, 2007.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.