Senate Research Center S.B. 530
AUTHOR'S / SPONSOR'S STATEMENT OF INTENT
Research has shown that being overweight in childhood often continues into obesity in adulthood. It is essential that healthy habits begin early in life to establish a foundation that will last a lifetime. As obesity rates increase, chronic disease risks also increase. The top three leading causes of death–heart disease, stroke, and cancer–can be linked to obesity.
Rulemaking authority previously granted to the State Board of Education (SBOE) is rescinded in SECTION 1 (Section 28.002, Education Code) of this bill.
Rulemaking authority previously granted to SBOE is transferred to the commissioner of education in SECTION 1 (Section 28.002, Education Code) of this bill.
Rulemaking authority is expressly granted to the commissioner of education in SECTION 3 (Sections 38.102 and Section 38.106, Education Code) of this bill.
SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS
SECTION 1. Amends Sections 28.002(1) and (1-1), Education Code, as follows:
(1) Requires a school district to require students enrolled in kindergarten through grade eight to participate in moderate or vigorous daily physical activity for at least 30 minutes as part of a school district's physical education curriculum. Authorizes the school district to alternatively require a student in any particular grade level to participate in moderate or vigorous physical activity for at least 135 minutes during each school week if the district determines that requiring moderate or vigorous daily physical activity is impractical due to scheduling concerns or other factors. Requires a school district to provide an exemption for a student under certain circumstances. Deletes existing text granting rulemaking authority to the State Board of Education (SBOE). Deletes existing text requiring SBOE by rule to ensure that middle and junior high school students are allowed to meet certain physical activity requirements.
(1-1) Authorizes the commissioner of education (commissioner), rather than SBOE, to permit an exemption for a student who participates in certain activities if the student provides proof of participation in rules adopted relating to physical activity requirements.
SECTION 2. Amends Section 28.004(k), Education Code, requiring a school district to publish certain statements in the student handbook and on the district's Internet website if the district has an Internet website.
SECTION 3. Amends Chapter 38, Education Code, by adding Subchapter C, as follows:
SUBCHAPTER C. PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSMENT
Sec. 38.101. ASSESSMENT REQUIRED. (a) Requires a school district to assess the physical fitness of students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12, except as provided by Subsection (b). Requires the assessment to be conducted twice during each school year–once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester.
(b) Provides that a school district is not required to assess a student for whom, as a result of disability or other condition identified by commissioner rule, the assessment instrument adopted under Section 38.102 is inappropriate.
Sec. 38.102. ADOPTION OF ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENT. Requires the commissioner by rule to adopt an assessment instrument to be used by a school district in assessing student physical fitness under this subchapter. Sets forth the criteria required of the assessment instrument.
Sec. 38.103. REPORTING OF SUMMARY RESULTS. Requires a school district to compile the results of the physical fitness assessment required by this subchapter and to provide summary results, aggregated by grade level and any other appropriate category identified by commissioner rule, to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Prohibits the summary results from containing the names of individual students or teachers. Provides that individual results of student performance on the assessment instrument are confidential and are authorized to be released only in accordance with state and federal law.
Sec. 38.104. ANALYSIS OF RESULTS. (a) Requires TEA to analyze the results received under this subchapter to determine, for each school district, whether any correlation exists between the results and student academic achievement, attendance, obesity, disciplinary problems, and school meal programs.
(b) Authorizes TEA to contract with a public or private entity that will conduct all or part of the analysis required by Subsection (a).
(c) Requires TEA to report the findings of the analysis under this section of the results obtained during the preceding school year to the School Health Advisory Committee (committee) established under Section 1001.0711, Health and Safety Code, not later than September 1 of each year. Provides that the committee will use the reported results to asses the effectiveness of school districts' coordinated health programs and to develop recommendations for modifications to coordinated health program requirements or related curriculum.
Sec. 38.105. DONATIONS. Authorizes TEA and each school district to accept donations to facilitate implementation of this subchapter.
Sec. 38.106. RULES. Requires the commissioner to adopt rules necessary to implement this subchapter.
SECTION 4. Requires the commissioner to adopt the physical fitness assessment instrument required under Subchapter C, Chapter 38, Education Code, as added by this Act, and rules necessary to implement that subchapter not later than the date that enables the instrument to be used by school districts during the 2007-2008 school year.
SECTION 5. Makes the application of this Act prospective to the 2007-2008 school year.
SECTION 6. Effective date: upon passage or September 1, 2007.