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  80R7639 PAM-F
 
  By: West, Royce S.B. No. 1599
 
 
 
   
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT
relating to sanctions available for certain academically
unacceptable campuses.
       BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
       SECTION 1.  Section 39.1323, Education Code, is amended by
adding Subsection (g) to read as follows:
       (g)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter,
the commissioner may not impose on a campus for which a campus
intervention team has been appointed under Section 39.1322(b) any
additional sanctions until:
             (1)  the campus intervention team has completed the
comprehensive on-site evaluation required under Subsections (a)(1)
and (b);
             (2)  the campus intervention team has made
recommendations for a school improvement plan as provided by
Subsection (a)(3); and
             (3)  the campus has received any financial or other
assistance determined necessary under the evaluation process to
implement the school improvement plan.
       SECTION 2.  Sections 39.1324(a), (b), and (d), Education
Code, are amended to read as follows:
       (a)  If a campus has been identified as academically
unacceptable for two consecutive school years, including the
current school year, and has been capable as provided by Section
39.1323(g) of implementing a school improvement plan for two
complete school years after the appointment of a campus
intervention team under Section 39.1322(b), the commissioner shall
order the reconstitution of the campus and assign a campus
intervention team under this section. In reconstituting the
campus, a campus intervention team shall assist the campus in:
             (1)  developing a revised school improvement plan;
             (2)  obtaining approval of the plan from the
commissioner; and
             (3)  executing the plan on approval by the
commissioner.
       (b)  The campus intervention team shall decide which
educators may be retained at that campus.  A principal who has been
employed by the campus in that capacity during the full two-year
period during which the campus has been identified as academically
unacceptable [described by Subsection (a)] may not be retained at
that campus.  A teacher of a subject assessed by an assessment
instrument under Section 39.023 may be retained only if the campus
intervention team determines that a pattern exists of significant
academic improvement by students taught by the teacher.  If an
educator is not retained, the educator may be assigned to another
position in the district.
       (d)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter,
if the commissioner determines that a campus subject to Subsection
(a) is not fully implementing the revised school improvement plan,
the commissioner may pursue alternative management of the campus
under Section 39.1327 or may order closure of the campus.
       SECTION 3.  This Act applies beginning with the 2007-2008
school year.
       SECTION 4.  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, 2007.