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Relating to data collection, reporting, and notice requirements for certain educational entities.
SB 668 would implement several recommendations from the K-12 Improvement, Innovation, and Mandate Relief Workgroup. This includes establishing a uniform definition of "homeless children and youth" and updating references to homeless students in several education statutes; authorizing the collection and reporting of data related to teacher persistence rates through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS), rather than the Teacher Retirement System; allowing schools districts and charter schools greater flexibility to make requisitions for instructional materials throughout the year rather than a specified date; amending rules for reporting the use of epinephrine auto-injectors; repealing the High School Allotment Recognition program, the Best Practices Clearinghouse program, and certain utility consumption reports by school districts; and would require potential charter schools to give more advanced notice of expansion.
Texas Action supports SB 668 because it promotes limited government by increasing efficiency for various reporting requirements and collection data, repealing programs that drain agency resources, and allowing greater flexibility concerning notice between charter schools and schools districts.