HB 1171

84(R) - 2015
House Public Education
House Public Education
Charter Schools 

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Marsha Farney

Bill Caption

Relating to the applicability of certain immunity and liability laws to open-enrollment charter schools.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal implication to the State or local government.

Bill Analysis

HB 1171 would amend Education Code to extend the immunity of an open-enrollment charter school to include a charter holder and the employees and volunteers.

The bill would establish that an open-enrollment charter school is a local government for purposes of statutory provisions relating to tort claims payments by local governments and requires a payment on a tort claim to comply with those provisions. The bill establishes that an open-enrollment charter school is a local governmental entity for purposes of statutory provisions relating to the adjudication of claims arising under written contracts with local governmental entities and is subject to liability on a contract as provided by those provisions and only in the manner that liability is provided by those provisions for a school district.

Vote Recommendation Notes

05/25/2015 update:

No changes were made to this bill. The second chamber sponsor is Senator Lucio.

First chamber recommendation:

This bill affirms the principle of limited government by extending similar rights and protections to charter schools that state schools already possess. For this reason, we support HB 1171.