84(R) - 2015
Relating to suicide prevention training for educators in public schools.
No significant fiscal impact to the State.
could be administrative costs to provide the training annually, and
districts may require the use of substitutes. The administrative costs
would vary from district to district depending on how many employees
would need to be trained annually and whether the training was offered
online or in person.
SB 1169 would require that staff development for educators in public schools
include two hours of in-service training on suicide prevention annually through a best practice-based program recommended by the Department of State
Health Services (DSHS) in coordination with the Texas Education Agency
Vote Recommendation Notes
Teachers go through training on a variety of subjects during their in-service training days. While suicide prevention is important, it is our view that teachers should focus primarily on teaching. Whether there is any substantive value in having teachers learn a little bit about a topic outside of their core competency is debatable. However, this bill has no discernible connection to our liberty
principles, therefore we are neutral on SB 1771.