84(R) - 2015
Relating to state interventions and sanctions against public school campuses with unacceptable performance and the establishment of the Texas Opportunity School District for educating students at certain low-performing campuses.
No significant fiscal implication anticipated to State.
School districts and open-enrollment charter schools with campuses in
the TOSD would be required to collaborate with the TOSD. Districts and
charters would be required to provide services at cost to the TOSD and
would experience some administrative costs collaborating with the TOSD.
SB 669 would create the Texas Opportunity School District (TOSD) to manage and
operate campuses identified as unacceptable in the state accountability
system for two consecutive school years that are removed from their home
district at the discretion of the Commissioner of Education. The
school would be returned to the jurisdiction of the local district once
performance was on track.
Vote Recommendation Notes
This bill affirms the principle of limited government. Since the government is involved in education, they have a responsibility to ensure that failing schools have opportunities to return to high performing schools with quality education. A statewide special purpose district for low-performing schools would achieve this goal. For this reason, we support SB 669.