SB 669

84(R) - 2015
Senate Education
Senate Education
Public Education

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Royce West

Bill Caption

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.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication anticipated to State.

Local Government

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.

Bill Analysis

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.