HB 3861

85(R) - 2017
House Public Education
House Public Education

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
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  • Negative
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Eddie Rodriguez

Bill Caption

Relating to a public school campus’s election under a campus turnaround plan to operate as a community school.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

HB 3861 would allow schools that are under campus turnaround plans to hold elections to become community schools. In such an election, 75 percent of the faculty and the parents must approve of this plan.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill would abridge the principle of limited government. We oppose allowing school campuses to transition to a community school model because the model protects the interests of adults as the expense of children and removes crucial state oversight to ensure children are receiving quality education. Furthermore, the bill specifically prevents the closure of a campus unless campus converts to a community school and is allowed two years to operate as a community school, removing the education commissioner's power to begin to fix a failing school. For these reasons, we oppose HB 3861.