HB 539

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

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
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  • Positive


Gary VanDeaver

Bill Caption

Relating to the ability of certain students to enroll full-time in courses provided through the state virtual school network.

Fiscal Notes

From the LBB: a negative impact of ($665,463) through the biennium ending August 31, 2019.

The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.

Bill Analysis

HB 539 would amend the Education Code to add that if a student is a dependent of a member of the U.S. military in the state who has been deployed or transferred to this state and was enrolled in a publicly funded school outside of this state in the preceding school year, the student would be eligible to enroll full-time in courses provided through the state virtual school network.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill enhances our individual liberty principle by allowing military parents deployed or transferred to this state to choose the best school for their children who meet similar qualifications as other eligible students. We support HB 539.

Organizations Supporting

League of Women Voters of Texas
National Federation of Independent Business
Texas Air Conditioning Contractors Association
Texas Association of Business
Texas Association of Manufacturers
Texas Chemical Council
Texas Construction Association