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Relating to the assignment of a public school student to an uncertified teacher.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1276 would prohibit a student who attends elementary school in a public school district from being assigned for two consecutive school years to a teacher teaching a subject in the foundation curriculum who has less than one year of teaching experience and who does not hold the appropriate certificate. This rule only applies to school districts with more than 5,000 students enrolled and for students in grades first through sixth. This rule also does not include teachers whose subjects are not English language arts, math, science, or social studies. The commissioner of the Texas Education Agency would be allowed to grant a waiver to a school district if the commissioner finds extreme circumstances that would warrant a waiver. There are also exceptions provided for a student who transfers into a district and for circumstances in which the student's parent and a school counselor or administrator agree otherwise.
Texas Action remains neutral on HB 1276 because it does not affect our liberty principles. This bill provides for reasonable waivers and exceptions to teacher assignments, while striving to improve student outcomes.