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No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 92 would allow failing schools to elect to go under the community school model as a part of their turnaround plan. At least 75% of faculty and 75% of parents must elect to turn a school campus into a community school. The bill would require a plan for the operation of a community school that would include the coordination for social and health services. Under this plan, the TEA commissioner would be prohibited from closing a school without giving the school the opportunity to act as a community school under a turnaround plan for at least two years unless a conservator is appointed to the district.
Texas Action recommends opposing HB 92 because it violates our principle of limited government. We are opposed to allowing school campuses to transition to a community school model because the model protects the interests of adults as the expense of children and also 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.