SB 2117

86(R) - 2019
Senate Education
House Public Education
Senate Education
House Public Education

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Paul Bettencourt


Dwayne Bohac

Bill Caption

Relating to state funding and accountability provisions applicable to school district campuses and programs operated under school district and charter partnerships.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB 2117, Committee Report 2nd House, Substituted: a negative impact of ($5,775,171) through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.

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

In the 85th Legislature, SB 1882 was passed into law in an effort to provide incentives for traditional independent school districts to enter into partnerships with open-enrollment charter schools.

SB 2117 would allow for charter schools and public school districts to apply to the Texas Education Agency to jointly operate a campus or campus program. The commissioner of the TEA would be prohibited from approving more than 3 contracts in a school year. A school district that contracts with a charter school to jointly operate a campus or campus program would be entitled to Foundation School Program funding for the portion of each student's school day under the direction of the open-enrollment charter school if the campus and the open-enrollment charter school both have an accountability rating of C or higher. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports this legislation which aligns with limited government by improving opportunities for school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to jointly operate a campus or campus program, offering more variety and choice in public education.

Organizations Supporting

League of Women Voters of Texas

Organizations Opposed

Texas Conference of Urban Counties