Bill

SB 1365

87(R) - 2021
Senate Education
Senate Education
Education

Companion Bill

HB 3270

Contact the Author

Paul Bettencourt

Phone:

512-463-0107

Capitol Office:

3E.16

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Yes
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral

Author(s)

Paul Bettencourt

Bill Caption

Relating to public school organization, accountability, and fiscal management.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

SB 1365 makes a number of changes to the school accountability system in order to keep the public school accountability and campus turnaround system intact while complying with a Third Court of Appeals decision that nullified parts of the law.

Among other things the bill would: Create a "Not rated" designation to apply to a school district under a disaster declaration or for causes of loss of data integrity due to breaches or other failures, clarify that delegation of ministerial and executive functions by the Commissioner of Education is a valid delegation of authority, and address special accreditation investigations.

The bill would revise and clarify education commissioner's authority to conduct special investigations "to determine if an academic program offered by a school district is providing students the quality education to which students are entitled."

Vote Recommendation Notes

Administering a system of public education is a core function of state government, so the state ought to do a good job of it. The school accountability system and campus turnaround plan plays a crucial role in ensuring that quality education is available to all Texans. SB 1365 keeps the accountability system intact by making adjustments to comply with a court ruling. This is consistent with our principle of limited government. Texas Action supports SB 1365.

Contact the Author

Paul Bettencourt

Phone:

512-463-0107

Capitol Office:

3E.16

Email: