EDUCATION

The following legislation was sponsored and passed by Senator Judith Zaffirini. Click here to view legislation passed prior to 2007.

82nd Legislature (2011):

SB 27
Food Allergy: Would require school districts to develop a policy to address students with food allergies. (House sponsor: Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas); Effective 9/1/11.

SB 49
Parent Notification of DAEP: Requires a school district to provide parents of students removed from a classroom and placed in a disciplinary alternative education program(DAEP) written notice of the guidelines DAEPs must meet. (House sponsor: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 9/1/11.

SB 54
Certification for VI Teachers: Requires a person seeking certification to teach students with visual impairments to complete coursework before sitting for the required certification exam. (House sponsor: Rep. Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands); Effective 9/1/11.

SB 773
Telecommunication Discounts: Would extend the telecommunications discount to public schools, libraries, non-profit telemedicine centers, public hospitals, and universities. It would ensure that telecommunications infrastructure continues at a reasonable rate. (House sponsor: Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine); Effective 9/1/11.

SB 5
Unfunded Mandates: Removes unfunded administrative burdens placed on higher education institutions relating to financial management, purchasing and procurement, human resources, construction and real estate, board appointments, and reports and notices. (House sponsor: Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas); Effective date varies.

SB 28
TEXAS Grant Priority Model: Provides for various priority criteria for students who receive TEXAS grants. (House sponsor: Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas); Effective 9/1/11.

SB 29
Fellowship Health Insurance: Allows qualified recipients of fellowships to participate in the institution’s health insurance program. (House sponsor: Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas); Effective 9/1/11.

SB 32

Consolidation of Exemptions and Waivers: Consolidates all exemptions and waivers into one chapter of the Texas Education Code. (House sponsor: Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas); Effective 9/1/11.

SB 36
Academic Advising Accountability: Requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, in consultation with academic advisors and institutions of higher education, to bring academic advisors into the state’s accountability system. (House sponsor: Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio); Effective 9/1/11.

SB 851
Uniform State Financial Aid Deadline: Requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, in consultation with financial aid officers, to create a single statewide financial aid deadline for all general academic teaching institutions. (House sponsor: Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas); Effective 9/1/11.

SB 1726
Learning Outcomes: Requires institutions of higher education to develop course specific learning outcomes. (House sponsor: Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 9
Outcomes Based Funding: Requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop funding recommendations that include various student success measures when it makes formula funding recommendations to the Legislative Budget Board. (House author: Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 33
Textbook Affordability: Codifies federal law to help bring down the cost of college textbooks. (House author: Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 399
Financial Literacy Training: Requires institutions of higher education to offer financial literacy training to students. (House author: Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 1000
NRUF Distribution: Provide for a distribution methodology for funds from the National
Research University Fund to eligible institutions. (House author: Rep. Dan Branch, R- Dallas); Effective 06/17/2011.

HB 1206
Community College Financial Training: Requires new trustees of community colleges to attend financial training. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 1341

Tuition Payment: Provides flexibility to institutions of higher education regarding when they may collect tuition and fee payments from students. (House author: Rep. Armando Walle, D-Houston); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 2631
Advanced Research Program: Renames the Advanced Research Program the Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program. (House author: Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 2758
Emergency Alert: Requires institutions of higher education to develop an emergency alert system. (House author: Rep. Aaron Pena, R-Edinburg); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 2908
Graduate Medical Education Positions: Requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to create an assessment of the adequacy of opportunities for graduates of Texas medical schools to enter graduate medical education in this state. (House author: Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 2910
Completion Rates: Allows the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to create
partnerships with non-profit organizations. Also includes the T-STEM Scholarship Program noted in SB 1729. (House author: Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 2937
Criminal Records: Allows the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to conduct criminal background checks for potential employees applying for security sensitive positions. (House author: Rep. Tryon Lewis, R-Odessa); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 2999
Transfer Guarantee: Allows institutions of higher education to freeze tuition for eligible transfer students. (House author: Rep. Tryon Lewis, R-Odessa); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 3025
Degree Plan: Requires students who have achieved 45 semester credit hours of college credits to file a degree plan with their institution of higher education. (House author: Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 3577
TEOG Cleanup: Provides that a student who qualifies for both the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant and a TEXAS grant to receive the grant of greater value. (House author: Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 3578

Emergency Loans: Allows institutions of higher education to include the cost of textbooks when providing emergency loans to students. (House author: Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock); 9/1/11.

HB 3579
Physician Loans: Removes the requirement of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board paying principal only when it applies money received pursuant to the Physician Loan Repayment Program. (House author: Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 3708
Early High School Graduation: Provides for alternative funding mechanisms for the Early High School Graduation program since it will no longer be funded through the Foundation School Program. (House author: Rep. Scott Hochberg, D-Houston); Effective 9/1/11.

81st Legislature (2009):

SB 2248
Public School Students in Substitute Care: Requires TEA to assist the transition of public school students placed in substitute care from one school to another and enumerates the forms in which the agency must provide this assistance. (House sponsor: Rep. Diane Patrick, R- Arlington); Effective 6/19/09.

HB 635
TEA Grant Authority: Authorizes the commissioner of education to determine whether a Head Start program operated outside of a public school facility is eligible for certain federal grants. Also gives the Texas Education Agency the authority to seek, accept, and distribute public education grants awarded by the federal government or any other public or private institution. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 6/19/09.

SB 43
Foster Youth Tuition Waivers: Extends the current tuition and fee exemptions for youth in foster care to include dual credit classes while in high school. Allows students to begin using the exemption as late as the day before their 25th birthday, instead of their 21st. Allows enrollment in a dual-credit course to qualify students for future tuition and fee exemptions in the same ways that traditional enrollment at an institution of higher education qualifies students for future exemptions. (House Sponsor: Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles, D-Beeville); Effective 5/19/09.

SB 44
Undergraduate Research Program: Supports basic research of faculty and students. Creates a set aside of funds from the Advanced Research Program. Allows unused set-aside funds to be applied to other projects in the same program year or to fund a subsequent program year in the same fiscal biennium. (House Sponsor: Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas); Effective 6/19/09.

SB 45

Tuition Waivers for Collaborative Projects: Defines inter-institutional academic programs as those which allow a student to take courses at two or more public or private institutions. Authorizes institutions to exempt tuition and fees for students who come to their campus as part of an inter-institutional academic program. (House Sponsor: Rep. Scott Hochberg, D-Houston); Effective 5/20/09.

SB 1796
Capital Project Approval Levels: Increases the total cost threshold required for Higher Education Coordinating Board approval of substantial construction, repair, or rehabilitation projects and sets this threshold at $4 million for new projects and major repair projects. Limits the review of projects costing less than $4 million to issues relating to institutional mission and space utilization. Require projects costing more than $4 million also to be reviewed in light of cost and fiscal impact. Authorize the Coordinating Board to adjust this threshold such that only substantial projects are subject to approval. (House Sponsor: Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio); Effective 9/1/09.

SB 1798
Educational Aides Tuition Exemption: Streamlines the process for certifying tuition
exemptions for certain educational aides. (House sponsor: Rep. Ellen Cohen, D-Houston); Effective 6/19/09.

SB 2240
Educational Facilities and Higher Education Authorities: Requires oversight for Higher Education Facility Authorities and authorizes that city officials or employer may be appointed as directors or Higher Education Facilities Authorities for private schools. Expands the definition of “educational facilities” to include “recreational facilities.” (House sponsor: Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton); Effective 6/19/09.

SB 2244
In-State Tuition For Certain Businesses that Promote Economic Development: Limits the time period during which certain businesses may receive the Economic Development and Diversification In-state Tuition Incentive for their employees and employees’ family members who move to Texas, but do not meet state residency requirements. (House sponsor: Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas); Effective 1/1/10.

SB 2258
Intensive Summer Programs: Clarifies that the Texas Education Agency administrates intensive summer programs for public education students and that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board administers similar programs for students in higher education. (House sponsor: Rep. Scott Hochberg, D-Houston); Effective 6/19/09.

SB 2262
Math, Science, and Technology Teacher Preparation Academies: Expands opportunities for teachers to participate in math, science, and technology teacher preparation academies by lowering the experience requirement from five to two years. Clarifies the education code by moving the related statute from the public education title to the higher education title of the code.(House sponsor: Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas); Effective 6/19/09.

HB 51
National Research Universities: Establishes measures to enhance and maintain the quality of state universities, including creating a pathway and providing funding for the development of national research universities. (House author: Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas); Effective 6/17/09.

HB 962
Junior College Library Purchases: Clarifies that a purchase, acquisition, or license of library goods and services for a junior college library is exempt from statutorily-mandated purchasing requirements. Expands the definition of library goods and services to mirror the exemption authorized for other institutions of higher education. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Laredo); Effective 6/19/09.

HB 1568
Community College Employee Exemptions: Authorizes community colleges to exempt their employees from paying all or part of the tuition or fees charged to students. (House author: Rep. Veronica Gonzales, D-McAllen); Effective 6/19/09.

HB 3456
Baylor Graduate Medical Education (GME) Funding: Cleans up current law relating to medical residency programs at the Baylor College of Medicine by striking unnecessary and out of date statutes relating to the “Resident Physician Compensation Program” and extends the authorization of the Higher Education Coordinating Board to contract with Baylor College of Medicine for medical residency positions in ways that are similar to how it currently treats other health-related institutions receiving GME funding. (House Author: Dan Branch, R-Dallas);
Effective 5/19/09.

HB 4149
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Cost Savings: Requires the Coordinating Board to conduct a study of and report on cost-saving measures for the management and operation of institutions of higher education by January 31, 2011. (House author: Rep. Patrick Rose, D- Austin); Effective 6/19/09.

HB 4244
Competitive Scholarships and In-State Tuition: Amends the education code to allow, rather than require, institutions of higher education to offer in-state tuition to non-resident students who have received a competitive scholarship of at least $1,000 for the academic year or summer term. Makes a technical change to the education code provision prohibiting nepotism in the scholarship award process. (House author: Rep. Scott Hochberg, D-Houston); Effective 6/19/09.

HB 4476
Tuition Equalization Grants (TEG) Clean up: Clarifies the statute to ensure that the first year requirements for TEG are interpreted to be the same as those for TEXAS Grants by requiring students to be enrolled at least three-fourths of a full course load during their first year and to make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward a degree or certificate, as determined by the institution. Clarifies that in subsequent years undergraduate students are required to complete 24 semester credit hours (SCH) and graduate students are required to complete 18 SCH in a full year, which includes summer terms. (House author: Rep. Ellen Cohen, D-Houston); Effective 5/27/09.

80th Legislature (2007):

SB 673
Scooter’s Law: Allows a student in an individualized education program (IEP) who has completed the fourth year of high school to participate in graduation ceremonies. (House sponsor: Rep. Rob Eisller, R-The Woodlands); Effective immediately.

SB 1871
Data Regarding Early Childhood Education and Bilingual Education Strategies: Direct school districts to use the School Readiness Certification System to report reading assessment data to TEA for determining whether or not an early childhood program truly is preparing children to be “school ready.” Evaluates the effectiveness of different bilingual education and special language program models by improving data collection and analysis. (House sponsor: Rep. Scott Hochberg, D-Houston); Effective immediately.

HB 426
Discipline Alternative Education Program (DAEP) Curriculum: Provides more specific minimum standards for DAEPs in order to ensure a quality education for students enrolled in such programs. (House author: Rep. Jerry Madden, R-Plano); Effective immediately.

HB 1137
Dropout Prevention: Authorizes diploma-seeking students who are at least 21 years of age but younger than 26 years of age to be admitted to public schools; allows districts to receive state- funding for such students; and lowers the attendance requirements necessary to obtain class credit, provided that the instructional requirements of the class are met. (House author: Rep. Scott Hochberg, D-Houston); Effective immediately.

SB 1050
Work Study Mentorship: Creates additional work-study opportunities by developing a program through which students can serve as peer mentors and tutors as part of their work-study financial aid. (House sponsor: Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington); Effective immediately.

SB 1051
Core Curriculum: Provide waivers to the core curriculum to foreign students enrolled in international institutions in a joint-degree program with Texas colleges and universities. (House sponsor: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective immediately.

SB 1231
Refund of Tuition and Fees: Updates regulations regarding the refund of tuition and fees in order to better reflect current business practices in refunding tuition at general academic, medical, or dental schools. (House sponsor: Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria); Effective immediately.

SB 1232
Repayment of College Emergency Loans: Updates the process for the payment of tuition to provide institutions more flexibility in their payment plan; clarifies that emergency loans can be made via written or electronic agreement; and authorizes fees to be assessed for emergency loans. (House sponsor: Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria); Effective immediately.

SB 1233
General Deposits by Higher Education Institutions: Authorizes property deposits to be used towards tuition balances and allows a window of time before issuing tuition refunds in order to ensure that students have fully withdrawn from classes. (House sponsor: Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria); Effective immediately.

SB 1495
A&M System Fees: Modifies multiple students fees within in the Texas A&M University System. (House sponsor: Rep. David Swinford, R-Dumas); Effective immediately.

HB 741
Tuition Benefits for Children of Volunteer Peace Officers: Expands eligibility for the
exemption of tuition and fees at public institutions of higher education to the dependents of volunteer law enforcement officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. (House author: Rep. Tracy King, D-Batesville); Effective immediately.

HB 1775
School of Nursing Facilities at Stephen F. Austin State University: Authorizes the issuance of tuition revenue bonds in the amount of $13 million to fund an expansion of the SFA School of Nursing. (House author: Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Nacogdoches); Effective immediately.

HB 2371
Career School Cease and Desist Orders: Allows the Texas Workforce Commission to issue a cease and desist order against a career school that operates without authority, if the school fails to respond to more than one written notice of noncompliance. (House sponsor: Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria); Effective immediately.

HB 3826
Uniform Admissions Requirement for Higher Education: Creates a uniform admissions code for all institutions of higher education; and requires the recommended high school program for admissions if that program was available to a student in high school. (House author: Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria); Effective immediately.

HB 3827
Conference Calls by Community College Boards: Authorizes the governing board of a junior college district to meet by telephone conference call. (House author: Rep. Geanie Morrison, R- Victoria); Effective immediately.

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