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STAT 2015 Legislative Agenda

 

Instructional Materials Allotment/Equipment:  For years, STAT has requested new funding to replace outdated and disintegrating science textbooks.  Feedback we receive includes that Instructional Materials Allotment monies are not always used for their intended purpose, and textbooks seem to be a thing of the past. 

 

School Funding:  With student populations growing, STAT is encouraged by early signs of commitment to education from legislative leaders and statewide elected officials, including recruitment with financial incentives for well qualified math and science teachers, additional professional development and a focus on technology.  Per pupil funding should return to pre-2011 levels.

 

Laboratory Experience:  A large part of science must be taught in the laboratories, most of which were built for 24 students.  Moreover, overcrowding and the shortage of equipment creates unsafe and unproductive conditions that impede effective science learning.

  

Counselors:  When the Texas Legislature determined that billions of dollars must be cut from education appropriations, career and curriculum counselors felt a disproportionate share of the reductions.  Now with implementation of HB 5 and unprecedented higher education enrollments, additional counselors and their professional development must be prioritized and funded.


For further information, including text of the bill, click the link below to search by bill number: 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/BillNumber.aspx

 

 

Bill Author Caption
SB 42
Zaffirini
Relating to the selection process for student members of the board of regents of a state university or state university system.  
SB 43 Zaffirini Relating to the institutions of higher education eligible to participate in the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (T-STEM) Challenge Scholarship program.

HB 43 González
Relating to the creation of a task force to evaluate state assessment instruments administered to public school students with significant cognitive disabilities.

HB 45 Martinez
Relating to a cost-of-living increase applicable to benefits paid by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

HB 47 Martinez
Relating to the salary paid to certain professional employees of public schools.

HB 51 González
Relating to limits on the size of certain classes in public schools.

 HJR 56
 White Proposing a constitutional amendment to remove legislative authority to regulate the wearing of arms.  
HB 57  González
Relating to the review by a school district board of trustees of a hearing examiner's determination regarding good cause to suspend a teacher without pay or terminate the teacher's contract.

SB 88
 Ellis Relating to health education curriculum and instruction in public schools.  
HB 106  Flynn Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties. 
HB 125
 Fischer  Relating to studying the cost of education index.  
HB 164
 White Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties.
HB 172
 Stickland Relating to municipal regulation of electric stun guns, knives, and personal defense sprays.
HB 176
 Kleinschmidt Relating to protection of the right to keep and bear arms within the State of Texas.
HB 177
 Zedler Relating to the research, collection, and use of adult stem cells.
SB 179
 Perry Relating to the handgun proficiency required to obtain or renew a concealed handgun license.  
HB 195
 Stickland Relating to the carrying of handguns; providing for the open carrying of handguns; removing the requirement that a person who may lawfully possess handguns obtain a Concealed Handgun License in order to carry a handgun lawfully in the state of Texas, and conforming changes.
HB 198
 Huberty Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns by certain persons attending a school board meeting.
HB 206
 Leach Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period.
HB 216  White Relating to the eligibility of a person for a license to carry a concealed handgun.
HB 226   Guillen Relating to certain offenses relating to carrying concealed handguns on property owned or leased by a governmental entity; providing a civil penalty.
SB 229
 Creighton Relating to the unlawful seizure of a firearm by a governmental officer or employee; providing penalties.  
SB 232
 Schwertner Relating to exempting textbooks purchased, used, or consumed by university and college students from the sales and use tax for limited periods.
 
HB 244
 Longoria Relating to the lunch period for classroom teachers at the middle school, junior high school, or high school grade level.
HB 245
 Longoria  Relating to a classroom teacher's lunch period.
HB 278
 Ashby Relating to authorizing certain attorneys representing the state to openly carry a handgun.
HB 284
 Springer Relating to the handgun proficiency required to obtain or renew a concealed handgun license.
HB 291
 Huberty Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties.
SD 295
 Schwertner Relating to tracking career information for graduates of Texas medical schools and persons completing medical residency programs in Texas.
 
HB 308
 Springer
Relating to the places where a person may carry a handgun if the person is licensed to carry a concealed handgun.
HB 353
 King Relating to the application of certain weapons laws to certain volunteer emergency services personnel licensed to carry a concealed handgun.
HB 387
 Raymond Relating to an appropriation of money from the economic stabilization fund for classroom teacher salary increases.  
HB 413
 Goldman Relating to protection of the right to keep and bear arms within the State of Texas.  
HB 415
 Riddle Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties.  
HB 422
 Krause Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.  
HB 462
 Goldman Relating to successful completion of dual credit courses as an alternative to compliance with end-of-course assessment requirements.  
HB 467
 Howard Relating to education programs regarding AIDS and HIV infection.  
HB 494
 Hernandez Relating to the institutions of higher education eligible to participate in the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (T-STEM) Challenge Scholarship program.  
HB 514
 Moody
Relating to the creation of an advisory council to research and make recommendations on the use of assessment instruments in public schools.
 
 HB 602
 Clardy
Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds for a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education and Research Center at Stephen F. Austin State University.  
 HB 625
 Landgraf
Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds for a medical education building for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.  
 HB 626
 Landgraf Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund an engineering building at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.  
 HB 918
 Blanco, et al.
Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital projects at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso.  
 HB 927
 Canales Relating to requiring certain textbook publishers to offer electronic textbooks.  
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

 

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