Bill Text: TX HB175 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to a study regarding the costs of educating students of limited English proficiency in public schools.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-02-14 - Referred to Public Education [HB175 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB175-Introduced.html
  85R221 CAE-D
 
  By: Lucio III H.B. No. 175
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to a study regarding the costs of educating students of
  limited English proficiency in public schools.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 29, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 29.067 to read as follows:
         Sec. 29.067.  STUDY REGARDING COSTS OF EDUCATING STUDENTS OF
  LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY; REPORT. (a) The agency shall conduct
  a study to examine the costs of educating a student of limited
  English proficiency in public schools. The study must:
               (1)  determine whether the bilingual education
  allotment under Section 42.153 provides adequate funding to schools
  for meeting the educational needs of students of limited English
  proficiency;
               (2)  if it is determined under Subdivision (1) that the
  bilingual education allotment is inadequate, determine the amount
  of adjustment for the bilingual education allotment that would
  provide adequate funding to schools for meeting the educational
  needs of students of limited English proficiency;
               (3)  determine whether the educational needs of
  students of limited English proficiency and the costs of meeting
  those needs vary by grade level from kindergarten through the 12th
  grade; and
               (4)  identify measures that may lower costs and improve
  outcomes, including:
                     (A)  implementation of:
                           (i)  new technologies;
                           (ii)  new teaching mediums; and
                           (iii)  new teaching techniques; and
                     (B)  changes to the duration of the academic
  calendar and school day.
         (b)  Not later than January 1, 2018, the agency shall prepare
  a report detailing the results of the study under this section and
  submit the report to each standing legislative committee with
  primary jurisdiction over primary and secondary education.
         (c)  This section expires September 1, 2018.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
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