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After great explanation of funding changes in bill by @SenLarryTaylor, Senate suspended the rules 24-7 to take up CSHB 3. #txed #txlege
Senate adopted amendments on severability and on SBOE TEKS used in assessments (bill moves assessment rules from SBOE to Commissioner).
Senate adopted amendment to create Tax Reduction and Excellence in Education (TREE) Fund dedicating Economic Stabilization funds to M&O tax relief, certain ASF funds for Tier 1, and new Wayfair sales tax for for M&O tax relief effective in 2020.
Another amendment to specify amount of tax relief is adopted.
Amendment for small and mid size district formula is provided for special education under amendment that mirrors House lanaguage. Fails 15-16.
Amendment to remove Third Grade Reading Bonus fails with 19 votes against.
Small and mid size district adjustment amendment for special programs adopted 18-13.
Amendment to remove Teacher Incentive Allotment fails.
Amendment adopted for automatic ADA adjustment for disaster areas.
Amendment that adds bullying and cyber bullying to PEIMS is adopted.
Amendment to add truancy reporting to PEIMS is adopted.
Amendment to automatically increase Basic Allotment with state money saved from property value growth (needed if golden pennies decoupled from Austin ISD as way to increase education funding) is pulled.
Amendment to create special education allotment advisory committee is adopted.
Amendment to require compensatory education funding to be used in campus of child with weight is temporarily withdrawn to add 90% requirement.
Amendment to reapply spending restrictions on compensatory education and bilingual education funding is opposed because “bookkeeping nightmare.” Fails 12-19.
Amendment to raise bilingual education weight from 0.10 to 0.15 (hasn’t been updated since 1984) and raise dual language weight to 0.25 is opposed, because state prefers dual language, and fails 12-19.
Amendment on bilingual education spending requirement is withdrawn.
Amendment on CTE spending requirement with PTECH set-aside is opposed because districts historically spend more than required now and fails 13-18.
Amendment to have state pay for alternative third grade reading assessment used for Third Grade Reading Outcomes Bonus is adopted.
Amendment requiring Third Grade Reading Bonus to be used to pay for programs and services to improve reading performance is adopted.
Amendment to strike Teacher Incentive Allotment and substitute Educator Effectiveness Allotment (House version) fails 12-19.
Amendment requires 90% Teacher Incentive Allotment be spent at campus where teachers employed is adopted.
Amendment to increase weight for certain IR campuses is adopted.
Amendment to create Teacher Mentor Program Allotment is adopted.
Amendment raising Basic Allotment from striking Outcomes Bonus is pulled.
Amendment brought back on using 90% comp Ed funds at campus is adopted.
Amendment on compression change withdrawn.
Amendment for disaster remediation cost in disaster area to include replacement of vehicles and computers is adopted.
Amendment to protect districts by preventing state from recovery of more than 1% of overallocation of state funds so settle up won’t cause cash flow problems. Tries to address move to current year values. Pulled.
Amendment to add counselors to the teacher/librarian pay raise, costing $142 million, is left to will of body and fails 12-19.
Amendment to provide pay raise to all employees on minimum salary schedule, costing $266 million, fails 12-19.
Amendment to strike the five-year expiration date of transition funding to make clear revenue for salaries can continue; opposed; fails 13-18.
Amendment for proportional special education maintenance of effort; opposed; fails 12-19.
Amendment to strike use of 2018-19 school year in calculating teacher/librarian pay raise allotment, similar to SB 3; left to will of body; will add cost in out years; adopted.
Amendment to let districts make recapture payments in one payment, needed because of move to current year values, adopted.
Amendment for hold harmless for 10 districts that are only one in county and have less than 300 students is pulled down temporarily to adjust language.
Amendment to move effective date to 2024 for Third Grade Reading Outcomes Bonus because there is more equity for outcomes when PreK funded; $235 million savings for the biennium; opposed; fails 12-19.
Amendment to move effective date for CCMR Bonus is withdrawn.
Amendment to reinstate LBB Equalized Funding Elements Report is opposed and fails 12-19.
Amendment to require school district efficiency audit - which doesn’t include charters like House version - is adopted 18-13.
Amendment to remove start date from Senate HB 3 is up at same time as HB 233 on House floor on same subject.
Meanwhile in House HB 233 on start date fails on floor!
Back in the Senate, there is much debate on amendment removing start date mandate on school districts. Withdrawn.
Amendment requiring early literacy plans to support bilingual students is adopted.
Amendment on $5,000 pay raise being paid on top of money they already receive is adopted.
Amendment to remove writing exams at four new grade levels - in light of recent profanity on #STAAR - is opposed; discussion of whether federally required; fails 15-16.
Amendment on “rural” definition is adopted.
Amendment to bring back Gifted and Talented Allotment is discussed. Amendment to amendment adopted.
Amendment on GT adopted.
Amendment on merit pay to limit special education teacher comparisons to other special wducation teachers is adopted.
Amendment replacing earlier one on hold harmless for small districts in one county is adopted.
Amendment on amount of evaluation based on state assessment for teacher designation - “guard rails” cap - opposed; fails 14-17.
Amendment limiting to 35% STAAR student performance on teacher appraisals under teacher designations is acceptable and adopted.
Amendment to review #STAAR and confirm readability is adopted.
That was #84 of 110 filed. So we may be done by supper.
Amendment on commissioner procedures for alternative assessment for third grade reading bonus is amended to require they meet federal requirements. Schools could use for bonus and accountability. Acceptable and amendment adopted.
Amendment (amended to simplify) would define educator instructional effectiveness for accelerated campus excellence turnaround is adopted.
Amendment requiring turnaround plan to include student wraparound services is adopted.
Amendment on TEA stakeholder group on teacher compensation is adopted.
Amendment prohibiting vendor from submitting bid if they were paid to help write bid is adopted.
Amendment requiring district to consider partnering on PreK with private provider. Amended to add Head Start. Acceptable and adopted.
Amendment to let districts choose research based, adaptive, computerized program for a blended learning grant.
Amendment to let counselor opt a student out of new FAFSA graduation requirement in certain circumstances is opposed and fails 12-19.
Amendment on TEA class size data for PreK is adopted.
Amendment on summer grant for CTE is adopted.
Amendment to strike #STAAR expansion - because of $70 million per year added cost and new tests and requirements and unknown local costs - is opposed and fails 13-18.
Amendment on accountability pause fails 12-19.
Amendment to limit state assessments to only subjects required by federal law is withdrawn.
Amendment prohibiting using PreK assessment results for accountability is amended to allow for teacher evaluation purposes. Amendment is adopted.
Amendment providing that students who currently pass STAAR (approaches) are protected from being defined as failers. Could lead to large rise in failers. Acceptable and adopted.
Amendment striking variable tax rate compression fails 11-20.
Amendment providing state aid for loss of revenue for bonds due to homestead, and annually adjusting homestead amounts for inflation, is withdrawn.
Amendment letting M&O tax rates go up if state doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do to fill bucket, which would cause drastic budget cuts, has amendment to amendment to add transparency about why rate is going up. Suggestion to add this to tax bill for truth in taxation.
Amendment to amendment pulled down; amendment is acceptable.
Amendment to allow current assessment contract to be extended - at TEA request - is acceptable and adopted.
Amendment making HB 3 contingent on HB 2 is acceptable and adopted.
Similar to House’s language that HB 2 is dependent on HB 3. They’re linked.
Seem to be done with prefiled amendment packet. On to new ones. Amendment to require homeowners to see tax savings on mortgages is adopted.
Amendment that’s 19 pages (with appropriations amendment) is same as a bill previously passed.
Amendment that’s author perfecting amendment that provides for language arts assessment in 2022 and includes conforming and cleanup is adopted.
@SenLarryTaylor names and thanks all members of School Finance Commission and hardworking TEA staff. #class
@SenLarryTaylor moves passage to third reading. Vote is 26-3 and 2 PNV. #txlege #txed
@GovAbbott on floor for final passage in Senate.
Senate passes HB 3 on final passage by vote of 26 ayes, 2 nays, and 3 present not voting. #txed #txlege
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