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TCEA Bill Analysis for the 85th Texas Legislature (2017)

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Bills related to the IMA/Funding

SB 810 IMA / Long-Range Plan for Technology / OER / Web Portal for IM ⭐⭐⭐

(Kolkhorst & Howard) includes SB 1481 (Taylor, L. & Bohac) and SB 1484 (Taylor, L & Huberty)

HB 3526 - Renames the IMA / Tech Lending Grants / Web Portal for IM⭐⭐⭐

(Howard & Taylor) includes SB 1483 (Taylor, L. & Bohac) and SB 1484 (Taylor, L & Huberty)

SB 1784 - Pertains to State Licensing of OER⭐⭐⭐

SB 1784 (Chairman Larry Taylor)

Bills Related to Computer Science and Technology Applications

HB 728   - Computer Science - Math and Science Credit ⭐⭐⭐

(Guerra & Hinojosa)

HB 3593 - Cybersecurity - Technology Applications move into CTE⭐⭐⭐

(Bernal & Taylor, L.)

Bills Related to Professional Development

SB 1839 Professional Development⭐⭐⭐

(Hughes & Koop) includes HB 4064 (Bohac and Taylor, L)

Bills Related to Student Safety

HB 2087  - Student Data Privacy⭐⭐⭐

(Van Deaver & Taylor, L)

SB 1398  - Cameras in Special Education Classrooms⭐⭐⭐

(Lucio & Thompson)

Bills Related to Virtual Learning

SB 587 Waive TxVSN rule for students in substitute care or children of military dependents ⭐⭐⭐

(Campbell & Van Deaver)

Instructional Technology Items of Interest in the Budget

Bills related to the IMA/Funding 

SB 810 IMA / Long-Range Plan for Technology / OER / Web Portal for IM ⭐⭐⭐

(Kolkhorst & Howard) includes SB 1481 (Taylor, L. & Bohac) and SB 1484 (Taylor, L & Huberty)

Status: Signed by the Governor. Effective Immediately.

SB 1481 and SB 1484 were amended to SB 810 which was originally a bill that pertained to the use of OER in higher education. The portion of the bill that pertains to K-12 digital learning does the following:

HB 3526 - Renames the IMA / Tech Lending Grants / Web Portal for IM⭐⭐⭐

(Howard & Taylor) includes SB 1483 (Taylor, L. & Bohac) and SB 1484 (Taylor, L & Huberty)

Status: Signed by the Governor. Effective Immediately.  

SB 1784 - Pertains to State Licensing of OER⭐⭐⭐

SB 1784 (Chairman Larry Taylor)

Status: Signed by the Governor. Effective Immediately.  

Adds OER language and definition

Bills Related to Computer Science and Technology Applications

HB 728   - Computer Science - Math and Science Credit ⭐⭐⭐

Status: Signed by the Governor. Effective Immediately.

(Guerra & Hinojosa)

HB 728 (Representative Guerra) and SB 1336 (Senator Hinojosa)  

This will enable students to take an advanced computer science course and get credit for either an advanced math or a science credit. The SBOE will make rules regarding which courses, etc.

HB 3593 - Cybersecurity - Technology Applications move into CTE⭐⭐⭐

(Bernal & Taylor, L.)

Status: Signed by the Governor. Effective Immediately.

HB 3593 would integrate cybersecurity and computer coding into the public education curriculum by:

Bills Related to Professional Development

SB 1839 Professional Development⭐⭐⭐

(Hughes & Koop) includes HB 4064 (Bohac and Taylor, L)

Status: Signed by the Governor. Effective Immediately.  

HB 4064 was amended to SB 1839. Much of SB 1839 deals with certification of teachers. The portion of the bill that deals with digital learning focuses on professional development for both preservice and inservice teachers.

Bills Related to Student Safety

 HB 2087  - Student Data Privacy⭐⭐⭐

Status:  Signed by the Governor. Effective 9/1/2017.

(Van Deaver & Taylor, L)

This bill gives schools much needed ability to use digital tools to individualize and customize learning and improve student educational outcomes – while maintaining strong privacy protections for student data.

Among other features, HB 2087/SB 1279 will:

SB 1398  - Cameras in Special Education Classrooms⭐⭐⭐

(Lucio & Thompson)

Status: Signed by the Governor. Effective Immediately  

This bill is intended to make some adjustments to SB 507 that became law in 2015. This bill addresses the following:

Bills Related to Virtual Learning

SB 587 Waive TxVSN rule for students in substitute care or children of military dependents ⭐⭐⭐

(Campbell & Van Deaver)

Status: Signed by the Governor. Effective Immediately.

Students who have been placed in substitute care by the state or who are dependents of military personnel who are deployed or stationed in the state, do not have to have attended a public school prior to entering full-time into courses in the TxVSN.

Instructional Technology Items of Interest in the Budget