School, Child Care, and After-School Health

Subtopics

Physical Education, Physical Activity, and Recess

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2015)
HB 3145 Rep. Joe Deshotel

FAILED TO PASS - passed committee, but did not receive House vote

Requires school districts to review and revise their recess policy every 5 years, with input from the local School Health Advisory Council.  Companion bill: SB 355

SB 355 Sen. Kirk Watson

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive a committee hearing 

Requires school districts to review and revise their recess policy every 5 years, with input from the local School Health Advisory Council.  Companion bill: HB 3145
HB 1333 Rep. Jason Issac

FAILED TO PASS - left pending in committee

Updates teacher, student and district/campus performance evaluations to be in line with the Every Student Succeeds Act passed by the US Congress last year.  It would increase the weight of wellness activities, physical education, and community/parental involvement towards the overall district/campus assessment.  Similar to HB 1690.
HB 1690 Rep. DeWayne Burns

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive a committee hearing

Updates school district and campus performance evaluations to be in line with the Every Student Succeeds Act passed by the US Congress last year.  It would increase the weight of wellness activities, physical education, and community/parental involvement evaluations for the overall school assessment.  Similar to HB 1333.
HB 2884 Rep. Alma Allen

FAILED TO PASS - passed committee, but did not receive House vote

Updates PE/physical activity requirements for students, including increasing the number of semesters of PE from 4 to 6 for middle school students; increasing PE credits for high school students from 1 to 1 1/2; and requiring 1/2 credit of health of high school students.  It also requires the TEA to create and implement recess policies for schools.

HB 3606 Rep. Terry Wilson

FAILED TO PASS - similar bill SB 1873 did pass

Requires the TEA to create a report on school districts' PE program and physical activity opportunities, including number of PE classes and teachers, if students can miss PE to prepare for class or tests, and if physical activity can be withheld as a punishment.   Similar to: SB 1873
SB 1873 Rep. Juan Hinojosa

PASSED - signed by the Governor; Effective 6/15/2017

Requires the TEA to create a report on school districts' PE program and physical activity opportunities, including number of PE classes and teachers, if students can miss PE to prepare for class or tests, and if physical activity can be withheld as a punishment.  HB 3606
HB 3716 Rep. Jason Issac

FAILED TO PASS did not receive a committee hearing

Currently, when school districts send FitnessGram data to TEA, they are not allowed to provide names of students or teachers, along with student's social security number or date of birth.  This bill changes the language so only teacher names are prohibited from being reported.

Physical Education, Physical Activity, and Recess Resources

  1. Guide for Recess Policy (PDF). SHAPE America (Society of Health And Physical Educators), 2016.
  2. Strategies for Supporting Recess in Elementary Schools (PDF). Bridging the Gap, 2014
  3. The Crucial Role of Recess in School (PDF). American Academy of Pediatrics, 2013.
  4. Report (2012): Revenue Neutral Policy Solutions to Youth Fitness Problems in Texas (PDF)
  5. Report (2010): Stuck in the Middle: The False Choice Between Health & Education in Texas Middle Schools (PDF)
  6. Infographic: Active Kids Learn Better; from Active Living Research
  7. Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School. Institute of Medicine, 2013.

Child Care Centers, Before- and After-School Care>

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2015)
HB 168 Rep. Eddie Lucio, III

FAILED TO PASS - Passed the House (136-8) but did not receive a Senate committee hearing 

Creates a voluntary program for recognizing licensed before-school and after-school programs that promote healthy eating and physical activity. Companion Bill: SB 757
SB 757 Sen. José Menéndez

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive a committee hearing

Creates a voluntary program for recognizing licensed before-school and after-school programs that promote healthy eating and physical activity. Companion Bill: HB 168
SB 818 Sen. Kirk Watson

FAILED TO PASS - left pending in committee

Directs the commissioner of DFPS to create a set of minimum standards for daycare centers with regards to nutrition, physical activity, and screen time; adds these topics as options for care providers' required continuing education. Minimum standards should be based on the Child and Adult Food Care Program and recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Companion Bill: HB 2664
HB 2664 Rep. Rick Miller FAILED TO PASS - failed the House vote: 59 Yeas, 71 Nays Directs the commissioner of DFPS to create a set of minimum standards for daycare centers with regards to nutrition, physical activity, and screen time; adds these topics as options for care providers' required continuing education. Minimum standards should be based on the Child and Adult Food Care Program and recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Companion Bill: SB 818

Child Care Centers, Before- and After-School Care

  1. Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Overview; US Department of Agriculture
  2. Nutrition Standards for CACFP Meals and Snacks; US Department of Agriculture
  3. National AfterSchool Association, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards (PDF).

Student Fitness Assessment

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2015)
SB 1068 Sen. Bob Hall

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive a committee hearing 

Requires parents to actively submit a request to their child's school district in order for their child to participate in annual student fitness evaluations.  Previous cuts to annual student fitness evaluations have limited the state-wide assessment to include only students in grades 3 or higher and currently enrolled in PE class, and this bill would further restrict access.

Student Fitness Assessment Resources

  1. Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School. Institute of Medicine, 2013.
  2. Evaluating Obesity Prevention Effects: A Plan for Measuring Progress. Institute of Medicine, 2013
  3. Institute of Medicine Fact Sheet: Strengthening Schools as the Heart of Health (PDF)
  4. Cooper Institute website: About FitnessGram student fitness testing

Coordinated School Health

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2015)
HB 3112 Rep. Alma Allen

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive a committee hearing 

Creates a council that will develop wellness guidelines for teachers, administrators and child-care providers to train them to be role models to their students related to healthy eating and physical activity.
HB 4206 Rep. Valoree Swanson

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive a committee hearing 

Would eliminate School Health Advisory Councils.  SHACs currently provide recommendations to school districts on health-related policy including recess, physical activity, and healthy eating. Companion bill: SB 1310
SB 1310 Sen. Bob Hall

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive a committee hearing 

Would eliminate School Health Advisory Councils.  SHACs currently provide recommendations to school districts on health-related policy including recess, physical activity, and healthy eating.  Companion bill: HB 4206
SB 1686 Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive a committee hearing 

The Texas Education Agency currently recommends coordinated school health programs that integrate health education, PE and parental involvement.  This bill would increase the areas that TEA approved CSH programs must address, including school nutrition environment, bullying, mental health, physical environment, worksite wellness and community involvement.  Parental involvement has been replaced with family engagement and community involvement.
SB 1678 Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive a committee hearing 

Adds nutritionists or registered dietitians to the list of suggested professionals to be included on school or district SHACs.

Coordinated School Health Resources

  1. Webinar: The Whole Child Model: Why school leaders care so much about student, staff, and teacher wellness; featuring Frisco ISD superintendent Jeremy Lyon, PhD.

School Nutrition and Food Marketing

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2015)
SB 1303 Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive a committee hearing 

Requires SHACs to review school district policies related to food marketing of food not offered through the school meal program to determine if it conflicts with the nutrition recommendations provided by the SHAC.  SHAC are also allowed to recommend nutrition marketing policies, procedures, strategies and curricula to address obesity, cardiovascular disease and Type-2 diabetes.
SB 1308 Sen. Bob Hall

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive a committee hearing 

Currently, schools in Texas with at least 10% of students eligible for free or reduced breakfast must serve breakfast and schools with at least 80% students eligible for free or reduced breakfast must provide free breakfast for all students.  This bill changes the language so schools are no longer required to provide breakfast if they meet these standards.
SB 1692 Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr FAILED TO PASS - passed committee, but did not receive Senate vote Creates a Nutrition Education Task Force that will create nutrition education policies for schools to increase awareness of good nutrition, help students develop healthy eating habits and address illnesses associated with poor nutrition. 
SB 1696 Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr

FAILED TO PASS - Passed the Senate (25-5) but did not receive a House committee hearing 

Would require the Department of Agriculture to conduct a study to determine how many schools are eligible to provide universal school lunch through the USDA's Community Eligibility Provision and economic analysis of providing universal school lunch if eligible.
No bills have been filed on this topic.

School Food and Nutrition Resources

  1. School Nutrition Environment and Wellness Resources; US Department of Agriculture.
  2. Food and Nutrition in Texas: What You Need to Know; report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities