School & After-School Care (K-12)

Bills that are relevant to school and after-school care research taking place at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living can be viewed here.

School & After-School Care (K-12)

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2019)
HB 24 State Rep. Alex Dominguez Filed - 11/09/20 From funds appropriated for the purpose or any other available funds, the commissioner will distribute funds to each school district to provide at least one playground in the district that is inclusive and accessible for students with disabilities.
HB 57 State Rep. James Talarico Filed - 11/09/20 Each school district that offers kindergarten through 12th grade will offer health, with emphasis on physical health, including the importance of proper nutrition and exercise. Companion Bill SB 229
HB 81 State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez Filed - 11/09/20 A campus turnaround plan may permit a campus to operate as a community school. A plan to operate as a community school must include strategies and programs to coordinate academic, social, and health services and reduce barriers to learning through partnerships and service coordination.
HB 159 State Rep. Mary E. Gonzalez Filed - 11/09/20 The board shall propose rules: specifying what each educator is expected to know and be able to do, particularly with regard to students with disabilitiesCompanion Bill: SB 180
HB 181 State Rep. Shawn Nicole Thierry Filed - 11/09/20 A school district or open-enrollment charter school will employ at least one full-time registered nurse at each campus of the district or school, and maintain an average ratio of not less than one full-time registered nurse for every 750 students enrolled at the district or school.
HB 303 State Rep. Nicole Collier Filed - 11/09/20 In addition to any water test required by the Safe Drinking Water Act, each school district and open-enrollment charter school must conduct first-draw tap tests of potable water outlets every five years, before the start of the school year, to monitor the amount of lead in the water. A school does not have to perform a first-draw tao test if the school is in a lead free zone as determined by the Safe Drinking Water Act, or if the school has under 1,000 students and does not have the funding.
HB 434 State Rep. Keith Bell Filed - 11/10/20 The State Board of Education by rule shall require that the curriculum requirements for the foundation high school program include a requirement that students successfully complete one credit in physical education.
HB 518 State Rep. Michelle Beckley Filed - 11/10/20 The agency shall conduct a study regarding recommended standards for school district maintenance of facilities and custodial services, including a standard for appropriate custodial workloads to adequately maintain a school district's facilities.
HB 572 State Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr. Filed - 11/13/20 For the purpose of offering during the 2022-2023 school year a dropout recovery competency-based educational pilot program to serve eligible students described by Section 12.203, the commissioner, subject to Subsection (b), may: (1) on the basis of an application submitted, grant a charter to an eligible entity for an open-enrollment charter school under Subchapter D to provide the program; (2) authorize an open-enrollment charter schools to provide the program; or (3) authorize a campus or campus program that has been granted a charter under Subchapter C to provide the program.
HB 591 State Rep. Chris Turner Filed - 11/17/20 Requires each student shall be fully immunized against bacterial meningitis. Companion Bill: SB 138
HB 605 State Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins Filed - 11/19/20 Each school district shall adopt a healthy and safe school water plan. The plan must include provisions for: (1) periodic testing for lead in school water sources; and (2) reducing exposure to elevated levels of lead in school water sources.
HB 640 State Rep. Richard Pena Raymond Filed - 11/24/20 The principal of a public or private primary or secondary school or open-enrollment charter school, or a person designated to serve as the campus behavior coordinator under Section 37.0012, who suspects a student of engaging in harmful or illegal conduct that poses a serious risk to the student or other students at the school may, with consent from the parent or guardian of the student, search the student and the possessions of the student for evidence of a violation of the law or school policy.
HB 699 State Rep. Jon E. Rosenthal Filed - 12/02/20 A school district shall excuse a student from attending school for an absence resulting from a serious or life-threatening illness or related treatment that makes the student's attendance infeasible, if the student or the student's parent or guardian provides a certification from a qualified physician specifying the student's illness and the anticipated period of the student's absence relating to the illness or related treatment.
HB 725 State Rep. Jared Patterson Filed - 12/03/20 Certain eligibilities for children in foster care to go to free pre kindergarten programs.
HB 742 State Rep. DeWayne Burns Filed - 12/04/20 Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, if the commissioner approves an alternative accountability plan developed by a specialized support campus under Subsection (c), the commissioner shall determine, report, and consider the performance of students enrolled at the campus using that plan.
HB 785 State Rep. Alma A. Allen Filed - 12/09/20 If a behavior improvement plan or a behavioral intervention plan is included as part of a student's individualized education program under Subsection (g), the committee shall review the plan at least annually and more frequently if appropriate.
HB 807 State Rep. Gina Hinojosa Filed - 12/11/20 The commissioner, in consultation with administrators of specialized support campuses, teachers at specialized support campuses, parents and guardians of students enrolled at specialized support campuses, and other stakeholders, by rule shall establish appropriate accountability guidelines under this chapter for use by a specialized support campus in developing an alternative accountability plan under Subsection (c) based on the specific student population served by the campus. The commissioner shall provide for public notice and comment in adopting rules under this subsection.
HB 828 State Rep. Mary E. Gonzalez Filed - 12/15/20 Each school district that offers kindergarten through grade 12 shall offer, as a required curriculum disability studies.
HB 855 State Rep. Mary E. Gonzalez Filed - 12/16/20 The agency and the coordinating board jointly shall conduct a study on the transition to higher education for public school students with disabilities.
SB 78 State Sen. Borris L. Miles Received by the Secretary of the Senate - 11/09/20 School has to notify parents if it does not have a nurse, school counselor, or librarian assigned to the school during all instructional hours.
SB 123 State Sen. Nathan Johnson Received by the Secretary of the Senate - 11/09/20 The State Board of Education will integrate positive character traits, including social and emotional skills, into the essential knowledge and skills adopted for kindergarten through grade 12, as appropriate.
SB 138 State Sen. Nathan Johnson Received by the Secretary of the Senate - 11/09/20 Requires each student shall be fully immunized against bacterial meningitis. Companion Bill: HB 591
SB 174 State Sen. Borris L. Miles Received by the Secretary of the Senate - 11/10/20 The agency shall advise school districts regarding training materials and resources for a school district to use in assisting educators.
SB 180 State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. Received by the Secretary of the Senate - 11/12/20 The board shall propose rules: (1) specifying what each educator is expected to know and be able to do, particularly with regard to students with disabilities. Companion Bill: HB 159
SB 204 State Sen. Charles Schwertner Received by the Secretary of the Senate - 11/17/20 A board of county school trustees or a school district board of trustees may establish and operate an economical public school transportation system.
SB 229 State Sen. Nathan Johnson Received by the Secretary of the Senate - 12/04/20 The agency shall advise school regarding training materials and resources for a school district to use in assisting educators to:(1) develop civics projects and methods of teaching as described in Section 28.0022. Companion Bill HB 57
SB 238 State Sen. Beverly Powell Received by the Secretary of the Senate - 12/10/20 From funds appropriated for that purpose, the commissioner shall provide to a school district an annual allotment in the amount provided by appropriation for each student in average daily attendance.
SB 256 State Sen. Jose Menendez Received by the Secretary of the Senate - 12/18/20 Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, an educator employed by a school district for the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year who resigned or retired from the educator's position after the 2019-2020 school year or during the 2020-2021 school year solely because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is entitled to: (1) reinstatement to the educator's former position or an equivalent position; and (2) reinstatement of any fringe benefits and seniority rights that the educator was entitled to before the educator's resignation or retirement.

Mental Health

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2019)
HB 287 State Rep. Mary E. Gonzalez Filed - 11/09/20 Updates the guidelines of how many students per counselors are required in schools.
HB 589 State Rep. Mary E. Gonzalez Filed - 11/17/20 The board of trustees of each school district shall adopt a policy that requires a school counselor to spend at least 80 percent of the school counselor's total work time on duties that are components of a counseling program developed under Section 33.005. Companion Bill: SB 179
HB 771 State Rep. Steve Allison Filed - 12/09/20 Each school district that offers kindergarten through grade 12 shall offer bullying and cyberbullying curriculum.
SB 178 State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. Received by the Secretary of the Senate - 11/12/20 A school district with 500 or more students in enrollment shall employ a school counselor for each school in the district. A school district shall employ at least one school counselor for every 500 students in the district.
SB 179 State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. Received by the Secretary of the Senate - 11/12/20 The board of trustees of each school district shall adopt a policy that requires a school counselor to spend at least 80 percent of the school counselor's total work time on duties that are components of a counseling program developed under Section 33.005 Companion Bill: HB 589