Month

September 2021
Q:        Our District has not yet updated our procurement documents to reflect recent changes from two new bills (Senate Bills 13 and 19) passed in the most recent Legislative session. Is this something we need to do?  A:        Yes. Both Senate Bill 13 and Senate Bill 19 will require school district vendors to certify compliance...
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Q:        I have interpreted HB 4545 as allowing accelerated and supplemental instruction to not only occur before or after school but be “embedded” in the school day as well. If we have teachers willing to give up their conference period to satisfy this tutoring obligation, can we allow that?      A:        No, the Commissioner of...
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Q:        Our district wishes to conduct active shooter drills to promote campus awareness, preparedness, and safety. Did I hear correctly that Governor Abbott signed a bill into law that might impact how we conduct these emergency drills?  A:        Yes. Governor Abbott executed SB 168, which amends Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code...
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Q:        I’m hoping the Legislature made it easier to suspend the Texas Public Information Act in the event we experience another COVID epidemic. Did I hear that correctly?  A:       Not really.  S.B. 1225 did amend the TPIA. However, the amendment provides for greater restriction than access to the Act’s suspension provisions. In the past,...
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