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Q:        Some parents in our district remain interested in remote learning and have asked  what virtual options will be available for their students next year. Did I hear correctly that Governor Abbott signed a bill into law funding virtual learning during the 2022-2023 school year?  A:        Yes. Governor Abbott executed SB 15, which...
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Q:       We caught a student on campus with CBD oil and local law enforcement advised us that they cannot determine the THC concentration to pursue charges for possession of a controlled substance. Can we still discipline the student under the Student Code of Conduct?  A:        Yes. A school district can discipline a student...
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Q:       I just received a Public Information Request for all electronic communications between individual board members or between board members and the superintendent related to a proposed vaccine incentive. I can pull ISD emails from our server, but do I need to search my phone and ask the board members for copies of personal...
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Q:        I’ve heard that evaluations for dyslexia or a related disorder must now occur as part of Full Individual Initial Evaluation (FIIE), is that true?   A:         Yes, the Dyslexia Handbook sections on evaluation for dyslexia and dysgraphia, published by the State Board of Education, now require that anytime a school district suspects that a student...
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Q:        As we settle into the new school year, police officers in my district have been asking if there are any changes that impact them. Did the 87th Texas Legislature pass any laws that affect peace officers?  A:        Yes, the 87th Texas Legislature was as busy as ever; here are a few key...
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Q:        If our District receives a donation from our Parent-Teacher Organization designated to fund supplemental educational staff positions, are we required to use the funds for that specific purpose if something else is needed at a given campus?  A:        Yes. Pursuant to House Bill 1525, enacted September 1, 2021, school districts must accept PTO donations...
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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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