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Legislative Updates
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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Q:        Did the Legislature take any action relevant to cyberbullying and the increasing prevalence of social media in students’ lives?   A:        Yes. SB2050 amends Texas Education Code section 37.0832 to require a school district’s board to adopt a policy, including any necessary procedures, for prevention and mediation of bullying incidents, including cyberbullying, between students. Previously,...
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Q:        In the wake of the pandemic, did the Texas Legislature take any action to help schools identify mental health warning signs in students?  A:        Yes. SB 179 directs each school board to adopt a policy that requires a school counselor to spend at least 80 percent of the school counselor’s total work...
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Q:        My school district currently employees several retired teachers full-time. It has been our practice to split the TRS surcharge with the retired employee with the school district paying fifty percent and the employee paying the other half through payroll deduction. I’ve heard that the legislature amended the law regarding the TRS surcharge for...
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Q:   I’ve heard there may be some changes in the law when it comes to videotaping our board meetings. Currently, our meetings are not available online, but we do tape record them and make the tapes available to copy. Does our current practice meet our obligation to the public? A:  Maybe. If your District...
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