Wednesday, September 20, 2006

10:00 a.m.

Capitol Extension, Room E1.028






Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Education was held on Wednesday, September 20, 2006, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.028, at Austin, Texas.




MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                      MEMBERS ABSENT:

Senator Florence Shapiro                                                        Senator Royce West

                                                                                                Senator Kip Averitt

                                                                                                Senator Kyle Janek

                                                                                                Senator Steve Ogden

                                                                                                Senator Todd Staples

                                                                                                Senator Leticia Van de Putte

                                                                                                Senator Tommy Williams

                                                                                                Senator Judith Zaffirini




The chair called the meeting to order at 10:03 a.m.  The following business was transacted: 


Senator Shapiro made opening remarks.

The Committee heard testimony from invited witnesses on Interim Charge 5:  Review and make recommendations, if necessary, that streamline and clarify Chapter 37 of the Education Code dealing with student discipline. Include a study of state accountability measures for disciplinary alternative education programs to evaluate academic performance and effectiveness in modifying behavior. Include a study of the effects of zero tolerance practices and other changes made by the 79th Legislature. Include a review of after school prevention programs.

Witnesses testifying and registering on Interim Charge 5 are shown on the attached list. 

The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. 


There being no further business, at 2:33 p.m. Senator Shapiro moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered. 







Senator Florence Shapiro, Chair





Tara Korstad, Clerk