Friday, October 13, 2006

10:00 a.m.

Houston, Texas

University of Houston Hilton, Conrad Room, S202






Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Education was held on Friday, October 13, 2006, in Houston, Texas at the University of Houston Hilton in the Conrad Room, S202.







Senator Florence Shapiro

Senator Royce West

Senator Kyle Janek

Senator Tommy Williams



(Not on the Committee):

Senator Mario Gallegos

Representative Harold Dutton

Representative Scott Hochberg

Representative Dora Olivo


Senator Kip Averitt

Senator Steve Ogden

Senator Todd Staples

Senator Leticia Van de Putte

Senator Judith Zaffirini




The chair called the meeting to order at 10:06 a.m.  The following business was transacted: 


Senator Shapiro made opening remarks to the Committee.


Leroy Hermes, Chairman for the University of Houston System Board of Regents, welcomed the Committee to the University of Houston campus.


The Committee heard testimony from invited witnesses on Interim Charge 6:  Evaluate the impact of successful school choice programs on students, parents, and teachers.


At 11:45 a.m. Senator West assumed the chair. 


At 11:48 a.m. Senator Shapiro resumed the chair. 



Witnesses testifying and registering on Interim Charge 6 are shown on the attached list. 


At 2:55 p.m. Senator Janek assumed the chair. 


At 3:09 p.m. Senator Shapiro resumed the chair. 


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


There being no further business, at 4:25 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