Monday, August 18, 2008

9:00 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 Monday, August 18, 2008, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.028 at Austin, Texas.







Senator Florence Shapiro

Senator Kip Averitt

Senator Steve Ogden

Senator Dan Patrick

Senator Leticia Van de Putte

Senator Royce West

Senator Tommy Williams

Senator Judith Zaffirini






The chair called the meeting to order at 9:02 a.m.  There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted: 


Senator Zaffirini moved adoption of the minutes from the previous hearing held on June 23, 2008; without objection, it was so ordered. 


Senator Shapiro made opening remarks to the Committee.


The chair called the following invited witnesses to provide testimony on the following charge:  Study the effectiveness of public school programs serving special education students, including autistic students. Specifically, consider whether special education services are adequately preparing students for post-secondary opportunities. The review should also include the availability and quality of the supports and services provided by adult services agencies for individuals with disabilities. Make recommendations for improving public school special education programs and the coordination of adult education services among state agencies.  See attached list.




At 10:42 a.m. Senator Zaffirini assumed the chair. 


At 10:47 a.m. Senator Shapiro resumed the chair.


At 12:15 p.m. Senator Zaffirini assumed the chair. 


At 12:30 p.m. Senator Shapiro resumed the chair.   


The chair called persons who registered as public witnesses to provide testimony on the interim committee charge.  See attached list.


There being no further business, at 3:00 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




Holly Mabry, Clerk