SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
11:00 a.m. or 30 minutes upon adjournment of the Senate State Affairs Committee
Capitol Extension, Room E1.036
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, August 27, 2008, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.036, 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
Senator Averitt reconvened the Subcommittee on General Government Issues, after being in recess at 2:45 p.m.
Senator Shapiro called the Education Committee to order at 2:45 p.m. The following business was transacted:
The Committee met jointly with the Subcommittee on General Government Issues.
Senator Shapiro and Senator Averitt, as Co-Chairs, shared presiding duties throughout the hearing.
Senator Shapiro made opening remarks to the Committee.
Senator Shapiro called the following invited witnesses to provide testimony on the following charge: Review and make recommendations that address the state's facility infrastructure needs for public schools, ensuring that funding remains stable, reliable and equitable. Examine the need for funding adjustments for factors that affect the need for facilities, such as fast growth, age and condition of facilities, adequacy of space, construction and land costs, and concentration of students requiring smaller class sizes. Assess the impact on property taxpayers of "rolling forward" the Existing Debt Allotment (EDA) each session and the change in biennial appropriations for the Instructional Facilities Allotment (IFA). See attached list.
At 4:19 p.m. Senator Averitt assumed the chair.
At 4:27 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.
Senator Shapiro moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.
There being no further business, at 4:39 p.m. Senator Shapiro moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair. Without objection, it was so ordered.
There being no further business, at 4:39 p.m. Senator Averitt moved that the Subcommittee on General Government Issues stand recessed subject to the call of the chair. Without objection, it was so ordered.
Senator Florence Shapiro, Chair
Holly Mabry, Clerk