Monday, July 14, 2008

8:00 a.m.

Brownsville, Texas






Pursuant to HCR 70, a public hearing of the Select Committee on Public School Accountability was held on Monday, July 14, 2008, in Brownsville, Texas.







Senator Florence Shapiro, Co-Chair

Representative Rob Eissler, Co-Chair

Salem Abraham

Dalia Benavides

Beto Gonzalez

Lawrence Kellner

Sandy Kress

Susan Lewis

Raymund Paredes

Thomas Randle

Robert Scott


Senator Tommy Williams

Representative Diane Patrick

David Splitek

Ron Steinhart





Representative Eissler called the meeting to order at 8:05 a.m.  There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted: 


Susan Lewis moved adoption of the minutes from the previous hearing held on June 16 2008; without objection, it was so ordered. 


Senator Shapiro and Representative Eissler, as Co-Chairs, shared presiding duties throughout the hearing.


Senator Shapiro and Representative Eissler made opening remarks to the Committee.


The Chair recognized the following persons to make opening remarksSenator Eddie Lucio,  Representative Eddie Lucio,  Representative Rene Oliveira,  Deputy Commissioner Beto Gonzalez, and Superintendent Dr. Hector Gonzales.


At 12:13 p.m. Representative Eissler opened public testimony.


Witnesses testifying and registering are shown on the attached list.


At 1:25 p.m. Senator Shapiro assumed the Chair.


At 1:54 p.m. Representative Eissler resumed the Chair.


There being no further business, at 3:20 p.m. Representative Eissler moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered. 







Senator Florence Shapiro, Co-Chair




Representative Rob Eissler, Co-Chair




Holly Mabry, Clerk