Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 430
By: Shapiro
Public Education


Currently, the Texas School Safety Center (center) exists as a grant-funded
organization within the Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the
Governor, where it collects and analyzes information and provides training
related to school violence prevention.  Senate Bill 430 establishes the
center as a permanent entity. 


It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does
not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state
officer, department, agency, or institution. 


Senate Bill 430 amends the Education Code to create the Texas School Safety
Center (center) to serve as a central location for school safety
information and a resource for the prevention of youth violence and the
promotion of safety in the state. The bill provides that the center is
governed by a board of directors (board) and sets forth provisions related
to the composition, administration, and operation of the board. The bill
requires the governor to make initial appointments to the board no later
than October 1, 2001.  

The bill requires the center to conduct for school districts a safety
training program that includes development of a positive school environment
and proactive safety measures designed to address local concerns, school
safety courses for law enforcement officials, discussion of school safety
issues with parents and community members, and specialized training for the
staff of alternative education programs and juvenile justice alternative
education programs.  

S.B. 430 requires the center to conduct a statewide school safety summit
that emphasizes mobilization of schools, families, and communities.  The
bill requires the center to develop a model safety and security audit
procedure. On request of a school district, the center is required to
provide on-site technical assistance. The center is required to develop and
maintain an interactive Internet website. The bill requires the center to
sponsor a student essay contest entitled "Charting the Course for School
Safety," and to provide for the public recognition of schools that
implement effective school safety measures and violence prevention. 

The bill requires the center to promote cooperation between state agencies,
institutions of higher education, and any local juvenile delinquency
prevention councils to address discipline and safety issues in the state.
The center is required to develop model agreements to be used between
school districts and other entities that address the provision of services
to youth at risk of committing violent acts.   

The center is authorized to solicit and accept gifts, grants, and donations
from public and private entities for the purposes of this bill.  The bill
requires the board to annually approve a budget for the center and to
biennially prepare a budget request for submission to the legislature. S.B.
430 requires the board no later than September 1 of each year to provide a
report to the governor, the legislature, the State Board of Education, and
the Texas Education Agency that includes any findings made by the center
regarding school safety and the center's functions, budget information, and
strategic planning initiatives. 


September 1, 2001.