S.B. No. 778
  relating to the inclusion of professional staff who educate
  students with disabilities on district-level and campus-level
  planning and decision-making committees.
         SECTION 1.  Subsections (b) and (e), Section 11.251,
  Education Code, are amended to read as follows:
         (b)  The board shall adopt a policy to establish a district-
  and campus-level planning and decision-making process that will
  involve the professional staff of the district, parents, and
  community members in establishing and reviewing the district's and
  campuses' educational plans, goals, performance objectives, and
  major classroom instructional programs. The board shall establish
  a procedure under which meetings are held regularly by district-
  and campus-level planning and decision-making committees that
  include representative professional staff, including, if
  practicable, at least one representative with the primary
  responsibility for educating students with disabilities, parents
  of students enrolled in the district, business representatives, and
  community members. The committees shall include a business
  representative without regard to whether the representative
  resides in the district or whether the business the person
  represents is located in the district. The board, or the board's
  designee, shall periodically meet with the district-level
  committee to review the district-level committee's deliberations.
         (e)  The board shall adopt a procedure, consistent with
  Section 21.407(a), for the professional staff in the district to
  nominate and elect the professional staff representatives who shall
  meet with the board or the board designee as required under this
  section. At least two-thirds of the elected professional staff
  representatives must be classroom teachers. The remaining staff
  representatives shall include both campus- and district-level
  professional staff members. If practicable, the committee
  membership shall include at least one professional staff
  representative with the primary responsibility for educating
  students with disabilities. Board policy must provide procedures
               (1)  the selection of parents to the district-level and
  campus-level committees; and
               (2)  the selection of community members and business
  representatives to serve on the district-level committee in a
  manner that provides for appropriate representation of the
  community's diversity.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2011.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 778 passed the Senate on
  April 7, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 778 passed the House on
  May 19, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 147, Nays 1, one
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House