H.B. No. 2952
  relating to the period of time allowed for issuance of decisions by
  the commissioner of education in certain appeals against school
         SECTION 1.  Section 7.057(c), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (c)  In an appeal against a school district, the commissioner
  shall, not later than the 240th day after the date the appeal is
  filed, issue a decision based on a review of the record developed at
  the district level under a substantial evidence standard of review.
  The parties to the appeal may agree in writing to extend, by not
  more than 60 days, the date by which the commissioner must issue a
  decision under this subsection.  A school district's disclosure of
  the record to the commissioner under this subsection is not an
  offense under Section 551.146, Government Code.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to an appeal filed on or after the effective date of this Act. An
  appeal filed before the effective date of this Act is governed by
  the law in effect at the time the appeal was filed, and the former
  law is continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 2952 was passed by the House on May 9,
  2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 140, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 2952 was passed by the Senate on May
  17, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________