S.B. No. 560
  relating to developing a strategic plan for the improvement and
  expansion of high-quality bilingual education.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 29, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 29.067 to read as follows:
  EDUCATION. (a) In this section, "general academic teaching
  institution" has the meaning assigned by Section 61.003.
         (b)  The agency, in collaboration with the Texas Higher
  Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission,
  shall develop a strategic plan that sets tangible goals and
  establishes timelines to:
               (1)  increase the number of educators certified under
  Subchapter B, Chapter 21, in bilingual education instruction;
               (2)  increase the number of dual language
  immersion/one-way and two-way program models used in public
               (3)  educate families and school district employees
  regarding the importance of bilingual education in early childhood;
               (4)  adopt a uniform process for:
                     (A)  identifying students in prekindergarten
  through 12th grade of limited English proficiency;
                     (B)  monitoring the bilingual learning of
  students in prekindergarten through 12th grade; and
                     (C)  collecting data regarding the identification
  and monitoring under Paragraphs (A) and (B); and
               (5)  increase the number of bilingual and multilingual
  high school graduates. 
         (c)  In developing the strategic plan, the agency:
               (1)  shall consult with appropriate representatives
                     (A)  general academic teaching institutions;
                     (B)  public schools;
                     (C)  early childhood education programs; and
                     (D)  parents and legal guardians of public school
               (2)  may collaborate with representatives of:
                     (A)  state, regional, and local agencies;
                     (B)  nonprofit organizations;
                     (C)  social services providers;
                     (D)  faith-based organizations; and
                     (E)  the business community; and
               (3)  shall study the use of the Bilingual Target
  Language Proficiency Test to certify educators in bilingual
  education instruction and:
                     (A)  determine:
                           (i)  the impact of using that test to assess
  the critical competencies necessary to instruct bilingual programs
  at each grade level; and
                           (ii)  if any barriers to the certification
  of bilingual educators exist based on differences between the
  dialect of the educator and the dialect used on the test; and
                     (B)  make recommendations to modify or revise the
  assessments used to certify educators in bilingual education
  instruction to enhance the competency of educators serving
  bilingual programs.
         (d)  The agency shall submit the plan developed under this
  section to the governor, the lieutenant governor, the speaker of
  the house of representatives, and each member of the standing
  committees of the senate and house of representatives having
  primary jurisdiction over public education not later than December
  1, 2022.
         (e)  This section expires January 1, 2023.
         SECTION 2.  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, 2021.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 560 passed the Senate on    
  April 29, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 560 passed the House on        
  May 24, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 112, Nays 31, one
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House