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2014-15 Legislative Priorities (PDF)
Legislative Session Concludes, District Prepares for Implementations
The 84th Texas Legislature has concluded its work in Austin, and numerous bills affecting public education await Governor Abbott’s decision. Governor Abbott has until June 21, 2015, to sign or veto bills passed during the regular session. Bills not vetoed or signed become law without his signature.

School districts around the state, including RISD, are working quickly to analyze the impact of this session on instruction and operations and to implement the new laws enacted by this legislative class.

Richardson ISD is grateful to its elected officials, who continued to dialogue with us throughout the session. A few highlights of laws we’re working to implement include:
  • SB 149, which provides an alternative path to graduation for students who did not pass one or more End of Course exams. This law became effective with the end of the 2014-15 school year.
  • HB 181, which eliminates the requirement that school districts indicate on the high school diploma the distinguished level of achievement, endorsement(s) and performance acknowledgment(s) earned by a student who graduates on the Foundation High School Program. The information must still be included on the academic achievement record, or transcript, for each student. This law became effective with the end of the 2014-15 school year
  • HB 2186, which requires that district staff receive training in youth suicide prevention once annually. This is one of several professional development requirements the District will be adding to staff development as required by Texas law.
Also notable is funding support for TRS-Care, the state teacher retirement’s health care and prescription program; lawmakers appropriated $768 million to cover the projected TRS-Care shortfall. Without this funding, the program would be insolvent in 2016. We’re grateful to our legislators for stabilizing this program for retirees.

Finally, some measures that did not pass include:
  • Vouchers and tax-credit scholarships.
  • Tying student standardized test scores to teacher appraisals/compensation.
  • Participation of home-schooled students in UIL activities.
  • Bills intended to revamp school finance; the matter remains with the Texas Supreme Court.
Superintendent's Update
May 22, 2015  
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April 24, 2015  
March 26, 2015  

Archived Updates from 2013 83rd Legislative and Special Session.
Archived Updates from 2011 82nd Legislative and Special Session.
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