Legislative Update. 82nd Legislative Session. Dennis McMillan October 2011 Leadership Alliance / UTPA. Always start with something funny !. Back in February when HB1 was filed………. Containing the most drastic higher education cuts in recent memory Closing four community colleges
82nd Legislative Session
Leadership Alliance / UTPA
The regular session went from January to May without passing a state budget
Very fast paced toward the latter weeks of the session, but budget issues for public education could not be resolved in time to prevent a special session
A special session was held in June considering the budget and a small number of other issues identified by the governor
Only 5,873 bills were filed compared to a record 7,324 bills in the last session - with several hundred related to education.
1400 bills went to the governor for signature/veto consideration.
Why the Special Session?
Filibuster by Rep. Donna Howard to try to avoid $4 billion cuts to public education on the last day of the regular sessions stalled the appropriations bill and resulted in the special session.
The special session focused mostly on public education funding but attempts were made to pass the TSA “pat down” ban, and a sanctuary cities bill.
Special legislation cut $4B in public education - changes teacher contracts, allows pay reductions, allows larger class size, allows unpaid furloughs, and reduces the attendance formula.
First time since 1949 the Texas legislature has not funded for student population growth (currently growing at 80K students per year).
All passed easily because of suspension of the 2/3 majority rule.
State passed $172B budget.
Reduced 8% from prior session
Cuts Medicaid and accelerates payments of taxes/fees
Cuts higher education by $1B
Cut public education by $4B – Texas Ranks:
43rdin high school graduation rates
47th in expenditures per student
45th in SAT scores
Dead last in >25 population with HS Diploma
Cuts higher education by $1B
Level formula funding for community colleges
CC employees lost a portion medical insurance funding
10% reduction for health related institutions formula
5% reduction for university formula
Institutional Enhancement funding cut dramatically
Line item projects cut dramatically
No funding for enrollment growth
No funding for outcomes-based measures
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Governor Perry appointed a task force to recommend cost efficiencies – report released July 2010
THECB released legislative recommendations in September 2010
50% of formula appropriated in last session funded with one-time federal stimulus money
HB 992 Would exempts community college credit hours from the excess hour cap imposed at the university level
SB 40 Would redefine the role of Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
HB 1420 Exempts students at public technical institutes, public junior colleges, or public state colleges from “six drop rule.”
HB 136 Would have repealed six-drop and allowed colleges to set their own drop limit
Concealed weapons (several bills)
118 “Arizona” style anti-immigration bills died in committee or failed to come up for a vote on the floor – Sanctuary Cities bill was filed in Special Session but did not pass
HB 375 Authorizes the establishment of one veterans resource center in institutions of higher education in each of the 10 higher education regions across the state.
HB 766 Exempts textbooks for university and college courses from the sales tax.
HB 946 Requires IHEs to report to the Coordinating Board any course included in the common course numbering system that has been added to or removed from the institution's list for the current academic year.
HB 1193 Requires that the high school grade point average be based only on core curriculum high school courses; grades in electives may not be used in the GPA calculation.
HB 845 Requires that a standard method be developed to give the same weight to each honors course, advanced placement, international baccalaureate, or dual credit courses when calculating a high school student’s GPA. Also stipulates that GPA computation must be used for automatic college admission purposes.
HB 1268 Stipulates that in developing the standard method to be used, the commissioner of education may not give additional weight to international baccalaureate courses.
SB 1728: Amends the Texas Success Initiative program that assesses student readiness to perform freshman level course work and provides developmental education courses to appropriate students. (Would have mandated all developmental education to the community colleges – SB 162 did go to the governor)
SB 568 Provides the ability for a public or private institution of higher education to obtain criminal history of those students applying to reside in on-campus housing.
SB 945 Authorizes a public junior college to award an associate degree to a student enrolled in a four-year public institution of higher education who previously attended the junior college when certain criteria are met.
Concealed Weapons bills were introduced in both chambers
In the House there were five bills introduced with many co-sponsors (HB86, 354, 750, 1167, 2178)
Super Majority in House (101 Republicans and 49 Democrats) – most thought concealed weapons would be easy passage
Senator Wentworth introduced the senate version
Senator Wentworth could not muster enough votes in Senate bring issue to a vote
Wentworth tacked bill on to Zaffirini funding bill
Zaffirini withdrew her bill rather than let it go forward with weapons amendment
Wentworth added his bill on to Ogden bill and concealed weapons finally passed in the Senate
In the House amendment was ruled unrelated and was stripped from the bill
Dual Credit Study – analyze and report on the fiscal and instructional impacts on student outcomes for dual credit courses
Community College System – provide the LBB and Governor with a blueprint to establish a state system administration fro public community colleges
TSTC Returned Value Funding Model – to reward job placement and graduate earnings projections rather than contact hours and time in training
HB 9 - Provides for outcomes-based funding for higher education. Requires the coordinating board to incorporate undergraduate student success measures achieved in “The One” biennium in its formula funding recommendations for the following biennium.
HB 33 - Requires IHEs to compile a course schedule list and a list of required and recommended textbooks for each course offered each semester.
HB 34 Requires public high schools to incorporate instruction in methods of paying for postsecondary education and training.
HB 992 - The bill provides that in counting the number of courses dropped, a general academic teaching institution may not count a course dropped while the student was enrolled in a public junior college if the student transferred to the institution after earning from another institution at least 30 semester credit hours or earning an associate degree.
(Vetoed by Perry 17 June 2011 - A similar bill from the last session was also vetoed by the governor)
HB 1163 - Grants tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education for certain peace officers and firefighters.
HB 1244 - Amends the law relating to the assessment of academic skills of entering undergraduate students to determine readiness to enroll in freshman academic coursework. It deletes the provision authorizing institutions to adopt more stringent assessment standards than those prescribed by the Coordinating Board.
HB 1341 - The law governing the option to pay by installment will only apply to the payment of tuition and mandatory fees, as opposed to non-mandatory fees. Also, authorizes the governing board to establish payment dates instead of requiring either the full payment or the first installment payment to be paid before the beginning of the semester.
HB 3025 Aims at facilitating student transfers within the Texas higher education system and improving timely student graduation from institutions of higher education with mandated degree plans and reverse transfer. (Eliminated from the bill were provisions for a 36 hour core, 60 hour limit to Associate Degrees, transfer of career college courses, fixed T&F’s for four years, and guaranteed admission with an Associate Degree.)
SB 32 Amends the subchapter of the Education Code containing the exemptions, waivers and other benefits relating to tuition and fees.
SB 36 The bill amends the Texas Success Initiative program to mandate assessment of student advising programs.
SB 149 : Grants TEA commissioner authority to develop rules regarding college credit program and directs CB commissioner and institutions of higher education to share data relating to school districts. TEA reporting rules effective fall 2011 – CB reporting rules effective fall 2013
SB 176 Expands eligibility for tuition rebates to certain students who earned college credit hours while in high school by exempting those from inclusion in the three-credit hour limit.
SB 639 Amends the law providing tuition and fee exemptions for certain military veterans and dependents.