Sunday, June 21, 2015, was the last day for Governor Greg Abbott to veto or sign bills into law that had passed during the regular legislative session. The following is a final updated list of bills that related to literacy education:
Relating to requiring the Texas Education Agency to conduct a study to develop a writing assessment method for public school students and establish a pilot program to administer the assessment method developed.
Relating to the essential knowledge and skills of the required public school curriculum and to certain assessment instruments for public school students.
Relating to providing training academies for public school teachers who provide reading instruction to students in kindergarten through grade three.
Relating to the establishment of a reading excellence team pilot program.
Relating to training academies for public school teachers who provide reading comprehension instruction to students in grades four and five.
Relating to prekindergarten, including a high quality prekindergarten grant program provided by public school districts.
Please note that Governor Abbott vetoed SB 313, which provided for (a) a review of the TEKS and (b) more flexibility for school districts in purchasing instructional materials. Governor Abbott issued the following statement:
Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 313 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
While Senate Bill 313 is intended to provide additional flexibility to school districts when purchasing classroom instructional materials, the bill potentially restricts the ability of the State Board of Education to address the needs of Texas classrooms. Portions of Senate Bill 313 may have merit, but serious concerns were raised about other parts of the bill. I look forward to working with the Legislature and other stakeholders to ensure this issue is vigorously evaluated before next Session.
Since the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, by its adjournment has prevented the return of this bill, I am filing these objections in the office of the Secretary of State and giving notice thereof by this public proclamation according to the aforementioned constitutional provision.
Additional information related to all bills from this legislative session may accessed at: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/MnuLegislation.aspx
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