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House Committee on Public Education - 79th R.S. (2005)

Committee Members
Kent Grusendorf, Chair
René O. Oliveira, Vice Chair
Dan Branch, Chair - Budget & Oversight
Dianne White Delisi
Harold V. Dutton, Jr.
Rob Eissler
Scott Hochberg
Bill Keffer
Anna Mowery
Charges
• Study the impact of successful school choice programs on students, parents and teachers.
• Review central administration and superintendent compensation, and investigate the extent to which administrator compensation corresponds to student performance.
• Examine school district resource allocation, including ways that different types of high-performing districts allocate funds among instruction, instructional support, operations and district administration.
• Consider whether Chapter 21 of the Education Code is structured and administered in a manner that effectively promotes the state's educational goals.
• Evaluate school district budgeting practices. Investigate ways to enhance the role of elected trustees in the design of district budgets and identify ways to make district budgets more accessible and transparent to the public.
• Explore the structure and implementation strategies of successful performance-based pay systems for educational professionals in Texas and other states.
• Identify ways to improve high school performance in terms of post-secondary readiness.
• Research review and investigate the expenditures of taxpayer money by local government and school boards to lobby the Legislature. Also research, review and investigate attempts by school district officials to skirt competitive bidding requirements with respect to facility renovation and construction contracts, and other relevant contracts, through the use of improper procurement contracts with associations or other school districts. (Joint interim charge with House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics)
• Study the adequacy of the state accountability system in measuring the effectiveness of Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs (DAEPs) based on academic performance, behavior modification and percentage of students referred to the juvenile justice system. (Joint interim charge with the House Committee on Corrections)
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

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