Texas Education Code

Sec. § 29.091
Grant Program for Districts That Have High Enrollment of Educationally Disadvantaged Students and That Provide Summer Instruction


(a)

In this section:

(1)

“New teacher” means a teacher who:

(A)

will be teaching for the first time during the next school year; or

(B)

first began teaching:

(i)

during the preceding two years; or

(ii)

in the school district in which the teacher is currently employed during the preceding year.

(2)

“Program” means the grant program for school districts to provide summer instruction primarily for students who are educationally disadvantaged, as established under this section.

(b)

The commissioner shall establish and administer a competitive program to provide grants to not more than 10 school districts to use in providing instructional programs to students in prekindergarten through eighth grade during the period in which school is recessed for the summer. The program shall be designed to:

(1)

encourage participation in the program by a district’s most educationally disadvantaged students;

(2)

close the academic achievement gap between students who are educationally disadvantaged and students who are not educationally disadvantaged;

(3)

ensure that during the period in which school is recessed for the summer, students participating in the program retain knowledge and skills learned during the school year and continue learning;

(4)

provide apprenticeship, mentorship, and other professional development opportunities for new teachers and student teachers; and

(5)

add to the compensation of a district’s highest performing teachers by providing those teachers with summer employment teaching students, new teachers, and student teachers.

(c)

To be eligible to participate in the program, a school district must:

(1)

have an enrollment of students who are educationally disadvantaged that is greater than 50 percent of total district enrollment;

(2)

apply to the commissioner in the manner and within the time prescribed by commissioner rule; and

(3)

provide as part of the application materials a plan that is designed to achieve the purposes described by Subsections (b)(1) through (5).

(d)

In selecting from among eligible school districts to participate in the program, the commissioner shall select those districts that provide plans under Subsection (c)(3) that are the most innovative and represent a variety of approaches so that the effectiveness of various plans can be compared and evaluated.

(e)

A grant awarded under this section may be funded only with money appropriated for the program and any gifts, grants, or donations made to the agency that may be used for and that the commissioner applies to funding the program. The commissioner, in accordance with commissioner rule and based on the amount available for the program, shall determine the amount of each grant awarded under this section. A school district awarded a grant under this section may use the grant only for implementing and administering a plan as described by Subsection (c)(3), including providing compensation to teachers in accordance with Subsection (b)(5) and commissioner rule.

(f)

Each school district participating in the program shall, in the manner and within the time prescribed by commissioner rule, provide to the agency an annual written report that includes:

(1)

a detailed description of the district’s plan, as implemented;

(2)

the number and grade levels of participating students;

(3)

demographic information for participating students, including the percentage of students of each applicable race and ethnicity, the percentage of educationally disadvantaged students, the percentage of students of limited English proficiency as defined by Section 29.052 (Definitions), the percentage of students enrolled in a school district special education program under Subchapter A, and the percentage of students enrolled in a district bilingual education program under Subchapter B;

(4)

school attendance rates for participating students, before, during, and after program participation, as applicable;

(5)

specific information that demonstrates whether the purposes described by Subsections (b)(2) and (3) have been achieved, including the results of assessment instruments administered under Section 39.023 (Adoption and Administration of Instruments) for participating students, before, during, and after program participation, as applicable;

(6)

aggregate results of assessment instruments administered under Section 39.023 (Adoption and Administration of Instruments) for students of participating classroom teachers, new teachers, and student teachers, before, during, and after program participation by the students, as applicable;

(7)

information regarding the manner in which teachers are selected for participation in the program and the manner in which teachers are compensated for their participation;

(8)

statistical information for participating classroom teachers, new teachers, and student teachers, including the number of years employed in the teaching profession, the number of years teaching in the district in which the program is provided, the category and class of educator certification held, the highest level of academic degree earned, race, ethnicity, and gender;

(9)

information regarding whether:

(A)

the program is provided on a full-day or half-day basis;

(B)

the program is voluntary or mandatory for educationally disadvantaged students;

(C)

the district has partnered with an outside provider to provide any supplemental service;

(D)

the district provides transportation to participating students; and

(E)

the district offers the program to students who are not educationally disadvantaged and, if so, under what circumstances;

(10)

information on retention in the teaching profession of the participating teachers, including new teachers and student teachers; and

(11)

any other information required by commissioner rule.

(g)

The agency shall contract with an experienced and recognized third-party program evaluator to determine and prepare a report regarding the effectiveness of the program. The evaluator’s report must include the evaluator’s best effort to project the cost and academic effects of implementing the best practices of the program in school districts throughout this state and must describe the effectiveness of the program in:

(1)

improving academic performance among participating students;

(2)

improving the professional development and performance of new teachers; and

(3)

rewarding and retaining the highest performing teachers.

(h)

Not later than November 1 of each even-numbered year, the agency shall submit to each member of the legislature a report specifically describing the results of the program. The report may be in the form of a summary of the information required under Subsections (f) and (g).

(i)

The commissioner shall adopt rules as necessary to administer this section.
Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1263 (H.B. 742), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.
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