Five things happening at your capitol this week

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My Five Cents…

Students across the state are counting down the days until they are out of their classrooms and can begin their summer vacations. In an almost identical countdown, legislators are marking the days left until the end of session. As I write this column, we have 25 days left till the end of the 86th Legislative Session.

Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week:

1. School Safety Bill

Senate Bill 11, the school safety bill, was recently passed by the Texas Senate. The initiatives in the bill come from the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security, which met during the interim to studies methods to reduce the likelihood of school violence, reduce security threats, ensure facilities are up to standard, and facilitate mental health resources to schools. Some of the initiatives include requiring school districts to appoint school safety committees that meet once a semester to provide their district boards with recommendations on how to ensure their emergency operations plans are up to date. The bill requires districts to notify parents when a threat is received and limits mandatory school drills to eight, including evacuation fire drills and lock down, lockout, and shelter-in-place drills. It also includes grants for education loan repayment for certain school counselors.



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