By: Johnson of Harris H.B. No. 795
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to public school accountability
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 39.151, Education Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (b) and adding Subsection (c-1) to read as
  follows:
         (b)  The rules under Subsection (a) must provide for the
  commissioner to appoint a committee to make recommendations to the
  commissioner on a challenge made to an agency decision relating to
  an academic performance rating or determination or financial
  accountability rating. The committee shall review the challenge
  regardless of the issue identified in the challenge by the school
  district or open-enrollment charter school. The commissioner may
  not appoint an agency employee as a member of the committee.
         (c-1)  The commissioner may not limit a challenge relating to
  a data or calculation error or inaccuracy attributable to the
  school district or open-enrollment charter school, even if the
  challenge demonstrates the data or calculation error or inaccuracy
  caused the district or school to have a lower academic or financial
  accountability rating. If a challenge demonstrates that the data
  or calculation error or inaccuracy caused the district or school to
  have a lower academic or financial accountability rating, the
  commissioner shall assign the district or school the corrected
  rating or shall indicate that the district or school will not be
  rated for that school year. The commissioner may not revoke the
  charter of an open-enrollment charter school as provided by Section
  12.115(c) or allow the charter to expire as provided by Section
  12.1141(d) if for one of the school years considered for the
  commissioner's decision the school is not rated as provided by this
 
  subsection.
         SECTION 2.  This Act applies beginning with the 2017-2018
  school year.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2017.