84R10720 JSL-F
  By: Huberty H.B. No. 4
  relating to a high quality prekindergarten program provided by
  public school districts.
         SECTION 1.  Section 12.104(b), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  An open-enrollment charter school is subject to:
               (1)  a provision of this title establishing a criminal
  offense; and
               (2)  a prohibition, restriction, or requirement, as
  applicable, imposed by this title or a rule adopted under this
  title, relating to:
                     (A)  the Public Education Information Management
  System (PEIMS) to the extent necessary to monitor compliance with
  this subchapter as determined by the commissioner;
                     (B)  criminal history records under Subchapter C,
  Chapter 22;
                     (C)  reading instruments and accelerated reading
  instruction programs under Section 28.006;
                     (D)  accelerated instruction under Section
                     (E)  high school graduation requirements under
  Section 28.025;
                     (F)  special education programs under Subchapter
  A, Chapter 29;
                     (G)  bilingual education under Subchapter B,
  Chapter 29;
                     (H)  prekindergarten programs under Subchapter E
  or E-1, Chapter 29;
                     (I)  extracurricular activities under Section
                     (J)  discipline management practices or behavior
  management techniques under Section 37.0021;
                     (K)  health and safety under Chapter 38;
                     (L)  public school accountability under
  Subchapters B, C, D, E, F, G, and J, Chapter 39;
                     (M)  the requirement under Section 21.006 to
  report an educator's misconduct; and
                     (N)  intensive programs of instruction under
  Section 28.0213.
         SECTION 2.  Section 25.001(a), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  A person who, on the first day of September of any school
  year, is at least five years of age and under 21 years of age, or is
  at least 21 years of age and under 26 years of age and is admitted by
  a school district to complete the requirements for a high school
  diploma is entitled to the benefits of the available school fund for
  that year.  Any other person enrolled in a prekindergarten class
  under Section 29.153 or Subchapter E-1, Chapter 29, is entitled to
  the benefits of the available school fund.
         SECTION 3.  Chapter 29, Education Code, is amended by adding
  Subchapter E-1 to read as follows:
         Sec. 29.164.  DEFINITION. In this subchapter, "program"
  means a high quality prekindergarten program provided free of
  tuition or fees in accordance with this subchapter.
  funds appropriated for that purpose, the commissioner by rule shall
  establish a funding program under which funds are awarded to school
  districts and open-enrollment charter schools to implement a
  prekindergarten program under this subchapter.
         (b)  A school district may participate in and receive funding
  under the program if the district meets all program standards
  required under this subchapter.
         (c)  A program is subject to any other requirements imposed
  by law that apply to a prekindergarten program not provided in
  accordance with this subchapter, except that to the extent a
  conflict exists between this subchapter and any other provision of
  law, this subchapter prevails.
         Sec. 29.166.  HIGH QUALITY PROGRAM FUNDING. (a) In addition
  to funding granted under Subsection (b), a school district is
  eligible for half-day funding under the Foundation School Program
  for students enrolled in a program class.
         (b)  A school district is entitled to receive additional
  funding in an amount determined by the commissioner for each
  qualifying student described under Subsection (c) in average daily
  attendance in a program class.
         (c)  A student qualifies for additional funding under
  Subsection (b) if the student is four years of age on September 1 of
  the year the student begins the program.
         (d)  A school district that receives the funding under this
  section may use the funding only to improve the quality of the
  district's prekindergarten programs.
  REQUIREMENTS. (a) A school district shall select and implement a
  curriculum for a prekindergarten program under this subchapter that
  includes the prekindergarten guidelines established by the agency
  and measures the progress of students in meeting the recommended
  learning outcomes.
         (b)  Each teacher for a program class must be certified under
  Subchapter B, Chapter 21.
         Sec. 29.168.  PARENT ENGAGEMENT PLAN. A school district
  shall develop and implement a parent engagement plan to assist the
  district in achieving and maintaining high levels of parental
  involvement and positive parental attitudes toward education.
         Sec. 29.169.  PROGRAM EVALUATION. A school district shall:
               (1)  select and implement appropriate methods for
  evaluating the district's program classes by measuring student
  progress; and
               (2)  make data from the results of program evaluations
  available to parents.
         Sec. 29.170.  PROGRAM FUNDING EVALUATION.  (a)  The
  commissioner shall evaluate the use and effectiveness of funding
  provided under this subchapter in improving student learning.  The
  commissioner shall identify effective instruction strategies
  implemented by school districts under this subchapter.
         (b)  Not later than December 1, 2018, the commissioner shall
  deliver a report to the legislature containing the results of the
         (c)  This section expires December 31, 2018.
         Sec. 29.171.  RULES. The commissioner may adopt rules
  necessary to implement this subchapter.
         SECTION 4.  Section 42.003(b), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  A student to whom Subsection (a) does not apply is
  entitled to the benefits of the Foundation School Program if the
  student is enrolled in a prekindergarten class under Section 29.153
  or Subchapter E-1, Chapter 29.
         SECTION 5.  This Act applies beginning with the 2015-2016
  school year.
         SECTION 6.  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, 2015.