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School Safety, Grading Bills Up for Hearing

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:12 PM CDT

This morning Texas lawmakers will consider a bill that would change how the state evaluates public school performance.  SB 1408 would give a letter grade of A, B, C, D, or F to each district and campus, with D and F being unacceptable, the rest acceptable. If passed, it would take effect for the 2013-14 school year.  HB 5, which just passed, included a similar concept. Under SB 1408, the state would grade schools and districts by August 8 each year.
School safety one again is a major topic. Lawmakers in the house will hear two bills that they hope will make anyone think twice before firing a gun near a school, even recreationally or on one's own property. Two bills, HB 507 and HB 801, would ban firing a bullet across the property line of a school or educational facility. The bills stem from an incident in South Texas in 2011 when two students were seriously injured by a stray bullet from a mile away. If the bill becomes law, it could mean up to a year in jail and $4,000 in fines, more if someone is hurt or killed.

Another bill, HB 917, would require at least 24 hours of training for certain school peace officers and resource officers.

By Adam BennettSchool Safety, Grading Bills Up for Hearing

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