Tuesday, November 11, 2008

SENATOR LUCIO INTRODUCED THE FOLLOWING BILL TO ADDRESS TRAINING OF TEACHERS AS RELATED TO SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS


S.B. No. 100


A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT

relating to professional development institutes for public school

teachers and paraprofessionals regarding education of students

with disabilities.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

SECTION 1. Subchapter J, Chapter 21, Education Code, is

amended by adding Section 21.461 to read as follows:

Sec. 21.461. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTES REGARDING

EDUCATION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES. (a) The commissioner

shall develop and make available professional development

institutes for teachers and paraprofessionals relating to

research-based instructional services for students with

disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders.

(b) A professional development institute developed under

this section must address:

(1) disability-specific information necessary to

enable a teacher or paraprofessional to work effectively in the

classroom with students with disabilities;

(2) instructional techniques proven by scientifically

based research to be effective in teaching the curriculum required

under Section 28.002 to students with disabilities; and

(3) appropriate management of behaviors related to a

student's disability that may affect the student's performance.

(c) The commissioner shall adopt criteria for selection of

teachers and paraprofessionals authorized to attend a professional

development institute developed under this section. The

commissioner must give priority to teachers and paraprofessionals

who have a significant level of professional contact with students

with autism spectrum disorders.

(d) From funds appropriated for the purpose, the

commissioner shall pay a stipend to each teacher or

paraprofessional who completes a professional development

institute developed under this section. The commissioner shall

determine the amount of the stipend paid under this subsection.

SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Is it election time? Usually this bozo contributes 0 unless it's election time!

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