Pre-Filed Bills on Counselors, Tests, School Breakfasts

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Rep.  Eddie Lucio III, Democrat of San Benito, has pre-filed some noteworthy  legislation concerning the role of counselors. His HB 280  would restrict to no more than 10 percent the amount of a counselor’s  time that could be spent on duties other than counseling and guidance.  The bill specifies that time spent administering student assessments  would not count as counseling or guidance.

Rep. Lucio’s HB 282  would increase funding earmarked for the employment of counselors by  school districts and would steer that funding toward districts that have  the highest percentage of students at risk of dropping out of school.

HB 290  by Rep. Phil King, Republican of Weatherford, would authorize school  districts to replace state-mandated achievement tests with locally  approved alternative exams.

HB 296  by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, Democrat of Austin, would require a free  breakfast to be provided for all students at a campus where 80 percent  or more are eligible for a free or reduced-price breakfast.