Gov. Greg Abbott recently issued a report highlighting progress on school safety initiatives in Texas. The report mentions several bills passed during the 2019 session, including two initiated by TCTA.
Senate Bill 2432 requires a student to be removed from the classroom and placed in a DAEP, subject to mitigating factors, if the student engages in elements of the crime of harassment against a school employee, such as making threats against the employee or their family. Abbott called this bill "a positive step toward protecting teachers and students in the classroom."
SB 1451 prohibits a teacher from being marked as deficient in an appraisal solely based on disciplinary referrals made by the teacher or documentation submitted by the teacher regarding student conduct.