The Texas Senate Education Committee is to discuss 16 bills involving everything from gun training for some teachers to allowing students to leave their home school districts for better-performing ones.
The $9.3 million proposal by Sen. Dan Patrick would provide firearms training at charter schools and public schools that don't already employ armed guards.
The Houston Republican, who chairs the Education Committee, is sponsoring four bills up for committee debate Thursday. The others relate to teacher pay, state school accountability ratings and a curriculum delivery system used by many smaller districts statewide.
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Meanwhile, a bill by Democratic Sen. Judith Zaffirini of Laredo could allow for open public school enrollment, with students and their parents free to apply to change districts.