SB 1653 by *Gresham


(HB 1897) by *Hensley


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Textbooks - As introduced, makes changes to the membership of and terms of members on the textbook commission; provides that textbooks shall be available to any citizen at the citizen's expense; allows commission to appoint subject matter experts to advise the commission. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 22.
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  • Actions For SB1653Date
    Assigned to Gen. Sub of S. Ed. Comm.04/06/2011
    P2C, ref. to S. Ed. Comm.02/24/2011
    Intro., P1C.02/23/2011
    Filed for intro.02/17/2011
    Actions For HB1897Date
    Assigned to s/c General Sub of Education03/01/2011
    P2C, ref. to Education Committee--Government Operations for review 02/24/2011
    P1C.02/23/2011
    Intro.02/17/2011
    Filed for intro.02/17/2011
  • No amendments for SB1653.
    No amendments for HB1897.

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    Bill Summary

    As described below, this bill revises the membership of the state textbook commission and revises other present law provisions regarding the membership.

    Present law creates a 10-member state textbook commission, nine of whom are appointed by the governor. The commission is composed as follows:
    (1) Six of the members of the commission must be educators of high qualifications who are actually engaged in educational work in the state, and whose educational qualifications may not be less than graduation from a four-year college with a bachelor's degree and with at least five years of teaching, supervisory or administrative experience;
    (2) One of these members must be a county director of schools, one a city director of schools, one a school principal, one a teacher or supervisor in grades one through three, one a teacher or supervisor in grades four through eight, and one a teacher or supervisor in grades nine through 12;
    (3) Three of the members of the commission must be citizens of this state who are not employed in the educational system of this state but who are knowledgeable about the condition of education in this state. These three members must reside in different grand divisions;
    (4) One member must be the commissioner of education, ex officio; and
    (5) At least two members of the commission must be appointed from east Tennessee, two from middle Tennessee and two from west Tennessee.

    This bill revises the composition of the commission to instead specify that the 10-member commission would be composed as follows:
    (1) No more than five of the members may be educators of high qualifications as described above;
    (2) One of these members must be an administrative official in a school system, one a teacher or supervisor in grades one through three, one a teacher or supervisor in grades four through eight, and one a teacher or supervisor in grades nine through 12;
    (3) Five of the members of the commission must be citizens of this state who are not employed in the educational system of this state but who are knowledgeable about subject matter relevant to English, Math, Science, United States History and Government, Business and Economics, or manufacturing crafts;
    (4) One member must be the commissioner of education, ex officio; and
    (5) At least two members of the commission must be appointed from east Tennessee, two from middle Tennessee and two from west Tennessee.

    This bill requires that all textbooks be made available to any member of the commission at any time at the expense of the commission, and to any citizen of Tennessee at the citizen's expense, without delay upon request.

    Present law authorizes the commission, through its chair, to appoint an advisory panel of expert teachers in each subject area or grade level to advise the commission on book selections. This bill additionally authorizes the commission to appoint subject matter experts to such an advisory panel.

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    Votes for Bill HB1897 by the House are not available.

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