FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/23/2013
TEXAS LEGISLATURE PASSES TWO EDUCATION-RELATED BILLS AUTHORED BY REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON
AUSTIN, TX - Last night, two education-related bills filed by State Representative Eric Johnson (Dallas) received final approval from the Texas Legislature.
House Bill 1284, which is designed to stem the recent increase in bomb threats on college campuses, adds public and private institutions of higher education to the list of places where reporting a false bomb threat is a state jail felony. It also includes a provision requiring the notification of students of the change in law.
“False bomb threats have become much too frequent on college campuses in Texas. They foster a dangerous tendency towards complacency and waste valuable resources. This bill will help reverse this trend,” said Representative Johnson.
House Bill 1122, which enables the Dallas Independent School District to create a pilot program that will prepare students to succeed in both their educational and professional careers, also passed. This bill enables the district to save money by allowing those who are ready to graduate early to do so, and to utilize those funds to expand and improve DISD’s pre-K program.
“Pre-K education is a valuable first step on the path to academic success. I look forward to the implementation of this innovative program for students in Dallas schools,” said Representative Johnson.
HB 1284 and HB 1122 will now head to the Governor’s desk.