Texas - Social-Emotional Learning or Character Development: Programs and Services (S/D)

Programs And Services
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State law encourages districts to integrate social-emotional learning or character education into the school curriculum.

Texas Statutes Education Code 29.906 Character Education Program

(a)  A school district may provide a character education program.
(b)  A character education program under this section must:

  • (1)  stress positive character traits, such as:

    • (A)  courage;

    • (B)  trustworthiness, including honesty, reliability, punctuality, and loyalty;

    • (C)  integrity;

    • (D)  respect and courtesy;

    • (E)  responsibility, including accountability, diligence, perseverance, and self-control;

    • (F)  fairness, including justice and freedom from prejudice;

    • (G)  caring, including kindness, empathy, compassion, consideration, patience, generosity, and charity;

    • (H)  good citizenship, including patriotism, concern for the common good and the community, and respect for authority and the law; and

    • (I)  school pride;

  • (2)  use integrated teaching strategies; and

  • (3)  be age appropriate.

(c)  In developing or selecting a character education program under this section, a school district shall consult with a committee selected by the district that consists of:

  • (1)  parents of district students;

  • (2)  educators; and

  • (3)  other members of the community, including community leaders.

(d)  This section does not require or authorize proselytizing or indoctrinating concerning any specific religious or political belief.

(e)  The agency shall:

  • (1)  maintain a list of character education programs that school districts have implemented that meet the criteria under Subsection (b);

  • (2)  based on data reported by districts, annually designate as a Character Plus School each school that provides a character education program that:

    • (A)  meets the criteria prescribed by Subsection (b); and

    • (B)  is approved by the committee selected under Subsection (c); and

  • (3)  include in the report required under Section 39.332:

    • (A)  based on data reported by districts, the impact of character education programs on student discipline and academic achievement; and

    • (B)  other reported data relating to character education programs the agency considers appropriate for inclusion.

(f)  The agency may accept money from federal government and private sources to use in assisting school districts in implementing character education programs that meet the criteria prescribed by Subsection (b).

Texas Statutes Education Code 37.0013 Positive Behavior Program

(a) Each school district and open-enrollment charter school may develop and implement a program, in consultation with campus behavior coordinators employed by the district or school and representatives of a regional education service center, that provides a disciplinary alternative for a student enrolled in a grade level below grade three who engages in conduct described by Section 37.005(a) and is not subject to Section 37.005(c). The program must:

  • (1) be age-appropriate and research-based;

  • (2) provide models for positive behavior;

  • (3) promote a positive school environment;

  • (4) provide alternative disciplinary courses of action that do not rely on the use of in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, or placement in a disciplinary alternative education program to manage student behavior; and

  • (5) provide behavior management strategies, including:

    • (A) positive behavioral intervention and support;

    • (B) trauma-informed practices;

    • (C) social and emotional learning;

    • (D) a referral for services, as necessary; and

    • (E) restorative practices.

(b) Each school district and open-enrollment charter school may annually conduct training for staff employed by the district or school on the program adopted under Subsection (a).

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