Understanding Texas H.B. No. 114 and Its Impact on Students

Aug 22, 2023

Have you heard about the recent changes in our school drug laws? If not, let’s dive into House Bill 114 (H.B. No. 114) and see how it might shape the future of our schools. And don’t worry, we’ll keep things simple and straightforward!

What’s House Bill 114 All About?

In a nutshell, H.B. No. 114 focuses on the possession, use, or delivery of marijuana or e-cigarettes in or near our public schools. It’s all about keeping our schools safe and ensuring that students are in the best environment for learning.

Key Points of the Bill

1. Marijuana and E-cigarettes: The bill clearly states that students who possess, use, or deliver marijuana or e-cigarettes within 300 feet of school property or during school-related activities will be placed into a disciplinary alternative education program. This means that even if they’re just near the school with either of these things, they could get in trouble.

2. Alcohol and Other Substances: The bill also addresses the use of alcohol and other substances. If students are found using or under the influence of these substances, they’ll face consequences.

3. Violent Conduct: If a student engages in violent behavior, they might be placed in a disciplinary program. If that program is full, students who were placed there for less severe reasons (like using e-cigarettes) might be moved to in-school suspension to make room.

4. Support for Students: The good news is that the bill is also about helping students. Schools might offer educational and support services for students and their parents if the offense involves drugs, e-cigarettes, or alcohol.

What Does This Mean for Our Schools?

Safety First: With H.B. No. 114, our schools are taking a step forward in ensuring a safe environment. By setting clear rules about substances, we’re making sure that students can focus on learning without distractions.

More Support: The bill recognizes that sometimes students need help. By offering support services, schools can help students make better choices in the future.

Clear Consequences: Students now know what to expect if they break the rules. This clarity can help them make better decisions and understand the importance of school rules.

In Conclusion

House Bill 114 is all about creating a better, safer, and more supportive environment for our students. It’s a reminder that while rules are essential, so is offering a helping hand when needed. As we move into the new school year, let’s all work together to ensure our schools are the best places for our kids to learn and grow.

Remember, education is a team effort! Let’s keep our schools safe and supportive for everyone.