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Summary: This legislation makes publicly funded data more available and accessible to researchers by requiring the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to make available to researchers student data that the agency has collected. This bill would also create an education research center advisory board and set parameters on who may request and receive research.
Analysis: Taxpayer funded data and research should be made available to researchers rather than being kept for the discretionary use of the state agency, in this case the TEA, that collected the data. We support HB 2103 because it makes publicly funded research more widely available and accessible. This helps make government more transparent and allows taxpayers to benefit from research they have funded.