HB 2103

83(R) - 2013
Higher Education

Vote Recommendation

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Mike Villarreal

Bill Caption

Relating to education research centers and data sharing among cooperating state agencies.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. No fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

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.