84(R) - 2015
Relating to reviews and investigations conducted by the Texas Education Agency.
No fiscal impact to State or local government.
SB 471 would establish certain provisions for monitoring reviews, including random on-site visits to review fiscal data and reports would allow the Texas Education Agency to convert a monitoring review to a special accreditation investigation. The bill would require the Texas Education Agency to adopt written procedures for
conducting special accreditation investigations, including procedures
that allow TEA to obtain information from district employees in a manner that
prevents a district or campus from screening the information. The Commissioner of Education would be able to impose an intervention or
sanction on the basis of a special accreditation investigation.
Vote Recommendation Notes
The bill affirms the principle of limited government. Since government is in the business of providing public schools, it is vital to monitor the success and be able to conduct investigations to determine if a school is performing properly. SB 471 would allow more discretion in achieving this, so for these reasons we support this bill.