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Relating to an audit by the Texas Education Agency of public school professional development training requirements.
Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB1016, Committee Report 1st House, Substituted: a negative impact of ($200,000) through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.
The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.
SB 1016 would require the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to conduct an audit once every four years that would review the professional development requirements and continuing education requirements that are applicable to educators in the state. The goal, among other things, would be to "consider the value of maintaining existing state-mandated training requirements relating to specific topics and seek to eliminate any unnecessary topic-specific training requirements."
Texas Action recommends supporting SB 1016 because it promotes our principle of limited government. By requiring the TEA to audit these training and continuing education mandates, the state may be able to do away with unnecessary or conflicting requirements. For these reasons, we support SB 1016.