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Relating to public school organization, accountability, and fiscal
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 1365 makes a number of changes to the school accountability system in order to keep the public school accountability and campus turnaround system intact while complying with a Third Court of Appeals decision that nullified parts of the law.
Among other things the bill would: Create a "Not rated" designation to apply to a school district under a disaster declaration or for causes of loss of data integrity due to breaches or other failures, clarify that delegation of ministerial and executive functions by the Commissioner of Education is a valid delegation of authority, and address special accreditation investigations.
The bill would revise and clarify education commissioner's authority to conduct special investigations "to determine if an academic program offered by a school district is providing students the quality education to which students are entitled."
Administering a system of public education is a core function of state government, so the state ought to do a good job of it. The school accountability system and campus turnaround plan plays a crucial role in ensuring that quality education is available to all Texans. SB 1365 keeps the accountability system intact by making adjustments to comply with a court ruling. This is consistent with our principle of limited government. Texas Action supports SB 1365.