Six Vital Sources To Help Understand Texas Education

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“Six Vital Sources To Help Understand Texas Education”

By Donna Garner

1.13.20

I have put this information together to help every Texan to know common terms, definitions, laws, rights, and responsibilities that are used frequently when discussing education issues:

(1)  ADOPTION CYCLE TIMELINES OF TEKS AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

This Sept. 2019 chart posted on the Texas Education Agency website is very handy and clearly indicates the adoption cycle of both the TEKS (Texas’ curriculum standards) and the accompanying instructional materials (e.g., textbooks) for the various subject areas — https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/TEKS_IM_Schedule_09-2019.pdf

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(2) DEFINITION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS ACCORDING TO TEXAS ADMINISTRATIVE CODE – 3.13.19

Here is the official definition of instructional materials as given in the Texas Administrative Code: 

§66.27. Proclamation, Public Notice, and Schedule for Adopting Instructional Materials.

http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter066/ch066b.html

(a) The term includes a book; supplementary materials; a combination of a book, workbook, and supplementary materials; computer software; magnetic media; DVD; CD-ROM; computer courseware; on-line services; or an electronic medium or other means of conveying information to the student or otherwise contributing to the learning process through electronic means, including open education resource instructional material.

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(3)  WHAT IS THE TEXAS EDUCATION CODE AND WHERE IS IT FOUND?

The Texas Education Code (TEC) includes all laws and rules passed by the state legislature. It applies to most educational institutions that are supported in whole or part by state tax funds. —  https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/SDocs/EDUCATIONCODE.pdf 

Starting on p. 40 in TEC: SUBCHAPTER D – STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

P. 41 — Sec. 7.102. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION POWERS AND DUTIES. (c) (4) The board shall establish curriculum and graduation requirements.

Starting on p. 528 in TEC: 

SUBTITLE F. CURRICULUM, PROGRAMS, AND SERVICES CHAPTER 28.

COURSES OF STUDY; ADVANCEMENT SUBCHAPTER A. ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS; CURRICULUM

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(4) WHAT IS THE TEXAS ADMINISTRATIVE CODE AND WHERE IS IT FOUND?

The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) is a compilation of all state agency rules in Texas. There are 16 titles in the TAC. Each title represents a category and related agencies are assigned to the appropriate title. —  https://www.sos.state.tx.us/tac/index.shtml

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(5)  WHAT ARE THE TEXAS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULES AND WHERE ARE THEY FOUND?

SBOE Rules (TAC) — Texas State Board of Education Rules – Texas Administrative Code:  State Board of Education (SBOE) rules are part of a larger body of state agency rules known as the Texas Administrative Code (TAC). The Office of the Secretary of State collects and publishes these rules. SBOE rules are codified under Title 19, Part II, of the TAC. Title 19 is Education, and Part II is the Texas Education Agency. The SBOE may adopt new rules or amendments to or repeals of existing rules:   https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Laws_and_Rules/SBOE_Rules_TAC

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(6) WHERE TO FIND THE PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE TEXAS EDUCATION CODE

5.28.19 – Texas Education Code – Title 2 (Public Education), Subtitle E (Students and Parents), Ch. 26 (Parental Rights and Responsibilities) —

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/ED/htm/ED.26.htm

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