Tribpedia: Texas Education Agency

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) oversees primary and secondary public education for the state, including setting accountability standards. The Commissioner of Education, Michael L. Williams, manages the TEA, and the agency works in conjunction with the State Board of Education (SBOE) in setting curriculum standards.

According to its website, the TEA:

  • manages the textbook adoption process;
  • oversees development of the ...

Ramon Cavazos teaches a middle school business class in the Olfen Independent School District in Rowena, Texas, on Jan. 20, 2016.
Ramon Cavazos teaches a middle school business class in the Olfen Independent School District in Rowena, Texas, on Jan. 20, 2016.

Tiny District to Offer First Four-Day School Week in Texas

Olfen Independent School District, one of the smallest districts in Texas, will transition to a four-day school week in August — the first of its kind in the state. School officials said a newly passed law altering how the state defines a school day allowed them to create the modified calendar. 

Texas' new education commissioner, Mike Morath, attended a keynote luncheon titled "Education Freedom and the American Future" on Jan. 7, 2016 at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation's annual policy forum.
Texas' new education commissioner, Mike Morath, attended a keynote luncheon titled "Education Freedom and the American Future" on Jan. 7, 2016 at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation's annual policy forum.

Texas Education Chief Morath to Focus on Teachers

Texas' new education commissioner, Mike Morath, said he wants to better support teachers, develop a fair school accountability system and focus limited state resources on struggling schools.

Morath on Being the Next Texas Education Commissioner

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Mike Morath got the nod Monday from Gov. Greg Abbott to be the state's next education commissioner. Morath made his name as a member of the Dallas school board — he supported the reforms of former superintendent Mike Miles, and he was a leader in last year’s failed effort to use the "home-rule" process to remake the district.

Read the full story at KERA News.

TEA general counsel, Von Byer during the Senate Education Committee on December 7, 2015
TEA general counsel, Von Byer during the Senate Education Committee on December 7, 2015

Senators Tackle Improper Student-Teacher Relationships

Posed with a troubling, social media-driven trend — a steady rise in improper student-teacher relationships — Texas senators began work Monday to figure out what, if anything, they can do about it. During their first meeting since the regular legislative session ended, members of the Senate Education Committee wavered between outrage and caution as they took invited testimony on the issue.

Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda teaches her students the concept of "push" by having them join hands and push back and forth in her classroom at the Dallas Independent School District elementary school Cesar Chavez Learning Center in 2013.
Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda teaches her students the concept of "push" by having them join hands and push back and forth in her classroom at the Dallas Independent School District elementary school Cesar Chavez Learning Center in 2013.

Advocates: Include Variety of Schools in Pre-K Program

Early education advocates on Tuesday urged the Texas Education Agency to ensure that a diverse group of school districts will be able to apply for funding through a new state grant program designed to bolster the quality of pre-kindergarten.

State Board of Education members work their way through proposed revisions to social studies textbooks at a meeting with publishers in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014.
State Board of Education members work their way through proposed revisions to social studies textbooks at a meeting with publishers in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Education Board Rejects Panel to Review Textbook Errors

Weeks after a Houston-area mother sparked an uproar over a caption in her son’s ninth grade textbook that inaccurately described African slaves as “workers,” the State Board of Education tentatively approved several changes to its textbook adoption process.

 

State Board of Education Vice Chair Thomas Ratliff leafs through binders at the meeting listing proposed changes to Texas textbooks in a SBOE meeting in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014 .Textbook publishers were invited to meeting where public concerns regarding their textbooks were discussed.
State Board of Education Vice Chair Thomas Ratliff leafs through binders at the meeting listing proposed changes to Texas textbooks in a SBOE meeting in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014 .Textbook publishers were invited to meeting where public concerns regarding their textbooks were discussed.

SBOE: Trustees Can't Hire Just Anyone as Superintendent

The State Board of Education on Wednesday rejected a rule change that would have allowed school boards to hire anyone they wanted as superintendent — even if the candidate had no public education experience. But its members still seem poised to drop a requirement that superintendents have classroom experience. 

 

Video: The Future of Public Education Policy

On 11/13, I talked about the future of public education policy in Texas with state. Rep. Mary González, D-Clint, a member of the House Public Education Committee; Lizzette González Reynolds, chief deputy commissioner of the Texas Education Agency; Juan Cabrera, superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District; and Eduardo Rodriguez, interim executive director of the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development.

A reading assistant reads on the classroom floor with a small group of fourth graders at Wanke Elementary School in San Antonio on March 9, 2012.
A reading assistant reads on the classroom floor with a small group of fourth graders at Wanke Elementary School in San Antonio on March 9, 2012.

Analysis: Texas Schools, by the Numbers

You can peek at the state’s near future in the latest numbers from the Texas Education Agency: 51.8 percent Hispanic, 29.4 percent Anglo, 12.7 percent African-American, 3.7 percent Asian.  And 29 percent of the state’s students are enrolled in just 18 of the state's school districts.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick listens to debate on SB 8  franchise tax reform measure during Senate action March 25, 2015.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick listens to debate on SB 8 franchise tax reform measure during Senate action March 25, 2015.

Senate Shapes Plan for Private School Scholarships

In its quest for school choice legislation, the Senate is backing away from traditional vouchers and heading towards a plan that would use donations to fund scholarships for low-income students trying to get out of weak schools. 

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick meets privately with Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, on the dais during a break in Senate proceedings Jan. 21, 2015.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick meets privately with Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, on the dais during a break in Senate proceedings Jan. 21, 2015.

High School Seniors Who Fail Exams May Still Graduate

The roughly 28,000 public high school seniors who still need to pass a state exam to get their diplomas this May could get a lifeline from Texas legislators. State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, is looking to fast-track a bill that would give school officials the option to graduate students who have failed state exams. 

 

State Will Close Three More Charter Schools

Three Texas charter schools will be shut down for failing to comply with the state education code or provisions in their charters, state officials said Thursday. Among their missteps? Failing to file with the IRS and not opening on time.