The Sunset Commission released a 117-page report on the Texas Education Agency and concluded that TEA should be reauthorized as a state agency. The Sunset Commission also made several recommendations, including that:
further improvements are needed with regard to oversight of the state testing contract and its procurement;
outdated statutory provisions should be eliminated, including "outdated statutory requirements regarding academic performance indicators and campus distinction designation committees;"
TEA needs greater authority to intervene in annexation of insolvent school districts and flexibility to annex a school district for financial or accreditation problems;
the commissioner needs improved power to investigate educator misconduct and should create a matrix to guide application of sanctions for misconduct;
TEA should improve regulation of educator preparation programs; and,
Hearing dates are tentatively scheduled for November 12-13, with a final hearing tentatively set for December 10. Submit input on the Sunset Commission's review of the agency by October 17.