Texas Education Code - Title 1

(a)AAThis code applies to all educational institutions supported in whole or in part by state tax funds unless specifically excluded by this code.
(b)AAExcept as provided by Chapter 18, Chapter 19, Subchapter A, Chapter 29, or Subchapter E, Chapter 30, this code does not apply to students, facilities, or programs under the jurisdiction of the Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Department of State Health Services, the Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Youth Commission, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, a Job Corps program operated by or under contract with the United States Department of Labor, or any juvenile probation
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 377, Sec. 2, eff. June 17, 2005.
(a)AAAn educational institution undertaking to provide education,services, or activities to any individual within the jurisdiction or geographical boundaries of the educational institution shall provide equal opportunities to all individuals within its
jurisdiction or geographical boundaries pursuant to this code.
(b)AAAn educational institution may not deny services to any individual eligible to participate in a school district ’s specialeducation program as provided by Section 29.003, but the educational institution shall provide individuals with
disabilities special educational services as authorized by law or, where expressly authorized, assist in and contribute toward the provision of appropriate special educational services in cooperation with other educational institutions and other
appropriate agencies, institutions, or departments.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.
On all regular school days, every school and other educational institution to which this code applies shall fly the United States and Texas flags.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260,
Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.
A public elementary or secondary school or an institution of higher education as
defined by Section 61.003 may display the United States national motto, "In God We Trust," in each classroom, auditorium, and cafeteria.
Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 412, Sec. 1, eff. June 20, 2003.
Sec. 1.005.AA
(a)AAIn this section:
(1)AA"Center" means a center for education research authorized by this section.
(2)AA"Coordinating board" means the Texas Higher
Education Coordinating Board.
(b)AAThe commissioner of education and the coordinating board may establish not more than three centers for education research for conducting research described by Subsections (e) and(f).
(c)AAA center may be established as part of:
(1)AAthe Texas Education Agency;
(2)AAthe coordinating board; or
(3)AAa public junior college, public senior college or university, or public state college, as those terms are defined by Section 61.003.
(d)AAA center may be operated under a memorandum of understanding between the commissioner of education, the coordinating board, and the governing board of an educational institution described by Subsection (c)(3).AAThe memorandum of understanding must require the commissioner of education, or a person designated by the commissioner, and the coordinating board, or a person designated by the coordinating board, to provide
direct, joint supervision of the center under this section.
(e)AAA center shall conduct research for the benefit of education in this state, including research relating to the impact of state and federal education programs, the performance of educator preparation programs, public school finance, and the best practices of school districts with regard to classroom instruction, bilingual education programs, special language programs, and 1 business practices.
(f)AAThe commissioner of education and the coordinating board:
(1)AAunder the memorandum of understanding described by Subsection (d), may require a center to conduct certain research projects considered of particular importance to the state, as determined by the commissioner and the coordinating board;
(2)AAnot later than the 45th day before the date a research project required to be conducted under this subsection is scheduled to begin, shall notify the governor, the Legislative Budget Board, and the governing body of the educational institution
in which the center is established that the research project is required; and
(3)AAshall provide sufficient funds to finance the project.
(g)AAIn conducting research under this section, a center:
(1)AAmay use data on student performance, including data that is confidential under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. Section 1232g), the center has collected from the Texas Education Agency, the coordinating board,
any public or private institution of higher education, and any school district; and
(2)AAshall comply with rules adopted by the commissioner of education and the coordinating board to protect the confidentiality of student information, including rules establishing procedures to ensure that confidential student information is not duplicated or removed from a center in an unauthorized manner.
(h)AAThe commissioner of education and the coordinating board may:
(1)AAaccept gifts and grants to be used in operating one or more centers; and
(2)AAby rule impose reasonable fees, as appropriate, for the use of a center ’s research, resources, or facilities.
(i)AAThis section does not authorize the disclosure of student information that may not be disclosed under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. Section 1232g).
(j)AAThe commissioner of education and the coordinating board shall adopt rules as necessary to implement this section.
(k)AAIn implementing this section, the commissioner of education may use funds appropriated to the agency and available for the purpose of establishing the centers.AAAfter a center is established, the center must be funded by gifts and grants accepted under Subsection(h)(1) and fees imposed under Subsection (h)(2).AAFees adopted under Subsection (h)(2) must be set in an amount sufficient to provide for the continued operation of the center.
Added by Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., Ch. 5, Sec. 2.01, eff. May

31, 2006.