State Regulations and Influence on Education
Education and its regulation are a state’s right. The major influences on all aspects of public education resides at the state level. The state legislature mandates statutes (laws) that must be followed by all involved in Texas Education. Overseeing the implementation of the legislature’s demands is the elected State Board of Education. The Governor of the state appoints the chair from this elected group. The working group that prepares all materials that emanate from legislation is the Texas Education Agency (TEA). This group develops the rules that conform to the legislative intent, The Texas Administrative Code. The chief education officer of the state heads the TEA and is appointed by the governor. The staff is responsible for curriculum, assessment, certification, federal programs, state programs, and all else that relates to education. It also administers and reports all federal accountability measures, grants, awards, and special programs. A separate board oversees teacher certification rules. The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) is responsible for all matter relating to certification of educators. The State Board of Education has nominal oversight over SBEC.