El Paso, TX (KTSM) — New legislation that gives the Texas Education Agency the authority to issue subpoenas and investigate inaccurate information reported to the state by school districts is a governor's signature away.
House Bill 210/Senate Bill 123 passed with a 123-19 vote Thursday in the House of Representatives.
"This key legislation simply grants TEA the authority to ensure that our schools are transparent and accountable," stated State Rep. Marisa Márquez.
Right now, the Texas Education Agency can initiate an investigation for several reasons, but not for inaccurate information reported in the Public Education Information Management System, or PEIMS.
"It is extremely important to accurately report testing data so that our children are given the proper tools and attention needed to give them the education that they deserve," Márquez said.
The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Perry's desk for approval.