The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission is a state commission charged with evaluating most Texas state boards and agencies and proposing recommendations to eliminate waste, duplication and inefficiency where it exists. As part of its 2012 review of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), the Sunset Commission concluded that SBEC was inefficient and unnecessary since the board’s work is largely performed by TEA staff members and is also reviewed by the State Board of Education (SBOE). In 2013, ATPE helped defeat sunset bills that called for abolishing SBEC and transferring authority for regulation of the education profession to the Commissioner of Education. This defeat resulted in the sunset review of TEA and SBEC being held over for the Legislature to consider again in 2015.
In preparation for the 2015 legislative session, the Sunset Commission asked for input on its recommendations for TEA and SBEC. ATPE supplied written input to the commission, outlining our support for maintaining educators’ right to have a separate governing board for their profession and addressing other issues at stake in the ongoing sunset review. Read ATPE’s input here, and stay tuned to Teach the Vote for updates on the sunset review of TEA and SBEC.