ERIC Number: ED462739
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec-1
Reference Count: N/A
Regional and District Level Report: A Report to the 77th Texas Legislature from the Texas Education Agency.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
This report was prepared by the Texas Education Agency in response to Section 39.183 of the Texas Education Code. In a phase-in approach written into law, the limit of 22 students to 1 teacher applied in the 1985-86 school year through the 1987-88 school year to kindergarten through grade 2 only. The law extended this limitation to kindergarten through grade 4 beginning with the 1988-89 school year. The commissioner of education may grant class-size waivers only in cases where districts are unable to employ qualified teachers, where districts are unable to provide educational facilities, or where the 22:1 class-size ratio is exceeded in kindergarten through grade 4 in districts that budgeted for that particular class-size. Waivers cannot be granted if they relate to essential knowledge or skills, minimum graduation requirements, removal of a disruptive student from the classroom, at-risk programs, or requirements imposed by federal law or rule. By law, waivers can be granted for only one semester at a time. Summary information on regional education service centers includes a brief history, staffing levels, financial positions, programs and services, and regional performance levels. Charts and graphs serve to illustrate textual data. A map showing Regional Education Service centers is also provided. (RT)
Descriptors: Class Size, Education Service Centers, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Publications, State Departments of Education, State Legislation, State Regulation, State School District Relationship
Texas Education Agency, Publications Distribution/PUB, P.O. Box 13817, Austin, TX 78711-3817. Tel: 512-463-9734; Web site: http://www.tea.state.tx.us.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas