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RULE §66.10Procedures Governing Violations of Statutes--Official Complaints

(a) An official complaint alleging a violation of the Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.151, or a rule implementing that section, for an instructional material adopted by the State Board of Education (SBOE) shall be filed with the commissioner of education. An official complaint shall be made on a form prescribed by the commissioner of education.

(b) The complaint form shall require:

  (1) a citation to the specific provision under the TEC, §31.151, or rule for which a violation is alleged;

  (2) identification of the publisher or manufacturer responsible for the alleged violation;

  (3) facts showing that a likely violation has occurred such as identification of the particular instructional material and page number where each alleged error occurs; and

  (4) signature and contact information of the person complaining of the alleged violation.

(c) If a complainant fails to submit a properly completed complaint form after being given an opportunity to make corrections, the allegations will not be reviewed by the commissioner of education and will not be submitted to the SBOE.

(d) An allegation of a factual error in instructional materials currently under consideration by the SBOE for adoption may not be submitted as an official complaint but must be submitted to the SBOE in accordance with relevant provisions in this chapter.

(e) After investigating an official complaint or an allegation brought forward by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff, the commissioner of education shall recommend to the SBOE in writing whether to hold a hearing concerning an administrative penalty under the TEC, §31.151.

(f) The commissioner of education shall provide the recommendation to the complainant, if any; the publisher or manufacturer accused of the alleged violation; and members of the SBOE.

(g) If the SBOE receives a recommendation under subsection (f) of this section, the SBOE chair may include the item for consideration on a future SBOE agenda. If the item is placed on the agenda, TEA staff will present the recommendation.

(h) Upon a vote by the SBOE that a hearing shall be held to determine whether a penalty should be assessed, a hearing will be heard before the State Office of Administrative Hearing in accordance with Chapter 157 of this title (relating to Hearings and Appeals). The SBOE shall request either the commissioner of education or the Attorney General to present the case before the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

(i) If the parties before the State Office of Administrative Hearings come to an agreement for settling the case, the issue of whether the agreement should be accepted will be placed on a future SBOE agenda.

Source Note: The provisions of this §66.10 adopted to be effective May 5, 2016, 41 TexReg 3137

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