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RULE §227.1General Provisions

(a) It is the responsibility of the education profession as a whole to attract applicants and to retain educators who demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the performance of the diverse student population of this state.

(b) Educator preparation programs (EPPs) shall inform all applicants that:

  (1) pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator; and

  (2) pursuant to the TEC, §22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching.

(c) EPPs shall inform all applicants, in writing, of the following:

  (1) the admission requirements as specified in this chapter;

  (2) the requirements for program completion as specified in Chapter 228 of this title (relating to Requirements for Educator Preparation Programs); and

  (3) in accordance with TEC, §21.044(e)(3):

    (A) the effect of supply and demand forces on the educator workforce in this state; and

    (B) the performance over time of the EPP for the past five years.

(d) EPPs shall notify, in writing by mail, personal delivery, facsimile, email, or an electronic notification, each applicant to and enrollee in the EPP of the following regardless of whether the applicant or enrollee has been convicted of an offense:

  (1) the potential ineligibility of an individual who has been convicted of an offense for issuance of a certificate on completion of the EPP;

  (2) the current State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rules prescribed in §249.16 of this title (relating to Eligibility of Persons with Criminal History for a Certificate under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 53, and Texas Education Code, Chapter 21); and

  (3) the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter as provided in Chapter 227, Subchapter B, of this title (relating to Preliminary Evaluation of Certification Eligibility).

(e) If the SBEC determines that an EPP has failed to provide the notice required by subsection (d) of this section to an individual entitled to receive the notice and that the individual's application for a certificate for which the EPP prepares the individual was denied because the individual has been convicted of an offense prior to the EPP providing notice, the SBEC shall order the EPP to:

  (1) refund the amount of any tuition paid by the individual to the EPP; and

  (2) pay to the individual an amount equal to the total of the following, as applicable:

    (A) the amount of any application fees paid by the individual to the SBEC; and

    (B) the amount of any examination fees paid by the individual to the SBEC and/or to a provider of examinations required for certification. An EPP is not liable for examination fees if the examination was not required to be passed to meet the admission requirements of the EPP and/or the EPP did not provide test approval for the examination.

(f) If the governor of Texas declares a state of disaster consistent with the Texas Government Code, §418.014, Texas Education Agency staff may extend deadlines in this chapter for up to 90 days as necessary to accommodate persons in the affected disaster areas.

Source Note: The provisions of this §227.1 adopted to be effective July 11, 1999, 24 TexReg 5011; amended to be effective December 14, 2008, 33 TexReg 10011; amended to be effective February 28, 2016, 41 TexReg 1238; amended to be effective October 18, 2016, 41 TexReg 8198; amended to be effective June 3, 2018, 43 TexReg 3355; amended to be effective December 22, 2019, 44 TexReg 7683

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