Texas Administrative Code Title 19

Education: As effective August 6, 2010

Chapter 30

Subchapter A

§30.1: Petition for Adoption of Rule Changes

(a) Any interested person may petition for the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule of the State Board of Education (SBOE) by filing a petition on a form provided in this subsection. The petition shall be signed and submitted to the commissioner of education. In consultation with the persons in the Texas Education Agency who are responsible for the area with which the rule is concerned, the commissioner shall evaluate the merits of the proposal to determine whether to recommend that rulemaking proceedings be initiated or that the petition be denied.

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(b) In accordance with the Texas Government Code, §2001.021, the agency must respond to the petitioner within 60 days of receipt of the petition.

(1) Where possible, the commissioner's recommendation concerning the petition shall be placed on the SBOE agenda, and the SBOE shall act on the petition within the 60-day time limit.

(2) Where the time required to review the petition or the scheduling of SBOE meetings will not permit the SBOE to act on the petition within the required 60 days, the commissioner or a designee shall respond to the petitioner within the required 60 days, notifying the petitioner of the date of the SBOE meeting at which the recommendation will be presented to the SBOE for action.

(c) The SBOE will review the petition and the recommendation of the commissioner and will either direct the commissioner to begin the rulemaking process or deny the petition, giving reasons for the denial. The commissioner or designee will notify the petitioner of the SBOE's action related to the petition.

(d) If the SBOE initiates rulemaking procedures in response to a petition, the rule text which the SBOE proposes may differ from the rule text proposed by the petitioner.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §30.1 adopted to be effective December 5, 2004, 29 TexReg 11339; amended to be effective April 26, 2009, 34 TexReg 2531

Subchapter B

§30.21: Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program

In accordance with the Texas Government Code, §2161.003, the State Board of Education adopts by reference the rules of the Comptroller of Public Accounts, found at Title 34 Texas Administrative Code, §§20.11-20.28, concerning the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §30.21 adopted to be effective December 5, 2004, 29 TexReg 11339; amended to be effective April 26, 2009, 34 TexReg 2532

§30.22: Procedures for Protests, Dispute Resolution, and Appeals Relating to Purchasing and Contract Issues

(a) Any actual or prospective bidder, offeror, or contractor who is aggrieved in connection with the solicitation, evaluation, or award of a contract under the jurisdiction of the State Board of Education (SBOE) may formally protest to the director of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) division responsible for purchasing and contracts. Such protests must be in writing and received in the purchasing and contracts director's office within ten working days after such aggrieved person knows, or reasonably should have known, of the occurrence of the action which is protested, unless the director finds that good cause for delay is shown or determines that a protest or appeal raises issues significant to the TEA's procurement practices or procedures.

(b) Formal protests must conform to the requirements of this subsection and subsection (d) of this section, and shall be resolved in accordance with the procedure set forth in subsections (e)-(f) of this section. Copies of the protest must be mailed or delivered by the protesting party to the TEA and to the other interested parties. For the purposes of this section, "interested parties" means all respondents who have submitted bids, proposals, or offers for the contract involved. Names and addresses of all interested parties may be obtained by sending a written request for this information to the purchasing and contracts director.

(c) In the event of a timely protest or appeal under this section, the TEA shall not proceed further with the solicitation or with the award of the contract unless the commissioner of education or the commissioner's designee, in consultation with the purchasing and contracts director, makes a written determination that the expeditious award of contract is necessary to protect substantial interest of the state. A copy of this determination shall be mailed to the protesting party.

(d) A formal protest petition must be sworn and must contain:

(1) a specific identification of the statutory or regulatory provision(s) that the action complained of is alleged to have violated;

(2) a specific description of each act alleged to have violated the statutory or regulatory provision(s) identified in paragraph (1) of this subsection;

(3) a precise statement of the relevant facts;

(4) an identification of the issue or issues to be resolved;

(5) argument and authorities in support of the protest; and

(6) a statement that copies of the protest have been mailed or delivered to the TEA and other identifiable interested parties.

(e) The purchasing and contracts director shall have the authority to settle and resolve the dispute concerning the solicitation or award of a contract. The director may solicit written responses to the protest petition from other interested parties, and if he or she makes such a request, the protesting party shall be given notice of the director's request and of any written responses to the request that the director receives. The director may consult with the TEA office of legal services concerning the dispute.

(f) If the protest is not resolved by mutual agreement, the purchasing and contracts director will issue a written determination on the protest.

(1) If the director determines that no violation of rules or statutes has occurred, he or she shall so inform the protesting party and other interested parties by a letter which sets forth the reasons for the determination.

(2) If the director determines that a violation of rules or statutes has occurred in a case where a contract has not been awarded, he or she shall so inform the protesting party and other interested parties by letter which sets forth the reasons for the determination and the appropriate remedial action.

(3) If the director determines that a violation of rules or statutes has occurred in a case where a contract has been awarded, he or she shall so inform the protesting party and other interested parties by a letter which sets forth the reasons for the determination. In such a case, the director has the authority to declare the contract void. If he or she declares the contract void, this fact shall be included in the determination letter.

(g) The purchasing and contracts director's determination on a protest may be appealed by the protesting party to the commissioner of education or the commissioner's designee. An appeal of the director's determination must be in writing and must be received in the commissioner's office no later than ten working days after the date of the director's determination. An appeal of the determination shall be limited to those issues raised in the protest petition and the determination letter. Copies of the appeal must be mailed or delivered by the appealing party to the TEA and other interested parties and must contain a sworn statement that such copies have been provided.

(h) The commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall review the protest petition, the purchasing and contracts director's requests for written responses to the protest petition, any written responses received from other interested parties, the determination, and the appeal.

(i) The commissioner or the commissioner's designee may, in his or her discretion, issue a written decision on the protest or refer the matter to the SBOE for consideration at a regularly scheduled open meeting.

(j) A decision issued either by the SBOE in an open meeting or in writing by the commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall be the final administrative action of the TEA.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §30.22 adopted to be effective December 5, 2004, 29 TexReg 11339

Subchapter AA

§30.1001: Petition for Adoption of Rule Changes

(a) In accordance with Texas Government Code, §2001.021, any interested person may petition for the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule of the commissioner of education by filing a petition on a form provided in this subsection. The petition shall be signed and submitted to the commissioner of education.

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(b) The commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall evaluate the merits of the proposal.

(c) In accordance with the Texas Government Code, §2001.021, the commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall respond to the petitioner within 60 days of receipt of the petition. The response shall:

(1) advise that rulemaking proceedings will be initiated; or

(2) deny the petition, stating the reasons for its denial.

(d) If the commissioner initiates rulemaking procedures in response to a petition, the rule text which the commissioner proposes may differ from the rule text proposed by the petitioner.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §30.1001 adopted to be effective September 23, 2004, 29 TexReg 9184; amended to be effective May 12, 2009, 34 TexReg 2766

Subchapter BB

§30.2001: Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program

In accordance with the Texas Government Code, §2161.003, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) adopts by reference the rules of the Texas Building and Procurement Commission (TBPC), found at Title 1 Texas Administrative Code, §§111.11 - 111.28, concerning the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program. For purposes of implementing the TBPC rules at the TEA, references to the state agency or agency shall be considered to be a reference to the TEA.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §30.2001 adopted to be effective January 6, 2005, 29 TexReg 12185

§30.2002: Procedures for Protests, Dispute Resolution, and Appeals Relating to Purchasing and Contract Issues

(a) Any actual or prospective bidder, offeror, or contractor who is aggrieved in connection with the solicitation, evaluation, or award of a contract under the jurisdiction of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) may formally protest to the director of the TEA division responsible for purchasing and contracts. Such protests must be in writing and received in the purchasing and contracts director's office within ten working days after such aggrieved person knows, or reasonably should have known, of the occurrence of the action which is protested, unless the director finds that good cause for delay is shown or determines that a protest or appeal raises issues significant to the TEA's procurement practices or procedures.

(b) Formal protests must conform to the requirements of this subsection and subsection (d) of this section, and shall be resolved in accordance with the procedure set forth in subsections (e) and (f) of this section. Copies of the protest must be mailed or delivered by the protesting party to the TEA and to the other interested parties. For the purposes of this section, "interested parties" means all respondents who have submitted bids, proposals, or offers for the contract involved. Names and addresses of all interested parties may be obtained by sending a written request for this information to the purchasing and contracts director.

(c) In the event of a timely protest or appeal under this section, the TEA shall not proceed further with the solicitation or with the award of the contract unless the commissioner of education or the commissioner's designee, in consultation with the purchasing and contracts director, makes a written determination that the expeditious award of contract is necessary to protect substantial interest of the state. A copy of this determination shall be mailed to the protesting party.

(d) A formal protest petition must be sworn and must contain:

(1) a specific identification of the statutory or regulatory provision(s) that the action complained of is alleged to have violated;

(2) a specific description of each act alleged to have violated the statutory or regulatory provision(s) identified in paragraph (1) of this subsection;

(3) a precise statement of the relevant facts;

(4) an identification of the issue or issues to be resolved;

(5) argument and authorities in support of the protest; and

(6) a statement that copies of the protest have been mailed or delivered to the TEA and other identifiable interested parties.

(e) The purchasing and contracts director shall have the authority to settle and resolve the dispute concerning the solicitation or award of a contract. The director may solicit written responses to the protest petition from other interested parties, and if he or she makes such a request, the protesting party shall be given notice of the director's request and of any written responses to the request that the director receives. The director may consult with the TEA office of legal services concerning the dispute.

(f) If the protest is not resolved by mutual agreement, the purchasing and contracts director will issue a written determination on the protest.

(1) If the director determines that no violation of rules or statutes has occurred, he or she shall so inform the protesting party and other interested parties by a letter which sets forth the reasons for the determination.

(2) If the director determines that a violation of rules or statutes has occurred in a case where a contract has not been awarded, he or she shall so inform the protesting party and other interested parties by letter which sets forth the reasons for the determination and the appropriate remedial action.

(3) If the director determines that a violation of rules or statutes has occurred in a case where a contract has been awarded, he or she shall so inform the protesting party and other interested parties by a letter which sets forth the reasons for the determination. In such a case, the director has the authority to declare the contract void. If he or she declares the contract void, this fact shall be included in the determination letter.

(g) The purchasing and contracts director's determination on a protest may be appealed by the protesting party to the commissioner of education or the commissioner's designee. An appeal of the director's determination must be in writing and must be received in the commissioner's office no later than ten working days after the date of the director's determination. An appeal of the determination shall be limited to those issues raised in the protest petition and the determination letter. Copies of the appeal must be mailed or delivered by the appealing party to the TEA and other interested parties and must contain a sworn statement that such copies have been provided.

(h) The commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall review the protest petition, the purchasing and contracts director's requests for written responses to the protest petition, any written responses received from other interested parties, the determination, and the appeal.

(i) A decision issued in writing by the commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall be the final administrative action of the TEA.

Comments

Source Note: The provisions of this §30.2002 adopted to be effective January 6, 2005, 29 TexReg 12185